Every once in a while on the Reiki Evolution blog, we are going to feature a post written by someone who has something interesting or distinctive to say about Reiki, and today I am publishing a piece written by Don Beckett, author of Reiki, the True Story. Here is what Don has to say…
How many Reiki people know what Shinki is, or have even heard of it? How many Reiki people have a clear understanding even of what reiki (the energy) is?
Searching online, right now, for “what is reiki?” – I find the following:
“universal life energy”
“feeling of mystery”
“the essence of life”
“God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” (Rei) + “life force energy” (Ki) = “spiritually guided life force energy”
“God-power” (attributed to Hawayo Takata)
All of these are nice – but rather vague and mysterious. There is a Japanese understanding, however, that describes Reiki in a much more precise way, as a distinct energy in a hierarchy of energies. This understanding sees reiki as the highest of seven physical energies. Having the highest vibrational frequency and being the most subtle, Reiki is also the most powerful of the seven energies – the one nearest to the Source. In other words, it is the very first and most subtle manifestation of Source (pure Being) in the physical dimension.
When I received my first Reiki initiation (20 years ago) it felt to me that Reiki was an “extension cord” connecting me to my real Self. It felt that way every time I “did” Reiki … and it was many years later when I learned that Reiki (the energy) does indeed act as a cord or a bridge, connecting us to Shinki (“God-energy” or the ultimate Source energy – which is also the true Self, of course).
I was taught that, when we “give” Reiki, we are receiving some mysterious, cosmic energy through the crown, which then goes to the heart, through the arms, and is emitted from the palms; and that we give this energy to the other person. But eventually I came to feel that something else was really happening; that, instead of giving energy, I was actually opening the Source-dimension within the other person – which allowed Source energy (Shinki) to come into the physical dimension, to fill the person and radiate outward! And that the healing – which was actually the restoration of the true Self – was done not by Reiki, but by this Shinki. Reiki was merely the key that opened the door to let in the Shinki.
It occurred to me that Reiki could indeed work the way I had been taught: We could bring it in through the crown and send it out through the hands (we could direct it from anywhere to anywhere, in fact, by intent) – but that using it this way was a bit like giving spare change to a panhandler. Instead of empowering people, it tended to make them dependent on us for continuing handouts of Reiki. It seemed infinitely better to use Reiki to open the Source-dimension of others, to bring out their own supply of Shinki from within them!
I thought many times about the fact that Shinki, not Reiki, was what really healed and awakened us – but I never thought of trying to access Shinki directly. I was content using Reiki as the key to unlock the door to Shinki.
And then, totally by surprise – when a friend and I were experimenting one day with Reiki and Jourei together – the friend was “bounced” into an energetic state-of-being that he immediately identified as Shinki! It was clearly not Reiki, not Jourei. It was a finer, higher, more subtle vibration than either of those – a direct access to Shinki.
We have found that this direct access can be easily shared with others; and that, after experiencing it a few times, they can likewise pass it on. There is no technique involved with Shinki, other than being in it – and it permeates everything instantly and completely. It seems to be the most direct way of restoring the real Self – and, sometimes at least, it brings immediate healing of even longstanding, severe conditions.
copyright © 2011 Don Beckett
Don Beckett, author of Reiki, The True Story, has been practicing Reiki since 1991 and teaching it since 1999. His website johreiki.net attracts Reiki students and teachers from around the world, and he has taught in the U.S., Bali, Romania, Turkey, Italy, and Serbia.