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"The experience gathered from books,
though often valuable,
is but the nature of learning:
whereas the experience gained from actual life
is of the nature of wisdom."

Samuel Smiles

The following is from Diane Stein's Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art.

Reiki is a laying on of hands touch healing system of incomparable ease and power. Reiki is a part of every one of us. It was once universal and was never meant to be lost. Children of early Earth, in the civilization we call Mu (from Lemuria) today, received Reiki I training at the beginning of grade school. They received Reiki II at what we would define as junior high school age. Reiki III, the Teacher/Master's training, was required for educators and was available to any who wanted it. When the people of its root culture left the mainland of Lemuria to colonize what is now India and Tibet, Reiki continued with them, though Lemuria was eventually lost. The Earth changes that destroyed first Lemuria and then Atlantis resulted in severe cultural disorganization, causing the healing system to remain the knowledge of only a select few. When in the nineteenth century a Japanese man sought the origins of Jesus' and the Buddha's method of healing, he found them in the ancient remnants of Shiva's early culture, in the esoteric teachings of India.

The act of laying hands on the human or animal body to comfort and relieve pain is as old as instinct. When experiencing pain, the first thing most people do is to put their hands on it. When a child falls and scrapes their knee, they want the mother to touch it (or kiss it) and make it better.

The living body, human or animal, radiates warmth and energy. This energy is the life force itself, and has as many names as there are human civilizations. Mary Coddington, in her book In Search of the Healing Energy (Destiny Books, 1978), fills an entire volume discussing the history of this energy in various cultures. The Polynesian Hunas call this healing force Mana, and the Native American Iroquois people call it Orenda. It is known as Prana in India, Ruach in Hebrew, Barraka in the Islamic countries, and Ch'i in China. Some individual healers have termed it Orgone Energy (Wilhelm Reich), Animal Magnetism (F. Al Mesmer), and Arahaeus (Paracelsus). In Japan the energy is termed Ki and it is from this word that Reiki is named.

Ch'i Kung instructor Mantak Chia defines Ch'i as: "energy, air, breath, wind, vital breath, vital essence ... the activating energy of the universe." Ch'i Kung is an ancient Asian healing discipline. It works to enhance and conserve Ch'i by directing energy movement within the body. Ch'i or Ki is an electrical type of energy that creates the body, and determines the state of health. When Ki departs the living organism, life has departed. Ch'i or Ki is also the essential life force of the Earth, the planets, the stars, and the heavens, and these sources of the energy affect the living body's Ki. Everything alive contains Ki and radiates it! It is the biomagnetic energy of the aura.

While everything that has life has Ki, a Reiki attunement connects the receiver in an increased way to its limitless source. Upon receiving the first attunement in Reiki I, the receiver becomes a channel for this universal healing energy. From the time of the attunement and through the rest of their life, all they need to do to connect with healing Ki is to place their hands upon themself or someone else and it will flow through them automatically. The attunement, by placing the person in direct contact with the source of Ki, also increases the life force energy of the person who has received it. They experience an energy that first heals them, and then also heals others without depleting themself. In the few short minutes of the attunement process, the receiver of Reiki energy is given a gift that forever changes their life in every positive way.

The process of attunement or initiation is what sets Reiki apart from every other form of laying on of hands or touch healing. The attunement is not a healing session, it creates the healer. In Reiki I, the student receives the first combined attunement. They receive an additional attunement in Reiki II, and one more attunement in Reiki III. Each degree's attunements increase the positive power of her ability to channel Ki. It is the attunements themselves that are Reiki, and without this process which must be passed directly from Teacher/Master to student the healing system is not Reiki but something else.

Attunements are given one-on-one and may be made into a beautiful ritual or done quickly and without ceremony. Either way, receiving an attunement is a magical gift. In the process, the teacher begins by standing behind the receiver drawing the symbols. She then repeats the process at the front and returns again to stand behind the student to complete it. Receivers experience as many different things as there are students. Some perceive colors, others see pictures, some reexperience past lives especially past lives in which they have had Reiki before. Some are filled with light or a feeling of total peace, wonder or love. Some students may perceive more than others do. The sensations are definite but very gentle. When asked to place their hands upon someone else to bring the energy through, the new Reiki healer may experience for the first time the Reiki characteristic of heat radiating through their hands.

From this point on, the person who has received the attunement is a Reiki practitioner, with abilities opened in them that they did not know was there. The attunement does not give the receiver anything new; it opens and aligns what was already a part of them. The process is much like plugging in a lamp in a house already wired of electricity; when the healer puts their hands down with the intent to heal, they have turned on the light. Traditional teachers say that if you receive Reiki in this lifetime, it is because you have had it before in other incarnations. They say that Reiki is a remembering, and I believe it goes further than that. We have all had Reiki in past lifetimes; it is a part of our genetic heritage and part of all of us.

Reiki is divided into three degrees. In Reiki I, the attunement itself heals physical level dis-eases in the person who receives it. Their physical health often changes for the better in the months following the initiation. Reiki I healing sessions are primarily for self-healing. The Reiki I healer can also do healing for someone else who is physically present. Such healing is known as direct healing the healer must directly place their hands upon themself or the other person.

It takes three or four weeks to adjust to the Reiki I attunement. During that time the Reiki energy may turn on at odd non-healing moments. The person may feel spacey or tingly, have intense dreams including past life dreams, or experience the detoxification symptoms. These can include diarrhea, running nose, or increased urination. The person will still feel well. What is happening is that the energy is adjusting and increasing the new healer's capacity to channel it. More Ki energy is entering their aura and body than they have experienced before, and their aura and chakras are clearing. If the process becomes uncomfortable, doing a healing on oneself or another rebalances the energy and decreases the sensations. After receiving Reiki I, it is best to do as many healing sessions as possible for at least the first month, including a daily self-healing.

The Reiki II attunement measurably increases the amount of healing energy, and the attunement focuses upon emotional, mental and karmic healing in the person who receives it. After the attunement, old emotions, unhealed former situations, past lives, and negative mental patterns resurface to be fully healed at last. This can take as long as six months to complete, and though not always comfortable the process is positive and necessary.

Healing with Reiki II adds considerable power to direct sessions. It also adds the methods and tools for doing healing with someone not physically present distance healing. In Reiki II, three of the Reiki symbols are introduced and used consciously for the first time. With Reiki I, the symbols are already in the healer's aura and they emerge unconsciously through their hands when they heal. Reiki II begins directing their energies. It also offers preliminary information on channeling the energy required to pass attunements as a Reiki III.

Reiki III is the Master/Teacher's degree. A Master is simply a teacher, one who has mastered a discipline. No ego or ownership is otherwise involved in the term. The attunement involves spiritual level energy and achieves spiritual healing in the person receiving it. This energy is pure joy, oneness with all life, and connection with God/Goddess/Source. After the hard work that follows the Reiki II attunement, Reiki III is a joyous gift. In doing healing sessions, the Reiki III practitioner experiences a further increase in their ability to channel healing energy, and their healing ability also requires a higher level. Reiki III includes two more symbol keys, more esoteric information on the symbols, and the method of passing attunements. This degree is only recommended for the serious healer, and especially for those who wish to teach Reiki and make Reiki a major part of their lives.

People and animals are more than physical Beings. We have a dense physical body that is immediately perceptible by sight and touch, but we also have three other bodies. These nonvisible, nonphysical bodies are energy levels comprised of Ki that direct the state of the physical body. Healing cannot be physical alone, but must include the vibrational energy bodies. Where medicine treats only the physical body, healing and particularly Reiki healing treats all four bodies. Healing, therefore, goes much further than medicine, and is far more complete in its results. In the example of a headache, taking an aspirin may relieve the head pain but it does nothing to heal the source. Reiki deals not only with the evident pain, but with the cause of the pain. With an aspirin the headache is likely to return after three hours; with Reiki the headache is permanently gone.

Buddhists feel that karma is generated by emotional attachments which are carried from one lifetime to the next. This is the force that requires people to return to Earth again and again, to resolve the situations and emotions. They feel that the Path to Enlightenment heals all karma and frees people from the cycle of rebirths, but that karma can be resolved only while incarnated in a body. Some healers ask if using Reiki to heal dis-ease interferes with a person's karma, or requires the healer to be karmically responsible for that person. My understanding of this is that if someone is healed by Reiki or any other means it is a fulfilling of their karma or it would not have happened. The healer is not responsible, they are only the channel for the energy. Such healings are between the person receiving the healing, their own spirit guides, and the Goddess.

With that in mind, how are emotional sources and karma used in Reiki healing? Gently, compassionately, and with respect. In using a Louise Hay or Alice Steadman this-life definition in a healing, first make it a question rather than a statement: "Is it possible that you are experiencing skin rashes because someone is 'getting under your skin?'" If the receiver of the healing says "No," ask them what the cause is, as they perceive it. In the relaxed state of the healing, they may be able to access the cause, though before the session they didn't know. They may access a past-life memory, where seeing the situation usually resolves it. Use their answer not to judge them, but to increase their self-awareness. If they say it's because they feel threatened in their living situation, ask them what they need to do to change it. And ask them how you as the healer can help them.

That may mean listening to them talk about their difficulty, or making the healing a safe place for them to express their anger or to cry. In about one out of four Reiki healings, usually when the healer has their hands on either the throat or the heart position, the person receiving the treatment will experience an emotional release. This means that they will express emotions regarding their dis-ease or situation, frequently the held-in emotions that are the direct source of their dis-ease. The person may cry, get very angry, start to talk about what happened to them, giggle, or get very restless. The healer's role in this is supportive. They stay with the person experiencing the release and lets it take its course, while continuing the Reiki hand positions and the healing.

The healer needs to be totally nonjudgmental. They may hear things that are horrifying, but cannot react. Their job is to make the person expressing the emotions feel totally safe and to listen. If the receiver is crying, tell them, "It's okay to cry, it's safe to do that here. Get it all out, it's fine." If the person describes a this-life trauma having been incested as a child, for example support them in their pain. Say things like "Look how strong you were to survive it. It's over now and will never happen again. You are wonderful and good." If they are angry, tell them, "You have a right to be angry. Get it all out now." If they reach a past-life trauma, they may be opening the source of a this-life pattern. By supporting the release, the emotions that caused their dis-ease are expressed. This is a major healing; the person will heal now, whereas they could not have done so before.

The first time a new healer experiences the emotional release of someone they are healing, they will probably be frightened by it. These releases generally last only for a few minutes; they are resolved by the time the healer reaches the leg position. Though sometimes intense and scary for the healer, they do great good for the person receiving the Reiki session. The Universe seems to protect inexperienced healers, too the healer will only be given situations they can handle. The more serious and intensive sessions come when the healer is ready for them. Once a person has begun to use Reiki, their healing also becomes more and more guided. By connecting with spirit guides consciously or not, the healer knows what to say, and when and how to say it. In an emotional release, or in any other situation, the healer knows what to do. They may wonder later how they thought of it.

Reiki does not come from the healer, but from the Universe through them. The healer cannot take credit for what happens in the healings. In fact, sometimes nothing happens. Or nothing perceptible at the time. Likewise, the healer is not responsible if no healing takes place. There may be a very good reason for this. It may be the person's karma to experience the dis-ease fully, even if it leads to their death. Death is a healing, too.

It is never ethical to say, "I healed this person." The only person who can heal someone is that person themself. Healing can only happen in their own body. A healer's role is simply to channel the energy, which the receiver can use in any way that is best for their needs. I fully believe healing to be a three-way agreement, between the healer, the receiver, and the Goddess/Source. A healer also does not do a healing to someone, but only with them. Without the receiver's agreement and participation in the process, no healing can take place. The only rule in Reiki I is the receiver must give the healer permission to do the healing. With that agreement, whatever happens in the session is what was meant to occur.

Reiki is totally positive and can never cause harm to any living thing, whatever their condition or status. It is valid for use on anyone, no matter how young, old or frail. Elders, infants, and children respond well to Reiki healing, as do pets and plants. If anyone is ill, in pain or in emotional distress, Reiki helps. For the person or pet that is healthy, Reiki relaxes and rejuvenates. The positions balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and balance all the chakras and the energy field. They clear and increase the animal or human body's flow of life force Ki. When someone is dying, Reiki eases the process but will not prevent the person or animal from passing over at the designated time. For the grieving loved-ones, Reiki is a comfort and a help as well.

Occasionally a healer learns that the person receiving a healing does not believe in it. If that person gives permission for the healing, and if they are open to it, the healing happens with or without belief. Someone who is not open to it, however, or refuses it inwardly, can block the process. For some people, though they give permission for the session, the idea of nonmedical healing is more than their belief system can adapt to. They may say yes, but still refuse to admit the energy. If that happens, the healer can usually sense that they are being blocked. They can gently tell the receiver what they perceive, but it is still up to the receiver to choose.

Reiki will not violate anyone's free will. If the person refuses the energy, the healer can do no more. When this situation occurs for a new or inexperienced healer, it can shake their confidence, especially when the receiver insists they are accepting the energy but they aren't. The problem is with the receiver, not the healer. Be aware that this refusal can happen and that you have done your best.

The receiver may also say they feel nothing or sometimes in a Reiki session the healer thinks that nothing has happened. Sometimes the healer feels nothing, while the receiver feels a great deal. In these cases, trust in the Reiki energy. The healing is happening, whether anyone perceives it or not. Occasionally in a session, the receiver suddenly feels an increase in pain. This lasts for a few moments, and I tell people to "breathe into it" while it lasts. Reiki can condense several days of a headache or other dis-ease into a few moments this way, and it is worth waiting it out. When it ends and the additional pain is gone, all of the pain is gone. I ask my healing guides to make this pain as quick and easy as possible, but sometimes it has to be. It never lasts long and never causes harm.

Reiki can help a broken bone heal more rapidly, but it is best to wait until after the bone is set to do healing directly over the break. Sometimes the Ki energy heals very quickly, and if the break has not been set yet, this healing may not be positive. Before the setting, do Reiki on other parts of the body, but not over the break. Never place your hands directly on top of a wound or broken skin. Put your hands nearby and the energy will go to where it is needed, without causing more pain or risking infection. Once the bone is set, Reiki works very well through the cast.

As a healing system of great power, it is also important to know that there is very little you can do wrong in this healing. The Reiki energy has an intelligence far beyond human knowledge, and all it takes to activate it is to place your hands on the positions or where there is pain. The energy will do the healing and do it well. The healer needs no advanced psychic ability or even awareness of the process. One benefit and outgrowth, however, of receiving Reiki training is that the healer's psychic ability begins to grow, almost from the time of their first attunement, and it grows in every way.

Reiki can never do harm and no one can make a mistake.

Reiki I 

Once you begin to do healings, the full miracle of Reiki starts to manifest. The true magic of Reiki is in the doing.

The first thing a healer needs to know is how to hold their hands. Both hands, held palms down, are always used in Reiki. Fingers and thumbs are extended and held together (as if they had socks over them). They are placed on the Reiki positions, and rested gently there, completely relaxed and with no exerted pressure. The life force energy, or Ki, that produces the healing flows through the chakras in the centers of the palms and the tips of each finger. If for some reason both hands cannot be placed on a position, place one hand on the position and the other somewhere else on the body. Both hands must be on the receiver's body, or held just above it, for the energy to activate and come through.

When both hands are rested on oneself or another with the intent to heal, Reiki automatically starts flowing. As soon as the hands are lifted, it stops. No request or other method is needed to turn Reiki on and off. Once the energy begins, the healer or receiver usually notices heat sensations, and this is an identifying characteristic of Reiki. After receiving the Reiki I attunement and bringing the energy through for the first time in the classroom, hot hands happen in most healings. If what the person receiving the healing needs is cold, however, the healer's hands will give them cold. Sometimes the healer feels their hands are very hot, while the receiver of the energy feels coolness, and vice versa. Every healing and healing position can be different.

With their hands placed on a Reiki position, the healer feels a cycle of sensations. Initially, they feel the expected warmth of body heat, but as their hands remain in place other feelings begin. There may be sensations of heat, cold, water flowing, vibrating, trembling, magnetism, static electricity, tingling, color, sound, or (extremely rarely) pain moving through the healer's hands. The healer may feel as if their hands have gone to sleep, with a pins-and-needles sensation. The person receiving the healing may not feel the same things or different ones, or she may feel nothing. The sensations change from position to position, and healing to healing. They are unpredictable, but there is almost always a sensation of some kind.

These continue for what at first seems like a long time, generally as long as five minutes. Then the sensations end and quiet body warmth returns. This completes the position, and signals the healer to move to the next one. If you don't move, the cycle simply begins again: body warmth, several minutes of sensations, and body warmth again. Often, a position takes less than the expected five minutes, and this is fine; go by the feeling in your hands. Unless the receiver of the healing has back trouble, the positions on their back will probably take less time.

Occasionally, the sensations seem to go on forever, and the healer's hands feel glued in place. Continue as long as you need to be there. If your hands feel free to move and the sensations go on and on, however, stay a reasonable time and then move to the next position. More healing needs to be done here, but the pain didn't develop overnight and one session may not be enough to heal it. This is usually an area or position where much Reiki is needed, but since the full treatment session takes as long as an hour and a half, spending too much time in one place is not beneficial. After they have completed a few healings, the healer develops a sense of when it is time to move. Honor your intuition, and remember there is no right and wrong. The sensations may be less distinct in self-healing than in healing others.

When doing Reiki for others, it is important for both receiver and healer to be very comfortable. The receiver has to lie still, first on their back and then on their stomach, for at least an hour. Put a pillow under their knees if they have back problems, and under their hips or head if they need them. If working on a floor, put a pad or blanket under both of you, and the healer may sit more easily on a pillow. The healer spends a long time at each position and may do several positions before physically moving. It is a shame to have to stop or move because of a foot falling asleep or back cramps. The easiest arrangement for all concerned is a massage table. When doing healing on a floor or bed, the healer must learn to relax their own body and to find what physically works best for them.

Most healing sessions are done quietly, and I recommend silence at least while doing the head positions. After that, the receiver may begin an emotional release that should not be stopped or distracted. Focus fully on the receiver at this time. Some people fall asleep or go out of body during healings, and should be left undisturbed. In some lighter sessions, the healer and receiver may chat while going through the hand positions. A session done with other people present usually precludes heavy releasing or emotional work. Use intuition as to when conversation is okay, and when it is not. If psychic information arises, share it with the healing's receiver in a compassionate way.

Since the first Reiki positions over the eyes, wash your hands before starting a healing. Center yourself, calm your mind and begin.

Loose clothing is the most comfortable for both healer and receiver in a Reiki session; both remain clothed. Some healers like to take their shoes off if the floor is carpeted and the room is warm. The receiver of a healing takes their shoes off and their eyeglasses, if they wear them, leaving contact lenses on in most cases. Remove a heavy belt if they are wearing one. With Reiki, I do not feel it necessary to remove jewelry, but some healers may prefer to for the receiver or for themselves. Have a blanket available in case the receiver feels cold. If placing crystals under the massage table, make sure they have been cleared.

Reiki can be used with, and is highly effective with, gemstones and crystals in laying on of stones. First, and of primary importance, the stones need to be thoroughly cleared before starting and after the healing is finished. Cleared crystals or gemstones can also be charged in your hands. With the receiver lying on their back, place the stones over their chakras and then begin the Reiki session. Basically, the colors of the stones are placed to match the colors of the chakras (orange stones are placed on the Sacral chakra), but use your intuition. When using gemstones in a Reiki healing, the chances of the receiver experiencing an emotional release are much greater, and these are very intensive healings.

The Seven Major Chakras 

The Reiki hand positions are also primarily over the chakras. After the three head positions, this makes them easy to remember. The chakras are located on the etheric double energy twin of the physical body, one layer away from the physical body level. They are energy transformers, bringing Ki from the Earth and Heavens into the human or animal body. The chakras on humans are placed in a vertical line down the center of the body, front and back. A full Reiki session covers all of the chakras and all of the body's organs.

While it is not crucial to know the locations of the chakras to do Reiki, it makes describing the placements easier. The chakra system used in the West was developed in India, which gives it a further Reiki connection. It is important to note, however, that many cultures developed similar systems. It also makes sense energywise to know why your hands are on a particular part of the body. Each chakra regulates the organs in its area. I will describe the centers only very briefly, as there are many excellent books on the chakra system. A Reiki healing begins at the head and moves down, so I will describe the chakras from head to feet.

The three Reiki head positions cover the Crown and Third Eye centers. The Crown is located at the top of the head, slightly to the back of the highest part of the skull. Physically it is associated with the pineal gland. This is people's connection with spirituality and Goddess/Source, and is represented usually by the color violet or white. The Crown is the place of perception of spirit guides and the skill of channeling. The Brow or Third Eye is next, located above and between the physical eyes, and associated with the pituitary gland. This is the chakra of psychic perception, and understanding of the Oneness of the Universe. The color for the Brow is indigo, the blue-black of the nighttime sky. It is women's power center and represents the creation of personal realities. In physical healing the Crown and Brow are the brain, eyes, and central nervous system.

The Throat chakra is located at the base of the neck, and is associated with the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Its color is light blue, and its function is communication both physical and psychic. In a world where speaking out is a risk, most people's Throat centers are in need of healing. Emotions are expressed at this level, and creativity is located there. Healing issues include anything with the throat sore throats, stage fright, thyroid problems, throat cancer. Below it is the Heart, behind the breast-bone or sternum, and associated physically with the heart organ or thymus gland. Two colors are often used for the Heart center; the primary one is green and the other is rose. Emotions come from the heart, as does universal love and love for others. Heartache and heartbreak (and physical heart conditions) are typical of modern society most of us need heart and emotional healing.

Below the Heart and between the lower rows of ribs is the Solar Plexus ; its color is solar yellow. This is men's power center, and the place where energy moving through the body is assimilated. Food is assimilated at this center its physical correspondence is the pancreas gland or liver as well as power issues and balances of power. Solar Plexus diseases include digestive problems, alcoholism, and food issues. The Sacral center is the spleen in men (purification) and the uterus in women, which also has a purifying function. Although most books and teachers would like you to believe that its location is a few inches below the navel, it is actually precisely at the navel! First impressions and old emotional pictures are stored in this center, and it is also the center of sexual choosing. Its color is orange. Healing at this chakra includes recovery from past abuse, and sexuality or fertility issues.

The Root chakra, usually associated with the adrenal glands, is located at the genitals. It is represented by vibrant red. Known in the East as the Gateway of Life and Death, the Root is the place of birth and rebirth. This is the survival center, the ability to draw abundance from the planet. Root center healing involves basic issues of having enough food, shelter and clothing, of wanting to live or die, of grounding and of living on the Earthplane.

These are the seven major chakras, and they are present on both the front and back of the body. There are said to be a total of forty-nine chakras on the human etheric double, with the others usually considered to be minor energy points. Each acupuncture point may also be called a minor chakra and there are hundreds of them. The small chakras located in the hands and fingers are not minor centers for healers. And those located on the soles of the feet that can also transmit Reiki and serve to connect us to the Earthplane cannot be considered minor, either. There is a chakra at the back of each body joint. The chakras are a major part of the electrical system of the body, the bridge between physical and non-physical Being.

Self-Healing 

The hand positions for self-healing are the basis for all the other Reiki positions as well. While they are presented below in an organized manner, always allow intuition free play. If you are guided in a healing to put your hands somewhere not designated as a Reiki position, do so. Likewise, if you are guided to skip a position or to do it out of order.

There is no incorrect way to do Reiki. Teachers vary on these positions, but everyone is right. Put your hands down and the energy goes where it is needed. Keep them on a position until the energy flow changes and you are directed to move to the next place. If you are unable to do a position, or it is uncomfortable to reach one or more, go on to the next. If you are unable to bend your arms and body well enough to do the back, do only the front. Do not cross your arms or legs in the placements. The basic instruction for Reiki is to put your hands where the pain is. When it is possible to do a fully body healing session, this is optimal, but when it is not, do what you can.

The illustrations show the hand positions for self-healing, which are numbered for easy identification. Healing always starts at the head and moves to the feet on the front, and then continues from head to feet on the back. The first three positions are on the head. In the first, place your slightly cupped hands gently over (but not pressing on) your eyes. Hold the position until the energy sensations that develop stop, usually in about five minutes. This first position balances the left and right sides of the brain, and is wonderful for headaches and eyestrain. It also covers the Brow or Third Eye chakra.

Next (position 2), move your hands to the sides of your face, Your thumbs rest just beneath the ears, and your palms cover the cheeks. Again, wait for the energy cycle to complete. This is almost an instinctive way to place your hands, and it is extremely comforting. The third head position (3-3a) moves your hands to the back of the head, cupping the occipital ridge. This covers the Crown chakra, and also the Third Eye from behind, as well as reaching the Causal Body. Again, each position takes about five minutes.

Next go to the Throat chakra (4-4a). If putting your hands over your own throat brings on a panic reaction it is less likely on yourself place your hands instead over your collarbone below it or hold them slightly above your throat. When doing Reiki for others, almost always put your hands below, rather than directly over the Throat center. (If there's any doubt, ask!!) Position five (5-5a) over the Heart is only done on oneself. Put your hands over the breastbone, or even over the breasts if healing is needed there.

The Solar Plexus is the next position (6). Place your hands in opposite directions with fingers facing over your lower ribs, just below the breasts. Anatomically, your right hand is over your liver and gallbladder and your left over your pancreas, spleen and stomach. You may hear some internal rumbling at this position. Again, each position takes approximately five minutes to complete the energy cycle, so relax with the process. The hands held in the same way move next over the middle abdomen at about the waist or just below it (7), then lower once more to cover the pelvic bones (8). The energy reaches the intestines from this position, and the Sacral chakra.

The last of the torso positions is with the hands brought together in the center of the lower abdomen, one above the other, just above the pubic bone (9-9a). On yourself, you may cover the genital area if you wish. This position is the Root chakra and covers the uterus and ovaries, bladder and vagina in women, the bladder and testes in men.
Next move to the knees, ankles and feet. These are not Traditional Reiki positions, but I find them to be extremely important, particularly the feet. They serve to balance and ground you after the energy of the upper centers, reconnect you with Mother Earth, and also integrate and bring through the energy of the healing. For the knees and ankles (10, 10a, 11, 11a) first put your hands on both knees, then do the same at both ankles. You may have to reach to find a comfortable way to do the ankles. An alternate choice here is to put one hand on the right (or left) knee and ankle at the same time, then move to the other leg's knee and ankle. Do the feet last, placing your hands on the bottoms of the soles where the chakras are. Put one hand on each foot (12), or both hands on one foot then move to the other (12a). Again, keep your hands in place as long as the energy sensations continue.

Then go to the back. There is one position only for the head (13), but since you have done three head positions already this one is optional. Place one hand on the crown of the head and the other at the back (Causal Body). It can be done alternatively with both hands at the crown (13a). Next place your hands over the back of the neck or on top of the large muscles between neck and shoulders at the back (14). These muscles are tension-holders for many people. They constitute the Throat chakra at the back, and are not sensitive as the Throat center front is.

Turn your arms around now, reaching up to below the shoulder blades (15), covering the back of the Heart. The hands point toward each other as on the front torso. Next move lower to the middle back, holding the arms and hands in the same way (16), and do one position lower yet (17). These positions cover the Solar Plexus and Sacral chakras. An alternate or additional placement is over the lower back (17a) with hands positioned downward for the Root Chakra.

Repeat the knee and ankle positions (18-19 or 19a), but this time place your hands at the back instead of the front. To finish, do the bottoms of both feet again (20). This is the full Reiki self-healing session; the positions become familiar quickly. After completing it, drink a large glass of pure water and rest awhile. You may feel spacey for a few minutes to an hour. Pay attention to the emotions and thoughts that have arisen during the healing.

Healing Others 

The Reiki session for others is actually the same healing as a self-healing, with two exceptions. First, the hands reach out instead of being brought toward oneself, resulting in some change in how the positions are done. The healer needs to do the session in such a way that their own body is totally comfortable, or the reaching can cause considerable strain. Do not cross your arms or legs or allow the receiver to do so. 

Second, when doing healing for someone else, be aware of body privacy. Touching the breasts or genitals is an invasion of body safety unless you have permission from the person. Be aware of this for children as well as adults. One out of three women in America has been raped and probably half to three quarters have been incested or otherwise violated. Reiki sessions are safe space it can be no other way.

To begin the healing, do the head positions standing or sitting behind the person receiving the session. You will remain there through three head positions, the Throat, and probably the Heart. The hand positions are again illustrated and numbered. Begin with your cupped hands placed gently over the person's eyes, not pressing on them (1). Feel the energy sensation cycle and when the sensations stop, move to the next position. This first position balances the left and right sides of the brain. The woman receiving the healing may be restless through it, but they will become quiet when you move to the next position. Discourage talking for at least the time of the head positions, and if the person continues, ask them to remain silent.

Position two (2) is over the cheeks, with your little fingers placed just beside the ears. Where position one covered the Third Eye , position two reaches both Crown and Third Eye chakras. The person receiving the healing most often becomes quiet, and may go to sleep or out of body. To do the next position (3), the healer lifts the receiver's head (the receiver usually helps), and slides their hands underneath. Cup your two hands under the curve of the back of the head, the occipital ridge. Where it feels comfortable for your hands is the place. Crown , Third Eye and Causal Body chakras are covered. The head positions treat the skull, brain, eyes, ears and central nervous system.

Reach forward to the Throat chakra (4). Because so many people panic when hands are placed over their throats, I never place my hands directly on it. [I always ask the person how my hands feel over their throat and move them if they feel uncomfortable. Tim] Instead put your hands below the throat and over the collarbone. You can also hold your hands tent-wise above the throat without touching it, but this is an uncomfortable strain for the healer. In past lives, many people who are healers today died at the stake we were usually strangled before the flames reached us, and therefore the phobia.

Extend your arms further forward or move to either side for the Heart (5-5a). Never place your hands over the breasts of a woman you are not intimate with, unless both of you have agreed to do so. (If the woman has cystic breasts or breast lumps you might.) Usually, however, place your hands above the breasts, or between them if there is room to do so, or skip the position completely. Again, wait for the energy cycle to climb and fade, a period of up to five minutes, then move your hands to the next position. You need to be at the person's side instead of behind them now. The Solar Plexus (6) is located just under the breasts and covers the upper digestive organs (liver, gall bladder, pancreas).

With the torso positions, you have a choice of how to place your hands. They can be held as they were for self-healing, though facing out instead of in. To do this set them in a horizontal line across the body, the fingers of one hand almost touching the heel/wrist of the other. Alternatively, and sometimes more comfortably, place the hands side by side (thumb almost touching thumb). To find the positions with this, imagine the receiver's torso divided into four quarters and place your paired hands over each quarter. Do the upper right side, upper left side, lower right side, then lower left side. Bring both hands to the center of the lower abdomen last. (Start from either side; with Reiki it doesn't matter.) Do this on the back also if you choose to.. Both are correct! It is simply a matter of what is more comfortable to the healer.

To continue with the torso, position seven (7) is just below the waist and covers the Sacral chakra, with the next hand placement just below it (8) above the pubic bone and over the pelvic area. Place the hands either horizontally or side by side. Next bring both hands to the center of the lower abdomen (9), just above the pubic bone (Root center).The hands are placed one above the other on the body. These positions cover all the abdominal organs, the digestive, eliminative and reproductive systems. See the drawings of the body organs; some knowledge of anatomy is helpful and necessary for Reiki healers, though medical terminology is not needed.

The knee, ankle and feet positions are even more important when you work on someone else than they are for self-healing. For the past half hour or more, the person receiving the healing has been lying quietly (unless they have had an emotional release). They may appear to be asleep or just "out there somewhere" and out of body. The hand positions on the legs and feet begin to bring them back to Earth now.

To do them, the healer must move again. In doing the torso positions the healer stood or sat on one side of the receiver. There is no need to move from side to side, just reach across the person's body to their opposite side. Now move further down so you can reach their legs. Do the tops of both knees (10) and then the tops of both ankles (11). Alternatively, place one hand on their knee and the other on their ankle of the same side (11a) this is the preferred way. Complete these positions by waiting for the energy sensations to fade, as usual.

Finish the healing with the bottoms of the feet (12). Do one foot at a time (12a-12b), or both feet at once, which is preferable. If you are continuing the healing by doing the back of the body, you may choose to skip the feet positions until the end of the session. Now ask the person to turn over, and move to their head again

With the receiver's head turned to the side, optionally do the one head position for the back (13). One hand is placed on the Crown and the other on the back of the head at the occipital ridge. When the sensations change, move to the next position, the back of the neck (14). I have not met anyone sensitive to the Throat position from the back. Placing your hands over the trapezius muscles, the big muscles where the shoulders meet the neck, is an alternative.

Move to the side again and do three positions down the back (15, 16, 17). The hands may be placed end to end or side by side as on the front torso. These positions cover the Heart, Solar Plexus and Sacral chakras. They also reach the kidneys, and are wonderful for tension, stress and back trouble. If the person has a particularly long back or much lower back pain, do one more position further down, where the buttocks begin. An optional way to do this is with one hand facing in each direction (18).

Next go to the legs and feet, and this time it is extremely important to do these positions thoroughly. They help the receiver ground they have been "out" for a long time by now. Move lower toward their legs, and do Reiki positions on the backs of both knees (19) and the backs of both ankles (20). A preferred way to do this is to place one hand on the back of the knee, and the other on the back of the ankle of the same side (20a). Wait for the energy, then repeat on the opposite side. Make sure to do both sides.

The last position of the healing is the bottoms of the feet (21). Whether working on the front or back of the body, the feet are still held on the bottoms, where the chakras are located. You will feel streams of energy moving through the feet, and they may continue for several minutes. This position integrates the healing and completes it. The receiver of the healing will be far from grounded when they get up from the session, but they will be functioning without the feet positions they might be much too spacey for a while.

An optional way to complete the healing is to do a brushing off of energy. Hold one or both hands about eight inches above the receiver's body, palms facing downward. Gently but quickly sweep your hands at this height, moving in long strokes from the receiver's head to feet. Stroke first from head to torso several times, then from torso to legs, and legs to feet. Your hands are in the receiver's aura and there is a sensation of flowing water, which they may perceive as well. The aura stroking, especially when done quickly, helps to ground the person and to awaken them fully. They will like the feeling.

Tell the person receiving the session that you are finished, and advise them to lie quietly until they are ready to move. Do not hurry them to get up. When they are ready, show them how to first turn on their side and lift themself with their arms, as lifting from the neck is damaging to the neck and back. Once they are sitting up, caution them not to move too quickly, just to sit for a while, and bring them a glass of pure water. They may feel light-headed and spacey for as long as half an hour, and relaxed and in an altered state for as long as three days. The feeling is pleasant and enjoyable.

After a healing session, some people begin a physical detox process. This is quite safe, but the person new to Reiki may need to know about it. It does not happen after every healing, maybe after one first-time healing in six. They may also do some emotional processing for the next few days or a week. Tell them to allow the images to happen, to see them and let them go without resisting them. Most people feel wonderful after a Reiki session and continue to feel better and better. Many of the positive changes in a Reiki healing remain permanently, though long-term difficulties are seldom resolved in one session. After doing Reiki, the healer feels wonderful, too.

Reiki II 

The Traditional argument for keeping even the names of the symbols secret is that they are sacred. Indeed they are, but sacred and secret are no longer synonymous. For people to learn the sacred it must be within their access. We no longer have the luxury or time for years of private study with a learned scholar or guru/teacher. There are few places remaining in the world for the teachers to be trained and few people who can devote their lives exclusively to the sacred path. The tradition of oral teaching no longer remains.

One generally given reason for hiding the Reiki symbols and the Reiki II and III teaching is that it may be used for harm if allowed into the wrong hands. In my guidance and experience, and in guidance by others as well, it becomes quite clear that the material cannot be misused. The information does not activate by itself. It requires the Reiki attunement for the degree to activate the healing methods and the information. The attunements can be passed only by a trained teacher who has been attuned themself. [I disagree! I believe that a highly-evolved person on a spiritual path can access any healing power they choose. Tim]

Reiki was also carefully designed, and the guides and leaders of our planet's past who brought it here knew what they were doing. Reiki was conceived as a mistake-proof healing system. If it is used for other than positive means, nothing happens and no harm can occur. Remember too that energy is a neutral force fire can cook dinner or burn down a city, and energy's intent returns to the sender. What you send out returns to you for good or ill. The intent to harm anyone with a system designed for healing, whether it succeeds or not, becomes part of the karma of the sender. Likewise, as a system designed for helping and healing, the intent to do good overrides any loss of information. By doing your best to use Reiki for the good it was intended, the Reiki guides fill in what is missing.

The symbols are the essence and formula of Reiki. They are the keys to using and passing on this healing system. All things profound and life-affirming are simple, and Reiki is an extremely simple method, comprised essentially of the symbols. They are the formula Mikao Usui found in the Sutras. Three are taught in Reiki II and two more in the Third Degree. The symbols are readily known in Buddhism, where they are not secret or withheld information. Reiki II begins the use of these profound energy keys and keeps them simple with further information left for later in the teaching process.

Cho-Ku-Rei 

The first of the symbols is Cho-Ku-Rei, the use of which is to increase power. By visualizing Cho-Ku-Rei symbol, your ability to access Reiki energy is increased many times. You will probably use it with every healing. Cho-Ku-Rei concentrates Reiki in one focused spot by calling all the energy of the Goddess Universe into the healing. The spiral and pathway shape of this symbol is the design of the Labyrinth, an initiation space at the ancient Goddess temple of the Palace of Knossos on Crete. In the archeology of this planet, spirals always represent Goddess energy.

The numbers on the symbol sketches indicate how the figures are to be drawn. The symbols must be memorized and you must be able to draw them easily. I was taught to draw Cho-Ku-Rei clockwise, moving from left to right, while the Traditional Cho-Ku-Rei is drawn counterclockwise. I have tried it both ways, and many of my students have also, and they agree with me that the clockwise direction increases energy as the symbol is intended to do. Counterclockwise does not. [I feel that it is merely personal preference which way to draw the symbol it is the intention that gives any symbol its power. Tim]

In any metaphysical or energy work, including Wicca, clockwise motion in the Northern Hemisphere is the direction of invoking and increase, and counterclockwise motion is the direction of decrease and dispersion. In the Southern Hemisphere it is the opposite. Intent is paramount here. Try it both ways and make your choice. If you determine for yourself that one or the other of these directions increases power, keep using that method, as increase is the intent of this symbol. Pick one way and use it consistently.

I have been guided to use Cho-Ku-Rei counterclockwise on only one occasion. At that time I was doing a healing for a woman who had an abdominal tumor. Though I used Cho-Ku-Rei clockwise as usual through the healing, I was directed to draw it counterclockwise while my hands were over the tumor area. Since the direction from right to left means dispersion to me, it made sense. It is only very rarely in situations of that type that I have used the symbols "backwards." In using the symbols, intent is extremely important; if your will is for increase, the symbol will give you increase, whichever direction it is drawn in. Doubled Cho-Ku-Reis, one drawn in each direction, are used for manifesting.

Sei-He-Ki 

Sei-He-Ki is next, and this symbol is Traditionally designated for emotional healing. I was taught to use it specifically when someone in a healing session is upset, distraught, or emotionally disturbed, but at no other times. It was defined for me as "God and man coming together." Another definition might be, "As Above, So Below." The symbol brings divinity into human energy patterns and aligns the upper chakras.

It is interesting to note that I have seen fewer variations and versions of Sei-He-Ki than of the other symbols. There is only alternative drawing style that elongates it. Although there are fewer versions of this symbol, there is more divergence in the uses. The symbol is Traditionally described for mental level healing as well as emotional healing, but I feel that this is in error. It is Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen that targets the mental body.

The more healing work I do, the more certain it becomes that virtually all physical level dis-ease has an emotional coordinate. Whether the emotional state or past emotional trauma causes the dis-ease, as Louise Hay and Alice Steadman posit, or the dis-ease itself brings about the emotion and mind-set is irrelevant. The point is that dis-ease and painful emotions go together, and healing the dis-ease means also healing the emotions that go with it. Human life is filled with emotional pain and with traumas large and small, and most people are taught that expressing their feelings is inappropriate. Instead of allowing oneself to feel the pain and then release it, the emotions get stuck inside. Where pain remains within and has no other release, it manifests as physical illness.

Reiki energy goes to where healing is needed, to every level of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. By using Sei-He-Ki, the emotional aspect is specifically addressed and this is often the key to the healing. A painful emotion or trauma that has been held within is brought to the surface. The receiver of the healing reconnects with the pain long enough to finish it and let it go. With the emotion released, the physical dis-ease often vanishes. Anger, frustration, fear, grief and loneliness are more often the source of human dis-ease than any bacteria, virus, or organic malfunction. With this in mind, I use Sei-He-Ki with most healings.

Like people, animals manifest dis-ease as a way of handling emotions they cannot otherwise release. They feel and experience the same emotions that humans do, but they do not have the same levels of understanding and control of their lives as humans do. Therefore, pets have increased frustration and fear. A dog or cat that is particularly bonded to their person may also manifest the person's dis-ease or emotions, sacrificing themself in the process. Pets take upon themselves the job of clearing their people and homes of disturbing energy. If the family is in crisis, the animal picks it up and may not be strong enough to transform it. Sei-He-Ki is as helpful for animals' emotional pain as for humans', releasing it so dis-ease can heal.

In the healing situation or out of it, Sei-He-Ki has further uses. It can be invoked for protection and purification, to clear negative energy, to release spirit attachments, and to guard a room against negative emotions, dis-ease or entitities. I was not taught these uses, and believe they are no longer generally known. This is another piece of information that may be in danger of being lost.

When the receiver in a healing begins an emotional release, Sei-He-Ki is highly important. If they are attempting to release emotions but can't seem to speak or cry, the symbol will help. Use Sei-He-Ki by visualizing it, saying the name in your mind, drawing the symbol on the roof of your mouth with your tongue, or drawing the symbol with your hand in the air or over the receiver's body. It can be drawn on the receiver's Crown at the start of a healing, if you know that emotional issues are primary to begin with.

Invoking Sei-He-Ki focuses Reiki energy on the emotional body, and intensifies its effects. It helps the receiver to target the emotions specific to their needs for that healing, and to release them as quickly and easily as possible. Use the symbol once at the beginning of the healing, and/or at the time it appears to be needed. If your intuition doesn't remind you of Sei-He-Ki at all, assume it is not needed for that healing.

Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen 

Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen is the symbol with the most variations and versions, perhaps because of its complexity to remember and draw. Like the other Reiki symbols, it is written in Japanese and meant to transmit a picture. Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen appears in the shape of a tall pyramid, and resembles the human body. It is also known in English as "The Pagoda," but the older "Stupa" a Tantric Buddhist representation of the chakras or five elements in statue or building form is probably more correct. I have learned that the symbol spells a sentence that translates to mean, "No past, no present, no future."

Most healers are taught only that this symbol is for distance healing. This is true, but is just the beginning of the uses for this very powerful figure. Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen is the energy that transmits Reiki healing across distance, space and time. It is always used in distance or absentee healing, and also is used for healing in a hands-on way both for others and oneself. The most intensive use of the symbol is in direct healing sessions. In scope, this is the most powerful and complex of the Reiki II energy keys and perhaps of any of the Reiki III symbols as well.

Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen is also an entrance into the Akashic Records, the life records of each soul, and therefore its most important use is in healing karma. The Akashic Records describe the karmic goals, debts, contracts and life purpose of each soul's many incarnations, including the present lifetime. By use of the symbol in healing, present life traumas can be reprogrammed so that they literally change the future. Past life patterns can be uncovered and released, and karmic debts resolved. All of this happens in direct hands-on healing sessions, usually in a series of healings. The method can be used for self-healing as well.

Reiki III 

The Reiki Third Degree is the most exciting part of this very amazing healing system. This is the teaching degree, where information is given on passing Reiki to others. Some teachers divide this degree into two sections, the Reiki III Practitioner and the Master/Teacher's Degree. The Reiki III Practitioner's teaching includes the Reiki III symbols and their uses in healing. Some teachers call this an advanced Reiki II. The Master Teacher's Degree includes information on passing the attunements and teaching the Reiki system.

The simple Reiki attunement can make a beginner into a qualified healer with an afternoon's class. Healers are terribly needed, and the more healers who can be offered to the planet the better. Everyone is in pain these Earth change days, and the Earth is in pain. To make Reiki universal again, as it once was and as it needs to be once again, many more teachers are desperately needed in all the Reiki methods. It is not moral to keep any healing system in these times exclusive, and no method is "better" or "more Reiki" than any other.

There is an ethic with each of the three degrees of Reiki, as I teach it. In Reiki I and II, the simple ethic is to give healing only to those who want it, whether directly of by distance, and not to violate free will. I do not personally charge to do healing work, but feel that healers have the right to make a living. I ask that my students' charges be reasonable, and that there be scholarships.

Reiki III teaching begins with the introduction of two additional symbols. Both are used in the attunement process, but only one is used for healing. Everything in Reiki III drives to the passing of attunements, and the symbols are part of this process. The two Third Degree symbols are called Dai-Ko-Myo and Raku. Dai-Ko-Myo is used for healing, and it is also the symbol that transmits the Reiki attunements. Raku is used only in the attunement process, for no other purpose. It was not used by Mrs Takata. Dai-Ko-Myo is unique in that it has two very different variant drawings, one that is used Traditionally and one that is not.

Dai-Ko-Myo 

In a channeling session with Suzanne Wagner, a student asked about the new symbol form. I was not present at the session, but heard the tape. The Reiki guides who participated in the channeling said that the new Dai-Ko-Myo more closely fits the vibration of today's teaching needs. The older symbol fits the energy of an older time. They stated that there would possibly be people for whom I would wish to use the Traditional symbol when attuning or healing, and I should follow my intuition. For the most part, however, they advised that the new symbol is to be used primarily. Both Dai-Ko-Myo's are shown here. I ask my students to try them both, and choose which best fits their energy and needs.

Once you know the Reiki III Dai-Ko-Myo, it is to be used in all healings. Sent distance, I find that it travels rapidly from the healer's Heart chakra to the Heart chakra of the receiver. Often it is the only symbol required in a healing, though for distance work always use Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen, too. Used reversed, it pulls negative energy out of the bodies and releases it. Dai-Ko-Myo's focus is healing the soul. Each of the Reiki symbols targets one of the vibrational bodies. Cho-Ku-Rei resonates strongest with the physical body level, Sei-He-Ki with the emotional body, and Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen with the mental body. Dai-Ko-Myo works on the spiritual body level.

Passing Attunements 

At the beginning of teaching Reiki I, students often ask what an attunement is. I tell them that I can describe it only as a miracle, and if after they receive it they can give me a clearer definition, I want to hear it. So far no one receiving or passing them has come up with any better description. The attunement has to be experienced it cannot be described in any left-brained way. No one knows how or why the Reiki attunement works, why the combination of hand motions, breath and Kundalini control has the profound effect that it does. Those who have received the Reiki attunements know that they are life-changing. They are a lifetime's high point for many people, and most of us who pass them are totally in awe of the process.

The attunement is the difference between other touch healing systems and Reiki. Other systems may use hand positions over the chakras and work with Ki energy, but only Reiki has the extraordinary benefit of the attunement process. In Traditional Reiki training, there are four attunements for Reiki I, and single additional attunements for Reiki II and III. Each of the four in Reiki I is different. In nontraditional methods, the same combined attunement is used once for all three degrees, a single attunement powerful enough to take the place of several different processes. Both ways work beautifully. Receiving either way of doing the attunements creates a healer.

Reiki attunements open and expand the Ki-holding capacity of the Hara Line (Prana tube) and clear the channels of energy blockage. They clear and balance the Hara Line chakras and the chakras on the etheric double. During an attunement, Heavenly Ki energy carrying the five Reiki symbols moves from the Crown to the receiver's Heart. Earthly Ki is drawn through the legs and lower centers from the Hara to the Heart as well. Original Ki in the Hara center is replenished and refilled, and any obstructions to the energy's full use are removed. All this happens in a matter of something less than a few minutes.

The attunement is a kind of karmic payback. During the process, negative karma is lifted from the receiver, as if in reward for becoming a healer. This happens because the Master/Teacher's extremely heightened energy level while passing the attunements boosts the level of Ki in the person receiving them. This happens automatically, without the Master causing or willing karmic consequences it happens through them, not from them. No ego is involved. The Master does the simple physical motions, and everything else follows itself.

The attunement process may be the most profoundly sacred thing on Earth today. From the time of performing the simple motions, a new healer is created or awakened may be the better word. The ability to do Reiki is part of the human genetic code, wired into our DNA. The attunement turns on the light in a darkened house, reconnecting capabilities once universal but now mostly lost. Reiki is a major force in the evolution of the people of this planet. The attunements heal our broken DNA, reconnecting us to the "Light" of the information that has been lost to Earth's people.

Each person receiving the Reiki attunement experiences something different. They may see colors, feel sensations, watch pictures of themself from past lives, connect with spirit guides, or be filled with bliss and joy. Some people break into tears or giggles. Others say they felt nothing but stand there with red faces and gigantic smiles. The energy opening is evident just by looking at them. Most people immediately develop the very hot hands of a Reiki healer, though some may take the length of the class time to do this. It can happen later when they first put their hands down for healing.

[The following is my method of passing attunements for all levels of Reiki. Tim]

Step 1: Stand in front of person. Draw Dai-Ko-Myo 3 times with right hand in air.

Step 2: Cho-Ku-Rei, Sei-He-Ki and Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen very large over the entire body.

Step 3: Go to back of initiate, draw Cho-Ku-Rei, Sei-He-Ki and Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen over Crown Chakra pressing each symbol into crown three times each.
Step 4: (Optionally) Balance energy between the pineal, pituitary and thymus glands, remaking those connections.

Step 5: Ground initiate by putting both hands on shoulders, thumbs at spine to give energy.

Step 6: Go to front of initiate, draw Cho-Ku-Rei, Sei-He-Ki and Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen over heart chakra pressing each symbol into heart three times each.

Step 7: Take both hands of initiate, and with their hands in prayer position, draw Cho-Ku-Rei, Sei-He-Ki and Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen in front of their Third Eye chakra. Pull up both hands to crown and blow into all chakras through initiate's hands.

Step 8: Take left hand and draw Cho-Ku-Rei, Sei-He-Ki and Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen into the left hand.

Step 9: Take right hand and draw Cho-Ku-Rei, Sei-He-Ki and Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen into the right hand.

Step 10: Place both hands on top of feet. Simultaneously draw Cho-Ku-Rei, Sei-He-Ki and Hon-She-Ze-Sho-Nen on top of both feet.

Step 11: Stand up. Silently thank the person's Higher Self for the privilege and honor of assisting them in their healing process and ask that it be used only for the highest good of all.

 

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