What to Expect at a Reiki Class

Let me start by saying all the above is perfectly fine, I have nothing against vegetarian, meditating, praying white lighters, so please don’t send me to hate mail.

But let’s make it clear, this is only packaging. It has absolutely nothing to do with Reiki. Of course, the Reiki Master you choose will come with his or her own baggage, beliefs and packaging, so simply choose the one you like and have fun!

At its most basic level, a Reiki training should equip you with the ability to leave the class feeling confident that you can a) talk about Reiki sensibly and b) give a decent Reiki Treatment, Of course, it should also activate the Reiki in your hands through a series of attunements which can vary quite substantially.

So how do you ensure your Class choice is the best for you? Well, its similar to choosing a Reiki Master, the chances are, if you like them, you’ll like their class. However, one problem may arise if the Reiki Master you choose has been taught in a way that conflicts with your beliefs, or your comfort zone.

The nicest Reiki Master in the world may still teach Reiki ineffectively if they themselves have been taught ineffectively. And please let me make it clear that Reiki in itself is not ‘taught’ it is ‘activated’ so in that respect the Reiki will come out your hands no matter who you choose. 

However, what is taught is all the other stuff – how to use reiki, how to treat yourself, how to treat others, the background and history of reiki, some tips and pointers as to how to extend your reiki practice, and other techniques that may be useful to your overall experience of Reiki. For some Masters, this means adding crystals, chakra cleansing, bells, prayer, coaching modules, additional rituals, etc etc. This is totally fine and no doubt will enhance the teaching in some way, however for the layman, it is sometimes useful to know what is reiki. Learn to channel gentle, healing reiki energy to nurture, re-energise and protect with krishnavillage-retreat.com/.

Here are a few home truths about Reiki to bear in mind when interviewing prospective Masters:

1. Reiki Acts as a harmonic. This means that when Reiki enters the body the ‘disharmony’ within the body becomes neutralized. There is nothing to release from the body and as a result, there is no ‘bad’ energy to get rid of – it is simply neutral, no need for

2. Reiki switches on automatically. No need to consciously alert Reiki to start or to request it to start – Reiki just flows when it is needed and doesn’t when it’s not.

3. Reiki does not run out. No need to re-attune yourself or meditate or strengthen chi or any other rejuvenation techniques. There is no need to do anything to keep your Reiki levels ‘up’. It will not ‘deactivate’ if you do anything ‘bad’ like the drink, smoke, eat cake, have bad thoughts, etc.

4. Anyone can be initiated to Reiki. Even carnivores! Old, young, handicapped, children, animals, plants, people in coma. Reiki is not dependent on you at all and once activated will flow through any living thing.

5. Reiki is not a belief system. You do not need to believe Reiki works or have a certain faith

6. There are no harmful side effects from Reiki. You cannot do any harm with Reiki, you cannot trigger anything that the body is not ready for. Of course there is a code of conduct as it can trigger a healing curve or detoxification which may be uncomfortable for a time. So from that viewpoint, it is important to use Reiki with respect and to follow certain guidelines when treating others.

For myself, I ‘package’ my classes with discussion around energy and the science of health, as this is my personal interest. A typical class for me would look like this:

1. An introduction to Energy. I love talking about energy and how it works in the body. I introduce concepts around the bioenergetics of the human body, ie what is seen (physical body) and what is not (the different subtle energy bodies) and how that influences. Reiki to work at all the different levels.

 2. Conventional versus holistic medicine. There has long been a divide between these two streams of medicine and they stem primarily from the shift in the scientific world towards Newtonian versus Einsteinian philosophy. The body as a machine versus an interplay of three different dimensions (mind, body and spirit). We discuss the differences as well as the consequences of following either stream too narrowly.

3. Introduction to Reiki. I extend on the theory of how Reiki works and its dynamics. Primarily I am focusing on giving a plausible model of how Reiki flows through the body and how it managed to achieve such incredible results so simply.


4. Chakra’s and Reiki Attunements. We do touch on the Chakra system because my attunement process utilizes the Chakra system as the avenue of flow through the body. This segment looks at Chakras from the Reiki perspective and how the different level of Chakra energy effectiveness can affect the overall body mind.

5. Self Treatment. This is pretty simply really and involves more a discussion of why you should be treating yourself and the kinds of impact you can expect. It also teaches the simple 12 body positions and variations of it. If you want Affordable Yoga courses, training & Meditation Retreat in NSW then join with Krishna Village.

6. Treatment of Others. Treating others is very easy with Reiki master, there is no need to diagnose and no need to actually understand what is wrong with your ‘client’. My teaching is more around the code of conduct whilst treating someone else and some simple guidelines to equip my students to deal effectively with healing curves and the frequently asked questions around Reiki.

7. General uses – animals & plants etc. Here we discuss any other uses of Reiki, of which there are many! Plants and Animals respond excellently to Reiki and I have trained several Vets who will attest to this!

8. History. The History of Reiki is interesting, and research on the internet will show several variations. I go through the traditional story and the more contemporary version and allow you to make up your own mind, I also point you in the direction of good research sources should you be interested to find out more.

9. Usui Principles. Dr Usui, the founder of Reiki, left us with 5 key principles. They are really principles for life as well as Reiki and bear mentioning and discussing.

10. Levels of Reiki. In different systems there are different levels. In the Reiki Network, of which I am a member, there are 4 different levels which we discuss in some detail. The key, however, is that Level one is the full activation of Reiki and there is no need for any student to then do the other levels. Once Level One is complete, you have all the tools you require to be extremely effective with Reiki and your ability to heal others. The other Levels offer more ‘bells and whistles’ to add to your Reiki Toolbox as well as begin to unlock some of the secrets of Reiki which can be very appealing to many dedicated Reiki practitioners. I teach all levels, including the Master Teacher final level.

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