I am very passionate about this topic as I have had teachers that have been AMAZING, good and not so good!!
When we first start out on our spiritual paths, it can be confusing, scary and a bit daunting! There is so much information out there on the web it can be overwhelming to know where to start. This is one of the reasons I wanted to write this article, not just for new Lightworkers, but also for those that have already found their spiritual path too, as when you shift to the next level you normally need to find a new teacher! I have to say even though I want to share my thoughts with you about what good looks like, the right teacher normally finds you!!
One of the main reasons why we are here is to grow! None of us, no matter who we are or what age we are ever stop learning and developing.
Everyone is unique! We all have different learning styles and spiritual gifts. Our intuition plays a big role in finding the right teacher for us, so we need to listen to ourselves rather than what others think about someone!
You may feel that you are ready to do a new healing course, take up yoga or want to learn more about crystals. That’s the first step in listening to YOU! Once you have decided what you want to do, then start to look for the course that appeals. Trust your gut! If it feels good, then go for it! If you feel comfortable with what you have chosen, then just book yourself on to the course, don’t worry about checking out the person who is running it! I know that’s a pretty simplistic view, but our spiritual paths are all about trust! Trust yourself that you have made the right choice.
However, if you have a choice between a few different things and they all feel good, then check out the teacher!! I am going to list a few things that I feel are very important for finding a Reiki / attunement teacher.
Look to see what additional support the teacher offers. Are they available before and after the course by email / phone? A Reiki course can create a massive shift and you may need support afterwards. A good Reiki Master/Teacher of any style should offer free healing (either distance or in person) if you need it once you have received the attunement(s). Sometimes we can feel unwell or incredibly tired during the 21 day clearing period as our bodies accept and integrate the new energies. If you feel like this it is good to know you have the support from your teacher to help you through. I offer this to all my clients and am able to scan their chakras / bodies to see if there is anything out of balance or any blockages that need help shifting after an attunement. I then send them healing if needed and let them know what I found. I will do this as much as it is needed.
The next check I would do is to understand what work they have done on themselves and ask them about their own spiritual journey. What led them to this point. The reason why I believe this is important is because the more clearing a person has done, the better a channel they are for healing and giving attunements. It doesn’t necessarily matter what level you are in Reiki as if you have done lots of other work on yourself, you may be a much clearer channel than someone who is a Reiki Master! This may be hard to believe, so I shall give you an example. I have a friend who has done Usui Reiki level I, yet when we swap healing, the energy she channels is like that of my Reiki teachers! The reason this is the case is that she is a yoga teacher and has also trained in Shiatsu massage. She works on her breathing and being in balance everyday. She knows all of the key energy centres and understands the human body very well. She is an amazingly clear channel already, yet she has only done Reiki level I!! I have received treatments from a number of Reiki Masters who are not half as good as she is in terms of the energy that can be channelled. The best Reiki teachers are those that have done lots of other spiritual work on themselves and practice it in their daily life.
When I work on someone I can feel how much energy comes through me, as the receiver takes only what they can handle. If the person giving the healing is a lovely clear channel and the person receiving is also very clear then you get a huge amount of energy coming through!! Therefore, if you have done a lot of work on yourself you need someone to at least match if not exceed your energy capacity, otherwise you won’t be getting the full effect! Of course any healing is lovely as it is always wonderful to receive, but if you are looking for a new teacher, then understanding how clear you are and how clear they are is important to recognise.
When people have not done that much work on themselves, it feels to me like they are really ‘full’, which is basically all the junk that they need to clear! Therefore, when I give healing to someone like this, the energy they take in feels like just a trickle, rather than a massive blast when working on someone who is really clear, as this is all they can take in that moment. Hopefully this gives you an idea of what I mean when I’m talking about being a clear channel.
In summary, when looking for a new Reiki teacher or someone who offers other attunements; ask them about their spiritual path, what work they have done on themselves and what support they offer. Listen to your intuition and if it feels good then you have found the right teacher!
One other point I would like to add is that sometimes when you trust your intuition you may find you get an awful teacher!! This has happened to me twice when I booked in for a couple of different workshops. The reason I’m sharing this is because they both taught me something incredibly valuable, how not to be a teacher! I did wonder if my intuition was going on the fritz after coming out of these as I did not enjoy the workshops like I normally would have. Then I realised that was the lesson! We all need to understand what we don’t like to know what we do like. Then, when the time is right for us to become a teacher, we have already learnt what makes a good one and a bad one. We can then build on this foundation. So don’t worry if your intuition leads you to a teacher you don’t work well with, look at it as the lesson it is meant to be!
I also want to remind you that each one of us is also a teacher, no matter whether you have just started out or have been working on yourself for a while. We all learn from each other. One of the things that has always stayed with me that my Reiki teacher said is that she never knew what she was going to learn about herself next! I asked her what she meant by that and she said, “whenever I teach a Reiki class, my students always teach me something new about myself.” I thought this was wonderful as I was a bit in awe of her! When she told me that I realised that it makes no difference if you are at level I or are a Reiki Master/Teacher, we are all still helping each other to grow.
Love Sarah ♥