(01-10-2017, 11:26 PM)Aion Wrote: I am also in the Furomoto lineage although I have not had the pleasure of meeting him and there are a few degrees of separation, such as through William Rand. I agree with what you are saying here, also having experience with the same martial arts and Qi gong. The purpose of the initiation is essentially to increase the flow from the crown and to elevate the flow from the root. I was taught that the symbols aren't even really necessary if you have a strong enough intention, however I differ slightly in that I do not think they are different from any other magical symbols and that the symbols are significant in the transmission as I consider them to be a physical concentrating mechanism for Reiki as well. I view them as their own individual entities rather than merely being purely a functional aspects of the practitioner and are 'alive' in their own right. You could probably do an initiation without the symbols though and still get the same effect I imagine.
However, it is absolutely simple and very easy to access and understand. I think Reiki is very fundamentally a very universal 'white' magical practice when it is used honestly with genuine intent that is designed for its simplicity to be able to be used by many.
There are of course many different healing techniques which use the universal energy as their modus operandi so I definitely agree that it may not even be what you need to pursue a path of healing, it is simply 'available' in the world, but you might have an even more effective path before you that you have not seen yet. I am sure you will discover much on whichever path you choose to take. Speaking to Glow I mean.
ooops... I wasn't saying I'm in her (Furumoto) lineage...
Mikao Usui -> Chujiro Hayashi -> Hawayo Takata -> (Rev) Beth Gray -> Beverly Bultitude -> Me
also wasn't saying the symbols aren't important - from my learning they are very important - but not in the same energetic way
of talismans and sigils - (in my experience)
I don't know how to describe the difference in the "feel" of the energy of Reiki symbols to other systems that use symbols...
I agree that in a sense they serve the function of a 'focussing of intent' to achieve a given thing (you describe it as a "a physical concentrating mechanism"
) - and for example I've never needed to use (the symbol) to 'contact a persons higher self/subconscious mind' because (after asking permission) I get that connection/information already - without having to use that symbol.... but the other 2 basic ones - 'power symbol' and 'calling in' symbol - I use regularly
Yes so 'easy' to access and understand - (children can be initiated)...
as to: " a very universal 'white' magical practice when it is used honestly with genuine intent"
my comment is:
it can't be used dishonestly
- it has a built in fail safe - being 'Light/Love' the very nature of it can't be used for nefarious or negative intent. (I'm sure you know this of course - I just want to confirm that - as your wording seems unclear (?) )
(That's the wonderful thing about the original form and the concern about the modified forms/distortions.)
Also, I see it as beyond "white" even - (and yet 'neutral' doesn't describe it either).. it's balance/restorative.. 'illuminative', resolutive
Disease is the absence of light (darkness) and 'Reiki' is 'Light' shining onto/into and transmuting/transforming/lighting 'up'.
(This is why sometimes a person can feel a bit worse before feeling better, because the 'darkness' is being 'uncovered' ('shone light on') for examining and then transforming.
(For example) a feeling of sadness can occur if that is the most healing result at that point.
I've had people start to cry and then even weep - but it's helped them so much
to release that pain through feeling it
- acknowledging it - moving through it, and 'out the other side'. Or the ailment worsens a bit then stops - the pain increases and then lessens... etc etc...
I don't relate to the word magickal, mostly because Reiki's eastern cultural origin doesn't use that European word/concept. Though it is 'amazing' mysterious - wondrous - otherworldly.
I see it connected to an ideologically and energetically neutral actuality
- ie: more scientific (Physics)/martial arts, related - and this is why *anyone* - atheist, nun, doctor, new age practitioner, vet, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jew, Mormon, Catholic priest, politician, agnostic, Coco the Clown, etc can be initiated, channel it and have their own individual understanding of 'it'....
(I once wrote: "science and magick are the same thing just viewed from different hilltops.")
To help explain Reiki to people I sometimes liken it to the 'Force' in StarWars :
("It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.")
But imo it's even more than this... It (sort of) is
the 'Everything' that we will merge with 'behind the veil'.
There are dozens of quotes from Ra that I could collect to help me express the ineffable state that I'm trying to explain - describe...
but... they're there for the finding another day....
thanks for the discussion Aion and Glow (and All)
btw: if anyone would like Usui Reiki 'sent' to them - pm me with a pic of you or your name
I'm happy to share - if the request is respectful and I have some spare time
nb: fyi - Reiki can't be imposed on anyone/thing - as it requires permission energetically
. If the higher self of an entity refuses the 'Reiki' it won't/can't flow.