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  • Writer's picturePauline Smit Reiki

Why do people do Reiki training courses?

Many people come to me for Reiki sessions. They often experience something really great and they then ask me more questions about Reiki. Some of those who have been my clients want to learn how to practice Reiki, for their own self-healing or to benefit those around them.

The training courses I do are some of the most rewarding parts of my work. This is because they transform people’s lives. People who come on courses come from all walks of life with a wide range of life experiences, and experiences with spirituality or Reiki. I find this really refreshing because it shows that Reiki really is for everybody.

This is what people tell me about the courses and the impact their course has had on them:

‘I feel more empowered and calmer.’

‘It was everything I expected and more.’

‘It has pushed me towards being my true self.’

‘The course has changed my life for the better.’

My new year’s message to you is, do this course! Your brain may put up ten reasons why you can’t do it, shouldn’t do it, don’t have time etc etc, so instead of giving into these thoughts, I invite you to read more below about the power of the training and how it will improve your life.

Over the years I have learned how to deliver what I feel is a quality training experience that touches the deeps within people. I have also seen others deliver something they call ‘Reiki training’, but it is much more superficial.

Let me explain a bit about what I do and why I think this is the better path for Reiki training:

· Inner growth is a marathon, not a sprint.

I often hear from other practitioners that people want a ‘quick fix’ training, and that committing to multiple sessions is hard for people with busy lives. Whilst I have some sympathy for this, I think that part of your Reiki journey is taking that first step to commit to inner growth, to personal development. If a person expects to squash training into a morning and then for it to actually mean something, they often forget their learning in a week or two and the experience quickly fades as they go about their busy lives.

I have trialed different models and now have a pattern that I feel delivers the right level of commitment and impact. I deliver four sessions, once a week, for 3 hours usually in an evening. This pace allows people to take in the information then reflect on it from one week to the next. It also allows them practice and build this week on week, from first feeling the energy in week one all the way to being able to do a whole session, practising on others in the group. The group experience also allows for bonding and collective reflection together.

The final benefit to the weekly session model is that over time you build a real sense of confidence, so that people can integrate it into their day-to-day lives. This last purpose is re-enforced by a fifth and final session. By this time, most people are confident to do Reiki on themselves and friends/family, so this final session is where we go to an animal rescue centre and the students practice Reiki on the animals. With friends, family or fellow students, the feedback from a session is often positive – but a student can be left unsure of whether it really worked, or whether their friend/fellow student is just being polite. This is not the case with animals of course, so when a student sees the benefit with an animal, they know that it is really working.

· Attunement without the training is like a cart without the wheels

Some people read about Reiki instead of training in it, and only visit a practitioner for an attunement. An attunement is where a Reiki practitioner helps open up your energy channels and connections. The attunement is a vital part of the training, but must go hand in hand with the learning and the practice, otherwise the person does not know what is happening or how to use the energy properly.

With me, each student feels the energy, and builds on the intuition associated with this feeling over the weeks of the course. Without this, a student could be left feeling unfocused in their mind and in their energy, and may struggle to then work with Reiki in another person or animal. The attunement is a crucial part of the training because it helps you expand your ability to receive the training, but it should not be instead of receiving training. It’s important to not rush into an attunement because people need to be ready to touch the deeps. Therefore, I do the attunement in week four, as that is when people are ready for it. Instead of a superficial healing and clearing, instead it helps them feel and remember the connection between their true nature and the energy to experience deep healing. It works so well because people have been practicing and tuning in over a number of weeks, and have the dedication and the intention to experience it at its deepest level.

The aim of my training is to help people in their life-long path, to go on a journey with me, their fellow students and themselves. In life there are no true ‘quick fixes’ and this is true of Reiki training. Through good training the learner gets a deep and meaningful experience as well as developing and listening to their inner selves and their inner healer. It is this inner self that will help each person over time with their life and Reiki journeys.

Going on the journey of a Reiki course is a life changing experience and you will love it!

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