A word from me…
Hubby and I have started studying Reiki as our local community college. So far, just one class but it was interesting and fun. The teacher promises that it will increase psychic abilities and help concentration. For her, these are side benefits. For me, if I can accomplish JUST those two things, I will be satisfied.
I’m sure many of my readers know a lot more about Reiki than I do. At this point, all I know is that it’s a way of moving energy, for healing purposes. It about turning oneself into a conduit for the healing energy of the universe, allowing it to flow through and be directed to whomever needs it. HOW to do so remains to be learned.
Our homework was to place our hands in various positions on our body, corresponding to our chakras, (which seems to me a mixed metaphor since Reiki is Japanese and chakras are Indian. But I digress.) While doing so, we are to focus on channeling healing energy. I visualize myself as a pure, hollow crystal tube. Any conduit, in order to transmit anything (electricity, water, oil), needs to be clear and free of impediments clinging to or blocking the inner walls. Any blockage will change the course and perhaps the nature of whatever is flowing through. Therefore, one needs to put aside ego and one’s own issues to become a “pure, clean conduit.” So, this is what I have been meditating on.
Many years ago, just after college (i.e. when dinosaurs roamed the earth), I studied Silva Mind Control. (I don’t think they run that 2-weekend program any more, at least not the same way, which is a pity.) At the time, I found their claims interesting while still being skeptical of them, however they offered a money-back guarantee, so I figured I’d give it a try. I did not like the teacher at all. I found him creepy. I resisted him. And still, every one of their promises was justified. (The course consisted of lectures and group hypnosis/visualization. The hypnosis was read from a standard script — perhaps it was even a recording — so the teacher, himself, for that part of it, anyway, was moot.)
Even though I don’t actively use most of exercises these days, I have incorporated most of the teachings into my world view and belief system because the truth of them have been proven to me. One of the main things I have come to trust is the ability to heal oneself. I have done this on myself, many times, and it’s been proven in controlled studies. (Watch “Heal” on Netflix if you can.)
Another “truth” I took from Silva was the notion that everyone is psychic. We can fine-tune that ability; learn our own signposts and symbols — if we are willing to pay attention and do the work. It’s a teachable skill. Obviously, some are more gifted than others, but anyone can perceive things clairvoyantly, clairsentiently, or via any of the other clairs (with the possibly exception of chocolate eclairs.) We do all do it all the time, but we don’t realize we’re doing it because we are not paying close enough attention.
So, I am willing to believe that there is value in Reiki because it pulls from the same general ideas BUT, as with most such things, I go in a skeptic — wanting to believe, doing the work, but not willing to believe baselessly.
I will report back as we progress.