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A Reiki teacher asks for guidelines on how to lead a guided meditation for his class, feeling that h

29 Nov
A Reiki teacher asks for guidelines on how to lead a guided meditation for his class, feeling that he needs help with his breathing and pacing so that he won’t talk too fast...
Question:
Do you have any classes on how to facilitate a guided meditation? I have a Reiki class and would like to talk them through a guided meditation to relax them, but I find myself speaking too fast. There''s got to be a process for breathing or spacing words... I''d like to take a class on facilitating a guided meditation. Thanks.
Martin



Martin,
A large section of a chapter of Invisible Heroes is specifically devoted to this, including how to speak, breathe and pace your narrative, as well as how to record. I also cover the pros and cons of listening to imagery in a group vs. alone, and the advantages of recording in the listener''s own voice vs. someone else''s... with music or without.... live or with a CD ... in other words, all the practical nuts and bolts for the practitioner.

But another way to figure this out is to listen to professional recordings at first, just to get used to the pacing, and then start speaking on your own with the music of your choice in the background. If the music has a nice slow rhythm - say 60 beats per minute (the pacing of a good, slow, healthy pulse) - your breathing and spoken pace will naturally start to match it. After a while, you’ll automatically slip into the cadence you’re striving for. (Steve Kohn’s music is available without any vocal narrative and suits these purposes well.)

But if you want to come to a workshop, you might want to check the calendar page on our site and see if I''m coming to your area in the near future. Other trainings are given by the Academy for Guided Imagery and the Nurses'' Certificate program and they’re very intensive and high-quality.

I hope this helps.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award