When I found out one of my former Master students taught in an inappropriate way, I immediately decided to write my first blog article, “Fast Food Reiki.” In all my classes, I passionately express how important I believe it is to follow teaching traditions that were handed down to us. In this article, I will further discuss the way a potential Reiki student may be misled on the beginning of their Reiki journey.
The Traditional Way of teaching Reiki
From the beginning of the Reiki tradition, the Master taught the student orally. I imagine Dr. Usui’s students spent lots of time with him learning in an apprentice-style. Most likely, Dr. Usui gave treatments while he instructed his students. How wonderful that people at this time had the time and space to pursue this wonderful healing art!
Mrs. Takata was once one a Reiki student
Hawayo Takata went to Japan where her family resided to seek treatment for a host of maladies. Instead of pursing regular medical treatment, she spent six months with Dr. Hayashi in his Reiki clinic. During this time, she healed and learned the first two levels of Reiki.
The Reiki student of the 21st Century
We now have technology helps many people hear about Reiki. It allows me to have a website that brings many students to my door and classes. That is the positive.
Important information for a beginning Reiki Student
Technology has its place in our society for helping a potential Reiki student find a Reiki Master and class. However, the web can pull in unsuspecting people to methods that are not the best way for someone to learn Reiki. I see attunements being offered on-line, long distance. These are often offered in DVD form or directly from a website.
To quote William Rand, a well-known figure in the Reiki world, “My experience in working with others for over 20 years and in talking to those who have experienced distant attunements is that distant attunements can have some limited value under certain conditions and also can be used in an emergency or for unusual circumstances, but that for several reasons, they do not appear to be of equal value to attunements and training received in person.”
Rand goes on to say, “I’ve talked this over with other well-known and experienced Reiki teachers and received a similar understanding from them. It is also important to be aware of the fact that none of the original founders and developers of the Reiki system of healing used distant attunements. This includes Usui, Hayashi and Takata. So, after all this and giving the topic careful consideration, I continue to recommend that if a student is serious about learning Reiki, it is important that they learn Reiki in person from a qualified teacher.” http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/distantattunement.html
Where can a potential Reiki student find information to help them pick the right class and teacher?
This article is about Reiki Student “Beware”, but where and how does one find a legitimate Reiki Class? This previous article will be of help: https://reikinewyork.com/finding-the-right-reiki-class/
What happens after a Reiki Student learns Reiki?
When a Reiki student takes a class that is the beginning of a process to becoming a practitioner. Ideally, a Reiki student will have a Master that acts as an on-going mentor. This mentor is someone the Reiki student can contact with questions. Many Reiki Masters including myself offer Healing Circles where a Reiki Student comes to practice and gets support. To read more about my free Healing Circle: https://reikinewyork.com/reiki-class-followup-healing-circle/.
I hope this article helped you learn about what a Reiki student should think about before taking a Reiki class.