About Reiki: Q.: What is your Reiki lineage?
A.: My Western Reiki Lineage is
Mikao Usui > Chujiro Hayashi > Hawayo Takata > Phyllis Lei Furumoto > Carrell Ann Farmer > Leah Smith > William Lee Rand > Elizabeth Gilberg > William S. Tupkal > Lynne Blanchard > Lindy Barron > Jollean Matsen > Stephanie Rink > Michael Kaufmann
My Japanese Reiki Lineage is
Mikao Usui > Chujiro Hayashi > Chiyoko Yamaguchi > Tadao Yamaguchi > Michael Kaufmann
About Reiki: Q.: Why do you teach Reiki Level One in one day?
A.: My reasons for teaching Reiki Level One in one day are as follows;
- The group size on my courses is limited, so that I can attune each participant individually. This takes 5 to 7 minutes per person. Anyone who teaches Reiki to large groups will need to schedule two days or more (or perform “mass attunements” instead of individual ones).
- I do not include non-Reiki materials in my courses. One of my Reiki teachers taught Level One over two days, adding lengthy Tarot card readings and rounds of giving each student metaphysical counseling (which was not what we had come for) to the course.
- I run monthly Reiki practice groups for my students, so that they can extend the contact with me as their teacher to many more days if they wish and also meet other students of all levels.
- I offer free life-long post-course support via telephone and e-mail. Again, this means that all my students have access to extended teacher contact, no matter where they live.
- The day of my Level One course is a focused and carefully structured day. We start at 10:30 in the morning and finish at 18:30. There are several short tea breaks and a 30 minutes lunch break (everyone brings their own lunch and we stay together in the venue). A two-day course does not necessarily mean more actual teaching time than a one-day course. Some teachers have lunch breaks of up to two hours with several 20 to 30 minutes tea breaks throughout and then finish earlier, so that their actual teaching time is the same as mine even if their course is spread over tow days.
About Reiki: Q.: Is it possible to feel Reiki after the practitioner has withdrawn his or her hands?
A.: Yes. When you treat an area with Reiki, the energy often keeps on working there even after the hands have been removed. A healing response has been triggered and can be felt sometimes for hours after the treatment – just like the nutrients from our food stay in the body long after we have eaten.
About Reiki: Q.: When you give Reiki to yourself, will there be days when you don’t need it as much and you will feel it less?
A.: It varies. Sometimes, you may need a lot of Reiki but still barely feel it – at other times you may not need much but strongly resonate with it and feel it a lot. It is best not to get attached to a certain experience and to want it to be repeated over and over again. Instead, go with the flow, some days you’ll feel little, other days a lot, that’s part of the beauty of Reiki. Trust Reiki to be there, however much or little you feel at the time.
About Meditation: Q.: Do I have to be able to stop or control all my thoughts in order to meditate correctly?
A.: No. Meditation is not about trying to control the mind. It is about extending your awareness to the space around, behind and in between your thoughts. It is like discovering the sky above and around each cloud. This is a wonderful feeling.
About Reiki: Q.: Can a Reiki practitioner accidentally break the balance of the client’s chakras if they don’t place their hands in the standard hand positions?
A.: No. There is no danger of that. Reiki will go where it is needed and will never violate a healthy balance.
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