Reiki: A healing energy guided by divine wisdom, or by human thought?
By Ora Waldman
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Please note: Depending on your background, beliefs, and experience working with and sensing energy, you may find the concepts shared in this article too abstract to comprehend - or one which speaks to what for you may be the obvious. This article indeed speaks about intangible concepts and you are welcome to take what resonates with you. Please do read with an open mind, ready to question and reflect on anything which might be new to you.
In 1997, when I had first studied Reiki, I was taught that Reiki is an energy guided by a divine, universal, or Godly wisdom, and that it knows ‘where to go and what to do’. At the same time, I was advised to try and keep my attention on the treatment when I channel the energy, rather than drift away with my thoughts. But then again, I was told that in any case being it a ‘divinely guided energy’, Reiki will go to where it is needed and balance and heal what is ready to be healed regardless of my intentions.
Years have passed since my first exposure to the Reiki modality, and I still hear the following questions being raised among my colleagues and students: "Does it matter if we focus on channeling the Reiki energy and on what we sense from the client (or issue) being treated? And, if the energy we call Reiki has its own ‘mechanism’, which works regardless of our thoughts, intentions, or desires of any outcomes for the treatment, why can’t we just let this energy flow as we entertain our minds with our own thoughts?" I feel that for many people the answer to what force, or factor, guides the Reiki energy, remains unclear.
Let us look at the two following notions:
1. Reiki is guided by a Spiritual, Universal, or Divine wisdom.
2. Reiki is guided by our thoughts, or our intentions.
I would like to propose that both notions play an equal role in Reiki therapy and that, moreover, the two do not conflict with one another. There is a place beyond polarity where both seemingly opposites exist in harmony and function in unison. As for the above discussed notions, I suggest they may not be so opposite ideas after all.
First, consider this: Thought is a form of energy, thus energy follows thought. Universal or spiritual wisdom is made of energy, too (as is everything), and the Reiki energy follows the direction of that divine, or universal, ‘thought’. What if we can direct the Reiki energy with our thought, or intention, to certain physical parts or mental or emotional issues (the two never do exist separate from one another anyway, as everything is interrelated), and the Reiki energy, once ‘asked’ or directed there (as done at distant healing), will balance, heal, and align things in a way that serves us best, through a ‘Divinely advised’ force?
It is important to note, that when I talk about our ‘thought’, or ‘intention’, I do not talk about our desires or wishes to a certain outcome, but about the purest form and energy of thought, a thought which is like a gratitude prayer, a thought which trusts in the divine way to heal and harmonize, a thought which does not wishes to control the treatment and is not attached to any idea as to what healing means for a particular situation; a thought that serves, as our hands - a vessel to the Reiki energy to flow where we might be ready to be touched and blessed by its gift of healing; perhaps the kind of thought which is more like an affirmation to our willingness and openness to heal and be healed.
Further, if you may, consider this as an idea: If we, on a higher, spirit or divine level, are ‘particles’ of a divine source, striving to become one with the source which created us, then the more we are awakened to this truth and the more we are connected to the wisdom of the divine source, then “Reiki follows divine wisdom” becomes one and the same as “Reiki follows thought”. This is because we ARE (part of) that divine thought.
Here is a beautiful poem written by Rudolf Steiner, which I find to be echoing the above idea. You may have to read it more than once to make sense of it:
Out in the sense-world’s glory
The power of thought gives up its separate being,
And spirit worlds discover
Again their human offspring,
Who germinates in them
But in itself must find
The fruit of soul.
- From Calendar of the Soul, Second week.
What is the force that guides, or directs, the Reiki energy, which so many people worldwide have experienced throughout the years and know to be existing and real? I think the answer to this cannot be comprehended at an intellectual level. In the same way that the healing impact of Reiki is best understood by means of experience, so does its ‘means of operation’. Tangible things may be studied with our physical senses and discussed using concrete and scientific terms; intangible, spiritual things, may only be ‘touched’ and understood when ‘meeting’ them at a spiritual, or abstract, level of awareness.
I am curious to hear your thoughts and experiences in this regard, and welcome your comments, questions and observations.
Ora Waldman is a Registered Holistic Practitioner who has been walking the path of healing and self discovery for many years. She supports others on their own journeys by offering private-sessions, certification courses, and a variety of learning opportunities. Ora is an avid educator who promotes public-awareness to holistic therapies and to self-awareness, and who actively and regularly helps build a sense of community among practitioners, by offering a platform for practitioners to connect and to collaborate, and by initiating events that address their interests and needs.