When teaching a Reiki class, there are the obvious roles of teacher and student. That being said, every class I lead teaches me a new lesson. This past weekend was no exception.
Every time I enter into a weekend of teaching Reiki I have a nervous excitement about what the weekend holds. There are always the constants: the core curriculum, the attunements, and the meditations. Yet, as we navigate through those constants there are always surprises along the way due to the different energies each individual brings to the class and then the group energy as a whole.
The students in my Reiki Levels 1 & 2 this past weekend taught me about clear communication and the power of patience.
As the women walked through the front door on the first day of class, my heart was fluttering with excitement knowing that their lives would be forever changed by the experiences they would have with Reiki. The first exercise we do is introductions. I always ask my students, “Why are you taking Reiki Classes now?” This is for them to state their intention for their use of this gentle, yet powerful energy, but it also lets me know where I can focus more attention to make the information relevant for my students specific needs.
From that first exercise, I knew that this class was full of conscious souls looking to shine their light a little bit brighter.
We dove into the course content and there were SO MANY questions! Which leads me to my first lesson of the weekend: communicate clearly. In practicing Reiki almost everyday for the last 8 years, it seems I have developed a more ‘spiritual’ language. It’s not uncommon to hear me say things like, ‘holding space’ or ‘I feel the energy moving.’ I feel it is a representation of me living more in alignment with the Universe (there I go again!).
My students this past weekend challenged those words and statements, and forced me to clarify these concepts in a more grounded, tangible way. It was a mirror, reminding me that not everyone speaks the same language! I began to see myself as the student, wanting to learn more about how I could communicate these concepts. This changed how I communicated in my guided meditations, and through creating constants that allowed them to see, feel, and experience the Reiki energy.
The other lesson of the weekend was recognizing the power of patience. Now, to clarify, I would say that I am already an extremely patient person. I understand that we all have different timelines for processing and learning mental and spiritual lessons. That being said, this weekend was different. I noticed how my words, and the Reiki energy, triggered some of my students to share personal experiences of what we were learning. I caught myself worrying about time, and how much information we still had to cover, and then I let it go. I trusted that there was a lesson in every story…and in every chapter in the textbook. I trusted that everything that needed to be covered absolutely would be. And so it was.
We are all continuous students in the journey of life. I am regularly inspired by my students to go deeper, explore more, and communicate my experiences with patience and grace. It is from this place that I humbly accept the role of Reiki Master Teacher, and life-long learner.
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