Reiki is a metaphysical ally, changing our world view, healing our lives and empowering our higher selves, but it can also lead us on a wild goose chase if we pick the wrong Reiki Master to guide us.
When we choose a Reiki Master, it is best to ensure that they resonate with our energy field, and that we feel supported and cared for in their presence. In order for the Reiki healer to function well, they must have taken the initiations within the Japanese system, and have understood the spiritual perspectives conveyed by the monk who “created” the Reiki System in the first place, Dr Usui.
Dr Usui sought spiritual enlightenment, and in that process left no stone unturned, his quest saw him climbing Mt Kurama where he meditated for 21 days. On the twenty first day of fasting and inner seeking Reiki “fell over his head!”
What he felt “falling” into him were the astounding Reiki symbols, i.e. Rei universal energy, and Ki personal energy uniting into one and pouring into his consciousness. He realised the healing potential and started communicating Reiki to his friends and family. He felt that sharing the system was the answer to world peace and the healing of humanity. Reiki was subsequently passed to spiritualists in Japan and eventually it spread to the west.
Initially, Reiki initiations were offered at high prices so only the financially solvent could become Reiki masters. However, a group of Reiki “free thinkers” decided they wanted to give out Reiki at a low cost so all people could receive the healing system. This enabled many to become Reiki masters. To this end, a Reiki “love in” occurred on top of Glastonbury Tor in the eighties, when a group of Reiki masters initiated hundreds of folks with the symbols. The same process of free or low cost distribution hit the world like wild fire.
As a result Reiki courses are ten a penny today and you will need to be picky when it comes to which you choose. Not all who learn Reiki are spiritually prepared and some of the courses will be speculative. If a Reiki master is superficial, does not know how to handle their own power or becomes ego orientated the results will be chaotic and sometimes disappointing. If you do find an evolved Reiki teacher you will have hit gold, as they will not only enrich your life but teach you how to help others, enhancing your self esteem and personal power in that process.
How do you choose the right Reiki master then? You could find a brochure with an attractive photo of a Reiki Master smiling back at you and feel drawn to their vibe, however go to the introduction meetings before booking the course and get a sense of them. Does the therapist suit your personality; do you feel an immediate connection?
Some Reiki Masters enjoy mixing different techniques into their teaching, if that suits you, go with it. However, if you just want pure Reiki, no frills, again you might need to keep searching till you find the right Reiki class.
Assess the length of the Reiki workshops. If you are going to go for Reiki One and Two levels together expect to devote a couple of weekends to the process. Some teachers offer both levels in a weekend, consider whether the intensity of learning the technique, plus receiving the powerful healing symbols and initiations would suit you in just two days, or whether it might be a little too much for you.
Reiki workshops vary in price, but these differences have nothing to do with the way Reiki is taught or the quality of the teachings. In other words, a Reiki master is not super powerful if they charge more. However, you could find a Reiki Master teaching at home costs less than a Reiki Master using a spa, or Health Centre facility.
So is Reiki really for you? If you are open to spiritual philosophies and metaphysical perceptions of life it will be, but take time to ascertain your needs and avoid self taught Reiki. It is difficult to learn Reik without feedback, and question time. The initiations that encapsulate the system need to be communicated by another. Internet classes however, do tend to work, especially when a Reiki healer is adept at long distance healing.
There is nothing more enjoyable than a Reiki course with a loving, compassionate teacher who transmits the exquisite beauty of the symbols with an open heart, integrity and focus.. so say the Reiki prayer, and be sure as a result of learning Reiki your life path will be considerably enhanced.
Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today I will not worry.
Just for today I will not anger.
Just for today I will do my work honestly.
Just for today I will love and respect every living thing.
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