Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Lessons of the Summer

After a couple very slow weeks, things have started happening. I'm happy to welcome some new students - Kundalini Reiki students and Energy Healing Mentoring Program students. I also did some searching for places to teach Reiki in my local area and came up with a few possibilities, which I pursued. There have been some promising results!

I did a search for "holistic" in my area. Why I didn't think to do that before is anyone's guess. I found a wellness center that was hosting a holistic day camp. "How cool!" I thought. I called the contact number and left a message saying that I am looking for opportunities to teach Reiki for Parents and other Reiki courses and would like to talk about collaborating. Someone called me back right away (on Friday), and offered me the chance to teach Reiki for Kids at the holistic day camp which was coming up the following week. Great timing! I followed up with the appropriate people and found myself attuning 10 kids to Usui Reiki level 1 on Tuesday morning. I created the class for the kids, taught it, and attuned each child in turn. It was really wonderful. I will be going back on Friday to teach some more and attune the kids to level 2. I met with some of the parents and they signed up indicating their interest in Reiki for Parents, so there may be a chance to teach a class after camp is over, and have some ongoing teaching opportunities with that particular center. It's a nice facility with good energy. They do lots of work with families, kids and teens, and this could be an excellent place for me to teach.

I also called another wellness center, which looked promising. I received a call back from them too, asking if I would like to apply to be one of their team. Today I went for an interview and applied. It looks like a great place to work and I could have lots of opportunities there to teach a variety of Reiki courses, including Distance Healing. The person I met with has many contacts and could help promote and bring people in for courses I would offer. The place is beautiful, situated overlooking a little running creek, and every room is inviting and warm. She was interested in my course materials, which I brought to show her, and is going to present my application to the Trustees. It is a nonprofit organization for Metaphysical study and exploration. It will be a week, at least, until I hear from them, but I feel pretty good about it.

Then, I spoke with the Program Director at the JCC here, who expressed interest in Reiki for Parents, and I sent her a course description. She is now on vacation.

So now I wait to see what will blossom from these efforts. I hope they all will become opportunities to teach and show people how amazing Reiki can be as a part of every day life. There is an element of quieting and believing that what is meant to work out will - since at this point much is out of my control. I put all of these things out there, and now I wait to see what will happen. This is the part where "letting go" is important, and having patience.

I thank the Universe for the opportunity to practice letting go and having patience. Many of you know that my dear husband has been looking for work since the end of April. He has many applications out there, and has had a few interviews. Things move very slowly, and it can be a trying process. But we are doing our best to stay positive and believe that all will work out for the best.

He is enjoying lots of time with the kids, meanwhile, and having the first summer "off" in many years. All the same, it could be easy to become anxious and wonder what the future will bring, and feel like things have to change soon or there will be problems ahead. While that is true, it doesn't do any good. It doesn't change things or make them work out sooner. So it doesn't pay to go there.

It also doesn't help any for me to worry and get intense over which teaching position, if any, will work out. Something will, and whatever it is, I'll learn something. Right now it seems, for my husband and myself, the lesson is having patience and letting go. We have to let go of anxiety, knowing we are making all of the effort we can to set things up, and have patience to see what is going to come of them - what will take root and grow into our next set of opportunities. The hardest part is the patience. Time marches on and tempts us to become anxious, worried about money - a very real issue - and yet worrying doesn't make money appear. Some might say worrying will block things from happening. I don't know, but I do know that it doesn't help. So we take turns reminding each other to enjoy the moment - be present and know that this is going to be a summer with Dad that the kids will always remember and cherish. And we remind each other to believe that things will work out in the right time. Encouraging each other when we need it helps keep us close together, supporting each other as spouses should do.

So the positives of patience and letting go are showing themselves in these ways.

The fruits of our efforts will grow in the right time.

Breathe, ground, let go, and have patience. Be in the moment.
The lessons of this summer.


Frank Dickinson said...

New students in for a wonderful treat - an amazing Teacher and Mentor that will lovingly guide4 them down the path of Reiki and - more importantly - self discovery.

How do I know? Because Alice is my teacher and Mentor. She has taught me well the theories and techniques of Kundalini Reiki. She has also been a magnificent Guide - a Pointer towards the path that leads to better understanding of who I am and what I am here for.

New students, take heed - she will work you hard based on your goals, but you will always be better for the experience. Much better!

All my best to you Alice and to that wonderful husband and those charming kids.


Alice Langholt said...

Thank you Frank, as always, for glowingly recommending me and my teaching. The blessing of being your teacher has been wonderful for me.

I love few things as much as seeing people blossom from something I showed them - in this case it's something that was inside them all along - like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" discovering her own capacity to go home!

(Does that make me Glinda?) lol

Lissa Rankin said...

Isn't that the truth, Alice! Yes, patience is tough. And money fears can be particularly stressful- so much so they can spur you into action that is based on fear. (Should I get a job waiting tables while I wait for my dream? Should I sell my house? Should I...) And yes, decision based on fear can't possibly be rational, right?

I hear you, Alice. But i can feel your beautiful energy and giant loving heart from way out here, and I just have to believe that love DOES conquer all....

Alice Langholt said...

Thank you Lissa,

It's good to know that good people commiserate and relate to what we're going through. It helps!

Thanks for the encouragement, as always, and lots of love and light to you, you shining star!

Amber said...

It's always a hard lesson, and sometimes one we have to keep relearning throughout our lives as circumstances change. I wish you all the very best.
I know as one of your newer mentoring program students I need to catch up with on where to go next, and I'm not sure what, but something is holding me back at the moment. I just have this feeling of "not yet, but soon. Just wait a little bit longer while these other things are unfolding". There's been new developments in my life lately too, but I'm probably also getting the message to wait because you might need some breathing room on your end for now as well. :) Anyway, guess this will unfold and move on when it is ready to.

Alice Langholt said...


Thanks for your comment, and you are right that patience is a lifelong lesson - at least for me!

When you are ready to move forward, please do so. Intuitive development is an ongoing process and I'm happy to be with you on this part of your journey.

Love and light,