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Reiki is Self Healing

Updated: Apr 15

The system of Reiki teaches us to go deep within ourselves to lift away the layers of Anger, worry and fear so that we can find our inner light and find oneness with all things, our inner light is often referred to in the system of Reiki as our true self.

Often we do not realise that we have this light within us as it is often buried deep beneath layer upon layer of anger, worry, fear and a judgemental view of ourselves and the world around us. This is often passed down to us from life experiences, which often cause us to look outside of our selves for happiness and solace, and often looking within ourselves for happiness can seem like an alien concept. 

But the more we follow the path of our Reiki teachings the deeper we can look within ourselves and the deeper that we look the more we begin to see that we are not just a physical self that is separate to everyone and everything within the universe, but in fact the more we practice the system of Reiki the more we begin to feel interconnected with the universe as we begin to realise that we are all in fact actually made up of the energies of the universe itself. 

We begin to see that we are both a physical being and an energetic self made up of the energies of the universe.

We follow the Reiki precepts within this system of Reiki which are

• For Today Only:

• Do not Anger

• Do not Worry

• Be grateful

• Be true to your way and your being 

• Be compassionate to yourself and to others 

These precepts help us to feel more interconnected as the more we follow them in our daily lives the more they help us to open up to our awareness of our connection to everyone and everything within the universe, and help us to find the light within.

The precepts do this as they help us to stay in the here and now, helping us not to focus and be angry about the past and not to worry about the future.

We begin to find a new perspective of looking at the world which helps us to let go of our anger, when we are less angry the easer it is to be open and one with ourselves and to others, we fear less which helps us to no longer be judgemental of others and no longer view the world as opposites for instance no good or bad, just balance and oneness, this helps us to no longer feel separate from others and the world around us.

When we no longer view the world as opposites then there is nothing to be jealous of and nothing to fear, this helps us to accept ourselves and the world as it truly is, we then find true gratitude to all things.

When we accept everything within the universe as it truly is, no good or bad just acceptance of pure balance, then we begin to see the beauty in everything around us, this allows us to fall in love with ourselves and the universe again, for me this is where we find true compassion to all things and where healing takes place at a deep level.

When we are in love and see the beauty in things we automatically feel oneness with them , like when you first fall in love with someone you automatically feel one and Interconnected  with them. This is the same as when you fall in love with the universe and everything within it for what it truly is then you automatically begin to feel that oneness with everyone and everything around you, letting go of that feeling of separation and becoming interconnected to everything.

When we feel this oneness we begin to realise that we are not just a physical self but we are also an energetic self. We are all made up of the energies of the universe.

This energy can be seen in the system of Reiki as spiritual or ancestral energy and is also known as original energy, the energy that all other energies have transformed from.

We are made up of the energy of the universe, the energies of our ancestors, and all the wisdom and knowledge, all the experiences that have ever happened, we begin to also realise that it is not just human ancestors as we are also made up of all the animals all the trees and plants, Mother Earth and the Universe, we are made up of all things that ever was and is still.

We are not just this physical form as we are made up of the energy of everything that has ever lived within the universe, this energy resides in us all.

When we have this realisation we begin to see that we are all one, one collective of energy we are all interconnected, yes we are individuals selves but we are also interconnected, we are all one energy that is made up of all things.

Our individual selves can be looked upon as a suit that is worn over the top of this energy, the energies are the same but the suits of our individual selves are different.

This interconnection is the reason why when we heal ourselves we actually also automatically heal others too.

If I was to perform self healing on myself and allow others to know I was self healing and ask them to be open and to take what they need from it for their own healing, they would still receive a Reiki treatment from this even though I was performing a healing on myself. This is because we are all interconnected, we are all Reiki already so when I place my hands on myself as a form of healing then I also place my hand on others to as we are already interconnected, this form of healing just needs the intention, so either when you perform a healing on yourself or on another it is really the same, as there is no real giver or receiver.

Once we have practiced Reiki for sometime the feeling of interconnection becomes part of us, and we begin to take care of ourselves and the world we live in as we begin to realise there is no separation between us, we begin to love and cherish ourselves and the world around us.

When we have the mindset of interconnection, we begin to realise that everything we do is a form of self healing as well as helping others.

We begin to realise that when we heal both our individual mind and our collective mind, we automatically heal others at the same time, this is because we are all one and interconnected to each other, so when I heal myself I automatically help to heal those around me without even thinking of it, this is because we are all one energy.

I believe that when we think that we are giving someone a Reiki treatment we are not practicing to our true potential, as when we believe ourselves as giving something to someone, we are seeing them as though they are separate to ourselves by saying and believing that we have something they do not, for instance giving them something we have and they don’t have, which causes separation between us as we are working from the ego, rather than a place of oneness.

For me Reiki is always a shared experience which helps us both to touch upon our true selves. It’s not a gift as everyone is technically Reiki as we are all made up of it, so how can I give you something you already have, I simply open your awareness to something that is buried deep within, helping you to feel that oneness too.

If we think about it if I contain Reiki then so does the person so say receiving the treatment as we are both one.

Even though the person is lying down on a couch or Reiki bed, when  I’am performing the treatment I‘am just simply opening my awareness up deeply to the energies of the universe that resides in us,  I reminding myself of the connection and the oneness between me and the person lying or sitting down, and the universe. This helps me to touch upon and become one with my true self, this is then reflected to the person lying or sitting down which helps them to touch upon their true self also.

When ever we touch upon or become our true selves we receive deep heeling as it helps us to let go of layer upon layer of anger and worry, we feel deep oneness and our filled with love and compassion towards ourselves and in time to love everything around us again, helping us to feel one with all things, helping us to become the light of the universe.

If you think of a tree full of spring blossom standing strong on a sunny day, now imagine that there is a lake of still waters at the foot of the tree. Try to picture what this would look like, the tree by the still waters on a sunny day.

The tree looking down at the water and reflecting onto the waters, this is a nice calming image, right?. Now is the tree reflecting its image down onto the water or is the water reflecting the image back to the tree, this takes both the tree and the water to share the experience between them. This is the same with Reiki the person so saying giving or performing the Reiki treatment may look like he or she is the one giving but the person receiving reflects the Reiki back so there is no real giver or receiver just oneness of energy passing between the two. 

Because of this it is my belief that everything within the system of Reiki is a form of self healing.

When we practice the precepts we are self healing, as we change our perspective of the way we view ourselves and the world around us, helping us to let go of anger worry fear, judgemental thoughts and find compassion to all things, which allows reiki to flow freely through us, freeing our minds and opening our hearts.

• When we follow the Reiki precepts within ourselves we are healing ourselves as we are freeing our minds of anger and fear and filling our hearts with compassion towards ourselves and the world around us. 

  • When we practice meditation we focus the mind and cultivate Ki energy around our mode and mind, which help us again to let go of worry and fear and find our connection to the universal energies.

• When we practice hands on healing on ourselves we self heal as the energies pass through us and the power of touch from ourselves is full of compassion and love, again allowing us to let go of worry and fear and freeing our minds, and self healing helps us to feel love towards ourselves again, allowing us to feel centred and one with the universe.

• When we give a hands on healing to another we are actually still self healing, as Reiki is being drawn through us, this helps us to feel oneness with the person receiving the treatment, this oneness helps us to both touch upon our true selves helping us to again let go of anger and fear allowing us both to feel the oneness between the universe and ourselves, freeing our minds and opening our hearts.

• When we chant the Reiki Jumom we are self healing as this helps is to feel in unison between the Earth and the Heavenly energies, which helps us to feel in balance with ourselves and the universe.

• When we give attunements or Reiju we are self healing as we begin to feel truly interconnected with everything within the universe, we begin to become truly in unison with ourselves and the energies of the universe and everything within it. We become non-dualistic, feeling truly one with the universe, which helps us to take off the suit of our egos so that we can become the energies of the universe.

The system of Reiki teaches us that we are both an individual self  and a universal self , our individual suit of the ego is different to others but our true energy that we are all made of is the same.

When I’am correct mind I can see the universe in others which reminds me that we are all one.

The system of Reiki teaches me that this true energy or the energy of the universe lives in everything within the universe, this energy is also known as Reiki, so if everything contains Reiki then everything is healing.

Sometimes when we are in troubled times we fear of the unknown but we just need to remember that there is always healing in everything around us, this helps us to soften the way we view any situation which automatically brings healing to us.


Tim Hall

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