What changes, Reiki practice or us?
We, the practitioners, change if we practice daily self Reiki diligently. And why wouldn’t we? That’s what a spiritual practice is for, to improve our state so we’re steadier and more content, more willing and able to transform our wrong understanding and heal the undigested emotion lingering within us so we can be happy, clear, and compassionate, regardless the situation.
But spiritual practices also change, if they’re around long enough, and especially if they jump cultures.
How spiritual practices change
Spiritual practices such as meditation and Reiki adapt naturally and with integrity to each culture where they are practiced with diligence.
History gives us a relevant example. As Buddhism spread from northern India throughout Central and East Asia more than a thousand years ago, new forms developed, such as Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. The fact that these forms are practiced alongside the southern Asian Theravada Buddhism and that they all share many common values indicates those changes were adaptive, not arbitrary, that they occurred organically over time, as the practices were carried with respectful gratitude and integrated into different cultures.
Buddhism morphed over centuries, reaching more people while maintaining its core values. We can’t count on that being true for Reiki practice.
The speed with which ideas can now be disseminated makes it much easier for misinformation and arbitrary changes to become fashionable and spread, changes that came from someone’s mind rather than developing organically through diligent practice over time, changes untested by actual practice.
Change is inevitable, but is change good? That depends. Arbitrary changes often have unforeseen repercussions.
Changes can be rearrangements that drop out an important detail. They could be additions that might actually weaken the practice or make it harder to practice. What good is a practice that’s so complicated it isn’t practiced?
This is what we’re seeing with Tibetan Buddhism. The destruction of Tibetan monasteries led to the spread of Tibetan Buddhist practices throughout the world, and countless people have benefited.
But at same time, the complex Tibetan rituals practiced by monks whose lives are devoted to spiritual practice can’t be transplanted from monastics to contemporary householders. As the population of monasteries declines, the practices need to be accessible to lay practitioners or the lineages will die out.
Who changed Reiki practice?
Many Reiki practice changes cannot be traced to their source because Americans (and others) made changes without acknowledging having made changes. That’s brought a lot of confusion to Reiki history and lineages.
People often say, “I’m in Takata’s lineage” without realizing their practice is very different from what Takata taught. (For example, Takata did not teach chakras
By: Pamela Miles
Title: Reiki Changes
Sourced From: reikiinmedicine.org/reiki-basics/reiki-changes/
Published Date: Fri, 22 May 2020 17:38:35 +0000
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