Learning from our lineage

Note: There is a relationship between my previous post about Shuhari and this post. I would like to offer some more “depth” regarding the previous post regarding changes to the way I will be teaching Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.

I find it interesting that each year it seems the lineage, my teachers, and I are staying in communication and more…but not by phone, FaceBook, or Skype.

This communication started during my classes many years ago where sentences would involuntarily come out of my mouth, my ears would hear the words, send the information to my brain, and I would “hear” this for the first time (at the same time the students heard it). I was often amazed at the clarity at which something would be said – much better than I could have said it myself. The frequency of these occurrences started happening more and more – both inside and outside of the classroom. This reminded me of Mrs. Takata’s teaching, “Let Reiki teach you!” Although I admit, when I heard these words of Mrs. Takata, I wasn’t thinking of Reiki teaching me in this particular manner (and Reiki can teach us in many other ways as well).

During the past year or two, especially in classes, I find myself sitting in silence and “listening” for what needs to be done next…sort of like waiting for instructions to come. Sometimes though, I receive lots of instructions or sentences at the same time. At these times, I pause and see which one feels the more urgent. I pick that one and afterwards sense if the other set of instructions or sentences still need to be done or stated (if I can still remember what they were at that point!).

For those skeptics who might think things like this are simply all about having a good imagination…think about this for a moment. Can you get your own brain to rattle off two different sentences at the same time to yourself? Try it. I don’t think it can be done. I don’t think our brains can overlap sentences like that simultaneously. However, our brains have the ability to hear two sentences being spoken at once. This is something other than “imagination” it seems.

For many years now, it seems I am co-teaching and at other times I am just a student in my own classes.

I have learned from my experience that the lineage is alive and teaches through us. These Masters are available and accessible to us (yes, even those that have already transitioned out of their physical bodies). “There is no such thing as death…only transition” Takata’s husband (Saichi) told her.

It is my lineage and my past teachers who are impressing on me now what I should “change”. For example, I have taught Second Degree over twelve hours for many years. However, there is more information and techniques in the Second Degree in my lineage that I would like to share but simply run out of time in these classes. Students already seem to be overwhelmed by the information and possibilities of the practices in Second Degree. Simply adding more classroom hours and throwing even more stuff at them all at once doesn’t seem like a good solution.

Teaching Second Degree in smaller segments appears like the best solution at the moment (so I am told by my lineage). So instead of a 12 hour class over 2 days, I might do an 18 hour class over 3 day with days or weeks in between each parts of the class.

I believe students will be able to learn better this way. This will also give students time to practice and integrate what they have been taught in the previous Second Degree session. But because changing the format of the Second Degree class goes against tradition, I have been very resistant to implementing it. Now it seems the lineage won’t stop bothering me about it until I do.

Now comes the creative part….how to do the scheduling!

“Without the lineage, you have nothing.” – Fran Brown