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Reiki has become Open Source




Open Source is a term used for software program development that is freely available for anyone to update and change. Open Source pretty much built the internet. More than this it is a philosophy of community, collaboration, transparency and sharing. Systems and programs improve quickly, gaps are filled, there is a combined vision and many people working towards this shared vision. The input of thousands of programmers also pushes creative development in a million different directions creating even more energy, vision, and creation.


How does this relate to Reiki?


Traditional wisdom is that Reiki needs to be “switched on” via an attunement, and the attunement needs to be done by a Reiki Master. We train and learn how to give attunements to others, and we give classes as a way of bringing students together to perform the attunements and so ‘switch on’ Reiki in others. Over the years the way this is done has changed and expanded, but essentially the role of the Reiki Master has never been questioned. Personally, I have always felt it is only a matter of time before we became defunct in this role. Reiki has essentially always been Open Source, but up till now it has been assumed that you needed the Reiki Master to do the attunement.


All processes evolve, nothing stays the same.


If you look at the evolution of website development, in the early years we needed some pretty advanced skills – remember Dreamweaver and UNIX? Now anyone can build a website through simple guidance and ready made steps. The many millions of programming hours have honed and fine-tuned pathways which means building a website now, compared to 20 years ago, is unrecognisably easy.


This is evolution in action. Cumulative energetic building blocks that over time create the next thing, open new doors, and inform new possibilities.


Reiki is no different. Over the years the evolutionary process of Reiki has been flourishing – thanks in many ways to revolutionary teachers, out of the box thinkers and the ‘Open Source’ sharing of many Reiki communities.


Recently I have been inspired to start experimenting with intentional attunements. I have been wondering if the enormous leap we have taken as conscious human beings has affected our ability to consciously receive attunements. I have noticed in my homestudy attunements my students seem to be receiving more/stronger sensations. I have been waiting for the shift from Reiki Masters ‘giving’ students attunements to the students themselves ‘receiving’ direct from source. I have also been nudged to develop a simple Reiki self-care program inspired by my time working at a hospice, and I'm wondering why this impulse has been coming in so strongly.


It all seems to be converging on the idea that Reiki has gone ‘Open Source’ and is ready to receive students directly. Even as I type this, I get goosebumps!


If you are a Reiki teacher, much like an Open Source community programmer, your source of income needs to shift focus. Open Source programmers don’t make money by selling the ‘free programs’ they help create. They make money by helping others to download and use the programs. In other words, you help people find their own self-empowerment.


When people find their own inner trust and can access Reiki directly, they can also hear their own innate wisdom. They will love and trust themselves, and hear what Reiki is saying to them, without you as a messenger or conduit – that is WAY BETTER for the consciousness of humanity, for that individual, and for you.


Open Source is a philosophy, it’s a way of sharing openly, collaborating openly, not trying to protect your income, your processes, your classes. Help people find their own light, help people trust their own abilities to self-attunement.

I used to use the analogy of the tour guide for attunements, “I know where the Reiki vibration can be accessed and as I vibrate at this level, you can also come into resonance with me. You find Reiki simply because I have pointed it out to you energetically.” Like a tour guide pointing out monuments to tourists who have never visited a place before. But more and more people can search up what a monument looks like, download the map, and get there themselves. So, what can you offer these people, what would they find helpful? How can you aid in the expansion of their experience?


For example:

1. Build programs that enhance their trust in their own abilities – help people come into better connection with their inner wisdom so they can open to Reiki as Open Source.

2. Support their growth – we all know Reiki opens so much potential for personal growth and healing – there are so many angles here to help coach and support people through their inner journey.

3. Keep doing attunements – of course this will still be important for people who don’t trust themselves enough, or simply need this kind of guidance.

4. Specialise – assume you no longer need to do attunements, how does this open your field of exploration? Imagine Reiki in companies, in healthcare, in religious gatherings where you no longer have to tackle sensitive topics like ‘attunements and symbols’ – makes life a lot easier right?

5. Help pull Reiki out of the new age/woowoo and into mainstream. If Reiki is now Open Source it means everyone has access – your grandparents, your kids – get into conversation with them – invite them to try to activate Reiki in their own hands simply by intending or asking Reiki to flow.

6. Call it something different – remember Reiki just means universal life force, you could even call it Open Source energy, it doesn’t matter. What matters is waking people up to their own inner healing potential.


Finally, Work on your own resistance – I know I’m throwing a lot at you, especially if you are very attached to your concept of Reiki, symbols, and attunements. I’ve been working within my beautiful lineage for almost 30 years, I understand the shock and disbelief it will trigger in many. But the lineages, the structures, the symbols and attunements have only ever been tools. Such structures are meant as building blocks, you are not meant to keep training wheels on bicycles.


Ultimately the self-empowerment movement must, by definition, reach a stage where we are willing to truly empower our students. It cannot work to say “I will give you an attunement because you cannot do it yourself, but now go and be self-empowered”. It was always incomplete and illogical, but it served its purpose. We had to raise the morphic field of Reiki high enough, or large enough, that it now can take this evolutionary leap forwards.


And we are right on time, of course. Now it’s time to take this and run with it, whether you are a Reiki student/teacher, or you are reading this and curious about Reiki and whether what I am saying is true. Get into a meditative open state, perhaps try it when you are following a guided meditation or when you are doing a practice that helps you to feel open and heart-centred. Then simply invite/ask/intend a Reiki attunement.


I have recorded a 5 minute audio guide which may help.


Let me know how you get on!



10 comentários


Miki Massey
Miki Massey
25 de mai. de 2022

I love the Open Source concept Elaine. Many modalities including my Traditional Tantra Hatha yoga encourage us to tap into our innate healing potential and if we combine this with an instant life force download (activation) it's defiantly the upgrade that humanity needs. I am teaching Reiki 3 today so this is going to be interesting! I hope they don't ask for their money back LOL x

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Elaine Hamilton Grundy
Elaine Hamilton Grundy
28 de mai. de 2022
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You will have the perfect students to hear this! As this evolutionary step was bursting through me I was in the middle of a Reiki 3 online course which takes several weeks. In the beginning I was having so much difficulty answering some very 'pushy' questions - like this student was pushing me through this entire process, by the end I was encouraging her to just go for it and do whatever she was guided to do, it was such a joyful ending to the process!

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I LOVE this. And I too, have deep down felt for a long time that everyone can access reiki healing energy, it’s all about the intent. Thank you for validating this. I am a reiki master. I can teach — I just haven’t. I hadn’t been ready to yet. However, I’m currently being led to teach one with a friend of mine in a couple months, so I am starting to prepare — I know I was meant to read this article. ☺️

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Elaine Hamilton Grundy
Elaine Hamilton Grundy
28 de mai. de 2022
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Wonderful! I wonder how many other Reiki Masters have been lying dormant waiting for this evolutionary moment? I am very delighted by that thought!! 😍

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Rusty Cuave
Rusty Cuave
21 de mai. de 2022

Oh Boy...I have been giving Reiki Treatments off and on over the last 27 years and now I am in training to become a Master Reiki Teacher giving attunements and teaching Reiki classes. Funny thing is, 2 years ago I led Hands-On Healing classes guiding folks to meditate, clear their chakras and hold their hands on their bodies similar to Reiki positions. We also practiced giving and receiving Natural Healing Energy using tables.

I am scheduled to give a similar class in August with no reference to Reiki because I am not sure when I will be fully trained in the traditional way to give attunements with certificates.

So, this whole discussion has really turned my egoic plans upside down…

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Elaine Hamilton Grundy
Elaine Hamilton Grundy
28 de mai. de 2022
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I still feel the training to become a Teacher is valuable - I am still training teachers! But the freedom and permission to really head deeper into empowering others is so exciting - and as you pointed out - totally ego free! It will make us much better guides xx

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Wow, you're really advanced Elaine!! Thank you so much for giving yourself the permission, hence inspiring the rest of us to give ourselves the permission to embrace this Open Source, which is always present, always accessible to all who is present to IT. Looking forward to reading more your writing!!

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Debbie Lindsay
Debbie Lindsay
20 de mai. de 2022

I am blown away .

I was asked to attend a reiki circle tonight. There was 16 people there are most of whom had never done Reiki before. I think about 5 people had . we spoke about atunements the traditional way of doing them and now the intentional attunement.and I simply held space where all of these people to attune themselves. I've never felt anything so strong in my life. I asked people what they felt about the attunement. Their their responses were from electric shocks to wizzes and bangs and flashing coloured lights and shapes. We all gave each other reiki it was amazing it was so strong. everybody felt it strongly.people were crying ,people coughing, people f…


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Elaine Hamilton Grundy
Elaine Hamilton Grundy
28 de mai. de 2022
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This is wonderful Debbie! What a beautiful experience for everyone xx

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