Have you ever been to see a healer? There are healers in many traditions.

Healing’s are brought about in many different ways. Even within a particular tradition each healer has his own technique or style. As a healer goes through the process of learning about, and developing, his healing abilities he is introduced to the practical aspect alongside the theory or knowledge of his craft.He will read relevant books as well as sensing, and opening up to, energy. Many students of healing are fulfilling a vocation which they have sensed for many years. It is as if they have been drawn into a vortex or a completely, different, dimension; a homecoming which only they can understand. They have reached their spot, on the stage of life, at last. They have attained that for which they have been searching throughout their entire, eternal, life; their connection with the Universe.

Healing emanates in many forms. Any push in the right direction, as long as it is taken on board, can heal. Chastisement from an elder can push an unruly child back on the tracks. Even being sent to prison can be cathartic. Should someone be offending more than occasionally the experience of being sent to prison, for a short time, can be enough to stop him in his tracks. Pushes in the right direction and chastisement are coming from a position of love; from the heart. The soul, or atma, the tiny particle of God, which is present in every living entity, is the source of all love and, therefore, healing. Over the millenia, throughout time, many places and circumstances, various methods of healing have come into being.
Reiki,as we now know it, was practiced in ancient Tibet. People of ancient cultures knew much more than we give them credit for. The people we, now, call professionals were monks in the ancient world. The monasteries were the seats of learning. They practiced law, medicine, provided mediation services, knew about sociology, taught children as well as carrying out their day to day monastic duties. Humility is the key to the fulfilment of all desires. Envy comes through arrogance and the ‘my, me mine’ concept – ‘Why does he have what belongs to me?’ True knowledge brings about the, ‘Everything belongs to God and all that I have He has put in my care’ concept and destroys the sense of apparent entitlement.
The ancient monks and priests knew their place as God’s servants and their lives were dedicated to bringing about a holistic healing of the whole creation; mind, body, spirit of every living entity. Study of scripture, herbs and poisons, how to serve and worship God, etiquette of worship, workings of the mind and cultures were all part of their study agenda.

Ancient man was well travelled and made contact with inhabitants of other lands. Sojourns were made by sea as well as by land. There were established routes between Egypt and what is now South America. Ancient Egypt traded with the Aztecs. Traces of cocaine have been found on mummies in Egypt.Coca leaf could not grow in the Egyptian climate. It could only have been brought from South America. Medicines were being manufactured and exported then as they are now.Only the mode of transport was different. In ancient times merchants used camels and donkeys to carry their goods to ports for export.It took months to get merchandise from A to B. Now it can be done in a couple of days.
Medicines were made from herbs and poisons. Traders would come and buy them and distribute them around the planet. They used well established routes which had existed for centuries. Along these routes there were many small business people, of the time, plying for trade. Blacksmiths, food vendors, dealers in precious metals and stones, doctors, homeopaths and herbalists, shoemakers and cobblers, leather workers, holy men who offered prayers, grain dealers, tailors, camel traders, and many more.

There are many people, in the world of today, who are multi talented and highly intelligent. However they find themselves stuck in mediocrity. This is due to their inability to focus. In the not so long ago, the time frame between the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian Era, despite bad working conditions there was a time of enlightenment of the working classes even if only slight. In order to learn how to operate machinery the workforce had to be literate. This brought into being the Poor Schools and Working Menś Colleges. These institutions focused on what was termed ‘the 3 R´s – reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. The students learned the fundamentals of following written instructions, writing short reports and counting and recording the amount of pieces which they had produced in a dayś work. As far as the employers and society were concerned that was all they needed to know. They definitely did not want the working class in universities.

The outcome of industrialisation was that, in the towns, there were many jobs, in a lot of different genres, available. When one was in a rural setting there was only the need to think about the job which had been handed down, for many generations, from father to son. At that time working life started early at around 11 years old.

On leaving the countryside one had an opportunity to make a different life. With the offer of jobs of many kinds available it could be a tad disorienting. Despite the missionaries, in the cities and towns, preaching to the ´great unwashed´, about the evils of alcohol and other apparent sins, many souls were lost due to the exploitation of hardworking people who needed relief from the drudgery. The outcome was that their physical health slipped due to the despair which affected their mental health.
All ability to focus was lost. A great many people found themselves in disarray. Work related stress, inability to provide a decent living for their families, physical illnesses, and mental illness such as depression befuddled a generation.
Reiki would definitely have come in handy in those times when medications were not readily available to the poor and many died of what are now seen to be common ailments.

It was not till the next generation that Dr Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki. The story of how this came about is quite commonly known to those in the alternative health community. This healing system uses symbols based on the kanji of the Japanese alphabet and their pronunciations; similar to the Vedic yantras and mantras. These can be seen, for example, on Google Images. Reiki realigns the chakras and material, subtle and spiritual bodies. The lost and hidden arts of times long gone are now coming back to the fore. These are, currently, more common in the East than in the West. There is an ongoing discussion as regards the efficacy of Eastern methods over Western. There is said to be a difference in the methods.The Eastern method is apparently more pure. However it would seem to make more sense that the sincerity of the medium comes into play. How open is the person, through whom the healing is being channelled, to a complete healing taking place? To what extent is the recipient, of the healing, open to being healed? Sincerity is the key.

Fixed hand positions are, in many cases, used in Reiki. However these would appear to not always be necessary. ´Absent´ healing techniques can also be used in close proximity to the client. Visualisation techniques can take the healer inside the body and mind of the person, or animal, being healed. Reiki is independent and can heal or not. It works through the therapist rather than being worked by the therapist. The client can be completely healed in one session or in more. It is up to the Reiki energy. You know when the Reiki is working. You feel it. The therapist is also affected by the energy. Reiki works on and through everything which it touches. Should a Reiki Therapist just imagine himself working with someone that person will benefit even more than if he is standing next to them. There are therapists who do not need a lot in the way of training. This is because they have acquired the ability in a previous life. It is flowing into this lifetime. Now it is flowing, naturally, through them. They have a built in affinity with healing and nature. One´s vocation, or dharma, is present throughout one´s life. Many people, for whatever reason, miss their vocation altogether and find themselves working at jobs which they hate. This wears them down and they live in despair. Due to a lack of harmony in every department of their lives they find themselves always at war with everyone and everything around them. They are always hurting and asking questions like, ´Why me?´ They find themselves drawn to people of a similar ilk. Always complaining, always criticising and never praying about their situation. They are always blaming. They love to blame God especially. ´It was God. He put me in this mess. I didn´t ask to be born´. If only they would take a step back and check out what they are doing with their lives and with whom they are surrounding themselves. Negative people. Even they have their support groups supporting them in their negativity.

In order to find out what our dharma is we have to take time out to think about what it is that we enjoy doing. What makes us feel alive? What do we do easily? What is it that would make you look forward to another Monday and make you work on all the way through Friday? Can you imagine lifting your head and checking your watch and realising it is past midnight on a Friday night then thinking, ´Wow! I have done it.I have escaped drinks with the losers´? That is what we all need. We need time by ourselves in surroundings, of our own choosing, to sit down and think where we are going from here. It takes self love to do that. All healing comes from love and love starts with love of self. When you are, truly, in an holistic state of health then you can pass that onto others. God works through healed bodies and minds from the soul level; from the inside out.