Being the Vibration of Love

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As Reiki practitioners, we tune into a particular vibration. We use our bodies like antennae, and we bring into ourselves a certain specific frequency: love.

 

When we tune into the vibration of love, we do this for the wellbeing of not just ourselves and our clients, but also for all beings.

 

In Buddhism, there is the notion of the Bodhisattva: the being who chooses to incarnate into a body with a mission to heal suffering. Bodhisattvas carry out their missions through their tremendous capacity to love everyone, unconditionally.

 

As Reiki practitioners, we have the very same mission. We are bearers of unconditional, boundless love.

 

 

INCREASING OUR CAPACITY FOR LOVE

 

Many of us are just beginning our journeys of service. And some of us have been serving love for a long, long time. However, even those of us who have been practicing Reiki for decades still sometimes deal with flare-ups of anger, sadness, and other lower-vibrational emotions.

 

As healers, how do we increase our capacity to love? How do we raise our vibration?

 

We increase our capacity to love through our intention. What the mind decides, the body manifests.

 

We set the intention to love every single day. We wake up and we say something like: “Yes, Love is the vibration I wish to embody, in every action, every word, and every thought.”

 

Every day, we as Reiki practitioners take action that is in alignment with the vibration of boundless, unconditional love. We are Present for others. We smile at strangers on the street. We help those who are in a crisis. When we are offering our professional healing services, we offer a sliding scale or donation sessions to those who are in need.

 

Every day, we model what real love looks like. We show others what is possible. We rebel against the cultural norms of the mainstream world. We share. We question. And, we intentionally choose not to follow the rules and regulations of a corrupt matrix, including those of a government to which we are not aligned.

 

Most importantly, we increase our capacity for love by choosing to bring the love frequency into our own bodies through daily self-healing sessions. We self-heal and self-heal and self-heal until we are so thoroughly familiar with the vibration of love that it simply becomes who we are.

 

In the beginning of our Reiki journey, it may be that the feeling of love may be limited to just during meditation or during healing sessions, or to during those beautiful moments when we feel love for our family or close friends … however, as time passes, and as our practice deepens, the frequency of love becomes so saturated into our systems that love is simply who we are.

 

DOING VERSUS BEING

 

In the wonderful book The Inner Heart of Reiki by Frans Stiene, he reminds us that Mikao Usui’s deepest teachings are not really about doing hands-on healings, but rather about “being Reiki.”

 

Imagine you are walking down a busy shopping street.
Can you walk up to each and every person,
place your hands on them and do hands-on healing?
Of course not, we would be in big trouble.
But we can “Be Reiki.”
We can walk in that state of mind of our innate great bright light,
and all the people, animals, trees, you name it, who come into contact
with our innate great bright light
can take from this light whatever they need (page 181).

 

Frans is so right. When we dedicate our lives to awakening with Reiki, awakening with the light, we are affecting the vibratory field of everyone around us. And, not only that, but we also create a ripple effect that shifts everything in existence. We affect the whole planet and the whole Universe too when we raise our vibration.

 

As Reiki practitioners, we are gridworkers as well, meaning that we anchor in the higher frequencies of love on this planet, in specific locations that need it. We bring love into our own bodies, and that radiates outward, for the wellbeing of all.

 

And, yes, this process takes time! It takes patience. We may be currently working on healing heavy traumas from our childhood or we may be living under extremely difficult circumstances. There are many challenges that we face when we decide to incarnate  onto this planet. Difficulty is part of the game of Earth. Through difficulty, we learn the lessons we need to learn in order to help others.

 

RISING ABOVE THE FEAR

 

Daily life on this planet can be tough sometimes. As highly sensitive beings, there are many other competing frequencies besides love that we often feel inside our bodies. For me, for example, when I am in a room of sad or anxious people, my skin will literally start to hurt!

 

Our government propagates these competing frequencies, as well as our media, schools, and even our well-meaning families. These frequencies can be called many things, but their basic message is fear.

 

When we dedicate our lives to the mission of awakening ourselves and helping others awaken, however, we have the power to rise above that fear. We intentionally tune into the opposite of fear, which is love.

 

Love is the blessed balm of all disease.

 

It is the surest, fastest way to heal any wound.

 

This is the vibration of Reiki.

 

This is the vibration you carry.

 

 

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.

Reiki Practice for World Peace

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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.