Reiki and the Awakening Human

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Reiki, and other forms of energy healing, have been a path of awakening for millions of people here on this planet.

Reiki is so powerful because it allows us to tap into tremendous sources of power.

Indeed, we learn to walk hand-in-hand with angels, Earth spirits, Mother Gaia, ascended masters, and with our Reiki spirit guides. It’s so awesome! Through the practice, we learn to lean on the tremendous support from invisible words and higher dimensions… and yet, ultimately, these forces cannot do the work for us. We do the work ourselves.

We choose to grow. We choose to change. We face our fears. We release our anger and our resentments and our trauma. We send love into our own hearts. We become our own best friend. And we shine our light outward, giving our kindness and compassion to the world unconditionally.

We expand our perception and awareness through this magical process called Reiki.

And, in a certain sense, to talk about a process of awakening is simply another way of saying the basic evolutionary impulse common to all beings.

Evolution is what we do. All of us. Everyone. Everything. We become more; we become better. We become smarter; we become stronger. And though some get there more slowly or more quickly than others, it always always happens.

Evolution is guaranteed.

And, the greatest news of all is this: You are a human being! To be alive in human form means there is a great chance that, in a single lifetime, a dramatic shift can occur. A quantum leap. A dog will always stay a dog and a bird will always stay a bird, but something more is possible for the human being. A human being can fully realize their Divine Origins and begin to live their lives in ways that break the molds of what the 3D world says is possible. We can invent radical new technologies and thought forms that can, quite literally, alter every dimension of human life on the planet. This is what being a human means. This is our gift, and also our great responsibility.

Dear friends and dear Reiki practitioners, you are not alone in your yearning for more. The world as you knew it even just a few years ago can no longer satisfy you. You cannot turn back. You cannot turn away from this journey even if you wanted to. There is only forward motion now—but not in the way you used to think of as “forward.” This is not about acquiring standard trophies of success and material possessions in this world. This is something different. The movement is different now. Your motivations are changing, and you are meeting this new person, this new human, you know of to be your Self.

You are remembering your Divine Origins. You are awakening.

Touch

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Touch is such an important element in healing and also in our daily life. But how do we touch?

One of the most important elements to touch in the right way is our mind, because if our mind is not in the right space, touch can become very different, even hurtful.

Let’s look first at touching ourselves because if we do not know how to touch ourselves, then how can we touch others in the right way?

In the context of healing, we need to touch ourselves with the intent that we receive whatever we need. There is no need to have a very specific, boxed in intent, like “this or that needs to be healed”; in truth we do not really know what we need. We might think we do, but if we look honestly at ourselves we do not really know. So by setting a very open intent, our mind and energy also become more open and thus allow a more free flowing energy. For example, say you have a pain in your knee. If you just touch your knee with the intent that your knee gets healed, you are setting a limited intent. And thus your touch is limiting, because maybe the pain in your knee comes from your sciatic nerve. And that issue might come from a tightness in your kidneys due to pent up anger. If we set a more open intent when we touch our knee, the healing can take place on a much deeper level and our touch becomes something very different.

In our daily life we often are told from our parents or from society not to touch ourselves; thus we have created an obstacle through which our mind and energy don’t flow. Touching our own body can be very healing and freeing. But again, we need to touch it with the right state of mind. What is this state of mind? This is the state of mind of no anger and worry or fear, a state of mind in which we are grateful for how our body looks and feels no matter what. And we have to couple our touch with our innate love and compassion. Therefore, if our touch is without anger, worry and fear, and is infused with gratefulness and compassion, then we have the right touch. By being mindful when we are touching ourselves, which means our mind is not being distracted by past, present and future issues, we are therefore completely focused and open at the same time when we touch. This kind of touch, due to being completely free, brings a deep kind of healing, peace and even inner joy and bliss.

Thus, through knowing and learning how to touch ourselves with the right state of mind, we learn how to touch others when we perform a hands-on/off healing session, or just in our daily life.

When we touch someone during a hands-on/off session, we need to touch without anger, worry and fear and in a state of mind of gratitude and compassion. Often people touch with the intent of a specific outcome, that the person might be healed, feels something, has no more pain, or is happy. But in reality, this mindset comes from worry and fear; we may worry and fear that the client is not healed, does not feel anything, or still has pain and is not happy. If our mind is completely free of any specific intent, it therefore is completely open. In this place of openness, we can touch the person in a spacious state of mind. This means that the space is so open that the energy can flow freely through both practitioner and client without any obstacles. This in turn creates a deep state of mind for healing to take place and even for inner joy and bliss to occur.

When we first start to experience this kind of deeper touch it might start to feel very intimate. So to be able to do this kind of touching we need to stay centred and grounded. This kind of intimacy has nothing to do with sex; rather it is a remembering that the person who is touching is also being touched at the same time! Thus during this kind of touching a mutual state of healing will take place.

This kind of touching is also very important if we want to keep our relationship healthy with our partner. Often we may touch our partner, when we make love for example, in a distracted state of mind. Our mind is not focused and open. It is thinking about the past, present and future. But when our mind lets go of the past, present, and future, our touch becomes something very different. Now it is devoid of anger, worry, and fear; it is infused with gratitude and compassion. This kind of love making can trigger deep forms of inner joy and bliss which will heal many wounds that are often created in relationships. When we touch each other like this during our love making, then love making becomes magical and healing. Something very deep and intimate takes place between two people, an opening, a spiritual experience, a sense of peace and inner happiness.

Thus to really touch we need to stay very mindful and focused, not distracted by past, present and future. To help us to embody this state of mind so that we can touch in the right way, we can practice things such as yoga, meditation practices, the system of Reiki, Tai Chi, Buddhism…all of these help us to focus and open our mind. And by having an open spacious mindset our energy starts to flow freely through our whole being, which will result in a touch full of love, compassion and inner bliss and joy.

 

“Touch” was originally published on International House of Reiki blog.

 

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Frans Stiene has been a major influence on global research into the system of Reiki since the early 2000s. His practical understanding of the Japanese influences on the system have allowed students around the world to connect deeply with this practice. Frans is a co-founder of the International House of Reiki with Bronwen Logan (Stiene). He has also co-authored with her the critically acclaimed books The Reiki SourcebookThe Japanese Art of Reiki, and A-Z of Reiki Pocketbook.

Evolutions of Energy Healing: A Tale of Transformation

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Reiki came into my world during the first year of my Psychology degree, when I unexpectedly became ill. It was in the local library that I was drawn to a purple book about Reiki with beautiful illustrations. As I flicked through its pages, I knew that I wanted to find out more and train in the healing art.

Looking for the right teacher, I synchronistically came across a website that resonated with me. This teacher happened to be coming from abroad to my town in a few weeks to give attunements.

On the morning of the class, I felt a bit tired, in pain, and shy about what to expect. Throughout the day, however, I felt as if I transformed beyond what I had expected.

During the Reiki attunement, I immersed myself in a portal of beautiful colours in my mind and felt the soothing warmth of the energy running through me and through the hands of my teacher. There was a sacredness in the air that felt familiar, like home. By the end of the day, I remember my teacher looking over at me and commenting: “This morning your body language was more withdrawn and you were not making eye contact; now it is as if your eyes are twice as wide and the lights have been switched on again.”

For the next 21 days, I practiced on myself daily. Slowly, I healed from being nearly disabled, unable to walk and in chronic pain, to eventually starting the second year of my degree and regaining my vitality and hope. Two years later I completed the second degree of Reiki, which focuses on learning sacred symbols. I loved how the symbols added a new dimension to my practice and experience. It gave me comfort and vitality in my own body as well as connection with others in attending Reiki Shares and feeling the different styles and energy signatures of friends.

It felt very intuitive and flowing that I was led to the attunements at the right time and place for my soul’s growth and learning. A number of years later, during 2012, I was brought to a new method called Angelic Reiki that I felt guided to train in. I had some reservations about Angelic Reiki—that maybe it sounded a little too “fluffy”—but I knew by this point to trust the pull of my intuition.

The Angelic Reiki attunements and the healing energy felt very different from Usui Reiki. Angelic Reiki felt very pure and subtle to me, very comforting, while Usui Reiki is more of a warm masculine energy. As I opened myself to the meditation and healing sessions, I had new experiences. We worked with the Angels as well as the ascended masters, and during sessions we psychically opened up and gave each other messages from ascended masters whom we knew little about, as well as felt numerous beings around us healing us beyond just the hands of the participants.

I remember during the meditation attunement we received a gift from each archangel. When it was time for Archangel Raphael, he looked deeply into me. I was overcome with such pure joy that he held me and flew me up to a crystal temple. I was intrigued by this spontaneous vision and how incredibly loving the exchange was between us.

I began to understand that my mission on Earth was to bring healing and ground it into new methods and modalities, new ways of honouring our vitality and supporting ourselves back to perfect health. I started feeling huge waves of energy, as well as having visions of ascended masters and angels.

At one point, during a night time meditation, the Egyptian goddess Isis came to me and proposed: “You are in a dark tunnel with the light in the distance. There will be difficult times as you face your darkness, but it will be worth it. This is your rebirth, are you ready?” My response to Isis then, at the time, was a big “Hell nooooooo.”

I laugh at this memory now. At that stage of my life, I simply didn’t feel ready. I still held a lot of fear and was scared of what I would find within myself.

However, in the summer of 2015, the vision from Isis finally caught up with me, as I spontaneously started seeing past life visions. On the 1st of 2016 I woke up and felt different: I knew something had changed and that big shifts were happening. From this day onwards, I started to open up my psychic awareness to receiving beautiful messages from my soul and ascended masters, angels, and guides. I saw different visions, potential futures, past lives, different energies in my mind, sacred geometry, and channelling languages like Hebrew (that I have never encountered before). It was exciting, beautiful and mysterious.

It was, also, however, incredibly painful. I was awakening to find that the little human “me” life I had been living (relationships, friendships and work) was no longer resonating with me. I was changing whether I liked it or not, and all that was not in alignment was being pushed out no matter how much I tried to stubbornly hold on. I was then right back to feeling afraid, as I had during the Isis vision.

But from the stillness of this now moment, as I contemplate all I journeyed through to create a new beautiful life for myself in alignment with my soul’s truth, I can tell you that for all the tears, the screaming, the breaking down, it was all worth it. I have been given a gift and connection to the higher realms that is so beautiful; it is a state of being to be cherished.

What I feel guided to share with you at this time is this: these healing modalities are just the initiation, the focus for channelling energy, for reconnecting with your soul. The created and established methods serve us beautifully through the different transitions of life, but what I feel strongly now is that as awakening is progressing on the planet and the veils are thinning to the higher realms, we are being gifted new modalities and energy healing methods.

It is a very exciting time for creative exploration. Like many other healers, I have evolved my own practice, integrating the traditional practices with the new energy signatures. The violet flame, star seed energies and methods such as speaking and singing in light language. As we evolve into the multidimensional beings that we are, we are gaining many abilities from our souls’ Akashic Records that allow us to introduce new ways of healing to the world and to ourselves.

And so as I continue my journey, I am eternally grateful for the established methods that formed the foundation for my energy healing practice, as well as now learning, from my own higher self, methods that are not yet in manifestation. We are on the front lines of creation, introducing new energies and experiences to bring us to the next phase of our journey. By training in another’s method we are coming back into ourselves. With accepting and owning our sovereignty, we learn from our own higher selves’ abilities.

The sky is the limit, and I look forward to seeing how energy healing evolves as we do in the future.

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Aiyana is a healthcare professional with a degree in Psychology, based in the UK near Glastonbury. After an awakening, she quickly transitioned into channelling, writing poetry from the soul, and having visions and extrasensory experiences. She has a passion for blogging, adventuring this beautiful world, being of service, promoting peace, dance, and music. Please visit her on Youtube.

You are the Change: An Urgent Letter to Reiki Practitioners

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Dear Reiki Practitioners,

I want to share with you a message I received in my dreams last night.

The message I received is this:

You are the model of what human society is becoming. You, Reiki practitioners, are the future.

As I was filled with this message, my entire body radiated with light.

Indeed, you the model of what humans are becoming. You are a Reiki practitioner: a healer, an empowered soul, a blueprint, a template, an example. You are the change that is seeping into this world. You are the wave of future, coming back into the ocean of the past. You are the change.

As you work with life force energy, as you heal people and yourself and do things that others think are impossible, please remember that you are ahead of your time. You are a rebel. You are like the women in the United States who, one hundred years ago, stood in the streets saying “We must vote.” You are a rabble-rouser, a renegade. You come into dead and broken systems in order to bust them up. You are not a sheep; you don’t believe the bullshit they tell you.

You came here, into this beautiful life, with a purpose. And you are living out your purpose beautifully, right now. You’re doing it perfectly. Whether you are freely sharing Reiki with your friends, working diligently to heal yourself in self-sessions, or owning a thriving holistic business, you are doing exactly what you need to be doing. You are living your purpose.

Do the opposite of the what dominant worldview tells you. Be compassionate when the world asks you to be judgmental. Be calm, when the world tells you to stress. Be generous, when the world says be selfish. Be humorous when the world takes itself too darn seriously.

You are the change you wish to see.

You are the model of what human society is becoming.

It may be that you now feel like even more of a misfit, even more of an outsider than you ever have before. Many of us who are awakening in consciousness already felt weird or strange as children—and now that feeling is magnified!

Remember, dear ones, that when we feel desperate to “fit in”—whether that be in our relationships or in our employment or in our daily interactions with our neighbors and community—that the desperate feeling is simply the feeling of the final bits of our (terrified!) ego dissolving.

When our ego freaks out and protests that we are losing our friends or losing our economic stability or losing our firm footings in the “real world”…remember that what we are doing now is seeding a new world. Through adventuring into the light of the Reiki energy, we relax and we trust that, as spiritual teacher Matt Kahn says, “all is well.”

There is no need for us to squeeze ourselves into a damaged, broken system. Human society, as it stands now, is broken. Rather, we stand up, we Reiki channels of love and light, empowered, radiating our loving energy into the world. We make a commitment to practice Reiki daily, knowing no other choice could create such rapid progress in our evolution. Our lives are clay molded beautifully by the universal life force energy. As Reiki Master William Lee Rand writes, “A life filled with joy, beauty and peace is yours to create.”

We love ourselves no matter what kind of world we may see around us. We love ourselves, knowing we are perfect just as we are, in this moment.

We say “I love you” each time we look into the mirror.

Our human society is at that awkward phase of adolescence. Its voice is changing, its hormones are raging, and things are…quite…odd. Quite uncomfortable. Yet what emerges from this phase is the first blushes of maturity. The first taste of freedom, as humanity recognizes the truth.

Humanity is moving out of the awkwardness, out of the chaos and confusion, and out of the eons of darkness.

The future is bright. I can see it.

You are pregnant with the future; your light brings the new future into being.

I can see people walking streets, smiling, calling out “Good morning, brother; good morning, sister” with twinkles in eyes and blooms in hearts. I can see the end of wars. Genuine peace, harmony, and prosperity—for all.

This is the home we’re making.

This is the planet we’re becoming.

All my love to you, darling fellow Reiki friends. Please pass this message on.

 

 

And so it is,

And so it may be,

And so it always was,

 

Anya Light

Reiki and the Art of Faith

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There are many things in my life that I don’t prefer. For example, today I don’t prefer the fact that I have a million things to do. I’d rather relax and read a book all day.

Indeed, there are many things I don’t prefer. There are many things in my life I find difficult. Lately, my roommate and I have been arguing. Being around my family members have been triggering traumatic childhood memories. I haven’t had a lover in months. There are many things.

Human beings routinely deal with discomfort. Various challenges. We come into these material bodies and we go through our lives, and certain moments and people and situations arise—and we greet them smiling joyfully, or beating our breasts in sorrow. Yet, as we progress in the spiritual journey, we come to understand that we do not have to feel victimized by our experiences—rather, we can work with our experiences in conscious, healing ways.

When we learn to practice Reiki, we begin to understand that the best sessions are the ones where we, as individual personalities, can step aside. In other words, we can leave our ego at the door and allow the Universe to flow the energy through us.

Indeed, the more we can step aside from our egos, the more we can become beautiful and powerful conduits for the universal life force energy.

Reiki is an allowing force. It is an act of Wu Wei, effortless doing. When we make space in our day for a Reiki session, we make space for the reality that there is, actually, nothing to force or nothing to “fix.” Everything is already perfect. Everything is already flowing.

In this way, Reiki is the same as meditation. We breathe and we allow. We release our grip on little mind (ego), opening to the rush and expansion of Big Mind (Infinite). Even though a client may have come to us with a migraine, or even though we may have been prompted to perform a self-healing session due to some specific discomfort or illness in our lives, when we actually get down to the practice of opening ourselves up as a channel for the life energy, what is (paradoxically!) required is dropping all those reasons. All that’s required is simply being. All that’s required is simply breathing.

Truly, the more we advance on our path, we see that Reiki is a radical act of faith. To open ourselves up to Reiki is to, in essence, proclaim to the Universe:

The life I have NOW is beautiful. The life I have NOW is perfect. I trust that I have enough love NOW because I am love. Love is me.

As we progress in our practice, our vision of what’s required in a Reiki session simplifies. Sure, we may have been taught how to use symbols, color frequencies, mantras or mudras to help amplify the energy…but, in reality, all that’s really required is the simple setting of intention and then the conscious choice to open up to All That Is. From there, everything is taken care of for us.

This is the faith of Reiki.

The logical mind may, at times, balk at this. It may seem too simple, and we may wonder if we are deluding ourselves. Can the Universe really be that loving? We may look around in our day-to-day lives and feel a bit (or a lot!) of suspicion that the world is falling apart. We may look at our president and our government and feel that everyone has gone completely insane. And yet, when we can consciously become channels for the Reiki life force energy, then we can begin to feel a new perspective. We can feel—genuinely experience—how everything is perfect, just as it is, right now. It’s a paradox. The world has gone mad, and yet everything is perfect.

There may be things in our life that we don’t prefer …but that’s okay. We breathe, we relax, we open ourselves to the healing energy. We accept. We be.

The ascension process is the process of waking up to our faith. With every passing day, we learn to trust that everything that has ever happened to us was/is/will be exactly perfect.

We realize that every moment is a majestically orchestrated moment of pure perfection, and that whatever pain or suffering we have felt in the past or feel in the present is only helping us to wake up to our own divine power—for it is often through pain and struggle that we wake up to Oneness.

The practice of Reiki is the practice of faith. The practice of love. It is seeing that your heart is my heart, and my heart is your heart.

It is beyond logic; it is faith.

And that is a beautiful place to be.

Reiki and my Return to the Angels

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I was raised by a mother who believed in angels. I remember her telling me stories about them, such as the time when about one appeared by her bedside, comforting her in a time of need.

My mother’s belief in angels was one of the most nurturing aspects of my childhood.

When I was in my early-twenties, however, I began to reject the fundamentalist religion of my parents. I rejected the belief in hell and an angry god in the sky.

Since I rejected their religion, I felt, at the time, that I had to let go of the angels, too.

Back then, angels and religion were too tightly intertwined. I had to say goodbye.

In my mid-twenties, I entered graduate school—which was, for me, the ultimate symbol of rebellion against the religion of my parents. It was the ultimate attainment of a rational mind.

Yet, at that time, despite the distance I’d fled from the religion of my parents, I was severely emotionally unbalanced. I may have been considered by some to have a brilliant intellect…but… my heart was another matter.

My heart was truly in shambles. My heart was closed. Sometimes when I passed a church, on a walk or on a drive, I would literally flip it the middle finger. Sometimes when I would talk with a Christian, I would leave the conversation in tears or flaming hot in anger.

What I couldn’t seem to forgive was what had been taught to me as a child. As an innocent child, I remember countless Sundays, sitting on the pew with my grandmother, and hearing messages from the pulpit of an “angry” god, a “jealous” god, a god who “smites evildoers.” This god supposedly watched my every move, every moment of my life, judging and ranking. I was told that if I broke his commandments and didn’t ask for forgiveness, I would be forever sentenced to an afterlife of hellfire and torture. Needless to say, these teachings left a deep wound in my heart. The first time I had sex, for example, I cried nearly nonstop for two days afterward. I was consumed with guilt and fear. Sex outside of wedlock meant that I was a terrible, lustful, awful person. I knew god would never forgive me. I hated myself.

The more years that passed within academia, the more and more emotionally disturbed I felt. (Click here for the full story of my journey with healing chronic illness.) On the one hand, here were these brilliant mentors, these professors that I so admired. They loved me. They thought I was smart. They said I had a bright future.

And…yet…on the other hand…something was missing. Something was wrong.

Where was the magic? Where was the playfulness? Where was the innocence, simplicity, and joy?

Far too often, my life, and the land of academia, was void of these things.

And then I met Barb.

Barb, my Reiki teacher.

Barb was the first non-academic mentor I’d had in a long time. She worked at a nearby holistic healing center.

Barb was a total rebel. I adored her. A few weeks after I’d taken her Level 1 Reiki course, she suggested I help her co-teach a class. I was shocked. I’d read enough Reiki books by then to know that only certified Level 3 Masters were supposed to teach. I protested, saying: “Barb! I’m not a master yet!?” To which she’d smiled and replied, “But you are a teacher.”

Barb was a rebel. I loved her. We began teaching together. We began growing together, deepening our friendship and deepening trust in the magical, unseen forces of life.

And so this is how it happened. This is how the life of academics that I had so deeply prized—the path that had been my escape from the insane, crushing world of religion—was beginning to lose its hold.

And so this is how it happened.

I was co-teaching a Reiki class with Barb. Barb was guiding the students and myself through a visualization meditation, inviting us to connect with our Reiki spirit guides. Up until this point, I’d had a few encounters with energies and beings I couldn’t explain, but had always managed to shrug it off or discount the experience. My overly-skeptical, overly-rational academic brain was still quite accustomed to being in charge.

But, on this day, this fateful day…everything changed.

I remember Barb’s voice. It is loving and sweet. We are resting on our backs on yoga mats. The air is warm. The wood under my yoga mat smells good.

She asks us to imagine a safe place, a place where we feel supported and loved. I imagine a beach. And then she asks us to allow a being to appear. “This is your guide,” she says. “This is a being who will help you with Reiki.”

Vivid in my mind’s eye (my third eye) appears a man. He looks a bit like Jesus. He has long hair, a long beard, and the kindest eyes I have ever known.

My body melts, and I am overcome by a wave of peaceful loving energy. “My name is John,” he says. “Do you have a last name?” I ask. He replies, “John.” We walk together along the beach.

The guided meditation is almost over. I am not ready to leave the wonderful presence of this being, but I know I must. When I finally open my eyes, and look around, I see that many of the other students have had beautiful experiences too. Their eyes are wide, shining. There is such joy in the room.

Since that fateful day, I have had the pleasure of meeting many angelic beings. I have had lucid dreams where beings of Light appear and, with gentle yet booming voices, offer wise teachings. I have received a waking hug from the founder of Reiki, Sensei Mikao Usui, who is no longer in physical embodiment. (I saw this hug in my third eye and also physically felt it as a gentle warmth and slight pressure.) I have had dialogues with Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael, and Archangel Gabriel. I have channeled entities and frequencies from higher realms, such as the Pleiades. Sometimes these beings have names; sometimes they do not. I have experienced the loving presence of the Divine Mother, who goes by many names: Mary, Amma, Shakti. I have felt the Christ Consciousness and spoken his words to many groups of people.

My return to the angels, my return to magic and Spirit, has been a magnificent, miraculous journey.

I am reminded that no matter what, no matter how far we may seem to stray from knowledge of our True Self, we are always protected, we are always loved. 

Of course, as you may guess, I no longer flip off churches. In the past year especially, I have begun to release the final layers of anger and bitterness that for so long I held toward my mother and her religion. I’m currently reading A Course in Miracles, a channeled book from the Christ consciousness. And I’ve actually found two churches in my local area that I love! They are feisty and radical, preaching not dogma and hellfire but rather the spirit of Unconditional Love and Unity. They are engaged in social justice work, they support and embrace all spiritual paths, and they have no commandments or hierarchy. I give light to them and they give light to me. We are bonded, in a beautiful exchange of upliftment and joy.

Transcending my anger and forgiving my early life experience has been, for me, key to my blossoming as a healer and lightworker. As I return to the angels, as I learn to trust them more and more, I finally feel—and finally revel in!—what I missed during my time in academia.

I feel the magic again. I feel the sparkle.

Anything is possible.