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The Reiki Masher

Article by Chris (Sutty) Suddeth

Much has been said, and made about the title, Reiki Master. It intimidates some, confuses others, puffs up those unwilling or unable to set aside ego. (Heaven help those who follow the Puff Daddy Master.)

Me, I’ve felt for a long time that the title Reiki Master is relatively easy to attain. However, the rubber must meet the road before we can grow into this title. That takes as long as it takes. I know it took me a while, but that was for my own good and life circumstances of the best title I’ve ever had, Mr. Mom. People in all sorts of professions from the military to the law could probably say something similar about the wisdom of certain titles being handed out before the inevitable trial by fire happens. After all, not all leaders are created equal, nor do we develop at the same pace. Grace is not standard issue with your Reiki Master attunement. Reiki is just like anything else in life; it is what we make of it and what we put into it.

To alleviate distractions by the title Dr. Hayashi instituted, I always tell people that it is not for me, or any other Reiki Master, to lord over students and clients, but we simply carry enough energy to pass it on to others. In addition to giving out some ABC’s before sending students out into the world with their hot healing hands, I make my energy work experience available for them, but Reiki’s Spirit-Guided Life-Force Energy will be the ultimate teacher in sometimes arduous journey of spirituality.

Furthermore on the subject of titles, I decided as I was writing this article that I prefer to be called Reiki Masher and I suggest all who carry the sometimes burdensome mantle of Reiki Master to consider similar titles, if any at all. Why? Because I’m Southern, that’s why. I mash potatoes, Duke’s is the only mayonnaise that exists, (bless those unfortunate hearts out there that don’t know what Duke’s is), I mash buttons, and I mash the gas pedal to the floor when I want to pass a Sunday driver. We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously, less we risk a large fall from said grace. Once we attain a certain level of mastery with Reiki aren’t we mashing Reiki into everyday life and situations from the oil change place, to Wal-Mart, to where you conduct your sessions and attunements to everywhere in between? We embody Reiki, imbuing it into every place, everything, and every person we come into contact with. People are more attracted and nicer to you than in your previous life, and conversely, other people and situations not vibrating at a higher frequency melt away from us into background noise. Strangers tell you things they wouldn’t tell anyone else, sometimes to their own obvious consternation.

More mashing happens and is possible as we bring other energy work modalities into play around the massage table. There is never a dull moment around the table when the emotions and memories we would rather not remember inevitably come to the surface, past lives bubble up from the cosmos, psychic surgery and cord pulling. Reiki smoothes other modalities a master may mash into a healthy energy work smoothie for easier digestion. I discovered this to be the case with the sometimes hard-hitting Theta Healing ® modality that I employ in my practice along with Reiki. It’s not just for massage therapists to mash into their clients to soothe those issues in the tissues; it’s for the healers that are attracted to mashing the emotions out of a client like a zit on a greasy hormonally hopped-up teenager. It’s for the medical intuitive Reiki Mashers to hold a heart in their pulsing hands and calm the electrical currents of frayed nerves. It’s for the Hospice workers to mash more support into a person’s final healing.

The possibilities of Reiki Mashing are only limited by a person’s imagination so mash some Reiki into that while you’re at it and see what swoops into your existence. Even if you’re not from the South and it’s not Halloween, you’ll want to do the Monster Mash year around.

Now, with all the above being said, I want to leave the Reiki Mashers out there with a parting shot. Whether we began dipping our pen in the “art of non-doing” inkwell yesterday or half a century ago, please support and encourage other awakening energy-workers. Since I know I can never repay my Reiki Master for all she has done, or not done, for me along my path, I know I can only pay it forward to new awakening masters. Please do the same. The more the merrier rule applies as we bring Reiki Love and healings to the masses.

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Chris (Sutty) Suddeth
Chris (Sutty) Suddeth

Chris (Sutty) Suddeth was born in Greenville, SC in 1975 and has lived his whole life in various locales within the state of South Carolina. He graduated the University of South Carolina in 1998 with a minor in English Literature. Writing began its siren song for him at the age of twelve while sitting on the rocks of Fripp Island, South Carolina where he now lives with his wife and daughter. Sutty is a full-time Mr. Mom with his own holistic health business. Sutty has been a practicing Reiki Master and emotional energetic alchemist since 2010. He uses his passion and proficiency with energy work to inform his writing and is eagerly awaiting the traditional publication of his novel, Swoondalini, in the spring of 2018. Visit www.soulshinerefinery.com for more information.

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  • Lisa January 13, 2015, 6:56 pm

    Love your article! I have attained the title of “Reiki Master,” and, honestly, sometimes I feel like the title is a HUGE burden. I mean, just what is a “master,” anyway? What should I be able to do? I find it to be very intimidating sometimes — not quite sure if I am living up to the title (not even sure what that would look like!) “Reiki Masher” makes a lot more sense, and is way less intimidating to me. Thank you!

  • Sandy K August 21, 2015, 5:23 pm

    This is the first time I’ve read an article written by you, and it is so perfect! You are absolutely correct in your opening statements sbout the use of the term “Master” to create power. I’m a smasher: my potatoes, my client’s pre-conceived notions, attitudes, and barriers.
    Now I want to get to my reason for this post….
    A student learns from a master. Once a student advances to the point of teaching others, they begin the long process of becoming a master. Just because a person has completed a course, or received a few attunements, does not automagically make them a master. It was 20 years of learning before I considered myself capable of passing it along to others.
    Now I have been a smasher for 18 years, but continue to learn from my students!
    Follow the light.

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