The Role of A Reiki Teacher
This definition by Reiki Master Colin Powell says it all.
The primary role of a Reiki Teacher is to teach the practice of Reiki to others. However, there is much more to the role than “just” teaching techniques, history and theory.
A Reiki teacher will form a good relationship with her students so that she better understands what their motivation and goal in learning Reiki is, so that they can be guided in the most appropriate way. She must also be open and able to answer their questions in a clear, non-judgemental and non-condescending way.
A good Reiki teacher will be available for post-course support for her students and provide facilities such as the opportunity to repeat courses, to attend Reiki shares or swaps, to arrange retreats or a discussion forum of some kind. She will take a genuine interest in the progress and experiences of her students.
It is important for a Reiki teacher to be a role model, meaning that she tries to embody the Reiki Precepts in her everyday life and to illuminate the way for her students with her Great Bright Light. Nonetheless, it is also important that a teacher shows that she is human and still has some imperfections on which she is working: she should not allow her students to put her on a pedestal as the fount of all knowledge – to be humble is one of the Reiki precepts in some translations.
Being a Reiki teacher is a lifelong process. We are always learning. It is important that our students are aware of this. We continue to develop over time, increasing our experience through further study and by acknowledging that often our students are actually also our teachers – for their observations or comments can allow us to see or experience concepts or Reiki practice in a different way. This, in turn aids our teaching and our own understanding.
It is important that a Reiki teacher teaches from personal experience and research so that she acts as a guide and mentor for her students both during and after the actual Reiki course and as they continue along their own path of development.
In a nutshell, a good Reiki teacher will teach
* from a clear intellectual understanding,
* with passion from the heart and
* from direct experience.