Almost 25 years ago, I received my first degree in Usui Reiki. It was, to me, and my friends, absolutely unheard of. To achieve your Master level, the cost was still $10,000. Reiki has certainly come a very long way, inspiring a whole new genre of healers. I know many people, in and out of, my shamanic world, who are practitioners, and some, are also, teachers of Reiki.
My first introduction to Reiki, was just before I was introduced to Shamanism. At the time I experienced Reiki, I knew it was going to be the “second” part of my three pieces I needed to be “who I was meant to be”. If only it had all been that simple… but I am getting ahead of myself. My first experience receiving a Reiki treatment, was not at all a pleasant one. I remember it clearly, I received it on the Friday night of the weekend course. After the treatment, I felt really dirty. I even asked the hostess (a very new friend) if I could take a shower. She balked, an expression that still makes me giggle, when I bring it to my memory’s eyes. Skipping forward to when I got home, I was able to bathe. The water was, honestly, black. It looked as though I had pieces of soot in my tub. I was pretty young, and this was my first formal introduction to any kind of energetic healing. I was, to put it mildly, a bit freaked out. How did I go from the person who showered in the morning, to one covered in soot which came off my skin, and hence visible, only in water, by evening? I had no explanation, and neither, did my teacher. I steered clear of the person who had delivered to me my first treatment the rest of the weekend.
I pondered two different possible explanations: I received such powerful Reiki it burned away my ‘shell’, or my protections worked over-time, and burnt to ashes, what was being put onto my body. I know I picked up a strange feeling about the person, the moment I saw them. Do I have an absolute answer to what happened? No. Do I need one? Not anymore. It was what it was. Positive or negative does not really matter. I tuned into a healing energy that could move through my hands. Healing hands, I have learnt more about, and worked with, countless times throughout the years.
It took many years along my journey before I started to hear this term “Reiki shamanism” or “Reiki drumming”. I admit I was perplexed. I can be, in my mind, a purist … which is truly just an ego justification (a whole other story) to “my way” of practicing shamanism. I had to check this out. The Reiki drumming, I was introduced to, was to empower the drum with a Reiki symbol, and, then drum over top, of a person seeking… whatever they were seeking. Healing… Relaxation…Journeys. I found it to be an interesting marriage of the two modalities. Reiki Shamanism was a challenge to me to fully accept.
However, this is my true heart belief… my Truth is not your Truth, and your Truth, is not my Truth. I can no more judge a person’s experience, any more than I would accept, someone else placing value, on my experience, for me. I believe Reiki has become one of the breakthrough healing methods. A bridge medicine. Certain hospitals are recognizing the value of Reiki, and as such, are adding it, in some way, to their regular hospital care.
I was clearing a house, in 2015, of a particular sticky spirit. I went back a second time, and the son of the elderly couple, a catholic priest, had joined us. He and I were talking spirituality, (which I have to admit, I was being pretty playful and impish… he however, was not) and he confessed to me, Reiki was of the devil and part of “that occult stuff”. So, for all of our inroads, we still have so far to go!
I stopped at Level 2. Reiki did what it was intended to do, open my hands. It is a distinct energy, I can tell the subtle difference, in my hands, when it is specifically stepping forward. I find that it generally comes on, when the person who has come to see me, is very familiar with it, and mentions it, during our brief meeting. I wonder if the Reiki spirits are coming through, to make my patient more comfortable, or were they called by the person, intentionally. I don’t really wonder the why, I go with the flow (pun intended). It is a complementary medicine, to my medicine.
I call upon Reiki, after I have been asked to perform an Extraction. One of my friends, who helps me during Extractions, is Badger. My patients have reported to me, feeling a long set of claws moving through their body. It sounds painful, however Power Animal claws have ways of not leaving physical traces, like. Ya’know… gouges. However, tongue no longer in cheek, when Reiki energy comes through my hands, it often feels like a soothing balm. Having my hands turned on with gentle feelers, helps to detect more subtle energy trapped, or held, in the body, of a patient. Badger helps to clear the room, subtle hands can then feel for “ the way deep”, the roots of an issue, if there are any left. Tendrils of energy can be left behind, too small and fine to be caught in the digger claws of Badger. Gentle hands move in to scoop, and clear the roots away. Reiki and shamanic extraction work well together. Reiki, and the shamanic journey, work well together.
I have led small healing circles, in which the intention, is to send healing energy to someone else. With their permission, of course. There are many ways to do this, here are two of mine.
- The first method is combined with gentle drumming in the back ground, & a stone, or object, is passed to each person. With their hands, they flow the intention decided upon, into the stone. I also encourage people to breath into the stone, to enliven it. The stones have been used during surgeries. Patients have had nurses tape it to their legs for the procedure. Others have used theirs as healing objects after they have had their procedure, or during the course of treatment.
- The second method, is to have a surrogate in the room, for the person requesting healing energy. The surrogate journeys to the person requesting healing (or shapeshifts into them, if they have permission, not really recommended, but potent). The members of the circle are sitting in a circle flowing energy out of them into the surrogate. Many circle participants, over the years, have used Reiki. The journeyer, then transmits the energy to the receiver. In whatever manner it seems appropriate for the surrogate. I have had surrogates who have transmitted the energy they received using Reiki, into the requestor, while in the journey.
Since shamanism is the oldest of the old, and there is no such thing as pure (silly ego of mine), it makes sense that somehow, some way, the energy of this ancient practice, has come to the West. It never, ever hurts to incorporate a medicine which provides comfort and healing. For some, Reiki is not their friend. I have had more than one person give me accounts of unfavorable experiences. So, I say again, my Truth is not your Truth, nor is your Truth, my Truth. Shamanism is not for everyone. Reiki is not for everyone. Certainly reiki shamanism is not for everyone. But for some, the two are inseparable.