Article by Paula Vanderzon
The best Reiki teacher is actually Reiki itself.
When someone learns Reiki it is similar to learning to be an artist. You could listen to a teacher talk about what it feels like to produce artwork, or you could read books on the technique of art but it isn’t until you actually pick up a paintbrush or pencil and create some art for yourself that you truly understand what creating art is all about.
A Reiki teacher’s job is to connect you with the Reiki energy (through the attunement) and then introduce you to the techniques and concepts of using Reiki. They could also share with you their experiences of using Reiki, all of which are very useful for you to learn.
But it is not until you experience Reiki for yourself through self-treatment and the treatment of others that you start to understand what Reiki means to you.
Each time you place your hands on someone and facilitate Reiki, you learn something new about Reiki. It is the Reiki energy that teaches you. The sensations that you feel in your hands and the feedback you receive from your client (or family member or friend) is always different. No two Reiki sessions are ever the same.
You start to build you own relationship with the Reiki energy. Reiki teaches you through your awareness of the energy, your awareness of yourself and what you are capable of sensing and facilitating, and also through the practical aspects of feeling and sensing the energy itself.
Reiki is not something that can be intellectualised. It something that needs to be experienced and felt to understand it – and this understanding comes straight from the Reiki energy itself.
When my students feel certain sensations in their hands I don’t like to categorically tell them what this means, as I want them to learn what these particular sensations mean to them. I can offer them some suggestions as to what the cold sensation or the hot or tingling feeling may mean based on my own experience and the experiences of my other students and peers, but ultimately they need to learn what that sensation uniquely means to them.
If I was to teach my students that everything I feel and understand about Reiki is the absolute truth, then I would be robbing them of so much more that they could experience through their Reiki practice. It would limit their experience because they would not be open to discovering what Reiki could teach them.
We are all unique beings, and even though we connect to Reiki through the same source of universal energy, we all experience this energy through our uniqueness quite differently. A cold sensation in the hands may mean something to one Reiki practitioner and mean something quite the opposite to another practitioner.
Let Reiki teach you. Be open to all possibilities and let the unlimited potential of Reiki and its universal connections expand your knowledge and enable you to grow as a unique Reiki practitioner.
Paula Vanderzon is a Reiki Master/ Teacher from Adelaide, South Australia. Facing a debilitating health condition in 2006 Paula was lead to Reiki for self-healing and has been on a deep spiritual energetic and physical transformation since. A teacher of Reiki since 2008 and Isis Seichim since 2009 Paula also teaches Soul Writing and is passionate about helping people discover who they are at a Soul level so they can be their unique selves in life. Connect with Paula through her website www.paulavanderzon.com.au or Facebook www.facebook.com/paulavanderzonhealing.