GUEST BLOGGER Robert Fueston is a Reiki master and acupuncturist in Lexington, Kentucky. Robert is an esteemed colleague whose research perseverance and willingness to look at the facts no matter what they are has made him one of my most trusted resources for Reiki history.
by Robert Fueston
Reiki practice has fascinated me since I first learned to practice in 1996. In fact, the fascination started even earlier, when I read the book that led me to take a Reiki class.
After my First degree class, I started practicing daily self treatment and offering sessions to anyone who would let me treat them – maybe 5 or 6 people each week. Six months later, I learned Second degree Reiki practice, and was very pleased to find the information given was similar to what I had read in the book that had introduced me to the practice — ironically, information later discovered to be inaccurate.
I was comfortable with my practice until immediately after the master class, when my teacher said, “Now you are ready to go out and make other Masters.”
Not quite ready
I felt a twinge of shock, and wanted to say, “What the heck are you talking about? I am brand new at this Master thing! How could I train another master now?”
Something didn’t feel right, but all I said was, “No, I’m not planning on initiating other masters right now.”
I soon met many Reiki masters of different lineages, and discovered we had all learned something different. I began collecting information from each of these lineages until it seemed like everything was contradicting everything. How could this be?
Finding Hawayo Takata’s masters
I wondered how I could find out what REALLY is part of the system of Reiki and what has been added on, subtracted, or changed?
Knowing there is no substitute for going straight to the source, I decided to contact everyone in my lineages as well as the remaining 22 masters of Takata (at that time, it was not commonly known that there were living masters in Japan).
Finding Takata’s 22 masters was not a simple task; at the time, it was hard to even get a list with all 22 names spelled correctly. After years of research, I connected with many who were still alive, or with a master student of those who were deceased.
Fran Brown was invaluable to my research. We frequently emailed one another, mostly me asking if a particular technique or idea was taught by Takata. Fran was very patient and forthright in her response. Later I became a Master Candidate of hers, but did not complete her Master training.
I learned so much information through this research, which I share with the public on my website. But although I set out to accumulate the facts, I actually learned so much more than mere information.
Inner research and outer research
My immersion in Reiki research and my daily self-treatment showed me what a wonderfully simple practice Reiki truly is — so simple, in fact, that people feel the need to DO something more.
Reiki is simple, deceptively simple. If one takes the time to simply do this simple practice of putting our hands on ourselves or another and offering treatment, then with time, one will come to a fuller understanding. As Takata often said, “Just do it, and then you will know.”
In Reiki class, most people receive a direct experience of something greater than themselves; they naturally crave more of these experiences or states of being. Such experience comes with practice.
The necessity of daily Reiki self practice
But instead of practicing regularly, many students turn to books or the internet to find out more. Their minds seek information and knowledge, but Reiki is a practice.
If you don’t practice daily self-treatment, and you look for wisdom outside oneself, you won’t have the same result. Just as reading books on cooking or exercising will not give you the same experience as actually doing these things, reading about Reiki is not the same as practicing Reiki.
My Reiki journey has involved countless hours over the past 14 years researching what is and what is not Reiki. I have often wondered, what if I had spent all those research hours in self-treatment instead?
Regardless, that was my path, and it has brought me to my own understanding of what Reiki practice is, and also to the understanding that through my continuing practice, my understanding will continue to develop.
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