Class Format Changes
NOTE: I wrote this article a few weeks ago and just didn’t feel it was the “right” time to post it. Now, of course, other things have changed (some significant personal transformations). Specifically, as it pertains to this article, is my “temporary or permanent retirement” from teaching the First Degree. I myself don’t know if this is temporary or permanent, so I can’t say which it is.
For the past few decades I have used and followed Takata’s format for her Reiki classes. However, there is so much depth of information that could be taught in the First and Second Degree courses and time has been a limiting factor. This has been my struggle: to fit in all the teachings I want to disseminate during the 24 hours of instructions dedicated to these two courses.
Inevitably, this meant that not all the information could be taught in a single First or Second Degree class. While each class always contained the same core elements, I’d let Reiki guide me as to what other selection of material would be dispersed in each class. This worked, as I was guided to teach the knowledge that those particular students needed at that particular time.
I always wished I had more time in classes to teach the students more of what was taught by Takata in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho. But because each First and Second Degree course was already 12 hours (24 hours total for both classes), simply increasing the hours of training would prevent the courses from being able to fit into most people’s busy schedules.
Students routinely come to my classes from other Reiki lineages to learn Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho. After the classes, these students would tell me how different these classes were from their previous training; a lot more in depth. Yet, I knew there was even more to teach them. If only I had the time (and the students’ heads weren’t already to the point of being overwhelmed with all the information from the class). I had a dilemma.
Finally, after 20+ years of practicing and teaching experience, it is time for me to make a change. Not a change of the material, that remains strictly grounded in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho. But a change in the format of my teaching is required for me to be able to teach and disseminate more of the information I have learned from the traditional Takata lineages I have trained in.
As I continue along this path, I am sure I will continue to learn even better ways to teach these classes. Thereby, the format structure and organization of material into different classes may yet have to be changed again at some point. But starting in 2019, I will be using a different format for my classes in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho in hopes to better serve and train future students and Masters in this system.
With respect and humility,
Robert N. Fueston
p.s. The new class formats will be placed on the website in January 2019.
 This is one reason I tell students to come back and sit in on future First and Second Degree classes.
 Takata herself had a time issue while teaching. The core elements were always taught, but the other information taught depended on the students present.