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#3203 - Friday, June 20, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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Reiki as consciousness

from   The word 'energy' is bandied about so much these days. And it's highly relevant as it underlies life. It's important to also understand that there are different kinds of energy. Metabolic energy is what we use to fuel the physical body. There's psychic, emotional and mental energy. Then there's healing energy.

Even if we were to understand Reiki purely on energetic terms, the distinction still needs to be made that Reiki is spiritual energy, or rather a way to tap into it. What might that be? It's the all-encompassing, overarching common denominator.

Energy is undeniable and there is an energetic manifestation of Reiki. Before that aspect can be experienced and effective, however, a subtler causal level acts as a backdrop.

This backdrop is nondual consciousness. Nothing has separated or differentiated from it yet. It is One and all-pervading. This consciousness has no distinctions of subject/object, mind/matter, words/concepts, or space/time.

In this sense, Reiki is a practice to participate in non-ideational consciousness, be informed by it and evolve, with all other benefits condensing from there.

In Reiki terms, when nondual consciousness begins to differentiate, i.e., move into manifestation, it does so in polar fashion. Before going on, let's identify nondual consciousness and nondual or primordial Ki as being one and the same. Yes, Ki is a form of energy, but it is also a ground state, a grand backdrop.

The two polarities that first throb out of an undifferentiated source are Celestial Ki and Earth Ki. These are primordial qualities and vibrations. In fact everything in creation is created with a blend of these two polar forces.

Fortunately for us, Earth and Celestial Ki are available to be experienced spiritually, mentally and physically, and in the material world. Reiki practice is a simple and direct way to do so.

That we can work and play with these pulsations of pure consciousness makes Reiki much more than a modality or even art of healing. This is the stuff of the universe we conduit and receive. Whether you're a practitioner or recipient, universal powers are interacting with you.

Being in natural balance between Heaven and Earth is one of the core mindbody states Reiki cultivates.

Pamir Kiciman, BA, RM, CHt

Living our life deeply and with happiness, having time to care for our loved ones–this is another kind of success, another kind of power, and it is much more important. There is only one kind of success that really matters: the success of transforming ourselves, transforming our afflictions, fear, and anger. This is the kind of success, the kind of power, that will benefit us and others without causing any damage.

–Thich Nhat Hanh (from


Does This Resonate, by Vicki Woodyard

I enjoy Vicki's tapes. In this one, perhaps paraphrasing a little, Vicki
asks, "What happens when we have read all the books ... and we haven't

"When you make the shift into your true self, what do you do next?"

"This energy of nowhere to go and nothing to do gives your life true

Vicki has a bottom line and fairly hard core teaching which she delivers in
a way that I think is remarkably acceptable to a mainstream audience. I can
see Vicki in front of your everyday church congregation, mainstream
spirituality group, or a nonduality audience, giving these talks.  

Give a listen:


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