Distance Healing - Permission or No Permission?
Does the sun ask permission to shine? Does a fire ask permission to radiate heat?
No.These things just occur naturally.
There is often a lot of debate about the need for permission to send "distant" healing to a person, people or place.
Do you have to ask people permission to "send" them healing?
This depends completely upon what your intent is when you perform the "distance" healing. As you can see we place the words "send" and "distance" between inverted commas, this is because when you truly connect to universal or spiritual energy you realise that there is no "distance" in the first place. The essence of universal energy is non-dual which means that everything is interconnected; there is no separation. It is only our limited understanding that leads us to see things as separate.
Looking at "distance" healing from this viewpoint it is already possible to know the answer to this article's question: there is no need to ask permission. As a Reiki practitioner you are not really doing or giving anything, you just have to BE.
In a state of Being you are the purity of a beautiful, radiating light. You are the sun.
The sun does not ask permission to shine, it just shines and yet people take accordingly from the sun. Some like to lay in the sun all day, some want to sit in the sun during their lunch break, while others stay indoors enjoying its natural light. Each person takes what he or she needs from the sun, not what the sun thinks they should have.
Or you can think of it like a camp fire. A camp fire just burns and radiates heat. The people around take from this heat accordingly. Some want to sit close to the fire, while others sit a bit further away, and yet others do not want to be near the fire at all. The people take from the fire whatever they need, the fire does not decide this.
The sun and the fire are without judgement; they just shine.
If, as a Reiki practitioner, you can recognise this state of mind as well - just Being the energy without judgement - then all you need do is set your intent that the person, people or place receives whatever he or she may need. That is it.
In setting this intent there is no need to ask permission because, as a practitioner, you are just shining your light and the person, people or place takes accordingly.
The symbols and mantras taught in Okuden Level II of the system of Reiki will help you to be in this open, interconnected space. They are there for you as a practitioner to remember this state of mind, they are not for your client. The more you remember this interconnectedness, the deeper the connection will be with the spiritual energy and with your client; ultimately bringing you into a state of Oneness.
BUT, if you try to manipulate the energy of a person or people by entertaining certain judgements then you are performing something quite different to that described above. In such a case you are actively trying to change something about someone else and therefore the person needs to know what is happening. You are in fact forcing something upon the person and if this person is not aware of it then that is not a healthy energetic connection. As soon as you begin to make judgements about what a person needs to receive then you are attempting to heal rather than allowing healing to occur. Deep personal healing comes from a place of non-judgement and complete openness.
Everything and everyone is interconnected already. All we need do is remember this.
When we see human life only in terms of ordinary time, where everything is chopped into separate pieces, then our eyes aren't open to see life in terms of universal time, where we are interconnected and interpenetrated with all sentient beings.
From Each Moment Is the Universe - Dainin Katagiri
'Is it appropriate to try to change an individual's life without their permission?'
My view is no. Reiki can have a profound effect on a person's health and well-being as well as create changes emotionally and spiritually. Whether the change created is through the conscious intent of the practitioner or not is I think missing the point. In either case change is created, change the individual receiving healing has not asked for nor given permission for.
Sending distance healing to an individual describing it as 'the sun shining' is fine, but people have the choice of standing in the sun or the shade. By sending distance Reiki without permission, that choice is being taken away from the individual, they are in effect forced to 'stand in the sun'.
In my view, any thing we do as healers that has an effect on another individual, no matter how positive, should be done only with permission.
I think you miss understand the concept of being the sun.
Within the system of Reiki there is the concept of being the great bright light, which is like being the sun and mon together.
By just being the sun and stating the intent that people receive whatever they need you give all the power to your client, they can decide. This is not being forced to stand in the sun?!
This also menas that there is no sending, you just shine. The sun is not sending rays to the earth, it just shines, this is the different.
The deeper we go into the system of Reiki the more we come from a place of non-duality, you become Reiki.
If you become reiki, what will happen if you just stand next to a person? You just shine, and the person can take whatever he/she need from your light, no need to ask, give, or take, just be.
Also we are not healers, but facilitators, we can only heal ourselves.
I see you teach Usui Reiki Ryoho, from Usui Reiki Ryoho's view point the system of Reiki is to become Reiki, being in a state of non-duality.
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Yes, but being the Great Bright Light is different to deciding to send distance Reiki to someone without their permission. Standing next to someone is different to deciding to send distance Reiki to someone without their permission. Whatever we say our intention is, the fact that we are sending someone distance Reiki means we are affecting them in some way. We may say that a person' receives what they need' but we are still affecting the person without their permission.
There is no "sending" reiki, you are reiki, we are all reiki, that is the difference.
In the beginning of your journey you think we might send reiki but later on you will realise you are reiki. When you are reiki you just radiate, like the sun, that is all. Be reiki instead of do reiki.
Smiling to someone can trigger a huge change within someone, so should I always ask people if it is okay to smile to them? Of course not, you just smile and the other person can do with your smile whatever he/she like. This is the same with healing.
But in practical terms, we do more than 'just radiate, like the sun'. As Reiki practitioners we treat people. We consciously and with intent treat people, either voluntarily or for a fee, to help them with their illnesses and injuries, emotional issues and spiritual development. Whether in person or through distance, we treat people consciously and with intent. Just as the founder treated people, we do too. Yes we are Reiki, but also we are practitioners."Smiling to someone can trigger a huge change within someone, so should I always ask people if it is okay to smile to them? Of course not, you just smile and the other person can do with your smile whatever he/she like. This is the same with healing."
Reiki is far more than 'smiling at someone'. The effects of smiling are very different to the effects of a Reiki healing. The two are not comparable. Smiling at someone cannot heal physical/emotional/spiritual conditions whereas Reiki can. Smiling at someone is not generally intrusive or invasive - sending distance Reiki is both intrusive and invasive therefore permission should be sought from the recipient in my opinion. Ultimately it is an issue of ethics, I believe I should ask permission before using Reiki for another individual. I know many Reiki practitioners feel otherwise and that is fine for them, it is a personal choice, not right or wrong, just a personal choice.
When a person comes for a treatment or books in a healing session they already have given you permission, so no need to ask.
You might find that the deeper you go within your own healing practice that a smile is like reiki.
Hands be a vehicle for reiki but our whole being is in reality a vehicle for reiki, therefore a smile can be a vehicle for reiki as well.
Hands be a vehicle for reiki but our whole being is in reality a vehicle for reiki, therefore a smile can be a vehicle for reiki as well."
Yes, but receiving a treatment from a Reiki practitioner will have a far greater effect on the recipient than being smiled at by a Reiki practitioner. A smile, warm words... etc all have an impact on the recipient, but the effects of a Reiki treatment are far deeper and greater. Hence we treat clients rather than smile at them for an hour, we teach Reiki rather than teach smiling.
This is my last reply, different view points, is all I can say.
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Just had a healing from a elderly Balinese Holy Man, he just sat opposite me and the energy was very profound and deep, he didn't touch or beamed, he just was.
We can also reach this state within the system of Reiki if we practice this from a traditional Japanese approach.
Here is a wonderful quote:
The authentic mind seal is transmitted in every moment. If the disciple deeply observes the way the master walks, eats, speaks, and performs each act of daily life transmission can take place continuously. The ceremony of transmission is just a formality. True transmission is available to each disciple in every moment. This is real Zen, not just in books but in the living reality of relationship and daily life.
The master does not transmit his own awakening to the disciple as such. He only helps her realize the awakening already present within her. The expression to "transmit the mind seal" is essential symbolic.
From Zen Keys by Thich Nhat Hanh
Also if we do "distance" healing to a dog or a baby we can not ask them, of course we could say, lets connect and ask with our intuition, but our intuition is not always right, if it would be we would all bet on a horse tonight and win lots of money :-)
But if we state in our session that the person receives whatever they need, then the healing is really up to them, you are just a vehicle, that is it, they can take whatever you offer, they can take it all or nothing, this is also more in line with the precept about compassion.
The kanji of the word Reiki also has many hidden clues about this. In the ancient way the word Rei means, a shaman praying for rain.
This is what we do as a teacher or practitioner during a reiju/attunement/initiation or hands on healing session or "distant" healing. The ran falls but the trees take from it whatever they need.
This last post of yours Frans, seems to tie together the two opposing points of view in the earlier posts. By adding the intention that the person receives whatever they need, it seems very much aligning with grace and cosmic will, rather than imposing an egoic state of needing to help.
You switch the light on, and the other person chooses whether it is right for them to open their eyes.
Hope you continue to have a great teaching retreat and thank you to both of you for your thoughtful posts.
You say"Just had a healing from a elderly Balinese Holy Man, he just sat opposite me and the energy was very profound and deep, he didn't touch or beamed, he just was."
The point is, you chose to sit with this Balinese Holy Man and you chose to stay sitting with him as he radiated energy into you. You could at any point have made the choice to get up and walk away from him so as to avoid his radiated energy. If he decided to distance heal you with this same energy without your permission, could you have made the choice to 'walk away' from the energy?
The other point I want to clarify is if you remain seated with the Holy Man while he is radiating this energy, can you avoid feeling the energy? I ask this because it is relevant to distance healing without permission debate. Because if you cannot do this in person, then you cannot do this at distance, hence the need for permission.
Asking permission before healing someone is in my opinion essential otherwise the person receiving healing is dis-empowered and the person performing the healing is in effect forcing their will on them, however well intentioned. Saying that they 'receive what they need' does not change this. That is just my opinion, as I said earlier.
Yes the ego is a strong thing, always the ego at play.
But if we just state our intent that the person receives whatever he/she needs and we are like the sun then we are like the cosmos.
The cosmos has lots of energy but do we feel bombarded by it, do we get an overdose, of course not, we take from the cosmos what we need, each individual decides this him/herself.
This is the same with "distance healing".
To healing Co (not sure about your name :-))
We all have a choice to take or not to take, but of course this also depends on the intent of the teacher or practitioner, if the intent of the teacher or practitioner is to "heal" the person, to take energy, or put energy into the person than that is the ego at play, this is like forcing medicine/food into a persons mouth.
But if our intent is that the person receives whatever he.she needs than that is like putting a bowl of medicine/food infront of them and they can take whatever they need from it.
That is the difference, plus that is also, as Jeremy states, more in line withe the grace of the cosmos. Plus is it compassionate to force a person or more compassionate to offer.
What about all the Buddhist, or Taoist teachers/practitioners who offer their energy of their practice to all sentient being? Do they need to ask each sentient being for permission first? Of course not. And if we are open enough we can tap into these offerings and receive healing, but we need to open minded enough and not narrow minded. If we are narrow minded than we can not tap into these offerings or the deeper grace of the cosmos.