Once you venture down the 'spiritual' path, it's easy to get excited.
In fact, from the moment you start getting results, there is a massive temptation to simply learn as much as you can from wherever you can.
Now, worse fates could befall you; but if you are serious about getting the most from your spiritual / Reiki practice – especially if you plan to work professionally or are already doing so – then there are things to keep in mind.
Here are 3 tips for using Reiki with other healing modalities:
1) Integrate new techniques in layers. People generally just grab new techniques as if they were items on a supermarket shelf without much thought for timing.
But doing things at the wrong time is like tossing eggs into the mixing bowl last when making a pancake – the result will be a bit flat!
Because if everything is just jumbled in together without considering the appropriate timing then you'll end up being the proverbial 'Jack of all trades, master of none.'
And that is not something you want to be.
Not if you care deeply about inner growth or the wellbeing of your clients.
Sadly, however, in almost every Reiki course I take I have students who are repeating the level. Some are repeating because they did Reiki years ago and haven't followed through with it; but the majority are repeating because they realized that something was missing from the course they took.
The reason for this is generally that many Reiki teachers are doing too many things and Reiki is, in truth, merely an 'add-on'. It is not something they practice daily. It is not something for which they have the time to build the proper structure and materials for a course. It's merely something they do on top of their massage, counseling, yoga, '3rd eye transcendental psycho-healing', 'Mountaintop breath Kundalini past-life transpersonal regression technique' and the like.
Now, I'm not saying you can't be a master of all these things, but to be so you'd probably want a good twenty years of solid practice.
So the 'best' technique – as a rule, and rules of course are made to be broken, so don't be dogmatic! – is to add techniques in layers.
Learn one. Master it. Then learn another.
Dive deep into the well before looking elsewhere.
Otherwise you may never find any water.
2) Make sure your techniques are compatible. Just because techniques work, doesn't mean they are compatible. This might seem odd, but sometimes – most likely due to the way energy flows – one technique can pretty well erase, or interfere with, the other. This has happened to me on a few occasions.
For instance, I once learned a healing method called the 'Healing Codes'. It was a bit like Reiki except that the energy came out your finger tips and you only worked on selected positions on the head.
Now let me be clear: the method was a good one.
Due to the differing way the energy flowed (only out the fingertips), it actually started to interfere with my Reiki.
Possibly there are other explanations as well, but the end result was that practicing the Healing Codes meant that I lost Reiki sensitivity and touch in my hands. As a result, I had to give them up.
Another example is Holosync (you know, 'listen to some music and meditate like a Tibetan master' …).
Holosync uses brainwave entrainment (hi-tech music to keep it simple!), To send you into a deep meditative state and, in a way, it definitely works.
The problem with it, however, is that once again it tended to destroy my energetic sensitivity.
In some way it was making me numb. Numb so I wasn't bothered by much, but also numb so I felt like I was working through a haze when doing Reiki.
I since discovered that I'm not the only person to feel this way, so I'm confident it more than just a personal thing.
In any case, the general rule remains: some techniques interfere with others, so at times you will need to make a choice.
( Note : Just so you know, most techniques do support one another, so please don't become either paranoid or dogmatic. Too many groups make spirituality this OR that . In most cases the issue isn't interference, but rather spreading yourself too but since it can be interference, be on the lookout.)
3) Find complementary healing methods. If you are running a business, you want your staff to have diverse skills. Some are good at this, some are good at that and, ultimately, you've got everything covered.
A football team is another example.
Imagine having a team made up only of forwards. Not going to work optimally – even if each individual player is brilliant.
Because each player needs to complement the other. Forwards, backs, onballers – together they give you the range of skills you need.
Similarly, if you are going to add new healing methods to your repertoire, find ones that work in areas that you haven't already got covered.
Find areas where your current healing methods struggle and learn something that plugs the gaps.
Of course, for this to work, we have to be humble.
We have to accept that 'Mountaintop breath Kundalini past-life transpersonal regression technique' may not be able to heal everything.
But if we are, if we study the data from our results, then we can usually discover patterns, patterns that will show us in which areas improvement can come.
Now, before rushing on to the next healing modality, see first if there isn't a way you could improve what you are currently doing; but if you are still stuck then, by all means, search for an additional 'plug-in'.
A personal example for me is Pellowah.
Over the course of my Reiki career I've found that it can help with most things.
But because many clients are not really willing to work with the entire Reiki system (that includes hands-on healing, meditations, precept work etc.), then often it will be difficult to heal chronic issues.
Pellowah, however, seems to be able to go deep, rearrange things on a mental / emotional level, and produce healing which, in many cases, would be pretty well impossible for Reiki.
What's more, since Pellowah works with a different energetic frequency (range) it can be used to work on areas that Reiki can't even touch.
It's a bit like how we use X-rays, infra-red rays and sunrays for different things. They are all useful, it just depends on what you are trying to achieve.
A personal example for me was my daughter's eczema.
This was hereditary, passed down from her mum's side. Her auntie had bad eczema, her half-brother had terrible eczema, many others in the family had bad eczema. So it was a difficult case, and one that Reiki, sadly, failed to cure.
Now, it may just be coincidence, but the night after I did Pellowah for the first time, my daughter's eczema cleared up.
From time to time it does, admittedly, return in a much milder form, but all I seem to need to do is another session and it almost always disappears.
(Disclaimer: so I don't get fined, locked in jail or shot by certain traditional Western medicine Fascists, I'm not a doctor and I'm not making any medical claims. So if you ask me, I have to tell you that 'Pellowah and Reiki are nothing but relaxation and meditation methods that may promote healing in some cases' – and the above-mentioned healing may just be coincidence!).
Unfortunately, you can't use Pellowah on yourself (I've tried – it doesn't work!) And it isn't perfect for everything.
For instance, if you sprain your ankle, then Reiki will generally be more effective. But it can go places Reiki can't easily go (or even go) and since you barely need to do anything to be good at it (like with Reiki there is an attunement), it's a brilliant healing 'plug-in' to what I currently do.
I simply use it when working on other people (so it never eats into my personal Reiki practice), and it helps me expand the areas I can get great results in.
The moral, therefore, is to make your complementary healing methods complementary .
Do that and enjoy the compliments.