Imagine you want to cook up a nice vegetable stew. You gather your ingredients: some potatoes, carrots, zucchini, pumpkin, onion, garlic, chick peas, salt, pepper, olive oil and water. You throw them all in a pot together and stew them for thirty minutes.
Hard chick peas, mushy zucchini – and everything else somewhere in between.
So what went wrong?
To get a dish right you need to put everything in at the right time. First you soak the chick peas, then you fry the onion and garlic, then you add the water, then the chick peas, the potatoes, the carrots and on and on all the way down to the zucchini.
That way everything will be cooked just right.
Now imagine throwing in nine potatoes, twenty cloves of garlic, a quarter of a pumpkin, 100 grams of salt and only a little of everything else.
How tasty would that be?
So not only do you need to get the sequence right, you also need to get the quantity right.
And Reiki is the same.
Most Reiki courses and methods fail because while the individual components taught are all valuable, they do not fit properly together.
There is no system or structure and, as a result, there is no cohesion.
So if you want to get the most out of Reiki, you need to ensure two things:
- You learn a Reiki system that is coherent.
- You practice that system in a coherent manner.
There is no point learning a coherent system if you then simply practice whatever you want in a random order. That certainly will not get optimum results.
Why the Huge Majority of Reiki Systems Fail
There is a simple historical explanation for why most Reiki courses (systems) taught today are not coherent: they have come down from a Western lineage (ie from Mrs Takata's) which, over the years, has had many additions made to it – in particular from Indian / Tibetan spiritual traditions.
Now, do not get me wrong: there is nothing wrong with the practices that have been added to the Reiki system. In general they are powerful techniques – that is why teachers have included them.
Unfortunately, however, a champion team will generally beat a team of champions. The team that works together gets the best results.
In a Reiki context this means you'd be advised to learn a system where each piece complements the other; where each piece builds on the one before it.
If you learn a system like this you will naturally make progress. If, instead, you learn a bunch of disparate techniques then you will generally get the feeling you just are not quite making the progress you would like.
I learned this the hard way as I originally learned Western Reiki systems that were not coherent. This led to a long period of slowly aimless practice. It was only once I came into contact with the classic Japanese Reiki tradition that I saw and experienced a complete system that was coherent.
A system where all the pieces worked together.
The Classical Japanese (Usui) Reiki System
It is often a case that your weakness is your strength – and vice versa. The Japanese can frustrate you for their near pathological dislike of questioning their teachers on 'how things are done' – a problem that inhibits growth and innovation (here, naturally, we are only talking about the spiritual realm).
The flipside of this, however, is that they can maintain the purity of a tradition for centuries – even longer.
In the case of Reiki it meant that when it was 'rediscovered' in Japan in the 1990s, it still exists in something close to its earliest form.
And this form was structured and coherent.
It was built around the 'five diamonds' (or 'pillars' as I call them) – attunements, meditation, healing, mantras and symbols, and the Reiki precepts – and all of these 'diamonds' fitted together perfectly (for a more detailed look on this, please look up my article 'The Five Building Blocks of Traditional Japanese Reiki').
The trick for modern day practitioners of this system, therefore, is simply to spend time on all of these components (note: mantras and symbols only come into play for level 2 practitioners).
Do not just work on the healing aspect of Reiki, because if you do you will be missing out on much of the system and, absolutely, it will be your healing that will suffer.
Healing is greatly strengthened by the other four 'diamonds'.
How to Practice
All participants of my courses get a 21-day e-program with each Reiki level. This is a great place to begin your practice as it will help you develop all of the components of the classical Reiki system.
After that I recommend that you contact me for advice on taking the next step. In many cases this will simply be to do 'more of the same'. Keep working on the techniques covered in the e-program and go more deeply into them.
What you will then discover is that the Japanese tendency to have fewer, rather than more techniques, is very profound. It enables you to touch their essence and, as a result, taste their nectar.
Not surprisingly, Japanese Reiki techniques can generally be studied for years without you ever feeling you have mastered them.
You are always journeying more deeply into them. You are always learning more.
And if you do not introduce too many foreign elements into the system, if you practice all five diamonds, then your balance will generally be right too. It will not be a case of too much 'salt' or too much 'garlic'.
You will develop all of the core strengths needed to make Reiki progress and that, absolutely, will greatly accelerate your growth.
If you want to get great Reiki results, be systematic with your practice. Practice all five 'diamonds' and try to do a little practice every day.
If you do this you will find that consistency builds momentum, and momentum leads to breakthroughs.
( Note on innovation : I would never encourage people to be dogmatic. In fact, everyone should experiment with new things. I myself teach things – like the chakras – they were not part of the original Reiki system. neglect the 'diamonds', and second, to only make changes and add things once you have firm grass of the original system.