First things first, let's take a moment to honour you and all that has taken place to lead you to this moment. You have followed your inner guidance, it lead you here and that's no small thing. Here's to the journey you're about to embark on and all of the possibilities that will come from it.
Let's take a moment to consider a few things before we get started on the what to look for in a Reiki class and a Reiki Master Teacher. I firmly believe that intentions are everything. That being said, take a moment to come to centre, get still and ask yourself "what you would like to receive from learning Reiki?"
Before we get started, it's important to note that no two Reiki Masters are the same, so it's safe to say that no two Reiki classes are the same either. This is the reason for a little research and consideration. Of course, all classes should teach the essential components of Reiki. These being the history, principles, precepts, symbols, mantras, and meditations. But how we go about teaching is a whole other experience.
A few things to note before we move forward:
Within Reiki there are different lineages and these lineages may have different traditions.
Each Reiki Master Teacher has their own influences and experiences that shape their Reiki practice and how they choose to teach.
Not all Reiki Masters are Teachers. One can choose to train to the Master level and decide not to teach.
That being said, there are things to think about and look for when deciding upon a Reiki Master Teacher and the Reiki course that is right for you. What Do You Want From Your Experience? It is important to first think about what it is you want from your Reiki training. What is important to you in your learning process? Small classes, experiential learning, hands on practice, formal or informal lessons, in depth lessons over a series of classes or a weekend course? Once you know what kind of experience you would like to have, you know what it is to look for.
What's Covered? What's covered in class? This is important as there are foundational components must be taught (I mention these above). Also, do you receive a Reiki manual? How many hours is the course? Do you get hands-on practice? Is your attunement included? These are answers that are important to know. Lineage. What lineage does the Reiki Master Teacher belong to? For Reiki to be considered and called Reiki, the lineage must be traced back to Mikao Usui (the founder of the system of Reiki). Experience. It's worthwhile asking about the Reiki Master Teacher's experience, not just their experience in teaching, but also their personal relationship with Reiki. Do they have a strong, personal Reiki practice? Will they share personal experiences with Reiki in the class? How has Reiki shaped their own healing? Support & Community. Will you receive support from your Reiki Master Teacher after the class has concluded? Do they offer Reiki circles or an opportunity to connect with other Reiki Practitioners? Does the Reiki Master Teacher offer mentorship? What opportunities do you have to connect and learn from community once the class is over? Your Teacher's Intentions. What is the Reiki Master Teacher's intention when it comes to sharing the Reiki teachings and continuing the Reiki Lineage? What is their purpose as a Reiki Master Teacher? Do they have one? Recommendations. You have any friends or family that can offer any recommendations or share their experiences with you? Your Inner Guidance. What does your intuition say? It's super important to trust what your inner guidance tells you and go with the Reiki Master Teacher that feels right for you.
I hope these points of consideration help you in finding the class and teacher that aligns with all you're looking for.
Sending you so much love and cheering on as you take this journey and expand in your healing.