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Please enjoy this excerpt from “The Way of Reiki” by Frans Stiene.
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The Way of Reiki guides us on the path to becoming a better human being, softening our anger and worry so that we can live in a world of compassion and kindness. It is a must read for any Reiki practitioner or teacher who wants to bring more love into their practice, teachings and the world.
Excerpt: Chapter 2 – The System of Reiki
The system of Reiki consists of 5 elements; we will explore these to their fullest so that we can get a very clear idea what Mikao Usui’s teachings are all about. We also will examine how to practice so that we can lay bare our innate compassion and wisdom.
Something that works is using energy. From ancient times, people in the East have developed spiritual, medical, and martial art traditions based on the flow of universal energy as the life force called chi, qi, or ki. – The Light That Shines Through Infinity by Dainin Katagiri
The first element is the precepts: they are the base of the whole system. If we want to build a house, we start with the foundation. This needs to be strong and solid, else the whole house will collapse. Although they are the foundation of the system, in many modern Reiki teachings the precepts are only touched upon briefly, which creates an unstable foundation. When we come to the deeper practices, we might not be able to progress because our base is not solid enough. Therefore it is best to take your time with understanding each element. What does taking the time mean? It means practicing and contemplating the practices and teachings again and again and again, over and over.
Traditionally your teacher would guide you in this and only let you take the next step when they thought you were ready, that your foundation was strong enough. But these days we want to rush through these teachings, tick a box and quickly become a teacher. By doing that we miss the juicy parts of the teachings and of course we also will miss the direct experience of our True Self. It will become impossible to lay bare our essential nature, emptiness. Emptiness is like a mirror. A mirror reflects everything but the mirror never clings, labels, wants, or judges; it is free. And our human journey on this planet is to truly embrace this freedom. Therefore, take your time with each of these elements because it is only through having the direct experience again and again that we can bring it into our daily life, in all we do. This is compassion to yourself.
The second element is a set of very specific meditation practices which work with breath, our energy, and the art of gaining control over our monkey mind. These practices are about gaining focus so that we do not get distracted by all our senses, by what we see, hear, feel, taste and smell. It is through this non-distraction that we can lay bare our non-dual nature, our essence. Again this is going inwards, in our own body, because the body is the house of the mind and of the energy and it is within the body that our traumas are stored. This can stop the flow of our energy, which in turn can create illnesses and confusion. But these meditation practices also need to be practiced again and again, preferably on a daily basis, not just once, or twice, but maybe for years and years. Since our “goal” so to speak is to lay bare our True Self, why stop halfway? Keep practicing until you lay bare your True Self to its fullest, its complete awakening, its complete self-illumination.
The third element is hands on/off healing: first on ourselves. And only when we have gained a deep understanding, a solid foundation, can we start to practice this aspect of the teachings on others. Often we want to jump straight into helping others, but if our minds are still confused how can we truly help others? Therefore it is better to first gain a good understanding, intellectually, about the teachings and have the direct experience of what it means to have a good foundation before we venture into helping others. Else it will be like the blind leading the blind.
The fourth element is symbols and mantras, which start to be taught within Okuden Reiki II and Shinpiden Reiki III. These symbols and mantras also have to be internalized; they are like keys to unlock what is hidden inside of us, our great bright light, our True Self. This is why Mikao Usui called the second level of his teachings Okuden, which means hidden or inner teachings. It points directly to where we have to focus: not outside but inside our own mind, body, and energy. And through focusing inside we start to find out what is hidden within, waiting to be uncovered. If we use the symbols and mantras externally, it will be hard to lay bare our inner hidden qualities of compassion and wisdom. This is also why Mikao Usui called his third level Shinpiden. Shinpiden means mystery teachings; at this level we begin to lay bare the mystery of who we truly are, of what we all have been looking for in our life. Although often promoted as such, this level is not about teaching at all. Teaching comes from laying bare what we truly are: a great bright light, luminosity.
The fifth element is the reiju, often called initiation or attunement. But in Japan there is just one word for this ritual:
reiju, which translates as spiritual blessing or offering. In a way we also can call this fifth element the first element, but we will come back to that later. These elements are all interlinked with each other and not separate entities. All need to be practiced for us to gain a proper understanding about the system of Reiki and to have a direct experience, again and again, of our True Self. Or in other words, all five elements create a house; if one is missing or misunderstood the house might not have a roof or a back wall, for example. Hence these elements are building blocks which need to be used in the proper way and in the proper manner.
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