Last week I went back to the UK for my daughters wedding, which was beautiful. <3
The day before I came back I went on a two hour hike around the countryside & nature reserve where I used to live and walk daily with my dog Loui. I so miss that, I feel so much more connected to nature, to spirit, to me, there.
Walking the land I spent so many years care taking and connecting with really lifted my soul. Visiting with one of my sacred trees and the trees I helped plant at the orchard brought tears to my eyes, and filled my heart with joy to see them flourishing. I visited the bushes and plants that I used to forage from and thanked them for the gifts they bestowed over the years, not just for me and others who gather their bounty but the wildlife they help to survive too.
While walking, absorbing, breathing in the energy, somewhere along the path a message came.
‘Division comes in many forms, some are blatant like racism and religion. But others are hidden within ego traps more commonly known as labels; a marital status, a career or in my specific case a job title’.
As spiritual teachers we mostly lead by example, which means being 100% authentic to ourselves, to our own moral code at all times. When things are not flowing, it is usually because our thoughts, feelings and actions are not in synch. Somewhere on our moral compass there’s a glych and the needle just keeps catching on that one pesky spot.
There is much to be said about labels, some are useful like when buying the right size shoes. Others create a distinction, a sense of grandeur or entitlement, a separation from the concept of “we are all one, all connected, all relations”, “Mitakuye Oyasin”.
So why in the spiritual enlightenment – holistic health community do we have so many labels that create division?
This is actually a topic that I talk about a lot with friends and colleagues but this download made me see it from a different angle too.
I’ve always had an issue with all the reinvention of traditional modalities that have worked for thousands of years just fine, then as soon as it hits the western world there are all these “new” forms if it, or there are new levels added to it. I mean seriously what is that all about? In the last 20years there have been more ‘new’ modalities being ‘channelled’ than ever in the history of human kind.
Now don’t get me wrong, in the last 30years there has also been huge mass awakenings, and with that comes great knowledge and ancient wisdom that we have suppressed under our civilised 9-5’s and TV dinners. So it’s not all just a load of band wagon, money making schemes and ego. I’ve been witness to both, mostly the latter.
Why do we need to use titles such as Reiki Master? More recent add ons are Reiki Master Teacher, Grand Masters and Ascended Masters. It’s quite laughable really.
So how am I/we creating division?
Let’s look at the modalities I use. Reiki, Hypnotherapy, shamanic practitioner, NLP, EFT, Munay Ki, Regression, Animal Communication etc these are my main modalities. But, where does all that come from?
When we work to help someone do we read from a book or do we take the basics and go with our intuition?
Is every Reiki treatment for example exactly the same? When using any healing mode, where is that energy coming from? Does Reiki come from a different source than shamanic healing?
Of course not, it all comes from the same energy source in the universe. So why do we have so many different labels?
Why do I have to use any of the labels or titles? They have never sat right with me anyway. When I did level 3 Reiki I used to joke with people and say, ‘I’m a Reiki Master, you must bow when I enter the room’.
Because even way back then I found it all too absurd to take seriously. Why can’t it just be a Reiki Teacher?
I’ve received some miraculous healing and wise wisdom from some very young and less experienced people. We need to get out of our own way and be humble, we are not healing anyone, we are simply a channel, a telephone receiver It doesn’t work without someone on the other end making sound waves and the desire from the client to heal.
Titles don’t make you a clear vessel for healing to work through you, your heart and intentions do.
Is going to a Healer better if they call them self a master? Did they train for years on a mountain to gain the wisdom of a grand master, or did they do a weekend workshop or maybe an online course!
Discernment and common sense are seriously lacking today.
How can we preach unity if the example we are setting is about competition and ego?
Why do we keep feeding the ego minds of our clients by presenting ourselves as bigger and better than the next healer down the street, when they are coming to us to gain control over it most of the time. Plus when people get bombarded with options they often feel overwhelmed and either panic pick, loose all concept of what they actually want help with and put it on you to decide what to do for them, or simply walk away.
Unity and separation – One counteracts the other and creates an imbalance, which not only affects our moral compass and holds us back from helping more people but the ripples spread into the collective consciousness creating even bigger egos. Soon I’m sure we will see ‘super grand masters’ on the scene. 😁
For me I’m dropping labels, titles and all the trimmings. I am but a vessel for the energy of the universe and ancestors to do what is needed at the time. It is not me that brings peace to an anxious mind or relief to an ailing body, I simply request that it be so and trust that what is required will be granted.
If we all used the same terminology then division, competition and confusion would be eliminated, in this field at least.
So for now I will just say that I am a spiritual teacher and energy practitioner. Even that doesn’t sit well with me. I guess being humble is a big part of our medicine.