As practitioners or teachers we often say; “I am doing hands-on healing on someone”, or “I am working on someone”.
Often teachings can become too strict, with too many rules laid down by the teacher. When teachings become too strict, we can’t move in the open expanded spacious flow of universal energy. Instead we are bound by rules and boxed in by ideas and concepts. At this stage, our practice becomes stiff instead of flowing. These rules, labels and concepts also mean that our practice can not move into the organic way of our True Self.
Often, after finishing a Reiki class, we think that is it. We have gotten a certificate and now we don’t have to go deeper.
But the system of Reiki is so much more than just taking a class. Classes are just the beginning. Within a class the teacher not only explains the essence of the system, but also tries to facilitate change so that the students have a direct experience of their True Self/Reiki.
If we teach or practice from a very rigid place, then our practice or teachings also become very rigid. A confused, rigid mind prevents us from going deeper. The more we sit down to do the meditation practices that Mikao Usui introduced in his teachings, the more open and flexible our mind will become, which in turn will have an effect on how we teach and practice.
Teaching other people a spiritual practice is a wonderful tool to share compassion and wisdom around the world. But how do we teach and where do these teachings come from?
I started the program with more than a bit of nervousness and self-doubt. Was I ready to do this? Inspired by Usui san’s original ways of teaching, and by Frans Stiene’s way of teaching and commitment to his students’ journey, I had started a bold experiment in teaching Reiki over the span of a year, but was I going to be able to live up to the promise of this idea?
The students came into the program as spiritual aspirants, each of them following some manner of practice to start with. The students have been having life changing experiences through the course of this program. And I am not saying that to hype anything. Here is a sample of what the students have been sharing with me and each other, about their experiences.
After the first session, it seems like there was a lot of buzz amongst the students about the class, and the sense that something exciting was afoot with this exclusive group of students. The word got out in their circles. And I got a request through Jeff to consider accepting another student. After I got the response to the questionnaire from this new student, I accepted him. I set up a makeup session for getting him caught up. And it seems like he was deeply impacted by it, and went out to spread the word, and literally the next day I had two of his friends wanting to join the journey. I got their responses to the questionnaire, and found them both to be wonderful additions. I set up a 2nd make up session and got them caught up.