Reiki and the Notochord

Here is an excerpt from my Somatic Psychology class exploring the spinal developmental structure known as the notochord.

Even though the sensation of the spinal pattern is subtle and invisible, in my experience, the energy that goes through moves at the speed of light. Since I have channeled Reiki energy through this structure for a long time, I am familiar with and comfortable exploring this movement.  I have often connected to this inner channel through the passing of what is called “attunement”, which is equivalent to the giving of a blessing, that is offered to each student in a Reiki class.  The attunement permits a student to access their own inner spinal channel. Following Ayurvedic practice, I have referred to this area as the Sushumna channel; nonetheless, I view it as being identical to what is also called the notochord.

When I align with my notochord, I gain a deep sense of embodiment. Because of this dropping in, I can merge my mind and body and tap into the boundless well of cosmic consciousness. When I tune into this primary conduit, I am able to let go of any vestiges of dualism and instead experience a profound sense of the unity that underlies my entire existence. Conversely, when I focus on the activity in my stomach and brain tubes, I experience them as more material homes for the systems that maintain my physical integrity. I perceive those tubes as very defined in form.  The notochord, however, feels to me ethereal and energetic.  It appears to be able to communicate information, sensation, and feeling in much the same manner as a fiber optic thread can carry light. It’s a repository of potential for my transpersonal self. 

Copyright 2022 Eileen Dey Wurst

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Is there a dissociation attunement for the Reiki practitioner?

This is a question posed to me by a Reiki student.  I had to smile, because I was initially stumped for an answer.

Dissociation in psychology is actually considered a pathology.  When one ‘separates’ from the mind, it can lead to delusions, inappropriate behavior, bad decisions.  In extreme cases, schizophrenic manifestations.

But in the realm of energy work,  the mild form of disassociation is actually an asset.  You get out of the way of the mind, and of the ego, and you let spirit channel through.  You practice detachment.

How do you cultivate this?  Can you get an ‘attunement’ for it?

Some practitioners, like myself, come to the practice already hard-wired this way.

I think my version happened from numerous events early in my life that were traumatic.  I was bullied in elementary school, I had to deal with a family tragedy when I was ten, and as a young adult, had several car accidents.  Dissociation often occurs during traumatic situations as a coping mechanism.  The trauma is too much, so the mind simply says, “I’m outta here until things return to normal”.  It’s also a part of the manifestation of post-traumatic stress disorder.

But I don’t think these traumatic experiences are the only way you can ‘get’ it.  When you go into a daydream, you kind of dissociate from ordinary reality, you separate from your circumstances.  You also experience it when you are in nature, or are in the flow of something creative.

I even feel the Reiki mantra ‘This is not about me, this is greater than me’ is a powerful affirmation for cultivating this state of being.

Another exercise is to project the mind into a far corner of the room or up to the ceiling so that you can actually ‘watch’ yourself from that perspective.  It’s a technique of getting out of your personal reality.

Buddhists call this state of being equanimity.  A balanced perspective that is removed from the current emotional content.

I would suggest spending more time in those environments and with this focus to foster this gentler form of dissociation for the practice energy work.  Also, practice the principle of not being attached to result of the session.  Let go of you having to be the one to make things happen.

And as always, returning to one’s center and ground following the practice.  It’s hard to exist in the ordinary realm of the world if you are floating about and not in your body.  Grounding is key.  Come back into your body, into the earth, after you have stepped aside for a while.

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