By Meenakshi Suri
The Bhagavad Gita’s universal wisdom applies to all times and situations. And Reiki’s universal energy heals and harmonizes all. Here, a Reiki practitioner talks about how each strengthens and supports the other.
A revered ancient book, the Bhagavad Gita; a new name for a universal energy, reiki. In this yuga, the Bhagavad Gita was brought to light in India, and reiki was received and disseminated from Japan. However, both contain universal applications that transcend the boundaries of culture, region, religion and time.
Sri Krishna’s inspiring words in the Bhagavad Gita, spoken for the spiritual warrior within each of us, illuminate the practitioner’s path through the manifest world even as the universal energy reiki illumines the realm of the unmanifest.
The words in the Gita were written for the karma yogi: the one who tries to reach unity by right action. Reiki helps in healing, and healing is unity. When we feel connected and unified within ourselves, our light bodies or aura, with the people and situations in our lives and with the inner and higher purpose, we are unified and healed.
As reiki practitioners, we utilise the ego – the ‘I versus you’ – and the physical body, to interact with our material world and the teachers and receivers around us. We are therefore in the karmic world. Yet reiki itself can help in overcoming karma. Reiki energy can help the words of the Bhagavad Gita manifest in our lives.
Role of the Healer
karmany evadhikaras te
ma phalesu kadacana
ma karma-phala-hetur bhur
ma te sango’stv akarmani 2-47
To action alone you have the right; not to the fruit thereof.
Do not consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your action; and do not be attached to neglecting your duty.
A reiki practitioner cannot ignore the call to reiki. Whether it comes from within, or from another person, whether it seems to flow towards oneself or towards another: whenever there is a call, the reiki practitioner feels the flow of reiki. Training, attunements and experience help the ego to be aware of the flow, of where it is going, and why.
Being attuned to reiki and having attended reiki classes, practitioners naturally begin to feel the need to do something; maybe even a push to do something. They may have mixed feelings about this: wonder about what they can accomplish, self-doubt or uncertainty about their effectiveness, or discomfiture about changing their lifestyle. Messages of the Gita can help prevent the confident practitioner from falling prey to a false sense of pride, feeling that they are accomplishing healing; and at the same time assure the doubter that the work they are doing is right, when it is done with the right intent, for the highest good of all concerned.
Our guides, masters and guardians are always with us; but calling upon them and thanking them at each session allows us to become aware of their presence and help.
yajnarthat karmano ‘nyatra
loko ‘yam karma-bandhanah
tad-artham karma kaunteya
mukta-sangah samacara 3-9
Work has to be performed as an offering for the supreme divinity; otherwise it binds one to this material world. Therefore, perform your prescribed duties, unattached and free from bondage.
gunaih karmani sarvasah ahankara-vimudhatma
kartaham iti manyate 3-27
All work is due to primordial nature. The bewildered soul, bewildered by ego, thinks, ‘I am the doer’.
mayi sarvani karmani
nirasir nirmamo bhutva
yudhyasva vigata-jvarah 3-30
Surrendering all your actions unto the creative consciousness, without desire for gain and free from egoism and lethargy, engage in the battle of activity.
naiva kincit karoti sah 4-20
Abandoning attachment to the results of actions, ever satisfied and independent of material rewards, the wise do not perform any binding action, although engaged in all kinds of work.
What stirring words! A reiki session – for healing or initiation, need not look like a battle, but in a way it is. There is a battle between the ego and higher self, old ways of thought and new, as self-doubt, apprehension, or desires battle faith, knowing and intent.
The message here is at once a call to right action, and an assurance that with the right intent comes right action! Only a divine message could accomplish such a profound dual purpose with such economy, allowing us to undertake an action without fear of consequences.
It is difficult for the ego to take an action and then to let it go; and yet, as reiki practitioners, this is exactly what is asked of us. It seems difficult after all the effort: space clearing, hand placements, initiation, informing people about one’s services, asking to receive or be attuned, and deciding whether the energy exchange is with money or service. These actions can be taken with the consciousness that the Universal Life Force has its own intuition for where to go and what to heal.
What about attachment to result? There is always a reason that a person uses reiki – be it an illness, discomfort or stress. It is therefore natural to ask that the healing session dissolve that problem. This, along with the guidance received by the reiki practitioner during the session, forms the basis of the intent of the session. How then, abandon attachment to the results? Isn’t it natural to want the problem to be solved, the condition to be cured?
Natural, maybe, but not wise for reiki practice. Right intention requires non-attachment to a time when the problem should be solved, or the manner in which this should happen. The intuitive reiki energy does this automatically, allowing the practitioner and receiver to remain detached from the actions as well as the consequences.
Once the ego can be stilled, practitioners do not use their own energy in the session and therefore, neither lethargy nor fatigue results. However, energy exchange, as services or money, can cause the ego to feel a sense of accomplishment. Desire for gain attaches the ego to gain and therefore comes in the way of healing. So even if a reiki practitioner is not earning money from a session, but expects the receiver to feel grateful, or expects to earn good karma from this work, or enlightenment, this desire is not non-karmic.
Growing into Wisdom
durena hy avaram karma
buddhau saranam anviccha
krpanah phala-hetavah 2- 49
Action performed with desire is greatly inferior to action united to the guidance of wisdom. Therefore, seek shelter in wisdom. Miserable are they who perform actions only for the results of the action, because they have no control over the results.
tasmad yogaya yujyasva
yogah karmasu kausalam 2- 50
Engaged in devotional service, one is rid of both virtue and vice even in this life. Therefore strive for yoga – union with the divine – which is the art of proper action.
na buddhi-bhedam janayed
vidvan yuktah samacaran 3-26
Let not the wise disturb the minds of those who are attached to action. Instead, the illumined being, by conscientiously performing activities, should inspire in others a desire for work in the spirit of devotion.
yoga-sthah kuru karman
sangam tyaktva dhananjaya
siddhy-asiddhyoh samo bhutva
samatvam yoga ucyate 2-48
Be steadfast in yoga, O Arjuna. Perform your duty with no attachment to success or failure. Such evenness of mind is yoga, or union.
Classes in reiki, participating in reiki shares, giving reiki sessions to oneself and others: all bring the practitioner into contact with reiki energy. This allows the ego, which is spending time and effort in action, to develop the wisdom necessary for reiki practice to become karma-purifying rather than karma-gathering. The spiritual nature of the energy, which unifies all chakras and all who come into touch with it through time and space, is gradually revealed.
It is wise to look to one’s own actions, intent and desires; not wise to look for the reasons of others or the actions of others. As a reiki practitioner, we stay away from judging the actions of those we guide, teach or give reiki to. It is also an illusion to consider ourselves more illumined than those we pass reiki on to.
brahmarpanam brahma havir
brahmagnau brahmana hutam
brahmaiva tena gantavyam
Both are spirit – the process of offering, and the offering itself. The fire, and the person making an offering into it, are both forms of spirit. One who realizes this, and is fully absorbed in the supreme consciousness during all activities, gains unity with spirit.
With right intent and focus, there is a strong feeling of healing at all levels of energy and the ego is honored to be involved in the process. This is the flow of light made manifest.
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