Article by Ashwita Goel, Reiki Master
One common question I get asked a lot is whether Reiki is similar to prayer, or even in some cases, the law of attraction. Here’s my perspective on this.
Before we understand the difference, let us first agree upon what prayer means. Prayer could mean two things. Either it is an expression of gratitude, or it is the act of asking for grace or favor.
Now, these are surely elements which are a part of Reiki, but Reiki goes much beyond this as well. When you pray, you acknowledge the presence of a higher power, and this is more or less the act of communicating with what higher power. However, most of us forget about the act of receiving itself. If you ask for a cup of tea, but keep it upside down for filling up, no matter how much the tea is poured, your cup will still be empty. Even if your cup is positioned the right way, there isn’t much use if you already have old tea or coffee in it, it renders the fresh tea useless. Reiki is the process of making sure your cup is straight, empty and ready to receive. This process is rarely worked upon in other systems.
When you go to a master, the master opens up the energy channels in your body so that energy flows easily and smoothly through the important pathways in your body. When we do our daily practice, we circulate the energy in our systems, flushing out the excesses and the wastes. This cleaning opens us up for better receiving on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, thereby making our prayers more effective.
With a little bit of intention, this can allow us to access a miraculous, wonderful state – that of being in alignment. When you are in alignment, you are the prayer, and many people at this stage find that desires dissolve and they are content wherever they are, while at the same time finding renewed energy and enthusiasm to approach life and responsibilities with. In this state, life manifests for us, instead of us trying to manifest things with our limited imagination.
In my experience, the most powerful aspect of Reiki is the surrender it involves – the more I have learned to set my ideas and desires aside and trust the energy to do what is right, the more powerful and effective healing has become. When we surrender, this also allows us to embrace the unpleasant aspects of life which aren’t meant to change, thereby also ensuing that whatever can be maximized in life, will be.
So yes, Reiki involves prayer. Reiki involves the law of attraction. But it is so, so much more than that.
What is your experience in this regard? Do leave a comment!
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Having learned Meditation as a child, Ashwita incorporated Reiki into her life during her early teens. After a decade of witnessing the magic Reiki, she felt compelled to take up Reiki professionally, and ended her corporate career in 2007, taking up Reiki full-time. She eventually incorporated EFT, hypnotherapy and past life therapy into her work. Apart from her healing work, she teaches Reiki and meditation, and her book ‘Healing Through Reiki’ is available on Amazon. You can connect with her through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Reiki.Bangalore,
her website http://www.reiki-bangalore.com/ or visit her blog http://www.ashwita.com/zen/