Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
In my lineage of Reiki Masters, we were taught that each of us is assigned a Reiki Spirit Guide at the time of our Reiki I level attunement. This Spirit Guide works with us each time we do Reiki, whether it is for others or for ourselves. S/he assists us in reaching a meditative state, maintaining a clear channel for the Universal Life Force energy, and guiding our hands to the best positions for the needs of the client. The more we use Reiki, the greater connection we will feel with our specially-chosen Guide. When I first heard this, I felt much excitement to have this special Guide!
Some Reiki students may not believe this is possible, or think they are not “special enough” to have their own Guide. Others may believe it wholeheartedly and cannot wait to meet their Guide. Others may have doubts and hope someday they will learn to accept it. There is no right or wrong reaction.
My experience in working with new Reiki students is that their spiritual life history is the biggest influence of how they will react. Some religions, or spiritual belief systems, include beliefs of having individual Spirits with us during our time on earth. For me, having a guardian angel by my side was taught to me at an early age. We even have a daily prayer to recite to our angel. The belief is the guardian angel is assigned to a person at birth, guiding and protecting him throughout his life, staying until the physical body’s death. As a little girl, I accepted this belief, without any doubts, and talked to my guardian angel constantly. She was like a best friend who knew my wishes, my joys and hurts. She understood me totally and helped me through difficult times. So, hearing about a Reiki Guide was a natural progression for me.
Many of us have amazing things happen during Reiki sessions, and often these are manifested by our Reiki Spirit Guide. Here are some examples I have heard from other practitioners. The practitioner knew her hands needed to remain in a somewhat awkward position, but her arms were getting tired; suddenly, she felt her arms being physically supported by her Guide and was able to stay in the position much longer. Another practitioner reported feeling unsure how to respond to her client’s demanding, and accusatory, questions; she took a deep breath, asked for assistance, and a loving response came out of her mouth! She knew the words were not hers. Another story involved working with a toddler with a major medical condition. The practitioner did not know where to place her hands, or how long to work with the little one; she asked for guidance and the Reiki session flowed.
Over the years I have been working with Reiki students, I now find a greater, immediate acceptance of the Reiki Spirit Guide. The awareness of a Spirit World is increasing. There are now many books and websites regarding angels, shamanism, mediums connecting with deceased loved ones, near-death experiences, past life regression, and so on. Often, new Reiki students have already studied, or had actual life experiences, in other spiritual realms. For them, Reiki is yet another way for them to connect to Spirit. For other students, Reiki is their first adventure into this realm, and teachings may seem foreign to them. And, that is okay – each of us had a “first” introduction to the Spirits in our lives.
Whether or not your Reiki lineage includes the belief of an individually-assigned Reiki Spirit Guide, there is one common truth among all Reiki practitioners. We know the Source of Reiki is a Universal Life Force Energy, all-loving and all-knowing. What a beautiful gift we are given!!
Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)