The third Reiki principle states that we need to honour our parents, teachers and elders. Another version states: “Show gratitude to every living thing”.
Reiki is the energy of unconditional love. We know that all come from the same source and that there are only different expressions of forms and levels of energy vibration. Any positive energy directed to ourselves or others helps to heal. In a way we are all students and teachers of one another as we grow up. We share experiences with each other, we learn, we love, and we support each other. This principle is about letting every situation in life teach you something.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for
tomorrow.” – Melodie Beattie
We should show respect to those who gave us life. Even if the relationship is not a good one, we should adopt an attitude of respect because in this way there is a greater probability of resolving negative feelings on either side.
Many people are our teachers. They may be older or younger than us. It is important to acknowledge teaching when we receive it, even if it is just inwardly to ourselves.
To care about them, to love and respect them is to honour them in the right way.
“For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.” – Clarence E.
With love and blessings always
When I started learning Reiki, the thing that intrigued me the most was how calm my Reiki teacher was. My fellow student and myself would arrive for lessons harassed and with a hundred and one reasons why it was impossible to practise self Reiki for a full hour every day. The teacher would just smile and encourage us to give it our concerted effort for at least twenty-one days.
Looking back at that time, I can feel compassion for my younger self. In this world of quick fixes and instant access, it is challenging to slow ourselves down, to take a moment to breathe. It is even more difficult to spend time alone with ones self and give love and compassion which is directed within.
The most encouraging and exciting news that I can give you today is that it really does work. With perseverance, and a little bit of self-love, the daily self Reiki becomes a good and healthy habit. The positive outcome of a daily dose of self Reiki is that fears, worries and anxieties subside.
If you would like to learn how to do self Reiki, my next class begins on the second Sunday in July. The classes are once a week for 7 weeks. The lessons include basic energy healing (learning more detail about chakras, auras and meridians) and Reiki 1.
For more information or to book your space, please contact me via email, whatsapp or telephone.
Reiki practitioners use a system of healing that falls under the category of ‘Hands-on healing’. The word ‘Reiki’ can be split into two parts. “Rei” and “Ki”. The first translation of ‘Rei’ interpreted it to mean Universal or life force, and more recently, Sacred or Spiritual, and ‘Ki’ means energy.
When giving a person Reiki, the practitioners hands are either touching the person’s body, or a suspended a few centimetres above the person’s body. Here are some of the promises that your Reiki practitioner should be making if s/he wants to be as ethical as s/he is able to be. (These are part of the Natural Healers Association ‘Code of Ethics. You can research further at http://www.naturalhealersassociation.co.za/index.htm)
1. I always maintain the highest standard of professional conduct towards both the client and to society;
2. I am fair and truthful with my clients and will uphold professional client-confidentiality;
3. I observe, inform and practice within the scope of my accredited training;
4. I do not medically diagnose, prescribe or treat unless licenced to do so;
5. I recognise and respect the validity of other methods of treatment and the ethical priority of referring appropriately;
6. I continuously seek to improve my knowledge and skills, in support of my client’s wellbeing and my own professional competence;
7. I use Reiki for the purpose of identifying imbalances and appropriate balancing corrections;
8. I undertake to confirm this process with my client, thus ensuring full client participation and choice throughout the consultation;
9. I recognise that Reiki is not a tool for precognition;
10. I uphold, at all times, the integrity of my professional colleagues.
When choosing your Reiki practitioner, ask them what code of ethics they follow, they may even have it hanging on their wall in their healing room.
If you are a Reiki practitioner, consider working out your code of ethics so that you have a solid foundation from which to work with each ‘client’ who comes to you.
In love, light and harmony
In August 2014, a young woman came for Reiki treatments. She had been diagnosed with stage II of an aggressive type of breast cancer and had decided to do the chemo and radiation therapy as suggested by her oncologist and surgeon. The tumour needed to be shrunk before it could be removed as it was quite close to her chest wall.
She decided to give her body the support it needed to be able to take the severe chemicals included in the therapy. This support included healthy eating, juicing and regular Reiki treatments.
Throughout her chemotherapy she came once a week for Reiki. Some weeks were really challenging…her hair fell out, her blood count was sometimes too low and there was a worry that a chemo treatment would have to be postponed, the nausea and weakness sometimes kept her away for a week. But this young woman persevered and constantly spoke with a positive attitude of getting up and showing up. By December the tumour had shrunk and the doctors agreed that it was time for it to be removed. After the operation she went away on a week’s holiday to rest and recuperate, and by the time she returned she was feeling so much stronger and even took to running every morning.
As soon as she was able, she also returned to the weekly Reiki sessions. The radiation treatments began and lasted for six weeks. She continued to drink her daily juices and healthy eating plan (with the occasional sugary slip).
Two weeks ago the radiation was completed but the Reiki, positive attitude and juicing continues. There will come a time when the Reiki will only need to be a monthly session, but for now, as her body continues to heal and release the toxins left over from the cancer therapies, the weekly sessions are important. The most important part of this story is this young woman’s willingness to give her body the support it needed during this challenging time.
So how is Reiki continuing to help?
• It creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension,
• It accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities,
• Aids better sleep,
• Helps relieve pain
. Helps drain the lymphatic system
• Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins,
• Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy,
• Supports the immune system,
• Increases vitality
Here is an excellent, to the point article from Health24 on a Reiki experience.
Today I received a very positive, Reiki affirming letter from a past Reiki client who became a student and has now continued on her chosen path of healing… Reiki is life-giving on all levels. Thank you Jessica for sharing.
No one can say it better than Jessica herself…
As per our discussion on my facebook post:
I would really like to thank you for your training in Reiki, and assistance in tuning me in energetically; and guiding me to connect to intuition, body, mind, and soul.
Though I was trained on how to pick up on physical problems in Reflexology, I truly do believe that my Reiki training has laid an incredible foundation for my Reflexology; and possibly also for any other alternative therapies that I may learn in future!
When I started my case studies I was excited and anxious,thinking “Okay, I’m going to have to be patient here, I’m sure I will start picking up the signs with more and more practise”. However, I was astounded at the rate that I was tuning in from the first client! And…I was able to often give detailed accuracy on physical problems as I worked on their feet.
I thought to myself, “It has to be the Reiki!”
Thank you so much for all you have taught me Sue. I would like for you to please share my account with your students, old and new. Training in energy healing can be very helpful in other hands on modalities.
The year has begun and what better way to start it than with a loving gift to yourself. We could all do with a little more joy in our lives. Sometimes the stresses and worries of everyday life can seem overwhelming. By connecting deeply with our emotional heart we can learn to relax and celebrate life.
Joy is a quality of the heart that happens when your body, mind and heart all function in harmony. When you are joyful your body is relaxed, your mind is calm and your heart is overflowing with energy, love and peace.
1. Sit relaxed with your eyes closed. Breathe deeply a few times and sigh on each out breath.
2. Place your hands on the middle of your chest and bring to mind a past or current situation that has caused or is causing you pain or suffering. Breathe in and welcome the feeling. If tears come, just let them happen. Accept any emotion that arises and allow yourself to move deeply into the simple energy of the feeling, without the mind putting labels or judgements on it.
3. Then, as you breathe out, reconnect with a feeling of peace, love or joy. Allow the out breath to carry the blessings of peace, joy and love.
(This meditation is taken from the following book: Reiki for Emotional Healing by: Tanmaya Honervogt)