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Now you can learn the essential teachings of Reiki. This complete manual, in conjunction with traditional training, is an excellent guide to understanding Reiki and its spiritual practices that heal the body and mind. Revealing for the first time, many of the original Reiki secrets, this book sheds new light on such topics as: the Reiki Attunements, Reiki Symbols, the Chakra System and Absent Healing.
Get the most out of Reiki while you discover:
- The original Reiki history and teachings of Dr. Usui - The Reiki Attunements, Initiations and how they work - How to heal yourself and others - The practical application of Reiki in daily life - Buddhist perspectives on Death and Dying - Reiki and the practice of Medicine Buddha - The Reiki symbols and their meaning - The Chakras, methods for protection, and clearing energy - Advanced healing practices - The complete Reiki levels, including Reiki teacher training
By Penny Parkes – Author of Reiki: The Essential Guide to the Ancient Healing Art’
When I was asked me to write the foreword for this book, I was very pleased because I believe Lawrence has a unique approach. I feel he is approaching it from the perspective of someone who has a deep understanding and heart-felt enthusiasm for the subject he writes about. It is apparent from the way he writes that he is a person who is deeply involved in his own spiritual development. He has written an excellent guide to understanding the spiritual practices of Reiki as well as explaining how to use it for healing the mind, body and spirit.
Lawrence has managed to shed new light on the history of Dr Usui, the founder of Reiki, incorporating many interesting historical facts that have emerged from Japan in recent years. His fascinating account of the origins and subsequent development of Reiki allows the reader to understand how Dr Usui came to develop this unique system that could adapt and evolve depending on the background and culture of the teacher.
From my work as a psychotherapist, hynotherapist, life coach, joint founder of The Reiki School and co-author of ‘Reiki: the essential guide to the ancient healing art’, I feel that the perceptions and insights in this book contribute greatly to the practice of Reiki. His understanding of the way in which it works; the vibrational healing that occurs at a causal level and the resulting changes allow the reader to become acquainted with the progression that occur as a result of its practice.
Lawrence manages to clearly impart an understanding of the processes involved and includes many useful practical applications. In my observations, there is always a spiritual leap after the attunement process has taken place. However, in order to attain the greatest benefit, it is best to continue to use Reiki on a fairly regular basis. Whilst Reiki moves everyone along the spiritual continuum, it is at its most helpful when used frequently. In this book, Lawrence shows how easily Reiki can be incorporated into everyday life for health and healing.
From his particular perspective, Lawrence is able to rise above the dualism of the various Reiki Schools to focus upon the important fundamental principles of Reiki. Enough information is given so that it is possible to gain a full understanding of the available options whilst supplying details for those wishing to conduct further research.
As I wrote in ‘Reiki: the essential guide to the ancient healing art’, we are all individual and there is bound to be considerable variation in the way each teacher imparts similar knowledge to students. If Reiki is taught in the spirit of its founder, it brings about a subtle inner shift that forever changes the perception of those drawn to it, opening hearts and minds to infinite possibilities. Lawrence understands this and appreciates that whilst every person’s perspective and path is unique, it is important they find a teacher of integrity whose lineage can be traced back to Dr Usui. The book contains plenty of helpful guidance whilst encouraging readers to use their own intuition to decide how to proceed.
Overall, the book is easy to read but has great insight. It is an excellent overview of both the Eastern and Western systems of Reiki. As well as being thorough, it is thought provoking, informative and enjoyable.
Lawrence writes with the joy of someone to whom Reiki is a passion. He obviously enjoys teaching, writing and practicing this healing art. This book contains many useful techniques to inspire readers to discover how they can use Reiki to transform their lives.
Penny Parkes - Reiki Master. Further details visit: www.thereikischool.co.uk
1 - History Of Reiki
- History Of Reiki
- The Life Story Of Dr. Usui
- The Reiki Gakkai
- Reiki’s Chronology
- Hayashi Reiki
- Takata Reiki
- New Revelations
- The Reiki Alliance
- The Radiance Technique
- Other Reiki Styles
Chapter 2 – What Is Reiki?
- What Is Reiki? Divine Intelligence
- Who Is The Healer?
- Reasons To Learn Reiki
Chapter 3 – The Attunements
- The Attunements
- The Correct Formula
- What Initiation Brings
Chapter 4 – How To Prepare For First Degree
- How To Prepare For First Degree
- Reiki First Degree
- Results Of The Four Attunements
- Pre-attunement Guidelines
- Purification And The Attunements
- The Way Of Self-healing
- How We Heal Others
- Experiences Whilst Giving Reiki
- Cause And Effect And Metaphysics
- Responces To Reiki
- Hands-on Healing Treatments
- Hands-on Healing Procedure
- Guidelines For Reiki Treatments
- How To Find A Reiki Teacher And What To Look For
- Reiki And Money
Chapter 5 – Other Applications Of Reiki
- Other Applications Of Reiki
- Reiki For Pregnancy
- Reiki For Children
- Reiki’s Attuning Children To Reiki
- Reiki For Animals
- Reiki And Dreaming
- Reiki For Meditation.
- Reiki And Group Healing
- How To Let Go With Reiki
- How To Manifest With Reiki
- The Use Of Reiki In Daily Life
Chapter 6 – Healing And The Cause Of Illness
- Healing And The Cause Of Illness
- Reiki And Allopathic Medicine
- Factors Determining Wellness
- The Enviornment Of An Ill Person
- The Element Of Water And Our Physical Direction
- Diet, Alcohol, Drugs And Healing
- Keeping The Right Company, A Positive Outlook
- Incorporating Other Modalities
- Preventative Medicine
- Reiki For First Aid.
- Practice And Support
- Practical Practice
- Practice Requirements For First Degree
- 21 Days Integration
- Keeping A Journal
- Requirements For A First Degree Workshop
Chapter 7 - FAQ
- Reiki — Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter 8 – Reiki Second Degree
- Reiki Second Degree
- The Result Of The Second Degree Attunement
- The Decision To Learn Second Degree
- What Is A Booster Attunement?
- Reiki Symbology
- The Union Of Body, Speech And Mind
- The Second Degree Reiki Symbols
- Signing The Second Degree Symbols
- Non-traditional Reiki Symbols
- Modes Of Perception
- Tuning Ones’ Perception
- Accessing Our Current State
- Negative Transference
- Establishing Personal Boundaries
- Clearing Energy
- Other Methods Of Cleansing
- Cleaning Rooms Or A Location With The Reiki Symbols
- Bringing Healing Energy Into A Room
- Accumulating Power And Protection
Chapter 9 – Hands On Healing For Second Degree
- Hands On Healing For Second Degree
- Second Degree Hands On Healing Techniques
- Traditonal Hand Positions
- Intuitive Healing
- Clearing And Extracting
- Smoothing And Raking The Aura
- Internal Dialogue
Chapter 10 – Absent Healing
- Absent Healing
- The Quantum Universe
- The Universal Law Of Correspondence
- How To Send An Absent Healing Methods For Absent Healing
- Sending Healing Energy To A Situation
- Sending Healing To More Than One Person
- The Reiki Box
- Sending Healing To Our Inner Child
- Sending Healing To Past Issues
- Sending Healing Energy Into The Future
- Sending Healing Energy To Situations Of Conflict And Crises
- Sending Absent Healing To Two People At The Same Time
- Combining Absent Healing With Hands On Healing
Chapter 11 – Reiki And Crystals
- Reiki And Crystals
- Purification Of The Crystal
- The Programming Of The Crystal For Absent Healing
- Care And Maintenance Of An Absent Healing Crystal How To Use Crystals
- For Absent Healing
Chapter 12 – The Chakras
- The Chakras
- The Chakra System
- Chakra Balancing
- Chakra Balancing As A Self-treatment
- Life Mapping Through The Chakras
Chapter 13 – Setting Up Your Own Reiki Practice
- Setting Up Your Own Reiki Practice
- Creating A Space Conducive To Healing
- Being A Living Example Of Reiki
- How Much Should I Charge For Reiki?
- Requirements For A Second Degree Workshop
Chapter 14 – Advanced Reiki
- Advanced Reiki
- The Quantum Healing Bank
- The Second Degree Booster Attunement
- Releasing The Ties That Bind
- The Reiki Healing Triad
Chapter 15 – Reiki And Buddhism
- Reiki And Buddhism
- Using Mantras With Reiki
- Buddhist Archetypes
- Medicine Buddha, The Buddha Of Healing
- Medicine Buddha Meditation
- Medicine Buddha And Absent Healing
- Medicine Buddha And Hands-on Healing
- Death And Dying
- The Blessing Of The Pure Realm, Dewachen
- Bringing It All Together
Chapter 16 – Reiki Third Degree, Level 3A
- Reiki Thrid Degree. Level 3A
- The Reiki 3a Attunement
- The First Degree Temporary Alignment
- Self-attunement Procedures
- Absent Initiations
- Group Initiations
- The Third Degree Reiki Symbol. The Great Light: Dai Koumyo
- Reiki Initiation, A Pathway To The Removal Of Obstacles
Chapter 17 – Reiki 3B Teacher Training Programme
- Reiki 3B Teacher Training Programme
- What Is A Reiki Master?
- How Long Does It Take To Become A Reiki Teacher?
- The Seminars
- Self Mastery
- Teacher Training Requirements
- The Iirt Teachers Code
- Pre-requisites For 3B
- Progressive Training Prior To Completion Of 3B
- Personal Life Mapping Assessment Questionnaire
Chapter 18 – Advanced Teacher Training
- Advanced Teacher Training
- About The International Institute For Reiki Training
- The IIRT Mission Statement
- The IIRT Code Of Ethics
- The Ten Aspirations Of Mindfulness
- Dr. Usui's Reiki Principles
- Reiki Healing Clinics
- The Future
‘Scriptures say that both wisdom lacking means and means lacking wisdom are bondage. Therefore do not abandon either.’ — Atisa, Bodhipathapradipa
HEALING AND THE CAUSE OF ILLNESS
When we look at what it means to be healed different questions come to mind. Does this merely involve the removal of physical afflictions or does it go deeper? Healing not only encompasses the physical being; it encompasses the whole of our consciousness. It is worth considering not only our current symptoms, but the cause of illness as well. Current research tells us that most modern diseases are caused by stress, poor diet and a poor personal self-image. From a Reiki perspective the cause of illness goes much deeper. Certainly stress, diet and self- image has an effect on our health yet this is not the primary cause of illness. We might pose the question then: Why do we get sick? The primary reason is due to previous karma’s ripening in our present situation. The things we have done, thought and said contribute to our present situation. We can do much to purify these negative karmas by regularly attending to our healing. A very direct way is by ceasing to continue negative actions and to replace these with positive actions. Other factors are due to wrong views; wrong actions; wrong speech; and wrong livelihood. We need to carefully examine all areas of our lives and see how we can change these to positive actions. On an energy level, negative actions cause a disharmonious vibration in our energy field. Our energy field can also become misaligned by choosing to live in poisoned environments, with negative people, and by engaging in negative thoughts as well as the kinds of substances we choose to ingest. So we must do our best to purify these imbalances and to bring back a harmonious balance. Self-healing is a direct way to re-align oneself. Giving up harmful actions is another.
The Historical Buddha gives some useful guidelines for a balanced life. One set of famous teachings is The Eightfold Noble Path. These eight teachings are set out as the ways to take a person away from sorrow. If we choose to follow these guidelines we are more able to be free from disturbing emotions and wrong views. It is said by following these eight steps one gains steady insight into the nature of their mind. With careful attention and practice, the Buddha taught that these eight steps bring about four sublime states – benevolence, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
The Eight fold noble path is set out as follows:
1. The first being the path of Right View. Without a proper understanding into the nature of our problems we can do little to remedy the cause. Therefore we should strive to know the nature of our minds, recognised the nature of reality and closely examine our motives and needs. By understanding the Four Noble Truths which are: the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the way beyond suffering, and the way of the eight fold noble path, we have the view to understanding the non-individuality of all existence. Right view then is ultimately reduced to an understanding of the four noble truths.
2. The second is the path of Right Thought. It matters how we think. Many of our present thoughts are based on confusion, misunderstanding and prejudice. Therefore one should strive to follow a path of right action, including good will to others, thoughts of love and non-violence, and not harming sentient beings. The path of virtuous thoughts can do much to undo our conditioned minds and to generate the heart of wisdom.
3. The third path is that of Right Speech. To recognise the value of non-harmful speech and therefore avoiding lying, slander and gossip. Instead one nurtures communication, which is friendly, benevolent, meaningful and life giving. This includes the speech we say in our own minds about others and ourselves.
4. The fourth path is that of Correct Conduct. To avoid actions with are in conflict with the cultivation of ethical and moral behaviour. Therefore one avoids destroying life, from taking that which is not freely given, from dishonest dealings and sexual promiscuity. Thus we strive to be mindful of how we conduct ourselves in a manner that is not only ethical but reflects how we can nurture this in others to lead an honourable and peaceful life.
5. The fifth path is the path of Right Livelihood. To recognise the importance of a livelihood which supports the path of unfolding. It matters what we do, therefore one should avoid a vocation that causes harm to either ourselves, another or the environment.
6. The sixth path is the path of Right Effort. To bring conscious effort into all that we do. This path represents the will to prevent unwholesome states of mind from arising. Instead one cultivates wholesome thoughts and nurtures a mind that causes good thoughts to arise. With a sound motivation and intention to bring the right effort into our minds, we bring out our best and steadily progress upon the path of peace.
7. The seventh path is the path of Right Mindfulness. This path includes attention to the needs of our body, sensations and feelings, ideas, thoughts and concepts, and the activities of the emotions and mind. With proper awareness one is in control of one’s actions. One is also more present and we can see how things really are, and not giving into expectations and projections from the past or future.
8. The eighth path is the path of Right Concentration. This is the training of the mind through mediation. By bringing concentrated effort to the mind for the practice of meditation, one is able to recognise the way things are and to achieve one pointed focus that results in a calm and tranquil mind.
Considering these teachings and living them can do much to cease our present sorrows as well as sowing the seeds of future negative karmas. Reiki touches every part of our being, therefore, the more we practice Reiki the greater capacity we have for health and balance. It is in this way that many begin a healing path, either as a practitioner offering this service to others or simply to a lesser degree through regular self-healing. The ideal situation is a perfect balance of both, yet one must start at a level that is practical for ones current situation. This way you can start where you are and not where your Ego would imagine yourself to be.
REIKI AND ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE
As described in previous sections, Reiki can be used on the physical level to complement conventional allopathic medicine. Reiki is becoming more and more popular amongst general practitioners, in hospitals and hospice-care. Because Reiki energy speeds the body’s natural ability to heal itself, we find the use of Reiki for healing physical ailments, an excellent example. Reiki is also a wonderful method of pain management. Its regular use can do much to reduce chronic pain in most cases and reduce pain symptoms with regular treatments.
It is important to note here that Reiki does not subscribe to being a sole method of healing, but rather, a complementary method which when used in conjunction with other therapies, can greatly assist in the rate of healing. A recipient of a Reiki treatment should in no way reduce or cease any medication or ignore the recommendations of a qualified health professional.
Many Doctors, who have taken Reiki training, can use hands on during treatments to reduce pain or calm patients who are experiencing anxiety. It has also been determined that Reiki can alter the negative effects of some drugs used in cancer treatment, and other serious illnesses. Reiki is also very popular amongst nurses, and workers in the mental health field for comforting patients who are in fear or emotional pain. At the IIRT, we have had a number of General Practitioners, nurses and mental health practitioners who have all contested to the enormous benefits of Reiki within their own practice, and in their personal self-healing. Another way to use Reiki with conventional medicine is to charge medicines with Reiki energy. Simply holding the medication in your hands for 10 minutes before taking it can make a noticeable difference. It is also a good idea to energize other medications as well as herbs to enhance to their healing properties.
FACTORS DETERMINING WELLNESS
In conjunction with ‘hands-on’ sessions it is worthy to note some of the other factors that contribute to health and well-being. Most of these ideas are based on common sense, but many of us do not consider these when we are ill or unbalanced in our lives. What we eat, how and where we sleep, and the company we keep, all determine the rate of healing. The following are some guidelines that anyone can utilize when ill or when caring for a patient.
THE ENVIRONMENT OF AN ILL PERSON
When we are ill, there is a tendency to go inward, to block out natural light and withdraw from others. This is not only a rapid way to become depressed it is a sure recipe for remaining ill. So the environment of a room is very important in promoting health. The room of the patient should be well lit with natural light, preferably not fluorescent lighting, as well as being well ventilated. Ventilation should be from a natural source and not regulated by air-conditioning. The best option is an open window, provided one does not live on a busy and polluted highway.
An ordered room, which is uncluttered, will also enhance positive energies. To enhance the elements of nature in a room is also a great benefit. Providing indoor plants and flowers are subconscious symbols of life and vitality, and can also enhance the energy of a room and the overall mood of a patient.
Having a symbol of aspiration or inspiration in the room again works on the unconscious mind to promote healing. If the person is religious, then an image to represent their belief system or an image of nature, where the individual has a continual view will assist in recovery and will soothe the mind.
Playing soothing and gentle music also enhances the rate of healing, and should be incorporated with ‘hands on’ sessions to set an ambient mood. Burning high quality incense or clearing the room from any negative energies discharged, can also be of benefit. Clothing and bedding also hold energy, so if a person has a fever and is sweating out toxins, they are literally lying in their own toxins. Changing clothing everyday and bedding every second day will clear excess build-up of lower vibrational energy.
THE ELEMENT OF WATER AND OUR PHYSICAL DIRECTION
Over 80% of our body is composed of the element water, and as we know, the moon affects the tides by its directional movement from the east to the west. In keeping with this concept, it makes sense to approach our spiritual practices, and even the direction in which we sleep, to flow with the cycles of the moon. Our internal waters are affected directly by this movement, so having your bed facing the axis of east/west will enhance balance. This is heightened with regards to an ill person who is trying to recover. When we face the northern direction, because our water is out of sync, it makes us tense; when we face the southern direction, it makes us weak. It is important to sleep with your head facing either the east or west axis. In this way we are staying in tune with the cycles of nature and the flow of universal energy.
Many would consider exercise the last thing on their mind when they are ill; however, light exercise and being outside when the weather permits, is a vital element to health and wellness.
Participating in low-impact exercise such as short gentle walks is generally best. However, it is vitally important that the individual does not become overly hot or cool and is sufficiently maintained at an acceptable temperature, only doing the amount of exercise they can manage. To overdo it, can lead to a worsening of their condition. Choose when possible, to walk in nature. Simply being in a natural setting where the life force is abundant tends to rub off on an ill person and will enhance their physical and mental well-being. A good routine is to walk for a comfortable time, then sit in meditation in a natural environment, and then walk again. This routine enhances balance and awareness. Engaging in other exercises that cultivate the enhancement of vital energy, such as Tai Chi or Chi Kung are also of great benefit.
Another beneficial and pleasurable extension to this is sexual intercourse. If the patient’s strength permits, and the person is not suffering from any sexually transmitted or communicable diseases, then sexual congress should be allowed and even encouraged. The act of lovemaking is extremely beneficial in releasing the body’s natural endorphins and this aids in the patients general mood, relaxation and overall happiness.
DIET, ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND HEALING
It makes sense to attend to a diet that is balanced with the five food groups with particular emphasis on fresh, organic and ‘Chi’ orientated foods. Fresh food is packed with life force that translates directly to you when you consume it. It should go without saying that recreational drugs and alcohol do not mix with illness. These substances directly affect the fragile life force of the sick person. At no time should a person who is ill use recreational drugs or alcohol as a form of escape. This does nothing for the advancement of healing in the body and the replenishment of vital energy. Of course, this does not mean that one should cease their prescribed medication from a General Practitioner. However if you are so inclined, giving Reiki to your medication before taking it can enhance the positive qualities of the medicine.
KEEPING THE RIGHT COMPANY, A POSITIVE OUTLOOK
Keeping the right company when you are ill is helpful in maintaining a positive outlook and the advancement of personal esteem and balance. The last thing you need when you are ill, is someone else telling you all about his or her problems and filling your mind with concerns and worry. It is a general rule to avoid people and situations that are filled with negative views. This has particular emphasis when someone is ill. The power of positive thinking has been well documented in relation to enhancing health and activating healing energies in the body. If you are confined to a bed with your illness, read or have someone read books to you that are inspirational and motivated toward a positive outlook. Like wise watch film which are of a similar nature. What we put into our bodies and mind, greatly influences our outlook and view of life.
INCORPORATING OTHER MODALITIES
Reiki is not the only form of alternative medicine, which can assist when we are out of balance. It is a good idea to incorporate other modalities that you feel may help your situation. Some other alternative methods such as Chinese herbs, massage, shiatsu, acupuncture, naturopathy, reflexology, homeopathy, flower essence therapy and aromatherapy are all excellent approaches to healing and well-being. However, just as it is with Reiki, be certain that the practitioner is fully trained and competent in their art, before investing your time, health and money. Combining Reiki with these modalities greatly enhances them in a variety of ways. For example, in most forms of bodywork, practitioners have their hands in contact with the recipient’s body most of the time. As Reiki is activated by touch, healing energy is being transmitted via the hands, directly into the meridians, organs, muscles and energy system of the individual. In homeopathy, aromatherapy and flower essence therapy, Reiki can enhance the positive healing qualities of the remedies by holding the medicine in your hands, and energizing them with the Reiki energy.
The best approach to wellness is not to get sick in the first place. If we pay attention to our physical bodies, our mental, and our emotional needs, we prevent the causes of illness. Applying some of the preceding suggestions will certainly assist in this process. Good health is mostly common sense and listening to the wisdom of your body. Following these guidelines in conjunction with regular Reiki self-treatment enhances a positive outlook and creates balance, both, physically, emotionally, and mentally. So many people are unhappy in their work, with their relationships and feel that it is their lot in life to remain in an unsatisfying job for many years. For some, life is just about work, to then retire and then expire. Following your dreams and passions are so important to living well and creating happiness. With continued use of Reiki and by attending to some of the suggestions previously outlined, we can open the door to a better outlook for our health and life in general. Most importantly, do what you love to do. If we are unhappy, it this due to outer influences?, or are we manifesting negative situations through our own co-creation? If something is not right, do what you can to change it. If our situation is too difficult to work out, take time to seek counseling from a qualified therapist. If we need distance from our situation, a short retreat can also be useful. Just remember, ‘the only Zen that you find onto of the mountain is the Zen you took with you’. You have all the resources you need. Tap this power and use it to the best of your ability. We can do much to change our situations in life. We have a choice.
REIKI FOR FIRST AID
First and foremost, Reiki is not designed to replace common sense and basic first aid procedures. However, Reiki is an excellent adjunct to first aid. For example, if someone has cut them self, one can apply a bandage and at the same time hold the area with our hands, transferring Reiki energy. To be most affective in a first aid situation, it is suggested to start applying the Reiki energy as soon as possible. The sooner we apply Reiki to the affected area, the sooner we are preventing unnecessary trauma from setting in. If it is not possible to place the hands in the affected area we can use the law of correspondence, via Absent Healing.
Here we state that the part we are holding corresponds to the affected area, and imagine healing energy going to that place. At the Reiki I level, we simply place our hands wherever we can and state in our minds that the area we are touching now corresponds to the area in need. In addition to this, we can visualize this area beneath our hands as the affected area. Where possible we leave our hands in the area as long as is comfortably possible for the person concerned. This may require for you to be working on the area for a number of hours. Working in this way will greatly enhance the recovery and healing of the individual. It also makes a lot of sense to learn basic first aid. Courses are widely available, and are an essential adjunct to any practitioner of the healing arts.
PRACTICE AND SUPPORT
To further your relationship with Reiki, it is essential to put it into daily practice. Reiki works on the premise, like most things that the more you put into it, the more you’ll get back. So it makes sense to create the situations and time in your life to make this possible. What helps tremendously with practice is the support from like-minded friends on the path. Many Reiki schools hold regular ‘Reiki Share’ evenings, as well as Reiki healing clinics and opportunities to review previous levels. This helps to strengthen and reconnect bonds made with old friends and to form new friendships. Most importantly groups like this give you the opportunity to practice with others who are interested in healing.
If the teacher you learn from does not offer practice times or ongoing support after the workshop, then take a leap of faith and contact other teachers and practitioners in your area to swap sessions. So often, the detriment of an individuals practice is due to the lack of support from like-minded people on the path. When we isolate ourselves, we potentially limit our growth. This is why it is recommended to learn Reiki with a spouse, close friend, brother or sister, so that one can support the other in creating a space for practice.
When we look at all of the various kinds of therapies, courses and workshops available today, it is often exciting to taste all these kinds of experiences. Yet if a teaching or method has no practical application in your life, what use is it? It becomes all too easy to collect Certificates and to attend every workshop under the sun, but without proper integration and right understanding, we may just be filling our heads with lots of information without putting any of it to use.
Engaging your mind with sensational phenomena may be entertaining but how does it contribute to healing? The following story illustrates this, and how one’s practice should benefit not only oneself, but also others in a practical and grounded way.
The following is a story from Buddha’s time to illustrate this point.
In India there was a Sadhu or Holy man and through many years of practice had learnt to walk on water. One day, Buddha was walking along the river and met the Sadhu.
The Sadhu, not recognizing Buddha as an awakened being, tried to impress him with his magical abilities.
The Sadhu performed many magical feats, such as levitating, manifesting colourful energy fields, small objects and suchlike. Each time he performed an act, the Buddha would respond with enthusiasm, and would say: “That is amazing, what else can you do?” Seeing that the Buddha was so impressed, the Sadhu saved his greatest act till last.
“I can walk across this river”, he exclaimed, literally bursting with pride, and proceeded to walk on water. Buddha, seeing a boat nearby rowed the river and reached the other side. Once there he spoke to the Sadhu asking him how long it had taken him to accomplish this great feat. The Sadhu said, “It has taken me thirty years to achieve this act!” Buddha said, “Wow!, thirty years to do that, it took me five minutes in that boat, what else can you do?”
At this point the Sadhu recognized the futility of his practice and realize by the profound example of the Buddha to awaken his mind to practices that have a benefit for others. He later became an avid follower of the Buddha’s teachings and dedicated the rest of his life to the practical pursuit of awakening, grounded in the service and healing of all beings. — Popular Buddhist fable, source unknown
So a teaching is of little worth if it does not liberate oneself or others. We should closely examine our minds and be honest with our self. Our motivation for becoming a healer should be based on the compassionate wish to benefit others. These days there are many vehicles to the spiritual path, so be sure the path you embark upon bears results. If we waste our time pursuing spiritual teachings that are shrouded in mystery, and blind belief, we are hardly developing self-reliance, compassion and healing. A spiritual teaching that teaches you to find your own awakening is a path worth pursuing. Buddha said, “Learn to do good, cease to do harm, and purify your mind. By these actions, follow the teachings of the Awakened and be a light unto yourself”.
PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST DEGREE
Having completed a Reiki First Degree workshop, it is suggested to complete a self-healing session every day for a period of 21 days. The reason for this is by the end of 21 days you would have formed a good habit and will be more able to naturally continue. It is also suggested that a new student complete at least 30 hours of Reiki hands on healing treatments on family and friends before considering Reiki Second Degree. If you practice the recommended hours you will greatly enhance your understanding and integration of the First Degree training.
21 DAYS INTEGRATION
It is said that having completed a Reiki I workshop, there is a 3-week period of integration. This is not really such a strange concept, when we consider that our entire energetic system has had a complete enhancement and realignment with the four Reiki attunements. During this time it is best to be aware of how the energy is shaping you. Many people report that they feel considerably different after a workshop and in the weeks that follow. Your personal experience is your own, and often you feel these changes on an emotional and mental level. Common experiences range from a deeper sense of peace and serenity to inner calm and greater clarity. Many people report that once they have experienced the attunements in the workshop environment, the stresses of daily life don’t seem to take hold or hold as much focus as previously experienced.
It is also suggested to nurture oneself during this period, and to pay attention to our bodies’ needs.
One of the most effective ways to integrate the Reiki energy is to give your self a daily self-treatment. Doing this greatly enhances your direct perception of the Reiki energy and allows the balancing of your physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual bodies. There are many benefits of daily practice. As we work on a daily level, we effectively build on previous sessions and as a result the degree of clearing, heightened sensitivity and one’s perception becomes more enhanced. Sometimes emotions can arise as a result of regular practice. The important thing to remember is that it is all part of the healing process, and although it may not be very pleasant at the time, it is actually a good sign. Often, if this is occurring, it is the mind’s way of signaling some breakthrough of an old dysfunctional pattern. It is best to continue self-healing especially when this is unfolding, as it will assist in the transition and healing taking place. It is also good to have a friend or therapist to help if you are processing many emotions. Sometimes it can help a great deal when we talk about our problems with someone else, even if they just listen, that can be enough.
Keeping a Reiki Journal
Many people take up the suggestion of keeping a personal Reiki journal, to document their experiences and changes in themselves. Engaging in this process can be quite rewarding and acts as a marker in times of transition. It may also simply off-load what’s on your mind. Keeping a journal is a way to reflect on your personal growth and the changes that have occurred in your life as a result of your practice. If you decide to keep a regular Reiki journal, take note of your experiences and how you felt during your treatments. Also take notes on your clients’ experiences and remember to ask for feedback when you are learning. You may also wish to create a client feedback book or page and ask your client to give some comments at the end of each session. Feedback can be an excellent source and can tell you much about your Reiki ability and development as a practitioner.
INNER SELF MAGAZINE
"Finally here is a book which actually explains how healing works. Reiki Healer is a great achievement offering not only an excellent overview of the Reiki system, but insight into its history, symbols, spirituality, and what one can expect within Reiki training. It is an important book for anyone interested in Reiki and will also prove of value to anyone considering training. Unquestionably, a book set for the best sellers list."
"Lawrence goes about imparting his knowledge, from the obvious to the esoteric. He clarifies the Attunements needed to tap into Universal energy and the skills needed to activate third degree status, all involving dedication and commitment. Yet we also pick tips on bringing Reiki into our lives. A book to awaken a latent interest or to set you on the path to learning the therapy for yourself."
RAINBOW NEWS MAGAZINE
"Lawrence Ellyard is a practising Reiki teacher and Buddhist practitioner. From this manual you will discover, among other things: The original Reiki history and teachings of Dr. Usui, The Attunements, Initiations and how they work. How to heal yourself and others, The practical application of Reiki in daily life and the complete Reiki levels, including Reiki teacher training."
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