Reiju for You

taggart king reiki evolutionClick HERE to find out how to tune into distant "Reiju" empowerments sent out every Monday by Taggart King, Reiki Master Teacher and the founder of Reiki Evolution.

My Manifesto for Reiki Tolerance

reiki evolution rainbow tree


Honouring all the flavours of Reiki

The lovely thing about Reiki is that there are so many styles, so many different ways of working with the energy. Various people on the Internet have tried to compile lists of the different versions, and I think the total runs to a hundred or more.

Reiki seems to work as an effortless ‘carrier’, rather like a radio station and transmitter that you can play endless different songs through, but you need the underlying radio waves before the songs can be played.

Reiki is like those radio waves: a carrier that supports very… Continue reading

How to Use Symbols if you can’t Visualise Well

problems visualising reiki symbols

In my blog post A Simple Way with Reiki Symbols I describe a simple meditation method for experiencing the energy that a Reiki symbol (or any other symbol, for that matter) creates. I suggest that you take a quick look at that post before reading on.
Using visual images works quite well for probably the majority of people (so it’s a useful first port of call, and all Reiki courses, of course, include symbols at Second Degree and beyond), but there are a fair number of people where it’s not such a good fit.
Mikao Usui got round… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: using the right 4MAT

reiki teaching myers briggs 4MAT system

That is not a spelling mistake: I did intend to spell the word ‘format’ in that way! The “4MAT” system is a way of approaching teaching that was created by Bernice McCarthy and proposes that there are four major learning styles, each of which result in a student asking different questions and displaying different strengths during the learning process.

The 4MAT system is based on Myers-Briggs personality typing, which break people down into different categories, for example Introvert and Extrovert.

I am not going to go into detail here about the different categories (you can read up about those for… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: using learning preferences

People learn in different ways. When we learn we take in information through our senses, so we see things, we hear things, we learn through doing and we mull things over in our mind. The best learning comes when you provide people with training that engages with all these aspects.

Some people tend to prefer one approach over the others, so you might find that one person much prefers to listen, whereas another might really need to see something before they ‘get it’, while yet others need to do practical things, to move, to really understand and remember what they… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: what are your goals?

reiki teaching goals

When you are starting to teach Reiki courses and are planning what you are going to cover, demonstrate and say, it is very important that you start with a clear idea of what you’re aiming for: your goals.

Goals can encompass what information you want your students to have taken on board and understood, what practical exercises you want them to have been through, and feel comfortable with, and what ‘Reiki worldview’ you want to instil. I will talk more about this last item further down the page.

Knowledge goals

Most teachers will want their students to have a fairly… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: supporting your students

giving support to reiki students

One of the things that we hear about quite a lot from people who come to Reiki Evolution, having taken a Reiki course before with a different teacher, is that they were never able to get in touch with their previous teacher to ask questions or ask for advice. They felt left out on a limb.

Either the teacher never got back to them, or the student had the impression that the teacher was ‘too busy’, or the student felt intimidated and didn’t want to ‘bother’ their Reiki teacher.

That’s not very good, is it?

So in this blog I… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: your course materials

woman reading reiki course materials

Imagine going on a Reiki course, say a First Degree course, for the first time. You don’t know anything about Reiki, really, and you’re not sure what is going to happen on the course. When you arrive, the teacher starts to tell you huge amounts of information about Reiki during your day. It’s difficult to take it all in – it’s all so new, after all, and you haven’t heard any of this stuff before. There are new ideas and concept to get your head around and you have lots of questions.

You try to take notes as you go… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: tell them, tell them, tell them

reiki teaching advice: public speaking

In my recent blog “Reiki teaching: explain, guide, review” I ran through a simple sequence that you can follow when teaching practical exercises to your students.

In this blog I would like to talk about the information that you pass on, how to help the information to stick in your students’ minds, and how to ensure that new information relates to what has come before, and is put in proper context.

And in doing this, I will be relying on some very basic advice that is given to people who do public speaking. In fact, this is the… Continue reading

Beware of “Know-it-all” Reiki people

A Reiki practitioner contacted me the other day to ask my advice about something. They had treated a new Reiki client, who had been to see other Reiki practitioners in the past, and the client wanted to know what the practitioner had picked up, meaning that the client wanted the Reiki practitioner to tell her about physical problems she had: to diagnose what was wrong with the client.

The client commented that previous Reiki practitioners they had seen had told them that they had a problem with a particular part of their body (maybe an organ). This made the practitioner… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: explain, guide and review

reiki teaching advice: explain, guide, review

When you teach someone Reiki, you are teaching a practical skill, an art. Reiki is about things that you do: you meditate, you move energy with visualisation or intention, you move through hand positions as you treat other people, and students need to become comfortable with these practical skills by doing them: initially on their Reiki course and then through repeated practice once they get back home, in the days and weeks after their course.

It occurred to me that when I teach Reiki I go through a particular sequence, with the students sitting in front of me, whenever I… Continue reading

Reiki teaching: structuring your course

building blocks: structure your reiki course

At Reiki Evolution we have a steady stream of students coming to us to re-take their Reiki courses because they weren’t very happy with their original Reiki training, and we hear quite a few horror stories about wholly inadequate Reiki training courses.

The main criticisms fall into three categories:

  • Aimless drifting through the day of the course, talking about things unrelated to Reiki
  • Emerging from the course without a clear idea of what Reiki is or how to use it
  • Hardly any hands-on practice at actually doing Reiki, but a lot of talking

So if a student ends up spending… Continue reading