But lately it seems there are a lot of things that make me angry. And try as I might, I am just as angry – if not more – the next day over the same things. As a professional in the healing arts, I worry (Oh NO! Don’t worry!!!) that there is no amount of self-Reiki that is going to help me let it go. And I worry (ugh!) that people will see me, and thus the Reiki profession in general, differently because I share my anger and worries. After all, Reiki energy is calming and peace-full. If I am doing it right, and practicing my daily self-Reiki - how can I claim to be an effective Reiki practitioner and teacher if I can get so pissed off at stuff?
The current lack of competent leadership in our nation’s government makes me angry. School shootings make me angry. Racism makes me angry. That people openly hate other people because they are gay absolutely angers me. I worry about the children who live without safe and clean drinking water. And the children living in constant fear for their lives in countries torn apart by war. The ongoing barrage of negativity, anger, and sadness seems unending and that both angers and worries me. Every day. Yesterday. Today, Tomorrow.
So, what’s a Reiki practitioner supposed to do? How do we as teachers, legitimately teach our students the daily Precepts when we can’t quite get a grasp on them ourselves? If we teach honestly as in “Just for today – I will do my work honestly” we must acknowledge our human flaws. Perhaps it is possible that anger has a place in our day-to-day living. While getting angry with the guy for cutting me off in traffic is pretty much a waste of my time and energy – being angry about the injustices in our world can lead to positive change. When I share a story on social media about a group bringing access to clean water to underdeveloped communities around the globe, perhaps one of my friends is moved enough and financially able to help support that group. Thus, my anger at the situation has become a positive. Change doesn’t come when people are all happy, well-off, and content with life. Sometimes we need to be pushed to the edge in order to commit to change. Sometimes we need to get angry.
Like myself, most people strive to be non-judgmental, caring, and peace-filled individuals. We want to be compassionate and kind. But, I believe it is because of that sense of compassion that we find ourselves on the edge of the fray – pushing for change – fighting for the injustices and for those less able to fight for themselves. We can’t, and won’t, tolerate hate because it simply makes no sense to us. How do you hate someone because they are different from you? You are different from them – so should they also hate you?
So, yes, I get angry. And yes, I worry. And I’m a Reiki practitioner and teacher. Reiki has made me a more compassionate person… a more spiritual person… and a more “aware” person than I used to be. And as a more compassionate and aware person, it hurts me to the depths of my soul when I see others treated poorly. I don’t think the Reiki Precepts were meant to stop us from feeling anger or worry, but rather to help us power through those times where those emotions are useless and only act as a drain on our energy. We need to learn to identify those times when we can use our emotions for more positive outcomes. So, stop shaking your fist at that rude driver and go ahead… just for today… be angry.