In last week’s blog we began an in-depth look at the precept show compassion to yourself and others. Today we want to have a look at yet another layer of this precept which is often not discussed in Reiki classes.
Many Reiki schools teach that you need to protect yourself when you perform a hands-on healing session; protecting yourself from others – their negative energy, their pain, their cold, their emotional issues, you name it.
But is this in line with the precept; show compassion to yourself and others? It may well be considered as being compassionate to yourself, but the precept clearly states that we also need to be compassionate to others.
So what would this precept have meant in Mikao Usui’s lifetime? In his time compassion was an act of love, openness and a letting go of the self/ego.
Accordingly, if you wanted to be truly compassionate to others you would do quite the opposite of what many teach today. Instead you would perform a treatment with the intent to take on the burdens, the pain, the discomfort, the cold, and the negative energy of others.
You will find an example of this intent in a mother whose child is very sick, or dying. A mother doesn’t hesitate to clearly set in her mind an intent such as this – please let me take on my son’s cancer – and to offer her light to her son.
We can see how and why a mother would hold such a selfless intent. But could we do the same for a neighbor, especially one with whom we have had some conflict? If we are in the right space of compassion we could, although this is not an easy path to take.
What we do know is that the more we want to protect ourselves from the suffering of others, the harder it is to set the intent to be compassionate to others. Taking on someone’s pain, illness or discomfort is compassion for others. What you will find is that by setting that intent you will also help yourself, as the practitioner, to deal with your own fears and attachments, which in turn will awaken your own inner compassion for yourself.
By practicing compassion in this way you also begin to also deal with some of the other precepts, like Do Not Anger and Do Not Worry.
Your fearlessness is your protection. Your fear is your illness. A mother doesn’t actually physically take on the cancer of her son, a mother simply gives over to the immeasurable power of the pure intent of love and compassion.
So, give it a go. Next time when you do a hands-on healing session set your intent to take on that person’s suffering and intend that your client receives all the light you have.
This practice is the real antidote to your own pain and suffering.
Bronwen and Frans Stiene are the co-founders of the International House of Reiki and co-authors of The Reiki Sourcebook, The Japanese Art of Reiki, Your Reiki Treatment, The A-Z of Reiki Pocketbook and the Reiki Techniques Card Deck. Bronwen and Frans teach in the USA, Europe and Australia. Visit the Courses page to find a course near you.