Word is getting around about the real roots of the system of Reiki. It isn’t just a hands-on healing system, or even just a healing system more broadly. Reiki is a system for recognizing your true nature, a spiritual path, a path for self realization.
The base of practitioners who practice traditional Reiki is growing, thanks in no small part to dedicated researchers and teachers like Frans Stiene, who have made it their mission to bring Reiki teaching in its traditional form to the world. Look up Frans’ much awaited book The Inner Heart of Reiki: Rediscovering Your True Self on Amazon.com. You can also get a glimpse of the groundbreaking material in this book, through this excerpt, Reiki is True Self, on Kindred Spirit Magazine.
From being a modern system that has been practiced with a very external focus on the world and on healing, Reiki is now increasingly being practiced as a spiritual path, to awaken to the recognition of one’s true nature as Reiki.
This has led to increasingly common expressions like: “Don’t DO Reiki. BE Reiki!”. This expression, for instance, acknowledges that “DOing Reiki” involves a separate DOer, DOing Reiki on a separate other person, and inherently this reinforces duality. “BEing Reiki”, on the other hand, is seen as a return to simply BEing our true nature, Reiki.
i.e. More Reiki practitioners are slowly treading past the comfortable boundaries of duality, into the challenging waters of non-duality. And truth is, most Reiki practitioners are not equipped to navigate this part of the journey, if they are not closely working with a real teacher, who practices and lives the deeper non-dual teaching of the system of Reiki.
So, it is becoming common these days, to hear something like this from sincere practitioners: “I’m getting better at BEing Reiki”! Wow! That sounds great! At least on the surface of it, that sounds wonderful, especially since it seems that such practitioner who claims this, seems to be getting into a space of high achievement.
But wait a minute!
Reiki is the non-dual True Self. The One without the other.
So how is it possible for a practitioner, fully wedded to their identity as a Ben, or a Victor, or a Stephanie, to BE Reiki? How is it possible for said Ben, Victor or Stephanie to achieve being their True Self?
Why not … you ask?
Well, as long as there is a Ben, Victor or Stephanie, there is duality is it not? So, a Ben BEing Reiki is inherently a dualistic idea. And being a dualistic idea, it isn’t the real non-dual deal, is it not?
When BEing Reiki happens, there cannot be a Ben, a Victor, or a Stephanie. Only Reiki can BE Reiki. Which is to simply say, that only True Self can experience True Self. Or, to put it another way, only True Self can come to a conscious recognition and experience of True Self. This is a fundamental necessity of the idea of non-duality, that there is only One, without an other.
Kind of confusing?
It partly comes with the territory. With the practice of traditional system of Reiki, we are treading non-dual waters. The conceptually comfortable world of duality, and the familiar language and expressions of duality, and most importantly the deeply held beliefs in duality don’t serve us well, especially when we go deeper in this journey.
Next time you hear a great teacher tell you to “Be Reiki”, know very clearly that what they are also telling you, is to drop the “you”. “You” can’t “Be Reiki”, but the identity of and attachment to the “you” can be let go.
How might one let go of the “I” they believe themselves to be?
That, my friends, is what Usui san has left us with the beautiful and deep system of Reiki. Start with a good teacher who lives what they teach in the traditional form of the teachings. And diligently and consistently practice what you are taught.
Reiki, or True Self cannot be realized in the the comfortable conceptual framework of the mind, but only through direct experiencing and knowing.