When we speak about Reiki, do we understand the true inner meaning of the practice?
When you dive into spiritual communities and metaphysical discussions, the concept of energy is often discussed in loose terms. We base the entirety of our spiritual understanding on the concept of ‘energy’, but do we truly know what energy is?
Stepping away from the spiritual translation of a Universal Life Force, we can look at this in terms of science. If you look at the core component of all beings, we can break down every bit of matter into its atomic components. Everything in this Universe, both living and inanimate, is an amalgamation of all these elements of the Universe.
But all of these elements have come from the Universe. So in a literal sense, we are the Universe in form. So when we view the nature of being in this way, at the atomic level, we come to see that we are the Universe.
This concept is echoed in virtually every spiritual or metaphysical theory known today. The concept of Universal oneness is not foreign, but how does this apply to energy?
Einstein’s equation, E=mc^2, shows that the energy of a thing is equal to its mass times the speed of light, squared. If you think of all the atoms that make up your physical form, you can see that you have an immense amount of energy within you.
This energy, the energy that Einstein postulated could neither be created nor destroyed, is Reiki energy. Reiki, as a practice, is calling us back to the energy that is our fundamental nature. When we look at Reiki as a healing modality, then our energy holds the narrative of our traumas, suffering, anger, etc.
From these stories we tell ourselves about our resistances, these resistances become our identities. When we hold identities rooted in traumas or suffering, these ideas become entrenched into our energy.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these entrenchments result in a stagnation of Ki, which leads to a physical, mental, or emotional illness. Through this lens, we see that all illness is the result of a disbalance within, and these disbalances are rooted in the traumas we hold.
But if we are all Universal energy, how can this be? All energy, the Universal energy used by Reiki practitioners and postulated by Einstein, is love. This means that everything, from your animated body to the inanimate objects that surround you, is composed of love energy.
And so Reiki is calling you to come back to your fundamental energy. When you place your hands on your heart, you allow the mind, body, and energy to unite in focus on one portion of your being. This intense focus allows the energy to flow through, releasing any barriers, blocks, or entrenchments that have been ingrained within.
When you listen to the precepts, they are calling you to come back to your inner stillness. To connect with your Inner Being, so that the true nature of your energy may flow freely. In this way, Reiki becomes akin to a meditation practice- a modality that is, once again, calling you to return to your true nature as the energy that is all things.
Through Reiki, we can cultivate our liberation. We can recognize that our suffering is in fact a choice- a choice to allow the enertenchments of our energy to become our identity. Through Reiki, we can release the barriers and let go of this resistance, finally returning to the truth of who we are.
When we dive more deeply into our Reiki practice, we come to realize that suffering, resistance, anger, illness is a choice. Arriving at that choice is the journey, realizing that choice is the journey, surrendering to that choice is the journey, and arriving at the other side of that choice is the journey.
This journey, and all it entails, is the true inner meaning of Reiki.