Article by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master
Why do you club Reiki with other modes of healing?
This is a question that many Reiki practitioners are asked from time to time.
Sometimes I am asked, “Is it mandatory to work with crystals or angels in Reiki practice?”
My answer is, “There are no rules. It is completely up to you.”
I am also asked “Why do you use other techniques in combination with Reiki? We don’t see a connection.”
My answer is, “Reiki showed me the path and I just followed.”
Many people find it hard to understand how modalities like angel healing, crystal healing and the like can be clubbed with Reiki. Others feel it is blasphemous to combine Reiki with other modes of alternate healing. They assert that Reiki is sacred and complete in itself.
Shades of the Same Energy
After doing my first degree in Reiki, I diligently practised daily self healing. Feeling the flow of the energy and making time for daily self healing were great accomplishments back then. I did not feel the need to seek other modes of alternate healing. Reiki felt complete in itself (which is true of course) and that was all I needed at that point.
It remained the same after the second degree. Coping with a healing crisis and handling all the life changes that Reiki brought about kept me occupied. The last thing on my mind was to experiment with any other form of healing.
It was just a year before doing the third degree that Reiki led me into unexplored territory. What started off as a limited experiment turned out to be a grand adventure that led me to realise one simple fact- Energy is energy. Period.
What this means is that all forms of healing are interrelated as the underlying energy remains the same.
Just as we have varying shades of the same colour, so do we have varying shades of the same Universal/ Divine/Healing energy. Depending on the need, this energy takes on different forms and fulfils different purposes.
Reiki is one such beautiful shade of an energy that is all pervasive. This shade took me into the world of other shades and taught me that no matter where I went, I was ultimately in contact with the same colour.
How it Happened
A year before doing the Master Degree, I was introduced to a technique known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which you might have heard of. This technique is particularly effective when we find ourselves in emotional turmoil. We are required to make some affirming statements as we tap on certain pressure points located on different parts of the body. By the end of the tapping session, we feel at peace with ourselves and reach a wonderful state of self acceptance. In this state, finding creative solutions becomes easy. I worked extensively with this technique for over a year.
Side by side, I also worked with something called the “I Am” meditation. All I had to do was close my eyes and keep my awareness on the presence “I Am” within me.
For almost a year, I worked simultaneously with Reiki, EFT and the I AM meditation. A lot of healing happened and the desire to do the Master Degree took birth along the way. In the third degree, I was introduced to techniques like aura scanning, violet flame healing, crystal healing etc. Initially, I just could not believe that I could actually scan auras and heal with the violet flame. However, as I practised on myself as well as others, I saw that the new techniques I had learnt had the power to bring about tremendous healing.
As I practised daily self healing with Reiki, the urge to learn more and more about healing became very strong. The first learning experience that came my way was a workshop on Past Life Healing. I had always been a little afraid of exploring past lives. But the Master Degree healed my fears. Suddenly, I found that I was not afraid of exploring past lives anymore. In fact, I was rather keen to explore my past lives. Incidentally, a random search on the web showed me that a Past Lives Workshop by a renowned teacher in India was scheduled in my city. I signed up for this workshop, which gave me new insights on healing across space and time. My practice of Reiki and the “I Am” meditation helped me tremendously while exploring past lives as it required one to enter deep levels of relaxation.
Soon after, I attended another course on Kundalini Energy and Chakra Healing. This course literally transformed my life. All the learning that had happened with Reiki healing supported me during this course and I learnt to work with energy like never before. This workshop had participants from varied fields of alternate healing. There were a few Reiki healers and several Non-Reiki energy healers as well. I noticed that even people who did not practise Reiki were able to work effectively with energy and followed all the instructions that were given without a problem. They were able to scan chakras and heal energy blocks. This was indeed an eye opener for me.
I realised that everyone has a unique path in life. There is no one path for everybody. Reiki is probably the best path for many of us. However, it may not be so for others. I also understood that healing can happen even when we use other techniques because the underlying principles of healing remain the same.
Some months later, I launched my Reiki practice. At this point, Reiki made me cross paths with angel healing. I was always drawn to working with the angels. However, attending a course on the same brought new insights and healing experiences. This further opened my eyes and I realised that this was just another variation of energy healing. The angels are nothing but energy forms vibrating at very high frequencies of unconditional love and peace. We humans are also bundles of energy vibrating at a different frequency.
As I learnt these different forms of healing and interacted with practitioners from other fields, I acquired a broad perspective. This perspective helped me seamlessly integrate various techniques of healing with my Reiki practice. It seemed most natural and effortless to me. It also made my healing practice a lot more beautiful and interesting.
So, coming back to the question, “Why do I club Reiki with other forms of healing?”
The answer remains, “Reiki showed me the path and I just followed!”
It was my daily practice of Reiki that brought about changes in me and also put me in the right places at the right time. It brought about precisely those learning experiences I needed at every point in time. The timing was always perfect. The teachers always appeared when I was ready for a particular learning experience. Workshops and courses were scheduled at the perfect moments. And this continues to happen even now!
This path of integration is right for me and also for several other Reiki practitioners who work in a similar way. Reiki is scared and complete in itself. There are many who work with Reiki alone and achieve fabulous results. But it helps to remember that there are no rules! Do what works for you. The beauty of Reiki is that it shows each one the path that is best for them. And no two paths are alike. Here’s hoping you make the most of the path best suited to you. Love & Blessings ☺
Haripriya Suraj is a Reiki Master, Angel Healer, and Spiritual Teacher. She was drawn to Reiki right from her childhood and Reiki went on to become part of her life’s purpose. Reiki is her constant companion from which she derives peace and contentment. She is also deeply connected with the angels, with Angel Healing being an integral part of her Reiki practice. After reaping the fruits of Reiki practice in her life, she was inspired to spread the joy of Reiki and the light of the Angels. Haripriya offers courses in Reiki and Angel Healing as well as distance healing services. She resides in Bangalore, India. Reach Haripriya on her blog at lightworkersonearth.com, on email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook at Angel Light.