What I Believe About Reiki
by Kathie Lipinski
As Autumn and the time of many beginnings approaches,
it seems a good time to reflect on how my beliefs about Reiki have
expanded and changed over the years. I have been working with Reiki
now for ten years. It started out as learning a simple healing technique
but has blossomed into so much more. Here are some of my thoughts.
I believe that Reiki
is different things to different people. It is “user friendly” so
to speak and it meets you where you are at in your life. It seems
to find you when you are most in need or ready for the next step
on your path. Perhaps your soul calls out for a better way. Or your
higher power knows you need a change.
I believe that Reiki can be a simple
healing technique, a spiritual path, or a personal empowerment journey
(or all three combined.) That is why there are so many different
schools of Reiki, so many different ways to do it, and so many varying
philosophies. It is also why Reiki blends in so well with massage,
cranio-sacral work, counseling, nursing, and any other helping or
health related profession.
There is no perfect
school or right way to do Reiki. Nobody’s Reiki is better than anyone
else’s. The journey is to find who and what feels right to you.
What philosophy (beliefs) or way of doing Reiki feels right for
you? Are you a self-starting type that just needs the information
to get you going or do you need a mentor and internship to help
you along? Those questions are important in choosing a teacher and
way of studying Reiki. Neither is THE way. What is important is
YOUR way. How and what do you need to learn? That will help in your
choice of a teacher and a school for learning Reiki.
The journey of Reiki is an exciting one. Finding
the right teacher is the first step. And finding out which school
of thought is another. And sometimes there are detours on the path.
Taking a class with a teacher that wasn’t right for you often leads
you to another. Or, the timing of the first attunement or empowerment
is in divine timing…just when you needed it. Sometimes what is important
are the other people in the class. All groups come together for
a reason. Shared experiences, common lessons to be learned, or similar
backgrounds make for a great class experience. And when you feel
comfortable with others, you feel more open and safe to share your
story and experience in class. That makes for powerful and healing
There is no wrong
way to do Reiki. It is simply connecting with universal life force
energy and bringing it to another. You can use the standard hand
positions or intuitively go to the areas of most need. You can also
scan. There are no Reiki police watching over you to correct what
you are doing. The energy itself teaches you. Hand positions are
only a guide to help you experience the flow of Reiki and give you
structure when you are first starting out. Once you have experience
and trust what you feel, the hand positions are only guides.
Reiki doesn’t do
any harm and will not work if harm is intended or negative thoughts
prevail. It cannot be used to control people or situations. It works
to bring the best result or highest outcome for all. When using
Reiki, we only ask for the best outcome possible. We do not know
what that is. Reiki teaches you how to let go. Some people say,
“this or something better” or “thy will be done.” This helps you
detach from the outcome and let higher consciousness or the divine
Reiki is for many,
a simple healing technique. It is a gentle hands on (or in the aura)
technique that brings deep relaxation, strengthening of the body’s
ability to heal itself, and a speeding up of the healing process.
Used with massage, polarity, acupressure, counseling, or any other
healing work, it can be brought in before a session to prepare the
room and fill it with Reiki energy. It can also be sent to the client
on the way to the session. It can then be used to begin a session
by placing your hands on the top of the head and bringing the symbols
in. Then the general bodywork or counseling can be done. Reiki can
be used anytime during the session. You might feel stuck or unsure
of what to say or do next. Using one of the symbols can help you
move along and get over the “bump.” I know many counselors, who,
during their session, send Reiki with their eyes or from their heart,
to the person. Some bring in the mental emotional symbol to help
the person connect with the emotion and the issue. Reiki can facilitate
the healing. Some massage therapists Reiki a tight muscle or trigger
point while they are working.
Once you have Reiki,
it actually flows while you are doing your work. It might be that
little voice that says, “go here” or “say that.” So, in a sense,
it is always on.
Reiki as a spiritual
path is a gift for many. What may start out as learning a simple
healing technique can lead you to a stronger faith, more connection
to your higher power, or a belief system that focuses on compassion
and connection with higher intelligence. The Reiki ideals are really
guides for living. They can be viewed as a way of life or personal
philosophy. Taking one ideal at a time and reflecting on it daily
helps you to heal issues in your life. The way of Reiki is about
learning to detach from outcome and being fully present in the moment.
It is about unconditional love, caring, peace, compassion for all,
and trust. One can sense that during a Reiki session. The person
giving Reiki also receives. The way of Reiki is also about honoring
people’s path. Seeing them as the divine person that they really
are and honoring the best in them is evident in the translation
of the distant healing symbol. “The buddha (or Christ) in me reaches
out to the buddha (Christ) in you, to promote enlightenment and
Reiki can also be
practiced by anyone, regardless of their religious affiliation.
One does not have to believe in Buddhism (or practice it) for Reiki
to work. It originated with Dr. Usui, who was a Buddhist, so he
brought that influence in. But, Reiki is really about unconditional
love, healing, and acceptance. It is also about the teachings of
Christ and Christianity as well. The Reiki ideals are similar to
the golden rule and the concept of loving thy neighbor as thyself.
The difference is only who brought it in (or developed it.) The
intent is the same. To bring the love of the creator (God, Great
Spirit, universal intelligence) to all for healing. And letting
go of outcome and trusting in a higher power and intelligence. One
can practice Reiki and still keep their religious affiliation or
belief system. One does not exclude the other. I know many nuns
and priests practicing Reiki and they have found it to be a direct
expression of God’s love for all his creations. The simple act of
loving and compassionate touch is God’s love in action.
For those who have
no religious affiliation, the practice of Reiki can help you see
the divine in all.
Reiki as a personal
empowerment tool, helps you to be all that you can be. In “The Celestine
Prophecy,” by James Redfield, he talks about all our natural human
abilities. The ability to know, to sense energy, to bring healing
to others, are all normal human abilities. It is simply a choice
to develop them or not. Reiki is like that. The more you practice
Reiki, the more you get in the flow of life. You learn to sense
energy and to sense the flow of life around you. We live in a world
of energy and Reiki helps you to tap into that and learn to read
it and work with it. That includes learning to sense the energy
of a meeting, a person, a situation, and acting accordingly. Going
with the flow is not just a cliché.
Reiki also enhances
natural abilities. If you are an artist, it helps develop your artistic
expression. If you have an intuitive sense, Reiki heightens that.
If you have a business head, Reiki can enhance that as well. In
the practice of Reiki, working with energy helps you to connect
with your path, your skills, and develop your senses. But it takes
practice and trusting what you feel.
This is what I have
learned in ten years of practicing Reiki. I know there is more,
and I am excited about the next part of my journey. How about you?
Kathie Lipinski RN, is a holistic nurse
in private practice on Long Island, NY. She can be reached at KBLIP@aol.com.