Recently, a member contacted us saying she had received a ''worrying email about Reiki?''. The email spoke of a 'different' approach to becoming a Reiki Master with suggestions that some elements of 'training' for Reiki were unnecessary and possibly misleading. You yourself may have received emails such as this or seen information on the Internet that may have made you feel uncomfortable or left you feeling confused about your own experience of Reiki.
Q: Do we have a response?
A: The Reiki Association as a body, has always welcomed members from all forms of Reiki, whilst honouring, as our core practice, the System of Usui Shiki Ryoho as defined by the Office of Grand Master. Holding this paradox of honouring a specific form whilst remaining open to and welcoming all Reiki practices, has been an enriching and illuminating process. When we meet together in community as members, we share Reiki, our experiences and our journey with Reiki . Often the differences melt and the similarities can be enjoyed.
It is not our place to hold any moral high ground as to which form of Reiki might be the 'better'. Reiki has become more widely known in the world over the last 25 years and a variety of forms have emerged . No one of us can 'own' Reiki. We hold Reiki in our lives and demonstrate Reiki in practice by how we live our lives. We each have our own unique experience of how we come to Reiki and where we are going with it. We find our own path, our own way.
In our collective years of experience we have seen that the student is drawn to the right place at the right time and will find the Master or Teacher that is right for them. If we are comfortable in our individual Reiki practice we can try to embrace both similarities and differences in all forms of Reiki practice without feeling judgemental. The electronic information highway is here to stay.
For those practices based in oral tradition and personal presence between students and teachers, this may feel challenging.
Reiki, universal energy, will guide the process. Reiki will guide us, both student and Master, helping us to embrace differences without judgement or fears. The best way for one person may not be the best way for another. This is the case in so many areas of human experience.
Rather than feel disturbed by the influx of Internet articles we could use these occasions as opportunities to deepen and strengthen our understanding of how ''at home'' we are with our own Reiki practice. Teachings come in many different forms!
Members who receive unsolicited emails about Reiki that cause confusion or discomfort, are welcome to forward to PSN for our information and we can feedback to you if necessary.
Milly Cain, Practitioner Support Network