For those who have taken courses in Reiki, in the aftermath one of the major complaints from students/practitioners is the lack of opportunity to practice and hone their skills.
Without receiving feedback from others, it is difficult to build self-confidence to a level where you are totally comfortable with yourself as a healer. You need practical hands-on experience in order to encourage self-esteem as a Reiki practitioner, where you accept without scepticism, that you truly do make an important contribution to someone else's well-being.
Another problem that occurs is that unless you can practice on others, it is difficult to develop your own system of assessment. It takes time to recognize or identify indicators of mind-body-soul imbalance for these relate to each practitioner in a very individualistic manner. You also need continued practice in order to form your own personal communication dialogue technique, between you and your client, in order to reveal your findings or to suggest a proper course of action and follow-up treatment plan.
Through practice, you develop focused intention, plus you increase the amount of Reiki or universal energy channelled through you to others. The more you practice Reiki, the stronger your connection is to the universal source. Most practitioners require time to fine-tune and strengthen their grounding, protection, cleansing and scanning techniques or to learn when to use the symbols to consciously direct energy. It also takes considerable time to build an inner awareness for determining subtle energies and what they may personally mean to you.
Although Reiki originates from traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho, it has branched into many variances, each supporting additional techniques or symbols. It is always wise to question the practical aspects of any course that you undertake and Reiki is no exception. Whether you are a Reiki practitioner, student or teacher, it is always healthy to question the methods or the reasons for being taught certain techniques. Any information that is shared must be evaluated from your heart or soul, so if it feels sensible then accept it, but if it makes you uncomfortable or it seems illogical, then search for a workable solution.
The objective for attending any Reiki share is to provide an opportunity for achieving the above specifics. As well as offering like-minded companionship, it also gives each member a chance to openly discuss related challenges, share different techniques, practice and hone their skills, plus teach each other practical, but diverse approaches to healing. And it gives each person a golden opportunity to value and respect our differences, while we live, love and heal through combined team effort.
So where and how do you find a Reiki share group? The first place to inquire is through your Reiki teacher. Quite often teachers will offer a monthly or bi-monthly Reiki share to their students, either freely or for a nominal fee, so that they can monitor the student's progress, plus assess their comprehension of Reiki. Some teachers may insist that you attend Reiki shares before taking the next Reiki level. If your teacher does not offer a Reiki share, then for a nominal drop-in fee, you can attend the Reiki exchange offered by the Canadian Reiki Association (CRA) in your vicinity. More information and additional Reiki exchange links can be obtained from their website http://www.reiki.ca Other sources for Reiki shares or exchanges are sometimes advertised in local community newspapers, New Age or wellness magazines and of course there is also the Vancouver Reiki Share which you can join through Meetup.com
Margaret Jang is a Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner, Numerologist, Intuitive, and a Spiritual/Inspirational Poet & Writer. She currently resides in Vancouver, BC and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website www.margaretjang.com.
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