Article by Phillip Hawkins
Healing requires that something must change rather than just taken away. Lessons must be learnt through knowledge and understanding and not negated by default or elimination, and if the lesson doesn’t challenge us it is unlikely to change us. We need to move from the state of illness or disease along the road to recovery, till we arrive at a point of health and wellbeing. That which exists must adhere to the laws that were instrumental in its creation, health and illness are both governed by the law of cause and effect, with every action creating an opposite and equal reaction, and every cause brings forth its own set of consequences. If we require change then we must first introduce something that will act as a catalyst and bring about more than just the mere thought of change. This can happen when we introduce Reiki into our lives. If we want something different then we must do something different; but before we can we must first have the desire for change and the realisation that choice is an option. We must then engage the power of choice and disengage the negative default mode that governs those set responses we do without thought or question because it’s what we have always done. Until choice becomes a reality we only do what we know how to, and only what we believe is possible. Change requires choice, improvement requires movement and development is born out of new ideas, knowledge and understanding. We must first understand that change is possible and then accept that we have the power to make those changes in our lives; hope makes life bearable but it’s dreams that makes all things possible. Reiki is a key than can open a door that allows the light of knowledge and understanding into our lives.
If we only know one way we can only go one way, which becomes our reality framed by our thoughts and made real by our actions and beliefs, Reiki helps us recognise the limitations set by the closed mind that is unaware of its own ignorance (lacking in knowledge and understanding). Before choice can become a reality it must first begin life as a thought, the ideal begins with the idea in word and deed, and the seeds of knowledge and understanding are sown in the fertile mind. From this grows the need to question and learn, and awareness becomes the fruit of our labors, and we let go of that which we have out grown. The seeds of knowledge come in many forms and contain the ability to produce many surprises and in doing so the student becomes their own teacher; from our preconceived ideas come new truths and the realisation that the seeds of knowledge have the power to create change in many ways. They can be found in the softly spoken word or the healing sound of silence. They are to be found in the judgment of the wise, the virtue of the brave and in the wisdom of the fool, look carefully and you will find them in a kindness and a knowing smile. They are in the love that requires us to sometimes say no, and in the strength to stand alone. To those who don’t feel they have a choice change may not appear possible, yet even within them there will be a feeling that something is missing, a distant echo in the recesses of their minds that asks them to follow and find the truth within themselves. The moment we begin to listen the seeds of knowledge and understanding have been sown and the journey begins.
A Reiki practitioner since 1999, Phillip started teaching Reiki in 2000 and using those skills and abilities he has spent the majority of the last seventeen years working with a wide range of social and educational needs including Autism and ADHD. Working with addicts dependent on alcohol and drugs, people whose lives were extremely violent and abusive, and others who had to deal with severe mental health issues. This has enabled him to work extensively in the private sector, schools, colleges, education and care in the community, the prison service and psychiatric units.
In 2016, Phillip decided to semi-retire from full-time employment to concentrate on developing his career as a published author and the setting up of his Reiki personal development programme at the Chilton Community College.