"You are the universe and you are creating it at every moment.
Because, you see, it starts now. It didn’t begin in the past. There was no past, see! If the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now. Well it’s still now, and the universe is still beginning now, and it’s trailing off like the wake of a ship from now.
When the wake of the ship fades out, so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. You never find it there. Things are not explained by the past. They’re explained by what happens now …that creates the past. It begins here.
That’s the birth of responsibility.”
- Alan Watts
If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
My friend who was busy coordinating a weekend event, published a schedule with someone elses name incorrectly in the space for a segment on Reiki which I was to present.
He was profusely apologetic and was unexpectedly surprised when I told him it was OK, it wasn’t a big deal.
He was quiet a moment as he wrote in the correct name on his copy of the schedule, and then he remarked “So how come it’s no big deal for you and this other guy went ballistic because his name had been typed with two letters transposed”.
I smiled and said “The name on the piece of paper is not who I am”.
“So who are you then?” my friend said thinking he still didn’t have my name correctly.
“That’s a really great question!” was my answer.
Then he got it, and laughed.
Initiation as a Reiki master will not make you more than you already are, nor will it give you powers you do not already possess. Initiation as a master is not the end of the journey; it is the beginning of a new and lifelong one, of self-mastery, of bringing into being a healed and whole Self, a self that has always been present but layered over by the separations created by ego-mind. ~ (extract from markruge.com.au)
From some eminently forgettable action movie in years gone by, I remember a scene where a warlord general of an all powerful army had captured an assassin, the daughter of a king that had been defeated and killed by the warlord. The daughter had vowed vengeance, to kill this warlord with her own hand.
What stuck with me was the warlord’s words to her which went something like: “The day that I came to your city and destroyed the world that you knew, was the single most significant, most momentous day in your life. But for me, it was a Wednesday”.
When I talk to people who have taken Reiki and don’t “do it” anymore, I usually ask about their first degree experience. Often for them it was “a Wednesday” type day. I don’t know precisely what makes the difference (I have thoughts!), but for me first degree was one of the more significant experiences of my life, a life changer.
The world that I thought I knew changed in the space of minutes, and the change was in myself. The people who knew me best all responded to that something that was different. I was asked “What happened? What did you do? You are not the same one that went away”. I didn’t have an adequate answer for those questions at the time.
With hindsight it wasn’t anything I was taught. There was no new information imparted by the teacher, just a story and a daily practice that was to become part of my life. The “what happened” was the initiations, an opening to conscious awareness of some core part of my being, an omni max in my mind type thing.
My mind could have made much of it, but the experience was of the nature of a change of heart, and it was that to which people were responding. That change of heart was real and not imagination. It didn’t slip away, was there to stay.
There are those who will say their experience was different, and it is.
My response is that is that it was the conscious experience that was different. Initiation is only ever a starting point, an opening to a deeper experience of Self.
The deepening in that experience, the healing of the self separated from Self, is held in the daily self treatment practice and the natural initiations that are every day life experience. Love is the healer. Healing in turn reveals love. That’s win-win, all round, but the choice is ours.