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Coming Back to Your Self-Reiki Practice

Article by Sierra Koch

It’s bedtime and you just realized that in the hustle and bustle of the day you forgot to take time out and do your self-Reiki practice. Your eyes are droopy and you chastise yourself for your forgetfulness. So many things had to get done today and you are exhausted. So what do you do when you forget your daily self-Reiki practice? Here are some tips to get you back to Reiki in no time whether it’s just a day or it’s been years.

As soon as you realize you forgot Reiki, do it. You don’t have to schedule out 3 hours. You don’t have to be reattuned. You don’t have to go into deep meditation. Take a deep breath and intend Reiki flows. If it is at a time where you can take advantage of giving yourself a full treatment, then do so, but do not beat yourself up if you can’t. Start with a couple of minutes if you need to until you have the time for a full treatment. If it’s right before bed just place your hands where you feel they need to go and go to sleep. You can intend that Reiki flows for your highest good for as long as it is needed while you sleep. If you are not in the position that you can lay or sit for a treatment or even place your hands on yourself, ask that Reiki surrounds you and continue doing what it is you need to.

Next, I suggest reviewing the Reiki principles. Place your hands in gassho and recite the principles. Remember that everything is just for today, this minute, this second, this moment. Don’t talk down to yourself because you forgot Reiki. You 10 minutes ago is not You now. Give thanks that you did finally remember. Give thanks that you have Reiki. Give thanks for the principles. Give thanks for this moment.

Self Reiki practice

If you have problems remembering to take time for your self-Reiki practice I suggest scheduling the time in every day. Set an alarm on your phone, watch, clock, or computer for the time scheduled if you need to. Have an accountability partner to report to. Find music you really like and can’t wait to listen to. Find the comfiest spot that you can’t wait to melt into. Put notes around your house where you’ll see them to remind you to take time out for your self-care, your Reiki practice.

Lastly, examine the reason you forgot or let go of your daily self-Reiki practice. If it’s only been a couple of days did you stop only because you have a busy schedule and you didn’t factor Reiki into it? Don’t forget to start practicing again! If it’s been months or years did Reiki lose its luster for you? What made you stop and what made you come back?

Nobody is perfect and everyone is going to forget once in awhile. Don’t beat yourself up if it happens. Just Reiki and move on. If you came back to Reiki after a break I’d love for you to share what brought you back in the comments!

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Sierra Koch
Sierra Koch

Sierra Koch is a Reiki Master Teacher whose passion in life is spreading the joy of Reiki. She shares her cheeky Reiki wisdom at her sacred spaces on the web Reiki Playground (reikiplayground.com) and Ignite Your Reiki Passion (igniteyourreikipassion.com). She invites you to learn how to play with your Reiki practice.

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  • Nina April 19, 2016, 2:54 am

    I recently decided to stop doing Reiki because since my attunememts I’ve been more ill than I ever have in my whole life. 8 solid months of continuous health problems, each one progressively worse than the last. I’ve became so sick I can’t function any more, and haven’t slept at night in 3 months. So I’ve decided to stop and see if my health improves. I knew there would be at least a 21 day cleansing period but I never imagined it would get this bad! I ground myself & protect myself with Archangel Micheal & White Light but i’m just getting worse & worse. Has anyone else had this problem? Its so disheartening 🙁

    • Dave Wilson April 24, 2016, 7:56 am

      Basically your becoming more aware of your surroundings and you are awakening. Just a theory that for me rings true is that you are taking on every body else’s negative vibrations and not disposing of them. In reiki You may need to cut cords. You also need to get grounded and protect your self from psychic attack you need to realignyyour chakras immediately.

      • Nina April 24, 2016, 9:47 am

        Thank you for your input Dave, you could be right, I am feeling others emotions very strongly now and often feel ‘punched in the gut’ when I am around certain people. I will use your advice and did a Chakra Alignment meditation this morning. Hope it helps! Namaste

  • Veena chandrashekar April 20, 2016, 9:58 am

    I have done my masters level III, after that I had many health problems with back, (spinal chord related}, and for more than six months there was ot of problem in controlling my mind and energy level,i was restless, not getting sleep for three four months, bp was very high, i was getting illutions, hearing some strange sounds and so many unimaginable state,unaware of the happenings,memory loss , depression and so many……..problems. Later I took treatment with psychologists, and yoga therapists.It took more than three years to come to normal state. It is not proven and safe to get attuned for higher levels,You start living in fascinated world…rather i advise to practice yoga and pranayama for good health.

  • Nina April 22, 2016, 7:10 am

    Thank you Veena chandashekar it’s good to know I’m not the only one who had suffered problems after attunememts. Your symptoms sound very much like mine! No one ever speaks about potential problems, its just covered up or avoided altogether sadly. Blessings to you x

  • Tina April 23, 2016, 10:15 pm

    Thanks for this article I am a level 1 i practiced every day after my attunement but the past few months I have found it hard to focus on myself sometimes. I also have reynauards disease which affects my circulation but I can honestly feel the reiki burning through my hands at times I see this as a definite need to heal myself and start self treatments again.

  • Kat April 25, 2016, 1:48 am

    Yes things got much worse for me to, not physically but old skeletons, repressed memories, abuse I have suffered etc. I have stopped also, taking a break for a bit.

    • Nina April 25, 2016, 6:02 am

      I’m so sorry Kat (((hugs))) it’s very painful isn’t it, I’ve had all that too 🙁 … I really hope things get better for you. At least we know we’re not alone. I just wish I’d known more about this before I became attuned so I would have been better prepared mentally and able to make an informed choice. I love healing others, I just never realized what it could potentially do to my own life. I hope one day to be able to return to using Reiki on others, for now I need to heal me, sounds like you do too, good luck, Namaste x

  • Timothy April 27, 2016, 4:49 pm

    Its not likely to be the reiki. It could be a combination of things thats causing it. Its possible you may have trapped emotions, maybe inherited ones. I have just released a few of my own via the use of the emotion code. (See Dr Brad Nelson videos on tube).

    • Nina April 28, 2016, 3:44 am

      Hi Timothy
      Thank you for your thoughts, I will check out the Dr Brad Nelson Videos, sounds very interesting and not something I’d considered. Blessings to you! 🙂

  • Alex April 27, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Hi Nina, my advice to you is to get reiki from someone else for a while to support you through the problems you are having. I think you can’t always do it on your own. Reiki can only act in your best interest so this happened for a reason but don’t battle on on your own, get some help. Good luck

    • Nina April 28, 2016, 3:47 am

      Hi Alex,
      Thank you, I was starting to think about this actually, I don’t know anyone who practice’s Reiki in my area but will do some searching online. If not I may consider a distance Reiki healing with someone. Thank you for your kind thoughts & advice. Nameste 🙂

  • François April 28, 2016, 3:30 am

    Hi Nina! Why don,t you try the gassho méditation ans recite the gokai for ten minutes daily with only the two hands joined together?


    • Nina April 28, 2016, 3:50 am

      Hi François,
      That is a good idea, I frequently meditate but its good to get back to the principles and begin there. Bless you. 🙂

  • Vidyaa May 2, 2016, 8:36 am


    OMG now am understanding the cause of my problems, after reading above I recollected and now am able to recognise the cause, its just after getting attuned by master III level my carrier, finances relationships everything went for a task, am just not growing in any of this areas of my life, am just stuck with things in the same level were i was before getting attuned now its almost 6 years completed am just hanging on where i was and all the other ppl around has grown very well, am very depressed about it can any one help me out with a solution for this please……

    • Nina May 4, 2016, 7:43 am

      Hi Vidyaa
      I am so sorry to hear if your problems since your attunememts, I do not know the answer on how to fix them other than taking the advice already suggested for me. I have actually started to improve since balancing my Chakras daily through meditations. I am also using different grounding techniques daily and releasing any excess energy into Mother Earth. I now meditate on the principles while giving myself daily self Reiki but I am not treating anyone else until I am completley well again. I am starting to think that my problems are a sort of excessive purging. Since I began to face each problem full on and walk through my fears the problems have fallen away. I also believe many of my symptoms are those of going through a raising of my vibrational light body and sloughing off all that is no longer for my highest good. Mother Earth is raising her vibrations right now and as an Empath I believe thats why I have felt the symptoms so strongly. I also think I was using too much of my own personal intention and energy when trying to heal others. When I practice again I will step back and allow Reiki to do its work without the interference of my own Ego. I hope some or any of this resonates with you or helps you find your solutions in some way. Blessings be with you. Namaste Nina

      • Vidyaa May 4, 2016, 8:02 am

        Hi Nina

        Tnx for your reply, let me also try to do some meditations n self healing, but am not even able to continue either self healing or meditations…..I start n do 2 to 3 days it breaks same thing happening from many years now…….Really dnt know wat to do…..

  • Yvonne July 2, 2016, 1:14 am

    I have recently come back to my Reiki self practise after it did a miracle and healed me from a very painful Shingles outbrake. Before, I had bandoned my Reiki practise (Kundalini Reiki) for a while, because it apparently strengthens my psychic abilities so that I would get visions when closing my eyes in meditation or when going to bed. Some images would scare me (e.g. unknown faces). Also, I got the impression to get healing crisis after Reiki practise, especially emotional blockage releases, and although I know that it is a healing sign, it annoyed me. Therefore I decided to just meditate and pray for healing.

    But when I got a very painful outbreak of Shingles, this and my homeopathic remedies wouldn’t help me enough and I was in such a pain. When I started putting Reiki on my painful upper body, it got better the very minute I sent it. Like a miracle healing. It sent me to sleep when I couldn’t sleep before because of the pain. The next day I could stand up and move again without strong pain. I can definitely recommand Reiki for Shingles!
    So now this has sent me back to practising Reiki. I think though that grounding, grounding exercises etc. is important to add to the high vibrational Reiki. I wish everyone good luck with their Reiki practise! <3

  • Ellen August 11, 2016, 6:41 am

    I had been a Reiki 1 Master and had even learned distance healing. And as an Adlerian analyst while I would use my physical touch to heal others, I was reluctant to do it with my clients. I did guide a few of then through doing it on their own bodies while sitting up (since i don’t use the couch. I did use it on my own body. But now it’s been over 20 years since I dd and after watching a video I felt reconnected. When a client today mentioned Reiki. I said Oh, I know how to do Reiki. I used to have business cards to that effect.
    My question is can I go back to it on my own after such a long time away?

    • Corey August 27, 2016, 11:35 am

      Ellen of course you can return to it. If you feel reconnected now is the best time. If you feel unsure may I suggest going to get a session from a Reiki master yourself. This will just boost the flow for you personally and then when you do self healings and healings on others your channels will be open just like they were when you first started. Blessings ?

  • Bandita January 29, 2017, 1:42 am

    I am practicing reiki since 4 year its really very much amazing to say that i found more strength in my physic,mind and spirituality.only small things we must have to do regularly aura cleaning ,aura shield.and check our inner attachment with the people whom i love we also carry their energy…..lots of love

  • lsbelfiore June 12, 2017, 6:42 pm

    Perfect…I needed this article, as well as the comments. I got out of practice, too, when I started getting ill. Now that I’m feeling better, it’s definitely time to go back. ~Love and Light

  • Marilynn August 2, 2017, 6:40 pm

    I have been off and on with my self-pracice of Reiki. These comments are very helpful to me, but sometimes I feel as though there is no flow of Reiki and have no one close by to help recharge or realign my chakras. I do identify with many of these comments although I haven’t had the intense illness that many have had, but do have a few health issues with which I cannot afford to see an MD.

  • Jackie October 18, 2017, 7:33 am

    I personally feel that stopping is the wrong answer although you are healing on a very physical level , there are possibly several layers of healing required, look at the issues that first took you to healing ask the question where they addressed first before attunment. You may need further help from your Reiki master . I would be working through this with healing sessions with my student to address this , please don’t tell me you did distant attunment , remember your Reiki Master is their for advice that is our obligation and service to you ♥️

  • Atul Sharma January 15, 2018, 6:23 pm

    Namaste and thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings for all.

  • Amanda November 6, 2018, 12:30 pm

    I stopped using me reiki several years ago after being let down greatly by my 2 reiki masters. I lost all confidence in it and some of the people that were using it not for the highest good. I’ve just this past week or so started using my self healing when I go to bed and using it on my home, car, food, etc and am starting to enjoy it again. I’m now taking each day as it comes with my reiki. I will certainly be more careful in the future who I get involved with.

  • Nicola Billington December 20, 2019, 11:22 pm

    I did my reiki level 1 and 2 last year. I’ve always had very good intuition but I noticed after completing level 2, my intuition went through the roof. I also started to predict things before they would happen. This became so strong that I didn’t actually know how To handle it. Situations started to occur aldo that resulted in certain people leaving my life. I think it’s because my vibration went higher and those that were lower vibrational people kind of ended up going. It was quite a painful and overwhelming experience. I haven’t donr any reiki for a year and I have yo say I’ve been hit with depression and a lot of negativity ever since. I’m wondering now, if it’s time Tu o try practicing again but I am slightly fearful of what that might bring again. It sounds silly but honestly, it was intense. If anybody has any advice on this, I eoukd be truly grateful to hear your views.

    Thanks for reading.


  • Luc July 10, 2020, 10:57 pm

    Hi all,
    Reiki can indeed leave one with very intense feelings and life changes and even physical discomfort. I went through all these and more since my attunement. I blamed it on going to fast. I pursued several attunements from different teachers in a number of different Reiki styles all within 6 months. I thought I “burnt” myself and simultaneously didn’t want to slow down because deep inside I strongly felt that what was happening to me was “for the best”, although it looked the opposite. I “religiously” practiced self reiki during all this time although I had the greatest doubts about reiki. It were actually these doubts that served me in the end and made me learn, question, look for answers and grow.
    The most important things I learned are ridiculously simple but so often overlooked.
    We can ask reiki what we want, when we want it and how we want it. Very often though we’re unaware of what we’re asking. When the experience is to strong, we can just ask reiki to turn it down a notch; make it softer.
    When we experience bad health, we can ask for good health. Sounds logical, isn’t it. But all too often we refuse to believe it can be that simple. We’re consumed by a desire for complicated things. I’ve learned it’s one of our most deeply ingrained subconscious beliefs. It’s like an addiction and I’ve come across a lot of people that show a strong aversion when I point it out to them. To be of value or worth, things need to be difficult to pursue or achieve is what a lot of people believe. This actually goes against the very essence of reiki and life itself. It’s resistance that creates the difficulty and the ego and the mind thrive on this resistance.
    Ask reiki for good, kind, nice, healthy and abundant things, delivered in the easiest way possible. Then, just kick back, relax, enjoy, smile and practice gratitude as you see it being delivered.

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