Daily Support and Practice
The following is to support you in your daily practice of Reiki. So often, students get attuned to Reiki and then go home and do not really know what to do next, where to start and how to progress with their practice. So here at Relax and Heal with Reiki one of the ways to support you, is by giving you original Japanese energy techniques to build on what you have learnt on the course day, and to help in developing both your energy and your spiritual practice.
Where to begin: Get yourself comfortable, spine straight, take a couple of deep breaths and bring your focus to your Hara. Then start Hatsurei-Ho a practice to strengthen the flow of energy within you, it increases your intuition and purifies your energy field. Hatsurei-Ho incorporates: Kenyoku-Ho, Gassho, The 5 Precepts and Self-Healing. Add in Seishin-Toitsu when you have time, this will help to focus your mind and further develop your sensitivity to energy.
Daily Practice at Shoden - Level 1/1st Degree - Ideally start with 15 minutes per day - but it is not an ideal world that we live in, and it is a very different world from Usui's time. So we recommend you start with 5 to 10 minutes, creating the habit before attempting a longer regular practice. A little every day is better than no practice at all!
Start with Kenyoku-Ho (Dry Bathing) – This takes only a minute or two - Use this technique to brush off any negative energy after you have been in the company of someone negative in one way or another.
Next place hands in ‘Gassho’ position – Do this for 5 to 20 minutes twice daily. Concentrate where the two middle fingers come together. The word literally means ‘two hands coming together’. It is a gesture of respect, humility & reverence, & is used to connect mind and body. Whilst in Gassho repeat the Precepts either in your head or out loud, say one or all of them several times and then sit in the energy, and just 'be', if anything comes up, make a note of it afterwards in your Journal. You may either repeat them all, twice daily or repeat one of them, twice daily. You may want to work with one Precept for a couple of months before moving onto another.
The 5 Reiki Precepts/Principles
JUST FOR TODAY
Do Not Anger
Do Not Worry
Be Honest in Your Work
Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others
These were as important to Usui as Self-Healing, as they were seen as the 'Key to inviting Happiness'.
Self-Treatment – Head or Full Body (3 to 5 minutes for each hand position). Approx. 15 minutes for the head 30 to 60 minutes for a full body treatment, or work on any areas of illness or concern.
Keep a Journal - Fill it in daily when possible, it only has to be a sentence or two to start with. If you have time add in other meditations or energy building exercises to your daily routine such as Joshin Kokyu-ho (the cleansing breath) as detailed below:
Sit comfortably, back straight, soft focus for eyes or close them. Then breathe deeply to release all the tension from your body and bring your focus to your Hara. Place hands in Gassho for a minute or two. As you breathe in intend to breathe in Reiki at your Crown, for your cleansing and allow the breath to flow all the way down to your Hara, filling it with Reiki. As you breathe out, intend that Reiki flows through to fill your whole body, and eventually your skin, as if you were filling a big balloon with air, and then expanding it out into the Universe. Continue for 5 mins. Finish with Gassho and give thanks to the Universe.
Daily Practice at Okuden - Level 2/2nd Degree - Continue your daily practice of Hatsurei and Self healing and now add in working with Symbol 1 for 6 to 9 months , just 5 to 10 minutes a day and when you have time, complete a healing from your Requirements for Certification.
Symbol one brings in balance and grounding, to make sure we are like the pyramid, with a solid foundation. Then try working with symbol 2 for 6 to 9 months, this will further deepen your practice and understanding of energy work.
Send 'distance' healing when you have the opportunity, the energy will see you both in need, so you will benefit too.
Daily Practice at Shinpiden - Level 3/3rd Degree - Continue your daily practice of Hatsurei and Self-healing, sending distance healing when you can. Completing Empowerments for others and self-empowerments daily. There are many practices at this level, including regular chanting, practice of Reiji-ho when healing, meditations to deepen your understanding of becoming 'the great bright light', becoming your authentic self/true self ... this is just the start of a wonderful journey.