How Can We Become “Better” Reiki Practitioners?

Article by Reiki Master Elise Brenner

How can we become “better” Reiki practitioners? I often hear Reiki practitioners asking how they can “get better at Reiki.” I think there is a way. We become better Reiki practitioners when we improve ourselves and our own ways of living, speaking, and interacting. Okay, well, how do we do that? First, let’s look at what not to do. Let’s avoid the temptation to grasp for answers externally, taking workshop after workshop that promise that our Reiki will become more “powerful.”

Handily, the system of Reiki provides the answers to that question. Let’s explore two of these answers systematically. Foremost, is the fact that our ongoing commitment to practice daily self-Reiki facilitates our personal growth and self-development. Of course, Usui Mikao Sensei conceived Reiki practice as just that: “The mission of Usui Reiki Ryoho (Healing Art/Method) is to enhance mutual well-being for oneself and others, on one hand, by fulfilling a peaceful and joyful life mentally and physically and, on the other hand, healing the sick.” In other words, Reiki offers mind-body meditative and healing benefits when we apply it to ourselves.

When we give ourselves the gift of daily self-Reiki, we give ourselves the chance to connect and listen to our inner selves. In the stillness of self-practice we touch our essential truths, and begin to make whole those parts in need of healing. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” (Ram Dass). Self-reiki supports us as we look inward to face and release unhelpful notions and emotions, thereby enabling us to generate more love and understanding outward. When we begin to understand ourselves, our loving-kindness toward others grows. By creating a mind of love, we can be better Reiki practitioners because we have become more stable, more patient, more understanding, more compassionate, and so can bring relief and ease to others.

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Second, Usui’s teachings provide us with the Reiki Precepts. These, too, help us become better Reiki practitioners. Usui Mikao Sensei wrote in a short preamble to the Precepts that contemplating and practicing the Precepts was “the secret to inviting happiness through many blessings, the spiritual medicine for all illness.” We can see here that we become better Reiki practitioners when we do the work, a lifetime of work, of applying the Precepts to the way we live our lives.

Have you discovered that the Reiki Precepts are pretty serious business? They are a guide to us in our speech, the choices we make, and how we interact with others. Each of these (speech, choices, and interactions) is an expression of ourselves that we put out into the world in every circumstance in which we find ourselves. As we work with the Reiki Precepts, we begin to produce more loving thoughts, more gentle speech, more compassionate interactions, and deeper listening. And these are the prerequisites for improving rapport with our clients and students, as well as for presenting Reiki effectively to the public.

Strengthened by our self-practice and the Precepts, we improve ourselves on all levels in order to bring supportive, loving healing to others. That, I believe, is how we become better Reiki practitioners.

Elise Brenner

Elise Brenner

Elise Brenner, Ph.D, Reiki Master Teacher, is a strong advocate for Reiki outreach, education, and empowerment. The owner of Brenner Reiki Healing in Newton, Massachusetts, Elise teaches Reiki classes, provides in-depth mentoring for Reiki professionals, operates a monthly low-cost Reiki Clinic, and is Chair of the annual Celebration of Reiki Conference in Massachusetts. Elise considers herself a Reiki community builder, providing Reiki at veterans retreats, community wellness fairs, in hospitals and hospice. As an anthropologist, Elise Brenner has researched cross-cultural healing practices, thereby enriching the scope and depth of her Reiki practice. Reach Elise at,, and at Brenner Reiki Healing on Facebook (


  1. I do agree that if we are living the Reiki precepts as Elise pointed out, we will undoubtedly become “better” practitioners. And in doing so, as we go deeper in our practice, we ultimately become better people through self – discovery. Lovely article, Elise!

  2. fantastic article..i would simply add that we should ask seek to deepen our connection to reiki(through self practise)..its not a question of getting better at it..this may imply a judgement which may not be helpful..rather when i practise on others , i say to myself ‘i cannot do any harm nor make a mistake’ .in this way, the ego is suppressed..which is always useful since it is the reiki energy and not us that is healing

  3. Beautifully said, Elise. I am reminded that each breath and each moment brings the possibility of a deeper practice.

  4. I do not believe you can get better or worse at doing Reiki, you are simply a vessel the energy uses to transmit. I agree that the more balanced and focused we are can help direct the energy in a positive way.

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