Everything that occurs is considered a cleansing. It is the Ki moving things inside you, creating change. This may not always be entirely pleasant but it is effective. The more open that a practitioner is to change the greater the change that occurs. There are less obstructions and the movement can occur with ease. No one ever knows what this movement will be but it is accepted that it will always be for the benefit of the practitioner. Please know that these occurrences are not considered good or bad - they simply are. And once we move through them we enter a new plateau where balance is created in our life. Each of you is here because you want change in your lives and here it is.
On the morning of the second day the students discussed how their own meditation and palm-healing had been during their home practice. When it was Sato's turn the class looked at her strangely. Sato later learned from her friend that her face had altered. The shadow that her features seemed to cast yesterday appeared gone. She looked lighter. Sato admitted to feeling lighter too. She did not feel as weighed down as she had over the past few months and there had been a renewed freshness in her step this morning as she walked to the center.
Something that inspired Sato was the creed of Usui. This consists of five precepts: profound thoughts created to bring our mind into the awareness of our present state. Sato would create a daily routine of meditation and palm-healing with the incorporation of the Usui creed. Her aim would be to touch and cultivate her inner strength and spiritual connection. To support her conviction to create change she would also attend a weekly practice group with her teacher, practicing techniques and palm healing in a group environment.
Sato's family was amazed at her turn around. She truly had found a new light within herself. Her change of attitude affected everyone. Her husband almost felt shy in her light. Sato's husband asked carefully if she believed that she would always retain her new perceptions and healing abilities or would they fade away? Naturally we can grow lazy and our perceptions can slide back to where we once were. But Ki will never fully disappear as humans are born as energetic beings. We all have that great diamond within us - we just need to continue to polish it. Sato must continue to do this to maintain her spiritual growth.
Sato moved on from depression and found a stronger core inside herself. She knew that core could be much stronger still but it was already beginning to sustain her as a balanced and content human.
Physically, she felt strong and her knee had not irritated her since she had completed the course. At work she felt robust and did not tire quite as easily. Whether this was from an improved attitude toward her work or from a sturdier inner energy, or both, she did not know and neither did it matter, she thought. Her colleagues had all commented on what a joy it was to work with her and customers smiled when they saw her coming.
These reactions spurred her on to maintain her practice and so everything continued to develop. Sato thought about how her smiling customers felt affected by her warm light. She believed that they dealt with that day who, in turn, would feel pleased to be treated so respectfully and give that little bit more in their next exchange and so on.
At home Sato found herself attracted to other new interests. The physical experience of working with Ki that she had felt during the course eventually become less sporadic. The heightened sense of Ki movement became a normal state as she regularly practiced. Her experience taught her that these sensations can be viewed as a side effect of her journey but must never be confused with the journey itself. Walking into a room where there has been an argument definitely does not mean that you become argumentative or upset. What it can lead to is awareness that may well be useful when dealing with the room's participants. The more that the practitioner works on the self the more balance and understanding the practitioner achieves. This stability and groundedness goes hand in hand with heightened experience.
Through everything, Sato knew that the most important aspect of what she had learnt was for her to grow as a spiritual being and from this point she could naturally affect all whom she met along the path.
In time she knew she would study the second level of the system of Reiki to learn about symbols and mantras associated with it, discovering new methods to develop her understanding. Then, perhaps one day, she might even continue on to become what is called a Reiki teacher or master, a teacher of the system. Though she may well accept the title, she knew to become a master of something so omnipresent and great would most likely remain a task 'under construction'.
'From the Japanese Art of Reiki'