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Threshold Anecdote - Hot and Cold Reiki

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This page is one of a series where I share a personal experience or anecdote related to my Reiki work.  The pages are also intended to give you some "food for thought" and add to your overall Reiki knowledge base. 
While the experience has been my own, I feel that you should decide for yourself how much (if any) of the content has any usefulness to your own Reiki work. 

In my articles on "My Symbols Experience" and "The Origin of Threshold Reiki" I talk about my experiences with very cold flowing energy, and my own Reiki energy at times flowing cool or very cold.  The real surprise for me was when I had attuned experienced Reiki practitioners and their Reiki would also begin to exhibit this feature at times. 

I remember commenting on this on an internet Reiki list.  I was a bit relieved to read at least 2 replies in which other Reiki Masters had had similar experiences with their Reiki energies.   This seemed to be a new expression of reiki energy, although it's quite possible others had this experience before this, but simply did not write about it or comment publicly on it.  After all, if the resulting energies still proved beneficial to a practitioner's healing subjects, then who could complain?  However, I was still quite curious as to what this might mean about my own Reiki energy.

Shaolin Nei Jin Qi Gong: Ancient Healing in the Modern WorldThen one day I was re-reading parts of a book on Qigong that I have.  It's called "Shaolin Nei Jin Qi Gong: Ancient Healing in the Modern World"  by Peter Fenton. 

Mr. Fenton’s teacher was Master Peng, a Chinese Qi Gong healer living in North Vancouver, BC whom I’ve met and received a treatment from in 1999 (a gift from my friend John Dunham.) He is a very interesting healer and I found his healing energies to be very strong. In talking with him via his wife who interpretted, I asked whether he knew of Reiki.  He hadn't heard of it and so I offered him a Reiki attunement.  He accepted, and I used a sort of opened ended reiju ceremony to achieve the attunement.

However, I found that his capacity to hold energy was far greater at the time than mine. most likely because by that time he had already been working as a healer for 35 years.   Rather than feeling the energy kind of reach a peak that told me to stop the reiju, I found the Reiki just continued to flow, with myself feeling more and more buzzed and ungrounded. The experience was very interesting to me because his earlier treatment had left me the most grounded I could remember up till that time. As I attuned him I felt as if I was transferring energies from one warehouse to another, endlessly.  I finally had to stop and said it was nice. 

While reviewing Mr. Fenton's book I came to a passage that I thought might explain the changes I was seeing in my Reiki.  The following passages are the related sections:

Chapter 3

The Healing Aspects of Qi and Qigong  

(page 97)

In terms of how practitioners use Qi for healing purposes, three general categories can be presented: Yang or hot Qi, Yin, or cold Qi, and Spiral, or penetrative, Qi. Yang Qi can be used to treat most ailments but Yin Qi is far superior for certain problems, such as twisted necks, sprains, fevers, and so on. It is inadvisable to treat a Yin problem with Yin Qi as this might compound the difficulty. At this level of practice, though, exercises to cultivate cold Qi are not given, so the possibility of emitting cold Qi will not occur. Spiral Qi has a great ability to penetrate living tissues and it can be used to remove difficult blockages in the channels. It is only by learning advanced forms of Qi Gong that you will be able to emit either Spiral or cold Qi. Spiral Qi, by the way, can be emitted to a distance of about 16 feet.

(page 98)

If you notice a cold area in the body, particularly around the soles of the feet, during practice, or when treating others, it is an indication that the Yin Qi is starting to move. This is a good sign because it means that it is now easier for hot Qi to move into the afflicted area. Noticing these kinds of subtle changes suggests that you are developing your ability to distinguish among the different forms of Qi, and that you are also able to actually move it through the body.

As I suggest in my "Reiki Analogies" article, Reiki energy seems to be drawn to the recipient in ways much like an electrical appliance draws electricity from a wall outlet.  So it may be that it also seems to know when the frequency of the energy should be one that is more suited to deeper energy blocks and thus our sense of it is that it feels cool or cold as it flows.

Perhaps you too may have discoveed this phenomenon and have wondered about it.  Hopefully you have simply trusted in the workings of your energy and allowed it to flow to your healing subject

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