Buddhist legends recount stories of Mara the demon king, the great tempter, the creator of illusions. One such story is of Mara travelling with his attendants through the countryside when they encountered a man doing walking meditation and whose face was lit up in wonder. The man had just discovered something on the ground in front of him.

Mara’s attendant asked what that was and Mara replied, “A piece of truth.”

“Doesn’t this bother you when someone finds a piece of truth, O Evil One?” his attendant asked. “Oh no, not at all” Mara replied. “Right after this, they usually make a belief out of it.”

The story is a reminder to hold what we believe to be the truth lightly, to be ever open to perceiving a larger more inclusive version of what is true, to not become a prisoner to illusion and false beliefs. 

This is as true in the practice of Reiki as it is in any other human experience.