The Importance of Choosing Your Reiki Master Teacher

  Ten Questions that will help you find the right teacher & training for you

Pursuing training in energy healing can be a very transformative and empowering experience for many people. It can be the key that unlocks lasting healing and awakening in body, mind and spirit. For some, it is completely life-changing and reality-rocking.

I started my journey into energy healing ten years ago with the Japanese hands-on-healing technique known as Reiki. I had never had an energy healing session prior to training, but something inside of me knew I was meant to pursue it. I signed up for Reiki I with an experienced teacher who had a wonderful reputation for healing and therapy in a variety of modalities. I arrived to class open-minded yet skeptical. I was new to all of this and wasn’t sure what to expect. By the end of my first day, I knew I was guided to the training for a reason. I had experienced a very deep healing during my attunement that began a gentle, yet powerful evolution of healing that is still guiding me today.

After that initial experience, my journey with Reiki became personal. I knew that I felt guided to keep healing, releasing, and growing, so I continued to show up for myself welcoming the energy to do its beautiful work on me. After about a year and a half, I had gone through all three levels of Reiki, and loved how it heightened and amplified my life. My intuition sky-rocketed, awareness expanded, and I felt connected, guided, and supported by a healing force of energy rooted in peace and love.

Once I got my bearings from all of the changes the healing was bringing into my life, I began to offer healing sessions to others. Working with other people gave me more opportunities to witness the loving, holistic, and wise way in which Reiki works. It gave me the experience to understand more about the power of energy healing and the potential it has for each of us personally, as well as, collectively.

As of today, I have been teaching for about six and a half years.  I can still remember the day I heard the nudge within to begin. It took me a little while to get behind the idea since I never thought of myself as a Reiki teacher, but of course as I look back and reflect, I see how divinely-guided this journey as been (and continues to be).  I often say I didn’t choose this path, it chose me. Reiki opened the door to both a universal healing energy that is available to all of us, and reconnected me with an innate and intuitive healing ability that was always within me.   

It's common to feel a yearning, knowing, or pull inside of you that leads you into this work. It’s an intuitive process, a journey guided by your soul, that is less about working on and ‘healing’ others, and more about healing yourself.

 I often tell my students that Reiki, also known as spiritually guided life force energy, along with your higher self, knows when you’re ready. When that time comes, energy healing will enter your awareness, pique your interest, and guide you to the right teacher and training meant for you.

Choosing your teacher is a pivotal step in your journey. Their approach, beliefs, attitude, ethics, and professionalism are highly influential to you and the integrity of this work. It’s important to do your research and learn from a teacher who you feel a resonance with. If you’re feeling guided to pursue energy healing work, I compiled ten questions to take into consideration before making your choice on which technique and teacher to study with. Some helpful questions to ask and explore are:

·         How long have they been practicing energy healing? How many clients have they worked on?

o   The most skilled and knowledgeable teachers typically have plenty of energy healing experience before they begin teaching. Just because someone is teaching, doesn’t mean they should be. It’s important to know if your teacher has had enough personal experience before they begin teaching. Length of time isn’t always indicative of experience, it can also be good to ask approximately how many clients they’ve worked on.

·         How long have they been teaching?

o   Does it matter to you if they are newer to teaching? Every teacher has to start somewhere, so their newness does not necessarily mean they're inexperienced in Reiki. New teachers can bring fresh new ideas and techniques you might love. 

Or, would you prefer someone who has been teaching for awhile? Experienced teachers are usually gems, but sometimes you can run into one that might lack enthusiasm or that hasn't updated their material in awhile.

·         Who are their teachers?

o   This can give you an idea of their interests, influences, and lineage.

·         Do they have respect for the lineage and other teachers?

o   In a world fueled by the loud, self-centered flashiness, and instant gratification of the ego, honor of our past and the teachers who came before us, is becoming lost. Respect, knowledge, and appreciation for the lineage, as well as for current colleagues, are part of integrity. No one who does this work should act as if they are above or better than anyone else. They should never imply they have all the power.

·         Do they hold any professional certifications or licensures?

o   While certifications can exemplify one’s dedication to learning and may add depth and education to one’s practice, it does not always reflect effectiveness, professionalism, and authenticity at what they do. Be open to the possibility of natural born healers, too.

o   Currently, there are no legal licensure requirements specifically for energy workers. Some energy workers also work in fields that do require licensures, such as: massage therapy, nutrition, clinical therapy, social work, nursing, etc.

·         Do they have any testimonials or success stories to share?

o   Other people’s experiences can give you an idea of what you can expect to learn and/or gain from the teacher.

·         What kind of lifestyle do they live?

o   The energy you feed your body, mind, and spirit with matters (or does it?). Are you looking for a teacher who has a particular spiritual or health-related practice? Would it be beneficial if they were passionate about similar environmental, social, or world issues as you? Getting to know who your teacher is, what they stand for, and how they feed their life can reflect how they teach, what they share, and the type of energy they will bring to your training.

·         Do they offer other healing modalities?

o   Energy healing training varies widely from teacher to teacher. Everyone has their own flavor and vibe. It can be beneficial to know what context your teacher works in and what other healing modalities they have experience with.

·         Do they work with tools such as crystals, oracle cards, essential oils, etc?

o   For some people, using tools like the ones mentioned above, can be distracting and unnecessary, while for others, they add benefit and dimension.  

·         When inquiring about trainings: what levels do they teach, how long between levels is required before you’re able to take the next one, what specifically is taught and covered in class, how long are trainings, do you get supervised practice time, what is their fee, and what does the fee cover?

Answers to some, or all of these questions, will help give you a better idea of the variety of teachers available and which ones you feel a connection with, but even with all of that information, the most important piece of information I urge you to listen to and trust is your intuition. Your inner guide will steer you where to go. Your intuition will lead you to the right teacher and training that is for your highest good, growth, and healing. If you’re feeling unclear or unsure, I suggest prayer and meditation to help guide your way. Prayer will open the line of communication up with God, meditation will give you the opportunity to receive God’s guidance through your inner knowing.

I hope this has been helpful for you! If you have any additional questions, please feel free comment below.

If you’re an energy worker, how were you guided into this work? What have you learned through your journey of energy healing? Do you have any other suggestions or guidance for prospective students? Share in the comments!

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1. Tell me about your personal journey with yoga. Why is it important to you?

I have been practicing yoga for about ten years now, but I still consider myself a beginner. I love yoga because it brings wholeness into our human experience. As we move, we connect with our breath, create space in the body, and a calmness to the mind. It’s a beautiful and accessible practice that has countless benefits. Sharing yoga is important to me because it’s empowering and helps people remember who they really are. Yoga offers a sacred space for self-discovery, healing, and growth. I love that!

2. When did you first begin teaching yoga? What made you transition into a leadership position?

I started teaching yoga asana (postures) about 2.5 years ago. I have taught meditation for close to eight years. I feel very passionate about sharing the things that I love, and so it was a natural evolution for me to begin teaching, as it gave me more opportunities to share my passion and purpose.

3. What makes your classes unique?

My classes are unique in that they emphasize subtle energies such as breath, intuition, and sensation. The movements I guide are done so in a very meditative way. I offer a lot of opportunity for self-inquiry, compassion, and self-care. My intention behind teaching is to offer a sacred space for people to show up exactly as they are, with no expectation or external demands, just space to come home to their true self, so that they can feel more grounded, centered, and whole by the time our class is over.

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Awaken Your Intuition: 6 Powerful Strategies to Strengthen Your Inner Voice

Within each and every one of us is a source of internal guidance and inspiration. It’s an inner voice or feeling that directs you towards greater love, truth, and healing. It’s an energy that communicates to you from a place of spirit and unlimited potential. This force, energy and guidance is your intuition. Your sacred navigator and superpower on this journey called Life.

Connecting to and strengthening your inner voice is incredibly empowering, healing, life-enhancing, and beautiful. Your intuition is the voice of your soul, it is the means by which your spirit guides you, inspires you and communicates with you. When you follow the guidance of your soul, you live a divinely-inspired life, a life that is infused with purpose, synchronicity, ease, and grace. From the moment I decided to let my intuition guide my life, my whole world turned upside down. My naturally analytical mind filled with fears, doubts, and limits was no longer in charge and leading the way. My life began to be guided by a force bigger than me, a power that awakened me to my innate wisdom, potential, and truth.

I know the benefits of an intuitively-guided life and I would love for you to experience it too, so that next time life delivers you decisions, obstacles, and opportunities that might normally bring stress and confusion, you will have such a solid connection with your inner voice that you will trust yourself to make empowered decisions from within.

I guarantee, if you commit to listening to your wise-self, you will feel more aligned, in the flow, and inspired than ever before. I’ve pulled together six of my key tips, that when put into practice, will amp up your intuitive volume, frequency, and accuracy so that you can truly begin to live a life guided from within

1) Be Open & Willing

First things first, you must be open and willing to hear the guidance of your intuition for it to begin to guide your way. When you aren’t open and willing, you are energetically blocking it from coming forward. When you welcome your intuition forward, it’s instantly there for you.

2) Pay Attention

Simply paying more attention to how you feel or how your energy shifts is huge! Throughout your day when you are faced with a decision, are in the presence of a certain person, or engaging in an activity, notice how you energetically feel about it. When your intuition is saying, “Yes, this is good! This is the way!” You will feel light, in the flow, and expansive. When your intuition is saying, “Nope, try again…not this way.” You will feel heavier, a halting of energy flow, and constricted. A good motto is: Energy Up or Energy Down? If it’s up that’s a Yes, if it’s down that’s a No.

3) Slow Down

The ego is often the first and loudest to speak, so when we’re living in the fast lane, our ego is usually directing the way. The ego wants to be doing more and going faster. When you take time to slow down throughout your day, you will begin to notice your intuitive nudges more. Slowing down provides space for your soul to surface. Intuition tends to come to us through whispers and nudges. When you move slower, breathe deeper, relax, and find stillness these whispers and nudges are easier to hear. Let’s slow down right now… pause from reading this and take five deep breaths. Invite your body to soften and let go. Welcome yourself into this moment. The more present you are, the clearer your intuition will be.

4) Practice

Each time you practice tuning into your intuition your intuitive muscles grow stronger and stronger. Some suggested ways to practice: 1) Next time you’re watching a sporting event, intuitively choose the winner and the final game score. 2) When you have a list of errands to run for the day, intuitively decide the order in which you accomplish them (this opens you up to all kinds of divine timing and synchronicity!) 3) Hold objects or photos in your hands and see what intuitive impressions you receive. 4) Before answering the phone tune in and see if you can sense who is calling or texting you. The best part of this is that you can get really creative. Have fun and practice using your intuition in all sorts of different ways!

5) Trust

This one is a biggie. It is one of the most common areas of concern that I hear from people working on increasing their intuition, “How do I know if my intuition is right? How do I know it’s ok to trust it? What if I’m wrong?” My answer? Your intuition is always correct and it is always safe to trust it. Why? Because your intuition is the wise and loving voice of your soul.

How do you learn to trust? There’s no short-cut, no secret, no way to teach you to trust –you just have to do it. You have to make the decision and commitment to live from within. Over time you will learn that your intuition is worthy of your trust, but first you have to be willing to let go and surrender to your inner guide.

6) Gratitude

The last key that is going to amp up and solidify the connection to your intuition is gratitude. Gratitude is the rich soil that nurtures and supports any seed you plant in it. Every time you experience your intuition, feel thankful. Every time you feel a nudge here, or a pull there, get grateful for it! When you shower your intuition with gratitude you are lovingly strengthening it, honoring it, and helping it to grow.

You are naturally intuitive, we all are. May your life continue to be guided, inspired, and fulfilling, and may all that you seek be found from within.