One Reiki Family

Under the sky, under the heaven, there is but one family.

Bruce Lee

When introduced to Reiki way back when, I thought everybody practiced Reiki the same way.  It wasn’t until a bit later that we were told about The Reiki Alliance.  Looking back, we in the Light Therapy tradition were given very little information about other traditions and ways of practicing Reiki.  Bits and pieces floated to my awareness occasionally.  These were filed away for future reference, just in case.  But for the most part, I stuck with what I’d been taught and had little idea what had been handed down to practitioners of Reiki traditions other than my own.

Some years later, I met a woman whose lineage did not include Takata.  Our discussions provided me additional information regarding Reiki and its origins, and about how Reiki has evolved since its inception.  My practice of Reiki remained the same.  While I had opened to the fact that Reiki practices are somewhat like DNA and fingerprints, it didn’t occur to me that anyone was “wrong” or egotistical or “not real Reiki”.

When I recently began following a Reiki group on LinkedIn, I experienced mild surprise with one discussion in particular.  The question presented has to do with how many attunements are correctly given in the Usui system.  My thought, of course, was that I didn’t comprehend why this would ever be an issue.  What was the problem?

However, the discussion became quite lively, and I noticed what I perceived as likely being bias and/or competition involving the various traditions represented by those in the group.  At first this bothered me.  Then, light bulb!!!!!

Since I was the one perceiving issues within the group, I must be the one with the issues!  It was my job to work on that.  So, as always, I proceeded to do exactly that.

My greatest joy would be to know that we are all one Reiki family and that we function and support one another as equals although our individual practices do vary.  In some traditions, hand positions are standardized and symbol reception/use is treated with distrust or suspicion.  In other traditions, symbol reception is commonplace, being the norm rather than the rarity, and there is fluidity/flow during treatment and attunement, with much reliance upon intuitive data and the assistance of guides.  Yet, we are all undeniably attuned in the Usui system.

There was a time of bickering and oneupmanship in the world wide Reiki community, early on.  We are not children anymore, and the world we all inhabit is in dire need of the most positive influences all of us can provide.  We have a responsibility, collectively as well as individually, as one Reiki family as well as proud members of the traditions we came up in.  We should be proud of our Reiki roots.  At the same time, we have an obligation to educate the medical community and the public about the benefits of Reiki.  Undeniably, this includes the necessity of providing all appropriate education to Reiki practitioners and teachers.

I AM profoundly grateful to better understand why there was once an effort to standardize Reiki.  However, in my own observations, the highest standards invariably arise within the individual practitioner rather than being arbitrarily set by a person or group assuming ownership/control of Reiki.  While it pains me immeasurably to witness the countless offers of free attunements, cheap attunements, and self-attunements being advertised to unsuspecting consumers who desire to learn about Reiki but are reluctant to pay the prices normally charged by reputable teaching masters, what bothers me most is the disillusion that results when students choose less-than-the-best for themselves.  Often these students become disillusioned with Reiki itself, rather than with the teacher of their own choosing.

As practitioners and teaching masters, how do we repair and reverse this?  Obviously, we can set our own standards at a very high level, we can honor the Reiki that flows through us, and we can be in every way one Reiki family.  We can begin consciously seeking out our similarities as well as celebrating the entire spectrum of Reiki traditions and forms.  We can honor and respect one another as professional equals.  We can fearlessly, lovingly share the truth and essence of who we are as Reiki practitioners.

WE CAN BE THE LOVE THAT WE ALL ARE.

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Until next post, Namaste!

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