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So you want to be a Reiki Practitioner

What is reiki?

Reiki is a form of energy healing that has been used for centuries to promote relaxation, stress relief, and overall wellbeing. The word “reiki” comes from the Japanese words “rei,” which means “universal life force energy,” and “ki,” which means “energy.”

Reiki is thought to be a safe and gentle form of energy healing that can be used on people of all ages, including infants and the elderly. It is also said to be beneficial for animals and plants. Higher levels of Reiki work around power symbols that are drawn in the air or on the recipient's problem areas.

What is a Reiki attunement?

An attunement is a process that helps to connect the practitioner to the energies of reiki. It is said that an attunement can help to open and cleanse the chakras, or energy centers, of the body.

What happens during a reiki attunement?

During a reiki attunement, the practitioner will typically sit or lie down in a comfortable position. The attunement process will usually last for 30-60 minutes.

The practitioner may feel a variety of sensations during the attunement, such as warmth, tingling, or energy moving through the body. Some people also experience emotions during an attunement, such as sadness, anger, or fear. These emotions are often a release of old energies that no longer serve the individual.

After the attunement, the practitioner will typically feel more peaceful and relaxed. It is important to drink plenty of water after a Reiki attunement to help flush out any toxins that may have been released from the body.

What is included in a reiki attunement?

A typical reiki attunement will include the following:

-A brief introduction to reiki and its history

-An explanation of the attunement process

-A guided meditation to help prepare for the attunement

-The actual attunement process

-Time for questions and answers

What are the benefits of a reiki attunement?

Some of the potential benefits of a reiki attunement include:

- improved sleep

- reduced stress and anxiety

- increased sense of wellbeing

- enhanced creativity and intuition

- a deeper connection to your higher self

- higher vibrational energy levels

Things you need to know about Reiki after you are attuned.

The 5 Reiki principles

The 5 Reiki principles are guidelines that practitioners can use to live a more wholesome and fulfilling life. The principles are:

1. Just for today, I will not anger.

2. Just for today, I will not worry.

3. Just for today, I will be grateful.

4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

5. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

These principles can be used as a tool for self-reflection and growth. As you meditate on each principle, you may find new insights and perspectives that you can apply to your life. If you find that the principles resonate with you, I encourage you to incorporate them into your daily life. You may find that your life becomes more balanced and fulfilling as a result.

After the Reiki attunement

Once you receive your Reiki attunement you should perform self-reiki sessions daily to help keep the Reiki flame burning within your body. Your connection to Reiki will never actually go out however, you may find it harder to reach for the energy over time.

Some feel that once you are attuned to Reiki that it will follow you into your next life so that you may heal without even knowing. Reiki practitioners are conduits only and are not actually healing anything.

You are allowing the energy of Reiki to flow through your body and into the recipient allowing their own body to heal itself much more efficiently.

Self-treatment hand positions.

Reiki Practitioners perform daily self-treatments that help to ground and center their bodies and increase their ability to channel Reiki.

You should perform these self-treatments as much as possible. Life can get in your way and you may miss a day here and there but don't allow weeks and months to pass without reaching for reiki energy if you want to improve your ability to channel Reiki.

Gassho Meditation

A quick way to improve your connection to Reiki and get in a little meditation is performing the Gassho Meditation. Gassho meditation is a form of mindfulness meditation that originated in Japan. The word "gassho" means "joining hands," and in this type of meditation, the practitioner joins their hands together in front of their chest in a prayer-like position.

Gassho meditation can be done sitting or standing, and it is often practiced in silence. However, some practitioners may choose to meditate with soft music or nature sounds playing in the background.

The aim of gassho meditation is to focus on the present moment and let go of all thoughts and worries. This type of meditation can help to promote peace and calmness, and it can be a helpful tool for managing stress and anxiety when used in the morning and evening.

How to conduct gassho meditation

In some Asian cultures, the traditional gassho gesture is used in rituals and religious services to express devotion. The hands are brought together in front of the face, fingers straight and pointing up, with the palms pressing together. Your elbows are upended; your forearms are positioned at a 30° angle to the ground, and your fingertips should be about

The hands are held lightly together with the fingertips and thumbs touching and a tiny space between the palms. Your forearms are at a 45° angle to the floor.

The hands are positioned four inches in front of your face (lower than the standard position), with your fingertips just below your nose. The eyes are focused on the tips of your middle fingers

If this meditation helps you, it is suggested that you do it in the morning and evening for 15-30 minutes each day, ideally for one month. You might discover that your attention improves as time goes on, or that you are more focused and grounded as the days pass.

• Place your hands in the gassho posture while seated (on a chair or the floor).

• Focus your attention on the spot where your two middle fingers touch.

• Allow your ideas to dissipate. As more thoughts enter your mind, observe them go and focus on your fingers instead.

• Recite the 5 Reiki principles or your version of them out loud or in your mind.

• If you find that your arms are becoming uncomfortable, slowly lower them to your lap.

• Allow the feelings that you're experiencing to go away as well.

• You may also find yourself thinking about how wonderful you feel.

If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of a reiki attunement, please contact me to schedule an appointment. I offer attunements for both individuals and small groups (discounted). If you enjoyed this post, please share it with others who might benefit from it. And if you have any questions or comments. If you are enrolled as a pathfinder pro or above click here for your Usui Reiki Level II ​Certification​ Training that comes with your subscription.

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