Home study courses can get a bit of a bum rap, they are often looked down upon or seen as an inferior way of learning. This is far from the case when the course is properly developed and structured, and in the case of learning practices like Reiki and Mindfulness, they can also have a significant advantage over the "live" courses. But how does that work, I hear you ask! Let me explain..
Physical Reiki Courses
- You will receive a written manual and you will be given information.
- You will be carrying out some practical exercises, meditations and working with the energy on your own or on other people.
- You will receive at least one attunement or empowerment.
These courses will last from 1 to 5 days, depending on the level and the teacher. At the end of the course you will walk away with your certificate, a manual and hopefully your teacher will offer you long-term support via some method.
Home Study Reiki Courses
With a home study course, you will get all of the above, but what were those advantages I mentioned?
- Firstly, You will receive all the information digitally so it is there for you when you need to refer to it (so, no frantic note taking as the teacher is talking!).
- You get to spend as much time as you want with the practical exercises, meditations and working with the energy. You can repeat them as many times as you like and you can also download the meditations and instructional videos (so, you complete your course knowing you are completely comfortable with the practices and meditations, rather than just having one or two demonstrations during a live course).
- You will get dedicate online support (so, no having to share the teachers attention over a limited time with a group of other people and no feeling embarrassed to ask all your questions!).
- Your course will be "drip-fed" in manageable modules (projects, lessons), so you don't just get a stack of materials and left to your own devices, you will work with each module, then give feedback and submit any questions you have for your teacher to respond to.
- You will get access to the private course forums where you can get support, advice and connect with other people doing the course.
- You will receive your course attunement(s ) via video conference (or via distant attunements if you do not have access to video conferencing), plus you can receive as many distant empowerments as you want, which you can "tune into" each week even after your course has finished.
Who chooses to Home Study?
There are many reasons you might choose a home study course.
- You may be doing the course primarily for yourself, maybe you've had a couple of Reiki treatments and would like to learn more, but don't feel ready to attend a live course.
- You may prefer to take your time with the course, learning at a more leisurely pace, being more in control of your learning.
- Distance learning may be your preferred method, maybe you work better on your own.
- You may have family commitments and are unable to take a few days away from home to go to a live course.
- You may be shy or lack the confidence to go to a live course with a group of people you haven't met before.
- There may not even be any live courses in your area.
- You may not be able to travel to a different location or even country to get to your chosen live course or preferred teacher.
- You may have mobility or health issues which mean you cannot comfortably sit for a full live course and working at home would be more comfortable for you.
Finally, we'd like to address the elephant in the room! We've heard some say that it's not possible to learn Reiki from a distance because there are attunements, empowerments or rituals that have to be carried out in person... This is absolutely not the case, these same people will probably teach or agree that it is possible to send healing energy across the world in the form of distant healing...so what is the difference between sending distant healing and sending a distant attunement o empowerment? It is the same Reiki energy, just the intention is different. We can also personally attest to the power of distant attunements and empowerments, we have received them and we have sent them, and we know that they work just as well as live rituals, with sometimes very powerful reactions from recipients.
So choosing a Reiki Home Study course could be the ideal method for you and we believe that this way of learning provides an effective and flexible way to learn Reiki provided the course has been properly developed, thought out and provides high quality, comprehensive materials and excellent student support.