First Degree (Shoden): Home Study Course Description

Shoden: Reiki First Degree

The course will take approx. 6-8 weeks to complete, and is based on carrying out a series of graded 'energy projects' totalling 30+ hours of practical energy work, which constitutes far more energy work than students carry out on live Reiki training courses. You will be doing something with energy most days, and you will also be working regularly on other people. We will provide you with a series of distant empowerments.

Course Overview

Here is an overview of the way that the Home Study course will work, showing in general terms what you will be doing during each of the six stages of the course.

Stage 1

This stage is all about familiarising yourself with the course and doing some background reading and listening. Your first project will be to explore the meditative practice of mindfulness and to consider the Reiki precepts.

Stage 2

This stage you will receive repeated distant empowerments, start to carry out some simple Japanese energy exercises, and start to play with energy.

Stage 3

This stage you will extend your Japanese energy exercises into a longer sequence, carry on playing with the energy by starting to practise 'scanning', and you will receive a further distant empowerment.

Stage 4

This stage you will add a powerful self-treatment meditation to your basic daily energy exercises, you will experiment with various approaches to self-treatment, and receive a further distant empowerment. You will also practise feeling the energy field around plants and animals (if possible).

Stage 5

This stage, as well as maintaining your daily energy practices and receiving a distant empowerment, you will learn different approaches to treating people and you will start to treat some other people, in a simple fashion, for 20-30 minutes.

Stage 6

This stage, as well as maintaining your daily energy practices and receiving a distant empowerment, you will carry out at least two 'full' Reiki treatments.

Receive one-to-one support as you work through your course

It is very important to make sure that our home study students have carried out all the practical exercises that they need to carry out in order to feel confident in what they are doing, so it is important that we are on hand to answer and questions or queries that students have, and to advise them and support them as they progress through their course.

What we do is to break the course down into a series of stages, or 'projects', where for each stage the student does some reading, listens to the audio commentary, carries out practical energy exercises and then sends us feedback by e-mail to let us know what they have done and what they have experienced. We can then gear our support to what the student has done and what they need. Training is one-to-one.

Tune in to the Reiki energy

During your home study course you will receive a flurry of distant 'Reiju' empowerments during the early stages of your course. These traditional Japanese empowerments open up the channels through which Reiki flows, they help you to recognise something that is already within you. They are equivalent to Western-style Reiki 'attunements' and enable you to use Reiki for your own benefit and for the benefit of the people around you - your family and friends. This ability will stay with you for life, you will never lose it, and Reiki works for everyone!

During the later stages of your course, you will 'tune in' to distant Reiju empowerments which we send out every day, on Mondays. Your Reiki potential will not lessen over time, so tuning into these empowerments is not essential, but doing so will make a difference to you and your Reiki practice and echoes the practice of Reiki's founder, Mikao Usui, who empowered his students on a regular basis.

Learn to work with energy

Reiki is all about working with energy, so some of the first practical exercises that you carry out during the course involve learning to experience your own energy and that of other people, plants and animals. You will practice on a group of friends and/or relatives who will act as 'guinea pigs' for you.

You will also be introduced to and practice some Japanese energy exercises that you can use every day to balance your energy system and to make you a stronger and clearer channel for Reiki. These energy exercises come from Japanese Reiki, in its original and later forms, and have been missing from Western Reiki for 50 years.

Learn how to Treat yourself Japanese style and Western style

Reiki in its original form is much more about working on your self than it is about working on other people, so you will learn several approaches that you can use to work on yourself, and your 'Reiki Meditations' audio CD talks you through a traditional Japanese self-treatment 'meditation'. You will find out how relaxing an experience this is and you will be carrying out this self-treatment for several weeks during your course. We will also explain the Western approach to carrying out self-treatments and you have the opportunity to experiment with these different methods.

Give treatments to other people

Your home study course will deal thoroughly with the giving of treatments to other people, and the course materials are comprehensive. We will demonstrate some 'standard' hand positions that you can use to begin with, for although it is good practice to work intuitively, and that will come with time, it is reassuring to begin with to have some basic guidelines to follow!

With time and practice, you should be able to leave the standard hand positions behind you and let the energy guide you (we cover this on the Second Degree - 'Okuden' - course). We will also talk about balancing and energising the aura, and 'scanning' with your hands.You will practice these techniques on a group of friends and/or relatives who will act as 'guinea pigs' for you. Reiki is a hands-on, practical subject, so you need to make sure that you practise treating other people in different ways. The course guides you through the giving of 'head and shoulders' and 'full' Reiki treatments. You provide us with detailed feedback about your experiences - what you did and what you noticed, and any questions that you have - and we give you feedback on what you have done and noticed.

The Audio CDs

Our Reiki First Degree course is accompanied by two audio CDs. The first contains 70 minutes of commentary which summarises the main themes of your course, and the other CD contains guided meditations that you will use at First Degree, and Second Degree, levels.

By having on CD the main things that are said to you on the day course, you really are able to 'take your course home with you'. You won't forget what you were told on the course because you can hear it all again at home, at your own leisure!

The guided meditations take you through Hatsu Rei Ho (energy exercises) and a self-treatment meditation that Reiki's founder taught. So instead of fumbling around trying to read the instructions in your manual while trying to keep in the flow of it, you can simply flip on the CD, close your eyes, and follow the instructions. Your meditation will flow all the more easily because of this, and you'll learn how to do it without having to try too hard!

The Course Manual

Each Reiki Evolution course is accompanied by a comprehensive manual that covers everything we teach during your course, and more besides. Our 'Shoden' manual runs to 170 A4 pages, with 60,000 words and many digital images; it provides you with a permanent record of your training and is a useful reference volume.

The Certificate

All courses are accompanied by an attractive certificate written in Japanese kanji and Western text, and signed by your teacher. In this case your certificate confirms that you have received 

Course Fees

The fee for the First Degree Home Study Course is £130.00 either paid in full in advance or in three monthly instalments of £43.00 each. Go to this page Home Study Enrolment to enrol on this course.