The system of Reiki is an art, like painting.
To create a masterpiece might take many years. First, we need to learn about the canvas – the foundation, the paints – the structure of the painting etc.
It is a step by step progress, the same within the system of Reiki.
When we begin to paint we lay out all our equipment and we see the elements of painting as separate entities; the canvas, the paint, the brush. the strokes, the object of the painting, and ourselves.
Yet, when we develop our painting skills overtime these different entities start to melt together, becoming one.
Take for example, Rembrandt, a famous Dutch painter, who often painted people enveloped in golden light. When he painted he saw everything as interconnected – if he had envisioned each stroke as in individual never would the golden light have infused the whole painting.
This same process also takes place within the system of Reiki. In the beginning we see the five elements of the system of Reiki as separate entities; hands on healing, initiation/reiju/attunement, meditations, precepts, symbols/mantras.
The deeper we go into our spiritual development, the more we see that these five elements are all interconnected and there becomes an infusion through our whole being of golden light; showing our true self/reiki.
This is also the case when we do hands on healing on others, or “distance” healing for that matter, if we don’t see that the other elements are interconnected within these practices then the golden light will not be infused within the hands on healing session or “distance’ healing.
Lets look at hands on healing, initiation/reiju/attaunement, and “distance” healing from another “painting” aspect as well.
If we see all the elements of the system of Reiki as a unified practice, then we realize that we do not heal anybody at all, all we do is offer them an empty canvas in which they can paint their healing. By offering them an empty canvas we remove the ego. If, on the other hand, we offer them a canvas painted by our own ideas and judgements than it will be very hard for them to paint their own healing work of art.
As practitioners It is only at the stage of offering an empty canvas that we also begin to see the whole and EVERYTHING becomes infused with the golden light.
The empty canvas is symbolized within the system of Reiki by the level III symbol and mantra DKM which standS for great bright light, non-duality and emptiness.
So next time, when you perform a reiju, hands on healing or “distant” healing, try it, just offer your client an empty canvas, let your light shine and get the ego out of the way.
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.