If you are practicing on others, especially as a hospital or hospice volunteer, and you are not practicing daily self-treatment, you may well be a Reiki martyr. (Audible gasp)
“But,” you sputter, “Reiki is safe. I was taught that Reiki is safe.”
Reiki is safe, but is the practitioner safe?
What are you doing to make it so?
Self-care was a vital component of Usui’s practice. The necessity of self-treatment was carried through Hayashi and Takata, who famously said, First yourself.
Ethel Lombardi was a Reiki master trained by Takata. Lombardi’s student, Elaine Andres, remembers Ethel telling her students they weren’t allowed to give a Reiki treatment to someone else on a day they didn’t practice self-treatment.
Self-practice is the beginning and remains the foundation of Reiki practice at all levels.
Do you resonate with the universe?
Daily self-practice moves us into what Reiki masters Hyakuten Inamoto and Hiroshi Doi refer to as resonating with Reiki, meaning “we are at one with the universe.” In this state, we have transcended duality; we experience oneness and realize there is nothing to be protected from, and we are safe.
As Inamoto and Doi said,
…as long as we resonate with the universe, there is no opposite, such as good or bad. All good, so we don’t have to worry about protecting ourselves when we offer Reiki healing.
As long as we resonate with the universe.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be permanently established in this state in order to treat others safely. But you do need a steady mind, especially when you are treating others. It’s easier to have a steady mind when you have confidence in your Reiki practice.
When you have confidence in your Reiki practice–the true, grounded confidence that only comes with practice experience–you are more likely to remain resonating with the universe when treating others, and to avoid ruminating about the client afterwards. As Takata said, Do your best and walk away.
How can you know if you are safe?
You are safe when you are calm, mindful, and present. You may not be safe if:
- you are worried about what’s happening with the recipient
- you are trying to fix the recipient
- you are trying to have a specific outcome
- you have an emotional need to impress the recipient
- you feel sorry for the recipient
- you cannot witness another’s suffering with a placid mind
- you are insecure in your practice, perhaps due to inexperience
- you don’t know the difference between compassion and sympathy.
These are just some of the scenarios in which you may be in danger. But not from Reiki; from your mind.
How can you know if you are safe? By the state of your mind. Is your mind steady and peaceful?
How can you keep your mind steady and peaceful? Daily Reiki self-practice.
Do you have a story to share about Reiki and safety? Please share it in a comment below.
Read more of my conversation with Japanese Reiki masters Hyakuten Inamoto and Hiroshi Doi.
If you want to improve your effectiveness and comfort when talking about Reiki, here are some resources:
Helping More People with Reiki (free video series)
4-Step Balance System to Communicate Reiki
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