A New Way of Using the Reiki Symbols

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When I first opened my Reiki studio, I believed that the Reiki symbols were tools for healing clients.

During my training, for example, my mentors had taught me that the purification symbol (Sei He Ki) was meant to be drawn atop a client’s body, helping them to detoxify their organs or cleanse “negative” energy from their aura.

As I continued my learning journey, however, I realized something extremely important.

Reiki symbols are most powerful when they are used by the practitioner—for only the practitioner.

Back when I began my practice, I had a lot of sadness when clients would come to me with their various woes. I showed sympathy, which may have soothed their egos…but, ultimately, my sessions were not that effective at a core, soul level.

Now when I work with clients in session, things are different. My objective is to see them in all of their Divine purity, strength, light, and perfection. My aim is to see them as already healed. As already brilliantly glowing with high-vibrational energy and free-flowing bliss.

I see what is underneath all the drama. I see my client’s soul.

To put it simply: their issue or “problem” does not exist to me.

This is compassion at the deepest level.

This is healing at the deepest level.

Of course, if my clients feel the need to voice their struggles or heartaches prior to the session—that is fine. I will listen with all my being. Yet, once a session begins, I become a pure channel for the energy and all their stories disappear. All their woes and disease vanish. When this energy is flowing, I see only a Divine Being in front of me, already whole and healthy.

I teach my Level 2 students that one of the most important things they can do during a session is to view their client as already perfectly healed. (Acknowledging during the session that there is anything imperfect about them is a subtle reinforcement of the reasons for them coming to the session in the first place.)

We, Reiki healers, are truly masters of manifestation! And we do this manifestation most strongly when we see others as already healed.

When working with another person (or animal, or plant, or whatever), I recommend you visualize their body as brilliantly radiating with golden light. Visualize them as happy, smiling, energized, joyful, blissful, free. Visualize their prosperity, with money in the bank and money overflowing their wallets. Visualize happy relationships for them. Visualize wisdom flowing to them from the Divine. Visualize them skipping through a field or running on a beach. Visualize them laughing with joy. Gaze at their face and see an angel. See the utter beauty in their ankles and toes and every strand of hair. Worship them as perfect.

In this fashion, we have no reason to use a purification symbol (or any other symbol) on them during a healing session. (Note: An attunement is a different story. If you are a Reiki Master giving attunements, yes you will of course place the symbols in your student’s aura.)

So, if we are not using the symbols on the clients, what exactly is going on during a session?

During the session, there are three main things that are happening:

  1. We simply enjoy viewing the client in all their majestic glory!
  2. We allow our ego to step back and allow the Light to effortlessly flow through us. We breathe, we are present, and we watch the wonders unfold as a witness.
  3. We monitor our own mental/emotional state and keep it as high-vibrational as possible by using the symbols on ourselves, as needed. For example, we would use the Cho Ku Rei when we are feeling a bit tired or doubtful. Or we would use the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen to help facilitate connecting to the Light during a long-distance session.

The Reiki symbols are very good for helping us as practitioners to gain extra faith, clarity, power, peace, and relaxation.

They can be spontaneously used to center, ground, and focus our mind. They are wonderful for manifesting the internal states we desire during a session. When I use the Sei He Ki, for example, I choose to think of it as a relaxation technique, rather than thinking there is any “dark” or “negative” energy that needs to be purified.

Even if you were taught to use symbols on clients, it is very easy to make the switch.

It only took me a few weeks to get the hang of the new way—and now I cannot even imagine going back!

I see that my practice has gained tremendous strength since making this transition to using the symbols on only myself. I see more miracles. I feel more joyful and happy now that there is nothing “dark” or “ill” to release from my clients. I genuinely enjoy the process of healing sessions more.

And I am now, more than ever before, allowing the Divine to use me as a vessel where only the eyes of Love exist.

 

The Path of the Reiki Teacher

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The teacher and the student are one. There is no true difference between them.

When I began to feel the calling to teach Reiki through this blog, many doubts filled my mind. I could feel the energy of yes pulsing through every part of me—and, at the same time, there were also doubts. The ego was reminding me of all the dreadful mistakes I had made in the past. Yes, I had taught students already. I had attuned many level one and level two students—yet…was I prepared, really prepared to offer my teachings on the larger scale of a blog?

On one particular morning, as I began to type out some notes for the beginning of this blog, I took a walk in the park near my home. I was feeling full of doubt and fear. It was quite cold, December, and almost all the leaves had departed from the trees. Life looked bare. A little scary. As I walked deeper into the park, I noticed two trees, ahead, who remained tantalizingly full. Their leaves were vibrant: bright and deep reds, and the occasional flush of orange or yellow. My feet seemed to have no choice but to go toward them. I reminded myself to breathe, to be present. I brought myself back to the moment. I reminded myself that the doubts I were having were not what mattered—what mattered was the energy of that yes that was pulsing through my body; what mattered was the beauty of those two trees, calling me forth.

As I came closer and closer to the trees, I felt the familiar tingle of Reiki entering my crown. My body relaxed and my steps slowed.

I took a breath.

Who am I to teach?

As soon as my mind formed the question, another voice came. It was a loving, soothing voice full of vibrating love.

The voice said: The everything you teach is you.

 

The student and the teacher are one. There is nothing that the student does not already know, deep in his heart. The student has simply forgotten.

Why does a teacher teach? What is the purpose of teaching?

When the teacher teaches, she (ultimately) teaches herself. She merges into air. She sings with the birds. She celebrates with all creation.

When the teacher teaches, he knows himself and can find himself. He delights in this thing we call life, this thing we call magical existence.

When the teacher teaches, there is a paradoxical awareness that there is no one to teach and nothing to say…and yet the students appear and the flower of words can also come forth.

When the teacher teaches, she teaches herself. She learns the way.

She envelops herself in 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 is not a Religion

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People often ask me if Reiki is a religion. This is not only a valid question, but also a very important one.

Since the question comes up so often, I thought I’d write an article about it.

Dear friends, Reiki is not a religion. However, it is most definitely yes a spiritual path.

And what is the difference between religion and a spiritual path, you ask?

Good question.

Let me tell you a story. I was raised in a strict religious family. My grandfather was the pastor of our Presbyterian church and my mother the director of the choir. I was sent to strict Christian schools from preschool all the way through high school.

One word that aptly summarizes my upbringing is: oppressive. Religion was my life, and religion was all there was, but religion rarely brought me any comfort. In fact, religion usually brought me the opposite. Religion usually presented me with endless opportunities to judge and hate myself. The God I was offered by my grandfather and school teachers was a stern God, a God full of anger, jealousy, and even vengeance.

Though I couldn’t have articulated it in this way back then, the God I was offered in my childhood was not inspiring. In fact, he was not even particularly loving. The God I was taught was, actually, kind of a jerk!

In my experience, religion is about fearing and trying to appease some big, powerful entity outside of ourselves. Some sort of bearded wise man in the sky. Supposedly, that entity is more awesome than we are—in comparison, we humans are supposedly mostly rubbish: flawed, sinful, innately corrupt. We are bad. God is good. Or so goes the logic.

As I was growing up, I was taught that I should do good deeds in order to receive later reward, in heaven, after the death of my body. I was also taught that the resources of the planet all “belonged” to me and other humans. I was taught humanity was the center of all life. I was taught that animals had no souls and that the most important kind of creature that existed on the planet was human beings: those who had rightful “dominion” over all other creatures. I was taught that anything that deviated from heterosexual monogamy was evil, and I was taught that women who used their voices too much were suspect. I was taught that it was “of the devil” to read tarot cards, have sex outside of marriage, or adore nature.

In the traditional, conservative, monotheistic religions (especially the Abrahamic religions), there tends to be a kind of moral superiority: our way is the “best” way; our way is the “only” way. And these religions compete with each other for dominance: this ranges from heated debate to the bloodiest of wars and genocide.

In my experience, traditional religion can be categorized as the philosophical mode of the old paradigm. It is simply the limited human mind trying to comprehend something as numinous as the Universe. It is the old way. It is the darkness, groping toward the light.

While traditional religion requires us to defer to an outside force, to a kind of stern cosmic parental figure, spirituality on the other hand asks us to take responsibility for our own lives. There is nothing on the outside that will lead us to salvation or guide us to peace. There is no savior but ourselves. Everything, every single thing we need for our journey is located on the inside.

Life is an inside journey.

Spirituality is a way of approaching our life experience with an open, compassionate heart. Spirituality is being curious about and willing to learn the wisdom traditions of other cultures across the globe. Human beings, in their myriad forms, are seen as beautiful expressions of the Divine.

Indeed, spirituality is vastly different from religion.

Spirituality is a way of approaching our daily lives with the wisdom that comes from living in the present moment. We don’t do certain things in order to receive some future reward. No. Life is all about living in the now, with as much love, peace, and compassion as we can muster—and not because we “must” or “should” …but because to live this way feels more wonderful.

On a spiritual path, we are internally guided. There is no bearded father-figure in the sky who passes down commandments we must follow. In fact, if we immerse ourselves in the present moment, if we immerse ourselves in the beauty of this moment of life, we find there is no external “God” at all.

What we find on a spiritual path is extraordinary, revolutionary, truly amazing. We find that we are that which we have been seeking.

There is nothing outside of us to search for. God dwells within. In fact, we are God. God is us.

The practice of Reiki is certainly not a religion. Rather, Reiki is a spiritual path. A way of awakening.

Through Reiki, we feel the energy of life flowing through our hands. We feel that because there is such power in the hands, that there must be infinite power everywhere else, too. Surely Earth is a good place, full of good people. We feel happy to be alive. We feel light.

When new clients come to me and ask, in worried tones, “Is Reiki a religion?” I totally understand their concern. I empathize with their worry. They don’t want to get tangled up in an old system that they’ve worked so hard to break free from. As someone who has spent many years de-conditioning herself from all the Sunday sermons, I have great empathy for those who fear walking back into something that requires trust in what is unseen.

Many of us who have fled religious upbringings have turned to the rational mind, to intellectualism, to the University, to systems of science and logic. That may be the arena that feels safest at that point. However, after awhile, many people begin to feel that something is missing.

Although religion has been, in many ways, quite a harmful force on the planet (the cause of much hatred, vindictiveness, and bloodshed), what religion did do (and does do) well is that it inspires people to open their hearts beyond their limited perceptions. It inspires them to feel deeply. It inspires them to hope, to dream, and to love. This is religion’s power. And many of us who have turned away from religion eventually find ourselves circling back—but, this time, from greater awareness of what it is we are indeed seeking.

When we receive or give a Reiki healing session, what we are seeking is not a “God” outside ourselves, but the God within. What we are seeking is empowerment, self-love, and a sense of magic in our everyday lives.

No, Reiki is not a religion. It is, rather, a very deep, profound spiritual path. A way of waking up.

As more of us wake up on this planet, paths like Reiki will become more and more widespread, as we seek to heal ourselves from the limitations and disappointments of religion, boldly stepping into the power of the present moment, and building a human future that looks nothing like we’ve ever seen before.

That time has indeed come.