Article by Angie Webster
A common misunderstanding that new Reiki practitioners have is that Reiki will be a quick fix for a problem or an illness. They also sometimes come to Reiki with a mistaken idea that they will immediately understand everything about how Reiki works within them. However, it takes a Reiki Master time and practice to learn the subtleties of energy and all the ways it moves within his or her life. While you may understand how to begin on this road through the hand placements and a basic knowledge of how energy functions, it takes time, patience and practice to have a deep knowledge of it. Most Reiki teachers will tell you honestly that they are still learning and always will be. There are endless things to learn about energy and endless things to learn about ourselves.
The combination of the belief that Reiki training will be a quick fix for a problem and the expectation to have immediate, deep understanding of Reiki often lead to frustration and abandonment of practice soon after training. It can even lead the new practitioner to feel low self-esteem, as if they are somehow defective. However, you can’t hope to increase your understanding of Reiki by abandoning the practice of it. Whatever your reason is that you have come to the Reiki path, if you choose to practice Reiki, then you must do just that—practice! You can do little more than learn the fundamentals of how to do Reiki until you do it and therefore begin to feel and understand it. True healing always comes from inside of you and permanent healing is seldom a quick fix.
Combining Reiki training with regular self-Reiki practice and using Reiki regularly in daily life is very empowering. Instead of feeling as if you need to rely solely on outside circumstances to change, or on other people to help you, you begin to see that true change begins within you; you are able to begin by helping yourself. The power of healing, the understanding of energy and of yourself rests within you. Rather than trusting that only others have this knowledge, you come to understand that you have the power and had it all along, though it was buried within you. It is a responsibility and a freedom all at once.
If you come to Reiki Level One because you are prepared to learn about yourself and to learn how you and energy work together in the world, you will be pleasantly surprised and you will feel that you have found a wonderful tool to help you begin that journey. The Reiki path will certainly show you more about yourself and open doors to you about how energy works. The more you find ways to connect with energy and work with it, the more your understanding will deepen. Your path will continue to open, and with your connection to Reiki, you will find that you naturally begin to gravitate toward choices that help you grow and heal on all levels.
If you come to Reiki Level One because you want to learn how to quickly solve a problem, but you are not ready to make changes in your life or practice the tool you are learning, you are likely to feel disappointed. Reiki is not a magic trick that transforms an unwilling participant with the wave of a hand (or a few hand placements). Yet, if you are open to the possibilities of allowing and creating change and ready to walk through the doors that may open, then you will likely find that things expand for you in ways that you can’t even conceive of clearly at the start. To get there, you must use the tool you have trained in and learn how it works. There is no other way.
If you have disregarded Reiki practice since being trained, or you did not feel that it was doing what you wished it would and stopped, I encourage you to work with connecting to energy within yourself every day and to be patient. See the energy in everything around you and in all the events in your life. This may be difficult for many of you in the beginning and that’s OK. There is nothing wrong with you at all. Set the intention to look for it and to be open to seeing it and feeling it. It will show itself to you when you least expect it.
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).