Sound Reiki: Each Component of the Reiki Treatment Triangle is Essential

The Treatment Triangle — Giving • Receiving • Self-treatment

Is it necessary, a student asked me, to give oneself Reiki  each day (as I suggest) if one is giving treatments to others, since the practitioner receives a treatment each time he or she gives one. My response was an emphatic, “Yes!”

As a practitioner, I believe it is not only important to treat oneself daily, but also to receive regular treatments from other practitioners. And, it goes without saying, also important to give treatments to others, not only for their benefit, but for the significant benefits the practitioner receives.

Self-treatment is the way I slowly wake up in the morning and prepare myself to meet the day. In the evening, it is my way of slowing down, releasing the stress of the day, and preparing for a restful night’s sleep. I also place my hands inconspicuously and allow Reiki to flow at other times, while I am sitting in a waiting room, for instance.

WingsAfter I have given a treatment to a client, I invariably feel peaceful, refreshed, and energized. But my focus during the treatment is on the client. My mind is attuned to their needs and to giving the best treatment I possibly can. Although extremely rewarding and renewing for me, it does not bring about the deep healing that happens when I am the focus of the treatment.

The most profound healing comes for me at the hands of another practitioner during a full-length session (45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours). My mind slips into neutral; I’m not thinking about the messages the client’s body is giving me, as I do when giving a treatment, or about the messages my own body is giving me, as I do during self-treatment. Rather, I am suspended in a space that collapses time, disengages my mind, and allows me to be completely receptive to healing.

Each kind of treatment is an essential component of the “treatment triangle.” Each is crucial to the practitioner’s self-healing. Each has its own particular grace.

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Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner located in Lynnwood, Washington. She is the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II and a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010)..

 

 

Sound Reiki: Relax and Refuel with a 15-Minute Reiki Self-Treatment

This visualization was given to me early in my practice during a session with a client. I’ve used it successfully with clients for years, but it is also highly effective as a means of Self-Treatment.

Although more powerful if you have been attuned to Reiki, this technique can be used by anyone. It’s a great stress-reducer and can be accomplished anytime you have a few quiet moments—during a break at work, waiting in a doctor’s office, or before going to bed at night.

Situate yourself comfortably on a chair or bed. You may wish to invoke one or more of the appropriate Reiki symbols and say a silent prayer of intention. If you have privacy, use my hand Position #4, or any other that you wish, or simply sit with your hands in your lap. Close your eyes and Imagine billions of particles of light, refracted into the colors of the rainbow, entering the crown of your head, gently flowing throughout your body and aura, and exiting through your feet.

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Imagine that this gentle stream of Rainbow Light is permeating every particle of your being. As it flows through your body, it is removing all energy that does not serve you. Imagine all stress, tension, pain, and discomfort exiting through the soles of your feet and being carried away, returned to the earth for healing. Ask for the release of emotional distress, false beliefs, and limiting ideas, imagining them flowing out from your feet with the rainbow light. Then imagine that every cell of your body is being cleansed, healed, and renewed. That every cell is being reborn to its true essence, to its highest and best function in the service of your body.

When you feel complete with this process, imagine white light emanating from your spine, flowing throughout your body and aura, and radiating from you to all with whom you come in contact. Following this treatment, I feel relaxed, energized, and as if my entire body has been cleansed.

This visualization and two others are available on my CD Three Visualizations for Self-Healing. For a complete written description see page 73 of Reiki: A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II. See page 68 to use Rainbow Light as a scanning tool.

Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner. She is a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010) and the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II, which other teachers have called “one of the best Reiki books out there.” See her current class schedule. To make an appointment for a distant or hands-on Reiki session, click here.

 

Note: An earlier version of this post appeared in the April 2010 issue of The Reiki for Living News. ©2010-2013 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, All Rights Reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne.

 

Sound Reiki: Soul Level Healing is an Inside Job

The healing of energetic cause is not accomplished through the auspices of a pill, surgery, or reason. It comes through the Soul’s attunement to Grace, and Grace comes from the Divine.

Modern medicine can ameliorate or eliminate symptoms; talk therapy can provide a forum for venting frustrations, give fresh perspectives on patterns of behavior and provide skills for effecting change, but true healing at the deepest levels of ENERGETIC CAUSE is an inside job.

The healing of energetic cause is not accomplished through the auspices of a pill, surgery, or reason. It comes through the Soul’s attunement to Grace, and Grace comes from the Divine.

I believe that Reiki is Grace expressed as Divine Love—Divine Love directed through the intention of the practitioner for the purpose of healing. Reiki creates a bridge between the Soul and Grace, and through Grace, all things are possible.

RaindropsLeafWhile Reiki works effectively as an adjunct to allopathic modalities, it goes beyond them in a profound way. In a consummately gentle manner, Reiki loosens stagnant energy and removes blocks to healing, cleansing and balancing the body energetically so that true healing can take place on the deepest Soul level.

This kind of healing manifests as the release of held anger; the falling away of fear; the giving up of belief in victim-hood; the loss of desire for retribution; and the forgiveness of self and others. Within it is the freedom to live fully, joyfully and authentically.

Note: This post first appeared in the April 2010 issue of The Reiki for Living News.

Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner. She is a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010) and the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II, which other teachers have called “one of the best Reiki books out there.” See her current class schedule. To make an appointment for a distant or hands-on Reiki session, click here.

 

©2010-2013 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living. All rights reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne Streich.

Sound Reiki: What Can Reiki Heal?

In Usui Sensei and Dr. Hayashi’s day, Reiki was used to treat all diseases. Treatments were extensive and intensive, given daily, sometimes several times a day, for as long as it took to get the patient well. Practitioners achieved amazing recovery rates, even with serious illnesses, as evidenced by the recovery Mrs. Takata experienced.

As practitioners we have witnessed amazing healings of our own, seen the results that our students obtain, and heard about the successes of other practitioners both personally and through published reports. In my own practice, minimum benefits that clients report include a deep sense of relaxation, a sense of greater peace, and a reduction in stress and tension. Other frequently experienced benefits are a decrease in anxiety and depression, pain relief, relief from insomnia, and more restful sleep.

Cancer patients I have worked with have experienced mitigation of the side effects of chemo and radiation, and in some cases, a reduction or cessation in the activity of tumors. Clients have reported relief from chronic pain and mitigation of the symptoms of neurological diseases. Over and over again, I see Reiki contribute to positive outcomes for surgery patients. Reiki has relieved the shock of mental, emotional, and physical trauma to victims of crime, violence, and war. It eases transition for the dying, and provides comfort, clarity, and peace for the grieving. No matter the condition or situation, Reiki can bring healing.

CattailsBlog11How, when, and what form the healing takes is not for the practitioner to determine. Healing is in the hands of the Higher Power and those of the recipient. As practitioners, we connect the recipient with the healing power of Universal energy, or as I perceive it, with Divine Love, which I believe to be the most powerful force in the universe. Because it is directed by the Higher Power, the outcome is always for the highest and best good of the recipient. We need only put ego aside, allow Reiki to flow, and be awake to the messages that the energy may give us. As Mrs. Takata admonished her students, “give the best treatment you can and leave the rest to God.”

Factors that influence healing:

Consistent Treatment

In rare instances, one Reiki treatment can bring about a complete healing. More commonly, a condition requires multiple treatments, given consistently over time. How frequently depends upon the person and the condition. Mrs. Takata taught that conditions existing for more than three weeks should be treated daily until healed.

Willingness and Intention

Healing is affected by the intention and willingness of the recipient and by the recipient’s faith in the ability of his/her own body to heal itself. The client must be willing to claim healing, accept it, and complete it by changing the beliefs, habits, activities, and thought patterns that created the discordant energy in the first place. This includes seeking medical or psychological treatment, if needed, and making any lifestyle changes indicated. Reiki can assist the client in releasing beliefs that interfere with healing and in making the lifestyle changes needed to complete the healing; however, it is the client’s responsibility to take the needed action. For instance, Reiki can relieve stress, but the client must make the life choices that reduce chronic stress; otherwise, he/she will continue to create it.

Life Purpose

The condition may be necessary in order for the client to fulfill his/her purpose in this lifetime. The physical condition may or may not be healed, but in either case, Reiki can bring about healing on the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. It will help to reveal and integrate the lessons to be learned from the condition and to mitigate the fear, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and confusion that may accompany chronic or terminal illness.

Healing may be dramatic and immediate; it may evolve slowly after a treatment, or it may take place on a very subtle level and only be obvious if the recipient is observant and aware of slight shifts and changes. However it manifests, healing always takes place on some level, whether or not the client and/or practitioner are aware of it. And we may be confident that whatever healing takes place is the healing needed by the client at that time.

Note: An earlier version of this post was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Reiki News Magazine. It is based on material from my book, Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II.

Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner. She is a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010) and the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II, which other teachers have called “one of the best Reiki books out there.” See her current class schedule. To make an appointment for a distant or hands-on Reiki session, click here.

 

© 2009-2013 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living. All rights reserved. For re-posting permission, please contact Marianne.

Sound Reiki: Establishing Intention Facilitates Healing

Establishing and stating an intention prior to a Reiki session assists the healing process in important ways.

Gaining Clarity
Prior to each Reiki treatment, I allow 15 minutes or more for the client to share any concerns they wish to address. Based on this conversation, we establish an intention, or focus, for the session. The intention may be a desire to relieve tension in the neck and shoulders, the alleviation of chemotherapy side effects, relief from chronic pain, healing of an injury, recovery from surgery, assistance with the grieving process, or reducing acrimony in a relationship with a co-worker.

The process of establishing an intention helps the client get clear about what they want, which is the first step in accomplishing any goal. Clarity regarding the desired outcome also helps the client to be more receptive to the full benefits of the treatment and open to receiving insights that assist the healing process.

Stating the intention
I state the client’s intention in a prayer prior to starting the treatment, hold the intention while I give the treatment, and restate it as a positive affirmation as I close the treatment. Stating the intention further anchors it in the client’s conscious mind and also announces the desired outcome to the Higher Power and Reiki guides, making it easier for them to assist with the healing process. (This is similar to a Reiki teacher stating which level attunement is to take place prior to beginning the attunement process.)

My holding the intention in consciousness during the treatment increases the effectiveness of the session. Affirming the intention at the close of the treatment anchors it in the subconscious mind of the client and indicates trust that healing is accomplished.

Avoid placing limitations
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While it is important for the client to have a clear intention as to the outcome they desire, it is also important that the practitioner avoid unintentionally placing limitations on the healing process. Keeping this in mind, I incorporate the following steps into my Reiji-ho process (preparation for treatment) prior to beginning the treatment.

My preparation:

  1. Draw the appropriate symbol(s) on my palms.
  2. Give thanks for the privilege of being an instrument of healing grace.
  3. Consciously set my ego aside.
  4. Release attachment to outcome.
  5. Ask to be a clear channel for the flow of Reiki and ask for guidance for the treatment.
  6. Ask for the healing of all that is ready to be healed in the client, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual and for the release of all energy that does not serve the client’s highest good.
  7. Repeat the client’s stated intention.

Begin the treatment
I then begin the treatment, allowing Reiki to guide me to the areas in need of healing. I continue to be aware of the client’s intention as I am guided through the session, which assists me in gaining insights helpful to the healing process. To close the treatment, I draw the Power symbol over the client’s mid-torso, place my hand over the area, give thanks, and state the intention as a positive affirmation, as if it is already done.

Typically, my Reiji-Ho process is said out loud and the closing is done silently. However, at times when I have said the closing prayer and reaffirmed the intention out loud, clients have commented that hearing their intention repeated as if it is already done serves as a powerful reinforcement.

Following the session
Clarity regarding the desired outcome supports the healing that continues following the session. It helps the client to be more aware of the changes brought about by the treatment and to be more receptive to intuitive information that can assist in completing the healing process in the days or weeks following the session.

Establishing and working with intention has been an essential component of my Reiki sessions for many years. After the first or second session, regular clients often come to their sessions with their intention already decided, although they may choose to modify it as we talk prior to beginning the treatment. I teach the process to my students, and participants use it during my Reiki Circles as well.

Healing is determined by the Higher Power and the Recipient
It is important to remember that while the client’s intention has been stated, and, I believe, facilitates the healing process, whatever healing takes place in a session is between the recipient and the Higher Power. As one of my clients put it: “You get the healing you need, not necessarily the healing you think you want.”

Note: Some material in this article first appeared in my book, Reiki: A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II and in my e-zine, The Reiki for Living News.

Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner. She is a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010) and the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II, which other teachers have called “one of the best Reiki books out there.” See her current class schedule. To make an appointment for a distant or hands-on Reiki session, click here.

 

© 2009-2013 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, all rights reserved. For re-posting permission, please contact Marianne.