A “friend” posed a question a while ago as to why I taught first and second degree separately. “Is it because you make more money that way?”
There were so many assumptions underlying the question I didn’t know quite where to begin, assumptions about motivation, about Reiki, about making money, and more.
So I put aside my initial need to correct the assumptions, and answered with the simple truth. “It’s because it is what serves a student best.”
Without the grounding in the hands on practice, which is what I teach in first degree, the student doesn’t have a foundation into which second degree practice can be integrated. The risk is that second degree easily becomes just another “layer of stuff”.
Second degree is not more “powerful” than first degree, but it is a different way to practice. Each level has its own lessons and teachings that arise out of the practice, which is all about experience, and not something that can be taught.
What I do in the class is provide the inspiration and encouragement to simply do the practice.