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Reiki Can Sow the Seeds of Knowledge and Understanding

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.

Phillip Hawkins
Phillip Hawkins

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.

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  • Elise Brenner August 27, 2013, 9:34 am

    Hi Phillip, I appreciate the very important focus you placed on knowledge and understanding. Sometimes there is an over-emphasis on simplistic ‘positive thinking’ among many people; your article beautifully presented a different approach. Thank you.

    • Phillip Hawkins October 24, 2013, 1:46 pm

      Elise. Thank you for your kind words. When writing I always try to remain respectful to the subject but honest in my approach. Positive attitude can be a wonderful thing but on its own it will have very limited success, positive attitudes like positive affirmations only work if they are underpinned by positive action. All I try to do is provide a different way of looking at things to provide a different perspective. Knowledge and understanding come in many forms and sometimes all we need to do is change the way we look at things in order to see them in a different light.

  • cristal August 27, 2013, 1:23 pm

    I agree with Elise thank you for this article this is something everyone should think about. thank you

    • Phillip Hawkins October 24, 2013, 1:48 pm

      Hi Cristal, thank you for taking the time to post your comments, received with gratitude and thanks.

  • Judy August 27, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Wonderful article and excellent timing for me. In order to change our current situation, we have to think “outside of the box” even as Reiki practitioners. We should ask ourselves, what about my Reiki practice has not brought me the desired outcome? How can I modify my practice in order to give me a better result?

    • Phillip Hawkins October 24, 2013, 2:02 pm

      Judy, thank you for your kind words. We are all a work in progress on a path that is more crazy paving than a yellow brick road, and if my own experiences are anything to go by its never straight forward. When we get it wrong we analise and scrutinise, when we get it right we accept without thinking how or why, this is why we are meant to learn from mistakes. For mistakes read: unwise choices made lacking in experience/knowledge/understanding/love etc etc etc. The secret is to learn without beating ourselves up in the process. If we have love and compassion for others we must have it for ourselves in equal measure. If not, then our first act of kindness is to heal ourselves….. Hey! isn’t that a Reiki thing….

  • Tracey July 30, 2014, 10:24 am

    Dear Phillip

    Why have you chosen the flower image in this article? It is giving me a rush of energy everytime I look at it and yet, it appears to be just an image from someone’s Flickr account.


    • Phillip Hawkins July 30, 2014, 7:53 pm

      Hi Tracey

      Thank you for taking the time to read the article and posting your comment. I can’t take any credit for the image as Reiki Rays are responsible of the layout and they decide what images are used.

      I would like to think that the article and the image are working together to create the energy that you can sense. Obviously you have a great sensitivity which I’m sure you bring to your Reiki practice and the help you give to others.


  • Petra October 14, 2015, 12:48 pm

    I just read your article and it moved me. So true! What is the next step? I am on the path of Reiki and do Hospice volunteering.
    Do you have a forum, Fbook page where I could ask a question?

    • Phillip October 14, 2015, 6:34 pm

      Hi Petra
      Thanks for your kind comments. My email address is philhawkins11@gmail.com and you can contact me any time to catch up and chat, ask questions or to share your own thoughts with me. You can also see further articles that may help your development on my Facebook page Phillip Hawkins Reiki. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will reply as soon as I am able to.

      Warmest regards

  • Suchitra October 15, 2015, 3:40 am

    “Sometimes all we need to do is change the way we look at things in order to see them in a different light”. This one practice has been such an empowering one for me. Sounds simple enough, till you try it. And once you do, it has the strength to change your life.At least it worked wonders for me and still does.Thankyou Phillip for another beautiful article.

    • Phillip October 15, 2015, 9:38 am

      Hi Suchitra
      You’re welcome. Glad you liked it.

  • Christina October 16, 2015, 9:17 pm

    It is a wonderful article and yes, we should be very open minded and give the right place to knowledge in our lives and thus find out where and how to make the changes. I think this live about: making changes all the time for our good and for our evolving, isn’t it? Thank you for this article !

    • Phillip October 18, 2015, 6:06 pm

      Hi Christina
      Glad you like it and thanks for your kindness

  • Jackie December 16, 2015, 9:49 am

    Thank you a lovely article to read and one I will be discussing with my Reiki Share group with your permission ????

    • Phillip Hawkins December 16, 2015, 11:22 am

      Hi Jackie
      Pleased you enjoyed the article. Please free to use any of my work with your Reiki share group. All I ask is that you acknowledge the source of the work.

      Regards and best wishes

  • Karin March 4, 2016, 3:20 pm

    Namaste’ & Thank You for the well-phrased article! As a practicioner since ’07, it truly is a journey of self-education & belief in a greater positive intention. The changes in my personal life & the beautiful healing I have seen in those who have sought Reiki through me truly reinforce the content of your article. That being said, I would like to also add that we, as Reiki practicioners, also need to care for ourselves through Reiki to insure we maintain our personal health & well-being so we are in a positive place to continue helping those who seek our help. I have been in a place where I sacrificed my personal self to help others for a couple yrs now, & the universe has stepped in to squash that w/a vengeance! Awareness of the larger picture & Reiki is bringing me back to a more balanced life, but whoo, what a bumpy ride! Peace & healing to us all, & Thanks again for your thoughtful (& truthful) work.

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