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Reiki Attunements ~ Distant or In-Person?
23 Mar 2010 18:00:00 | Author: Caryl
What is the "best" way of learning and receiving a Reiki attunement? The number of times I have heard this question has made me put pen to paper.... well.... fingers to keyboard.... to give an answer.
I have personally had the opportunity of learning Reiki in a small group/class situation, and via distance. Both worked extremely well for me because I felt a connection with each of my teachers. I also teach in both these methods, depending on what works best for each of my students.
I'm not going to tell you what is best, because what's best for one person is very different from what's best for another. When it comes to Reiki energy, it flows with love and intent. The more it is practiced, the more you will notice the energy and as there is no right or wrong way to send healing love and energy, there can be no right or wrong way to learn how to channel it.
First of all, energy flows just as well via distance as it does in-person, so at least we can rule that out as a deciding factor on how you wish to learn.
Energy is something that is already within each of us. To learn Reiki is to bring out this energy so that we can channel it to bring healing to ourselves and others. Some people are faster learners than others, so it is perfectly natural for some to learn the different degrees of Reiki at a faster pace. You should never feel pressured to learn Reiki at a pace other than what suits you. You will know what feels right for you and you will know whether you are happy to stay with Reiki 1, or progress to Reiki 2 and further.
The main thing is to find the right teacher for you. When you have the right connection with a teacher, you can't go wrong. Look around, ask questions and go with your gut feeling.
Think about whether you would like to learn with other students, or whether you would prefer one-on-one training. Both of these options are available to you in an in-person class. In-person training is where you physically go to a class and meet with your teacher. You will receive your attunement and be able to share hands-on treatments with other students or the teacher (if a one-on-one class). You will also receive a detailed training manual with all the information you need for practicing in your own time, on yourself, family and friends.
If you find the teacher you want, but they are based too far away, or just if you prefer to learn privately in the comfort of your own home, you can still learn Reiki via distance. Distant Reiki training can be just as fulfilling as in-person training if you have a teacher who gives you the personal attention you require. You will receive a detailed training manual, usually in PDF format, or by mail. After reading through the manual, you ask your teacher any questions about the course. When your questions are answered to your satisfaction, you will receive your attunement, via distance, at a time that suits you. Using the information in your manual and the guidance of your teacher (by email, or phone) you then practice on yourself, family and friends. A good teacher will always be available to you, to give guidance throughout your practice and for as long as you need.
Reiki is a wonderful healing energy that is readily available for all to learn. No matter which method of learning you choose, the most important thing to remember is to choose a Reiki Master who offers their students the on-going support you would expect and deserve to receive.
Learning Reiki can certainly change your life. I love Reiki and all that it stands for. I use it in every part of my life and I hope to carry on sharing its healing power with many for a very long time to come.
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