Since Free distant learning started to blossom all over the world thanks to the invention
of the Internet, many people have tried to dissuade students who wish to learn the discipline by making vague statements
about 'proper training' 'the right master' 'experience necessary' and other types of veiled warnings about the 'dangers' of
learning outside a hands on class. This is not only untrue but quite sad in it's way.
To try to prevent people from bringing Reiki into their lives by creating fear is not only against the basic principles
that Reiki is based on, but is against all teachings from any of the world religions. LOVE one another, is the bottom
line. Telling people that they should not have Reiki is no kind of love.
When you are ready to start sending distant Reiki you can find out how to do this from the many Reiki manuals published
on the Internet. There is no one way that is better than another for doing this, choose one method that you would like
to try and just follow the instructions! It helps to build your confidence at first if you have a partner to pair up
with. You can arrange a mutual time to send distant Reiki and then your partner will let you know how they felt, what
they felt etc., and you can also relay to your partner anything that you felt while you were sending to them. GrassrootsReiki
provides a database of names and addresses of people who would like to be paired up with someone else for distant sending
practice, as do many other Reiki groups and online teachers. So - no lack there!
Many hands on teachers are now asking for case studies to be completed and handed in before 2nd Degree certificates are
issued. GrassrootsReiki, along with many other teaching groups recognises the difficulty that this can cause for many
people who live in isolated areas, or are new in town and don't know that many people yet, or who don't actually want to invade
people's private affairs just to write up a case history about them. We do not feel that making people hand in case
histories is necessary for learning, what is after all a Self Empowering discipline, first and foremost. If students
are learning a straight forward alternative therapy like Aromatherapy or Reflexology and are planning to earn a living treating
patients, then homework should certainly be done to ensure that they are not going to harm any potential clients. Reiki
can be done by small children, it NEVER causes harm to anyone, it can be carried out by anyone with a little instruction,
making case studies an unnecessary addition to the costs and time that a hands on Reiki class takes. People are also
now failing Reiki classes after paying their course fee, because they couldn't find the requisite number of people to write
up case studies about!
Learning online does away with the type of controls that some place on their own teachings. You do not need to
hand in homework, you are not obliged to ask your teacher for permission to learn elsewhere if you want to, and you do not
take on board any dogmatic views that someone else may hold as 'fact' - you are free to check out all sites, read all kinds
of views, and only adhere to those that fit with your own belief system and moral views.