Early on in my Reiki practice, I knew in my head that Reiki is infinite, but I was more inclined compartmentalize it, to treat it as something that is called in under special circumstances, such as before healing myself or others. I don’t know, I guess I didn’t want to “waste” the Reiki (as if) and I didn’t want to disrespect it by being plugged in when going about more mundane aspects of my life.
Then I remember a wise woman saying, “Everything is Reiki”. So if everything is Reiki, isn’t Reiki for all the time, not just special occasions? And if that’s true, then why shouldn’t I have a continuous connection to it? Lightbulb moment.
The fact is, between my familial and business obligations my life is pretty full. As much as I like to spend an hour meditating to soft music, candles and incense, the chance of having space for that on a daily basis is somewhere between slim and none. Instead, I use the small moments available to me to maintain my awareness and connection – When I first wake, in the shower, driving in the car, those odd moments during the day when I’m waiting on someone or something, last thing at night when getting into bed. I take a few moments to feel the flow, and it’s always there.
With that continual flow is the continual help and guidance that can come in in subtle, synchronistic ways throughout the day. There are so many opportunities and a seemingly endless supply of ways to apply Reiki – the internet is full of ideas. And you never know when you will want to do an on-the-spot healing. When a small child goes face-down on the tiles due to a major spill at the intersection of refrigerator and kitchen sink, we need that Reiki now, not ten minutes from now.
Of course I do take time before beginning a treatment session to call in and set an intention, and if I can find a half hour to meditate, or even 15 minutes, it’s a great thing and goes a long way towards retaining that continual flow. Staying aware of the Reiki precepts through the day is also helps – no anxiety, no anger, regular dollops of gratitude, kindness and integrity in your words and deeds. The more I practice and repeat, the more natural it feels to stay in the flow.
See a list of Reiki precepts.