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.