Often as practitioners we want to quickly have spiritual experiences because we think that that is the real key to it all. But if we have this kind of attitude when we practice, we are in a hurry. And by being in a hurry, we can miss the whole point; we are so busy rushing to reach our “destination” that we do not see the scenery at all.
Reiju and attunements are a particularly important aspect of and are one of the five key elements within the system of Reiki. Basically, they are rituals performed by a teacher with a student with the main purpose of energetically supporting the student’s progress.
Many of the students and/or teachers of old had more than one teacher for their spiritual development. This is because different teachers focus on different elements of the teachings. One teacher, for example, might be an expert on chanting mantras, while the other teacher might be an expert on healing rituals.
Reiki practice is a healing method that is best known by its technique of the laying on of hands. In 1922, Reiki emerged in Japan, transmigrated to North America in the 1930s, and reached the Netherlands in 1984. Today it has taken root in many countries around the world and is a well known commodity in Western Complementary and Alternative Medicine for holistic healing. Reiki is a phenomenon and the word ‘Reiki’ has become a catch-all term; at this moment hundreds of different Reiki styles are on the market.
“The word “esoteric” is used within Shingon Buddhism to indicate two teachings. First, that the Buddhas preach by adjusting their teachings according to the ability of their audiences to comprehend, and so to reserve some teachings until beings are ready for them. In this case, the Buddha wisely holds back teachings temporarily until the listener is ready for them…
It is a crisp winter morning in northern Indiana. I woke up to see a gathering of Canadian Geese around the periphery of the pond outside our apartment. The pond has been frozen by the chilly cold. The ripples from the last wind that created them, were also mysteriously frozen.
In the evolution of Reiki from a Japanese spiritual practice, to a modern hands-on-healing system, much was lost and changed in the teaching of Reiki from 1940s through today.
Reiki’s encounters with the West during the rising of the “New Age” caused a number of Hawayo Takata’s students and their students to combine what they learned about Reiki with other traditions to “make it better”, “make it more comprehensive”, “make it more powerful” ... by adding “features” and “techniques” from other traditions into the system of Reiki as it was understood then.
The other day I got an email from a student, Michael, who said he felt that, because of his daily practice, he was “resting in big love”.
I love that phrase: “resting in big love”.
Why big love and not simply love?