When considering “receiving” within the system of Reiki there are specific initiations, the Japanese term for these are Reiju, which literally translates as spiritual blessing. The initiations are often also called attunements, however the word attunement only came to be used after Mrs Takata, (who brought the system of Reiki to the West) passed away – she herself called them initiations. And then we have hands on healing on ourselves and others.
But how do we receive a hands on healing session or a reiju? Are we all completely ready to receive or do we need to learn how to receive?
True-self = Reiki
The essence of each reiju and hands on healing session is that we remember our true-self, or in other words, Reiki. Yet due to all of our attachments, worries, fears and anger this can become a very difficult task. We could say that the initiation and hands on healing session are the beginning or first steps in becoming aware of our true-self. This also means that the teacher does not give you something during an initiation or a hands on healing session, these rituals are there for you, to remember your true-self. You are therefore a large part of these rituals.
If you are sitting or laying and thinking that the teacher/practitioner is doing it all for you, that you do not need to do anything at all, and that the teacher will activate your true-self /Reiki, then you are not actively involved in receiving. You are passive. It is like when you are dancing, if one dance partner thinks he doesn’t need to do anything, then the other must drag him along – a hard and tiring task. It takes two to tango, and this is also the case within hands on healing and the reiju.
There are a couple of ways you can participate in an initiation, the first one is to sit or lay in a correct posture which creates an openness within the body. The spine needs to be relaxed and open. If your body is lengthened then all of your meridians open as well, allowing energy to flow through your body.
The body is an important element, but the mind is the most important element of all. During a hands on healing session and reiju your mind needs to be open and at ease. We need to let go of any self limiting images that we hold. We might think “I will rediscover my true-self after 10 years of practicing”, or “I can never do this”, or “I am not good enough because I have too many attachments”. But these thoughts are what actually limit us. We need to let go completely of who we think we are. It is only then that we can become the empty vehicle that the initiation requires to take place. Each person will, therefore, experience the hands on healing session and reiju in their own individual way as each session depends upon the individual’s state of mind.
Another word for initiation in Japan is kanjo, which comes from the Sanskrit word abhiseka. The kanji for kanjo means “pouring from the peak.” If I want to pour tea into a cup, then the cup needs to be empty. If there is all sort of stuff in the cup – a pen, a rubber, a knife and a spoon – than it will be hard to pour the tea into the cup, and naturally the tea would also become murky. This is the same as a hands on healing session or rejig; the mind needs to be empty, empty of all the anger, worry, and fear. As an active participant we need to rest our mind in emptiness to become a clear vehicle for re-discovering our true-self/Reiki.
As these practices embody the true-self/reiki. This means that the teacher/practitioner is as important as the student. The teacher/practitioner also needs to have a direct experience of her true-self to embody this in the hands on healing session and reiju. Most teachers, however, are not in this state of mind, but that is fine too. This is why we need to keep doing our daily practice!
All of the above elements come together in the form of trust; trusting that the teacher/practitioner is in the right state of mind, and trusting that the student/client is in the right state of mind. This trust doesn’t come straight away after the first time that you meet the teacher/practitioner, or the first time the teacher/practioner meets the student/client. This trust will be built up over the years as the student and teacher walk the spiritual path together. This is why the system of Reiki is a life long practice.
So open up, learn how to receive and re-discover your true self/reiki.
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.