I could go on a gregarious tirade about how I came to Reiki and why, but I’d rather focus my attention on the enlightening aspects of the practice that may not be readily seen by an observer. I am writing this entirely also for myself as I share with you.
The pressure to be hard.
Reiki teaches us to soften. All of everything, our proclivities, our need to rush, our ardent sense of self.
The pressure to be open.
Boundaries and an ability to sit with oneself can actually be very moving and telling. Avoidance of our deepest wells of pain, even through divulging it over and over again and constantly keeping our focus upon it, can debilitate us further.
The pressure to rush to greatness.
Most good, lasting things that veritably bring about longevity take time.
The pressure to stay with what is not working.
Wandering away from what is familiar is often a great catalyst. And it is possible to do this without revoking your own heart.
The pressure to acquiesce to injustice with anger and aggression.
In speech, in thought, in action, in our heart of hearts— This is not a way to find or bring peace, nor is it a way to understand our closest enemies. Nor is it a way to bring about a change of heart. Facing our fear, facing ourselves is a sure-fire way to not acquiesce with all the compassion and love we can muster.
The pressure to do it alone.
The process of self-study and self-inquiry is necessary. The encouragement and sustenance that comes from sharing your practice is monumental. Asking for help can be the release that allows the greatest hurdles to be overcome.
The work of healing ourselves is a reckoning that is ongoing, no matter where we have been and no matter where we are headed. The practice of Reiki is a preventive medicine that moves mountains that you may not even have the conscious effort to see. I give thanks for my teacher Julia in L.A. for guiding me through this process of coming back home to oneself.
We all come to Reiki in different ways, for different reasons. I’d like to share a poem written by Yo’el Erez, who at six-year-old came to the practice of Reiki and wrote:
God is willing
Give me the face
I cannot reiterate enough the exigent need for strong, trusting relationships between your teachers and yourself. If you have suffered trauma or abuse in your life, it can be hard to re-connect to the space of a trusting relationship. Material for this short piece is drawn from Reiki, a Comprehensive Guide by Pamela Miles, she says, "Don’t cheat yourself, Keep practicing."
On a similar note, I had Functional Integration session with a Feldenkrais teacher named Deborah in Brooklyn this weekend and what stuck out to me most is that there was hardly any pressure utilized. It was all observance and re-setting the body through gentle movement and pressure to bring the alleviation of pain.
Offerings involving Reiki at your disposal as a practitioner and/or as a student:
You are invited to a regular Reiki Share for practitioners and a monthly Bhajan to take time for your self, treat your self.