Well I think everyone already knows that none of us are perfect! (Except for my two dogs and my cat…and all of your animals! Our animals are of course perfect! Oh, and of course God is perfect!) But sometimes our fear that we have to be perfect, can stop us from doing what we desire and what we are truly meant to do. Remembering this about ourselves, can help us however, instead of paralyzing us. When I decided to ramp up my Reiki healing practice by creating a website, those same tapes played in my head “I’m not good enough; what do I have to offer that hasn’t already been done; As a healer, don’t I have to be perfect? and what if I fail?”
Well the fact is, there are 7 billion people in this world, and there is always room for each and every one of us to reach out in love and healing, in whatever medium we are drawn to serve. So, if you are wondering, “should I learn Reiki?” or some other healing modality, the answer is yes, if you want too. However, it’s also important to realize that there are so many ways to be a healing force in this planet. And no, you don’t have to be perfect to do so. Here are some things to think about that you can do each day, that will send healing energy to every single person that crosses your path. Try smiling and making eye contact; seriously. Think about the times when someone has given you the stinkeye and how that made you feel. Then think about when someone just smiled at you out of the blue, and you thought, wow, that was nice. I love to look at the change on people’s faces when they are deep in their daily doldrum grocery store routine and you smile and say hi, and their whole face lights up! I know when people smile at me, especially a total stranger, I think to myself, “hey, this world isn’t so bad!”
Just doing the best at what you do is enough. You are enough. You are perfect, you are loved and you have every right to be here. Try saying that to yourself every single morning, and add: “I love myself; I am worthy.” This will have profound effects on your life. I believe we are here to lift and support one another on this journey of life. If you are in a situation or around someone that isn’t doing that for you, you can create something new and healing for yourself. Reiki energy healing is one way to help, but there are several other ways, and you should try what resonates with you. And remember, once you start paying attention to energy, you really become in tune with yourself and you are more able to accomplish what it is that you desire. None of us are expected to work through challenging times alone, but so often we do. Reiki healing is a sacred journey, and you will likely experience healing in areas of your life you didn’t even know needed healing! And if you want to learn to do Reiki yourself, so you can offer treatments to your friends, co-workers, or start your own practice, you can do that by learning Reiki I & II, and you are set to go!
Before I close, I also want you to be aware of some things before you choose any healing modality, and with whom you choose to visit, including me. This is also important to keep in mind when you are interacting on a social media platform with any healers, meditation practitioners, or others that may be contributing on social media. These tenants are based on my beliefs and experiences (some of them challenging) and I hope you find this information beneficial. The International Reiki Training Center also has a Code of Ethics, but I have added these additional tenants to my practice that I think are important.
“Discretion” defined: my goal here is to remind people that no one is above you, including healers, priests, pastors, meditation practitioners, etc., and if they speak or act in a way that makes that appearance, approach with caution and consider withdrawing from them and wish them well on their journey. You don’t have time in your life to deal with “ego healers” that is detrimental to the process and our individual and collective healing as spiritual beings.
Do not take your client’s inventory. That is not your place, that is your ego; your client is in charge of their healing; you are on a sacred journey with them; none is elevated above the other; you are both students; you are both teachers.
Do not judge yourself, your client or the situation. That is not your business or your place; allow your client to disagree with you, and support them in their sovereign rights to do what is best for them.
If you are challenged as a healer for something you have said or done, listen with respect and compassion to your client. This is not about you being right as a healer; this is about your client’s healing; You are not omnipotent; you are in service to one another, your planet and the Higher good.
If you have wronged someone, and they have been courageous enough to tell you, please respond with compassion. Responding with “you have completely misunderstood me; my intentions” etc., is cruel and in no way validates that person’s sovereignty and experience. Your intent may be very different from your client's perception; if you have “wronged” someone, especially if they have exposed their vulnerability, and come to you, your role as a healer and a human is to make it right with compassion, understanding and respect. Telling someone “you have mis-perceived” my intent, is your ego speaking, and not your Higher self.
By the same token, if you are personally or professionally attacked as a healer, try to get to the root cause of the perceived “attacker’s” issue and address privately. If you cannot resolve this, stand in your sovereignty, and do not engage in unfruitful discussions; this serves no-one.
And finally, if any healer, teacher, anyone, tells you they “have no ego” run for the hills! They are on the incorrect dimension if they say that, and it begs the idea “he that doth protest too much!” One of our very important goals within this dimension on earth, is to learn to shed the ego. If any healer, meditation teacher, etc., tells you they have no ego, proceed with extreme caution.
Adrienne has been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years with expertise in critical care nursing. She currently is a Reiki Practitioner in her spare time, and works as a Nurse Paralegal full-time. She has been practicing Reiki since 2014.