Reach longevity through softness
Reach longevity through softness

Reiki is non-religious but some words, such as heaven, divine and spirit, express the essence of Reiki really well. Some may say that ki (aka qi, xi or chi) – meaning the universal life energy – is religious, but from ancient times people have been thankful for being alive and gazed in wonder at the universe, wondering what’s it all about. Perhaps this has turned into religion for some groups, but isn’t it simply a human thing? Isn’t being alive and being human an awe-inspiring event?

So we look for things to express the inexpressible, to express our longing for fulfillment, or our thirst for the ultimate human experience. The following comes from the I Ching. It particularly applies to Reiki because qi is the ki in Reiki, earth is where we are living and Reiki is very much connected with the earth element and also the ground or root which is used so we stay focused and conscious in the here and now. It is also a wonderfully concise instruction for Reiki participants to follow.

Precious Air Of Heaven

Swallow the precious air of heaven in order to nourish the Qi.
Borrow the enormous strength of earth in order to grow root.
Reach longevity through softness.

I Ching

View of Blackburn pedestrian area from Safe Reiki room
View of Blackburn pedestrian area from Safe Reiki room

Reiki practitioners in the Blackburn area have learned from different Reiki masters and we have our own individual backgrounds, preferences and priorities, so Reiki sessions are going to vary. Many East Lancashire Reiki practitioners advertise various holistic services at the top of their lists – for example, one may focus on hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, another on massage and aromatherapy, another on psychic readings and tarot, another on crystal healing and Hopi Ear Candling – and Reiki is just one amongst many complementary therapies they offer.

Safe Reiki is in between Blackburn RBS and Blackburn Town Hall
Safe Reiki is in between Blackburn RBS and Blackburn Town Hall

Safe Reiki compared with other Blackburn area practitioners

Here at Safe Reiki, I keep it simple and offer Reiki and an introduction to peace. Peace is not absence of war but is the ultimate experience that a human being can have. Reiki (rei – ki) and peace are inextricably intertwined and complement each other. The result is that all my conscious focus in on the energy that is keeping us alive – the ki, the chi, the qi, the life force, the source (call it what you will) – and my focus is not on the mind or body or the “spiritual” that other Blackburn area practitioners may be offering.

Blackburn Safe Reiki couch and posters
Blackburn Safe Reiki couch and posters

My connection with the source (ki)

I first became conscious of the source (ki) in 1971 and have connected with it on a near-daily basis since 1973. So although my first Reiki session was in 2016, I have been in regular conscious connection with the energy of peace and Reiki for 44 years. In practical terms this means that every day I get in touch with the source within me, practise Reiki and live by the five Reiki principles. If I do that, all is well. Fortunately, the energy is in the best place possible, within me, so even on a bad day, I eventually make that connection, thankfully.

Blackburn Safe Reiki couch and 5 Reiki principles
Blackburn Safe Reiki couch and 5 Reiki principles

Free Reiki in the Blackburn area

I love Reiki and offer a free first session, plus half-price deals for introducing friends. This is not because I’m cheap and we live near Blackburn but because you just can’t buy the feeling that comes from peace and Reiki. So I offer you a chance that is win-win. You can’t lose with Safe Reiki and you’ve so much to gain.

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Blackburn Safe Reiki peace education programme corner
Blackburn Safe Reiki peace education programme corner

Is Reiki safe? On our journey around the Sun, Earth is travelling at 67,000 miles an hour whilst it rotates at the speed of a bullet (about 1000 miles an hour).  Is anyone safe on our planet?
Is Reiki safe? On our journey around the Sun, Earth is travelling at 67,000 miles an hour whilst it rotates at the speed of a bullet (about 1000 miles an hour). Is anyone safe on our planet?

When you know what Reiki is, you can say with complete confidence that Reiki is completely safe with no negative side effects. But when you don’t know, is it safe to have a Reiki session even if it is free? Thankfully most of us have the common sense and confidence to give it a try and find out for ourselves, as I did.

For our safety, we need to know

There are some things that I believe but don’t know, but if it’s affecting me directly I need to know. Haven’t we all been duped by sharp practices or sharp practitioners and now we proceed very warily when spending money or trying something new? In an age when many political leaders and respected public figures are being found out to be frauds; in an age of fast and plentiful information and misinformation; in an age of trusting big profit-making corporations with our energy, utilities and transport infrastructures; and in this age of the internet, I bet most of us have been shocked and burned in some way, so the need to know for ourselves is more important than ever.

Is Reiki safe? No guard-rails or straps to stop you falling off the couch. Should Health & Safety be more strict?
Is Reiki safe? No guard-rails or straps to stop you falling off the couch. Should Health & Safety be more strict?

Reiki – new age or a timeless need?

Reiki is often categorized as a “new age” thing. That’s OK by me because I see new age stuff as mostly positive, idealistic and an attempt to push the boundaries of human consciousness rather than just accept the status quo. There are, of course, airy-fairy, dubious practices and people in it just to make money but in general “new age” often offers viable and natural alternatives from which to choose. Safe Reiki, for example, offers harmless natural healing that you can try free of charge to see if it suits you. My personal “new age” thinking behind this is really as old as the hills – Reiki helps me feel good and I want to share that.

Is Reiki safe? The universal life force energy permeates and bursts out of every living thing.  Is the universal life force energy safe?
Is Reiki safe? The universal life force energy permeates and bursts out of every living thing. Is the universal life force energy safe?

Safe and secure when we know for sure

Reiki makes me feel very safe. I know from my own experience (not my thought or theory) that something intelligent and loving is taking care of me. “Ah but people like you are misguided and Reiki will lead you into dangerous occult practices”, a certain set of fear-mongers will tell us. But we are no longer so ready to accept the voice of authority. We are learning to trust ourselves. We will now get to know some of these “occult” people and discover they are more often than not honest people with strong principles who really enjoy their alternative ways of expressing their love of life. We’ve seen genocide in the name of religion, we’ve seen that the powers-that-be are NOT learning any lessons and we can clearly see that we are actually happier than those overloaded with power, money and propaganda machinery. Such is the power of knowing for yourself and practising Reiki and peace, and why Reiki is safe. But don’t just accept my words. Try it and see for yourself.

Is Reiki safe? Dr Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, left us these five principles. Reiki doesn't work right without them. Reiki is very safe.
Is Reiki safe? Dr Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, left us these five principles. Reiki doesn't work right without them. Reiki is very safe.

Drugged up, dumbed down or free with Reiki and peace?
Drugged up, dumbed down or free with Reiki and peace?

My Reiki teachers taught me to share Reiki for the greatest good of all and I always share Reiki in this way. If a client is open, receptive and has good intentions, Reiki will naturally heal the parts where it is most needed and can heal mind, body and soul. Cool or what!

Reiki Works Alongside Medical Drugs

In general Reiki is not a replacement for medical drugs but works alongside. There are some exceptions, for example some people on low doses of tranquillisers replace them with Reiki to good effect. But more usually Reiki eases the anxiety caused by illness and recovery is assisted, no matter what the illness is or how severe it is. Reiki can also help with ending repeat courses of drugs and removing the dependence on medical drugs. Reiki works no matter what medical drugs a person is on but may not be as noticeable if lots of drugs are involved. Then again I have a client who underwent a full chemotherapy treatment and reported some quite amazing and beautiful experiences whilst receiving Reiki – an example of how individuals respond to Reiki in their own personal unique way.

Recreational Drugs are Non-Essential

Hippy, druggie or just appreciating her wonderful life?
Hippy, druggie or just appreciating her wonderful life?

Reiki and peace are sometimes associated with hippies or druggies and an altered state of reality induced by recreational drugs. Some so-called Reiki masters or peace lovers may indeed partake in such drugs and make out they are ultra-cool. In my experience they hang out with other drug users so they can have a ready supply and the next high becomes the main focus of their lives. They become unreliable, saying one thing but doing another, and start to avoid non-users because they don’t like the “straight” reality anymore. They choose their drug habit. It is not an essential for their well-being, although dependency can make it seem essential.

Reiki and Peace Replace Recreational Drugs

In contrast to medical drugs, Reiki and peace are replacements for recreational drugs and work better when the client gives up those drugs. Rather than giving an altered state of reality, Reiki and peace encourage acceptance, appreciation and enjoyment of the “straight” reality. For many people, reality is harsh and hard but it doesn’t have to be that way. By discovering your true self, you find all the comfort and joy you need to enjoy this life. It all starts on the inside. You do not need drugs to experience a beautiful high and for a harmonious reality to become the norm. Reiki helps you get there. The peace I am talking about is that true high and it is perfectly possible for every single human being on the face of this earth to feel peace daily in their lives.

That which you are looking for is already inside you
That which you are looking for is already inside you

My Reiki room clock is never wrong
My Reiki room clock is never wrong

The clock in my Reiki room never shows the wrong time, even if I remove the battery, or even if I move the hands! It always shows the time is NOW! We live in now, not a second before or after, but always right now. We look at our watch, but that only tells us the importance of now, we don’t want to miss anything.

But having said that, how many of us really live in the moment called now?

We dream of tomorrow, or what we’re going to do later, or what we must do before such a time; or we reflect on what we just said, what we just did, what he or she just did, what we did in our lives, what happened when we were young etc.

A sundial never tells the past time or future time
A sundial never tells the past time or future time

How much time do we spend thinking of the past or future?

Everything now is real, so it is obvious that we are missing a lot of reality when we dwell on past or future events. We are exchanging reality for illusion, for a mirage, exchanging a real experience for a thought or a memory.

Persistence Of Memory by Salvador Dali
Persistence Of Memory by Salvador Dali

So how do we live in the moment and make the most of our time on this planet?

I practise peace which involves consciousness of the here and now, and I practise Reiki which also involves the same consciousness. I am not bragging, I am very lucky to know this. Everyone can know this. We all have choices. Whatever we do the most, we get good at, it’s a law of nature. So if we choose to be conscious of this moment and practice, we can get good at it. How much do we want to be conscious? How much unconsiousness will we put up with? Are we prepared to let unconsciousness lead us into all kinds of situations and problems? Or are we going to enjoy this moment called now and discover forever? The time for Reiki, peace and happiness is now and if we can keep finding our way to the moment called now, we’ll enjoy a beautiful life.

Clouds and clarity come and go but if we stay conscious we will find our way
Clouds and clarity come and go but if we stay conscious we will find our way