Before reading this blog, please be sure that you have read the first part –“ Why Do I Teach Reiki Online?”
I have been teaching Reiki for more than more than 10 years. I would admit I am so engrossed with teaching that I always make changes to my manual to develop and update information. I love to teach and see students grow. I love to study and research things that I can impart to my students. My mission is to impart spiritual teaching and help people take the spiritual journey.
When COVID 19 quarantine was implemented, I never thought about stopping my teaching because of the imposed physical limitations. I was so spirited that the inspiration to go beyond physical limitations dawned on me. I found myself teaching Reiki online and holding lectures that can help people focus their attention to adjust or cope up with the situation.
I may be one of the teachers who immediately switched to teaching Reiki online to pursue my mission to promote Reiki. I even participated in the first Philippine Reiki Conference Online that was a success. I rise up with ‘Spirit’ who bears no limitations.
I find teaching online to be very different from the in-person teaching. Yes, one may say that teaching in person is better but I shall say the only difference is physical, but the energy and spirit of Reiki is the same.
I found myself doing more in an online teaching than the in-person one. This is because, as a teacher, I want to ensure that students learn the theoretical and practical lessons needed in Reiki. I am moved to create videos to supplement my teachings when the students are on their own for their practicum. I also give recorded videos for the students to review their classes. There were instances where I had to create impromptu e-books and videos just to attend to the needs of the number of students per class.
More requirements before giving certificates. This is not really about being strict but about my way measuring the quality of learning, practice and attentiveness of the students to their study. Yes, I give on the spot and online quizzes. I require the submission of Reiki Practicum on self-healing, healing others, and meditation. I make sure that I meet all the students online to wrap up and evaluate their experiences before giving them their certificates.
Being available to the students strengthens the relationship. There is this magic that connects me to the students – a feeling of connection that I know my students know that I am just a ‘click-away’ whenever they need me. I find students ask questions about their assignment, their practice, or spiritual journey more than my in-person classes. This for me shows more attentiveness and a deeper relationship.
To me, students are more inter-active in an online class. Amazingly, online students are more active. They speak their minds – either by writing on a chat box or speaking on the video class. Writing on a chat box is not available on an in-person class. Students who are shy might find themselves withholding their thoughts, comments, and feelings. No one is shy in an online-class. Everyone participates in break-out rooms and in any activities.
Online-class though in a physical distance is like sitting in front of each other. Unlike in an in-person class where I can see my distance to my students who might be sitting physically far away from me, on-line students always appear to be sitting right in front of me. If I feel this way energetically, I am sure students feel the same. Their energies are not scattered when they answer my questions. Unlike in an in-person class, where I can see students making efforts to project to others in a classroom setting. Students are also excited to meet their classmates; this creates a loving link to each other.
Do not worry about the attunements. Energies are the same, as Reiki comes from the Divine Source, who is not bounded by physical distance. I made students to participate in the attunements aside from doing the gassho. In this way, they can visualize and feel Reiki and won’t be anxious about silence and asking if they are receiving or not. We lift everything to the Divine Source.
I have learned a lot with teaching online, and I think I shall carry some of these lessons with me when I resume teaching in-person. Each way has its own creative energy which sparks us.
Lights and Love,