This is a brief entry I wrote in my reiki journal yesterday morning. It's very simple, very direct, and I'm still thinking about what I read and what I wrote. Reiki has a simple elegance to it; and while I've been an energy-worker and healer for years, the attunements have brought a new depth to my work. It's a renewal that has made me . . . enthusiastic . . . about all things gentle and healing. I'm also amazed. There was a time I would offer energy for a healing to friends and family; and, when the process was over, I was exhausted. A simple reiki session does not exhaust me; it energizes me. So at the risk of boring my blog-readers, I thought I'd share this simple entry today. Even though I've used this technique before, its rediscovery through reiki makes it all seem new.
December 25, 2010
While my secret seasoning water for my stuffing simmers on the stove, I’m reading Diane Stein’s Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art (New York: Crossing Press 1995). She includes a wonderful passage describing distant healing in chapter five worth remembering:
“Absentee healing is basically a process of visualization in the meditative state. Visualization also means imagination. To visualize, create a representation in your mind of someone who needs healing. In other words, imagine that person. In the West, such representations are usually in pictures, but this is not the only way. Visualization means use any of the senses which include sight, sound, touch, and fragrance – taste is seldom used in healing. One way I learned to visualize for healing was in creating roses. Make a rose in your imagination using any of the senses, and give it the name of someone you know. Send Reiki to the rose and watch it bloom, then let the rose dissolve. This is the essence of a psychic or distance healing” (Stein 67).
I wonder why taste is seldom used in healing. Other senses are stronger, but taste can be very sensual. In times of crisis or emotional upheaval food can be healing; food is comforting, thus the term comfort food. It’s something to ponder. And Stein’s technique is brilliant – any symbol can be used. Different flowers (to represent different types of healing), energy balls (again, of any color for different types of healing), even herbs or pictures can be visualized. A physical object could be used for the anchor, and if this process is paired with the traditional Level II reiki symbols – it could be miraculous.
When I do my twice daily meditations now, I’ll try this technique for sending reiki energy to my friends and family. I’ll let everyone know how it goes.