Reiki: Clean Language
In June I had the opportunity to work with two of my mentors from Yoga on High on the art of CLEAN LANGUAGE. In this application, we were working with Clean Language as it relates to REIKI; but I believe it has applications beyond Reiki Therapy. What is important to note is that it is NOT intuitive necessarily. We are not taught to communicate in this fashion so it can feel clunky and unnatural at first. In a nutshell: clean language is a skill of using simple questions, cleaned of as much inference and presupposition as possible. This enables the client (student), to build mental models of their own experience: to build symbols or metaphors without any manipulation by us as teachers or service providers.
We were given basic guidelines (for example: “Is it like anything?”, “When it’s like that, how is it?” “Is there anything more about ‘x’?”, “What does ‘x’ want to say?”.), witnessed some examples provided by the mentors and then set about practicing with one another.
Whew! The hard part is realizing how often we might want to lead or insert or guide…I would catch myself repeatedly wanting to HELP. As yoga teachers, I believe we have that natural desire to want to help heal. My take-away from this is to remind myself that each person has the answers within and it is more important that I bear witness and assist in a non-interfering manner. It is a practice.
Doug Keller (The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga, October 2019.) Doug Keller is a favorite of our own Deirdre Wenzel; so that gives you a sneak peek into his teaching style.
Firstly, I am used to advanced teachers who are very strong in a particular area: great understanding of the human anatomy and appropriate cueing, profound philosophical understanding, breath-work, etc. It is not everyday that one encounters a teacher who not only possesses solid knowledge on ALL fronts; but is also able to convey that knowledge to other teachers. Doug Keller is such a teacher: humble, approachable and humorous.
My take-aways (aside from the desire to seek him out and study more with him):
1.) Fascia as the “medium” of PRANA and the importance of movement as a detoxifier. He demonstrated how the nadis run along the fascial lines. (“Real detoxification happens through movement, not a hot room.”)
2.) Great visuals (online hand-outs/projections) that showed the energetic criss-crosses on the body and the interconnectedness of one point to another. Countless examples of how a disturbance in one part of the body translates into consequences throughout the body.
3.) Simple but effective exercises that had the whole room having “a-ha” moments. I have been sharing them in my classes and am receiving great feedback from the students.
4.) Doug uses great metaphors (“like a flamenco dancer”, “taking off the ugly Xmas Sweater”, etc.) that allows the student to feel into that action in their body.
As someone who relates more to the subtle body, Doug Keller reinforced the importance of the physical body connections in a way that was dynamic, enjoyable and memorable. I am grateful to be able to share small snippets of his wisdom in my classes; and am very grateful to 3Sisters for their donation toward my ongoing training.