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Question by Gayle:
I have a question. I recently received my Reiki II attunement in Traditional Usui Reiki. I also practice as a witch and I am accustomed to working with the concept of self protection. I have found the need for that in my life in various situations and what Usui Reiki seems to be saying, as I understand it, is that there is no need for self protection and to take it a step further not only that there’s no need for self protection but to self protect is actually an expression of lack of compassion and could hinder us on our path to grow spiritually and to become effective Reiki healers.
This is confusing to me because I actually have a situation at work with a troublesome fellow employee, a colleague, which I feel requires me to be fairly guarded in what I say and how I conduct myself at work. I don’t know how to apply Reiki principles to this situation in a way that actually feels real to me and practical. This is not a safe individual as I see it and I don’t anticipate that I’m going to change my mind about it any time soon; so I’m wonder if you could somehow take what I have just said and make a question out of that. Is it OK to self protect on the Reiki path?
Thank you very much!
Answer by Deborah Lloyd:
Thank you for your question, Gayle. It is not clear to me how you have been practicing self-protection prior to your Reiki training, and if you were told you should no longer practice that technique. So, I am not able to comment on your practice. But, I am happy to explain how Reiki provides self-protection.
One understanding of the protection Reiki attunements bring to a practitioner is concerning the special properties of not absorbing your client’s energies. For example, if your client is experiencing grief, due to the death of a loved one, the Reiki practitioner does not take on these grief energies. The practitioner may “feel” the energies, but she does not become a grieving person herself. A number of healing arts practitioners from other modalities report they absorb the energies of their clients; with clear intention, Reiki protects us from that possibility.
I have met some healing arts practitioners who use such practices as wearing silver jewelry, using sage, reciting specific mantras, etc., for self-protection. The intentions behind these practices are the most important factors and these techniques may work. As long as a practice is set with loving intention and not causing another person harm, I do not view it as a conflict with Reiki ideals.
In addition, Reiki can provide another way to protect ourselves all the time, as Reiki connects us so easily to Universal Life Force energies. If you go into work every day surrounding yourself with these energies, you will be protected. You can develop a daily routine, where you set the intention, and give Reiki to yourself. The energies from other people (including their thoughts, beliefs and actions) can affect us greatly. But, with the loving and light-filled energy of Reiki, these negative energies will not be able to enter our individual energetic fields. Each of us has a responsibility to nurture and care for our energetic fields; eating healthy, sleeping enough hours, and protecting ourselves in this toxic world are important habits to incorporate into our lives.
Gayle, I wish you the very best in this difficult work situation. Reiki can be a great help to you!