As you probably know, I taught two Reiki classes in February: a I and II class on the 19th, and a III (Master) class on the 25th. Both classes were small: 3 students for the first, 2 for the second, but I think that was a good thing for me, where I am right now.
It was the second time I’d taught a I/II class and I think it went just as well if not better than the first time, despite me no longer having the backup of other Reiki Masters (besides my husband, Glasreo). I streamlined the notes last time, and this time I added a few things but mostly stuck to the outline from before. Both classes together plus the attunements and several breaks took about four hours, and I think that’s probably just going to be how long it takes to do that class. We had a little bit of practice time at the end and I think everyone went home satisfied with the progress they’d made. The only thing I think I’d want to do differently is to have posters of the Reiki II symbols made so that they can be up on the wall. And I may want to put page numbers in my notes so I can tell my students which page to find things like the hand positions on without having to look myself, or telling them to read the whole book. I’m using William Rand’s manuals, the same as I was given when I was taught, and I do like them, but I don’t follow the flow of the book exactly in my class. I did forget to print the certificates ahead of time (whoops!) and will now have to mail them, but that’s not the end of the world.
My first time teaching the Reiki III class was a bit stressful, because I was unable to finish my preparations the day before due to an emergency personal matter, but I think I made the best of it and my students were very understanding when I occasionally lost the thread and had to find it again. Those notes will need some more streamlining, but I am confident that I gave my students enough information to succeed, and I will of course always be available to them for mentoring or further study. The III class also took about 4 hours, because I included a review of I and II to make sure everyone was on the same page. I think including a review was a good idea, because it allowed us to talk about our personal strengths and weaknesses when using Reiki. I may also want to expand my ethics section a bit, after having an amazing ethical discussion at the Soul Retrieval Workshop. Afterward we had another short practice section (one of the students brought their spouse to be a guinea pig). For this class I also used but did not exactly follow William Rand’s manual, and I think another poster of symbols would be useful. I also need to take a closer look at the manuals – it seems the new edition has changed a few things, which I found out as I was teaching! I didn’t give the Master students their certificates yet – I’ll mail those once they finish their “homework” and pass an attunement on someone else!
So far I’ve been keeping my classes to friends and acquaintances. In the future I’d like to expand by word of mouth some before I go fully public, and if I continue teaching at my house the classes are going to have to stay small for now. My goal is going to be to have one of each level each quarter, but as I am currently pregnant and due to give birth at the beginning of May, I think next quarter is probably out!
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