I have been a Reiki healer since the spring of 1987, when I was Attuned as Reiki First Degree, and then Second Degree in the fall. In 1997, I became a Reiki Master Teacher, and began teaching in the fall of 2002.
And this weekend, I will become a Master again – a Shinpiden level 3.
So why am i doing this? My only reason is that it feels right. It’s been pushing at me, intriguing me, in my face for quite some time.
Bronwen and Frans Stiene are currently living in Australia, but spent time in many places with Reiki, studying the original Japanese roots established by Mikao Usui. They have written a number of books about Japanese Reiki and the differences between what was taught then, and what is taught now, especially in America, where there have been many additions and adaptations. In their books, there is a real bias toward Japanese Reiki, and a fairly negative attitude toward everything else, all the accretions that have crept in over these more than 150 years.
That was one of the reasons I didn’t want to do it. To me, all Reiki is good, every which way. And I have made my own adaptations, which I pass on to my students. The other is my own bias against being taught anything. I am a very self- motivated learner, and get excited digging up my own learnings and understandings. As soon as you / a teacher starts to tell me anything, I start mentally – and often outright verbally – arguing with you about it.
I still remember English 101 when I was 18 or 19. The assignment was to write about the Bronze Age – was it or was it not a good time to be living? I was, of course, the only person in class who wrote that it was a terrific time, and laid out all the reasons why. (And so I graduated college from a University Without Walls in 1985.)
But I am finding that have Frans leading the large class – 22! students – is a very different experience than reading his books (none of which I have completed). He is open, flexible, an excellent listener and question-answerer, with a quirky and low-key sense of humor.
The journey continues tomorrow and Sunday. I’ll keep you posted.