Article about Osho Neo-Reiki
by Himani (
originally in German, April 2002 / May 2004
My story with Reiki is closely connected with the inner story of myself, with the story of my becoming human.
When in the middle of my thirties (around 1975) I started searching for “something”, where I could be whole ,
I was in the first place thinking of a place or a project outside of
me, where I would be able to live “wholly” with my knowledge, my
talents, my skills as well as with the different aspects of my
personality. Until then I had only lived these in separate areas and
At that time I had not expected or even suspected,
that there would be totally new dimensions for me to be experienced. I
started with meditation in the traditional way, that is sitting and
watching the breath. Very soon I broke through into my inner world,
where I found the memories of my early child-hood in World War II. These
burdens I had to get rid of. First I started with a group in
Gestalt-Therapy, then I met Osho, my Master, and used regularly and
long-time the active meditations techniques, designed by him for modern
At the beginning my way was like trekking in darkness,
over stony slopes upwards, downward again into the valley through
threatening forest and thorny undergrowth till slowly I advanced to the
well of the waters of life.
Over the years the river of life became stronger, was flowing more quickly …to lead into the ocean one day.
A very meaningful process at that time was a therapy
in Past Lives. It helped me to unburden tons of guilt and to understand
myself as part of humanity. I was given hints into which direction my
next steps would go. That's why it was a clear move for me to
participate in a weekend workshop about Reiki with Mary Mc Fadyen even when I had never heard about Reiki before and “energy” was only a word for me.
In that spring 1982 I started with the First Degree
and up to today I stayed with Reiki. Of course I have also learned and
practiced other techniques of body- or energy-work. I gathered some
knowledge about anatomy and about the Chinese system of meridians. All
this has opened the entrance to my very own inner knowing.
At the beginning it was my hands, which, through their
increasing sensibility knew better and better how they wanted to move
or where and how they wanted to touch another person's
body/energy/system. Slowly I could trust my hands more and more, could
give them more freedom and at the same time listen to my inner comments
as well. There was the echo from school-times in my unconsciousness,
usually telling me that I did something not right or not well. But there
also was a – totally new - understanding from a higher level of my
consciousness, where – AHA! – everything was clear and sensible.
In this way I slowly learned to trust my intuition more and give it space in my “ hand ling”
of daily situations. From the brain researches I learned to understand,
that we have two hemispheres: the left side of the brain we use for
rational thinking, for activity, for moving outwards. The right part of
the brain facilitates intuitive knowing, being receptive, looking
inwards. From Osho I heard, that we only have learned to use a part of
the left-brain, that mostly both sides are no longer connected and that
meditation can bridge and integrate again. For my personal process this
meant, that I was no longer looking for “ being whole ” on the outside, but started to understand this as an inner dimension.
Reiki as technique of laying on the hands always
stayed the basic part of my work with others. It is the simplest and
most natural technique I know, not coming from doing, but from
letting-happen. During the many years of practicing my whole life has
taken a turn from doing and “must” to letting-flow and “allowing”.
During certain periods I have also allowed other
energy-transmitters to flow into my Reiki work. So I was guided to
integrate the qualities of certain stones, then crystals with their
clear power … till these qualities were awakened and activated in me, as
aspects of myself. That meant, that my inner potential was coming to
the surface, into my consciousness. Memories, experiences, learned
knowledge – from this life time and others – were more easily available.
For example with the awakening and strengthening of my inner fire also
my talent and joy in painting was set free.
At another time of my work sounds were coming to me,
which were vibra-ting in me and creating space inside. These sound
vibrations I allowed to flow into the other body during the Reiki
sessions – for creating space and vibration. Aura Soma has helped me in
very subtle ways to activate and enrich the inner colours. The Flower
Essences of Dr. Bach and other systems were always helpful companions to
me. And often they were part of my recommendations for the subtle inner
changes in others.
After having gained experiences in individual sessions
for seven years, I received the Reikimaster Training – again from
MaryMcFadyen (in January 1989). Afterwards I have lived and worked for
many years in the Osho Commune International in India – nine full years
(from 1989 till 1998) I was giving Reiki in the Mystery School. On the
very first day of my very first group, I received the message from Osho:
”From now on you call it Osho Neo-Reiki.” That was a big moment for me.
How could I grow into this name? How could I fill it? What was my very
individual song in this existence?
And so I ask myself again right now: What is my individual contribution in the big orchestra of Reiki practitioners?
I respect the frame, which has come to me from the tradition:
In Osho Neo-Reiki as I present it, there are:
- Initiations into the First Degree (four),
- the Second Degree (three),
- the Master Degree (one).
The weekend of a First Degree
begins with an introduction to “Energy” and the History of Reiki with
updates on the actual streams. The basic positions (around twenty) for
partner-treatment and the positions for self-treatment (seven, according
to the energy centres in the body) are being demonstrated and
Moreover a Quick-treatment for harmonizing these
energy centres (chacras) and their places in the body is taught. In
addition I give first explanations to the different qualities of the
chacras and their possible expression in the personality.
Basic guidelines to the issue of “Sickness and
Healing” can help to bring more light and understanding into the
emotions and thought patterns, lying underneath a symptom.
An introduction into Osho Kundalini and Dynamic
Meditation gives parti-cipants the possibility to experience the effects
of these active Meditation techniques and to use them maybe later when
old emotions like suppressed anger are surfacing.
During a weekend with the Second Degree
there are detailed instructions and practicing with the three
Reiki-symbols as they were passed on by Mrs. Takata to Mary McFadyen.
In my personal understanding the first symbol brings
an increase of energy; and the awakening of one´s own potential in
The second symbol I am introducing for the specific
technique, called “Men-tal Healing”, i.e. healing through the layers of
the mind. As the tradition has taught me, this symbol creates a bridge
between the normal mind and its subconscious and superconscious layers;
and inside me it creates a clearer perception of them. For better
understanding I am presenting Osho´s model of the seven layers of
The third symbol teaches us how to give
Reiki-Distant-Treatments; and how to become more aware when projecting
energy or emotions on others.
The training for the Master Degree for teaching and initiating others follows after an appropriate time of practicing as a process of three days.
Out of my experiences with the Reiki techniques, the
inspiring insights of Osho, the observations in my personal process and
the transformation of many fellow travellers, I have developed the “Trainings in Metaphysical Energy Work”. They are open for everyone, who has received a Reiki-initiation (or a corresponding training).
The training in Metaphysical Energy Work Part 1
(“ Re-gaining Self-Love”) offers structures through which
the inner space of the spiritual heart is expanding. Experiments in
“Reading” energies of another person show the differences between the
perception of the head and the heart. The sensibility for energy centres
is trained; and the role of the healer is explored.
In the training in Metaphysical Energy Work Part 2
(“Re-gaining Strength”) the individual use of the symbols
is compared to let us become more aware of the subtle changes in
ourselves (for example if we are sending form the “Third Eye” or
allowing heart energy to flow). Special attention is given to the
possibilities of using Reiki for situations. The awareness of energy
bodies is trained; and the creative energy of the heart expands.
The training in Metaphysical Energy Work Part 3
(“Re-gaining Dignity”) deepens and expands the capacities
to perceive the subtle energy changes in ourselves and in the clients.
First experiments in surgical methods of energy work can help to open
inner doors if perception. Explored are our inner attitudes and
identifications , like the “Helper”, the Healer”, the “Master”.
In the meantime I have taken my residence, my living
basis in Europe again. From here I will continue to travel with
trainings, with exhibitions of my energy paintings.