Finding my Highest Potential with Reiki

Extract from Reiki’s Highest Potential by Sarina Korotane / AYNI Books

What I’ve found throughout my personal Reiki journey is how resourceful Reiki actually is. Whenever I have troubles, a physical issue or feel out of sorts, I turn to Reiki. Whenever I feel negative energy in a situation or a location or with a group of people, I turn to Reiki. Whenever I need lifting I cocoon myself in a Reiki bubble. I give myself 21-day Reiki cleanses whenever I feel a need to connect on a deeper level or if I’m dealing with pain or dis-ease. It’s now in my psyche as the go-to resource. Reiki in many ways is my companion, my teacher and, to be fair, my reality checker or arse kicker. 

However, and I cannot stress this enough, if I need to see a medical expert, I do, and I will take any medicine that the doctors see fit because they are the medical experts. Yes, I include Reiki in all or any healing that I need. I believe that Reiki will benefit any healing required, by clearing away any blocked energy, and that it works hand in hand with medicine to improve my health and well-being. 

Reiki is, however, more than just a companion to any medicine I receive. Reiki has given me the tools to really accept myself and, alongside the Five Principles of Reiki, has taught me to evolve and grow whenever I’ve needed to. The Five Principles of Reiki have taught me that self-love and self-discipline go hand in hand together. Loving and taking care of myself is something that I still battle with, but it has also made me very aware of the fact that I alone am responsible for my actions, words, life. Without the tools of Reiki, I have no idea where I would be right now, but I do know that I would probably be living and working in toxic environments and still have toxic relationships. Reiki has allowed me to remove the dis-ease, the drama, and the behaviour patterns that kept me in trauma.

At each point of my life since I first learned Reiki, I have had to grow to be the person I needed to be at that particular point in my life. I’ve had to find my highest potential at that moment in time and it’s not been an easy ride, but it’s allowed me to see who I really am, flaws and all, and that has given me the tools to grow into what I needed to be. 

Reiki has allowed me to slowly but surely remove all the layers that I thought the world had put on me to conform to. Reiki has allowed me to see that I only belong to me and I am responsible for me. I love my partner and family, but they don’t belong to me and I don’t belong to them. I and they are our own unique little cosmic beings with our own unique paths. Reiki has given me the tools to recognise myself, accept myself and fall in love with myself and to treat all others as I now treat myself – with respect, with love, with kindness. 

But also I’ve come to realise that I no longer fear walking away from anything or anyone that feels negative to me. I no longer feel guilt over putting myself first and being selfish in such a way as to keep negativity away from me. I no longer look for acceptance, because I’m not afraid any more of being different or standing alone. Of course I do still get the odd doubt now and then, but I have the tools to overcome that. 

Now, I’m in a place where I’m growing again, where my body is changing and I physically feel older, slightly broken, but it’s OK because I still feel young at heart. I’m learning constantly about the world around me and also about me, how much I’m changing as I come to another era of my life, and I look to what future I have with a keenness I never felt before – probably because as we age, we do stop caring so much about what others think or do. I just want to live out my life with my partner in a quiet, happy space, on my terms, and I’m willing to fight for my terms. 

I won’t always be a professional Reiki Practitioner, but Reiki will always be my go-to resource for any cleansing or healing I require. Reiki allows me to love, to give, to be grateful, to recognise my strengths and weaknesses, and to understand myself and my place in the universe. Reiki will be to me what I need it to be, always for my highest good, to be my own unique highest potential.

Introduction to Reiki’s Highest Potential by Sarina Korotane

Reiki’s Highest Potential is an open, honest and informative book which explores the origins and healing practices of Original Usui Reiki, both Eastern and Western philosophes. It follows the method/practice that was developed, used and taught by Mikao Usui, and how Reiki learning has evolved into what is now taught globally. This book teaches the reader how to use Reiki healing to cleanse energy blocks which cause dis-ease and imbalance within the physical, mental, emotional and energy/spiritual bodies, and takes the reader on a journey through the three degrees, giving them the tools/techniques taught in the book to heal themselves, and to find their highest potential. 

The author, a Reiki Master herself, wrote this book for all those interested in Reiki healing, from new comers who don’t know what Reiki is, to Reiki students and Reiki Masters, and to people who have been attuned but have not practised in a long time. This book is also useful for people who are interested in well-being, mindfulness, mediations or breathing techniques to calm the mind when anxious or going through trauma.

Each of the three degrees, Shoden – 1st Degree, Okuden – 2nd Degree, and Shinpeden and Shihan Master Degree contain both the Eastern and Western philosophies and practices, all the basic information, meditations, exercises, and practical uses for that particular level of Reiki. Included is how the cleansing process works after being attuned to each degree, and how this cleansing can literally change your mind set and release hidden trauma and dis-ease.

Shoden teaches the reader about self-healing and how to begin the journey into healing, where emphasis is very much focussed on first being connected to the Reiki energy and learning how to conduct self-treatments. The Five Principles of Reiki are explored and shows how bringing those into your everyday routine, can free one from negative emotions and thoughts, a way to retrain your brain to think of positives and not the negatives. Shoden is very much about self-healing, about investing in your own physical, emotional, mental, and energetic/spiritual self. 

Okuden teaches how to connect to different Reiki frequencies via Kotodama and symbols to heal on the deeper levels of the emotional and mental bodies, and how to build a cosmic bridge to send Reiki over long distances or different time periods. This level also looks at the all the practical elements of working as a professional Reiki Practitioner, such as how to prepare for clients, how to conduct professional treatments, and how to work within the limits of the law, with integrity, ensuring that the treatment is always for the clients’ highest good.

Shinpeden and Shihan Master Degree teaches how to connect to further Reiki frequencies via Kotodama and symbols which heal much deeper on the soul/spirit body, the process and how to conduct Attunements and Reiju Empowerments, enabling Reiki to be passed onto others. This level also looks at all the practical elements of teaching Reiki to others, such as how to prepare, price and time your Reiki courses for students. There is also an emphasis based on the Master Degree being the beginning of your soul healing journey, and that Reiki learning does not end with the Master Degree, but is something that we constantly relearn throughout our lives.

This book does contain the Kotodama and symbols with explanations on how to use them, ensuring that all the information a Reiki practitioner needs is to hand. These are not commonly printed or shared with people with no knowledge of Reiki, as we are taught that the Kotodama and symbols should be viewed as sacred and secret. This book explores how being open and honest about Reiki practices, welcomes more people to come and learn without committing. The basis being that they will come to Reiki when they are ready, with an open mind and a willingness for healing.

But the book does not end with the Master Degree. Throughout each degree, the author writes about her personal journey through each Reiki Degree, how the cleansing process changed her view of herself, and how it guided her to discover who she was and how to reach her highest potential at a particular moment in her life. The journey continues with her becoming a professional Reiki Practitioner and Reiki Teacher, using her experience to give an honest account of how to grow into these positions with confidence, whilst making a few mistakes along on the way. 

The book finishes with additional symbols that the author connects to and how her Reiki healing has continued since taking her Master Degree ten years ago, allowing her to continue growing, evolving and finding her place in healing.

This book is a guide on how to use Reiki to heal yourself – be it your mental and/or emotional life to improve your career or personal relationships, or physical issues, or your personal energy/spiritual life to gain more perspective on who you are on a deeper level, so you may reach your highest potential.