The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #8
Don’t try to puzzle out why
We’ve seen that the best state of mind to have when treating someone is to be empty and neutral, merged with the energy and merged with the recipient. We are in a mindful state, just being, not forcing things, letting it happen. If our mind wanders then we just gently bring our attention back to what we were doing, and bliss out on the energy.
And it would be nice if we could bring that lovely, centred, unconcerned state into other areas of our life, too, particularly when it comes to seeking answers or explanations for everything that is happening to us and to the people that we are treating.
Because if we seek answers or explanations for every little sensation that we have, every little happening, and particularly if we can’t be content with a practice or an approach without understanding exactly why we are doing a particular thing, then we are going to make our journey with Reiki a particularly difficult one.
What do colours mean?
If you see a particular colour, or colours, when treating someone, or when self-treating, it might be nice just to accept this as a pretty light-show, an added bonus, a colourful and welcome side-effect of the flow of energy… rather than trying to puzzle out why you had a particular colour and what that means.
Maybe the colour does have a meaning – there are colours associated with the chakras for example – and maybe the energy was focusing on a particular chakra when you saw that colour. But because Reiki works on so many levels, because it deals with physical things, mental states, emotions, spiritual aspects, because it deals with historical problems that are still present in some way in our energy body, and it deals with things that are ‘on the boil’ and haven’t manifested yet… we have no real idea of what it’s doing other than to be safe in the knowledge that the energy is giving us or the recipient what we need.
So stop trying to puzzle things out: it will make no difference to your experience of the energy or the effectiveness of your Reiki.
Get your head out of the equation and just let the energy do what it needs to do, without all that frantic mental activity!
What do sensations mean?
If you have a particular sensation when treating someone, or you were drawn to a particular area of the body, do you really need to know why that happened?
If your hands ends up resting on someone’s liver area, does that mean they have liver disease?
No, it doesn’t, it just means that the energy needs to flow there to produce the balance that is appropriate for the recipient.
We don’t diagnose with Reiki: Doctors diagnose. Reiki Practitioners and Reiki Masters don’t diagnose, and shouldn’t diagnose, and if they feel an urge to diagnose something then they should stop it.
In any case, Reiki works on lots of levels, so in Traditional Chinese Medicine the liver is said to hold mental states and emotions that might be being dealt with; is that what’s happening? Who knows? We don’t need to know, we can just accept that Reiki is doing what it needs to do, and go with the flow, merging with the energy in a lovely mindful state.
Worse still is the urge to try and come up with our own theories about what we are feeling.
Some people start to think in terms of blockages or negative energy or, worse still, ‘dark energy’. Those are not helpful terms to use when talking to a Reiki client, who came in looking forward to a lovely blissful session and come out with a belief that they are harbouring a blockage or dark energy.
We don’t need to introduce such ideas into our Reiki because they’re not helpful to us or the people that we work on.
The sooner we can accept that Reiki is all a bit mysterious and puzzling, but works tremendously well, so we can just let it do what it needs to do without second guessing what’s happening, the better it will be for us because we can just let go of all those questions and enjoy the journey.
Did I really feel that?
Actually, along with thinking too much and questioning everything comes the challenge that we can face when second-guessing things that we feel or notice.
Did I really feel that sensation, was I making it up, is it all in my head, did I only feel something because I wanted to?
Well, either you feel something or you don’t. If you feel something you can trust that you felt it; you can’t make yourself feel something. If it was possible to fool yourself into feeling Reiki sensations then everyone would feel something and there would be no-one who was concerned that they don’t feel anything when doing Reiki… they would all have magicked sensations into existence, wouldn’t they?
So just accept and go with what you feel: if you notice a lot of energy flowing into a part of someone’s body (maybe your hands are fizzing or tingling or pulsing or whatever sensation you have) then just stay there for longer until you feel the flow of energy subside.
You can trust what you’re feeling.
You’re not making it up.
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