Reflexology For The Spirit

Reiki – Is it in your toolbox? – Part 1

In these stressful times, we all need a toolbox because we’re all healers.  And, we never know when we might need to use our healing tools.

Reiki is a basic healing tool that works almost anywhere, anytime.

Many of you reading this blog use Reiki.  But, many don’t.  Reiki was the basic skill which put me on my healing path.  That’s not to say that I wasn’t healing.  I’d been a massage therapist since the 1980’s.  But, there’s a difference.

Before Reiki and after Reiki.

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the word:  Reiki.

I was at a weekend continuing education class in Clinton, New York, at a place called Spring Farm CARES.  There were about two dozen students in the class.  As we each introduced ourselves to the group, every student, except me, mentioned Reiki.  They were all either Reiki practitioners,  Reiki Masters, or Reiki Master Teachers.

I had no idea what that was.  But, as I returned to my home in the Washington, D.C. metro area on Sunday, I decided to learn about Reiki.  Reiki, at that time, was not mentioned much in my area.  To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t mentioned at all.  I called around.

I eventually  found two friends who  practiced Reiki.  One of them, a massage therapist,  was a Reiki Master Teacher for years  and never shared her secret.   The other friend  studied Reiki but wasn’t using it because she believed that it healed people whether or not they wanted to be healed.

I found Mary Ruth Van Landingham in Vienna, Va. She had a shop, Terra Christa, with a classroom in a building behind the store.  I learned nine different kinds of  Reiki in that little building behind Terra Christa.  She taught most of them.

At that time, there were few to no books about Reiki.  Mary Ruth’s classes were filled with handouts.  Now, when I teach Reiki, I offer handouts and  encourage   students to read any Reiki book that attracts them.  Book stores everywhere carry several titles.  Overall, there are hundreds  to choose from.

I spent a good bit of the next two years studying in the little classroom nestled behind the store.  Mary Ruth invited other trainers to give classes.  I studied under Tom Rigler,  Rev. Dan Chesbro, and many others before I finally moved to New York State.

“Reiki is a light touch offered to a clothed body.” is the definition Pamela Miles offered at a class at the New York Open Center.

Over the years,  I learned that everyone who practices Reiki describes it differently.  I invite my students to define the Reiki experience.  Everyone has a different description and definition.

The word Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy.  Practitioners refer  to Dr. Mikao Usui, the man who brought Reiki into the 20th century.  He practiced in Japan prior to World War II.

Other prominent Reiki teachers during this time include Mrs. Hawaya Takata, and Dr. Hayashi.

I like to include   Frank Arjava Petter who, at the end of the 20th century, wrote a Reiki handbook “The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui.”

Reiki   works on the physical level when the practitioner uses her warm hands.

The Reiki symbols work on the mental level.

Emotionally, Reiki sessions bring peace and calm.

The Reiki practitioner as well as the session itself, offer healing which impacts the energetic body.

But, beyond working on the different levels of a person, Reiki heals without  judging.  The healing energy of Reiki doesn’t care whether a person is religious or spiritual or not.  The healing path  of a person receiving or giving Reiki is nondenominational, positive, accepting.

Reiki heals.

Reiki never makes exceptions  because of one’s beliefs, health condition, situation in time, lifestyle.

Reiki doesn’t ask about one’s religious or spiritual beliefs.  Reiki never cares whether a person is Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu…or anything else.

I have an invocation which I use often when offering Reiki to someone.  It’s not original with me.  And, I’ve used this prayer often for many years.  I offer an apology here.  I don’t know where it came from.

Whatever or wherever its origin, I send gratitude to the writer of this prayer.  (Maybe, after reading this blog post, someone will know where it originated and share the information with me.):

I call upon the essence of the Healing Buddha and the Master Spirits of Reiki.

(At this point, I include any and all names that seem appropriate.  I may include Jesus, St. Michael, St. Anthony).

I ask that my hands and heart be illuminated by the light of your unconditional love.  I ask that this session proceed for ………………’s highest good.  Amen

When I’m offering Lightarian Reiki, I go a step further.  I include a request to seal the room in the prayer.

Reiki accepts.

Reiki does not ask that you give up anything in order to use its energy.  Mary Ruth Van Landingham was a practicing Catholic.  My friend Kathy  is a devout Episcopalian.  I teach  Reiki to people of all faiths.

Reiki sets no one’s beliefs aside.

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Please join me for part two of this series of posts about Reiki.

Thurman Greco

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