I had been thinking first about scanning. Scanning is a technique of checking a person's energy field for imbalances during or before an energy healing session. The practitioner runs her hand down and through the energy field, either in person or by distance, and "tunes in" to the sensations received. For me, this is a variation in the tingles I feel in response to the person's energy. When my hand tingles "harder" or "more actively," I know there is a need for healing in that area of the person's energy or physical being. During a healing session, I pause there, until the feel of the energy changes again.
The Reiki method I use most often is Kundalini Reiki. It involves a simple intend-and-send process, and one need not employ scanning unless one wants to. The energy goes where it's needed, whether scanning is a part of the method being used or not. I frequently use scanning during a healing session, to get a sense of the person's energetic needs and report back some feedback to the person on what I notice.
I learned, in Usui Reiki, that one progresses down a series of hand positions, or to different areas on the person, to give healing to that particular place. I have another idea though, that seems to answer the question of how the energy goes where it's needed if, (as in Kundalini Reiki), it is not being sent to each specific location step by step.
My idea is that instead of sending the energy to each place via a series of hand positions or while scanning, instead I am simply witnessing the recipient getting energy where it's needed. For example, if I am scanning during a healing and I notice tingles at the throat chakra, this means that the person's throat chakra is receiving more energy there, and I'm noticing it. I am being made aware of their need in that location, and feeling the energy being received there. I am not doing the healing, I am instead witnessing the healing taking place as it happens.
This jibes with a session I had once with Sarah Weiss, a medical intuitive. She intuitively watches the angels do the healing, and tells me what they are showing her. She doesn't "do" the healing; she tells me what is happening. And I feel it very strongly. She's the translator, or the narrator, of the experience. It's quite powerful.
I think that I am doing a version of this when I am giving a Reiki healing session. I am intending for the connection, for the energy to flow where it is needed. Then I can, if I choose to, notice the areas which are receiving the most energy, and report this back to the recipient. It makes sense to me and becomes consistent with the way Reiki seems to work. If I know the recipient has a headache, I can intend for the energy to work to relieve his headache. As the energy is flowing, I can scan his head and notice more energy flowing there. I can notice when it evens out. I am part of the process, the facilitator of the connection. I am not the healer. The recipient is receiving the healing he is ready for.
So how does this apply to other areas of my life?
Wednesday and Thursday of last week, I kept noticing repeated messages with one theme - Acceptance. I saw blogs about it, read tweets about it on Twitter, and email newsletters from various sources that appear in my inbox were focused on this theme. It kept popping up. It worried me a little because I got the feeling something was coming that I'd need to be prepared to handle with presence instead of panic. Acceptance is a concept of taking what is coming and dealing with it, staying strong and positive, and not fighting it, even when you don't like it. The idea is that resisting would make it worse and harder to get over. Even when something is painful, instead of fighting against the pain or railing against the injustice, simply facing it, being in it, accepting it, can help it resolve. It's about stepping a bit outside our natural tendency to fight it, and witness the event happening in a less emotionally attached way.
On Friday, my husband, who had been in a new job for four months following a stretch of unemployment lasting eight months, got laid off from his new job. His position was eliminated after his boss was fired. He was hired to support his boss, and so when his boss was fired (yes it was with due cause, but had nothing to do with Evan), there was no longer a need for Evan to be in his position. This is why I was receiving the message. Here's my opportunity to practice acceptance.
That isn't to say, "Yay! I am so happy this happened!" Please. Although his job was difficult, and not the right long-term position for Evan, a sudden change such as this carries a lot of weight and pressure. Acceptance means taking the present circumstance and working with it, doing what is needed and steering clear of worry about what could happen. It's an exercise in living in the present, separating from the emotional attachment, and being in the moment. I'm not going to panic or get depressed, and neither is he. He has already made some contacts, applied for four positions for which he is qualified, and believes that something better is coming soon. We are going to enjoy the extra time together, the opportunity to do some home repairs, and actively look and be open to that right opportunity for him, wherever it may be.
So the tie here is in the idea of witnessing - practicing a detached observation that allows me to take in the details as they happen, during a Reiki session, and during this time of transition for our family. Acceptance. I'm gonna try it for a while.
On a side note, to anyone with connections in health care, Evan is a visionary and innovative administrator with MBA, MSSA and LISW-S degrees and certifications. His linkedIn profile is here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/elangholt . We are open to relocation for the right position.
Thanks for reading. Your comments are always welcome.
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