As a practical matter, have you used Reiki practices in a lucid dream? What happened?
In most cases, I haven’t used the Reiki energy practices in the course of a lucid dream because of this way of thinking: If you can send something as sacred as distant Reiki, or, for instance, influence an event in all directions of time in the waking state, would Reiki become something ‘more special’ in the lucid dream state? Would it become ‘more powerful’?
Maybe this point of view has had a crucial effect on my expectations towards Reiki practices which is an important aspect of lucid dreaming—I have never seen Reiki develop ‘incredible superpowers’ or experienced myself as a distinct Reiki master in the lucid dream state. Still, all Reiki practices have worked as in waking life.
Though, once, I made a terrible ‘beginner’s mistake’ while working with Reiki symbols which had an apparent effect on the lucid dream content. By trying to stop a nightmare, I drew the first Reiki symbol into the air and pronounced its mantra three times.
Unfortunately, I quite forgot that this symbol usually reinforces the result! As a result of this, the nightmare intensified and more scary dream figures continued to appear until I cried for divine assistance.
Later, I realized I should have better used the second symbol which stands for balance and can weaken the abundance of a source you are confronted with.
The theme of this issue is Reflections and Mirrors. How has your experience with lucid dreaming and Reiki brought this to mind?
In general, I regard mirrors as a portal to another dimension which might become visible to clairvoyant people both in the waking and dreaming state. This belief arises from the strange event I mentioned in the LDE (Fall 2017 edition):
… At the beginning of my research, I meditate with the traditional mudra and mantra of Dai Marishi Ten before falling asleep. As a result of this, I have a very strange dream of a red cloud of smoke in the form of a snake circling me. My further studies strengthen my suspicion that this phenomenon is indicating the presence of the goddess Dai Marishi Ten, who is not only depicted as the “Goddess of Fire,” but also in general visualized in red flames during meditation practice.
In the morning, I noticed the same cloud of red smoke (!) in the waking state while looking in a ‘real mirror’ (which gave me a start!). I am still speculating whether I have dreamt about this in spite of immediate reality testing.
And in my latest LDE article, I recall seeing the reflection of Dai Marishi Ten in a dream mirror after my first experiments with Reiki energy which incorporated the attempt of summoning this goddess by using ancient mantras. Might mirrors be effective devices for divine communication?
When you think about Reiki, what is it about it that seems special in lucid dreaming? Do the practices help you focus your energy better when lucid? Or does it seem connected to an ancient tradition?
I perceive Reiki as subtle guidance towards my purpose in life and feel deep respect towards this spiritual tradition that even slowly led me to learn Japanese!
How would you feel about the significance of Reiki after this recent lucid dream of mine?
“A Ride through Eternity”
After having meditated in the early morning hours, I try to keep myself awake by focusing on my breath until I get the impression my dream body has already been formed. Surrounded by darkness, I softly close the door and enter the common staircase where many of my dreams have already started. Having pictured the pale outlines of a window frame, I open it and try to stare skyward into the blackness. Then I repeat my goal, this time in Japanese. Assuming the Namaskar mudra (my essence meets your essence gesture) in front of my heart, I slightly bow my head and pronounce with gentle confidence: “Reiki no moto o misete kudasai.” (Show me the origin of Reiki).
Immediately, a shift of energy takes place, pulling me into the role of a detached observer, having lost any sense of time: While a never-ending tunnel, veined with violet light, is snaking its way through the infinite blackness, I am transfixed by the enormous pace of the ride and the attracting accuracy of the glowing construction in front of me…
Upon awakening, I note down this assumption in my dream diary: ‘The matter did not matter first (in the course of Creation). Before (visible) matter was formed, the spirit of Reiki (embodied through the violet color) emerged. In hindsight, this experience would probably explain the result of my previous experiment when I asked to become the Reiki energy and found myself transformed into a powerful, multilayered, allencompassing energy, surrounded by uncountable stars of the already existing universe.’