9 Things, That You Should Know as a Reiki Beginner (and Advanced Practitioner, Too)


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There are few things, that both beginner and advanced Reiki practitioners tend to forget, and these things are related to the practice of self-treatment and treatments done for others. In case of advanced practitioners, it’s quite normal to forget about things we learn at the very beginning. That’s why it’s a great idea to go back to the basics from time to time and see if we haven’t forgot about something important.

Thus, today I share those little things that we, as Reiki practitioners, should remember about no matter if we’re beginners or advanced practitioners.


1. Reiki Heals What Must Be Healed

And not what we want to be healed – in a way. Some people say that “Reiki is an intelligent energy” and that it flows where the healing will actually happen. Personally, I think that it’s not really about intelligence of Reiki, but about the natural ability of Reiki to bring harmony back to where harmony was lost. Sometimes, this is forgotten, and people try to force healing, and they feel bad when Reiki didn’t brought the results they were hoping for. I know what I’m talking about, becuase it happened to me too.

Thus, the best thing to do is to send Reiki in accordance with the highest good of the healee, and all living beings. Reiki will flow, and Reiki will heal (bring harmony back) things that must be healed, in a way they can be actually healed – nothing else will happen. Each Reiki practitioner is merely a channel for the energy and has limited control over this Reiki force.

Remember to heal the source of the problem, and not the symptoms – keep this intention of healing the source of the problem in your mind when doing Reiki. For example, you may encounter a person with a headache and do Reiki – you may wish for Reiki to bring pain relief, but while your heart in in the right place, the intention must be a bit different: to heal the source of the headache. When the source is healed, the symptoms are gone.

The symptoms may not disappear right away, so remember about that and tell this to the person who ask you for Reiki. Don’t be discourage and keep doing Reiki – remember that sometimes, time is necessary for the source of the problem to be healed.

2. Explain Your “Client” How Does Reiki Work

By the word “client” I mean anyone who asks you for Reiki – it maybe a family member or a friend who is not paying you. I’m just having problems finding the right words :).

Whenever you offer Reiki to someone, be sure to explain to this person the nature of Reiki healing. Explain, that first, Reiki heals not the symptoms, but the source and core of the problem. The symptoms may not disappear right away, so ask the person to be patient. Next, remember to explain the nature of “cleansing” period after Reiki sessions – sometimes, this is quite similar to what you have experienced after Reiki attunement, or after intensive self-practice. Sometimes, the symptoms may grow stronger, because the body (or mind, for that matter) engaged its self-healing mechanisms.

Explain what synchronicity is after Reiki sessions – the person may experience life changes after taking one or more Reiki treatments, and these changes are normal – but they may be very intensive. Sometimes, synchronicity happens, as mentioned – and that client may notice a lot of signs in his life, telling him what changes he should embrace, and what things he should get rid of from his/hers life. If you won’t explain these two things, the person may get scared and give up healing.

Also, make sure the person really wish to be healed. Some people just don’t want to feel better, there are many reasons for that happen. Check the client’s intention before you begin the treatment. If the person wish no healing, really, then Reiki may not do anything at all.

3. The Reiki Precepts are an Integral Part of Reiki Practice

The Five Reiki Precepts are often ignored – unfortunatelly. And yet in reality, these precepts are an integral part of Reiki practice and Reiki cannot be really used successfully without integrating these precepts into the life of the practitioner. They are like guidelines, showing you the best way to heal your life, by making changes in five great fields of life – emotions, thoughts, gratitude, self-growth and compassion to all that exists. Reiki treatments provide you with the energy to heal, but the guidelines provide you with a direction – and, what’s great, a neutral direction. And everyone can use these precepts – it’s a great idea to offer them to your clients.

Usui suggested that the precepts should be repeated (meditated and contemplated upon) each day and each morning, preferable with your hands in a Gassho mudra. When you stick to repetition, repeat these precepts three times in the morning and three times in the evening, if you wish. You can also contemplate upon the rules and think over your life in accordance with these rules.

Personally I believe that the absolute basic practices on the path of Reiki are: self-treatments and, exactly, Reiki precepts. By integrating both elements into your daily life, you walk the path of self-healing.

4. Music is Nice, As it Improves Relaxation

A music played in the background during Reiki treatment (or self-treatment) is really a great idea, because a proper, gentle music improves the states of relaxations and calms dawn – it affects botht the client and Reiki practitioner. This way, the practitioner sends the Reiki energy easily, and the client receives this energy better – which improves the results of the entire session.

But remember that the music must be gentle and peaceful – it’s not a good idea to play Heavy Metal in the background. The best thing to do is to consult the type of music you’re going to play with the client himself/herself – not every client likes the type of music you enjoy, so you should always look for balance between your likes/dislikes and client’s likes/dislikes.

Also, remember that as the relaxation states becomes deeper, hearing improves – at some point, the relaxed client may find the music too loud – even if it wasn’t loud at the beginning. Thus, make sure the music is quiet enough, the best way to do so is to play the music, relax yourself for 30 minutes and see what volume works best.

And really, remember that the music should be legal – if you can’t afford paid music, look for free tunes on websites like Jamendo.

5. Be Cautious About Incenses and Fragrance Oils

Many practitioners enjoy using incenses or fragrance oils during Reiki treatment. They provide this nice, healing and mistical mood. But, there are few things that must be remembered when doing so.

First, not every person likes incenes or oils. And even if the person like these, it doesn’t mean he or she likes that specific scent and type you wish to use. For example, there are two types of fragrance oils – natural (and expensive) and artificial (usually toxic). Use only natural oils, please. In case of incenses, there are two types of these as well – natural and expensive, and artificial and toxic. And there are many types of these incenses when it comes to shape and ingredients. Incense sticks with wood powder, sticks on a bamboo, cones, resins or incense powders. All of these smells and burns differently.

To be honest, the best way to purchase incenses is to shop for them on Etsy, where a lot of people handcraft these. Ask the trusted seller if the incense is really 100% natural – use only such incenses. A buddhist-type incense “Bodhileaf incense” (aff) (stick incenses) are great, too – I use them on daily basis. But they cannot be purchased in every country (but they’re available on Amazon, yay), as they are produced in Nepal – yet often, buddhist organizations import them and sell them. Natural White Sage or similar herbs can be used as incenses, too.

Avoid cheap and toxic incenses that are often sell in spiritual stores – handcrafted incenses are good, but once a big company starts to make incenses, the effect of their work is usually unpleasant.

6. Make Sure That Your Client Is Comfortable

You can’t forget about your client’s comfort. Remember that when a person lies down on a bed, then without movement, the temperature, which the client’s experience, may seem lower – due to the slower flow of the blood. In other words, your client may got chilly. Make sure you have a blanket ready to cover the person when this happens.

Remember about proper position of your client on the bed. Preferable, you should get yourself a massage table when you do Reiki sessions on daily basis. Place a pillow under person’s head, for one. Also, place a pillow or something similar under person’s knees, as it will relax this region of the body, too.

If the person lies on a stomach, you may use this hole that comes in massage tables :). Also, place a pillow or something similar under person’s ankles – again, this will help the body relax.

7. Don’t Forget About Self-Treatment

This is very important – no matter how many years you practice Reiki and how many clients you had in the past, you still need to practice Reiki yourself. Self-treatment is the most popular way to work with Reiki, but you can also learn Japanese techniques of meditation (for example, from the recommended The Reiki Sourcebook) and use these. There are many methods to choose from, such as Gassho meditation, Joshin Kokyu Ho etc.

Healing and improving yourself is the essential element of Reiki practice – which, in a lot of ways, is the path of self-improvement and self-healing. Try to work with Reiki energy for at least 30 minutes per day. Also, don’t forget that sending Reiki to your food or plants is also a way to practice :).

8. You’re not a Doctor – Don’t Play One

If you’re not a doctor of medicine, you cannot make diagnosis – keep this in mind and don’t try to be a doctor. Don’t suggest specific medical problems to your patients – if you see something problematic that you don’t like (because you’ve read few medical books), don’t call it, don’t talk about it, just suggest the client to go and visit a professional medical specialist.

Often, your client may ask “you touched my liver – do I have liver problems?!” – in such or similar cases, you can only say that you do Reiki based on intuition – you feel where you should send Reiki and you don’t really know why you should do this except the fact that you feel this is right. Maybe, you should explain to the client the technique of Byosen Reikan Ho :).

9. Don’t Commercialize Practice Too Much

The practice of Reiki is meant to heal your own life. But it doesn’t mean that is meant to make you a Reiki professional or teacher at all cost. I wrote an article about this recently – please read it, and learn that you can become a Reiki professional in a lot of non-healing fields: Why Becoming a Professional Reiki Healer is a Bad Idea (And What is Better than That)

Often, Reiki will show you your true talents that are not related at all to healing. Some people are meant to become Reiki professionals, some are not. Remember that Reiki is about healing, and not about making money out of Reiki.

More Stuff and Summary

In addition, remember:

  • Be comfortable yourself – if you don’t have to, don’t do Reiki standing – find a chair, really.
  • Remember about your own safety – especially if your client suffers from a infectious disease. Don’t be afraid to use medical gloves when necessary.
  • Hygiene is important – don’t forget your hands before and after a treatment.
  • Don’t forget to cut the cord to the client after a treatment – it means the energetic cord between you and the client must be cut, for example with proper intention or visualization.

Those are some of the most important and basic things that every Reiki practitioner should remember about.

Do you remember about these things? Do you have anything more to add? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Comments and Discussion

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  1. Thank you so much for this excellent article! Your key points are such a great reminder as to where our focus should lie at all times as Reiki healers/pracitioners. I couldn’t agree more that Reiki should never become an ego serving business, but rather a service rooted in deep understanding and knowledge of oneself and a desire to be of service to the Higher.

    by Marina / February 22nd 2015

  2. Your article is very helpful for someone new to Reiki, like myself. Do you have any suggestions on what to say to clients before the session to help them relax? …like “follow your breath” or something else?

    by Patty / October 7th 2015

  3. I have completed 2nd level of Reiki, and I practice it on a regular basis. I also practice distant reiki for my loved ones (of course they are not aware of it). I feel divine when I give reiki to them, and also when I take it for myself. My question is, why do I feel stressed, uncomfortable, anxious if I miss it for a single day?

    by Reiki Follower / January 22nd 2016

  4. This was very helpful. I took my first Reiki class level 1, 3 day’s ago.loved the
    Experience can’t wait to take level 2

    by Gina lee / August 9th 2016

  5. Excellent Article…thank you. Would love to share this with my Reiki Share group of newbies and oldies. Cannot seem to find the author of this article to give credit to. Would like permission to make copies or can just read it from the internet perhaps. Have been practicing Reiki for some time…always good to have a little refresher. Sometimes we (me) operate on auto-pilot and forget some of the more basics of this wonderful universal life energy gift that is our birthright. Again, thank you.

    by littlewing08@bellsouth.net / October 31st 2016