of a series
where I give my ideas on aspects of Reiki and/or energy work. The pages
are intended to give some "food for thought" and some are only my
viewpoint. While a number of facts may be included, you should decide
for yourself how much (if any) of the content feels right to you.
In my Reiki 1 classes I get asked a variety of questions about
Reiki. Most often students are trying to
wrap their heads around the concept of what Reiki is. So I might suggest they think of Reiki energy
as being just one type of music, making use of many, many instruments from
around the world (both modern and ancient instruments). Then they might think of how this music would
have its own kind of signature or flavour, perhaps like Classical music might
have versus other music like Rock ‘n Roll or Jazz. I suggest that in each
genre of music we find there are quite a few styles as well. For example, I like to listen to www.jazzfm.com
and www.jazz.fm and I find that their various DJs certainly present a wide
variety of jazz styles and preferences for each of their shows. Sometimes I even
wonder how a certain DJ feels he/she can include music I think of as coming
from another genre. Yet over the years
there has been quite a lot of overlap from other music styles, and that just
enriches the possibilities of jazz overall, doesn’t it?
So too, with Reiki and other healing energy systems where we often find
similarities in the effects of the different healing systems (e.g. Seichim,
Magnified Healing), yet the feeling of the individual energy and the methods
used might be quite different from Reiki.
Of course just within Reiki alone we can find a variety of styles, each
based on certain beliefs, preferences, methods, even variations of Reiki energy. They might have a common thread – a sort of
lineage back to one of Usui’s students, but somewhere along the way they
attained their own individuality.
If you can accept all that, now think of this: consider that the ceremony
of a Reiki 1 attunement might be something like a music teacher playing and
teaching an overall tune or music piece for the student to learn and then use. The teacher sets this musical space and the
student benefits from it. The student then goes home and practices with this
music. When he/she returns for the next lesson
(or for a recap) the teacher plays the same piece again and the student then
picks up on more of whatever was missed the first time around. The student again goes home and practices
with this. You might have read on my web
pages how the original Reiki society would do something like this by giving
each member a re-attunement (or re-reiju) at each monthly society meeting.
Using the same music analogy, Reiki 2 attunements differ a bit in that
they might be more like playing the same tune, but now the teacher highlights a
few of the instruments from the music. This is something like what we might
hear in some jazz or classical music pieces where certain instruments have a
brief solo. In the music analogy the
student is encouraged to work with each instrument so as to discover his/her
own experiences with them, and thus find his/her own preferences. In Reiki, each instrument might be equated to
a musical instrument, each with its own vibrational range and purpose. Like instruments, some symbols overlap others
in their purpose or use. Some might even
be changed in their outer form but they still have the same energy use. And Reiki practitioners often have their own
favourites. Some rely on many in their
Reiki work while others use very few, if any.
Just as new instruments or modifications over the years have extended the
range and quality of music overall, sometimes even lending to a new genre, so
too within healing work do we find that new energies and tools have presented
more possibilities for our own healing and development. Within Reiki this led to the creation of new
or specific styles of Reiki, like Alliance, Karuna, Threshold, Ascension,
Komyo, Gendai, TJR just to name a few. The traditional Reiki symbols have evolved
from the original purpose of personal development to also become healing tools
and a focus for many other uses. This
has also happened to some modern symbols
Note too, that not all music or sound can be thoroughly appreciated by
all. Some of us have challenges hearing certain frequencies, almost as much as
we have with the sound of a "silent" dog whistle. But even if
you can't "hear" the music, it doesn't mean you are not playing it or
not receiving its benefits. We find this happening in Reiki as some students
(or recipients) are unable to get a sense of what Reiki feels like, yet other people
they practice with can definitely feel the Reiki energy coming from the same practitioner. This can certainly lead to frustration. In my own experience teaching Reiki I have come
across this a few times. In most cases,
over time and use the practitioner does develop a sense of what Reiki feels
like for him/her. In one case however a master
level student did manage to discover he could feel the energy of another type
of healing system. He was quite excited
about this after years of not feeling anything from any energy, Reiki included.
You have most likely noticed that music is used for more than just entertainment
like listening and dancing. It has been
used in the military for marching, as a sort of foreground focus for subliminal
suggestions in stores and shopping malls, as part of a healing therapy, to
assist meditation, and many other purposes.
So too has Reiki gone well beyond just the role of a healing system. It can be used to set an energy space in a
room or area, to assist in a person’s own personal and spiritual development, to
help with calming the mind so as to better remember things, to assist the
growth of plants, to assist in setting a protective space, and many other uses
Just as musicians have often mixed several genres together to create a
new or more interesting form of music, so too do we find healing practitioners
mixing Reiki with other healing methods like crystal therapy, colour therapy,
massage and body work, sound therapy, essential oils, psychic healing, toning,
chanting and other therapies.
And finally, you might consider how when you play music for others, you
do not give away that piece of music and thus drain your music collection;
although the recipient might be able record it for his or her own use. You still retain your own copy to use over
and over again. And of course as you
play it, you experience it as well.
Well, Reiki works much like this.
Once you have been taught the energy, you can “play” it for others. You simply switch your normal form of vibration
or resonance to add or change to that of Reiki. This is much like you do when you change your
emotions. The recipient then has control
of the “volume switch” and some higher part allows whatever is needed to be received
at his/her own body.
If you have comments or suggestions, Contact Me. I will try to answer them all.
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