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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Non-Attachment to Results

Suggestions for the Practitioner

"In the western world, people learn to compete at an early age and they suffer the consequences of that programming throughout their lives. Most of us are programmed to obtain results and are motivated to achieve success. These programmed attitudes and skills work against a healer. To be a healer requires the development and use of other skills. Setting an intention or desire for healing is normal and appropriate. However, when either the healer or the person receiving the healing becomes attached to a specific result and strives for that particular outcome, the energy becomes disruptive. If you, as a healer, need to prove yourself on any level you are only detracting from the purity of the healing. By imposing your needs for approval and results onto others, you introduce a disruptive energy pattern that is similar to the energy of expectation, violation and abuse that many people experienced in childhood. If you are not clear with the healing energy, you may be perpetuating the same type of violation that was the root cause of the dis-ease in the first place.

When the healer remains unattached to a specific outcome, the person receiving the healing is allowed the freedom to change for themselves rather than changing to please the healer. If the person changes to please someone else, the healing will usually be only superficial and any positive results will probably be short-lived. Developing the skill of non-attachment will greatly assist those you work with as well as helping you realize your full potential in healing work. Any energy other than unconditional love and acceptance can feel like violation to the person, even when it is meant to help. This is especially true if they were violated as a child.

Please remember that healing takes place best when you let healing energy come through you and remain unattached to the outcome. This allows the energy to flow naturally and permits the person to heal at their own pace.”

Excerpted from: The Healing Energy of Your Hands, Michael Bradford

The message in the passage above is important, and one I try to emphasis when teaching Reiki. Although on a intellectual level, we can understand the concept of remaining unattached to results, when placed in an actual situation many times we may find ourselves coming from the perspective of sympathy. This emotion can shift us very easily out of the mode of channeling Reiki though us to that of using our own energy.

Instead the best approach is to be able to take the perspective of the compassionate heart that does not attach to the suffering. When we are able to do this, the sensation of Reiki energy flowing though us is inexhaustible and we do not feel drained or burned out by those we are working with.

Some points to remember to help remain centered when giving a Reiki treatment to another:

1. Discuss both your role and that of the person you are assisting, with assisting being the key term here. This implies that the receiver of the treatment is in the primary position of responsibility, we as the therapist are aiding them in their healing process, not taking on the task of their healing. If we move into this arena, we are short changing the person we are working with, as well as taking on some karma we don’t need. When these roles are clearly defined and understood by the client, it also helps us to stay centered and unattached, because the choices for healing and the results that ensue lie directly with the person we are helping.

2. It is helpful to state this in terms such as : Any healing that will occur during this session is that which you are ready and able to handle at this time.

3. I can not emphasis this enough, it is important for the person to take on an active role in their healing, and not to assume they will be receiving a treatment in which they are just lay or sit there passively, while you take on the responsibility of doing all the work. When this type of relationship occurs, we place ourselves in the danger zone!

4. Keep your intention broad and general as you begin your treatment session: This Reiki session is for **indicate the person’s name** highest good, and for the highest good of all.

5. Suggest to the person who will receive the treatment to also make an intention for the session, that is general as well. By asking for relief from a very specific ailment or set of symptoms could significantly narrow down the realm of possibilities. This may offer temporary relief while missing the bigger picture of why this particular set of circumstances appeared in the first place.

Example: Instead of setting an intention asking for relief from the back pain I am experiencing right now, set the intention for the session to create a healing on whatever level(s) I need right now as well as to provide me with the insight as to why I am currently experiencing this particular set of symptoms. Ask- What do I need to learn from this?

6. Lastly, examine your own reasons for working with others. If the list of reasons are all about you…wanting to feel good, needing to feel appreciated, seeking approval, etc. it may be best to just work on yourself until you can resolve these personal issues..

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