Article by Angie Webster
A lot of times people feel that doing self-Reiki takes too much time, or that it’s too complicated. They worry that they aren’t doing it right or that they aren’t feeling what they are “supposed to” be feeling. My response to this is almost always some version of this—“Simplify, simplify, simply!”
Reiki is one of the simplest things you will ever do. There is very little “doing” to it. It is mostly just allowing and being. However, that is difficult for our minds to accept. The mind likes to be active and working. It’s fidgety. That’s normal and OK. But it can become a little like a very young child that asks continuous questions and searches for something to do when what it really needs is to simply be still for a moment to drift off to sleep. We do this with Reiki. We search for ways to delay resting into its simplicity and stillness. We tell ourselves we don’t have time, we have other things to do, we are doing it wrong, etc.
When I first began doing Reiki, I relished the new energy flowing through me. For at least 6 months prior to my training, I had been doing a morning treatment using deep breathing and most of the hand positions used in self Reiki. I loved the way this felt and it really helped my mind and body! After training and attunement, instead of continuing this very simple practice with the new and lovely energy of Reiki, I abandoned it in favor of a long Reiki session each morning. I loved my long and deeply personal Reiki sessions and woke up early each day in order to have them. There were times, though when it felt as if something was off. Like I was making it more complicated than it needed to be, and by doing so, missing the bigger picture.
I have since explored that and decided to return to a more simplified version of daily self-Reiki practice. Maybe it will resonate with some of you, as well.
- Sit comfortably. You may like to sit on the floor, if that is comfortable for you, as this is very grounding. If it is difficult for you to sit on the floor comfortably, sit up straight on a chair or stool in a way that allows you to reach your lower back.
- Place your hands in each of the positions for self-treatment, as shown on the chart offered on Reiki Rays. In each hand position, take three deep breaths. See if you can notice these breaths moving into your lower belly, allowing your belly to be as soft and relaxed as possible.
- After three deep breaths, move your hands to the next hand position. Continue until you have treated in all the hand positions shown.
- That’s it! Simple!
The entire treatment only takes about 10 minutes or less. There is never any question about what to focus on, since your attention is only on your breath going in and out of your low belly and counting to 3 breaths. You will notice that tension melts away and any pain decreases as you do the treatment. It is fairly immediate. Even if you can’t feel any energy flowing through you, this shift is plenty to help you see that the treatment is working and helping you heal.
I am loving the return to this simplified version of Reiki self-treatment! I find that it is actually helping me more than the more complicated version.
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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).