Article by Bruce Taylor
From Usui Reiki, the end goal is not to be giving or doing Reiki, it’s to simply BE Reiki. As Reiki is the infinite source of life/love found within every living being, there is no reason to think you need to start giving Reiki, because you ARE Reiki. If you weren’t Reiki you’d be dead.
So, with that, and going to your question on distance Reiki. There is no need to ask permission, or to work with the symbols, use oils, feel any sensations, or to see the chakras on who you are working with. Remember, that Reiki is intelligent so there is no need to direct it…it just simply goes where needed. All of those actions are the I in your practice. I will use this oil, or this crystal, or this symbol, I will balance this or that…the I is your Ego, and that will always limit your connection to Reiki.
So what I would suggest is that, for a distance session, you simply get comfortable and begin to meditation and draw energy into your Hara (Sacral chakra, Kundalini, whatever you’d like to call it). Feel your own inner Reiki begin to grow and expand, and as you are existing within your own pure energy then you can just simply think of whomever it may be that you want to send healing to. You don’t have to do symbols or anything along those lines as, again, then you are implying that you know (or don’t know) what is best for the individual. In regards to your doubt, this is a manifestation of your ego. So doing the symbols on each chakra, following steps and so on is, in the end, just your doubt creeping up, just the I thinking it knows best.
Indeed, the symbols that are taught in Level 2 and Level 3 Usui Reiki, from a western perspective anyway, are often represented as something that we are using to activate chakras, or open and balance something or to amplify the energy. In reality, these symbols are there to really just dive into yourself and further open and purify your own Reiki energy. They are really an action to help one follow the precepts, and when doing so, then you will just BE Reiki always.
You already have everything in you that you need to be an amazing healer, an amazing wife, an amazing person and amazing at whatever it is that you are doing or like to do…if you just exist in this space, the space where you are comfortable, and feel your own Reiki flow, then you will for sure be helping those around you in the best possible manner.
The difference in the way things are being taught is found in the different perspectives of Reiki thought. From the Western perspective, it is more focused on an outward expression of Reiki, but the traditional line of teachings as first described by Master Usui expresses Reiki in terms of an inward meditation and practice.
Here’s something that I use to help explain this… all of nature, and all of the natural world will find balance if not acted on by outside forces. Because of this, if you think about the sun, it doesn’t ask permission to shine, or the moon doesn’t ask permission to make the tides, or the wind permission to blow, it all just does and life receives these benefits as needed. Much the same for Reiki…as you go into your own inner light, your own Reiki, and you work to open this and let your own light shine, then you will naturally give off more of that healing light to others. Just as the sun doesn’t ask permission from the plants to shine, the plants then receive as much as they need and then find balance. We to, with our own Reiki, we just need to work on ourselves to open as much as possible, and then as you pass people on the street, or send your intention to a particular person, or give a hands on healing session, whatever it may be, these people will be impacted by your own light and will then be moved towards their own balance.
So anything that you are seeking to do, be it giving a symbol to someone, or placing your hands where you think they need it, or doing some prayers or whatever…all of that is governed by you, by your ego.
Give all of those things to yourself…do CKR, SHK, HSZSN, and DKM on yourself, go inward and let these symbols free you during meditation, and then this light will naturally shine to others so that when you are giving hands on healing, or distance healing, all you need to do is feel your own energy and stay in that meditation, give your focus to someone and then just BE REIKI.
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Bruce has always had a strong interest in working with Qi, or vital life energy, since a very young age. He is dedicated to balancing the energy within so we can flourish in our lives. Bruce is a Reiki Master Teacher in Usui Reiki, and a Reiki Master in both the Tibetan and Kundalini traditions. In addition to Reiki, he is a teacher and practitioner of meditation, pranayama (the mastery of one’s breath), and a wellbeing & relationship coach for both individuals and couples. Bruce is also a certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor (RYT 200) and has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. He has been involved with energy healing and wellbeing since 2006 but prior to moving fully into wellbeing he was a teacher focusing on Economics, Astronomy and Philosophy. Bruce is based at The Vitality Center in Hong Kong working with Reiki healing and holistic health. Find more about Bruce on his website: www.brucechi.org