© 2006/7 James Deacon
[Latest addition: Oct. 18. 2007]
On the concept of "Being Reiki"
first thing is the realisation that 'You'
can never 'Be Reiki'
the moment of 'Being Reiki', there can be no perception of 'I'
Reiki' is a state of singularity - a state of transcendence
there is 'Being Reiki' there is no 'Being self'
the moment of there being even fleeting perception of 'self',
of 'I', of attachment to outcomes (even of attachment to Reiki),
there is no 'Being Reiki'
one level of interpretation, the term Reiki speaks of 'the influence
of Spirit' or 'the manifest expression of Spirit in action'
Reiki' (in part at least,) involves "getting out of the way
and letting Reiki Be" -
getting 'I' out of the way, and letting Spirit act
course, this is just my (ie 'self') opinion - realised and informed
in a moment of Not-being Reiki: i.e.
in a moment of being 'self'.]
'being Reiki', there is only 'Reiki'
my experience, it is only afterwards - when we return to
the this-worldly state of 'self' - to the state of 'not
being Reiki', that we can attempt to make some personal sense
of the experience of 'being Reiki' - and attempt to convey these
perceptions via the inadequate medium of words...
unlike Shakyamuni Butsu, I never quite managed the feat of transmitting
direct understanding of my personal experience by merely handing
someone a flower...)
When is a 'Distant Treatment' not a 'Distant Treatment'?
you are not actually touching the client, but still working within
their bio-energy field, then, while it is admittedly a 'hands-off'
treatment, it is not a 'distant treatment' - as there is an already-established
'direct contact' between you and your client - via each other's
A treatment only becomes a 'distant treatment' when you are outside
the extent of direct contact between your respective bio-fields
and therefore have to establish contact via one of the 'distant
while many people speak about giving themselves 'distant
treatment', in treating yourself, you are always working
within your own field, so technically you cannot be said
to be performing a 'distant treatment' for yourself.
Even if you choose to use 'distant treatment' techniques
when treating yourself, you are already in contact with your own
field - you cannot become so far removed from your own field as
to need to use the 'distant treatment' techniques ( unless
perhaps if you are dead?...)
# On 'sending' Reiki surreptitiously...
Whether we see our role (as Reiki practitioners) as being about
'making' someone well, or 'healing them into a state of acceptance
of their unwellness', or simply, facilitating the 'space'
in which the individual can come to 'heal' themselves (on whatever
level), the individual still has a right to know in advance
that this is our intention
to be asked if they want this in the first place
-and even if they do want it, whether or not they want
They may prefer to participate in this self-change (with or without
outside 'help') at a time more convenient to their Lower
the focus is on healing, or spiritual growth and development,
in openly informing the individual in advance - discussing
our intent, and not just seeking but also clearly and unequivocally
receiving the individual's permission, we are empowering
them to take ownership of the effects of that therapeutic
or spiritual intervention
notion that we can circumvent openness and honesty as to
our intentions by "mentally asking permission of the person's
Higher Self" is little more than an avoidance-strategy
born out fear.
'sneaking around behind the person's back', we only serve to dishonour
their Spiritual nature - and our own.
# The power
"we should never forget that 'Good Intentions' have a very
limited usage: their primary purpose being to pave the road to
# On the issue of Re-attunement...
In Reiki, its the quality of the initiation (i.e. the 'attunement'
and the accompanying training) that counts, not the number
of times you repeat it...
# Reiki Initiation and the "Photocopier Principle"...
(some folk might call it the: 'Xerox Principle', but that
might lead to litigation!)
has been said that passing initiation is a bit like making photocopies...
you have a pristine-quality document. You make a copy of it, but
due to dust particles, spots of 'correction fluid', smudged thumbprints,
etc. on the copier glass, the copy you make picks up a few dirty
marks - and depending on the paper, toner levels, and repro-quality
of the copier machine, there may also be a slight deterioration
in the quality of the text itself.
Then imagine that, some time later - perhaps a few months, perhaps
a few years - the person you gave this less-than-perfect copy
to, decides to make another copy to pass on to someone else. Not
having the pristine original, they have to make the new copy from
the one they have - which has now become a little crumpled, and
has also picked up a few additional ink-marks and a 'coffee cup
ring'... And the copier machine they use is also not in pristine
condition... So, this new copy, in turn, picks up yet further
obscuring marks [including the 'sign of the decaf mocha'] and
suffers form further loss of quality...
Some time later, the person who has received that copy,
decides to make another to pass on to someone eIse... and so on.
If, each time, the new copy is made from the last one produced,
it won't be that long before the whole document is almost completely
how many 'Reiki photocopies' can we make in this way?
How many times can the initiation be passed - from master to student,
to the student's student, then to their student,
and so on - how many links do we need in an initiatorial lineage-chain
before there is a noticeable deterioration in what is being
# Reiki doesn't always reach...
is generally believed (- whether rightly or wrongly), that in
terms of treatment, Reiki will go wherever it is needed; also,
that as a result of initiation / attunement, Reiki beneficially
influences the student's energy-centres, bringing them into balance.
However, truth be told, Reiki it seems, does not always
reach the student's 'impatience centre' which drives the individual
to "want it all now", nor their 'misconception centre'
wherein lies the beliefs that "greater complexity equals
greater power" and that "greater power equals more effective
# 'Sending Reiki'...
'sending Reiki...' - its a common enough concept within Reiki,
People are constantly sending Reiki energy to other people, animals,
things, places, events, situations, etc.
In fact, the practice of sending Reiki energy (either simply channeling
the 'raw' energy directly to a person, etc, or in some
cases, indirectly - via a Healing List - which may contain the
names of several individuals, situations etc) would seem
to be the primary form of interaction that a great many people
have with Reiki - particularly in western-lineage (Usui Shiki
Something every level 2 is taught - a major 'tool' in the Usui
Shiki Ryoho 'therapeutic toolbox', right.?
it seems that actually the very concept of 'sending Reiki'
is simply another one of those nice little Reiki 'add-ons'. (-
an 'add-on' presumably adopted from one or other of the various
western 'spiritual healing' traditions.)
taught the practice of what she called 'Absent Healing': the very
specific practice of performing a Reiki treatment for
an individual with whom one was not in physical contact.
she spoke of sending a person 'good thoughts'. However, there
was no concept of 'sending Reiki energy'...
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