Article by Phillip Hawkins
If you think of doing Reiki you have missed the point. Reiki is not something you do; it’s not a tool to be taken out of a box when something or someone needs fixing. When we think of doing Reiki, or even giving Reiki to another we perceive it as something external to be used as and when required. Even the concept of channelling creates the illusion of the channel being separate from that which flows through it.
Reiki is none of these things. Even the name Reiki is crude and misleading; the name is nothing more than a label, a title, a product name. Once we attach a label to anything we restrict, define and measure it. We put it in a box; what is inside the box becomes Reiki, what is outside is not. We look at historical facts, personalities, hand positions and symbols, procedures and rituals and say “this is Reiki”, it’s not and never can be. These are nothing more than mans attempt to reduce the infinite to an easy to understand concept, small enough to get your head around.
This misconception begins with the belief a Reiki Master has the power to connect you to this “universal power”, unfortunately this is not the case. A Reiki Master no matter how clever can connect what is already connected. We are because the universe is. Re-enforced at the moment of conception, and then again at birth, a spiritual being; as an expression of a spiritual universe. The duty of a Master is not to empower as a form of connection, but to empower through knowledge and understanding. To make the student aware of the connection that has always existed, not some tenuous link that must be plugged into the student like some esoteric USB cable. The connection is expressed in a moment of awareness; the realisation of the students true spiritual identity.
The Masters role is not to prove how clever and enlightened they are, but to provide the knowledge and understanding, the opportunity for the student to prove to how powerful they are. In the moment the student can recognise their true spiritual identity their lives will begin to be transformed. This is Reiki in action. We do not do Reiki, we are Reiki and the role of the Reiki practitioner, no matter what level or degree attained, is to live life as an expression of that universal spiritual energy.
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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.