Just like Grandma used to do...
© 2006 James Deacon
During a refreshment-break on the second day of a
level 2 Reiki class I was teaching, one of the younger students asked
if we could talk for a moment.
me how much she was enjoying the course, and how she felt she had to
share something with me.
while earlier in the day, I had introduced the students to the idea of
using a teddy bear as one many possible forms of medium for delivering
distant treatment to a client.
This particular student explained how she had not
wanted to interrupt the flow of the course at the time (Brownie Points
for that, I thought!), but that she was excited by the realisation that
her grandmother might well have been a Reiki practitioner, even though
the now very elderly lady had never ever mentioned the fact.
she said, ”Grandma was always into herbs and natural cures, that kind
of thing, y’know; so I suppose she might have also done Reiki training
– actually, come to think of it, she might even
have been a Reiki Master!”
explained how, as a child, she had on several occasions, seen her
grandmother doing what she now recognised as a variation on the teddy
bear proxy-healing practice (her grandmother had actually worked with a
small, plain, 'rag-doll').
know you said Reiki can be seamlessly integrated into other therapeutic
practices – if a person feels the need – but,” she asked, almost
hesitantly “do many people actually use Reiki and some other therapy together
- for doing distance healing?"
"I suppose it’s really a matter of what the
individual feels works best for them” I replied. “So, why do you think
your Grandmother was trained to Reiki master-level?” I asked.
it only just struck me a few moments ago”, she explained "I think she might
have used the master symbol mantra when she was working
'distantly' on the client. I always remember, as a little girl,
sneaking into her bedroom and watching her work. Of course I had no
idea then as to what she was doing – and I never let her know that I
had often watched her."
see, Grandma used to kind of half-whisper under her breath – when she
was ‘treating’. In fact, the more I think about it now, the more sure I
am that what she was quietly chanting was the mantra of the Reiki
young woman was becoming very animated now.
”Yes, I’m almost certain that’s
what it was!” she continued excitedly, "Each time Grandma pricked one
of the acupuncture needles into the rag-doll’s head or torso, she would
repeat the mantra three times – though, because of
the way she was whispering, I could only ever hear the first