Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Many Benefits of Having an "in person" Reiki Attunement

Someone from an Reiki internet group that attunes people to Reiki for free contacted me recently about having an in person attunement to Reiki versus a distant one.  By the questions she was asking and the responses she was getting in the group, it was clear to me that being distantly attuned leaves a lot of gaps in your education as a Reiki Practitioner, I liken it to being in Kindergarten. To advance in your practice, you need to be under the physical guidance of a Reiki Master Teacher who enters into a mentor like relationship with each and everyone of the students they attune and more.

I understand that having a distant attunement may be someone's only option (finances, distance or unavailability of a teacher within range of where you live), but there are soooooooooooo many reasons why it is a very poor substitute for having an "in person" attunement and becoming a part of a physical Reiki community. Here are just some of things you won't get from getting by being attuned distantly:

l) Joining a local community of fellow practitioners and regularly attending the Reiki Shares your teacher hosts, where you are constantly provided with new information, new techniques and are carefully watched over, guided and corrected. Ex: If your hands are improperly positioned, your applying too much pressure, or your stance at the table is improper ergonomically,  etc.

2) Being shown how to properly do aura sweeping: I demonstrate 4 different varieties of that in my classes including one using a selenite wand.  Even when I teach people the techniques and they see me doing them over and over again at shares or in classes, there are still people doing them improperly and needing to be corrected, especially if they have never done anything like this before. 

3) Learning how to properly scan: Sure you can read about it in a book or watch someone on YouTube do it and play with it, but nothing compares to having your teacher show you how do it and working with you until you get it right. Scanning is an art.  It takes a lot of demonstration, time and teaching for a student to master this and many other Reiki techniques.  

4) It has become apparent to me in recent years, that the sheer presence of a Reiki Master Teacher influences those around her/him, possible because they are vibrating at such a higher vibration. Another teacher I just talked to felt that at some point we are just radiating Reiki out of our every pour all the time at this level. So, just being in the physical presence of a Reiki Master Teacher has huge benefits. 

5) Being connected to a community of Reiki practitioners:  You might meet one or several people at a Reiki share that you resonate with and end up becoming fast friends, then you two can get together outside of the Share and do Reiki on each other, read Reiki books together and do all the experiments in them with other like "you send me Reiki and tell you what I felt/saw etc., and then I do the same for you".  

Many of my students complain that they have no one to talk Reiki with outside of the classroom and the shares. Their family members, spouses, close friends even are clueless or just can't wrap their heads around all that Reiki is about and they feel isolated and alone.  A Share gives you an opportunity to be with like minded individuals and share your experiences and hear about others experiences, so that you don't feel so alone or misunderstood.

6) Be able to practice Reiki on others and build up your confidence:  Many of my students complain that their partners, children, family and friends are too spooked by their belief systems (religious especially) to let them do Reiki on them.  Being able to do Reiki for others whether physically or distantly is a very large part of being Reiki in the West.  A Reiki share gives you the opportunity to hone your skills and practice what you've learned to build up your confidence.  If you are thinking about becoming a professional, how are you going to do that without working on others, especially strangers? You don't have a physical community of Reiki brothers and sisters on the internet, so this extremely important component of being Reiki is not possible.

I could go on and on and I think I've made my point- nothing compares to being part of a physical community of like minded individuals exploring and experiencing together something as vast, amazing, beautiful and miraculous as Reiki. 

Monday, September 21, 2015


It is highly recommended that after one achieves the second level of Usui Reiki training they consider joining a group that sends out Distant Reiki Healing on a consistent basis. As a Reiki Master Teacher myself, I have my own student based group, and I also have a Facebook group dedicated to that, and am a member of three others, with connections to several more if I need them (for the really serious cases).

Sending Distant Reiki is a wonderful way to help large numbers of people, especially those you can't possible get to you - out of state, in another country, in a hospital, in hospice, in a coma, or during a natural disaster, etc. It also helps one feel like there is really something they as an individual can do to help. we often feel totally helpless in many situations that involve our loved ones or friends many miles or even oceans away.  Praying is nice but this is a way you can actually really do something effectively  Very empowering!
There are many different ways to do it, some more time and energy consuming than others. There is just sitting down and sending it period, involving using several traditional Reiki symbols or non-traditional ones, or ones used in either Karuna Reiki or other forms of Reiki.  This can be VERY time consuming if you have a half a dozen or more people you're sending Reiki to.

Or you can use the Reiki Box method (see the pic's I put up for examples) where you can accommodate as many requests as you can fit into your box. There is also a candle flame technique, a single crystal/stone technique, or a  technique involving a crystal grid. There are probably other methods, but these are the ones I know of and do.

I realized recently that you could set up a crystal grid for someone or for a situation and have others send Reiki energy to the grid also.  My Distant Healing Facebook group and I are experimenting with this right now.  

Different situations call for different ways of sending the energy, so you'll have to weigh each one and see what method would work the best for you and those involved, or the situation.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Usui Byosen and Hibiki to do Reiki sessions intuitively.

In Western Reiki, most teachers of Usui Reiki have never even heard of Byosen, Hibiki, Hatsurei Ho, or many other Japanese Reiki techniques that are part and parcel of the original system of Reiki as created by Dr. Mikao Usui, and are still being taught and practiced by the memorial society he set up in Japan in 1922 before he crossed over -  the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Learning Society).

Typically in Western Reiki, a new student is taught a specific pattern of hand placements for either self-treating or treating others. This usually consists of 12 to 14 or so hand positions called "holds" that correspond to all the major systems of the body (nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, etc.), the 7 (or 8) major chakras, and all the major organs of the body. They are also taught to additionally treat any areas of concern that the client or "receiver" is presenting like back pain, knee pain, foot pain, headaches, and so on. 

It's important in the beginning of the training to just establish a system of where the hands go, but at some point the student should be taught how to feel or scan for Byosen. " When there is a life energy block or a disturbance in health, there are always minus waves (negative waves) in the causal area." (Hiroshi Doi in an interview with William Lee Rand  from "An Evidence Based History of Reiki" by William Lee Rand).  The technique to sense Byosen in the hands is called Byosen Reikan Ho. To be able to do this, the student has to develop a strong sense of "feeling'" with the hands, a sensitivity.  I discussed this in my last post here. This comes easy to some but not to all, and there are things you can do to increase sensitivity in the hands like placing a drop of Lavender oil in the center of each palm.

Hibiki is the sensations or feelings in the hands that the practitioner picks up when they are able to sense the Byosen in the energy field by slowly moving their hands through the energy field of the client (scanning) for this purpose.  Examples of this would be hot or cold areas, tingling n the fingers, an electric shock type of feeling, or just resistance, like they've hit an energetic wall.

In Japan, the ability to sense Byosen and be aware of Hibiki is a required skill. In Western Reiki, as I said, many teachers are not even aware of these techniques let alone are teaching them.  Some teachers do tell their students to eventually treat their client using only their intuition as to where their hands should go and for how long they should stay.

One of the things you can do to develop more sensitivity in the hands is a Qigong and T'ai Chi exercise called "pulling taffy".  Pulling taffy is performed by holding your hands up in front of your chest, palms facing towards each other about 3 or so inches apart. Then you focus your mind on the energy between the two palms, and begin to slowly pull them apart a few inches and then slowly push them towards each other, never touching, but maintaining  at least 2" between each palm.  Do this for about 3-5 minutes daily or until you really began to feel the sensation one feels when they take two magnets and try to push them together or pull them apart. 

Another technique is to put your right thumb pad into the center of the left palm and turn it clockwise several times with very light pressure.  This opens the palm chakra.  Then switch - put the left thumb pad into the right palm and repeat the technique for about 3-5 turns in each palm.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


A common question that a Reiki Master Teacher gets asked a lot is "how long do I hold a hand position?"  The standard answer in most Reiki lineages and books is 3 to 5 minutes.  When teaching a new student how to perform a Reiki session on themselves or others, that is what I teach. When they are right "out of the box" so to speak (have just been attuned to the Reiki energy so they can channel it for themselves or others) they may very likely not be able to detect the subtle flow of the energy coming out of their hands and finger tips  at first

If someone had been practicing something like T'ai Chi or QiQong or possible some yoga breathing  techniques for years and had developed a sensitivity to energy in their hands already then this might not be the case.  I know this firsthand because I taught and practiced T'Chi Chi and QiQong for decades and that was my experience. I could immediately ascertain the energy flow (and see it), but that is not the norm.  Most new students are beginners at sensing subtle energies so it will take them longer to get to that place, therefore they need a time frame.

As they progress by doing daily Reiki self-treatments, giving Reiki to others and sending Distant Reiki, they will eventually become more and more aware of the subtle feelings:tingling, pulsing, swirling or a fizzing like feeling) in their hands and fingers, and warmth or heat in their hands.

Eventually they will sense the process of the energy ramping up at first then slowing down and eventually stopping. Or that some areas of the body are just not needing any Reiki at that time (some say that this indicates a blockage in the body but that is not my experience). There is just nothing going on in and under their hands in whatever position they are in at that time, so it's time to move on.

For new practitioners I recommend that they purchase a CD or two that contains bells and chimes that go off at 3 to 5 minute intervals, or songs that last 5 minutes each to help them keep track of time when practicing Reiki.  Or they could just watch a clock or count to sixty 3 or 5 times, but it is more more pleasant to use the CD's. 

Here's a few I recommend: