What You Don’t Know about Being a Reiki Master

Being a Reiki masterMeryl Streep was not speaking about being a Reiki master when she said, “…what she withholds, or lets you wait for, is evidence of real mastery.”

She was speaking of Viola Davis, who is not, to my knowledge, a Reiki master. Yet the marks of mastery are the same regardless the field.

That’s because mastery is first of ourselves, and especially of our minds. Masters hold their center. They don’t believe everything they think.

Reiki master, or masterful?

Mastery can be experienced at any level of Reiki practice.

You can be masterful in your First degree or Second degree practice. When you’re masterful in your Reiki practice, you remain rooted in inner steadiness, respectful of boundaries, not easily distracted.

Masterful Reiki practitioners model the difference daily self Reiki makes. They aren’t propelled by emotional needs during Reiki interactions. They decline to interpret other people’s experiences.

Initiation alone does not make someone a Reiki master. Initiation starts us on the road to becoming a Reiki master. We take master initiation with no guarantee of reaching mastery.

The grace of initiation is ours to develop, or not.

Reiki master check-in

Mastery is not static. It develops throughout life, and in every aspect of life.

And yes, you’ll express mastery more easily in some areas than in others. Your mastery may be less in evidence at home for the holidays. You’re human.

Over time, as you rest in the inner stillness and silence that your daily Reiki self practice often brings, you become more comfortable first, being yourself, and eventually, simply being.

Are you able to hold your Reiki presence in stillness and silence? Are you able to stop doing, and simply be a presence in the room?

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12 thoughts on “What You Don’t Know about Being a Reiki Master”

  1. Extremely insightful. Mastery is for me a work in progress. I can enjoy stillness and quiet on occasions, but sometimes it is just not possible. For me it means allowing myself to feel this way and not see the times that I do not feel comfortable as failure. Instead, I call it a “try again next time” moment… I use to stress about it and think, “am I broken” “why can’t I get this” it wasn’t until I dropped the defeatist attitude, saw my every flaw and began treating myself with love and compassion, much like I can easily do for others, that things didn’t change. Acceptance, tolerance, patience, love and respect are my guides in the process of mastery… Thank you for sharing because this will certainly help someone!

  2. This content has very nicely elaborated about the Profession of Reiki and being a Reiki master. Reading this article, I have acquired a great knowledge about the profession of Reiki. This article has very specifically described about the stages of acquiring training in Reiki. Reading this article is an every enriching experience for me.

  3. So true! Pamela your work is awesome!
    Thinking is not the right path, trusting Reiki knows exactly what’s to be done, is the best description I can give from my experience. Never fails.

    Happy Holidays!

    Martin

  4. Minette S Howell

    The minute I worry about the outcome of my Reiki treatment, I lose sight of Reiki healing and not me. It frees me from holding back. I am merely the messenger of a beautiful Life Force Energy. Namaste
    Pamela, I love your work.

  5. “…mastery is first of ourselves, especially our minds. Masters hold their center. They don’t believe everything they think.”

    This statement struck me as an answer to a question. It was a question that I didn’t know that I was asking, but hungered for a response.

    Why did Reiki come into my life?

    Masters don’t believe everything they think. That alone is such a liberating sentence, it is wonderful to consider. I don’t need to believe everything I think.

    My mind thinks it has control of the universe. This struggle for control has been evident to me since my first Reiki initiation. I had big expectations, so I was disappointed when I quickly discovered that there was no miraculous transformation in me. People didn’t get better because I touched them. If they did feel better, I doubted that it had anything to do with Reiki, or with me. When my mother began rejecting my offers of Reiki treatment, I felt she was rejecting me. When she died, I felt that I had not done enough to help her. I took everything personally, and felt that both Reiki and I were a fraud.

    “You can be masterful in your First degree or Second degree practice. When you’re masterful in your Reiki practice, you remain rooted in inner steadiness, respectful of boundaries, not easily distracted.

    Masterful Reiki practitioners model the difference daily self Reiki makes. They aren’t propelled by emotional needs during Reiki interactions. They decline to interpret other people’s experiences.”

    In my first degree practice, I was covertly ashamed of myself and what I was attempting to do. I felt idiotic, like some kind a crazy woman on a delusional, ridiculous quest. In my second degree practice, determined to overcome my level 1 failures, I had no boundaries. I was determined to cure the sick. I made demands of God, became enmeshed in the outcomes of the lives of people I treated, and ultimately felt cheated and deceived when things didn’t turn out the way I wanted them. Once again, I experienced rejection — powerful refusal of Reiki treatment — and once again a person I had been trying to heal died. I couldn’t understand why that person should want me to stop offering Reiki healing, but it was very clear that she wanted me to cease. In the midst of a distance Reiki treatment, my friend passed away, and I sensed it had happened. I was terrified and overwhelmed. This was more than I bargained for, and a moment of insight that I did not want.

    Ever since, I have drawn back and attempted to remain detached. But what I have done is not to detach, but to distract myself. My mind goes everywhere and thinks of everything rather than simply focus on the moment of healing. I am avoiding the truth that my mother and my friend both revealed to me — that the quality of their lives, whether they lived or died, was their choice, not mine. They wanted me to let them go, and let them be.

    “Over time, as you rest in the inner stillness and silence that your daily Reiki self practice often brings, you become more comfortable first, being yourself, and eventually, simply being.”

    I want that inner stillness and silence. And yes, I want to be comfortable simply being. I always think I have to do something, or be something for someone else. But I also have the choice to know the truth – that what I am, as I am, is enough.

    So thank you, Pamela. You answered the question that I didn’t know I was asking. Reiki did not come into my life so that I could heal others. It introduced itself to me so that I could learn self-mastery and the peace and silence of simply being in Reiki’s presence as it heals.

  6. This is such an incredible truth. Self mastery can and does come with daily self treatment. I self treat daily, and feel that it’s my base for life coming at me. Not necessarily through a master Reiki practice itself, but within myself, being able to handle things coming my way. I find myself getting through whatever comes, without succumbing.
    Thank you.

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