A brand new Level 2 Counselling course began last week. 16 learners wanting to learn the skills of counselling. Some of them will go on to qualify as Counsellors in a couple of years whilst others will use what they learn in other helping roles.
Never has the phrase “one candle can light a thousand candles” been so relevant.
My responsibility to help and guide people to help others in the best possible way feels both as light as a feather and a solemn, heavy vow.
The thought of all these learners past, present and future lighting up their part of the world with kindness, authenticity, knowledge and awareness pushes me further to be the best I can for them and all the people they will help that I will never meet. 16 lives, 16 stories, 16 ways of dealing with the world.
I am kept awake by the knowledge that some may think I am the best teacher they have ever had whilst others will wonder how on Earth I can call myself a Teacher.
Perhaps this is what also pushes me onwards.
To remind me to walk gently in other peoples lives, to honour every individual, to honour the core conditions and embody them in my practice.
I sincerely hope I can live up to all of this.
Inside the minds of every person you meet is a different version of you. I tell my students this in each of my courses. I know that I cannot hold all of these sometimes competing versions in my head and do justice to all of them, I do not even know what these versions look like.
But at the beginning of every single course I rededicate myself to a promise to give and to help.
It is the reason I am a teacher.