Using Reiki with Others

Setting Your Intention

It is important to remember that as a Reiki practitioner you are not healing the recipients. The person receiving Reiki is healing themselves.

You are the channel that enables them to draw the Reiki energy through your hands to the places it is needed. Setting this intention will serve as a reminder that you are a witness and not actively doing anything.

Although this is not necessary to perform a Reiki session, it is an effective way to disassociate yourself from your ego and agenda and pay respect to the universal life force and the recipient.

You may wish to ask for permission to be used as a channel for Reiki healing. You do not have to say your intention out loud, you can just pause for a moment before you begin your session and set your intention.

Aura Cleanse

You may find it helpful to do a general clearing of the recipient’s aura prior to commencing the Reiki treatment.

Run your hands along the recipient’s aura about 6 inches above their body. Start from their head down, then move to their feet in a slow motion. Do this at least 3 times to remove any superficial energy that has accumulated.

Pay attention to your hands. Use your intuition, sense for possible blockages or hot spots to focus on during your healing session.

Before you begin a full body session on another person there are a few important points to remember.

  • Do not perform Reiki on a person who has a pacemaker as Reiki can alter its rhythm.
  • Do not perform Reiki on a person who suffers from diabetes mellitus and is taking insulin injections, unless they are prepared to check their insulin levels every day as Reiki reduces the amount of insulin required.
  • It is recommended to have the recipient complete a form that outlines all of their physical and emotional conditions. This will help you determine if Reiki is the appropriate modality for them as well as to help you monitor your progress.

You will always want to explain to a person who is visiting you for the first time for a Reiki session exactly what you are going to do and the type of reactions that might occur.

Explain that any one of these reactions are normal. They may experience 1 or 2 of these reactions, all of them or none of them. It makes no difference. Reiki will go wherever it is needed.

If the recipient does not experience anything, you can explain to them that Reiki energy often works on a subtle level but has profound results over time and can normally become apparent in the following days or weeks.

Although it is helpful to have an understanding of what imbalances the recipient is aware of. Forget about the symptoms and treat the whole person. In many cases, imbalances with symptoms in one area have additional imbalances in other areas.

Listen to the recipient’s body through your hands. Sense the different types of energy. If you feel that the energy is strong keep your hands in that position until your sense a shift in the energy level.

Need more guidance? Refer to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual here!