We've been taught that being a master in our day to day life means having all of the money, success, and life experiences we can hold. I don't actually think mastery is linear in that way. Here's how I see it:
Life is always going to bring you new challenges and experiences that help you to evolve. If it's happening right, you're going to feel messy a lot of the time. You won't always have all of the answers, and you will make mistakes sometimes. While that isn't comfortable in the context of American culture, which shames mistakes in the school and workplace, making mistakes is part of being human, and one of the ways that we learn. In fact, I don't even view most mistakes as mistakes; they are choices we made in the moment based on all we knew in that moment. Mistakes are nothing more than a choice up a certain path. Life is a series of these choices. If we can get away from viewing each decision we make as good vs bad, or right vs. wrong, we can tap into greater trust in simply moving forward in life. We can't get stuck on the duality of decision making; If we want to become Masters at anything, we have to start deeper, with our values and our full soul presence.
Your work on this planet is to co-create with other humans, and with the earth itself. There's a level of trust, flexibility, and creative vision required for that. Bruce Lee once said, "True mastery transcends any particular art. It stems from mastery of oneself--the ability, developed through self-discipline, to be calm, fully aware, and completely in tune with oneself and the surroundings. Then, and only then, can a person know himself."
You may have tried to control lovers, friends, children, bosses, or even employees in the past, but in a healthy relationship that very control kills the love and creates a toxic codependent dynamic. You life's work really isn't to try to control or "master" other people, but only yourself. Apply mastery to your ego. When you start to look at how your own system can be more deeply aligned, or how your soul can resonate and sing more clearly, and you figure out which techniques help you to stay in this alignment from day to day, you are in mastery.
As for energy healing . . .
ENERGY HEALING MASTERY
You won't master energy healing by trying to change the people you heal.
My buddy Bruce 😜 also says, "Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul." Again, think of your energy healing art, or anything you'd love to be a MASTER at. You won't master energy healing by trying to change the people you heal. You become a master energy healer by mastering your craft of healing.
There are so many techniques in the world of healing! You get to choose which ones speak to you. Then it's up to you to learn, practice, and develop a thorough understanding of those techniques. You get to co-create your learning experience in the world by being open to teachers, students, clients, and other people with whom you resonate. The whole purpose of technique (in any art or modality) is to open your inner channel so that you can fully embody the spirit of your art as a human on this planet. Mastering the techniques lead you to the kind of soul opening mastery than can never be taken away, even as the world evolves new approaches. On some deeper level, you already know this; it's the reason why some works of art or spiritual teachings seem ageless. These humans really tapped into the channel of mastery in their art, allowing them to create on a level that transcends the passage of time.
Even Bruce Lee studied many different techniques into mastery, ultimately evolving and channeling a lasting martial arts form of his own that created a lot of healing. Additionally, through mastering his approach to work, he crossed cultural barriers and shifted the racial mindset of American culture, if not the world.
Whatever you're seeking to Master, whether energy healing, or life itself, remember that it's not about control, it's about deepening in presence with yourself. We started learning that in Reiki 1, but it's really in the 3rd class, Reiki Master Training, that we start to truly explore mastery. I offer Reiki Master Training once a year and it goes even more deeply into these themes of Mastery, and what it takes. If you're like to join in the conversation and explore what mastery means to do, join our Facebook Group, or check out Reiki Master Training here!
DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She offers private sessions, and teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see: www.SantaRosaReiki.com