Making a New Way

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Finally, I feel like I am able to start planning for the next phase of the Reiki work I do.  Just like everyone else, I’ve had to process all the information and feelings and then find a way to adjust to all the recent rapid changes in our world to the best of my ability,.

You might know that I created a virtual support groupto help others through this process of dealing with the COVID-19 response.  Being featured in the Guardian was a highlight but helping all those that have come has been the true reward for me.

By the grace of synchronicity, my month of March was not a ‘teaching month’ for Reiki.  I had deliberately kept that schedule free to be available to both friends and family going through their own transitions.  Who knew?!

But as I look ahead at the rest of spring, I realize in order to keep teaching Reiki in a healthy, safe, and supportive way, it needs to go completely virtual.  Now, many Reiki teachers have been offering online classes for quite some time.  I always appreciated the option to teach in person.  So, for me, going virtual is most definitely novel Reiki training!

Online learning is definitely it’s own medium.  The positive aspect to this is that Reiki flows through time and space, so the energy itself doesn’t require you to be ‘in person’ with a teacher to learn it.

I’ve looked into pre-recording classes and offering them as webinars and it doesn’t jive with how I feel this healing system is best experienced and integrated.   It’s that difference between live and recorded music.  I also have always structured my classes to meet the needs individually of each student, each class.

That individualized attention is probably one of my hallmarks.

A Reiki class, however, isn’t like a straight lecture or strictly hands-on arts class.  It’s got both qualities and then some.

The way I teach in person is a combination of lecture, practice, ritual, sitting down, standing up, lying down and moving around.  It’s serious, it’s funny, it’s inspiring, it’s transformational.

So all those elements will go into the online format.  The video is important, but there will be times when just audio is only needed and periods where there is only silence and the student is having their own experience.

It’s a good challenge for me to continue to develop curriculum in this manner.  I’m grateful that despite the seeming limitations of social distancing and staying indoors, it affords me more time to work on this project and bring another form of The Reiki Training Program to the world.

I’ve already had several weeks of the Virtual Sharing and Healing Meditation Circles to explore how technology can assist teaching  best ways to convey energy healing practices through online learning.

My next virtual Reiki 1 class will be April 5th.  Reiki 1 will provide an overview of the history and background of the healing system, instructions for self-practice and guidelines in working with others, pets and plants/spaces.  Attunements (empowerments) will be given as well as plenty of practice on one’s self and others in the class.

If you are interested to attend, you can sign up here.  All classes included continued mentorship through email or teleconference and participation in online circle sharing.  No pre-requisites required.  Be prepared to be surprised!

Copyright 2020 Eileen Dey Wurst

 

 

Free Online University Courses Transforming Online Learning Worldwide

A new online education platform founded by Stanford Computer Science Professors is on a mission to change the world by educating millions of people with free classes from top universities and professors.

Coursera offers non-credit classes in categories across the Math, Science, Business and Humanities fields featuring videos, quizzes and electronic assignments created by 16 top universities from the US, Europe, and Canada. Already, a million students from 190 countries have enrolled in the Internet courses that launched last September from four universities — Stanford, Michigan, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

Coursera’s venture into online education arose in the wake of MIT and Harvard launching the first such education platform called edX, which created a seismic shift in higher education.

“Higher education is ripe for innovation: it is too expensive and limited to a few,” said John Doerr, with a venture capital firm that invested millions in Coursera. “The potential is profound with these opportunities for personal — and economic — growth and development.”

Coursera combines mastery-based learning principles with video lectures, interactive content, like  auto-graded exercises that give students instant feedback and a global community of peers engaging in online forums that facilitate discussions among international students.

“We see a future where world-renowned universities serve millions instead of thousands, allowing many more people to live their dreams,” said Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller. “Students learn best not by passively watching video, but by thinking, practicing and doing,” said Andrew Ng. “Our education technology is developed around these concepts, and helps busy students quickly master material.”

The Coursera venture started last year with Stanford, Michigan, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania offering free online courses. On Tuesday, a dozen universities joined the partnership. They are: Duke University, University of Washington, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois, University of Virginia, California Institute of Technology, Rice University, University of Toronto, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-San Francisco, University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and EPF Lausanne, a university in Switzerland.

Visit Coursera.org to learn more and sign up for courses.

(READ about Duke’s involvement in the Charlotte Observer)

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