I invited Pamir to come speak about Reiki, healing, and enlightenment. Be sure to check out his blog, where he writes about many topics related to healing and transformation. Every time I interact with Pamir, I come away with new perspectives. Maybe you will too. Please welcome Pamir Kiciman, the Soul Whisperer, to Sacred Circle Mandalas.
Reiki is a wisdom tradition. A wisdom tradition is an enlightenment teaching based on perennial truths. Reiki is founded on specific spiritual meditations its founder, Usui Sensei, recommended. It's an inner path to personal mastery and spiritual evolution. The popularized hands-on practice of Reiki is also founded on this same, embodied wisdom ground. Otherwise, hands-on Reiki is merely a disjointed practice without any depth consciousness to uphold it. I took great care to detail this in my extensive article: Modern Reiki.
2. Would you please speak to why you view Reiki as a lifestyle rather than an alternative healing modality?
The mind tends to categorize and reduce things. Even in its hands-on application, Reiki is never a modality. "Modality" makes it sound like a #3 wrench you pull out of your toolbox. Reiki is a 'way.' It's a spiritual practice and discipline. And like any other true path, to be supremely effective it has to become a lifestyle. Otherwise, it's no different than a band-aid, a temporary solution.
3. How did you come to work with Reiki? Why Reiki rather any other healing form?
I came to work with Reiki in seeking answers to my own suffering. I prefer Reiki because it comes through and not from you. This is so vital. And the learning in Reiki is experiential and embodied, both during the training and one's own practice.
For example, when giving Reiki to others the practitioner is not required to visualize healing energy, direct it to a certain place in a certain way, give it a color; we're not in the business of balancing either. The properly trained practitioner isn't actively involved, isn't in 'doing' mode, isn't making decisions about which imbalances or energies to remove and which to put in. That kind of practice, seen in other therapies which are actual modalities, is an intellectual and mechanical approach to healing. So much can be said about this...
4. How would you define healing?
There's an impulse to understand and it's what makes us human, but as soon as we try to define something, we reduce it. The best way to see into the mystery of healing is to be in its presence. When we do that, healing emerges as an utter rule-bender, concept-buster, unshackler, and freedom-granter. Healing is a revolutionary! It's always on the leading edge of possibility and reveals the full spectrum of the horizon.
5. What benefits have your students reported receiving from knowing how to work with this energy?
I'd like to take this opportunity to lay to rest the misinformation that Reiki is "energy," "energy healing," "hands-on energy work," or any variety of similar iterations.
While energy is a pervasive facet of life, it simply cannot exist without the even subtler backdrop of consciousness. Consciousness here isn't, "a blow to the head rendered him unconscious," but the primordial state of Being.
The reason Reiki can lead to enlightenment is because when the full set of practices are given to the practitioner, each application of Reiki is a dipping into nonduality or Oneness. Consciousness in this sense is the substratum of creation. Consciousness is the source of energy and matter. Practicing Reiki only at the layer of energy is like having a bicycle with no pedals.
Fortunately, Reiki is extremely user-friendly! Its benefits are directly available almost immediately and deepen with time for lifelong enrichment. Reiki is so life-changing that to list how students benefit would be encyclopedic. That's why I started curating Reiki stories. The growing collection can be found in the Reiki Stories Project on my blog.
6. What is Reiki's place in mainstream medicine?
That really depends on medicine! It also depends on the health consumer's personal choice. I can say this: Reiki is affordable, preventive, and effective even years after the fact. It's noninvasive and without known contraindications. Where health insurance is concerned, Reiki is an option that never drops you or denies you for preexisting conditions.
I was the only non-medical presenter speaking as a Reiki professional at a medical conference last year. Significant portions of that presentation can be found on my YouTube channel.
At the same time, to practice Reiki only 'medically' is to miss out on its far-reaching riches.
7. How is Reiki compatible with healing art like mandalas?
First, creativity and spirituality are sisters; one flows into the other naturally. Second, Reiki blends with and enhances whatever else you may be pursuing to better yourself, others and life in general. Where mandala art is concerned, like mandalas Reiki is archetypal, it accesses and addresses the cosmic common denominator. Both effect change in the matrix of life.
One of the most important factors in having an optimal inner and thus outer life, is the impressions we allow in through the five senses. In our wireless, mobile world impressions have unprecedented access to us. There's just so much atmospheric noise, and actual violence and negativity seeping in through our senses. This affects the quality of our thinking, the vibrancy of our health, and the resonance of the heart.
Reiki has the ability to charge our living, working and playing environments with Light, and keep them purified. This can also be achieved by hanging mandala art on your walls. Of course, you have to do so with awareness and appreciate the image with understanding. If you hang it to match your couch, that's all it will do!
There are many opportunities to spiritualize life and all must be taken. Otherwise external forces hold sway and life becomes dull, even impossible.