It is a rose seed’s destiny to bring forth roses. Sooner or later, when the soil is watered and the sun shines, roses will come.
Reiki is one path among many beautiful paths. It is one road among many. At the start of our Reiki journey, we enter a phase of jubilation and awe. We feel as if we have discovered “the truth.” Yet, in time, we remember the wisdom of the mystics since time immemorial: All paths lead to the same place.
All paths lead to the same place.
If we plant a seed and care for the soil, roses will appear. Sometimes the kinds of seeds that others may choose to plant may seem to be—on the surface—strange seeds. We may scratch our heads, not comprehend why they do as they do. We may feel there is no chance for them to blossom.
Perhaps we cringe when we look at the religion of our parents. Perhaps we condemn the strictly rational viewpoint of scientists and atheists. Or perhaps we roll our eyes at the get-rich-quick manifestation teachings so prevalent in new age circles. There are many things with which we may not agree.
And yet…over time…if we observe those who follow the paths with which we do not agree, we will always find growth. Let me repeat that: Every path offers growth.
Every path offers growth.
Although it may not be in this particular lifetime that people are enlightened with the pure Love of the Universe, it will be that each lifetime holds growth. Whether it is subtle growth or more obvious growth—this is not our place to judge or criticize.
If there are those in your life who are following a path you think is foolish, I invite you to stop and ask yourself: What is it about that particular path that provokes negative reactions in me? How might this reaction be symbolic of a deeper issue, a shadow within me? Have I been “hurt” by the worldview of that particular path? What part of me is feeling defensive or worried?
Through this deep inquiry, we develop a deep sense of peace. We recognize what the visionary playwright Tennessee Williams said was true: “Every path is the right path.”
A good way to practice peace is through self-healing Reiki sessions. Or, we can receive healing sessions from others. As we are enveloped in the gentle radiance of the Reiki light, we can open ourselves, setting the intention to flow with whatever comes, without disagreement or contraction.
On the inhale, we whisper: I accept every path.
On the exhale, we whisper: All paths are perfect.
With time, roses come. They always come. To everyone, whether in this life or the next. It’s not our place to judge time. The Universe works in rhythms, fits, and cycles. Peace comes from resting in this wisdom.
Indeed, the quiet, simple, restful wisdom that all paths ultimately lead to the same place is a wisdom that is a vital step in our awakening process. We cannot skip this step. We must go through it—and in going through it, we dissolve the anger, judgements and fears we have about those who follow different paths. We forgive previous versions of our own self who may have been confused or convinced of something different. We make peace with everyone. We make peace with everything.