When Usui Reiki was first introduced to the United States and Canada in the 1970s, it was cloaked in mystery. Hawaii native of Japanese descent, Hawayo Takata, brought her knowledge of Reiki through oral teachings. Because of its powerful nature, Mrs. Takata insisted that the teachings should not be written down because they could be misused if gotten into the wrong hands.
For many years these teachings and techniques were passed down from teacher to student by word of mouth. No wonder the stories got jumbled up!
Even though some of her teachings were proven to be inaccurate, she was and still is widely respected in the Reiki community. She deserves the credit for introducing the spiritual healing art to the world.
Myth #1: Reiki is a Religion
Reiki is nothing else but a spiritual art. It has nothing to do with any religion. The principles and teachings promote a life of balance and provide spiritual growth. But this discipline is not based on any particular religious doctrine.
It does not interfere with anyone’s beliefs or personal values. People of many different religions have discovered the soft and loving energy that Reiki offers.
Myth #2: Mikao Usui was a Christian Monk
The father of the Usui System of Reiki is Dr. Mikao Usui. He was a Japanese Zen Buddhist, spiritualist, a businessman, and scholar. He was not a monk, a Christian, nor a medical doctor.
After a period of fasting and meditation, he experienced profound spiritual enlightenment. Afterward, he opened a teaching clinic in Japan, where he began the process of developing the healing art of Reiki.
Myth #3: Attunement will Open Up a Dialog with Your Spirit Guides
An intriguing side of Reiki attunement, with the promise of a look at the spirit world. This misconception may have arisen out of the writings and teachings of Diane Stein. Please don’t fall for this.
Diane describes that many of her students became aware of who their spirit guides were after months of using Reiki in the level II attunements. With her widely published book, Essential Reiki teachings and principles. After all, hoping for a meeting with your guides or angels should not be the reason for signing up to take a Reiki course.
Diane encouraged the legend that followed that the attunement alone would make this happen. Some level II courses include a promise to “Meet your Guides.” I don’t argue that this is not possible, but I strongly confirm that not every initiate can reach that level.
There is no guarantee since we are all different, and we all have different and unique abilities and callings when it comes to spirituality. This promise could lead you to a disappointment, and that outcome is against the
Myth #4: Reiki is a Massage Therapy
Many massage therapists incorporate the natural healing energy into their massage sessions, but Reiki is NOT a massage therapy. Massages and the healing treatments are two different things that can either be used aside or together. One can exist without the other.
Reiki is an energy-based therapy that doesn’t involve manipulating bones or muscles. Because it is not a massage, the practitioners will hover their palms over their clients’ body or use a light touch with their hands. Clothing is left on, but wearing loose-fitting garments is recommended for your comfort/relaxation.
Myth #5: Giving Reiki to Others Uses Your Energy
A Reiki practitioner serves as a channel, funneling Universal Life Energy through his body and hands to the recipient. The practitioners do not give their energy over to the client. The process is the same as the pizza boy delivers a pizza on your doorstep. The package is delivered, the pizza boy goes home intact.
It’s important to know that Ki energies are infinite, and they never run out. Sometimes, a person giving Reiki may feel tired after giving a treatment to someone, but that is something different. That can happen for many reasons, like the practitioner’s health or mental state.
Reiki is not to be blamed here. After all, feeling tired does not mean that Reiki was done wrong. Maybe it was a cleaning process for the practitioner. Performing Reiki is beneficial for the recipient and the practitioner.
If you are a practitioner and you’ve experienced exhaustion during or after applying Reiki to a client, have in mind that something is out-of-balance in your own body or life that needs attention. If something like this happens, my advice is to book a healing session for yourself with another practitioner or conduct a self-treatment.
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