The internet is liberally sprinkled with ads proclaiming:
“You Too Can Become a Powerful Reiki Master in 48 Hours”
“Becoming A Powerful Reiki Master Has Never Been So Quick, Easy Or Complete.”
But how complete can “quick and easy” be?
Doesn’t mastery — of anything — by definition, take time?
Actualizing Reiki healing
Some think Reiki practice can be easily mastered because the technique is comparatively simple, but is it possible to master even the simplest technique without actually practicing it?
Regular self-practice over (a long) time actualizes the potential of the initiations, so that we ourselves are healed by our practice (what could be more powerful than that?).
Healed of what, you might ask?
Healed of whatever needs healing. The details vary from person to person and according to the situation, but ultimately, the healing is of our wrong understanding.
Our Reiki practice changes our understanding gradually and organically. Through our own process of healing, we (slowly) come to realize that mastery is not of the practice, but rather, of ourselves.
This profound healing, this realization, cannot happen instantly — or in 48 hours — but only through patient, consistent self-practice.
Reiki master student
Becoming a Reiki master is becoming a student, a masterful student of your own ongoing practice, a poised walker of the path, with your Reiki practice as your constant, supportive companion and guide (Today only…).
Continuing practice unfolds the path before us, sometimes not revealing the next step until our foot is about to hit the ground. It takes time to develop trust in that process. It takes time to develop steadiness.
Faster master myth
Of course we all like fast results. And when offering Reiki treatment, especially in an emergency, sometimes we get them. But rapid improvement in an extreme situation is the result of restoring balance to a system in distress; it is not the same as instant mastery.
It takes time to build stability in everyday life, which after all, is where we spend most of our time.
Let’s be mindful of the tendency to crave instant success and other mirages, and be willing instead to be the overnight success that was years in the making.
Because even if it were true that You Can Become an Instant Reiki Master, why would you want to?
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Ud Puede convertirse en un Maestro de Reiki al instante, the Spanish translation of this post, is available with other Spanish translations at ReikiCentral en Espanol.
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