How does All-Love differ
from other systems of energy healing?
It was only in 1922, with the discovery of Reiki,
that a simple method of opening to spiritual healing energy
became generally known.
Reiki, from the Japanese words rei meaning universal,
and ki meaning vital or life force energy, was re-discovered
by Dr Mikao Usui during a twenty-one day fast and meditation
on the sacred Mount Kurama in Japan. He experienced a brilliant
white light entering his head, and saw a series of symbols within
the light. Following this, he was able to channel universal
energy to heal himself and others, and was able to pass on the
energy through a process of attunements.
Dr Usui taught Reiki using the five rules of
conduct that he formulated, which were: Just for today, don’t
get angry, don’t worry, be grateful, work hard, and be
kind to others. By using Reiki to work through painful emotions
such as anger, sadness, anxiety and depression, we can feel
much happier and more appreciative of the positive things in
It was Dr Usui’s wish that Reiki should
be readily available to everyone, all over the world. He died
in 1926, having initiated over a thousand people in Reiki, including
sixteen to the level of teacher. However, it was not until the
1980’s that Reiki became widely available and affordable
in the West. Now, over a million people have been attuned to
Reiki, and there are thousands of Reiki Masters all over the
As we have already said, the All-Love and Reiki energy are both
aspects of the one Source. However, the energies have a different
quality, and the techniques used to connect with them and work
with them are quite different.
From his personal experience, alone in the Great
Pyramid, Patrick knew that it was possible to connect with spiritual
healing energy, the energy of Source, directly and spontaneously,
without the presence or help of anyone else.
Although the presence of an intermediary may
be of great benefit, it is not always. All of us have a tendency
to give our power away to others, to look to others for advice,
rather than seeking it from within ourselves. And many of us
would like someone else to do the work for us!
Rather than playing an active part in our own
healing process, we can too easily become merely passive recipients.
Receiving a healing or an attunement from someone else may have
extremely positive effects, and may lead to great personal breakthroughs.
Yet we need to be constantly seeking to increase our own capabilities.
Dependence can quickly develop, without us even realising it,
and we may end up going along another person’s path rather
than finding the one that truly works for us.
In Reiki, the attunements are passed from one
person to another, along with each particular Master’s
‘rules’ about using the energy. This may limit the
ways in which we actually use it, rather than encouraging us
to explore our own possibilities for healing. Another person’s
beliefs and world-views are no substitute for finding our own
intuitive guidance from within. To encourage you to trust yourself,
and believe in your own wisdom and natural capacity to heal
yourself is the greatest gift that any teacher can give.
Dr Usui never used the title ‘Master’,
and it is not used in Japan even today; as it creates the impression
that the person is an enlightened individual. Today, the term
Master is used in the West, but in fact a Reiki Master is simply
someone who can teach Reiki and pass on the Reiki attunements.
It does not mean that he or she is necessarily enlightened,
or does not have the same problems that we all have.
In Patrick’s earliest experiences with
the All-Love energy, visions of pure light were associated with
the words, ‘No Hierarchy.’ In the All-Love system,
therefore, there are no rules; each person is encouraged to
experience and use the energy in whatever way seems most appropriate
to him or her.
In keeping with this philosophy, the All-Love
system does not place too much emphasis on the use of symbols.
Instead, it uses visualisation, which works by focusing the
conscious awareness and forming a clear intent. To invite the
energy in, you visualise a brilliant sun, or source, sending
its energy down to you. The ankh, which means breath of life,
and the infinity symbols are visualised simply as a means of
using the mind to enhance the flow of energy.
In contrast, in an attunement, a varying number
of symbols are installed into a person’s energy system
in order to pass the energy. The person later draws the symbols
to activate the energy and to use it in different ways. Symbols
are useful in the initial stages, to help a person build confidence;
though a person will often realise at some later point that
energy can be sent at a distance, and that the energy flows
regardless of whether s/he uses the symbols. It is then a personal
choice as to whether they remain an integral part of working
with the energy.
In All-Love meditations, each person visualises
the energy entering from above, through the crown Chakra; and
from below, through the feet and up to the base Chakra. This
means that the energy is grounded throughout the body, and does
not just enter the higher Chakras. When the energies merge in
the heart centre, the whole body is filled with energy.
Reiki, on the other hand, does not connect a
person with the earth, and therefore can be much less grounded.
In the attunements, the central energy channel is opened from
the crown Chakra at the top of the head to the root Chakra at
the base of the spine. But only the solar plexus, the heart,
the throat, the third eye, and the crown Chakras are connected
with the Reiki healing energy. This means that when the energy
enters, it may simply stay in the top five Chakras, and not
be connected with the earth.
This can be a problem for those people who are
‘up in their heads’ a lot of the time. They experience
a pleasant ‘spaced-out’ feeling when giving or receiving
the energy, but, as they may already have difficulty being totally
‘in this world’ with their feet on the ground; they
do not fully ground themselves or the energy.
In a meditation, there are usually some people
who will ‘go off somewhere’ in their minds; they
feel a sense of space and joy and freedom, and when they ‘come
back,’ they are not sure what happened. They can experience
the joy of the energy, in the mind, only by dissociating from
the painful parts, in other words from the body and the emotions
that contain that pain.
In the All-Love system, by focussing on bringing
the energy into the whole body, we are constantly being brought
back to the earth. This process requires that we engage fully
in the moment. We do not ‘go off somewhere’ but
stay where we really are and do the work we need to do. One
of the ways by which we ground ourselves is to come out of our
heads and into our hearts. To feel, and not to think.
If we open our hearts, we are going to feel
what is truly there. If we open our minds, we are going to become
consciously aware of what we feel. When we simultaneously open
our hearts and our minds, we are going to experience pain and
joy in clear consciousness; when this occurs in the presence
of the energy, that is when we can spontaneously heal. With
love, awareness, and healing energy, pain is transformed. At
that moment, the energy is integrated into the whole of our
being and we experience an initiation.
from Energy Works! Initiation without a Master.
Authors Teresa Parrott & Graham Crook. Foreword by Patrick