Controversy aside, this topic is very timely in making Reiki and Santa Muerte questionable allies. Simply because we are living in a time of unknown/ unimaginable deceptions leading to needless causalities, for which both Reiki and Santisima Muerte may be of assistance in easing feelings of uneasiness.
So, as we collectively venture into the primordial dark realms, figuratively and literally, which is actually the Spiritual realm, from which we access the Spiritually conscious/ superconscious, life force energies of Reiki, and can also invoke the superconscious attributes of Santa Muerte, we have at our disposal very unlikely companion resources at our preverbal fingertips.
Who is Santa Muerte?
The topic at hand is what some refer to as one of the most powerful Divine feminine dark goddess personifications of our modern era. This Divine feminine dark goddess personification is petitioned for healing, protection, love, prosperity, safe passage, and a list of life-enhancing appeals/supernatural requests which she does not discriminate against, just as Reiki doesn’t discriminate if some decides to become a Reiki practitioner.
The expansion of Santa Muerte’s energy & its origins
This Divine feminine dark goddess personification is at the center of one of the world’s fastest growing folk saint movements serving society’s marginalized/ dispossessed/ impoverished, right along with serving drug traffickers, DEA agents/ cops, respectively. Just as Reiki is gaining greater traction in being justifiably acknowledged by the medical community and, earning respect from those who may not believe in Universal energies/ hands on healing/ nor metaphysical abilities, being real. And thanks to this Divine feminine dark goddess personification’s growing legion of devotees steadfastness, even though condemned and called a cult by the mainstream Catholic church, continues to grow. Referring to her as a folk saint/ deity/ patroness of death, her name is Nuestra Señora de la Santa/ Muerte Santisima or Our Lady of Holy Death/ Holiest Death. Commonly referred to as simply Santa Muerte, mistakenly depicted as the female Grim Reaper – whom ironically originated during a medieval European pandemic called the Black Death (aka the bubonic plague) which was not entirely dissimilar to the turmoil many are now experiencing, with hourglass in one hand, scythe/ global in the other hand/ and owl by her feet. Just as Reiki practitioners are able to offer at the very least, stress relief/ reduction, which at this time is paramount in dealings of the day to day amidst a so-called global turmoil.
It is believed Santa Muerte is an embodiment of Mictecacihuatl, the ‘Lady of the Dead’, an Indigenous goddess ruling the Aztec underworld. Modern adaptions of Santa Muerte are said to have originated in Ecatepec, Mexico embraced and followed by millions of Latin Americans while spreading throughout United States, and the rest of the world at a rapid incline. Believed to have grown to well over 10 million devotees presently, with no signs of slowing down.
How do we perceive Death?
However, this topic is directly relative to consciousness or lack there of. As this is the one topic, we all share in common, regardless of status, race, gender, or any duality bias we embrace to justify countless human rights violations. As for some death is an end of a life, period. For others death is simply a transition, as in birth-life-death-rebirth, and the feminine power/ force of positive change, growth, renewal, and overall wholeness/ healing similar to the outcome Reiki may offer. Death itself is not as controversial as our shared misunderstanding of the role of death affecting how we live our lives fearlessly and with positive purpose, which is where Santa Muerte comes in.
Offering relief in times of need
Whether to end fear of death or for the death of fears/suffering, and to embrace a brighter future, all that is required is faith and awareness for the best ways of interacting with a folk saint like her. Starting with intentions of open-mindedness, respect/ gratitude/ love, just like with Reiki, in prayers/ meditations/ deeds, only difference is in offerings left for Santa Muerte on an altar/ shrine, which includes her favourites: cigars/ cigarettes and/ or their smoke blown upon her likeness (in the form of statuette, amulet/talisman – pendants/ pictures, alcohol (especially) tequila and rum, chocolate, perfume, soda pop, water, flowers (any flowers), cash (any currency/ denomination), candy, bread, and Sandalwood incense just to name the most common offerings.
She also corresponds to colors with candle magick practices and there are Santa Muerte candles and statuettes (colours corresponding) to assist those seeking help with pretty much all of life’s challenges. Santa Muerte is available much like Reiki, and invoked, as easily as Reiki energies are activated to flow. And just as developments continue to be made regarding how to utilize both of the unique energies’ of Reiki and Santa Muerte in offering relief in times of need and through ongoing experimental applications for positive outcomes, both Reiki and Santa Muerte similarly continue to grow.
Article by Writeously
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Writeously is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, a shamanic practitioner, and an avid (Yoruba-inspired) Spiritual practitioner. He shares powerful, daily astrologically-aligned, herbal magick/aromatherapy and also serves as functional wisdom. He makes it an integral part of his overall intentional daily continuous seeking/studies/practitionership.