Today I had a wonderful day teaching. The conversation was so rich and diverse, steeped in curiosity and exploration. Reiki isn’t just about a series of hand positions, it’s an exploration into what it is like to be human. It’s a discussion on how the body speaks the mind, an exploration into how we may have become disconnected from source (without realising it) and what it means to be aligned with who you are – the hand positions are just a means to get there.
I’ve lost count of how many different people I have worked with, each with their own journey and story. Some stay with me for a while, others it’s a fleeting experience. What I trust is that they are all with me for as long as they need, with some returning years later when they are ready again.
That’s what I love about Reiki, it works so much with intuition, helping you trust and develop your own. My own personal experience has been a huge wake up call to how much we are divinely guided if we only open ourselves up to it.
Tomorrow we’ll look at the 5 Reiki Precepts, the behavioural cornerstones that Usui put together to help people create a behavioural moral compass so that all the good healing work doesn’t come undone. These precepts include ‘be kind to all living things’ and ‘do not worry’ – two great pieces of advice for anyone.
When we are finished my Level 1 students are able to treat themselves, friends and family. I send them off with a 21 day healing journey, a nod to Usui’s time on Mount Kurama. In that period they will get to learn about the various facets of Reiki and how it can be soothing when you are low and calming when you are anxious and your energy is high. They will learn about themselves and become more aware of their own body and emotions; a great foundation for when they work with others.
In short it is a full mind, body and soul learning. I like to bring in my experience from my other therapies as much as possible as I encourage my students to bring all their life and learning experiences too. Together we explore the subject and have a wonderful time.