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An Essence Boosts a Reiki Attunement

Posted by admin on Oct 31, 2009

©2009 by Kate McManus

Reiki is a strong form of energy work for healing, and, as a Reiki Master, I find that Reiki and flower essences complement each other well.  Reiki provides a deep and gently relaxing experience during which the client’s own healing mechanisms are activated.

If taken for a period of time after a Reiki session, the essences can continue to facilitate the ongoing release of blockages and imbalances. Essences allow for either a subtle and smooth resolution of issues, or transition to a new perspective on lifereikisymbol-wiki and higher stage of development.

As a Reiki Master, I also am allowed to attune clients and students to the beautiful energy of Reiki. For me, the one on one experience of this sacred occasion works best as I find I can adapt the attunement and course material to the individual client’s needs.

It also gives me the opportunity to experience, on a deep level, the nature and form of the sacred power which is invited in to the attunement process, without it becoming formulaic.

Over the last couple of years I have become aware of a new way of being in the process, which involves greater trust in the Reiki Guides and Reiki itself, and less in following the structured technique which I was taught.

The attunement of one client in particular, who tended to approach life in quite a critical and judgmental way, led me to this understanding for the first time. A Healer herself, she had done a lot of research on what to expect at an attunement and I could feel the pressure to conform to her particular expectations. The night before the attunement I had a powerful dream of the purple monkeyflower.

Flower Essence Society Repertory’s definition says:  “Purple Monkeyflower essence addresses fears of the upper chakras, namely our relationship to spirituality, religion, and religious authority. The color purple has an association with ecclesiastical hierarchy, as its densely clustered growth habit suggests enmeshment in a group identity. purplemonkeyflower-wiki

“This essence has proven beneficial for those who fear religious judgment or have turned away from spirituality out of reaction to fear-based religion. The lesson of the Purple Monkeyflower is to have the courage to find one’s own genuine spiritual path, whether that be a new quest for meaning, or a renewal of one’s religious roots. “ (Richard Katz “The Monkeyflower Genus: Addressing a wide spectrum of soul fears “ www.floweressencesociety.org)

After reading this description, and taking the essence, I knew that I had to have faith in a new understanding which was dawning on me; that the structure and technique of the attunement is not as important as the intention to attune. Another insight also emerged: Reiki is evolving with us and the Universe and therefore what held true 10 years ago, may not be useful or appropriate today. Reiki is an evolutionary tool and as such is always evolving.

On the day of the attunement I let my fears go and surrendered to the beautiful moment. After meditating and turning to my client I suddenly saw her “Buddha Face”. This term came out of the blue without any understanding of its meaning, it was not until later that I understood that beautiful gift that we had both been given.

The attunement that followed was amazing! I hardly knew what I was doing or why as the Reiki Guides moved my hands in different ways, but had complete trust in the process.

Afterwards, when speaking with the client she said it was different to what she had expected and all that she had read, but felt somehow that this was special and was grateful for it. I felt that the client had also let go of her expectations and come to receive a unique blessing as well.

Since that time, I have let go of following a structured format for attunements and trust in the loving guidance that I receive on the day.

Note: see Kate’s previous article on reiki and essences in Vibration Magazine here: http://www.floweressencemagazine.com/feb07/essencesandreiki.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kate McManus is a Reiki Master who uses flower essences from around the world for self-healing and for her clients. She has combined astrology and essences with great results. Kate lives in Broulee on the South Coast of NSW, Australia with Persian cat Prince > Hamish.She is about to become a grandmother and is looking forward to making essences for her new grandchild. Her passions are the whale watching, singing and the essences. You can email her at kate.mcmanus4@bigpond.com.

Art Credits: the picture of purple monkeyflower found at WikiMedia Commons is by Walter Siegmund. The Japanese symbol for reiki is also from WikiMedia and is contributed by Freddyz.

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What synchronicity. I was just writing a brief article about the Monkeyflower family and stopped to check my email. Thanks, Kate. As a fellow Reiki Master, I could appreciate your situation, and I loved how it unfolded.

October 31st, 2009 | 10:38 pm

WOW, Kate, synchronicity indeed, but in a different way than Connie. You see, I have been attuned to Reiki since 2000, but only in August 2009 did I become a Reiki Master. So far, I have performed two distant Reiki I attunements, and decided to put a flower essence together for it, and I was going to blog about it when I got a further response from my Reiki I recipients! I must admit – I believe Purple Monkeyflower is a beautiful essence and I can totally see why you (or Spirit) choose this! Awesome post, thanks so much!

November 1st, 2009 | 1:45 am

Thank you, Kate, for this inspiring article (and the one in a previous edition). I have only recently begun using Reiki with flower essences and am enjoying the journey among the petals of this path.

November 1st, 2009 | 3:20 am

I too would like to say ‘WOW Kate… synchronicity indeed” for me to read your article. Only this week I shared that I am not the mother and wife of 25yrs ago and that I’d hoped my meditation and healing practices were not those of 10years ago- aspiring that with time all parts of myself develop and change.
I too use essences with Reiki …and Tarot… and numerology … they work well alone and are an invaluable adjunct to all other healing /supportive therapies.
Thanks Kate for sharing such an intimate experience… inspiring on several levels!

November 1st, 2009 | 4:37 am

You know what’s really amazing about this synchronicity? We have had Kate’s article on hand for perhaps as long as a year. It’s been ready in draft form to be published on this blog for about a month. We usually have several articles waiting in draft form for publication, and each week we decide which one to publish. This week, I simply asked which was the highest good, and this is what went out. Interesting stuff…

November 1st, 2009 | 6:34 am
Anne Ryan:

Thank you Kate. Your experience with the monkey flower and your willingness to accept the flowers message and the messages of the moment seems to me the essence of Reiki. Great article.

November 7th, 2009 | 8:45 am
Markella Karamaouna:

Thank you so much Kate. I also work with Reiki and flower essences, and your article made me feel that I belong to a wonderful family. A family who is open to the great mysteries of the Universe with trust, awe and gratitude.

November 14th, 2009

November 14th, 2009 | 4:41 pm