Q: How do I choose the right Reiki teacher for me?
A: The most important qualities in a Reiki teacher, or any teacher at all, really, are that the teacher is caring, knowledgeable, attentive, and invested in your success. Reiki is a subjective experience, so knowledge of the subject is not enough. A successful teacher will help YOU learn to feel the energy and direct it effectively through the techniques of the method of Reiki you are learning with him or her. This is different from learning algebra, for example, when the teacher mostly needs to present you with information and answer your questions, and expects you to learn the material in an objective way. A good Reiki teacher will be able to help you find and understand the unique and personal way you feel energy, and learn to work with the energy, guiding you personally to a successful experience. So first, find the best teacher who has these important qualities.
The next thing you should consider is how you prefer to learn. There are many opportunities to learn Reiki. You can learn in an intensive weekend, over a long period of weekly or bi-weekly study, by distance live, or by distance via email independently. Think of how you learn best and what situation makes you most comfortable. If you have found the teacher who fits the first criteria, any method of learning you choose will be effective for you.
Third, it is recommended that you choose a teacher who is open minded and accepting of the idea that there are many methods of energy healing, and no one way is the “right” way for everyone. You may learn one Reiki method (or energy healing method for that matter) from one person, and later as you grow, you may find yourself drawn to another Reiki method. You don’t want to feel like you’re doing the wrong thing (according to your teacher) if your intuition tells you to expand your practice to include other tools. Learn from someone who you admire personally and ethically as well as professionally.
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