LEARNING REIKI FOR YOURSELF and OTHERS
THE SACRED WAYS SEEKS TO OFFER ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC TEACHING
Reiki at The Sacred Ways is taught in the Usui Reiki Ryoho tradition - the tradition understood as the original Japanese practice created by Mikao Usui for healing and wellness. The system of Reiki is generally taught at 3 Levels, although this may vary slightly across teaching organizations.
The classes I teach follow the work of Frans Steine and Bronwen Logan, who founded the International House of Reiki to provide complete and authentic teaching of the original system of Reiki. (Visit www.IHReiki.com if you wish to learn more about this wonderful group and the dedicated work they do.) I was taught both by Frans Steine (in 2018) as well as Deanne Lozano (2011) who was a student of Frans and Bronwen.
3 LEVELS OF TEACHING
Here is a general description of the 3 Levels of Reiki, courtesy of International House of Reiki.
SHODEN LEVEL 1 (Japanese: "Beginning Teachings")
Shoden teaches to practice healing the self and the basics about helping others. At this level, the student is heading out on the path to self-discovery. This is just the beginning.
OKUDEN LEVEL 2 (Japanese: "Hidden or Inner Teachings")
Okuden is where the students learn three mantras and three symbols that aid in focusing the energy. At this level you discover your hidden inner qualities such as your Earth, Heaven and Heart Energy. There is the opportunity to develop a professional treatment practice form these teachings.
SHINPIDEN LEVEL 3 (Japanese; "Mystery Teachings")
Shinpiden focuses on personal development and teaches the student how to performa attunements. At this level you move into discovering more about the mysteries of life. How you relate to yourself and the universe. This can be practiced for the rest of your life and is always a personal practice which can develop into a professional teaching practice if you so desire. There are also deeper Japanese cultural and philosophical understandings that are taught at each level, which will be explained in more detail with the appropriate levels.
Please note: You DO NOT need to take classes beyond Level 1 if you do not choose. The first level provides tools and techniques to use over and over again in your healing and self development.
SHODEN: LEVEL 1 CLASS DETAILS
CLASSES ARE DONE EITHER AS IN-PERSON GROUP or PRIVATE CLASSES
In this class you will be provided a solid foundation of the concept of energy healing and tools to create a more balanced and meaningful life. These include meditation, breath-work, hands-on healing, techniques, exercises, discussion, and more over the class. You will leave with a full "system" of tools and techniques to begin changes in yourself and others, including a manual of all information shared.
The class we will cover:
Introduction to Reiki and Energy Work including History
The Elements of the System of Reiki
Traditional Reiki Techniques and Meditations
Other Techniques and Meditations
How to Work on Yourself
How to Work in Others
The class is taught to allow proper time to discuss, share, practice and re-inforce the material. The emphasis of this class will be to work on yourself, although we will begin to understand the opportunity to work on others as well.
Group Classes are taught over 2+ days.
Private classes are taught over four, 2-hr. sessions which you schedule at your convenience.
IS REIKI RIGHT FOR ME?
The system of Reiki provides an opportunity to learn meditative techniques to calm yourself and others...thereby prompting healing of body, mind and/or soul. Learning Reiki can be a great practice for stress relief, personal connection, or general wellness.
Like Yoga and Meditation, Reiki comes from a sacred or spiritual origin which encourages us to return to our "original nature". However, the practice does not promote or require any particular spiritual or religious belief system. The connection you create within yourself is of your own choosing and understanding.
You do not need any prior meditative experience or Reiki-treatment experience before coming to class. The class size will be small (no larger than 4 students) to allow a person experience for you.
WHAT TO BRING, WEAR, etc
Please wear comfortable/casual clothing, just as you would for a Reiki session. Although I will give you a manual, you will probably want to bring something to take notes on as well. I will have water for you, but you may bring other drinks if you wish.
The Sacred Ways, 1604 Chicago Ave. Evanston, IL 60201. Parking is available on the street or nearby city lots.
HOW DO I BOOK?
Simply click on any "BOOK HERE" button on this Site to go to the Booking Page. You will pay the class fee when you book.
For Private Sessions, you will book your first class when you pay the fee. You may schedule your 2nd-4th sessions any time you wish*. If you like, you may also do 2 sessions consecutively by scheduling them back-to-back on the same day.
*FYI, when you schedule your class times, the booking system may refer to them as "1 hr" slots. Don't worry....each class period will actually last 2 hours.
OKUDEN: LEVEL 2 CLASS DETAILS
NOTE: this class is for those who have taken Level 1: Shoden with The Sacred Ways
WHAT IS OKUDEN?
In Okuden, or "Inner Teachings" you learn three mantras and symbols that aid in focusing energy. At this level you discover more deeply hidden internal qualities which are called Earth, Heaven and Heart Energy. You also learn more about how to work on other people and this level is considered a requirement if you plan to have any sort of professional practice.
This level also includes review of some of the elements from the first level of Reiki - Shoden.
Okuden is taught similar to Shoden, via Group Class or Drive Class of four 2-hr sessions. You may schedule the class in the same manner you schedule your first class.
FYI, when you schedule your class times, the booking system may refer to them as "1 hr" slots. Don't worry....each class period will actually last 2 hours.
SHOULD I TAKE OKUDEN/REIKI 2?
Going further in your practice is a personal decision. There is no requirement to take more classes and you are not "behind" if you don't decide to take another Reiki class soon. This is totally up to you.
However, if you're feeling connected to the Reiki practice and would like to learn more, or plan to consider working on others in a bigger way, this will help you.
If you're struggling to maintain a regular practice this may, or may not, change that. If you're the kind of person that might benefit from the inspiration of more teaching, Okuden might be good for you. On the other hand, if you feel overwhelmed with having to do, or remember, various techniques or practices, this might add more to your plate and not help you build your foundation...yet.
I would ask that you "feel out" where you think you are. Consider doing the next level to expand you or inspire you but not out of worry that you are not "doing enough".
If you have any questions about taking a Reiki class, please call me at 312-835-0276. I'm happy to talk in advance with you.
Reiki Master/Teacher, The Sacred Ways