Reiki is relatively new in the western witchy spiritual world, so questions are to be expected.
What is reiki? How does it work? And what is reiki meditation?
Let’s start at the beginning.
Meditation is the practice of quieting your mind.
It has numerous benefits and takes on many forms.
Dr. Laura Berman, author of Quantum Love, recommends five to ten minutes of meditation that involves a full body scan, checking in with all of your parts as you make your way from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet.
Dr. Joe Dispenza, author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, expects 40 to 50 minutes every day of fully healing meditation.
Pema Chodron, Buddhist monk and author of a million books (okay, not literally a million, but a lot), my favorite of which is Things Fall Apart, meditates several times throughout the day, and teaches a million variations. (Okay, okay, not a million!)
The point is, meditation takes all forms, and really, the type of meditation you practice will depend largely on what your aim is.
If you’re just checking in with yourself, maybe a 10-minute body scan is plenty.
If you’re seeking physical healing, you may want to build up to Dr. Dispenza’s hour a day.
If you’re exploring meditation on various levels, check out Pema Chodron and others like her.
The bottom line is, you can’t get a meditation practice wrong.
You can only get it more and more right as you practice.
The trick is to practice.
The goal, for every single meditation, in some form or another, is to get out of your own way, set your ego aside, and let your body and mind do their good healing and healthy work.
Benefits of Meditation
The benefits of meditation are myriad. Meditation has been studied by respectable institutions around the world and shown to work wonders on the body and mind when practiced regularly.
Just a few of the mental benefits:
Gaining a new perspective on stress
Building skills to manage stress
Focusing on the present
Reducing negative emotions
Increasing imagination and creativity
Increasing patience and tolerance
Lowering resting heart rate
Lowered resting blood pressure
Improving sleep quality
And some of the physical health benefits include helping people to manage:
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome
As you can no doubt see, the mental and physical benefits are intimately connected. Dr. Dispenza cites an abundance of evidence in his book on “spontaneous healing” through a long-term meditation practice, and we now have proof that not only do long term meditators have brains that function differently, at a seemingly higher level than the brains of non-meditators, but we can also see that meditation can have powerful effects on those in the surroundings of a meditator.
Several studies have been done now that involves having a group of monks sit in the center of a busy, high crime city, and meditate for hours at a day, over a period of several days.
In that period, crime goes down, violence deescalates, and positive outcomes in the area improve.
It’s been shown over and over again that your meditation is not only beneficial to you, but it is also beneficial to everyone around you.
So, what does all this have to do with reiki?
Reiki is a type of healing therapy that is relatively new.
A man named Mikao Usui developed reiki in Japan in the early 1900s.
The word rei means “universal” in Japanese, while the word ki means “vital life force.”
Reiki then, in the Japanese words, means universal vital life force, and that is just what the therapy is aimed at.
Reiki Masters, those who practice reiki, must be genuine healers.
They place their hands over a patient’s body, focusing on different energy centers (think of the chakras), and encourage toxic energy to escape while encouraging healing energy to enter the life force.
Reiki Meditation: Reiki Masters
Reiki Masters must be deeply empathetic. Indeed, many are born empaths, more in tuned to their clairsentience than others.
They feel energy, they read energy in others, and they can help others release negativity and influence them to allow in positive energy.
This power is truly a gift, and many empaths have found their calling as reiki masters.
Many who have experienced reiki say it is like nothing they have ever been through.
It is a supportive therapy that is typically recommended by psychologists and doctors who are working with patients who have chronic conditions like anxiety, MS, or Parkinson’s.
Reiki helps you process and release your experiences, focusing on the now.
Reiki is not massage or chiropractic care. The touching during reiki is done while a patient lies down on their back for about an hour and the reiki master gently places their hands over the energy centers.
How long the hands remain in place depends on the readings the reiki master gets.
Reiki Meditation: The Five Principles of Reiki
Reiki is very aligned with Buddhism as it promotes living in the here and now, remaining present and grounded.
In reiki practice, you live your life according to these five principles:
Just for today, do not worry.
You’ve heard the expression, “worry is borrowed trouble.”
In reiki, you commit to living right now. In this moment, you are safe and you have nothing to worry about.
There’s a great quote from the third Harry Potter book, right as Voldemort is coming back to life.
Hagrid tells Harry, as Harry is worried about what is to come: “what’s coming will come, and we will face it when it does.”
I think Hagrid must have been practicing reiki.
Just for today, do not anger.
Another great quote: “being angry is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.”
Anger is a reactive emotion. You get triggered, and you react with anger.
This is normal. The point of reiki is not to never get angry. But to feel the trigger and release it.
Do not stay angry. It’s poisonous to your body and your mind.
Just for today, be humble.
Oh the blessing and the curse of the ego.
We all have one.
And we need the ego to function in society. But far too many of us let our ego run the show.
When it is our spirits that should be running the show with our egos in an advisory capacity.
Just for today, try it.
Just for today, be honest.
One of my favorite Jordan Peterson rules for life is “tell the truth. Or at least don’t lie.”
You do yourself a disservice when you lie. You feel untrue to yourself, and it eats away at you.
Sure, you don’t have to tell your friends she looks ugly in that outfit. You can keep your mouth closed.
Or you can say “you always look beautiful to me.”
And on important issues: be honest. Or at least, don’t lie.
Just for today, be compassionate.
In this moment, extend divine love to everyone, no matter what. Practice recognizing that we are all on our own journey, and we all have our own steps to take.
We cannot understand why people behave as they do, and we can have more compassion when we recognize that.
It also helps to repeat the namaste mantra.
The light in me see, recognizes, and honors the light in you.
What, then, is reiki meditation?
Reiki meditation is often induced during a reiki session. It addresses your energy centers and invites healing to all of your parts, mental and physical.
You can perform reiki on yourself, with some reiki sessions and some practice, and induce reiki meditation that way.
Or you can jump right in and get to reiki meditation now.
Reiki is a lying down meditation as the body is more relaxed in the prone state than it is in the seated position.
Your goal is to put your body to sleep and awaken your mind and connect to the divine.
- Lie down on your back with your spine straight
- Place your right palm on your TanDen
- Picture light, healing energy entering your TanDen
- Allow that light to flow through your body
- Encourage that light to flow back out through your TanDen and out into the universe, in all directions, taking all negativity with it.
Your TanDen is a healing energetic center in your body, located in the same place as the sacral chakra, so just below your belly button, about three inches in.
Give yourself about 20 minutes to undergo reiki meditation, allowing your mind to settle down, and every time an interrupting thought enters your mind, simply tell yourself “thinking” and let it go.
You cannot control what thoughts come into your head, but you can choose not to spotlight them or hold onto them.
The more you practice reiki healing, especially if you see one of the many reiki practitioners who can guide you, the better you will get at sensing your own energy centers and guiding your own healing process.