Musings of a Reiki Master

Musings of a Reiki Master

Listen to your body

Living with ReikiPosted by Jackie Mon, May 21, 2018 17:04:30

This post was written by Mark.

Jackie and I use a range of tools to help people heal themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. It may seem some of them, for instance Reiki energy healing and Louise Hay’s Heal Your Life® techniques, have little in common. But believe me they can work together beautifully to help you heal on all levels.

Next month we are facilitating a two-day Heal Your Life® workshop. One exercise in it is understanding how our aches and pains and illnesses often reflect mental and emotional patterns within us. If we understand these patterns it can help us to heal our bodies. I’ve included it below for you to try.

Sit or lie down for this exercise, play some mediation music if you wish. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and allow your body and mind to relax...
With each breath imagine you are breathing in relaxation and breathing out tension...
If any thoughts or feelings come up, acknowledge them and let them go... Feel a wave of relaxation flowing from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet…Focus on your breathing – allow the gentle in and out of your breath to take you into a deeper and quieter place…

Now become aware of a place in your body that needs your attention, perhaps it feels tense or painful or uncomfortable… Let your attention go to that part of your body… Ask ‘what is the emotion being held there? Now imagine this part of your body has a voice and it can speak to you…Silently ask it what the discomfort is about…Listen patiently for the answer…Then ask what you can do to release the discomfort…

Then if you can reach that place easily place your hand on it…Imagine you are breathing into the infinite well of love in your own heart and then breathing that love down your arm and into your hand and into the part of your body that needs it...Continue doing that until you feel a relaxation or easing of the discomfort… (the Reiki trained among you can use Reiki for this part and incorporate this technique into your daily Reiki self-healing)…

Now gently bring yourself back into the room and write down any insights you have received. Remember our bodies can tell us everything we need to know if we only ask and listen.

If you are interested in finding out more about either the Heal Your Life® or Reiki healing, or the courses we run, email or call me: +44 (0)7812 379351

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Reiki and Tarot

Reiki and youPosted by Jackie Thu, October 27, 2016 19:20:04

I’ve been thinking about the connection between the Tarot and Reiki. As a spiritual teacher and healer, it still amazes me sometimes the connections that can be made – until I remember that, of course, we are all connected and therefore so is everything we do.

I run Reiki courses and training for people who wish to become healers. They already are healers of course, though some don’t realise it, and for some it’s about the structure offered by Reiki. And Tarot has a structure too.

The journey in the major arcana is very much aligned with the journey of a Reiki healer. I knew there was a reason I call the courses Reiki training and development. As with Tarot, it is both personal and spiritual development.

At the start of the journey, we have The Fool, setting off on a new adventure, full of new ideas, the beginning of a new chapter. Reiki 1 is the start of a Reiki healer’s journey. Often it’s a new experience, they’re unsure of the energy, what it will mean, what it will do, and how they can use it.

Like The Magician, they have the tools they need. They have hands, a heart and, hopefully, an open mind. As they begin to trust in the process then the development starts, both personally and spiritually.

The High Priestess is about intuition and inner wisdom. As a healer develops they learn to trust these within themselves more and more.

By the time we get to Reiki level 2, this is aligned with The Hierophant – a spiritual teacher, therapist or healer, working within a spiritual tradition. Reiki 2 strengthens the connection with the energy and spiritual side of the healer, using their intuition more within the healing process.

The Chariot takes them on another leg of the journey, with passion and drive, sharing their love, compassion, healing.

And The Hermit, developing their inner wisdom, moving forward on their spiritual journey, meditation and reflection – and shining their light!

Healing is not about healing clients, it’s about enabling clients to heal themselves. By the time we get to Temperance, this I see as the Reiki Master. Inner change and transformation; healing of the self as well as helping others.

And so the journey continues.

You could join myself and Mark to start your Reiki journey on 5/6 November, or if you’re already on your journey, the next Reiki 2 will be in February/March - watch this space! We’d love to see you there and explore this further

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Learning Reiki and receiving attunements

Learning ReikiPosted by Jackie Thu, July 07, 2016 15:43:12

One of the five Reiki precepts is ‘just for today, do not worry’, but you know what? Sometimes I can’t help but worry. Try as hard as I might not to, I worry about how Reiki is being taught and the students learning it.

As a Reiki Master and Teacher, I welcome students from all walks of life to my courses. I teach in the traditional way, with first and second degree courses (Levels 1 and 2) being taught separately over two days each because I like my students to feel comfortable with recognising and dealing with the energy and are confident in what they’ve been taught.

I accept that some courses are taught by some teachers as one day, maybe a longer day and/or with some pre-learning. It wouldn’t be my choice but I have no problem with that when the students are taught in-person.

But today I came across something which really does fill me with fear. I spotted an online Reiki Diploma Course – train to become a Reiki practitioner, including both levels 1 and 2.

Call me old fashioned, I like traditional methods but I also like fair’s fair and I’m not sure that online students get a fair deal. Granted, the courses are usually hugely reduced in price – this one was advertised at several hundred pounds but reduced to less than £50. I love a bargain, but really? So why was it so expensive in the first place?

Obviously studying in person is more expensive but most teachers will take people’s financial circumstances into account and if someone is in genuine hardship but would honestly benefit from studying Reiki, for whatever reason, they will either reduce the cost or allow for an exchange in some way.

So, cost aside, what worries me is:
· How does the student know whether they are channelling the energy?
· How does the teacher know whether the student understands or is using the techniques correctly?
· How does the student ask those questions which always arise spontaneously and get an instant answer?
· Most of all, how does a student know they have received a full attunement? Particularly if they’ve attuned themselves.

I feel it is important to have time with your teacher in order to receive appropriate support during your development. Whilst it is true that the healing energy can be sent over distance, I agree wholeheartedly with William Lee Rand, who states in his book The Reiki Touch that the attunement is best given in person as part of a Reiki class. After all, this is how Reiki was taught by Mikao Usui and also by his students in Japan.

There are books and online courses which describe how to attune yourself and, of course, people claim to experience something. Something, but what?

For the full spectrum of Reiki energies to be activated the attunement needs to be received in person. An element of the attunement is transmitted through the physical touch of the teacher. Without it the attunement will not be complete and the Reiki energy will not be as strong or effective as it’s meant to be.

As quoted in the book, “If you are serious about Reiki and wish to experience its true value, and intend to use Reiki to help yourself and others, it’s important to find a teacher you feel good about and receive your Reiki training in person.”

It is also worth noting that both the Reiki Federation and the Reiki Association require teaching and initiation into Reiki at each level in the physical presence of a master from an unbroken lineage back to Mikao Usui.

There are many important factors in learning Reiki and there are other kinds of Reiki you can learn. There are many, many excellent Reiki teachers out there. If you want to learn Reiki don’t take shortcuts, learn it well and be the best you can for yourself and others.

"Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you." Robin S.Sharma

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