I'd like to start off by saying, sorry you haven't heard from me in awhile. I have been uber busy teaching Reiki and doing Reiki.
Why have I been so busy? Because other teacher's students are coming to me in droves to re-do their training! Why is that you say? Well several things - too many poorly taught teachers out there giving shoddy classes, and giving out lots and lots of misinformation and misdirection. I know you must have heard me get on my band wagon before about Reiki needing to be regulated, so just more evidence being stacking up to support that.
Here are a few of this issues that are coming up: Anyone who is a Reiki Master Teacher should be able to answer ANY questions or concerns her/his students come up with. This requires that they are well read and well versed in all things Reiki. If a Reiki teacher cannot answer their students questions, they should say so and do whatever they can to get them an answer, not just leave them in the dark with comments like "well what do you think that means?" or "hmmm, that's interesting". It is their job and duty to get that student an answer, no matter what it takes! Answers like these are indicative of poor training and a lack of understanding about what it is you are teaching.
The other issue that has come up is teachers requiring Level One students to go and fill some kind of quota whereby they are required to treat X amount of strangers as some sort of requirement for certification at this level. EXCUSE ME?????? Level One students have no business whatsoever going out and doing Reiki on the public at large. Level One is all about YOUR healing, YOUR coming into balance, YOUR learning all about the ins and outs of using Reiki on a daily basis in self- treating and practicing of the Five Reiki precepts, etc.
The bigger issue that has come up around this is things are happening in these Reiki sessions on the public these newbies can't handle and have no idea what to do about. To top it off, they cannot get answers from these supposed teachers as to what to do when these things occur, what they mean or what they are. Very frightening, upsetting and confusing for these brand new practitioners, not to mention how it makes Reiki look to the public they've been unleashed on!
In summation, PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE do your homework people! Check out the teacher you are interested in working with by meeting up with them, feel out their energy, their space (good vibes or smokescreen), get a Reiki session from them, read any reviews on their websites from their students, and maybe ask around and see what others have to say in your community about them or any other teachers in your area. Don't just blindly sign up for a class because somebody has an impressive website or is conveniently located for you, otherwise you may end up like these other people, wasting lots of money and time and being traumatized about doing Reiki. I even have heard of several people in my area who are now afraid to do Reiki. THIS IS NOT GOOD, AND NOT RIGHT! Reiki is a miracle, it is a gift from the Creator, Great Spirit, whatever you want to call it, and much needed right now especially!