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 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?
In spiritual works and teachings, especially eastern teachings, we have all come across the concept of “Illusion”. We each carry an intellectual understanding of what this “Illusion” is or may be about. So, one practitioner might say that “Everything is an illusion. This world is not real.”; Another practitioner might say that “We never see the world for what it is because we are clouded with fears, anger, worries, judgments etc. This is the illusion.”; And there’s probably many more variations of how we understand the idea of “Illusion”.
It is all very simple: Reiki is Love.
But this kind of love is no ordinary love. No, it is love in its purest form. Love without any strings attached, love that gives with an open heart and mind. This love does not label, judge, or distinguish; this love is free of all of that. This kind of love sets you free. As Thich Nhat Hanh states, “How can you love someone if you are not there?”
Word is getting around about the real roots of the system of Reiki. It isn’t just a hands-on healing system, or even just a healing system more broadly. Reiki is a system for recognizing your true nature, a spiritual path, a path for self realization.
According to the World Health Organization more than 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. On their website they describe some of the symptoms of depression as reduced energy leading to diminished activities and a loss of enjoyment.
What is the reason we feel a loss of energy and joy in our daily life?
I saw a crow today and it spoke to me. Not in English, of course, but in some universal tongue. The language running like a current beneath the foundation of all that is, linking existences into one pool of wisdom.
It reminded me of 15 years earlier when we lived in Darjeeling, India, and a crow spoke of my daughter’s conception.
Many people who practice the system of Reiki have energetic experiences, some are very subtle while others are massively overwhelming.
When practitioners have an overwhelming experience, they often ask if they have had a Kundalini experience.
Some Reiki teachers say that this is impossible as Kundalini is very different to Reiki. But lets take a closer look to see if this statement is correct or not.