Recently I was one of the keynote speakers of the International Reiki Conference in Sydney Australia, organized by the biggest Reiki association in Australia, Australian Reiki Connection (ARC). Other speakers included Hyakuten Inamoto, Kathleen Prasad, William Lee Rand, and Paul Mitchell, just to name a few.
It was amazing to hear that most of the speakers spoke about the system of Reiki being a system to rediscover our True Self. Different names were used for this True Self: Buddhahood, True Energy, God Power, etc… but they all point towards the same thing, our essence.
It was a wonderful getting together of different Reiki teachers who have different ideas; we might teach the system of Reiki very differently and yet there was a common ground. This common ground is the unity within Reiki, our True Self, which we need to start to rediscover again. By creating unity among all the different teachers of the different lineages and teaching styles, we create a much more cohesive Reiki community.
The conference’s main focus point was the future for Reiki. The future for Reiki is clear: we need to build bridges between all the different lineages and traditions so that we all can rediscover our True Self, which in turn will help the world become a better place.
One other exciting point was that Animal Reiki was one of the main topics as well. To create a better world we also need to start treating our animals better, thus creating unity not just among different teachers and lineages but also between humans and animals. If we look closely, we are not that different at all.
But it was not just the speakers who came together in unity, it was also the audience who shared their ideas in unity. I will always be a student and as a speaker, I learned so much from the audience.
Yes, there always will be differences between the way we see Mikao Usui’s teachings, but as I always say; “one is not better than the other, just a different way”. So no matter what tradition you prefer or what your ideas are about the system of Reiki, let’s hold hands together. Let’s hold hands and walk the path in unity so that we all can rediscover our essence and start to embody the precepts in our heart-mind. If we do this, if we all embody the precepts / our essence / our bright light, together we will create a brilliant, radiant future for Reiki.
Based in Holland, Frans Stiene teaches in North America, Europe, UK, Australia and Asia.
Frans is also the author of Reiki Insights, it is the continuation of his previous book The Inner Heart of Reiki, taking your personal practice and understanding of the system of Reiki yet another step deeper.