This item is from the Millennium Edition of the alt.healing.reiki FAQ, by Scott Maxfield (v2.001).
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A RM is one who has been attuned to the R3 level and who is permitted to pass on attunements. (As noted, in some Reiki systems there is a Master level distinct from the Teacher or Master/Teacher level.) It doesn't mean anything more than this. Being a RM is not a sign or guarantee of a person's moral fiber, upstanding behavior, or any form of emotional or spiritual development, and it does not confer with it temporal authority. Reiki Masters are as human as the next person (providing the next person is also a human).