In the light of “Spirituality” becoming a growing trend and it being the next “cool” thing, I feel called to share some of my own thoughts and some wisdom shared by a woman named Jude Priest. I guess one could say, for want of a better expression, I went through a “spiritual awakening” around 7 years ago. Everything in my life shifted and I feel this path chose me, not the other way around. I was catapulted into it, until I could no longer ignore my soul.
We are all drawn to different things for different reasons, ultimately, I believe we all come here with a gift to share. What I have witnessed recently though, especially in a place like Ubud, is the rise of the “spiritual ego”, by which I mean, people that preach, but don’t actually walk the talk. There is so much I could say on this subject, but I’ll leave it for another post, and for now, I’m going to use Jude’s piece of writing, as I share her thoughts, on stepping into the Mastery Level and what it means to truly step into this path…
WHY BECOME A REIKI MASTER?
Many people do not know what becoming a Master of Reiki involves. Some believe it is a Rite of Passage that can only be chosen by the Teaching Master. Others believe that it takes years of total dedication and strict adherence to certain rules and doctrines laid out by their Teaching Master. The traditional method of teaching Reiki adheres to both of these feelings and includes paying the Teaching Master a rather large sum of money over this period.
I am not a traditional Reiki Master and do not believe in strict doctrines or control of a persons spiritual growth, nor do I believe it takes years of teaching that comes with a large price tag. However, there is a requirement that needs to be in place, and that is your desire to teach others what you know and love that has helped you in your life.
Becoming a Reiki Master is quite simply a decision you make from the desire to teach others what it is you have learned about life and found out with your journey through discovering the healing energy of Reiki. For those who have already learned Reiki, moving into Mastership is a continued affirmation that they wish to connect within themselves on a deeper spiritual level. Usually, once this takes place, they then wish to help teach others how to do the same.
I teach many people who have a great deal of spiritual knowledge and who have psychic gifts but are unable to put it into a teaching structure that marries them all. Reiki helps put the jigsaw pieces of understanding the energies of mind, emotions, body and spirit together in a working healing and transformational modality, helping people to become capable and confident spiritual teachers. The most common reason I’ve found people do their Mastership is that they wish to be of service to humanity and see Reiki as being a vehicle structured to do so on a spiritual level.
WHAT IS MASTERY?
For most, Mastership is a special time as they journey within. It is a spiritual sojourn filled with the knowledge of how to teach on all levels the processes of Reiki, deepening the connection with spirit, and of course the knowledge of how to give attunements effectively.
Some Masters choose, once they have learned, never to actually teach Reiki, but have the healing energy and spiritual knowledge and integrity that goes along with self mastery. “Walking the Talk” and “Practice what you Preach” are some of the requirements of a good Teaching Master. No one likes hypocrisy and we can a lot of that nowadays.
I recommend that you find a Master Teacher that you feel comfortable with, and with whom you feel has something to offer you as a teacher. Do they walk their talk? Are they into control? Or do they seek to enhance your already learned knowledge with whatever they can offer? Are they healers or are they preachers? Discernment is called for when seeking a teacher of a spiritual nature.
There is a great deal of responsibility in teaching this healing art. Mastery of anything does not arrive with just the Master’s attunements or a weekend course. It is arrived at with self-discipline and practice, total acceptance and love of self, along with a commitment to working with the Divine Creator and Spirit for the highest good of all that is, and that includes self. It does not have to come with a huge price tag, but if that is your mindset then so be it. Working with a Teaching Master is a definite requirement. All good students should avail themselves of as much information as they can ascertain from their Teaching Master. Mastership is not about passing on attunements. This has been of great disappointment to many Teaching Masters that have integrity who see the flaws of people simply wishing to join in on the spiritual bandwagon. It has seen Reiki get a lot of bad press.
MASTERS TEACH FROM THE HEART WHAT THEY KNOW FROM THE HEAD
Wanting to step into Mastery is an announcement that you have arrived at a point, that point is total acceptance of self on all levels. We spend a lot of our life becoming who we think we should be, not accepting that we already are who we need to be. When you decide to become a Reiki Master, you are stating that you are ready to accept self mastery as a state of being and not becoming. Those who wish to tread the path of Reiki have broken the mould of the accepted norm. This is demonstrated as they seek to know more about their own Divine energies.
Mastery in any career requires continual growth in consciousness, helping to produce results beyond and out of the ordinary. Mastery is a product of consistently going beyond your belief limits. For most people it starts with technical excellence within a chosen field, and a commitment to that excellence. If you are willing to commit yourself to excellence, to surround yourself with the things that represent this and miracles, then your life will change (when we speak of miracles, we speak of events or experiences in the real world which are beyond the ordinary).
AS I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY I ALSO DEVELOP MY STRENGTHS
One of the steps on the path to Mastery is the removal of all resentment towards Masters. Mastery insists that you develop compassion and humility for yourself so that you can be in the presence of other Masters and grow from the experience. Rather than comparing yourself and resenting people who have Mastery, let the experience be like the planting of a seed within you, that - with nourishment - will grow into your own individual Mastery.
We are all ordinary people. But a Master, rather than condemning himself for his “ordinariness”, will embrace it and use it as a foundation for building the extraordinary. Rather than using it as an excuse for inactivity, Masters use it as a vehicle for correcting, which is essential in the process of attaining self-mastery. You must be able to correct yourself without invalidating or condemning yourself or others, to accept results and improve upon them.
WISDOM COMES FROM THE DEPTH OF MY EXPERIENCE
I want to thank her for these words of wisdom. I want to pray that we all follow our hearts desires in whichever way that means to our true selves. As long as we are being integral to our work, and sharing from our heart, the better for us all and for our planet. Keep Shining.