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“You are the universe and you are creating it at every moment.

Because, you see, it starts now. It didn’t begin in the past. There was no past, see! If the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now. Well it’s still now, and the universe is still beginning now, and it’s trailing off like the wake of a ship from now.

When the wake of the ship fades out, so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. You never find it there. Things are not explained by the past. They’re explained by what happens now …that creates the past. It begins here.

That’s the birth of responsibility.”

- Alan Watts

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.

If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, 
then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.

Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of 
your own self-transformation.
- Lao Tzu


Initiation as a Reiki master will not make you more than you already are, nor will it give you powers you do not already possess. Initiation as a master is not the end of the journey; it is the beginning of a new and lifelong one,  of self-mastery, of bringing into being a healed and whole Self, a self that has always been present but layered over by the separations created by ego-mind. ~  (extract from  markruge.com.au)


From some eminently forgettable action movie in years gone by, I remember a scene where a warlord general of an all powerful army had captured an assassin, the daughter of a king that had been defeated and killed by the warlord. The daughter had vowed vengeance, to kill this warlord with her own hand.

What stuck with me was the warlord’s words to her which went something like: “The day that I came to your city and destroyed the world that you knew, was the single most significant, most momentous day in your life. But for me, it was a Wednesday”.

When I talk to people who have taken Reiki and don’t “do it” anymore, I usually ask about their first degree experience. Often for them it was “a Wednesday” type day. I don’t know precisely what makes the difference (I have thoughts!), but for me first degree was one of the more significant experiences of my life, a life changer.

The world  that I thought I knew changed in the space of minutes, and the change was in myself. The people who knew me best all responded to that something that was different. I was asked “What happened? What did you do? You are not the same one that went away”. I didn’t have an adequate answer for those questions at the time.

With hindsight it wasn’t anything I was taught. There was no new information imparted by the teacher, just a story and a daily practice that was to become part of my life. The “what happened” was the initiations, an opening to conscious awareness of some core part of my being, an omni max in my mind type thing.

My mind could have made much of it, but the experience was of the nature of a change of heart, and it was that to which people were responding. That change of heart was real and not imagination. It didn’t slip away, was there to stay.

There are those who will say their experience was different, and it is.

My response is that is that it was the conscious experience that was different. Initiation is only ever a starting point, an opening to a deeper experience of Self.

The deepening in that experience, the healing of the self separated from Self, is held in the daily self treatment practice and the natural initiations that are every day life experience. Love is the healer. Healing in turn reveals love. That’s win-win, all round, but the choice is ours.


In any class there is what is taught and what is learnt, what is presented and what is received. These dynamics are different for each person in the class, filtered through a web of beliefs and understandings.

What I remember being taught in my first degree class, was a simple form of a hands on practice that could be used on others but would primarily be used on myself. What I received was an experience of initiation that was a catalyst for change and an opening to the mystery of who and what I am.

The very nature of experience is that one can never again be the person who didn’t have that experience. Our only choice is what we do with the experience; whether - due to the degree it impacts our senses - it becomes a significant part of our life story, or not.

What I had expected to be using on others turned out to be for myself. I was naively unaware at the time how much I was the one person in my life who was so much in need of healing.

That’s what began almost immediately, not a process of physical healing (which would come later) but of healing the separated aspects of my life. Not only self healing but SELF healing, a process of returning to a wholeness of being, that seemingly had always existed, but that was somehow hidden behind the myriad details of my life.

The hands on self healing practice became my mainstay, a gentle self discipline of stillness and being present. It brought a sense of peace and ease into my life that had been absent for a long time, and continues to do so all these many years later.

Initiation proved to be not a connection to something outside my self, but a door cracked open to the great mystery of life: the essence of who we are, the yearnings of heart that lie within each one of us.


The statement has been made that my writings about initiation are very different from the version that is commonly expressed about being tuned into Reiki energy, and channelling it through your body during a healing treatment, to balance the energy of the person receiving the treatment.

My response is that it is indeed different, and also that it’s neither right nor wrong: I accepted that explanation for a time at the very beginnings of my Reiki practice …and then I was no longer able to do that. My experience of being in the Reiki practice, being willing to question everything I believed, healing my places of separation, unravelled the world in which the old beliefs existed.

Mrs Takata is quoted as saying that Reiki was like a radio wave, invisible until you tune into it. She was using the word “like” in the sense of “sort of, like”, an unscientific word picture for people who lived in an era when the idea of invisible radio waves in the air around them was still somewhat novel and magical. For some, it is remains that way even today.

People interpreted her words, a normal human response when the mind has need of an explanation for something unknown. In the groupings that formed around the practice in its early days of rapid growth, “sort of, like” dropped out of the word picture and the concept that Reiki *is* a wave/energy out there, to which you have to be tuned into to have access, gained traction. When added to the sense of a flow of energy felt in the hands, it became an idea with a physical experience as “proof”. Initiation became a “tuning” process.

While I understand the origin of the concept, my personal experience of the practice led to a different model, not surprisingly one that would have been familiar to Mikao Usui, one that is still in use, developed over 2500 years of Buddhist exploration of the nature of mind.

When Mikao Ususi went in search of how the great healers performed their healing works, he began an exploration into the nature of healing, which inevitably becomes an exploration of the nature of mind.

But that’s a story for another day.

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