Working with Reiki for the past two decades has brought me immeasurable peace, joy, direction, guidance and love. The practice has afforded me the courage and drive to release old belief structures, habits and destructive behaviours. However, it doesn’t mean my life has got any easier, and this is something we readily forget when we say ‘Reiki is not enough’, or ‘Reiki is not working’.
Reiki is Universal energy, it is gentle, non-evasive and very very effective. However, we often think of ‘effective’ as something with immediate and positive results. If we Reiki ourselves or loved ones and they have an adverse reaction, we think of it as negative and therefore not working. We are funny like that. Good or positive emotional states are not the same as growth, or release, or peace. Feeling good all the time is not the same as feeling peaceful all the time. If you judge your success on how good you feel, you are on a hiding to nowhere. Jesus, Buddha, or any spiritual icon you can think of had difficult, challenging lives. They didn’t float around on a cloud pulled by unicorns, they didn’t shy away from the difficult emotions, in fact the literature always points to their ability to navigate their challenges with grace and this is not the same as not having challenges at all. Challenges are part of life. Gaining spiritual supremacy in order to avoid challenges is simply fairy tale thinking, and not very helpful.
Most of us come to Reiki to feel better, that was certainly my motive, and it’s a natural and human preference for ease rather than dis-ease. As we progress with Reiki we do see immediate and often dramatic improvements to our health, well being, and mental noise. This is what may motivate and propel us to higher levels of learning, and it’s great as a subconscious driver for awhile. But in order to grow into our spiritual maturity we will need to see that this initial drive for happiness is ultimately naive. Expecting life to be rosy and easy all the time is an immature ego speaking, and we can often fall into this belief structure innocently and unquestioningly, but it’s important to inquire into this and break free from it eventually. Thinking that the goal of your life is to have no problems is obviously ridiculous to our mature minds, but it’s amazing how we act out of this belief in very subconscious ways. When things don’t go well, or when we suffer, isn’t it true we will often try to find the reasons why it is, and how to fix it? Most of our tactics revolve around trying to resist and change what is, which is exactly the same as believing it shouldn’t be happening, which is exactly the same as thinking only good thi