Developing your Conscious Relationship with Reiki
Reiki, the Universal Life Force, once you are attuned will work through your body to unblock energy pathways. There
is a difference though between being attuned to Reiki and being consciously attuned to Reiki. Reiki, is the essence
the life force. It`s there whether you are aware of it or not.
But to be conscious and
aware is a whole different experience. This requires that you move away from the mind dominating your existence. The
mind is a useful tool, a tool to understand and use. The majority of people think they are their mind, and that is where
it can be hard to experience the subtlety of the energy.
Your development with Reiki can
and will get stuck if you resist the change it looks to make. You don1`t need to be on a path of conscious to get the
full benefit of a Reiki attunement - however, the more conscious you are the less likely you are to block the changes unintentionally.
So it`s resisting the changes that prevents progress. That having been said, there is a delight in being conscious of
To do this you need to get the mind out of the way, and that is where
meditation helps. The Ohm sound has an amazing resonance throughout the body, and
you may like to give it a try as an aid to developing your relationship with Reiki.
Seeking the Unstruck Sound
Ancient teachings and modern science agree: you,
I, all living things, all things in existence are made up at their most essential level of vibrating, pulsing energy.
For millennia, mystics have recounted their experience of this energy, which is said to manifest in our hearing awareness
as a humming vibration around and within everything else.
In the Sanskrit tradition, this sound is called "Anahata
Nada," the "Unstruck Sound." Literally, this means "the sound that is not made by two things striking
The point of this particular distinction is that all ordinary audible sounds are made by at least
bow and string; drum and stick; two vocal cords;
two lips against the mouthpiece of the trumpet;
the double reed of the oboe; waves against the shore;
wind against the leaves.
All sounds within our
range of hearing are created by things visible or invisible, striking each other or vibrating together, creating pulsing waves
of air molecules which our ears and brain interpret as sound.
So, sound that is not made of two things striking
together is the sound of primal energy, the sound of the universe itself.
Joseph Campbell likens this unstruck
vibration to the humming of an electrical transformer, or the (to our ears) unheard hummings of atoms and molecules.
And the ancients say that the audible sound which most resembles this unstruck sound is the syllable OM.
has it that this ancient mantra is composed of four elements: the first three are vocal sounds:
... A U M ...
The fourth sound, unheard, is the silence which begins and ends the audible sound, the silence which surrounds it.
AUM The Eternal Syllable
According to the Mandukya
Upanishad "Aum is the one eternal syllable of which all that exists is but the development. The past,
the present, and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exists beyond the three forms of time is also
implied in it".
The Music of Aum
Aum is not a word but rather an intonation,
which, like music, transcends the barriers of age, race, culture and even species. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters,
aa, au and ma which, when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om. It is believed to be the basic sound of the world and
to contain all other sounds. It is a mantra or prayer in itself. If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate
throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the centre of one's being, the atman or soul. There is harmony, peace and bliss in this simple but deeply philosophical sound.
By vibrating the sacred syllable Om, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Ultimate Personality of Godhead
and quits his body, he will certainly reach the highest state of "stateless" eternity, states the Bhagavad Gita.
The Vision of Aum
Om provides a dualistic viewpoint.
On one hand, it projects the mind beyond the immediate to what is abstract and inexpressible. On the other hand, it makes
the absolute more tangible and comprehensive. It encompasses all potentialities and possibilities; it is everything that was,
is, or can yet be. It is omnipotent and likewise remains undefined.
The Power of Aum
meditation when we chant Om, we create within ourselves a vibration that attunes sympathy with the cosmic vibration and we
start thinking universally. The momentary silence between each chant becomes palpable. Mind moves between the opposites of
sound and silence until, at last, it ceases the sound. In the silence, the single thought—Om—is quenched; there
is no thought. This is the state of trance, where the mind and the intellect are transcended as the individual self merges
with the Infinite Self in the pious moment of realization. It is a moment when the petty worldly affairs are lost in the desire
for the universal. Such is the immeasurable power of Om.
ARE SEVERAL INTERPRETATION of the ancient sound some traditional
(Allegory: a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative
treatment of one subject under the guise of another.)
Try this: stand comfortably,
feet shoulder width apart, hands and arms hanging easily at your sides. Prepare to make the "AUM" sound, all three
vowels in one seamless breath.
Inhale gently, easily, expanding into your belly as you breathe. Open your mouth
fully as you inhale, as if to "inhale" the "A" sound itself, creating the intention of the sound before
the sound actually begins.
Then, as you begin to make the "A" sound, raise your arms out to the side
... as if opening to embrace all the universe.
Then as your voice transitions seamlessly to the "U"
sound - extend your arms to the front, as if to hold something precious and powerful in your hands.
You might wish
to visualize some shape, round and energetic, manifesting between the palms of your hands.
Then, gliding from
"U" to the "M" sound, bring your hands, and whatever they may contain, to your heart center.
Finally, in the echo of the silence, bring your palms to your chest, pressing them lovingly to your heart. Breathe gently.
Repeat this exercise several times. It is remarkably centering and relaxing.
Find your own way ...
It really doesn't matter what "images" you create in your mind as you do this exercise, or what specific significance
you choose to attribute to each of the individual vowel sounds.
The mere fact that you are intoning this sound
will have a naturally gentle and balancing effect on your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Don`t worry about feeling self
conscious, so what, have a smile and do it anyway ... but to `get it` do it from your gut , not your mind.