I guess to start out 2008 and I want to post something I think is very important. I am new here so let me start with the fact that I have a student that I am teaching shamanistic practices to, as well as spiritual guidance and some other things. I feel that when you get to a certain point (Thank you for saying it so eloquently Serenity) too in your path that you should give back in some way. Anyway, as a teacher I find myself in a very distinct position. My student is looking to me for guidance, inspiration, answers... but also I have learned that this position comes with heavy responsibilities. You don't want your students to become so dependent on you that they cannot make decisions for themselves or trust their own judgments. They have to learn to stand on their own two feet and learn through their own experiences. I find it also important that students realize you do have a life outside of lessons and that boundaries are clearly set from the start. It is very easy to allow one's ego to get in the way, it is nice to be looked up to, but as teachers, we must remember first and foremost our reasons for why we wanted to teach in the first place. I know that when I first started down my path there was no one to guide me and I struggled. If I can make someone's life a little easier and help them along while they discover what it is they're looking for while giving them a little bit of a foundation to start with, then I've done something worthwhile. Just some food for thought.

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Comment by Nadine, Beautiful Shining Woman on January 1, 2008 at 8:49am
Hi Raven Shadow Hawk, I agree with you in many ways. We have much in common, being both pagan, teachers, and shamanic. It is a life purpose and an honor to be a teacher to the new generation and hope for the earth. I really love children and especially teaching them about nature through music!
Blessed Be, Nadine, Beautiful Shining Woman
Comment by peace lily on January 1, 2008 at 9:12am
Hi, Raven
I have found myself to have a student as well. It was not really something I expected. She just kind of "showed up" at a gather we had and was seeking healing. :) It went from there and she is a delight! And I am enjoying this unexpected role. I agree with what you've said. As a teacher, the goal, for me anyway, is to impart what wisdam I have gained so that she can walk her path, not follow mine. And it has been a wonderful experience. There have been times she has come to me with questions and I have told her to journey for the answers. And the results are amazing and very gratifying for me to see and for her to have found her way.
It's very exciting. And interesting.
Peace Lily
Comment by Wicket Icons on January 1, 2008 at 10:02am
I think it is important that teaching includes the encouragement to find their own answers in the process. It is also good to remember that as a teacher we are also students - lessons come from the damnedest directions when you are open to them. ;)

Thanks for posting this - its good to have reminders.
Comment by Raven Shadow Hawk on January 1, 2008 at 7:23pm
Wicket Icons and Peace Lily, thanks for the comments!
You are right, we're learning too from them. ;) I say that I am NEVER too old to learn and try to remain open to new things!

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