When we have been sending Reiki to someone and they die, it can be disheartening.
My friend had cancer and I didn’t want her to die. I thought that as a Reiki Master Practitioner, I could facilitate her healing and prevent her death by sending her Reiki. Each time, I could sense her absorbing the Reiki, so I expected a full recovery.
After she died, I went through some serious soul searching. I realized that I was angry at Reiki for not curing her body. There were several things I was not taking into consideration.
First, we don’t control Reiki. We can’t make physical healing happen just because we want it to happen. Reiki is a mystery to be respected. We are channels when we allow Reiki to flow through us but it is not at our bidding.
I have to admit that my ego was also involved. As the Reiki Master, I wanted to be the Big Healer who fixed her. Then everyone could look at me with admiration. Pitiful but true.
Healing happens in more than one realm. As accustomed as we are to experiencing the physical aspects of Reiki healing, we need to remember the emotional, psychological and spiritual healing that can happen. The union of the spiritual and physical result in an expression of each other.
It has been said that there are lessons we need to learn that can only be learned in the physical world. Regardless of one’s religious persuasion, Reiki touches the spiritual realm. Physical healing is wonderful for right now, but it can only last so long. Spiritual healing endures. The mystery of Reiki can connect us with the mystery of the spiritual realm and help guide us into out next level of existence.
With my friend, it could be that she received Reiki’s emotional and psychological healing that enabled her to resolve unfinished business. She may have had emotional pain that required healing so she could transition pass fear through death. How many people linger on their deathbed because they are too afraid to face death? My friend died with courage, calmness and openness to life. It was almost a celebration. The way she died is part of the memory we all have of her.
I needed to let my friend live and die as she needed without me putting my agenda on her life. It could be that she died exactly the way that was right for her.
Janice Campbell has been practicing Reiki for 12 years. As a potter, she creates “Prayer Bowls” which can be used to deepen one’s meditative experience. Part of the process includes Janice directing the flow of Reiki into the bowls as she creates them. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Ty, and son, Quincy. She also has a cranky, black cat named Cletis.