Courses & Workshops 2019
SOME MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT PRACTICING AND STUDYING REIKI IN SOUTH AFRICA AND INTERNATIONALLY
It is very unfortunate that I even find myself having to write this as when I started out on this journey I had no idea how competitive the spiritual community could be. Unfortunately, and I have found out the hard way, there are some to whom teaching reiki has become big business. As you read up you will find a certain section of the spiritual community who will tell you that their course is the ONLY accredited and internationally accepted course, and the only one registered with an association in South Africa. The association is self created - it was not created and is not officially recognised by any Reiki Powers that be, and your reiki course is internationally accepted by your Lineage (which you MUST receive when doing any course). ALL 12 week or longer courses taught in South Africa enable you to go on further and study Karuna Reiki ® and Lightarian Reiki® - both international courses (You actually receive your certificates from those institutes). From the International Centre of Reiki Training - "We require that a student has taken ART or what is also called 3A or Reiki master before taking any level of Karuna Reiki® - This is to ensure that the student has the use of the Usui master symbol before going on to take any of the Karuna Reiki® classes." If our courses were not internationally accepted you would not be able to study further overseas. My course is Reiki 1, 2, 3a (Advanced) and the 3b is Masters (A separate course I teach once you have finished Advanced).
Another misconception is that there are some teachers working with the Health and Wellness Services Seta to accredit Reiki as a vocational training and as a result those teachers are the only ones offering accredited training.Until such time as the Health and Wellness Seta passes this training NO course is accredited by them, and when this does happen, all Reiki teachers will be able to apply for accreditation. The long and the short of it, is we are all basically on a level playing field, and as such we shouldn't be denigrating other courses. "Mine is better than yours" should not be coming into play. The fact of the matter is that Reiki is not a regulated healthcare field so there is no present standing certification program that can declare anyone a true master and carry the weight of valid professional credentials. This stands for the whole world and not just South Africa. Infact amongst the majority of Reiki communities worldwide, this kind of powerplay is massively frowned upon and discouraged.
Practising Reiki and the Law:
There are no countries in the world where there are laws governing the practice of Reiki. Several groups in the USA have attempted to pass laws regulating the practice of Reiki in several states. The most recent attempts were in Texas, New York and Florida. In Texas, the legislation was crafted so that only members of the Reiki Alliance and Reiki Touch (and those trained by Alliance masters) could be considered Reiki Masters under law. It also set specific fees for training (10,000 dollars for the Master level) and severe penalties for violating the law. It was fiercely opposed and failed. In New York, the board of Massage therapists, tried to legislate Reiki under the auspices of the Massage therapy Board and Laws. After witnessing a demonstration of Reiki, the board decided that Reiki was not massage and dropped the legislative attempt. The most current attempt pending is in Florida, where the massage board has usurped the right of Reiki Practitioners to legally practice. The board has placed Reiki under the auspices of massage law, even thought there is no manipulation of tissue as in massage. The matter will now have to be settled legislatively. In this case, the practitioners now practice without touch, and work in the Aura only.
Keeping Reiki Free By William Lee Rand - The International Centre For Reiki Training
It is not mandatory to join any organsition to practice or teach reiki in South Africa, or internationally. The idea of an association is great as it provides a place for like minded people to connect, and can uphold a higher standard, however, as soon as this association becomes exclusive, and only excepts members who have studied their particular course, and threatens to expel you as a member when you show an interest in going further, then you have a problem. If you read up on most international reiki organisations, they will accept you regardless of where or who taught you, for eg taken from www.reikiassociation.net:
"Community Membership is open to anyone initiated into Reiki!
The Reiki Association offers people who have Reiki the opportunity to be in community together and membership is open to anyone initiated into Reiki, even though the core of belief of this Association is the Usui System (Usui Shiki Ryoho)."
From my own experience, I was refused entry into Masters as I was very open about the fact that I wanted to teach, and I was expressly told that I could not teach as I lived within 22 kms of my own teacher. That's when I realised that this associations main focus was monopoly and not mentorship. It took me awhile to self empower myself as I had - and still do have - great respect for her as a teacher, and I had to actually disassociate. Like the Hierophant card in the Tarot teaches - sometimes institutionalising something is not always the best thing. After I left, the world opened up for me and I gained the most fabulous teachers who taught me what true mentorship is, and I want to offer the same thing to my students. I believe as a community we should support each other and stand together and not create a culture of exclusivity which personally I believe goes against everything that Reiki teaches us.
"Reiki is a spiritual practice, so regulation simply does not apply. Regulated spiritual practice is religion. Moreover, Reiki practice is accessible to everyone, not only a select few. Imagine trying to regulate traditional Yoga..."
In Frank Petter's latest book, "Reiki: The Legacy of Dr. Usui", There is a section containing an interview with Dr. Usui (The founder of Reiki). In it, Usui states that Reiki is for all and that is why it cannot be owned by any one person.
If you spend any length of time in the "Reiki Community", you will find many different practices, and attitudes prevalent. You will find many many caring professionals and practitioners who love Reiki, and enjoy healing others with reiki, and teaching reiki to others. Sadly, you will also encounter some of the following attitudes:
1. My lineage is more "true", "pure", "more direct".
2. Your teaching is incomplete, you did not learn in the "traditional", "non-traditional", "method from Japan" way.
3. Your teaching/training was "with an inadequate teacher".
4. Your Master class was inferior because "you cannot be truly a master because you are not adequately prepared to teach".
5. You are not practicing the Usui System because "you trained with Master "X" and everyone knows he/she doesn't practice true Reiki".
6. My system of reiki is superior because "it is more powerful", "more deeply penetrating", "heals on a deeper level", "is higher vibrational", "I have trained in Japan" (and on and on ad nauseaum)
I believe very strongly that all Reiki Practitioners should be properly trained. I also believe that they should practice Reiki and be proficient before they attempt to teach others. However, I do not believe that I am the arbiter of what "good training" is. People need different things and there are masters and styles to fill in all those needs. I am not in any position to judge any other Reiki Channels ability to do, or teach reiki. So having said all that, there are many fabulous teachers in South Africa, and they each teach differently. Talk to a prospective teacher, and even better, find the time to sit down and meet with them. The best way to figure out which course is the best for you, is to judge by the energy you feel from a prospective teacher. Remember a good teacher should be your mentor for life, so your energies must gel. Spiritual practice should be empowering, so if you find your Reiki teacher is dis-empowering you, you probably don't have the right teacher. Do not get hoodwinked by anyone who tells you their course is the only accredited course, or who tells you cannot teach in the future or who bad mouths any other reiki teacher. If you are told that a course is internationally accredited by an International Organisation, go to the website and check!
I have included some questions below that you can ask a prospective teacher.