is the page where I get to say what I like about the theory and
practice of Reiki. I have only recently taken on the mantle of
master after several years of study and practice at the second
level. My former Master/Teacher, Denise Crundall, didn't 'do'
Masters, preferring to teach about 'self-mastery.' For a very
long time I honoured that path and it was only following her death
that I have finally taken the next step.
I initially mounted this page a couple of years
ago. Things change. While I might still be something of a purist,
it is clear that Reiki has taken a giant leap in consciousness
in its Western form. It has reached out and embraced a world.
I have come to the conclusion that while we are all looking at
the same thing, DNA and the nature of the physical plane requires
that we each perceive it differently.
Seems to me that Reiki is a force for empowering
healing at all levels. I was taught that it was an energy of wholeness.
Recent revelations by Frank Petter in one sense
validate the observations I made two years ago and have left intact
below, of what is and what is not the Reiki that Usui did.
It came as something of a shock I must admit that
what my own teacher presented was pretty far removed from what
Usui did, even though it was presented as 'authentic' Reiki. I
must confess I experienced a 'crisis of faith' for a while. But
then, in these practices such things are actually quite common.
In my view, one way to know you are still on track is that you
can still ask the questions.
Still if one looks at a seed, it is hard to tell
just from looking at it, what sort of plant or tree it will grow
into. If we look at the seed that Usui created, that Hayashi germinated
and that Mrs. Takata planted in the fertile soil of the west,
could we have possibly imagined into what it would grow?
It seems to me that the question is no longer, what
is and what is not Reiki. It is no longer a question of whether
one is an 'authentic' or 'true' Reiki master. It seems to me that
all serve Reiki, and Reiki serves all. Just as a tree has roots,
a trunk, branches, leaves, flowers and fruit, so has Reiki realized
the potential of the germinated seed. Just as a tree is an integral
part of its environment serving as shade, home to other creatures,
oxygen re-cycler, soil fertilizer, and stands at the centre, so
to speak, of the neverending cycle of life, so Reiki stands. All
brands, all practices, all healing activity done in the name of
Reiki serves healing and serves Reiki.
In life, that which serves, grows and prospers.
That which no longer serves dies and falls away. In my view, it
may be that Reiki has become a little top heavy. Frank Petter's
work brings to us the realization that it is time to strengthen
Reiki's roots, to sink them deeper into the ancient practices
that spawned it. This is needed to support the great weight of
the lush foliage of Western Reiki.
Reiki is no longer the secret practice of a few
old men in Japan shut away from the public view and shunning all
'outsiders.' Usui's association, or Gakka, exists to this day
in exactly the same form as it did in Usui's time. There is no
evidence at all that Usui, himself, wished for it be anything
more. Still, we are in a time when this kind of knowledge is needed
and the universe always finds a way. Just as the Tibetans have
been forced down off their mountain top, just as the secrets of
Kaballah are available in most book stores, just as versions of
ancient Chinese and Indian secret practices are making their way
into mainstream thought, so is Reiki.
It is the time for ancient and modern, east and
west, science and spirit to come together. Heaven and Earth have
never been closer, nor the bridge between them shorter.
Sometimes we do things without any sense of why
we are doing them at the time. I spent 2 1/2 years studying Acupuncture
and Chinese medical theory. My studies included intensive courses
in Western anatomy and physiology, I often wondered why I was
doing that since I never really gave up my Reiki practice. Now
it is beginning to make sense.
My teacher used to say ' you know you have a mission
when you have a need to share what you know and do so, whether
your audience is one or a thousand.'
In my view, the 21st century dawns an altered consciousness
of the world. For the first time in the history of humanity, all
the pieces of the puzzle are on the table. For all intents and
purposes all the 'masters' have gone home. We are on our own.
Truth, it seems to me, is a transitory and malleable concept.
While there has always been the search for the 'holy grail' of
ultimate truth, and always those who will claim to embody it,
to me, truth is strictly a matter of perception.
Buddha once said, this is not the truth because
I say it is, it is the truth because it resonates within your
own heart as the truth. In Kabbalah teaching no one is truly redeemed
until all are redeemed. What this means is that ultimately we
all need to see the oneness of the universe before even one is
This decidedly does not mean that we all see the
same thing. Clearly it does not mean that at all. It means that
we all see the perfection through the filter of our own heart,
honouring the perfection another sees, even when what the other
sees is antogonistic to what we see. This is the meaning of 'love
thine enemy as thyself.'
Reiki fits into this picture quite nicely in the
sense that it is a frequency that embraces all frequencies at
some level. Healing, by its very nature is neutral. It does not
ask if one deserves to heal, or if the healing is worth the effort.
It does ask, though that one step into the 'flow' of Qi. Usui
said that there must be an exchange of energy. The meaning here
is that being in the 'flow', requires that something leave to
create the space for something else to come in. Nature, it is
said, abhors a vaccuum. Something will always flow into one. The
exchange of energy proposed by Usui, seems less about money or
how one pays for one's treatment, and more about what thing of
value is one willing to give up in order to gain something of
infinitely more value.
In real terms, whatever it is that is given up to
create the space for the healing to enter must have some real
value to the possessor. Very often, this is the disease itself.
The value of the Reiki energy that flows in, will be in direct
proportion to the value placed on whatever has left. In practice,
in a very real way, the question is are we willing to give up
our disease in return for enlightenment?
Miracles happen, but they are, in a sense of our
I want to say here, that Reiki frequency is not
the frequency of creation. It is not source, although it derives
its power from Source. It is not God, although it derives its
power from God, in the sense that all things are god's. It is
a filter through which that energy is guided by Reiki hands.
If we look at the Chakra model. Reiki is green light
flowing through the heart. Source is the white light at the top.
White light contains within it all the other frequencies... including
the frequency of creation. It is this frequency of creation that
allows us to manifest 'evil', if there is a belief in that. At
the level of healing, Reiki energy by-passes one's thoughts and
feelings and is not affected by them. The healing proceeds regardless
of one's belief. Reiki can only heal. It can do nothing else.
In this sense there is a built in safety mechanism. It is only
when one attempts to make Reiki do something other than what it
does that there are consequences other than healing. But even
this is only a point of view. Healing is what it is. What is healing
for one, may be and often is, catastrophe, for another.
While it is in our nature to judge and evaluate,
and even necessary to have a well developed procedure for doing
that on the physical plane, where Reiki is concerned, it is more
elegantly done when judgement of any kind is witheld. Even were
one to judge Reiki 'good' assumes the opposite is possible and
even probable. Reiki itself, in my view, does not lend itself
easily to such judgements. It just serves.
The advice that Mrs. Takata gives that a channel
should believe in the power of Reiki, speaks to one's ability
to shut down the flow of Qi through one's own body. As a matter
of fact, in TCM, activating the Qi has some independence of the
practitioners thoughts or point of view. It is actually, not necessary
for the practioner to believe in the power of Qi to heal. But
It is common and recommended practice to add one's
own Qi to the flow of universal Qi, thereby enhancing the effect.
In other words, the practitioner and the practice are never fully
separated and in its highest and most elegant expression the two
do indeed become one. Plainly said, Qi moves quite independently
of human will, but is also affected by it in many subtle and elegant
In Usui's terms, when the practitioner and the energy
approach the same frequency, the need for tools disappears and
all that is needed is the bare hands.
The question really is, not how to boost the power
of Reiki. Qi already flows at full power all the time. The question
really is, how capable the vessel or channel is to contain and
emit the energy.
Usui himself, measured and tested his students'
ability to emit their own personal Qi. True healing, at the soul
level, comes as a result of the practioner, the client and the
Qi becoming one, as it were. Usui, understood, that spiritual
practice was aimed at the practioner. Qi has only one speed. It
is like a drag racer. The flow of Qi depends exclusively on the
nature of the vessel. Healing depends on the ability of the practitioner
to channel. It is very much like trying to pass energy through
a rock. One gets far better results passing energy through a fibre
optic cable. As Reiki channels, the lesson of Usui is to become
a fibre optic cable, although a rock will still pass the energy
at some level and even suffice in many cases.
This site is my mission. The opinions expressed
are my own. The following are opinions I expressed two years ago.
Things do change, but I have decided to leave the rest of the
page in tact as it was mounted then, if only to give perspective.
I have been consciously practicing Reiki for
more than 8 years now. For me it is a daily practice. I always
have a hand on someone or myself. I have done hundreds of Reiki
II distance healing, both as healing for others, for my family
and for myself.
In my teaching, a 'Master' is one who remembers.
That is he or she is one who remembers the symbols, and the teachings
and passes them on. No more, no less. This means a Master is one
who is committed full time to the practice and is not distracted
by anything else. This is a solemn and sacred undertaking and
in the East, one studies a life time to become a Master, and many
don't actually make the grade no matter how much they study. This
is one reason why Masters are so revered in the East. This is
the model my Teacher follows. I will not, in these pages attempt
to teach what she teaches.Even when one steps into the teacher's
shoes, one remains the student striving for understanding.
On this page, I attempt to illuminate my own
path to self-mastery. While we each walk our own path, in our
own way and discover our own truths, we do so in the context of
everyone else doing the same thing on the same mountain at the
same time. In other words these are not isolated journeys, no
matter how much time we spend in silent meditation.
The second part of the journey is to understand
where we fit in with everyone else and with the Universe. For
me Reiki is an essential part of my Life's journey. I have chosen
a healing path. I call my self a Healer. I have taken on the name
Compassionate Dragon. In many cultures it is a passage from childhood
to adulthood to discard one's child name and take on an adult
name. Sometimes it is a major Life passing marked with ritual
and acknowledgment of the fundamental change implied. When one
takes on a new name it is well to choose carefully and wisely.
There is a belief that names have their own vibration and power.
The idea that names, sounds, vibrations have
power is very common in many traditions and practices. Even in
the Judeo/Christian tradition God's real name is secret. It is
thought to say the real name of God is to take on that power.
For me to take on the name Compassionate and
call myself a healer evokes expectations. My clients have a right
to expect compassionate healing. How do I know when I am doing
it right? In most cases they will tell me. They also tell me when
I am doing it wrong.
But there is more to it than that. In these
pages I am putting out to anyone who visits ... if you have a
definition of compassion you would like to pass along, please
do. If you have any thoughts, questions, inspirations please do
not hesitate to leave them here. In a very real way, we are all
masters and teachers of each other and I believe we all get up
the mountain by helping each other along the way. In the new Millennium,
I believe the path of healing is one of community and friendship.
Teachers who say that Intention is the only
thing that is important are missing a great deal, in my view and
are not serving their students well. Intention is certainly important,
even crucial in a Reiki practitioner, as it is in most healing
practices and indeed one could say in almost all of Life's endeavours
if one wants to do a good job. Clear intention is always a good
place to start to yield specific results. Takata did say that,
while it was not necessary for the client to believe in Reiki,
it was necessary for the practitioner to do so. There is a lot
more to healing in general and Reiki healing in particular than
the ability to form intent.
A story I read on a message board illustrates
this point very well. A Reiki master, was in her dentist's office
one day. There was another woman who was in obvious pain and suffering.
This channel debated in her mind for a long time whether to go
over and put her hands on. But, she thought,what if she doesn't
want it,what if she turns me down, what if someone else walks
in, what if the dentist calls me next, and on and on. Ultimately,
she talked herself completely out of going over and helping.
But this is not the end of the story. Being
a Reiki II, this channel decided that she would silently form
the 'intent' in her mind and send the healing that way. She somehow
convinced herself that the Reiki energy was intelligent enough
to find its way.
This is a case in which, intention is clearly
not enough. Reiki is a hands on modality. You must make contact
for the energy to flow. You cannot will the water faucet to turn
itself on. Reiki Qi, is energy only. It is intelligence, yes,
but an intelligence that does not particularize on its own.
Yes Reiki Qi is all around us and freely available
to everyone, But you must tune into it. It is rather like having
a radio and expecting it to play your favourite station without
your bothering to turn it on and tune it in. The energy must be
grounded somehow. As a practitioner you must make the effort to
make the contact. Once you have done that, then the energy is
free to flow to where it is needed.
Of course, this channel should have gone over
to the suffering woman and offered to put hands on. Why not? Isn't
that the most natural thing in the world to embrace someone who
is suffering? It is unfortunate and all too common an occurrence
that our fear of public humiliation or rejection, or our lack
of confidence in a gift that is in our hands overrides our compassion
and our desire to be of service. Even had she held the woman's
hand, or put a hand on a shoulder, or hugged the suffering woman,
a small miracle might have occurred.
In this case, the channel has allowed her misunderstanding
of 'intent' to justify her own inaction.
The point of this exercise is not to vilify
this particular channel. The truth is that I also have missed
many opportunities to be at service for exactly the same reasons.
I don't know if this was a learning experience. What she did was
not right or wrong and not for me to judge. My only point is that
'intent' is only the beginning of a Reiki practice. It is not
a substitute for the practice.
Some Reiki masters teach that one must do a
21 day cleanse after attunement, and/or some form of cleansing
after a treatment. I was never taught that cleansing was necessary.
While it is probably a good idea at any level, it is not, as far
as I can determine a part of Reiki. Washing your hands between
clients in a clinic setting is probably a good idea, but this
is a simple sanitary procedure and has nothing to do with cleansing
bad energy. 'Bad' energy requires a belief in such things. There
is actually, no such thing as 'bad' energy, there is only discordant
vibrations. All energy, is, by definition, neutral. Reiki has
only one frequency, that of healing. Actually, it is more like
a 'balancing' frequency.
Some energetic healers teach that one draws
in healing energy (Qi) from the outside with one hand, usually
the left, and project it out with the other hand, usually the
right. In this technique there is always the danger that 'bad'
energy can sneak in making a cleansing procedure a necessary part
of the healing. It is true, that it can be a real problem with
energy healing that the practitioner takes on the illness of the
client. But again, such things really require a belief in the
practitioner that such things are possible.
There are certainly many practices, both in
the East and the West, based on personal energy or some aspect
of manifestation that conforms to the laws of the physical universe.
Simply put, what you put out comes back. In the dualistic physical
universe, Good and Evil are acknowledged to exist and when doing
'good' work, one must take protective measures against 'evil.'
Such things as making a ring of salt or flour, hanging herbs like
Mistletoe, Garlic or Wolfbane, lighting candles, chanting or drumming
are all common protective practices in many cultures and cleansing
In 'Temple culture', that is in the days when
religion was for the priests and not for the people, it was common
practice to ritualistically cleanse before going before the 'Holy'
or into the Inner Sanctum. So the idea of cleansing is not a new
one, or even a bad one. It has a long and honoured history. No
doubt, there are many energy workers who believe strongly that
cleansing is a necessary part of their work. Certainly, I do as
There are many cleansing techniques, at the
physical, emotional and mental levels, that work and I use them
myself. Reiki, however, in my teaching at least, is an energy
of wholeness, Heavenly Qi, if you will, that, theoretically does
not conform to the dualistic laws of the physical universe, ar
at least does not endow the yin/yang of the energy with concepts
of good and evil.
When Reiki energy is turned on, it is like turning
on a faucet and it flows out both hands. It is impossible for
your client's negative energy to sneak back up the spout.
As spiritual practices, 21 day fasts, meditations,
pilgrimages are quite common in all cultures. Usui himself made
the 21 day pilgrimage and fast up Mount Kuryama. Fasting is a
form of cleansing the body in order to invite in a higher consciousness.
Visions are quite common as a result of fasting. Christ fasted,
as did Buddha and Mohammed.
One of my practices is to do 21 Reiki II's in
a row over 21 days. This is a spiritual practice to help familiarize
myself with the energy and perhaps to cleanse some old stuff,
as well as 'grow' spiritually. But these practices are not required,
only recommended for those who want to pursue their self mastery
and mastery of the Reiki practice.
While Chakra theory is a wonderful theory and
practice, and so many Reiki folk work with Chakras and teach it,
it is not strictly speaking a part of Reiki. One can do Reiki
perfectly well not knowing about Chakras. Chakra theory, like
Acupuncture meridian theory is a way of understanding how energy
flows in the body and connects with higher energetic bodies. The
7 main Chakras conveniently correspond to the main glands of the
Endocrine System and this forms the basis for a number of theories.
As a healer, it is always a good idea to know
as much about these theories as you can, just as it is a good
idea to learn about the body's anatomy and physiology. But these
are not necessary to the practice of Reiki.
I have described the practice of Reiki. It is
a very simple hands on technique. The list of things that some
teachers have added on to the practice is impressive. Perhaps
some teachers don't think Reiki is sexy enough, perhaps they don't
have enough confidence in Reiki's power to heal. Perhaps they
feel they have to put on a good show, or perhaps they just get
bored doing the same thing client after client.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of
these practices. Some of them are quite amazing in their own right
and I have done many of them myself. There is nothing intrinsically
wrong with using Reiki energy in this manner. Reiki, when done
properly is pure healing all by itself, without the need for enhancing
or modifying in any way.
Crystals are not part of Reiki, nor is Auric
cleansing, visualization, no form of massage or form of manipulation
of body tissue, no fluffing or cleansing of the energy field is
Reiki. Reiki is not 'trance channeling', nor is it a psychic reading.
There is no channeled messaging, no spiritual counseling, no intuitive
diagnosing. no past life regression or healing. I have seen all
these things done in the name of Reiki.
You do not need to burn incense, play music,
flood the room with colour, or use essential oils. Although it
is probably a good idea to make your treatment room as pleasant
as possible. Nothing wrong with this. Remember though, Usui did
Reiki in the slums of Kyoto, so it can be done anywhere, under
There are two main aspects to a Reiki practice.
One is healing. The other is the spiritual journey.
The healing consists of two aspects. One is
self-healing and the other is healing others. Both are equally
important. Some emphasize one aspect, some the other.
Once one undertakes self healing, the spiritual
journey begins. It is said the journey finds you as much as you
find the journey.
Once the spiritual journey begins, it takes
two forms. One is the journey of discovery inward, to illuminate
your own inner divinity. The other is the journey outward to connect
with the divinity of others on the planet and with the Universe
or God, however you conceive of that divinity.
There are so many different ways to express
these concepts in so many different cultures. If you are like
me, a 'spiritual tourist', things pretty much start to blend together
and many similarities; what I call synchronicities begin to appear.
We are all at different points in our journeys. In Reiki, there
are those who emphasize the healing and put the spiritual stuff
on the back burner. There are those who never place hands on,
preferring the spiritual journey.
In my view, at some point, it all comes together.
My job, as a healer, and as a spiritual being is to figure out
where I fit into the scheme of things.
In the meantime, you are invited to connect
with me in any way that works for you. If you disagree with anything
here... great. I love a lively discussion. If you agree with anything
here... great. My Ego loves stroking. If you would like to add
your experiences, comments, criticisms ... great, I just love
learning new stuff.
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