When I see a shadow on the ground, I can dig around and into it to learn about it. I can sit by the side and watch it change, move or disappear. I can look up and see that it was a leaf, a cloud, a bird, the movement of wind across the canopy of a tree, that cast its reflection as a shadow. Mind moves. Did the shadow create the reflection? Did my movement create the movement of the cloud? What came first – the proton or the watcher?
I cannot presume that I have learned about the shadow, the reflection, the tree, the cloud, the wind, the movement unless I have seen all of them, and then looked into the one who is watching. Even then I do not know, for the movements of my mind, the unfoldment of my consciousness is working on that shadow, that reflection, the elements that have gone into the making of that micro-event in a macro cosmos.
At one stage, I become still. I become the silence. There is nothing to describe what happens then.
As we are unfolding into Reiki, the universal energy that has unknowable number of meanings, the Reiki community is researching the history of Reiki’s advance into the world. It is known now, thanks to intrepid researcher – adventurers who have gone to Sensei Usui’s birth country of Japan, and learnt its language, that there is a history of Reiki as it spread from Hawaii into the world, and there is another history of Reiki as it spread within Japan. In Japan, it spread as Usui Reiki Ryoho, a method of inviting happiness, of self-unfoldment, of healing. In the rest of the world, it spread as Usui Shiki Ryoho, a method of healing self and others by a daily practice of laying on of hands. We have not even begun to know about other schools of Reiki, which other teachers have learned, but there is a little movement in the wind about that. As my father would say – a little bird told me.
Europeans have always been adventurous, and wonderful Reiki Master Frank Arjava Petter first brought to our attention that Reiki as it spread outside Japan was possibly not the way that Sensei Usui had taught it. After him, others have ventured and learned from Japanese masters, and slowly we are unfolding into the history of Reiki. In Triorigin theory of Professor Park Jae Woo, the venturing forth, uncovering new facts, is Hetero energy.
The conditioned, educated mind has also the energy of Homo, the compiler that can categorize and organize, and then set in stone, much as one of Sensei Usui’s senior student-disciples set in stone what we call the Reiki precepts, the Reiki Principles.
The secret art of inviting happiness. The miraculous medicine of all diseases…
Stirring words. Deeply moving. Simply profound.
Reiki is in this world. It has always been, since it is universal, and transcends space and time. In that its roots, as the roots of all life, are in Neuto, the soul, the immovable, unknowable. It has spread as a system that can heal and be taught, that has levels, and labels, and it has broken through many barriers to reach as many people as possible. It has many names now and many faces, some uniformity and some spreading. All who practice it, know it comes from the Divine by whatever name we call that unknowable source of all. So, Reiki has the Neutro in it – the energy that has all the other energies in it: the expansive Hetero, the contracting Homo, the harmonizing Neutro.
Every teacher has felt it: whatever we teach, is received by different students in different ways. Each student has felt it: whatever we learn, keeps changing, growing, expanding, solidifying. We forget much because we may not even have attended to everything the teacher conveyed. We uncover new truths because knowledge and information does not have one source; its source is not anything in this world. It is not books, it is not words, it is not a teacher. The source of truth is the unknowable becoming known. The process of knowing is within. Even the process of learning is within.
Every translator knows that much is lost in translation, transliteration and bringing a cultural sensitivity to the words that are used.
Every historian knows that language changes with the passage of time. Our great-grandmothers may be surprised that a ‘gay’ person has needed to fight for rights, because gay to them was a word that has no synonym. It reflects itself in happiness, jollity, light-heartedness….
Every master who teaches to, and not at a student, who looks into the eyes of the student, and senses what is needed to be taught, and Sensei Usui was such a master, knows the words, attunements, and manner to use in order to initiate a new level of awakening in the student. In this, both unfold: the master, and the student and thus all around them. It is a sacred meeting, this attunemeent, and it can be described but it cannot be fully known to another. Even the participants cannot fully know what has transpired for it is the unknowable source of all that is attuning and getting attuned.It is the elephant that cannot be known unless we go all around it and then step back and see it, really see it, and then close our eyes and just be.
Right now as you are, who around you fully knows you and what you are doing or teaching? Haven’t you yourself forgotten some of your sayings and writings? People often quote me back to me and I don’t even remember the words that have inspired them for years. They may have come out of my mouth, but perhaps they had been drawn out by their own need. The channel stays clear, and that means, also of history and remembering.
When you speak to a student, to a child, to a friend, a colleague, a boss, a spouse, a stranger – what language do you use? What words? Knowingly and unknowingly you say what you feel the other will understand, or what will help them to get the meaning that you want to convey. Don’t you speak slower when speaking to someone who is just learning your language? And if that student teaches another what you have taught them, are they conveying your full message, or parsing what they got from you to what they feel the other will ‘get’? You see? This is the beautiful way in which the river flows, adapting to the ground, the lay of the land, the play of the elements.
Let’s go back to that reflection on a shadow. When we study history, we are studying as if its set in stone, the passing of the Sensei’s teaching. We feel that he ‘was’ but actually he ‘is’. If he spoke to you of the metaphysical in physical terms, how would he convey the grandeur of the energy landscape within you? If he felt you’re a child, and would get overwhelmed by the entire created universe, would he not show you first the river, then its source, then the ocean where it falls? Would he not then show you the vapors that fall as rain and the ones that rise into the cloud and then more and more and more the entire world in which you are?
That is how Sensei Usui can teach you. Even in his human self, he was one who traveled, read much and was familiar with knowledge and cultures beyond his birth. As the world is growing and changing, we still find his teachings relevant, perhaps even more so that when we first encountered them. He is still teaching you.
Let’s step into the shadow of the reflection of the world of energy. The meridians that flow as rivers, the chakras that spin as wheels, the nadis that spiral, the vessels of hara ~ these are all words that help us to glimpse that immensity of the universe that is within. It is not within you and me, it is not in our bodies, it is. In the love that prevails in this world, we can sense this, we can feel this, we can know this.
Even the Sensei is a reflection of the reality, just as we are. For what you ‘get’ from him and about him is from the shadows of his reality. If you feel he was, you have already cast him into stone, one who is deathless for he is, and he is showing and teaching and unfolding just as we are.
I love when I see Reiki masters talk about their own unfolding, share what they have learned, go into what Usui taught and how each of his students changed the direction of the teaching. I love even more when they begin to say, as Frans Stiene did recently – let’s just go beyond whether this system is right or that one. For Reiki is not this or that. It is not an academic subject. It just is, and none can tell you when you are in the thrall of its wonder that what you feel is real or not.
Sensei Usui is smiling. Can you feel it? Reiki is love, it comes in smile, it flows and is still.
Expand into Reiki Consciousness~ a meditation
You are walking with Sensei. He has slowed down his walk, to match his walk to yours. And so you meet, as fellow travelers. You are behind, and realize that he is slowing down so you can walk together. Walk slower, you say, and he does, for a while. You are focused on keeping up, and walk faster to match his walk.
You pause, walk on, divert, and are on your own path. When you come back, you realize you can try to follow him, or come from the opposite side, and meet him face to face. This meeting is wonderful, and consciousness expands.
Your mind is somewhere, your feet elsewhere, and you walk the earth with thoughts of space and breath keeping pace sometimes with thought, sometimes with your legs. And then Sensei has walked on, and his form is now further and further, and you begin to focus not on him, but on your walk.
Then it all comes together – breath, thoughts, body, and you are not walking, he is not walking. The walk is happening.
Reiki is not a system. Reiki is consciousness that is, has always been and always will. It is freely available to all who seek, and that is why anyone who has tried to bind or own it has not succeeded in that venture, and yet, has not been injured by that attempt either. The compassion of Reiki is infinite.You may become aware of it as a healing technique, as a Japanese technique with unfamiliar words, as symbols, hand movements fixed or fluid; as a way of meditation, harmony,peace, happiness. You may experience it as a teacher, a student, a patient, a healer. You may feel it flowing in hara, through chakras, as meridians or aura. You can approach it linearly, in an academic way or in wordless ways. You will feel it in joy, in serenity, in smile. Keep expanding your sense. Sensei .
In the smile of loving light,
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