Reiki practice is balancing, and not itself dangerous in any way.
Reiki practitioners, however, are human. When humans don’t know how to hold our balance, we can be in danger anywhere. Even in the otherwise safe space of Reiki treatment or Reiki initiation.
After all, we don’t just bring our Reiki hands when we offer treatment or initiation, we bring the rest of us too. All too often, Reiki practitioners don’t know what to do with the rest of ourselves.
I was lucky.
When I learned to practice Reiki in 1986, I had been a student of meditation and yoga for nearly 25 years. Although it was apparent to me that Reiki is a unique practice, my prior spiritual practice gave me a strong foundation that has made an enormous difference in my Reiki practice.
For example, meditation taught me to observe without becoming involved in what I was observing. This enabled me to maintain steadiness and hold my personal boundaries while offering treatment to people in even the most extreme situations, and to those with whom my life is most intertwined.
The truly ancient practices of Ayurveda
Many (many) years ago, my love of meditation took me to India, where I spent two years living in an ashram, marinating in spiritual practices, and getting acquainted with Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of the subcontinent.
Although its roots lie in antiquity, Ayurvedic principles and practices offer much guidance for maintaining health and happiness in today’s world.
Ayurveda can protect our well-being and address imbalances that conventional medicine cannot. This is especially valuable to Reiki practitioners, who are often constitutionally inclined toward imbalances that are too subtle for conventional medicine to treat.
Nourishing the mind and subtle anatomy
Starting from the most subtle aspects of our being, the Ayurvedic model of health and well-being is sophisticated and complex. The first concern of Ayurveda is protecting one’s health; disease treatment is secondary. (This is generally true of indigenous medical systems, where there is not the assumption that a doctor can always put us back together.)
Ayurveda includes perspectives, practices, and knowledge that can help us keep our minds strong and steady as we go about our lives, as we offer Reiki treatment, and while giving Reiki initiation. But the same thing that makes it so valuable to us — the subtlety and highly individualized treatment — can also make Ayurveda hard to access and implement.
The wisdom of Ayurveda can easily get lost in translation, showing up in popular literature like a long list of don’ts that don’t make sense out of context.
I’ve long wondered how to get Ayurveda’s profound context and practical substance to the Reiki community. And then I connected with Prashanti De Jager.
I was impressed by Prashanti’s knowledge, his perspective of service, and his commitment to personal and business sustainability.
Prashanti has decades of Ayurvedic training and Crazy Wisdom spiritual practice. He has the knowledge and wisdom that we need, and he understands how to share it and make it actionable for us.
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