When we start to look deeply within the system of Reiki we begin to see that Usui-san is really teaching us about our state of mind and how to work with the mind.
This, of course, makes perfect sense since we all know that energy follows the mind.
- If the mind is distracted, our energy is also distracted.
- If our mind is all over the place, our energy is also all over the place.
- If our energy is all over the place, we do not have any focused energy within to heal ourselves let alone help others to heal themselves.
So how did Usui-san show us that the system of Reiki is all about the mind?
Here are 4 examples of how Usui-san helps us to understand about the mind by practicing the system of Reiki.
The first point of call are the precepts:
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be compassionate to yourself and others
The precepts talk about a state of mind; a state of mind of peacefulness, openness, calmness, and inclusiveness.
The precepts do not talk about the physical aspect of hands on healing, which can only really take place when the mind is calm. This is why Usui-san placed the precepts at the foundation of the system of Reiki.
The second point of call is the meditations taught within the traditional Japanese system of Reiki. With each in breath we focus on the hara/tanden, just below our navel, this helps us to stay focused in the present moment. Each time we become distracted we bring the mind (and therefore also the energy) back to the hara. It is not unlike tying the mind to one specific point, so that it is unable to roam. By repeating this practice we train the mind to remain focused and to not become distracted.
The third point of call is the symbols and mantras. Mantra is known as a protection of the mind. It does this by allowing us to focus on one specific word and sound, giving us control over our wandering mind, and therefore protecting it from straying. Once again, we need to do this practice again and again and again so that we can become used to having a focused mind.
This same can be said of our symbol practice. The symbol is a tool we’ve been given to support us in focusing, enabling the mind to stay with one focal point.
All of these Reiki practices come under the heading of mindfulness training. To be mindful, we need to ask ourselves: what do we need to be mindful of?
We need to be mindful of not clinging to issues of the past, future, and present. And the tools within the system of Reiki are helping us to do just that – be mindful.
So stay focused to bring your mind under control so that you have plenty of focused energy to heal yourself and to help others to heal themselves too.
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.