The ocean seems to love being “Reiki -ed.”
Today I wanted to talk about the freedom you have available every time you practice the healing art of Reiki.
Yes, there is a traditional way to send Reiki that I teach all the students in my Reiki healing classes online. And yes, Dr. Usui and other Reiki Master Teachers received specific symbols and practices for specific purposes.
However, you should feel free to do what feels right whenever you practice Reiki.
Before my Reiki students start a Reiki healing session, I teach them to say the Reiki disclaimer as well as to call in their guides, ancestors, the seven directions and anyone they feel called to help them with the Reiki treatment. But sometimes, maybe it would be best if they just said to themselves, “Reiki On” and had that include everything.
Let’s say you’re driving down the street and you see a dejected boy walking with his head down who could surely benefit from some Reiki. Are you going to say the Reiki disclaimer and go through the whole shabang, or are you just going to picture in your mind’s eye the Power Symbol being sent to every cell in the boy’s body?
The beauty of knowing the Reiki symbols with every part of your being is that you can do whatever you want with them!
Besides, once you receive your Reiki 1 attunement, which happens at the beginning of your Reiki level 1 online class, you will forever be attuned to the beautiful healing energy that is Reiki.
If you don’t use the Reiki, it simply lies dormant until you use it again. And the more you practice your Reiki, the stronger it will get. But it will always be available to you for the rest of your life.
And perhaps for all your future lifetimes as well, the jury is still out on that one. I personally believe your soul receives the Reiki attunements for all of “time”, even though the jury is out on that concept too!
When I first became a Reiki Master Teacher and received my Reiki Master attunement, I broke down in tears and kept saying, “I’ve waited a long time for this.”
Saying that seemed to come out of nowhere, since I hadn’t waited very long in this lifetime, really.
But Hawayo Takata, the Japanese-American woman who first brought Reiki to the Western World, taught that when Dr. Mikao Usui first began to teach Reiki, students had to wait years before receiving the next level of attunement. Often, they never made it to the Reiki Master level.
So, who says you have to adhere to a strict way to practice Reiki? Or that you simply must spend one minute on each hand position on the body or follow the “Reiki rules”?
While there is certainly a benefit to honoring tradition and not reinventing the wheel, when we follow a dogma or certain way of doing things religiously without sometimes asking, “Why?” we deny ourselves the pleasure of discovering new ways to use Reiki.
Obviously, when Dr. Usui discovered Reiki, there was no Internet. No discourse all over the world about Reiki, and certainly no Reiki certification classes online. And I believe the Internet came about mainly to allow people to exchange ideas. This is the Information Age, after all.
And what better way to change mass consciousness than by doing it online? That’s the main reason I developed my Reiki online course curriculum, because I believe it to be the best way to spread the healing Reiki energy as far and wide as possible.
I also attune all the students in my Reiki Master online course with the blank symbol so that any symbols they are supposed to receive can be downloaded directly to them. They may be meant to share the symbol they receive with others, or it may be specifically for them to utilize and take full advantage of. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the magical powers of Reiki.
So be creative with your Reiki! If everything is energy, as the quantum physicists have proved, why not combine Reiki with other techniques and healing modalities? Try different strategies.
Maybe you want to send Reiki as you massage a loved one and picture it flowing through your hands; perhaps you put a Power symbol over your head as you meditate and intend for it to stay there all day long, giving you support and positive energy.
We humans know what to do to heal ourselves and others. The inherent wisdom we each hold inside is astounding. If we just become still long enough to hear that voice inside, we could surely heal this world.
So while you will learn how the proven, set healing structure of Reiki works, also know this: You will always have the Reiki energy available at your fingertips (literally). How you decide to use it is up to you.