"Among the teachings of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism is one about 'three thousand realms in one mind.' This is the idea that the action of one's mind in a single instant contains 'three thousand realms' or the entire universe, and therefore if our mind acts it can affect the entire cosmos. Realizing that, we can say that worldliness is giving rise to the environmental problems of acid rain, global warming, rapid depletion of forests, pollution or rivers, lakes and oceans and the desertification of our planet - crises that affect the continued existence of the human race.'
The meditations and her reawakened understanding of the purpose of her three Ki centers (earth, heaven and heart) were preparing Sato for another inexplicable event.
All the students were asked to sit to receive reiju. Each student sat as this ritual was performed by the teacher. It took only a couple of minutes, leaving the student to sit quietly in the energy for a while longer.
This blessing by the teacher brought to Sato something that was not physical or a matter of changed perception. If her link to that inner 'home' had been tenuous half an hour ago, suddenly it was potent. When asked about her experience with the reiju she looked at the faces of those in her group and excused herself saying: 'I can't explain how I feel but something important has happened.'
Later that day she tried to explain it to her family as they sat around listening to her Reiki adventures. She told them that she had made direct contact with something unique in herself and this was all before lunchtime. But, she told them, she had been lucky because not everyone felt what she had and some just said that their impression of the reiju was one of peace. This mysterious reiju was explained as a technique that the teacher performed to create a space in which Sato's healing and sense of connectedness could safely take place.
The reiju coupled with meditation and techniques, 'the teacher explained, ' will allow greater amounts of Ki to flow through you. This will improve your mind and body and enable you to purposefully channel energy for healing through the palms, eyes and breath.
When it was Sato's time to receive a full treatment on the first day of the course she felt comforted knowing what lay in store. She was to receive a one hour treatment. The teacher assured them all that being able to immediately work with Reiki only accentuated the simplicity of the palm-healing aspect of the system. They were also taught that a practitioner only need to hold one clear intention in the mind. This intention is that the client in this case Sato, may receive whatever she needed at this particular moment in time.
A practitioner does not manipulate or stimulate the energy but becomes an open vessel for Ki to flow through. The more open and the stronger a practitioner becomes by practicing the meditations the more energy can flow through her or him.
The treatment commenced and Sato's eyes closed. Once again she began to gently snore her way through the next hour.
'What was that in my knee?' she exclaimed, sitting up after the treatment. She felt totally invigorated this time though during the treatment she had pains shooting through her right knee as well as shaking. Both Sato and the woman who treated her looked at each other wide eyed and laughed. Not only did Sato think she had found a key to open a new experience in her life also, perhaps, a new friend.
To her utter amazement even her knee felt less arthritic as she gingerly stood up. Her friend was more skeptical. She had not really felt much (except for the shaking knee!) and did not seem convinced she could really do it even though Sato kept assuring her how great it had been.
After listening to the class's experiences with their first treatment, their teacher said: 'Sometimes pain, illness, even shaking or welling up of emotions is felt during or after Ki work. On the other hand you may also become extremely happy or re-energized"....to be continued.
~From the Japanese Art of Reiki~
Until next time.