Article by Taryn Walker
Recently I received some incredibly valuable advice from a friend who I consider to be highly evolved and knowledgeable in matters of spirituality. We were talking about Reiki practice and karma. I was wondering if a person takes on karma when offering healing to someone. He stressed the importance of consecration in any healing work and I agree with him completely.
Consecration is the offering of the fruits of your actions to the highest consciousness. We all have different words for this higher power. Some call it God, others prefer Divine Consciousness or Universal Energy. Consecration is not bound to any specific religion. It is a spiritual practice, which can be used by anyone using their own concepts in their own language. Before any Reiki session, it’s wise to offer the effects and rewards of the session to the highest power and wait for a response before proceeding. The more you do this the easier it becomes to recognise the response. It may come in the form of an intuitive “yes” feeling, a tingling at the crown of the head or any obvious connection to the Divine Source. If there is a strong “no” feeling, it’s best not to proceed with the treatment, as you never know the karmic reasoning behind a negative response. It’s very uncommon not to get a positive response to go ahead with healing. Reiki in particular is always helpful in some way, but the unseen forces of karma make consecration a must for all healers.
By giving up the authorship of your actions, you are making sure not to take responsibility for any healing that may occur through a Reiki session. You are acknowledging that it is not you doing the healing, it is the Reiki working through you to enable a person’s natural ability for self-healing. By consecrating a Reiki session healers ensure that they do not take on the karma of those receiving healing through them. I’ve heard of healers feeling ill and absorbing the negative emotions and physical symptoms of their clients. This is mostly the result of taking some responsibility, whether consciously or subconsciously, for healing someone else, which opens you up to the very real possibility of taking on their karma.
To me it is a huge relief not to bear the responsibility for healing. That is what I value most about Reiki. It’s pure channeling and requires me to do as little as possible. I always feel light and clear after a Reiki session. This is how I know that I am just acting as a conduit for healing energy. If, during a session, I begin to feel heavy, I immediately know that I’m becoming involved in some way. I’m trying too hard to direct the healing instead of just allowing Reiki to move through me and guide me. Then I let go of the responsibility and the heaviness subsides.
Another very important way to avoid taking on karma for healing is to have a fair exchange of energy. Usually this happens in the form of money being paid for a Reiki session or an attunement. Mikao Usui, the founder of Usui Reiki, taught this to his students. If not money, then another agreed upon exchange is necessary to balance the karma between the healer and receiver. I see a lot of people offering Reiki and Reiki attunements for free. I know this comes from kindness and good intentions, but the deeper mechanics of karma are unknown to most of us. All of my spiritual teachers have stressed the need for an equal energetic exchange when it comes to healing. The more I learn about karma, the more I see the importance of this. With friends and family, it is easier to find a karmic balance through a non-monetary exchange of energy. This usually happens naturally, but with people you don’t know too well this is often unlikely so always bear in mind that an equal energetic exchange is important on a very deep karmic level. We have enough karma to deal with already. I sure as hell don’t want to create any more!
Consecration has become a daily part of my life and I highly recommend making it a habit in your healing practice and in everyday life. It soon begins to feel like the Divine Consciousness is acting through you in all that you do. Consecration dissolves the illusory boundaries between you and the eternal creative source of everything. It is a beautiful practice that I believe is not only necessary for healers to avoid karmic baggage but also helps to raise the vibration of our planet. The more we consecrate the more connected to the Divine we become. We humble ourselves to something much greater while realising our own divinity and allowing healing to happen naturally.
Taryn Walker is a travelling Reiki Master Teacher who wishes to inspire people to realise that they are miraculous! She believes that Reiki can reveal our natural ability to heal ourselves and this empowers us to take responsibility for our lives. She works a lot with distant Reiki and loves the way it allows people to experience the illusion of separation. Taryn is grateful for being able to connect with her Reiki clients even while travelling. She usually lives on a little island in Thailand, where she practices and teaches Reiki, but finds ‘home’ wherever she is. Taryn enjoys yoga, nature, creating art, cooking and finding magic in “ordinary” places. Follow her here: http://www.reikicure.org, http://www.facebook.com/