Article by Tammy Hatherill, Reiki Master
When I teach Reiki 1, I teach the importance of self-Reiki and forming the habit of doing this every day. Why? You may ask. Self-Reiki every day leaves you feeling energised, revitalised and it can help to overcome any niggly issues that are going on in life. It helps you to concentrate and focus on the day ahead – if you do it first thing in the morning. Alternatively it can wipe away the days issues if you do it last thing at night. It’s a beautiful and glorious habit to indulge in and it only need take five minutes, if that’s all you have. The longer you can pamper yourself the better, of course; however some Reiki is better than no Reiki.
It can also help with any physical or emotional issues that are current. I received this email recently:
“I am suffering from indigestion problems. I have gone through many tests but nothing is detected. Sometimes I am severely constipated and another time I have loose motions. It started with low grade fever, but after medication, antibiotics, fever is gone, but the indigestion is there. I am regularly giving Reiki to my solar plexus and sacral chakra but it is not affecting. I am not able to understand how can I treat myself with Reiki?”
Reiki cannot be directed anywhere specifically, as it will go to where it needs to go, even when we are doing a self-Reiki treatment. Therefore I believe it’s helpful to set ‘intent’ to the Universe during your invocation. I can’t highlight enough the importance of doing your invocation at the start of any Reiki treatment as I believe this not only draws down and awakens the Reiki within you, but mentally it prepares you to give and receive Reiki. Adding intent also helps with more specific issues.
In the above situation, I would do an invocation such as:
“To my dear Angels above, in love and light, I ask to channel Reiki Healing Energy, for the total healing of mind, body and soul for myself. To my dear Angels above, in love and light, I ask that you help my body heal my indigestion problems, if this is for my highest interest or above. Thank you.”
Intent is good, and then trusting and leaving the rest to the Universal Energy is essential. If Indigestion is the biggest issue in your body/life right at the time of treatment than the Reiki will help that concern. If there are other things going on, you may not feel the Reiki has assisted this area. You may feel more energy or you may feel less emotional about things. Keep in mind that Reiki will work on areas that is of most importance at the time of a treatment.
It’s also vital that you give yourself an entire Reiki treatment, without just placing your hands over the solar plexus or sacral chakras. Of course if you only have time for a quick Reiki treatment, this is better than nothing, however an allover Reiki treatment can be done in five minutes, without concentrating on just one area. So bare that in mind whenever you start self-treatment.
Once the invocation is done and you are ready, I’d start with the crown, placing my hands on my head and feeling the beautiful energy radiate down my head and throughout my body. Feelings of comfort and love generally engulf me. I then work my way down from the head to the feet and back up again. You of course might like to start at your feet. I encourage you to start wherever you are comfortable, as there is no ‘right or wrong’ as long as you are relaxed and following your intuition.
Reiki Rays has a PDF file on the Reiki hand positions and even your Reiki 1 manuals should have hand positions inside. Please if you are not comfortable in trusting your own intuition when giving self-Reiki; use your manuals or the PDF as a guide.
The more Reiki the better, as is emphasized in this article, and so I encourage a routine such as to perform Reiki in bed, when you first wake up and last thing at night, when you go to bed. What a glorious way to commence and finish the day. I’m sure most people could find at least 10 minutes in the morning and evenings to do this. The benefits are profound and so rewarding. If you have longer to spend doing your treatment then I strongly encourage: the longer, the better.
Another tip that I encourage is to clear your chakras with every self-Reiki treatment along with using the hand positions. When I perform Reiki on a person physically here in my practice, or via distance, I always clear their chakras. Why should we miss out on this, if we are doing a self-treatment? Especially as it’s a powerful way to help balance and clear our bodies. There are numerous ways to do this such as:
- Listen to a CD that has a chakra clearing exercise
- Visualize a white light entering your crown and clearing all the chakras as it moves down your body
- Physically touch your chakra points as you imagine and feel them being cleared
- If attuned to the Distance symbol, use the substitute method, and clear a teddy bears chakras as you would when sending distance Reiki to someone. The difference is you are clearing and balancing your own chakras.
Putting all of the above together, this is how my self-Reiki treatment looks like.
- I say my Invocation
- I clear my chakras
- I do my hand positions
- I clear my chakras again
- I give thanks.
Thank you for reading this article and I hope it gives you some practical ideas on how to perform a self-treatment for any issue, or simply to feel great every day.
With love, light and harmony.
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Tammy Hatherill is the owner/operator of Tammy’s Tarot and Healing. She is a well known Tarot and and Reiki Master/Teacher, and shared her love of tarot for over 12 months with a regular radio segment on 104.1 Territory FM. Tammy is the author of two books: Trapped Behind Bars and The Diary of a Fallen Angel, and is a journalist for numerous organisation: Reiki Rays, Tiny Buddha, Personal Growth and Hypnotherapy Journal Australia. You can find her website at www.tammystarotandhealing.com
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