REIKI FLESH, REIKI BONES:
on the Adventure that is our 'Journey with Reiki'
2006/7 James Deacon
[Updated: Jun. 23, 2007]
Wise Reiki Student:
Perceives that Reiki is a blessing, an instantaneously conferred
'Sacred Potential' - for Healing, Protection and Spiritual Development...
Realises that the
Path of Reiki is not for everyone - for many, their Path
Knows the true meaning of 'Initiation' - that to initiate
some one or thing is simply to set a process in motion
Understands that receiving a Reiki Attunement/Initiation does
not make an individual a Reiki Practitioner, it simply makes them
someone who has received a Reiki Attunement/Initiation.
To be a Reiki Practitioner requires Training, and Practice
Understands that receiving master-level Reiki Attunement/Initiation
does not make an individual a Reiki 'Master' - but is simply the
first step in their journey towards Reiki 'Mastery'
Perceives that, in providing treatment, where the Practitioner
places their hands is less important than where they 'place'
Realises that in Reiki, the concept of nen (mindfulness)
is very important.
Not so much in the sense of being mindful of what you are doing,
as being mindful that 'you' are not doing the 'doing' -
ever aware that, in providing treatment, the Practioner's primary
function is simply to be a 'clear channel' for the Reiki Phenomenon
Remains compassionately 'detached from outcomes'
Overrides the desire of the conscious mind to interfere in the
therapeutic process, and instead, simply lets the Reiki Phenomenon
Sees that Reiki wisdoms are often contradictory - yet nonetheless
Perceives that healing is frequently more effective when entered
into consciously by the client
Knows that often, healing is more about the journey than
Understands the therapeutic power of Gratitude
Perceives that, sometimes, the best treatment that we can offer
is actually to offer no treatment at all...
Understands that, sometimes, much as we feel we are in need of
healing, our best interests are served by living through
the experience of unwellness/dis-ease, rather than attempting
to 'heal it all away'
Knows that even within Reiki, there can be conflict
Holds the four Usui Reiki symbols to be sacred
- though not necessarly something to be kept secret
Understands that rather than representing (or connecting us to)
imagined separate 'energies' within Reiki, the symbols are sacred
tools enabling us to interact in very specific ways with the singular,
energetic-unity that is Reiki
Perceives that, contrary to what many would have us believe, the
four Usui Reiki symbols do indeed hold their own inherent power,
significance and integrity - above and beyond that consciously
(and often misguidedly) assigned to them by those who claim to
Sees that, just as we tune in a Radio to a particular station,
so, via Reiki Attunement, we are tuned in to the 'spiritual frequency'
that is Reiki.
And, on having been tuned in to the Reiki frequency (just as we
would do, having tuned in the radio to the desired station) -
we simply need to listen
Considers the timeliness and appropriateness of 'intervening-with-Reiki'
in any given situation
Learns to facilitate healing using the hands, the eyes, the
breath, the Principles - but also, using the Heart
Is ever aware that Reik is about Compassion, not Power
Realises that Reiki is Compassion. That where there is
no compassion, 'energy' may flow, but it is not
Understands what it means to "hold the Healing Space"
Perceives that Reiki is an enabling power
Is mindful that all healing is self-healing. With Reiki we can
heal ourselves; in treating others we are simply facilitators
- enabling & empowering them to heal themselves
Is well aware
that, frequently, a Reiki treatment does nothing more than
elicit the 'relaxation response' within the client, because frequently,
the client requires nothing more than to un-wind, un-worry,
breathe freely and calmly, and surrender to their own amazing
inherent powers of self-healing.
in performing Distant Treatment for others, we do not actually
'send' Reiki anywhere - that we are simply facilitating the other
person's temporary entry into a state of awareness (conscious
or otherwise) in which they can more easily invite in the Reiki
Phenomenon to assist them in their own self-healing
Understands that sometimes, though people may say they wish to
be healed, deep down inside they are afraid to let go of their
illness - because they are afraid of the changes doing so would
Perceives that Reiki will not heal a person of anything they do
not wish to be healed of
Is well aware that 'Reiki History' is mutable - and open to endless
Knows that entering into a teacher-student relationship is not
something to be done lightly
Understands that one cannot give what one does not have - one
cannot teach what one does not truly understand
Perceives that, in accepting a student of their own, they are
making a commitment - and taking on a great responsibility
Knows that a student must earn the respect of his teacher, a teacher
must earn the respect of his student. Respect must grow into trust
Perceives that Reiki keeps its own secrets - often
hides them in plain sight
Understands that in the final analysis, there is no such thing
as a Reiki 'Master' - only a person who has achieved the ability
to surrender on a regular basis to the phenomenon that we call
Is aware that Reiki is about more than just 'energy'
Is aware that, in speaking of Reiki as 'energy', we are
actually speaking metaphorically, not literally
Realises that 'Being Reiki' is simple - it's just that it can
take a lifetime to achieve that particular level of simplicity