© 2009 James Deacon
# On how to "be Reiki" ...
Ryoho is a system that promotes healing.
Reiki is the the 'motive
force' behind that system.
Reiki Ryoho = Method of healing (/treatment) with Reiki.
what 'Reiki' itself is:
On one rather simplistic level, the term 'Reiki' may be
perceived as referring to Spirit (Rei) Energy (ki), however,
is in fact one of the lesser or secondary meanings of
the word 'ki'.
'Reiki' also means 'aura' (i.e. the semi-tangible emanation of
used as a suffix, -ki speaks of the dynamic quality of
this case, the 'Rei' or spirit.
'Reiki' can be understood as:
The manifestation, influence or effect (ki) of spirit
an adjective, "Reiki" can also simply mean 'spiritual'.
"be Reiki" is, perhaps:
- to be spiritual
'get out of the way and let your spirit act'
On Choku rei and 'spirals'...
people have attempted to view the CKR in terms of the 'mystic
spiral', 'labyrinth pattern', etc.
However IMO (and it is simply
that: my opinion), this line of association is inspired
by a Western mindset, not a Japanese one.
We do better to put
aside all concept of 'spiral' or 'labyrinth' if we seek to get to the true spirit of
in the sense that the term is commonly used in Reiki can actually
refer to a couple of different yet associated concepts:
first, is about the electrical analogy of a 'ground-wire' - of
creating a process for the release of harmful energies down into the
earth for transformation...
second, and perhaps more important, is about the process of
constantly returning to a centred state of being 'here-now' - aware
of yourself - yet at the same time, focussed on the external world
that is part of your immediate experience.
this latter usage of the term, we can achieve grounding by the
practice of various 'mindfulness meditations'.
however, without conscious invitation on our part, life itself
assists in the process:
are hurrying along a busy street in 'autopilot mode', subconsciously
you know your intended route and your body is following it; but you
are otherwise occupied with 'head-stuff'
- that report due tomorrow
morning; Chinese stir-fry or a microwave ready-meal for dinner; did I
send that confirmation email; there was something I was supposed to
do at 9pm, what was I... WOOOSH!
A passing bus has just run through the
biggest puddle the world has ever known - and you are suddenly
absolutely drenched in very cold water...
gasp of breath, that sudden, eyes-wide, freezing, shocked-back-into-the-moment – that’s grounding.
On Reiki Insurance and the acceptance of Certificates...
has been said that Certificates (Reiki or otherwise), are designed
for three things:
- to inflate egos
- to cover damp patches on walls
with the state of much Reiki ...
[I was going to say 'Training', but
far too many folk nowadays are simply attuned, and don't actually receive any
training, so I’ll start again]
with the poor quality of many Reiki courses today, and with no real
standards as to what actually constitutes
Practice' I feel that any insurer who accepts a Reiki certificate as
proof of competency to practice the art professionally, needs to go
and do some urgent research....
On accepting 'energy' (afterall, everything is all just the same energy, right?)
it is true that everything in existence is "all the same energy"
what makes one thing different from another is that this 'same
energy' is made manifest in a myriad different ways.
core, a cockroach is the same energy as a banana or for that matter,
an ebola virus.
energy of 'dis-ease' and the energy of 'restoring ease' are simply
different manifestations of the same energy
vital intensity that rages in the construct we recognise as 'cancer'
is - at core - the very same life-force that assists us to reclaim
the body from that cancer...
at an absolute or 'philosophical' level of reductionism, energy is
(probably) 'all the same'
'sameness' is ultimately 'nothingness'.
only comes into existence, and continues to be - where there is
where different manifest expressions of 'energy' exist and
continuously interact in myriad ever-evolving combination.
So when it comes to accepting energy, the question should not be one of 'Am I willing to accept energy?',
rather: "Which manifestation of the energy do I choose to accept?
# A note on 'Channeling'
For those unfamiliar with the term,
‘channeling’ is essentially a New Age manifestation of the Old
Age phenomenon of Mediumship – ie, the receiving of information
apparently from sources outside the individual’s own mind.
Depending on the person’s beliefs, these sources may be perceived
as being aspects of the individual’s subconscious/unconscious or
their ‘higher self’; or alternatively may be variously identified
as independent, discarnate ‘consciousnesses’ such as spirits (of
the dead), ‘ascended masters’, angels, or other
spiritual/advanced beings – even extra-terrestrials.While
considered by many to be an effective meditative tool for uncovering
personal, subjective, ‘inner truths’, due to the symbolic or
‘poetic’ nature of the information uncovered/received, channeling
is a notoriously unreliable tool for objective historical
research.Unfortunately, it is the case that over the years
since Takata-sensei’s death numerous Reiki practitioners, seeking
to learn more about Reiki (ie concerning its origin & history,
its symbols, practices, etc ) than had been passed down to them in
the lineage via Takata-sensei, have turned (and still turn today) to
the ‘easy’ practice of channeling rather than invest time and
effort in more practical (and more reliable) modes of research...