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.