Article by Gustavo Cristian Fritz
More and more often, when I read articles about Reiki, the practitioners are proclaiming themselves as effective healers.
Usually, a client comes in for a Reiki session due to a difficult period in his life and therefore, he’s emotionally vulnerable. The practitioner has the duty to assist him in overcoming that vulnerability and not reinforcing it by becoming his savior.
The Reiki practitioner must always remember he’s a channel of something far more greater than himself and he’s necessary but not sufficient for the healing technique to work. The great secret of Reiki is AWAKENING THE SELF-HEALING PROCESSES IN THE RECEIVER.
If the Reiki practitioner set aside a few minutes in the client’s first healing session to explain how Reiki works – that he’s the main character in this healing process and the practitioner is simply a channel for this amazing energy –, then both parties will become more conscious that the receiver has an essential role in the healing process.
Why is the client the main character?
First of all, because if the client hadn’t come, there would have been no session. Secondly, because he’s giving consent to apply the healing technique. Also, the client is investing time, energy, and money in attending. All of this is done by the client and making him notice it and appreciating the work he does is contributing to stepping out of the passivity. Finally, note that the practitioner is a channel which is here for the client, thanks to the Universe that brings its energy.
We, the Reiki practitioners, are not saints, spiritual gurus, or magical healers; we are ordinary people who have a deep desire to help others find healing for the greatest good of their bodies and souls.
If we’re clear about this distribution of roles, we will be helping our client not to fall into the “addiction or deification of the practitioner”, but much more important, we will be reminding ourselves in each session that we should not allow our ego interfere with the technique.
Then we’re not doing anything?
We’re doing a lot! But it’s better to be those who are accompanying than those who are saving the clients since they cannot go further. This is a question that has to do not only with the healing technique but also with the practitioner’s guide of ethics.
As Reiki practitioners, each one of us is being healed with each client that comes to us for healing – nothing is a coincidence! – and quoting a Reiki Master and dear friend of mine, Ms. Altagracia Valdez Cordero: “It doesn’t come those who need you but those who you need to continue your healing path”.
Beyond what some might realize, the Reiki sessions in a professional way, both full or part-time, they all involve the same commitment, or they should be involving. Reading the principles of Reiki we know what our line of thought and behavior should be. We are human beings in a revolutionized world and each time more depersonalized that makes the client increase his appreciation when someone comes with a sincere proposal, without false promises or forecasts.
Personally, I really like to start my first Reiki session, when we have already presented each other, by saying something like: Reiki is a technique that accompanies a process in which you will work a lot because you are the one who must do the heaviest part, and I, as a Reiki practitioner, I am here to accompany you and facilitate this process for you, to travel the road with you. We do not know how long it will take but what we do know is that each day that passes leads us to a better version of ourselves. May your tomorrow be better than your today.
The client doesn’t need a miracle but to appreciate his effort and also add yours to make the best for everyone to happen at this time in our evolution.
Infinite blessings, now and forever!
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Gustavo Cristian Fritz is a Reiki Master and holistic therapist in Baradero, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is dedicated to the dissemination of Reiki and Shiatsu among other therapies. After 10 years of applying these techniques, Gustavo is leaving the practice of chemical engineering to fully engage in these activities and provide outreach sessions in all places where he is called. Gustavo can be contacted through his email, firstname.lastname@example.org, his website http://vivemejorbaradero.com/ or Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Vivemejor.terapias.para.el.alma