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Detaching from the Tools of Reiki

Article by Angie Webster

When you start working with Reiki on a regular basis, it is easy to feel caught up in all the ways that energy is available to connect with us. It can seem like focusing on the ways to talk about the energy, or the paths to connect to it are the most important thing. And our logical minds want something we can grasp hold of and talk about, or mentally think about.

The mind is a wonderful tool, but at times it can get in the way by trying to over process what is happening. We have other tools, like the symbols, that allow us to work outside of the parameters of the mind, freeing us from this over processing. However, when we cling to the tools, wondering what they mean or how they work or why they’re there, then this creates a whole new kind of processing for the mind to do. It defeats the purpose of the tool.

We have many tools that the energy and the system of Reiki present to us. I have mentioned the symbols, the hand positions are another, as is the increase in empathic and intuitive awareness that many people experience to some degree. These are all very helpful in their own way. Each can connect us more deeply to the energy and guide us how to use it.

However, these tools work best if we use them in a detached and flowing manner. If we become rigid and dogmatic about how these tools are meant to be understood and used, then we close off many possibilities for the tools to teach us and help us to expand. Clinging and rigidity only closes energy. Openness allows it to flow.

Detaching from the Tools of Reiki

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For example, if you receive an intuitive understanding during a Reiki session about placing your hand in a new position that doesn’t fit your standard of the typical hand positions, you have a choice to make. Do you decide to flow with the tool of intuition, or remain with the tool of the hand positions as they were taught to you?

Or suppose you felt an energetic block in an area of your client’s body, which Reiki helped to clear. Do you need to tell the client the block was there, even though Reiki cleared it? Do you need to determine the meaning behind of all the energy movements or blockages in your client? This can lead to a great deal of mental “fidgeting” and can even cause distress in your client. If you know that Reiki is working, then perhaps it is best to trust that you were given the intuitive insight to help guide you during the session. It may not be necessary to continue thinking about it beyond that moment.

Another example is with the symbols. Suppose you have just finished with Reiki 2 and you now know the three main symbols. You were taught that they are used in specific situations and how to work with them. However, you feel led to use one of them in a different way that wasn’t mentioned in training. Or maybe you feel led to use them in a different order. Or perhaps there are situations where you feel led to use no symbols at all. Do you stick precisely with your training? Or follow your intuition?

Symbols are a means of quickly accessing types of energy. The energy is too large and incomprehensible to really process mentally and symbols allow us to use it without having to think about how. It’s similar to flipping a light switch and not having to think about how or why the light comes on.

It is always good to explore your intuitive leads, unless they are unsafe, unkind or reckless. Explore them with an open mind and see what happens. There is usually a reason for your subconscious to lead you in that direction, so check it out like a scientist checking out a new hypothesis. If it doesn’t work out, you can always go back to the old way.

Tools like the symbols, the hand positions and our intuition and empathy can be very helpful for us as practitioners. But like all tools, carrying them around all the time is unnecessary and cumbersome. They should be put down when they are not needed, with the full knowledge that they are there for us any time we need to pick them back up and use them. Clinging to them makes them part of our ego, and we have to let ego fade to the background to be safe and effective practitioners.

Angie Webster
Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a Reiki Master Teacher and author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She also teaches classes and workshops about Reiki and spiritual growth. She works often with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing: How Energy Medicine Healed my Life and What It Can do for Yours. Reiki and a healthy lifestyle contributed to her healing after a 20-year struggle with neurological and chronic pain issues. She comes out the other side with a new perspective on life and now seeks to empower others, guiding them back to their own innate healing abilities. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.thinkific.com, https://www.facebook.com/HolisticSpirituality, http://www.serenityenergyhealing.com/

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  • Sensei Randy March 22, 2016, 5:19 pm

    Another great article Angie. When I first started, I had a small piece of rutilated quartz that I held between my palms to get the flow of Reiki going. I wouldn’t even try to do Reiki without the crystal, until one day I noticed the energy was flowing by itself. It’s important to remember that when we use tools, they only aid in our practice; they are not the practice.

  • Margie March 22, 2016, 9:46 pm

    Why do I feel exhausted after working at the hospital doing reiki?

    • Wolfsbane March 23, 2016, 2:06 am

      I believe that you’re taking on the client’s energy states or have connections to them. I would use cord cutting or dry hand washing to disconnect yourself from your clients.

      • Serenity Energy Healing March 24, 2016, 5:51 pm

        Margie, I would concur with Wolfsbane’s analysis of the situation. Those suggestions are good ones. If this doesn’t work, you may need to cut back your hours doing Reiki there until you can work with developing better boundaries for yourself. Boundaries are very important for all of us. Compassion doesn’t mean taking on other people’s energy or their struggles. That disempowers everyone.

    • Lindsay Jones March 26, 2016, 11:13 am

      Are you “bubbling up” when you visit clients? What I mean by this is, are you creating a protective bubble of light around yourself each day to guard yourself against other people’s energetic muck? I highly recommend this practice! By doing this, it should help you to absorb less of your clients energy so you can better assist them in their healing. Before I leave my house each day I envision a layer Reiki energy surrounding me and then I place the CKR symbol all over it. Once I zip up my “Reiki suit”, I’m good to go! Sometimes I’ll add energy to it during the day or call in my angels to give me an extra boost. I hope this helps you!!

  • Lorraine Mason March 23, 2016, 6:27 pm

    I always find Angie’s articles so simple and reassuring to understand she takes the complications out of the equation and allows me to really enjoy Reiki without wondering if I am doing everything right. Thank you.

    • Deborah March 24, 2016, 12:26 am

      I totally agree with you, Lorraine. I love Angie Webster and her articles!

  • Shelly July 28, 2016, 2:54 pm

    My teacher couldn’t express that enough! Thank you for the confirmation.

    • Angie Webster August 2, 2016, 4:14 pm

      You’re welcome! It is very important, I feel.

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