Reiki Level 1 Training
the Reiki Level 1
- In Reiki I, you learn the basics of Reiki, the hand positions
and how mind/body/spirit effects the body. You will learn how
to recognize the causes and predict the effects they will have
on the body. Reiki concentrates on the spiritual lessons, pulling
them up to the surface to be dealt with. The energy from the
Divine will help the person identify, address and even modify
their pattern, which will also aid in removing the cause of the
illness. Reiki will also enhance the effectiveness of traditional
medical practices to heal the areas affected. You learn how to
scan a body for illness, how to give a Reiki treatment on yourself
or on others and the ideals behind Reiki.
the Reiki Methods ~ Hand Patterns
- Level 1 Usui Reiki is transferred from Divine energy into
a person, or any living subject. This is called channeling energy.
The healing power does not come from the individual Reiki practioner,
but rather from the God source (what ever your "word"
for God is). The Reiki channel, as they are often called, simply
directs this energy into their subject. This is accomplished
through using three different patterns or sections of the physical
body with specific hand positions. The Usui Reiki level 1 patterns
- The first pattern covers the front of the torso.
- The second pattern is applied to the head and neck.
- The third pattern covers the back.
- Each pattern contains a various number of hand positions
across a particular area of the body. It is important to follow
these patterns and positions in the order they are given, unless
this is an emergency situation. In which case the area of the
body that requires immediate attention can be treated first.
But during an average healing session, deviation from the pattern
could reduce the effectiveness of the energy transfer.
- Moving from one position to another should be done very gently
so as not to disturb the recipient. Once the first hand is placed
on the body, contact should not be broken. This can be accomplished
by moving your hands one at a time, so that the practioner is
always in contact with the recipient. The Reiki channel moves
from one position to another, by slowly raising one hand, and
place it gently in the next position. Next, the second hand is
moved and placed alongside the first hand in the appropriate
spot. This way the energy is always flowing to the recipient.
- To move from one pattern to another, the practitioner should
constantly maintain contact with the recipient For instance,
moving from the bottom of pattern 1 (which is at the top of the
legs) to the first position in pattern 2 (which is over the eyes),
the practitioner can simply use their hands to "walk"
across the recipient's body and move to the top of the head (i.e.:
place the right hand on the stomach, as you move, place the left
hand on the stomach then move the right hand to the shoulder,
and so on).
- When you have completed a session, gently raise your hands
from the body, or slowly brush your hands outward and across
the recipient's body. If you take your hands away quickly, you
may notice the client jump because the energy was broken to quickly.
Take care and be courteous.
from one Pattern to the Next
- When do you move from one position to the next? Use a clock
until you can tell by your hands when you should move. Each position
should take about 5-10 minutes. However, if there are problem
areas, spend more time in that area. This is why it's important
to pay attention to your hands. Most people describe feelings
of heat as they're working in one area. When the hands feel as
if they're cooling off, the practitioner knows to move to the
- How do you know where a problem area is? Before you place
your hands in the first position, scan the recipient's body.
Scanning is done by moving your hand back and forth across the
Chakra centers. If a Chakra is strong, you may feel your hand
being pushed away from the body. If the Chakra is weak, your
hand may feel as if it's being pulled toward that point. Get
confirmation from the patient by asking them about their problems,
physical and emotional.
- Sympathize, but don't empathize! Reiki is a one way flow
of energy, you are the conduit to the recipient. However, empathy
is the "taking on" of emotions in order to understand
an other's position. It's better for a practitioner simply to
listen for the "hidden" cause of the recipient's problem.
(i.e.: A bruised right rib is a symptom that the person feels
as if they have been wounded by a male force, like someone has
taken the air out of their sails and they're upset about it.
So the body produces a physical symptom that matches that emotional
- People hold emotions and memories in their muscles. Therefore
treatments such as massage and Reiki can help release those patterns.
Sometimes, deep seeded emotions can be brought to the surface
during or after a treatment. Practitioners should be cognoscente
of this and should be prepared to deal with any emotions that
- One way to help is to meditate, before and after a session.
The mediation or prayer before will help align your energies
with the Creator and prepares you to be the conduit. It can also
rise your conscious state to higher plains of universally stored
information. If a problem arises, you can simply "tap"
into that "universal database" for help. By the same
token, you need to shut down this energy and return to this plain
of existence. Therefore, perform a closing prayer or meditation.
- Concentration also helps to focus and increase the treatment.
Talking is a distraction to both you and the recipient. Instead,
ask them if they'd like a soft towel to lay across their eyes
or if they'd like to hear some soft inspirational music. Set
the mood for peace and serenity.
- What position is best for the recipient? Lying down is the
best position. This enables the recipient to be totally relaxed
and better able to receive the energy. However, if they are totally
opposed to the idea or if they're physically uncomfortable, have
the recipient sit in a chair. Some people with bad backs can
not lay on their back for long periods of time. You may want
to have a stack of pillows ready to elevate their legs and take
some of the stress of f their backs.
- Once you have gently removed your hands from the recipient,
smooth their energy from head to toe. As negative energy is released
from the physical body, it can rise and get stuck in the auric
field. Smoothing the aura clears this energy and can help seal
the Reiki energy inside the body. Cup your hands, keeping your
fingers together; start at the head, palms pointing toward the
toes (not down toward the body, but sideways toward the toes).
Move your hands from head to toe three times, or until you feel
comfortable that everything has been cleared away. You may choose
to use some form of a tool that can help clear the auric field,
such as a small oriental hand fan or a native American feather
I Hand Positions
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- Created: 03/28/1999 Updated: 03/10/2008