Why Repeating Your Jikiden Reiki Training Could Be A Good Idea
This article builds on the previous two articles, which have highlighted the need and benefits of ongoing practice and training to deepen your study of Reiki after the formal Reik training courses and how this way of thinking was part of Reiki practice. In this article I will focus on another option that is available to Jikiden Reiki trained students in addition to monthly Reiju meetings with a workshop element or Reiki shares. That being repeating your formal Reiki training courses: Shoden (beginner level) commonly termed level 1 in non Jikiden Reiki circles, or repeating Okuden (deeper level) or level 2.
The option to repeat formal Reiki training courses is available to all students of Jikdien Reiki and something all Jikiden Reiki teachers agree to do. You don’t tend to see this option in western Reiki (approaches to Usui Reiki that are further away from the Usui Reiki Japanese teachings). The price for repeating training in each country is set from the Jikiden Reiki institute in Japan. In the UK, to repeat the Shoden course is less than half price (£90 for 2 days training) and when repeating the Okuden course it’s a quarter of the original course fees (£60 for one day training)! So you can easily see from the pricing it’s there for a reason other than making money.
The option to repeat formal training courses, is in keeping with the idea that formal Reiki training is the start of your study and ongoing practice of Reiki. A bit like martial arts, your learning is not complete with one lesson of a topic, yet we find in the west the uptake of this option to repeat training courses at a fraction of the price is low. My previous articles on this topic dig into why this might be the case, but for now I wish to look at some reasons repeating the formal Reiki courses might be a good idea.
In addition to all the Reiki training and workshops I had attended as a western Reiki teacher in differing approaches to Usui Reiki, I have taken Jikiden Reiki Shoden and Okuden about 5 times now (disclaimer) as a Shihan (full teacher) it is part of the teacher training process to have done so at least 3 times anyway. I have however found it useful in my study of Reiki.
So what can we gain from repeating courses we have already taken? Firstly, as with any course, with the best intentions in the world we do not retain all the information presented to us in a single day(s) of training. I wrote tons of notes the first time I took formal Jikiden Reiki training. Yet found I wrote just as many notes the second time round (and yes I was listening the first time round). What I have observed is that 6 months, or 1 year after taking a Reiki course and after some practice of what was taught, as I attended the course the second time I myself was at a different place, some questions will only appear with practice, so you would not be at that place the first time of learning, when the content is new.
Repeating training can also be helpful in a layering your technical ability and understanding of an approach or idea being taught. An obvious example is the Kekko technique taught in the Shoden course, the first time of learning is about getting the sequence and process remembered. Only at a second time of coaching can you refine the finer points of the technique.
What you also tend to find with attending different courses is there will be new people learning, so the questions and answers tend to be different each class. The mix of beginners, western trained students and professional practitioners is commonly different. Repeating Reiki training courses is also a great way to receive multiple Reiju’s, with five delivered in all over the two courses.
The general advice and my observation is that most find taking Reiki training the first time best with a Jikiden Reiki teacher in a smaller group, where personal attention and coaching is at its greatest. Most of us teach groups up to 6 or so. My advice is if you would like to repeat training that the most value of repeating training is gained when repeating is done maybe 6 or 12 months after first learning Reiki, after you have had a period of practice of what was taught. In most circumstances I would recommend the first repeat is with the teacher you learnt from the first time, as they will be best placed to fill in any gaps in understanding from your previous training with them.
Beyond that I would suggest taking training with another teacher might be helpful. For example once you have practised for a while, gather up all your questions about Japanese culture and the early days of Reiki and the Yamaguchi family and attend a course if Tadao Yamaguchi (the president of the Jikiden Reiki Institute) visits the UK. Such a class will be bigger and likely have a stronger question and answer element, and maybe less personal coaching (as participant numbers might be up to 20), but we gain something different from such an event.
In addition some teachers in the UK have differing experiences, some are more practical focused with a lot of experience teaching and delivering treatments. Some have lived in Japan and have more depth in understanding of Japanese culture, some have a lot of experience with western approaches to Usui Reiki so understand the misunderstandings that have come through with Reiki in the west. All this can aid your study of Reiki. My view is that once you have repeated training 1 or 2 times, you might only then wish to do so as a recap every few years, or if an opportunity comes up to learn with someone who is not UK based who visits the UK occasionally, such a Frank Arjarva Petter (vice president of Jikiden Reiki, who is based in Greece), or Tadao Yamaguchi (president of Jikiden Reiki, who is based in Japan). If you would like to repeat your Jikiden Reiki training with myself get in touch and I can let you know more details.
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About the author, Shaun Mckeown: could be labeled as a performance strategist, coach, teacher, or a life balance specialist. In essence Shaun is a strategic, creative problem solver, with a holistic view. He has 20 years professional experience helping people with health, well-being, sport performance, reducing stress and life balance. He has a BSc.(Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science, as well as experience coaching and teaching in exercise conditioning, holistic lifestyle and nutrition, sport performance and Reiki. So both science and holistic perspectives.
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