Article by Angie Webster
Sometimes practitioners worry that they are not feeling very much energy flowing through their hands or their bodies. This is a question I receive quite a bit. I would like to address this by offering a few suggestions for strengthening the ways with which you can feel your connection with and your understanding of Reiki.
Reiki will flow through your body differently according to how it is needed in each situation and your perceptions will change from time to time as well, so that needs to be taken into account going in. Also know that there is no need to fear that Reiki is not flowing. However, I do believe that, with practice, we can become more aware of how Reiki flows through us and works with our individual systems.
Practice One: Place your hands together in prayer position at the heart. Hold them there for several minutes and simply sense how the energy flows in your hands. Notice the palms or any fingers that offer any sensation. Don’t look for something specific. Your sensations are your own. Simply notice what is there. Breathe and notice and keep returning your attention to this area for at least 2-3 minutes, extending to five or so minutes a day. You could also try placing your hands at the third eye in prayer position for a portion of the practice and see what sensations you notice in your hands.
Practice Two: Briskly rub your hands together for a minute or so. Now hold them in front of your body, palms facing each other, about an inch apart. Gently and slowly push the palms towards each other but don’t quite let them touch. Do you feel the gentle pushing sensation between your hands? That is the energy in your body. You may also sense a tingling or a heat in the center of your palms, or not. Either way is fine. Now try gently and slowly pulling the hands away from each other. Do you feel how it seems as if you are pulling taffy? The hands seem to be pulling toward each other. You are sensing the magnetic field of the body. These are ways the energy works in the body. Reiki is a part of that and the more you can tune into this, the more you will understand about how Reiki works in your body.
Practice Three: Do self Reiki every single day. Fit it in every way you can, using one hand while you do something else, if you need to. This is beneficial in the sense that your system is getting Reiki. However, if you are having difficulty sensing Reiki flow and you want to understand it better, you really need to take at least ten minutes or more a day to devote solely to self Reiki, so that you can notice how the energy moves through you, both in your hands and as it flows through your body. The subtle sensations may be very difficult to notice if you aren’t tuned in with your awareness. Use it as a body meditation. If you feel you are too busy, all the more reason to slow down for yourself, your peace of mind and to honor your practice for ten minutes a day. All practices take some commitment and all skills take practice. It may help you to keep a notebook keeping track of what you noticed in your body, heart, head and hands each day. You may also choose to note a few simple things that you were dealing with in your life, physically, mentally or emotionally, so that you can begin to notice the changes that regular Reiki practice brings about.
Practice Four: Use Reiki on others often. This gives you a chance to notice the differences in the ways that Reiki flows with each person and each situation. Also, use Reiki in different life situations in everyday life. Use it on your food, in your bath, on your bed, your car before driving, everywhere you can think of! Practice, practice, practice!
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).