Hi, It’s a while since I’ve done a talk. When I woke up this morning with this topic in my heart I knew that it was too big to put on my Reiki Training site. I needed to return to the wider audience that has attended many talks and to share these clarifications widely.
Firstly, for those readers that have little or no experience of Reiki, I’m going to explain Reiki and why I do it. Reiki is made of two words, Rei and Ki(Chi). Rei is the energy of the Universe, Ki is inner energy, not just spiritual energy but all the electrical energy that makes our minds and bodies work.
I believe I was born with an ability, I believe that many, if not all of us, are born with abilities. Some of us need help (attunement) to pull the inner switch, to turn them on. I chose Reiki as it gave me a formal structure and tools for focus in healing, as it made my practice certificated, insurable and in that accountable. Please note that word ACCOUNTABLE.
So when I hear people say, I don’t like that you practice INDISCRIMINATE healing. I’m hearing I don’t like that you don’t think about consequences. Something could go WRONG and you will be responsible for that. How does that fit in with being accountable?
So lets look for a moment at some of the things I do and don’t do.
*I write a health and safety plan for myself and anyone I have trained working with me.
*I check our equipment is in good repair and set up safely.
* I check for trailing wires and other trip hazards
* I make sure the weight load is not exceeded on our couches
* I teach that healing is not necessarily cure and that Reiki is complementary not alternative to medical advice
* I don’t make claims for Reiki to my clients that suggest it’s the only or best way for them. Instead I explain Reiki and how I feel it may help them.
Those are the things expected of me as a Reiki professional. I give my time for free or for expenses but I am still a Reiki professional as offering Reiki to the public and I keep up the standards of my profession. That is important to me as not to do so discredits Reiki. I also have standards for myself in my teaching practice and my commitment to my students.
So back to that word INDISCRIMINATE and what people mean. KARMA or UNIVERSAL INTENTION and how I could be interfering with that. Usually by Karma, what is meant is that the Universe, God or whichever deity has been upset by past actions has caused disease (physical, mental or emotional) as some kind of divine punishment or lesson. They may even believe that it’s “Karma” from actions in a past life. A past life that most likely isn’t remembered and if it is who can say such memories are reliable. A feeling that one might need to suffer because of past life actions might be a symptom of mental illness, we’ll probably never know for sure about some of the people we know who are suffering whether this might be what they are feeling.
So lets strip this to the bare bones of interference. We interact with people on a daily basis. Each interaction has Karma, cause and effect. Good deeds don’t always have good effects or bad ones bad effects. Lets take something as simple as a shopping mall door. We have a young mum with a stroller, she’s going to struggle with the door. Most of us would open the door for her because I’m assuming here I’m writing for decent human beings. Some would not, whether because they are not decent human beings or because they are so absorbed in their own problems they don’t notice this mum’s small one with the door.
What we then have are potential outcomes. We open the door, she makes her bus. We don’t open the door she missed her bus. Making her bus has potential outcomes, she gets on the bus just as rain starts to fall, she gets home dry and warm. Missing her bus, she stands for 45 minutes in the rain getting chilled, she and her child become unwell, she has to stay home from work a couple of days and looses pay. Or while she is making or not making her bus, an armed robber has targeted her home. Not making her bus, she discovers the robbery after they have left, making her bus she gets home to a danger to herself and her child. Opening that door has just become this huge KARMIC event. One that might cost lives. We have no idea of who this mother is, or has been in a past life if we really want to get into that concept of Karma? Do we consider on opening or not opening that door being the agents of divine retribution or what we should do as decent human beings?
How much thought did that need? Most of us will have realised that we could drive ourselves nuts with over thinking the possible consequences of every interaction we have with people and decided that we will carry on being decent human beings who open doors for other people. The few who are still stuck on this, please stop thinking about all those alternative universes that get created every time we make a decision and stick with this next part as this really gets to why I will carry on with so called Indiscriminate Healing.
Every Reiki practitioner begins their HEALING with their own journey towards WHOLENESS. This involves what might be called shadow work, involving introspection and allowing the divine to make changes within. This can not be done without bringing Rei to Ki. Rei, the divine, the Universe or God. Yes that same divine being, Universe or God that some claim might be visiting divine retribution (so called Karma) on our young mum.
We need then to recognize that:
*Reiki practitioners hold a belief that Healing is asking the divine to work for the best possible good of the person we send or give healing to.
*As the divine can not work against It’s (His/Her) own purpose, we can not interfere with what we might consider to be divine lessons.
*Most of us don’t accept the concept of a deity who punishes the unknowing for past life actions
When we hear that someone is sick, whether a loved one, friend, social network connection, group of people or a nation, some of us might pray, send love and light or light a candle. None of us ask whether that person is worthy or undergoing a lesson. We trust that the divine will act with the compassion it has taught us.
We may be sending healing to people who have done bad things. We may even be asked to send healing to people who have done bad things to us. Being indiscriminate, might simply mean that we don’t give this as much thought as to determine whether we think they are deserving and that we serve the divine by being a vessel for healing energy without passing judgement. That’s the lack of discrimination I’m aiming for in my practice.
Sending love, light and healing in trust that the Universe wants humanity to offer some kindness to each other as part of the lesson life brings.