Some people who practice daily self-treatment with hand placements following a Reiki protocol lose weight. Others feel more confident, or enjoy their jobs or family life more. People often sleep better and notice improvements in digestion and memory, and/or feel they are more present. Different people notice different benefits, because Reiki practice is balancing.
Reiki students often ask if some of the hand placements in their Reiki protocol are more important than others, or if it matters what order of hand placements you use.
What really matters is that you practice.
If you only put your hands on yourself as you fall asleep, that’s better than nothing. Hawayo Takata, the Reiki master who brought the practice from Japan with her Reiki master Chujiro Hayashi, often reminded her students that any Reiki practice is better than no Reiki practice.
Simply placing your hands anywhere on your body can be enough to encourage a systemic balancing response from deep within you, but you’ll repeating your Reiki protocol daily brings the most benefit.
Reiki protocol benefits
However—you knew there would be a “however”—if you want to receive the greatest benefits as fast as possible (yes, I am a New Yorker!), give yourself a full Reiki protocol treatment every day, moving your hands leisurely along whatever sequence you were taught.
If you weren’t taught a self Reiki protocol, try this simple 8 placement sequence.
If you use a Reiki protocol—repeating the same sequence every time you practice—you don’t have to pay attention to what you are doing, and your mind can drop spontaneously into a meditative state. This adds another level of healing to the session.
Afraid you’ll find it boring to just keep doing the same thing over and over, day after day? You’ll be surprised what experiences wait for you, and how interesting daily Reiki practice becomes, once you get past the “boring” threshold. And I don’t mean just noticing the various sensations as your system reorganizes (part of your balancing response to Reiki treatment).
I mean what happens when you stop worrying “Am I feeling anything yet?,” how your awareness drops peacefully into the present, or into a profoundly healing meditative state (and you thought you were just falling asleep).
Reiki healing benefits
Now that you brought up sleep—taking the time for self-practice with your Reiki protocol will improve your sleep, usually the first night, but I’ve never seen it take longer than a week.
Sleep is big, but it is also just the beginning, the first domino in a chain of complex, systemic healing responses that take time to unfold. Once you’re sleeping better, your body functions better, your mind is calmer, not so reactive, more focused and content. Vital self-healing occurs during deep sleep, so improved sleep leads to improvements in many areas.
And yes, some people who practice daily self-treatment lose weight. Others feel more confident, or enjoy their jobs more, or their family life. Different people notice different benefits, because Reiki treatment is balancing.
But all of them feel better about themselves, no matter where they place their Reiki hands.
Have you joined me for a free global I Love MySelf Reiki practice session yet? You can practice using the Reiki protocol I use, or as you prefer. What matters most is that you practice, not how you practice.
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