A Shoden Reiki I Practitioner is also a Teacher

We often think that only a Reiki teacher can teach but that is not the case. And thinking that only a Reiki teacher can teach is very limiting.
A Shoden Reiki Level I practitioner also can teach!

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Working With…

As practitioners or teachers we often say; “I am doing hands-on healing on someone”, or “I am working on someone”.

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Be True To Your Way and Your True Self

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.

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We Always Can Go Deeper

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.

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Flexibility in Teaching & Practicing

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.

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Teaching Others Comes From Our Own Direct Experience

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?

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Primordial Lineage

Lineage in the Reiki community is one of those tenacious subjects that never really goes away. Many Reiki students first hear about their own lineage from their teacher and, from then on, it can become increasingly relevant to them.
In many traditions, lineage is used as a kind of validation that the practices, methods and teachings taught in the tradition really do stem back to the person who first created them. This means that, within some of the more competitive corners of our Reiki community, lively “my lineage is shorter than your lineage” discussions flourish abundantly. There is often an unspoken belief lurking quietly beneath this kind of discussion, that a shorter lineage can make a teaching more relevant, stronger, or even more directly transmitted from Mikao Usui although, if we examine this view rationally, it is impossible to find any logic or common sense in it. However short their lineage is, any teacher can make changes to the practices they teach.

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An Experiment in Teaching Reiki (Part 1 of 5)

I’ve written here before about my Reiki Journey with Frans Stiene.
I had originally started teaching Usui Tibetan Reiki in late 2004. In early 2005, I received Komyo Reiki training, and within a month of practicing it, I stopped teaching Reiki altogether. For me, the miraculous life experiences with the practice of Reiki were proceeding way ahead of my intellectual understanding of the same, and I felt that I couldn’t really teach anyone the system of Reiki with integrity, as I myself didn’t know what the heck was going on with me.

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