How were you taught to Self-Treat?
Most people who are taught Reiki will have been taught some form of self-treatment, a way of focusing the energy on yourself, for your own benefit, and the most common form of self-treatment is what I would refer to as a “Standard Western hands-on” self-treatment method. This is where you rest your hands in a series of positions covering the head and torso and maybe beyond, and let the energy flow out of your hands into your body.
It works well, though some of the positions can often be uncomfortable to get to, or hold for any amount of time, and that can sometimes detract from the blissfulness of the experience.
So what I’ve been talking about in a series of articles are a number of different ways that you could self-treat, perhaps different from what you have been taught.
This is article #4. In previous articles I have been talking about meditative approaches to self-treatment, where you either:
- Meditate with the intention to heal… and just let it happen
- Follow the flow of energy and focus your attention on where the energy is focusing itself
- Direct the flow of energy by resting your attention on different areas of the body
Now I’m going to turn my attention to hands-on self-treatments, but with a bit of a twist. Out go standard self-treatment hand-positions and in comes…
Taggart’s Intuitive hands-on self-treatment method
- Make yourself comfortable in a seated or supine position, maybe with your hands folded over each other in front of your chest
- Close your eyes
- Start to become aware of your connection to the energy, your connection to Reiki
- Notice how that connection feels, with the energy engulfing you and building within you in just the right way for you in this moment
- As the energy flows, just remind yourself that your intention now is to heal, to heal on all levels, to rejuvenate, to rebalance
- Just say to yourself, “this is my time to heal now”
- And allow the energy to flow, to flow to wherever it needs to go to give you just what you need in this moment
- And start to become aware of the energy and where it’s flowing
- Where is the Reiki focusing itself, where is it dwelling?
- Move your hands to rest on, or near, that area
- Allow your hands to drift to the best place for them to be
- Stay in that position for as long as you need to
- If the energy moves on to another area, if your hands want to move on to another area, let that happen
- Allow the energy to guide you
- And finally bring yourself back when you feel ready, and open your eyes
Although this method involves resting your hands on your body – whereas in all the previous self-treatment examples I gave you, you were simply meditating – there are no expectations here. You rest your hands, and move your hands, according to your individual energy needs during each session.
Each treatment you carry out will most likely be different in some way, as your energy needs vary from one occasion to another.
You might be following the energy, noticing where it wants to flow, and moving your hands to a suitable nearby area.
Or you might find that the hands start to move and drift by themselves, again guided by the energy, giving you exactly what you need on each occasion.
Over to you
If this self-treatment method is new to you, why not give it a try?
And post a message below to let us all know how you got on with it, how it felt, what you experienced, what it did for you.
Some more self-treatment ideas
If you’d like some help with your self-treatments, or if you’d like some new ideas to experiment with or pass on to your students, why not download my “Reiki Self-Treatment Meditations” collection of MP3s.
They are suitable for all Reiki levels.
In these five meditations, I talk you through the most simple approach ever… and interesting variations like an intuitive healing meditation, a self-healing meditation that was actually taught by Usui Sensei, a “Standard Western hands-on” method and an Intuitive hands-on method.
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Author: Taggart King