Sometimes people still ask me: what exactly is Reiki?
Reiki is healing.
It is a hands-on healing practice.
But Reiki means more than this to me.
Reiki is a best friend.
Reiki is first and foremost for me.
Reiki is something I can turn to any day, at any time.
It is somewhere I can go and be with myself again and find a parenthesis of peace and grounding.
Reiki is inspiration.
I am inspired by how the founder Dr Usui devoted his life to discovering and sharing Reiki, and by the dedication of his successors Dr Hayashi and Mrs Takata in developing the practice.
I am inspired by how Reiki has spread across the world, and is an international language of touch, energy and understanding.
Reiki is simplicity.
It reminds me to look after myself by simplifying and enjoying the simple things in life.
Reiki is trust.
Trust in the wisdom of healing, in the ability to heal.
Trust in our innate knowledge of wholeness and wellbeing.
Reiki is surrender.
To give and not to judge the outcome.
To be at one with the mystery of healing. It is the self that heals.
Reiki is effort.
It does not happen by thinking about it. The doing needs to be done.
Reiki demands action.
Reiki is challenge, a constant new year’s resolution.
The challenge to let go of worry, let go of anger, let go of resistance.
The challenge of emotions rising before they wash away on waves of coloured light.
The challenge to allow myself to feel good!
Reiki is a space for gratitude.
Reiki is a space for prayer.
Reiki is a path to the plump broad grin of the abundant Buddha.
When I practice Reiki, I stand in the company of Angels.
Reiki is honour. Reiki is humility.
I am the conduit and not the source of the life-force energy.
Reiki is to take time, to slow down, to give the body space, to listen.
In stillness we notice, we digest and process.
Reiki is a steadying hand through life, bringing me back to the breath, to the present moment, to balance.
Reiki is power, it means there is always something I can do.
Reiki is so versatile. It carries on the ether far and wide.
I love being able to send it to everything and anyone, person, animal, and circumstance.
Reiki is sharing, community, touch.
The softness of honouring all living things.
Reiki is awareness.
Reiki connects my mind, heart, body and soul.
Reiki brings me spiritual clarity.
Reiki is faithful and steadfast.
Reiki is a friend for life.
If you would like to learn Reiki for yourself, do get in touch for information on upcoming Spring and Summer workshops.
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J S Forrest
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