What really makes you beautiful, and how is Reiki involved in that?
You've heard the saying, "Beauty is more than skin deep." And you probably know someone who is not physically beautiful but who turns heads wherever she goes. Someone who's a magnet for friends and admirers.
What does she have that you don't have? Nothing essential. But she knows how to embody her essence, how to reveal her essence. Maybe she doesn't even know she's doing it – but she is, and that's why people are so attracted to her.
In my previous article, I recommended Reiki as one of the very best beauty treatments anyone can have. The reason is, Reiki brings out your essence, it brings out the real You. And the real You is what's beautiful.
What is Reiki?
Nowadays Reiki is seen by many people as a relaxation treatment, a way of de-stressing. Sort of a massage-without-the-massage (Reiki is typically done with the recipient lying on a massage table, fully clothed, and the Reiki practitioner's hands either placed gently on the body or held slightly above it).
Hawayo Takata, the Japanese-American woman who brought Reiki to America from Japan in 1937, saw Reiki as a way of healing illness. She had gone to Japan from Hawai'i, intending to have surgery for severe health conditions of her own, and had been healed by Reiki instead. She returned to America and, through her and her students, Reiki spread around the world as a method of healing.
For Mikao Usui, the founder of what became known as Reiki, the method was primarily focused on spiritual awakening, Self-realization. Usui himself called it "a method for achieving personal perfection" (though he acknowledged the inevitable healing effects of it).
So ... what is this thing that is simultaneously a beauty treatment, a relaxing, de-stressing treatment, a way of healing illness, and a lifelong practice of Self-realization?
Plugging into the real You
After receiving my first Reiki initiation (1991) I felt that Reiki was like an "extension cord" (those were the words that came to mind) connecting me to my Real Self. I felt suddenly much more at home in my body and in the world than I had before. In the Reiki class, we were taught that Reiki was a cosmic (and not really understood) energy that came to us from above ... and that it came down through the head, to the heart, and went from there through the arms to the hands, and emerged from the palms. And that, when we gave someone a Reiki treatment, this cosmic energy of Reiki was flowing from our palms into the body of the other person.
This is how the working of Reiki is still described by most Reiki practitioners and teachers, as far as I know. But I feel this is not what actually happens. During my years of Reiki practice, my initial feeling of being connected to the Real Self has been confirmed many times – by my experiences and also by information from other sources. And, at some point, I dropped the concept of the extension cord, because I realized that my Real Self is not somewhere outside of my human body. No extension cord is needed – because my Self, my Source, is within every physical particle of me. Within the physical dimension is the spiritual dimension, which creates the physical...!
Rather than the concept of Reiki being some unknown cosmic energy that comes to us from above, it is defined much more precisely by a Japanese understanding. In this understanding, everything starts with God or Spiritual Essence:
Shin = God or Spiritual Essence (we can also use the word "Source")
Shin-ki = God-energy, Source-energy (in the spiritual dimension)
Rei-ki = literally "Spirit-energy" (though it's in the physical dimension)
Eventually I came to realize that all of these are within us. Shin and Shin-ki are in the spiritual dimension, within every particle of physical matter. Without them, the physical matter does not exist. And Rei-ki is the first and most-subtle manifestation of Shin-ki in the physical realm. This is how and why the energetic vibration of Reiki connects us to our true Self and our Source.
When we're in the vibrational state of Reiki, we accelerate the flow of Source-energy from within us. It enters the physical dimension (as Reiki) and radiates outward. It fills our body and continues radiating outward through the space around us. Then, when we place our hands on someone else, our Reiki not only radiates to them, but their own state of Reiki is activated from within. Source-energy pours into them from within and radiates outward...!
This activation of the Real Self or the Source within us is what brings about all the effects: It relaxes us, removes our stress, gives us a more beautiful and youthful appearance, accelerates physical (including mental and emotional) healing and spiritual awakening. And, by bringing out the real You (your inner beauty), Reiki can turn-on your personal magnetism, attracting more good things and good people into your life.
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