Great to see all your different ideas and comments on our last blog, A question for you about Reiki Treatments, where we posed a question about two different types of hands-on healing sessions.
Some thought it too brain numbing, others too easy, and for some – just plain too different from what they’d been taught as Reiki practitioners. Why would we ask this question?
St Francis of Assisi
Well, there was a second, unwritten, question in this blog and people began picking up on it as the comments grew. This question related to why there might be a difference, if any, in these two types of hands-on healing sessions. The question itself boiled down to the relevance of practice within the system of Reiki and could be phrased thus; “Does personal practice have an effect on a hands-on healing session?”.
Here are our thoughts…
They begin with seeing the system of Reiki for what it is, a spiritual practice.
We have experienced that the more we practice the system of Reiki – working with its spiritual principles – the more we enter a deeper space of interconnectedness. This experience comes through following the the teachings set out step-by-step in the system of Reiki. Through research we know that this space of interconnectedness is symbolized by the Level III symbol and mantra DKM, which in its full Japanese name literally means Great Bright Light, but also stands for Non-Duality.
Interconnectedness is a commonality across all spiritual traditions:
- Taoism – the universe is you and you are the universe
- Christianity – Union with God
- Buddhism – The realization that you are a Buddha
- Shinto – The realization that you are a kami
to name a few.
And within the system of Reiki, interconnectedness is also beautifully symbolized by the precepts:
For today only
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be honest in your work
Be compassionate to yourself and others
The introduction of these precepts by Mikao Usui into the system make us aware that anger, worry, not being humble, not being honest and not being compassionate are obstacles to the realization of our unification with Reiki (spiritual energy).
Therefore, if we say that both hands-on healing sessions mentioned in the previous blog are the same – why is there a need to practice? Why is there a need to practice anything at all? Why bother working with the precepts if we are already a pure channel for the energy to flow through? Surely there would be no system to practice if this were the case – yet a system exists. There are Japanese Reiki techniques for strengthening one’s energy, there are, as mentioned, the precepts, there is self-healing through hands-on work, there are mantras and symbols, and there is the support from the teacher through reiju. All these elements are there to help us to iron out our kinks, to lose our fear, our anger, and to support the development of compassion – of being Reiki.
Let’s look at the playing of a musical instrument. Some people play at home for fun, just jamming away a little here and there. While others want to work as a musician and do so by developing their skills till they can play professionally, perhaps at a bar or restaurant, for example. And then there is always someone who wants to perform on stage at the Opera House – obviously this person will need to practice a great deal to achieve this. Now, the person playing at home may not play as well as the professional musician playing at the Opera House, yet one is not better than the other, they just play at different levels. And the person who sings in the shower would not be a good choice of teacher for the professional musician, true or not true? We are limited by our expertise, but this can change!
And this is so with anything, no matter whether we are discussing carpenters, singers, midwives, or Reiki practitioners or teachers.
Here is an example:
Say we have two people offering a hands-on healing session;
Practitioner one is a person who has just completed their Reiki levels I, II and III in a years time.
Practitioner two is St. Francis of Assisi (use your suspension of disbelief here and imagine that he had also completed a Reiki course) :-). What we know about St. Francis of Assisi is that through his determined practice his ego dropped away and he embodied the oneness space. His understanding reached beyond our regular forms of communication and embraced the natural world.
Honestly, who would you prefer to experience a Reiki treatment from?
Both sessions offer the potential of healing, yet St. Francis of Assisi is like the Ocean that Rebecca Holton wrote of.
Session 1 is a little stream – it is part of the ocean and is not separate from it. However, it isn’t the whole of it.
Session 2 is the ocean. It contains all the others and, although not separate from them, it has realised it contains everything.
Limited interconnectedness gives limited possibilities.
Unlimited interconnectedness gives unlimited possibilities.
To re-affirm our thoughts: the system of Reiki works, no matter what level of training you have nor what level of practice you have undergone. There is no right or wrong here, but we can go deeper with our practice! Like a musician who just starts to play the guitar – it is not right or wrong, he is just playing at his level, but if wants to play at the Opera House then he will continue to practice… For us too, as Reiki teachers and as professional practitioners if we keep practicing then hopefully one day we can perform a hands-on healing session with the same state of mind as St. Francis of Assisi, accessing unlimited possibilities.
We can always improve, go deeper, discover our own true nature (Reiki), the great bright light of enlightenment.
And that is why Mikao Usui put together this brilliant system.
Some articles that might give a little more background to this blog:
- The Deeper Meaning of the Word Reiki
- The DKM Paradigm
- Being Reiki
- Intent Path Result
- The Dogma of Reiki Treatments
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.