This is a very simplified primer on basic Reiki. It’s intended
as a basic lesson to help someone get started channeling the energy and in no
way should be considered a Reiki Course in itself.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese phrase which means “Universal Energy”. Its history is
enshrouded in myth, legend and parable, but the simple fact is, it works.
Reiki is simply the process of channeling Universal Energy through oneself and
into some one (or something) else. The vast range of uses for Reiki range from
healing oneself to opening and balancing the Chakras and even charging objects
and food with the energy.
Reiki is safe and simple to use. To get started simply sit or lie down in a
comfortable position. Put on the music of your choice and relax. Place your
hands over your face with your palms over your eyes. Touch your tongue to the
roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue just behind your front teeth.
As you inhale just open up and feel the energy flow down through the top of
your head and down to your heart chakra, then feel it flow out along your arms
and out through your hands and into your face. At the simplest level that ALL
you have to do. The energy will go wherever it’s needed and do whatever is
required of it. You don’t have to send it anywhere in particular or try to
Reiki flows through you simply by your intent. You just have to intend
to open up to it and you’ll find it readily available. You may feel many
different things while giving yourself a Reiki treatment. Your hands or the part
of your body covered by your hands may get hot, cold or tingly.
Some people feel it very easily and others take awhile to open up to it. The
simplest explanation that I’ve found is to think of what the emotion
‘Love’ feels like, and then just relax and let it flow.
I always advise everyone to study Reiki. Any energy worker, massage
therapist, healer, martial artist or metaphysician can greatly benefit from
Reiki, and there are many free Reiki classes and sources of training available,
as many of us try to make it as easily accessible as possible to anyone who
I’ll soon be publishing a comprehensive Reiki course, including the symbols
and hand positions, to the web as a PDF file that anyone can download and study,
as well as a list of Reiki Master willing to do free attunements.
I hope this simple exercise helps some of you who’ve been interested in
Reiki, but just haven’t made the leap into studying it yet.
About the Author:
Robert Morgen is a Reiki Master who currently holds a Blackbelt in Hoshin Roshi Ryu. He's also the founder and moderator of the
Kundalini Awakening Discussion Group.
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