Changing times and ever increasing awareness about health and fitness of the body for its mental, physical and emotional state has made people look for alternatives to the usual means of exercise and stress relief. With more and more people becoming aware about holistic way of living and a proactive approach to health, today, many alternative forms of treatment and health regimes are gaining acceptability and a following amongst people. The proactive approach to health and fitness, to stay healthy and avoid medicines, medication and a visit to a doctor as much as possible has led to people making time in their daily routine for their health mantra. One of the recent and widely accepted ways of holistic treatment these days is Reiki.
What is Reiki?
The basic premise before you adopt any form is healing is to know what its basic principle and underlying ideologies are at the core that guides it. Reiki is a form of healing that focuses on stress reduction and relaxation to ensure healthy body, mind, heart and soul. Reiki is Japanese technique and derives its meaning from two words Rei, “God’s Wisdom” and Ki, meaning life’s energy and force.
The basic premise of Reiki is that we are all gifted and blessed with a certain life force and energy. Whenever this energy runs low or goes below a certain level, we all experience what is called sickness, stress and health conditions. Reiki focuses on healing the entire body, its emotions, mind and its tumultuous view of things. Reiki focuses on healing by hands and touch and transfer of positive energy from one person, the healer, to the other, the one who is being healed.
How to Practice Reiki Meditation?
The ability to meditate is one of the most important aspects of Reiki and is also important to ensure Reiki Meditation. It is important to mention here that Reiki meditation might not be easy to start with. Many of us would experience problems at the start for lack of focus and distractions. It is not all about Reiki but it is one of the five aspects of Reiki healing.
The three stepping stones: Reiki meditation has three steps in the whole process of Reiki Meditation as per Japanese tradition.
1) Kenyoku Hô- it is the first step to practicing Reiki meditation that focuses on purifying the spirit, mind, heart and body, inward to out. It is to be done before and after the practice of Reiki. It is simple to practice, breathe in and when you breathe out sweep your alternate arm from shoulder to your hip: Right arm from your left shoulder to right hip joint and left arm from the right shoulder to the left hip joint. The aim is to cover your entire body with your hands sweeping movements as you breathe out.
2) Jôshin Kokyû Hô: Step two into the Reiki healing deals with reenergizing your own body or Hara as it is commonly referred to. Sit with your palms closed, in a proper praying position to ensure focus and stability. The energy center, according to Reiki practitioners is situated in the belly. As you breathe out, imagine and focus that it is expanding your energy field around you and encompassing all things it touches and reaches to. For beginners, it is not so easy to sit for longer durations and tame the wild mind and its constant surge of emotions, so start with smaller time periods and gradually increase them over a period of time.
3) Seishin Toitsu: Sit in the praying position or as it is commonly referred to as the Gassho in Japenese. This part of the Reiki meditation focuses on breathing through your hands and requires skill and high concentration. You might not get it right the first time, so don’t lose hope and stay focused. So, as you breathe in, imagine that life, energy and all the good things are seeping into your body through your palms and heading for the hara. When you breathe out, imagine this energy force going from your hara to entire body and out through your hands again. It is important to start with visualization and slowly let yourself feel it in an actual manner.
Have Patience, Reiki needs skill
Practicing Reiki meditation requires patience and perseverance. Meditative state is not easy to achieve and often one might feel that it is impossible to do. The basic idea is start with small time frame for each part of the Reiki meditation; learn all about how to effectively and efficiently focus on your breathing and the right technique to control your mind and thoughts from swaying. Slowly and gradually, you can focus to increase the timing of your meditation and improve your Reiki meditation skills and ensure better and more effective spiritual healing for self and others around you.
The aim at the heart of Reiki is to always think positive, good and energetic thoughts that will make you feel full of life and infuse positive energy into your body, heart, mind and soul.