Corona virus and Teaching Reiki Classes By William Lee Rand
The International Center for Reiki Training
Dear Reiki People,
I’d like to share some additional information about our current situation with a focus on teaching Reiki classes. As I said before, I think our greatest advantage with the Coronavirus is the fact that Reiki enhances the immune system. Please follow my previous advice and give yourself Reiki regularly everyday, send Reiki to others and to the world situation along with following the guidelines from the CDC.
Teaching Reiki Classes in Person
Unless a quarantine is imposed or there are other restrictions, it is possible to teach Reiki classes in person. If you choose to do so, please keep these guidelines in mind:
- Keep up to date with the latest CDC guidelines and follow them. https://www.cdc.gov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
- Let students know in advance that they should not attend a Reiki class or session if they are sick.
- If during class, a student shows signs of illness, such as repeated sneezing, coughing, runny nose or are sick to the stomach, immediately ask the student to leave class.
- Let students know that it will be a non-touching and non-hugging class including no holding hands.
- Ask students to wash their hands during each break.
- Use a fresh tissue to push elevator buttons or open doors to public buildings and so forth, then toss the tissue in a wastebasket.
- Advise students to avoid touching their face.
- If students need to cough, ask them to do so into a tissue, then discard the tissue.
- Replace hugs with the namaste salute. This is done between 2 people by each placing their hands in the gassho or prayer position, and while looking each other in the eyes, slowly bowing toward each other. While doing this repeat out loud or to oneself: “The Divinity that I am honors the Divinity that you are.”
- Reiki sessions can be given without touching the client, by keeping the hands several inches from the body of the client.
- After your client has gone, you could sanitize your table with a product like Lysol or something similar, but when using a powerful product like this, read and follow the directions on the bottle, use rubber gloves and wash off the Lysol with soap and water and dry it before using the table with your next client.
- The Holy Fire ® style of Reiki presents the attunements (called Placements and Ignitions) as a short, guided meditation. In this case, there is no physical contact between the teacher and the student so this process is in keeping with the CDC guidelines.
- In other systems of Reiki in which physical contact with the student is usually used during attunements, instead, follow this procedure: With the student seated, move 4 feet or so behind the student. Use the distant symbol and say a prayer indicating you will begin the attunement for the student in front of you. Then imagine the student seated in a chair behind the student and follow the usual steps to do the attunement without touching the actual student and giving the attunement to the imaginary student that represents the actual student. Make sure there is enough room between the actual student and the imaginary student so you can move all the way around the imaginary student. Use this method or something similar so that you give the attunement without touching the student. While it is not recommend that you touch your students during the attunement, if for some reason, you feel you must, then both you and your student would need to wash their hands before and after the attunement.
- After class, you can maintain contact with your students online using Video Conferencing platform.