Q&A: Is Positive Thinking a Substitute for Reiki?

You need to prepare during daylight, to be able to light the way when it gets dark.

You need to prepare during daylight, to be able to light the way when it gets dark.

I’m not practicing Reiki From long time but always in a positive mindset and also accepting my negative side too. I mean definitely fear, anger strike but i regain my energies quickly. Is this fine or do I have to practice Reiki?

It depends on a few factors:

Your aim in life

If your aim is to simply just go from day to day feeling mostly positive, then yes, it is completely fine what you are doing. If your aim is to unravel your self, get deeply in touch with yourself and heal on very deep levels, then this won’t get you anywhere. It is important to be aware which one you want, because the second option may not leave you feeling very balanced for long periods in time when ‘the shit hits the fan’.

Your story in this life

Some people come to experience intense transformation and if this the the case with you, then you will not be allowed to remain in this illusion of balance for very long. Life will eventually throw you apart till you are forced to take up a serious spiritual practice and turn inwards.

On the other hand some people come to take a ‘break’ after a series of difficult lives. Such people usually have smooth sailing through this life and no intense issues ever come up. In a state like this, a regular spiritual sadhana would have facilitated easier passage through future lives, but people going through such lives are rarely interested just as people rarely want to meditate during a break, they just want to have fun.

Sadhana is for the miserable

I think almost every religion outlines that people forget about God when the going is good and only remember to pray when life is hard. It is the unfortunate reality of life. When we are happy, we forget that hard times can exist. When things are going well, everyone wants to take credit for themselves, and imagine that things are smooth because they’ve finally figured life out or because they’ve learned how to solve the problems life has presented. Life does have a very interesting way of letting people create and believe in their fantasies. Sometimes it comes and breaks them, and these people I consider extremely lucky, because they’re the only ones that get the opportunity to learn true compassion, to learn that they are not their thoughts, and most important of all, that there are no insurances against difficulties in life, and that you can work hard in a direction all your life only to lose everything just before the end, and it is still worth investing anyway.

In my limited experience

I frequently come across healers and other people who like to believe that they’ve found a short-cut that works, or that they are above the system, i.e. they don’t need to practice daily and they’ll do just fine. Like I mentioned, this is an illusion life lets you have depending on your story, but either this means that you will go through life making shallow progress and never exploring your full potential, or if you’re lucky, it is only a matter of time before you see your life and ideas crumbling. These are nothing but excuses that are woven out of ignorance and laziness. I’m sorry if that sounded harsh.

I have learned that there is no substitute for regular Reiki practice, or at least a regular spiritual sadhana if you are under the guidance of a guru. (I mention Reiki OR guru here because I find that among systems that can be practiced without the guidance of a guru, Reiki can guide and protect a person far more than any other system. For every other spiritual pathway I have come across with the exception of Bhakti yoga, I believe that a guru is essential if one wants to make real progress.) But then not everyone wants to be on a spiritual pathway, it is by no means an easy road.

Author of ‘Healing Through Reiki’, Ashwita learned Reiki in 1997, and started teaching it in 2006. She now incorporates other forms of energy healing, as well as hypnotherapy and past life therapy in her work. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafts, reading and painting.

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