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Strengthening Your Connection with Reiki

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.

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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
Angie Webster

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).

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  • Tanya January 14, 2015, 7:41 pm

    Hi, Since being Attuned to level 1&2, I seem to have this buzzing vibration feeling with in my body all over especially my soles of my feet and palms..really weird feeling, is this normal? I would love to hear feed back from others, thanks for this article x

  • Angie Webster January 15, 2015, 2:26 am

    Yes, this is perfectly normal and is the sensation of the Reiki energy flowing through your body. It is especially strong in the hands and the feet as we have energy centers there through which the Reiki energy flows.It is possible that over time you will adjust to the energy and the sensation will not feel as noticeable to you anymore as you get used to it. It will always be there, but you will adapt to it and not notice it as much.

  • Jude February 9, 2015, 1:53 pm

    Thanks Angie, a great article

  • Cora February 9, 2015, 6:18 pm

    Hi, I’d like to know if the different sensations mean different things ? Like if I was scanning the chakras/body, some parts I feel warm air flowing under my palms, sometimes its cool, sometimes it feels sticky and others I’m pulled like a magnet. All these sensations on the same body, just different parts. What does that mean ? Thanks.

  • Cathy February 9, 2015, 7:40 pm

    Hi Cora, I find in my own experience that sticky sensations indicate “stuck” emotions opposed to emotion or energy that is blocked. Magnetic feelings for me usually tell me an area is ready and wanting to be cleared and healed and my Reiki Guides are allowing me to feel that sensation to help me focus on that area. Follow your intuition and ask your Guides to give you clues what those sensations mean in your sessions and how you can best proceed for your client’s good and your own growth as a Reiki Practitioner. Namaste, Cathy

  • Terri February 10, 2015, 11:27 pm

    Love this article! 🙂

  • Reiki Nurse February 16, 2015, 6:13 pm

    Brilliant article, Angie! I love the way your writing flows, and how you teach us to focus on the energy within our auric bodies, hands, etc. Thank you for sharing!
    Divine Reiki Blessings to you!

  • Brigitte March 18, 2015, 2:17 am

    While I enjoy all the contributions from REIKI RAYS authors I have connected to all of your posts. Thank you so very much for your gift of sharing. It aids and guides me as I am certain many others!
    Love and Light,

  • muzna April 6, 2015, 3:52 pm

    Simple words but meaningful and useful.
    You never loose the touch.

  • Norman W Wilson, PhD October 21, 2015, 10:02 pm

    This is an outstanding article. Even though I am a Master there are days when I feel my energy is not as strong as it should be. These suggestions actually work. Thank you for sharing them.

  • sunita November 23, 2015, 3:48 pm

    very educative and informative article .

  • Denielle January 12, 2016, 7:24 am

    Hi Angie,may I ask about receiving messages for others when doing a treatment,I seem to perceive my own healing not theirs?

  • Lynnette January 12, 2016, 4:04 pm

    Thank you for the article. I have done reiki 1 & haven’t practiced daily. Will it still work? I’m going to commit to self treatments daily

  • As May 13, 2016, 5:27 pm

    Hi Angie.. Nice and educative article .. I am a reiki master and healer recently did my master attunment and these days whenever I am doing self healing I feel some hands are on me like on my sacral chakra, throat chakra extra as I just place my hands straight on bed and lie down while doing reiki .. Is it normal do some people feel that ..

  • Visika June 13, 2016, 2:26 pm

    I have question related to intentions and sensations… I want to ask that does sensation vary according to the intention completion or how? what does it indicates when you feel very strong flow in the starting days of the intention and after few days you notice that the flow is some times feeble and strong alternately. How should I perceive this sensation as in the favor of completion of intention or non completion of the intention? This happens every time I do intention but m unable to distinguish the difference.. Please guide me..reiki blessings to you…

  • lorena de Rivera September 26, 2016, 6:31 pm

    I wanto to thank you for all your atricles and information. They have benn very helpful. Is wonderful to know persons that shares the information and are not selfish. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Have a nice day.

  • sanjib November 28, 2016, 2:07 pm

    The easiest way to feel raiki while you draw a energy ball

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