What should I do when I am giving some one Reiki? What should I be thinking?
This kind of question is not something that troubles every type of Reiki person. Some people are blessed with very strong natural faith and devotion. An inner certainty about themselves and what they are doing.
I am not one of those people.
People have emphasized to me that you can be “told” things that are helpful for your clients when you give Reiki. And, to be perfectly honest, being “told” that was perhaps one of the most unhelpful things, ever.
Right up there with synchronicity. (It just made me paranoid and waaaay too serious)
You can pick up some really useful stuff for people during Reiki sessions (it is, in fact, a large part of Reiki 2 training), and the basis for Usui’s intuitive based hand position style. But, I think, often, people get very unstable when you start talking like that.
People are desperate for meaning. We are all really hoping that there is some greater meaning to our lives, a higher purpose. And, when people start saying things like they were “told” to tell them something during a treatment, we can place overly sentimental emphasis on that information.
Anyway. The problem, for me at least, is not so much whether schronicity is true or exists, but that people could never tell me “how” to do it. So following are some useful tips on “how” to do it.
Understanding the difference between forcing and allowing. If you force yourself to concentrate on an apple, you go out to get the image of the apple with your eye consciousness. Which is very different, although only subtly, from allowing the apple image to come to you. But, do not mistake it for dull passivity.
When we are passive we can be bright or dull, mentally. And, usually it is connected to our emotional state. If we are light and happy, we are bright and alert.
3. Not Distracted.
Concentration is the key. But, it is not a forced concentration. It is a concentration that allows your consciousness to be un-distracted. Like an internal commitment to not get distracted (read: overly interested) in what is happening internally with your thoughts and emotions, and externally with your client’s behaviour and reactions.
4. Hovering Awareness.
You want to allow you consciousness to be bright, alert and undistracted. Just hovering, and slightly curious. Without being overly interested (distracted) by what happens. Much the same as sitting meditation.
Last Word There are a number of ways you can raise with a client things that you have noticed intuitively during a treatment. Personally, I recommend trying your level best to do it in a very earthy and “normal” way. And, try not to be too attached to what you feel or notice. That way, your client has the space to either take responsibility themselves (which really is the only way change and healing will come to fruition), or politely disagree with your perception (very healthy).
I would encourage you to be brave and speak from your heart, honestly and openly, because it might just be very helpful.
Giving advice or psychic predictions is not necessary nor is it a part of Reiki as a healing system. You do not need to be psychic or intuitive to be a good healer and sometimes I think it is better if the psychic stuff is kept out of certain healing sessions. (I had a healer once who was psychic, but she got pushy about it. I wasn't paying her to be a psychic. I was paying her to be a healer.)
I definitely get intuitive information during some, but not all, Reiki sessions. I only give info if the person wants to hear and I always say "take this with a grain of salt."
You do not need to think anything in particular during a Reiki treatment otherwise. In fact, sometimes I have normal conversations with people while the energy is doing its thing. You could discuss the latest ballgame and it wouldn't hinder the energy flow.
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