Writing helps us capture the insights of our practice, and Reiki practitioners often ask for advice to start a Reiki journal.
Journaling is a bit like Reiki practice. Just as in Reiki self practice, there is no wrong way to journal. The mere act of placing your Reiki hands on your body is so beneficial.
The mere act of writing is so beneficial, and you are the only one who will read it…
If you are journaling to engage more deeply in the Usui Virtual Retreat, or in your daily Reiki practice, here are some simple suggestions:
The exploration for the first week of the Usui Virtual Retreat is Reiki as a Healing Practice.
For this purpose, let’s focus our journaling in two directions:
1. Describe your experience during self-treatment.
The challenge here is to stay descriptive: to give details, as if you were drawing a picture for someone else, and avoid explanations, assumptions, and interpretations.
This approach is extremely grounding. It brings our awareness into sharp attention in the moment — Today only — while we are deeply relaxed and tending to space out (or in).
Compare these examples:
Descriptive/concrete: “I felt waves of sensations moving through my body” or “I felt my breath become first deeper, and then very soft.”
Not descriptive/vague: “I felt Reiki going where it is needed” or “I felt Reiki energy.”
The first two are so clear that anyone reading them knows exactly what you felt. The second two raise more questions than they answer.
2. Describe what you are noticing that tells you Reiki is healing
These experiences may be details of your self-treatment — perhaps your heart rate or breath has slowed.
Or maybe you don’t feel much while you’re practicing, yet you notice a healthy difference in how you feel between your self-treatments.
Maybe you find yourself sleeping more peacefully, feeling kinder or being less reactive (who, me?), eating more slowly, or wanting fewer cigarettes. The details have to be relevant to you and your life. For some, eating more is a sign of healing, while others appreciate thinking about food less often.
Have you thought of free-writing instead of journaling?
Free-writing is an option if you prefer being less directed when you write. Free-writing flows easily from a Reiki-related prompt, which is provided to you each day in WRITE REIKI. You can learn more in a free webinar Wednesday, June 17. Register here to participate live or receive the recording.
Practice and explore. And please share your experiences of self-treatment, journaling, or free-writing in a comment below.
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