Evolution of Reiki

Reiki is a profound energy healing modality.  As a Reiki master in Toronto, I am actively adding to the Reiki modality.  Many Reiki practitioners don’t know that Reiki originates from the Japanese martial art Aikido that was popularized in North America by actor Steven Segal.  In 1988, Steven Segal starred in a semi bio film entitled “Above The Law” in which he described watching an Aikido master effortlessly throw people.  Aikido is based on a spiritual practice of grounding oneself and flowing and countering energy through movement and pivoting force.

Reiki for me has come alive with my martial arts training.  Just as attention and awareness is sharpened in martial arts competitions, so too has my energy awareness in Reiki. The grounding to the earth prior to conducting a Reiki treatment has prevented me from being “sucked in” to people’s issues that show up energetically.  Grounding is a combination of energetic and mental focus.  The mind must remain calm and balanced to receive energetic impressions on subtle energies.

The other awareness that I have developed is a sense of flow.  Aikido is predominantly focused on flow of energy through movement.  Similarly, I seem to seek that same sense of flow in my day to day life.  Every moment is unique and I strive to honour each moment as they present themselves.  A true master healer will never truly feel that their training is complete.  Each moment contains the possibility of love and I often encourage people in my spiritual mentorship practise to find the love during stressful events.  Love can take on self-preservation, or it can be about protecting love ones.  The most daring way to use love to understand the energy behind stressful events and people out of integrity.

Distill the love, even just a little, and you may find your personal fulcrum in both healing and life.

Kundalini Vs Reiki Vs Innate

I have been asked many times during my seminars the difference between Reiki energy and Kundalini energy.  Let us start with understanding that there are many different energies that exist both within and around our body.  There is the corporeal physical body, the mental body, the emotional body, the psychic body, the innate (electromagnetic), and the Kundalini (electromagnetic), and the shamanic or dream body.  From my experience, Reiki energy therapy connects with the psychic body, the physical body, and the mental body.  This is not to say that Kundalini energy is completely excluded from reiki, but generally, it flows from within the physical body instead reiki which is derived and channeled from an outside source.  The electromagnetic field of the innate is also an internally derived system.

Reiki is channeled from the idea of a source field that a practitioner opens themselves up to.  This field is a high frequency, and has a profound elevating effect on the both the practitioner and the client.  For issues such as fear and anxiety, or emotional issues trapped in the body, reiki can have a profound impact.

Kundalini is usually linked to tantric sex practices which deal with the raising of sexual energies up the spine to stimulate the pineal gland for awareness, and then fall to the heart to stimulate the sense of oneness with a partner.  Kundalini starts off in the prostate for men, and the G-spot for women.  This is what I call the Lower Pineal gland.  This lower pineal gland creates the energy of electrical excitement that in the lay person experiences a desire for sexual release.  If this release is denied, the raising up of this energy the spine ignites each vertebrae to ring like keys on a piano.  The harmony of the ringing spine combined with the raising of energy up the spine raises to the brainstem which directly connects with the pineal gland.  The spine becomes a bit of an antennae for energy and can pull in energy as well and push energy.

As the pineal becomes electrified, heightened perceptual awareness increases tenfold. As the pineal becomes activate in the presence of a partner (with an activated pineal), the energetic awareness falls down to the heart and is experienced as love.

The innate energy is a field that sits between 6 to 12 inches from our body.  It is a field that is the sum total of energy from the cells of DNA.  It can only be accessed through the heart, the pineal, or the lower pineal gland.  The innate is a closed system that although it responds to our words and feelings, it has its own agenda in our life.  Our innate is also related to the aging process, so in youthing practices, it must be accessed to shift the health of our DNA.

All of these subjects are covered in my Energy Activation Seminars.

Reiki and Chi-Kung

 

Reiki and Chi-Kung are both Eastern Asian forms of energy transmutation.  On the surface, they might seem similar, but they are entirely different.  This article will explore the differences and discuss how they can be combined together for practitioners to have the most balanced approach.

Reiki therapists open themselves up to universal energy.  This energy flows from the ethers, through the body of the Reiki practitioner, and culminates in the body and auric field of the client.  Reiki energy feels like the idea of light streaming in from above, around, and centering both in the physical, and energetic.  This Reiki energy flows into the practitioner through the higher chakras such as the crown, head, throat, and heart.  This is very different from Chi-Kung.  A Chi-Kung master draws this energy from the ground into their body through the feet into the lower Dan Tien (lower energy center encompassing the sacrum to the diaphragm).  Chi-Kung was designed as an adjunct to Kung-Fu.  One definition of Chi-Kung is “Internal Kung-Fu.”  Masters of Chi-Kung would draw the energy up from the earth and into their feet and circle this energy like the spinning of a ball in their midsection.  In martial arts, this energy is focused by intent into strikes and blocks.  For the healing aspects of Chi-Kung, namely the health and wellbeing therapeutics, breathing and movements would flow this Dan Tian energy to organs for balance and longevity.  Various forms of breathing, stretching, and movement is the foundation of Chi-Kung for therapeutics.  In Chi-Kung, there are specific hand positions that direct the flow of energy throughout the body.  One the points used was the thumb touching at the base of the ring finger, and this was to help tolerate pain and physical strain.

uechi hand

 

This tolerating pain finger position exists in martial arts physical conditioning.  In Uechi-Ryu Karate, this is one of the energetic connections that the advanced students would use while we were punched, kicked, and struck with sticks.  This connection is just one of many used in martial arts.  Ninjutsu has many laced finger combinations that, combined with a circulation of Chi throughout the body, was able to help awaken this pineal gland, resist pain, and cause other desired connections.  These are examples of Ninjutsu hand positions that grew out of the knowledge from Chi-Kung and Chinese medicine:

 

ninja hands

The overall goal of Chi-Kung is the centering and rolling of the energy in the Dan Tien, and flowing this energy throughout the body to organs and transferred to others.  In Reiki this would be calling in the lower chakras from the root (sacrum) to the third chakra (solar plexus).

Reiki, by contrast, is the opening up of the self to higher frequencies of energy and the channeling of this energy into the self and others.  The fundamental goal of both of these energy practices are identical, but the focus behind them are different.  Reiki was not designed as a martial art.  Usui Reiki was designed only for the healing of self and others. In Reiki, this might be why the lower energy chakras of the practitioner had not been believed to be important.  I have found that my sense of grounding is essential when doing any energy therapy.  Shamanism that originates in the ancient traditions of the first nations community also uses the idea of deep grounding before doing healing work.  In Shamanism, the balancing of the body is the coordination of the upper energy center (head, neck, and shoulders) and the lower (tailbone to mid thoracic area).

When I begin a Reiki session, I combine both ideologies or Reiki and Chi-Kung.  I open up all of my seven chakra points in sequence from the crown to the base, followed by a rooting into the earth and a drawing up of Chi energy into my Dan Tian.  I connect the “heavenly circuit” which is the tip of my tongue on the roof of the mouth (behind the teeth).  When I am full centered, my hands ignite with energy.

There is a lot of benefit to studying both of these modalities.

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Emotional Pain In The Joints

Let us talk about pain.  Sometimes, a new client will arrive for a Reiki session to help them relax or counteract the toll that anxiety has on their body, mind, and soul. As part of my intake procedure, I ask many questions to refine their emotional imbalance need down to a core issue. Emotional pain can often relate to a body part.

  • Fear is in the knees,
  • decision making is in the ankles,
  • ego pressure shows up in the elbows,
  • spine is about support,
  • the neck is usually about the will,
  • shoulders are about carrying burdens.

Let’s say that a person comes in with a chronic back issue.  After a bit of conversation, it turns out that they are also in a relationship where they feel unsupported- materially, emotionally, financially or any other definition of support.  No matter how many chiropractic treatments, massages, or physical therapy, the pain always returns.   During this conversation, I usually tune into many different layers relating to the pain they are looking to release.  This level of detail is incredibly important because the treatment always fits the cause.  A physical cause will heal through a physical means.  Emotional pain in joints is always treatable in an emotional way.  As the conversation continues, the treatment unfolds.

As a child, we have the crying mechanism to recover from all types of pain.  This natural release is not always necessary as an adult.  Don’t get me wrong.  Crying happens when certain issues and memories flood into focus.  I use modalities that are appropriate for each case such as Active Memory Technique from BodyTalk, yogic breathing techniques, and Ho’oponopono from Hawaiian Kahuna practice. The particular therapy seems not to be as important as the fact that the mind and the heart have done something in the direction of healing.  I like to call this a “permission slip” to quote one of my favorite gurus.  Emotional people cry, intellectuals need to talk and reason, and kinesthetic people usually need a hug.  We are all a combination of these personality types.

The emotional heart can heal and forgive almost anything if it is relied upon to function as a release mechanism. No matter what we have experienced, the heart will keep on beating.