Reiki - Beyond the Basics

Enhance Your Knowledge of Reiki

Reiki Power Symbol Carved in Stone
Reiki Power Symbol Carved in Stone. Phylameana lila Desy

Are you ready to enhance your basic knowledge of Reiki? Sadly, the principles at the core of the spiritual art of Reiki healing are sometimes skimmed over or completely left out of basic training. Learn different Reiki techniques you to try when conducting sessions.

Beyond the Basics

If you are new to Reiki, then first check out the article What is Reiki? When you are ready to learn more, return to this article to delve in more deeply.

The Reiki Creed

The principles that are based on the teachings of Reiki, a Japanese-originated spiritual healing art, is collectively called The Reiki Creed. There have been many different variations of this creed written over the years. Shown here are the traditional words.

Just for today, do not anger.
Just for today, do not worry.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to every living thing.

Common and Advanced Reiki Techniques

Gassho Ritual - Gassho is an intentional ritual which is typically performed by a Reiki practitioner before and after a full-body Reiki treatment. Palms are placed together in the traditional prayer position and held directly in front of the heart. A prayerful acknowledgment is then said out loud quietly or thought silently in the mind. Gassho is a ritual of gratitude, offering thanks to the universe for making Reiki energies available, and for the opportunity to facilitate Reiki flow.

Absentia Reiki Treatments - Distant healings can be conducted with or without the use of surrogates. The most common surrogate used is a stuffed animal. 

Intentional Pre-Treatments -  It is common practice among Reiki II and Master/Teacher level practitioners to give an absentia treatment to clients the evening prior to their scheduled appointments.

Conducting a preliminary absentia healing helps to ready the client's receptivity to Reiki energies prior to his arrival for an in-person session. An absentia pre-treatment often prepares the client for receiving a deeper or more profound healing.

Quick Treatments - It is always better to conduct a full Reiki session, but there are circumstances when it isn't possible due to time restriction or lack of space for the client to lay down. How to Give a Quick Reiki Treatment

Reiki Tower - A Reiki tower can be used anytime your have two or more practitioners treating one spot on a client's body. Typically used during a Reiki Share whenever a blockage is discovered. Once a cold or stagnant spot is identified, hands are placed one on top of another much like stacking bricks. Two practitioners will create a four-hand tower, three people create a six-hand tower, and so forth. A ten hand tower is the max, any more is not recommended. This combined focus, along with the visualization of the Reiki power symbol can help break through the blocked region in a reduced time—super speed.

Reiki Charge Crystals - Reiki practitioner will often charge objects with infusions of Reiki energies and symbols. These objects include food that is to be eaten, a pillow that a head rests on, a doorway before walked through, etc.

Crystals and gemstones are commonly charged with Reiki. A stone can be carried or worn. A Reiki healing stone can also be taped to the palm of the hand while sleeping or during surgical procedures.

Projecting Reiki Energies into Past and Future - Reiki energies can be transmitted into the future as well as into the past. A few examples for projecting Reiki into the future include job interviews, before scheduled surgical procedures, and prior to upcoming court sessions. Walking into an interview, a meeting hall, a courtroom, a new school, a social gathering, or anywhere else is less intimidating when the Reiki energies you've sent in advance greet you at the door. Sending Reiki backward in time is also beneficial. Simply use your intent to send to a specific past event that was troublesome.

Or, focus the energies on healing your inner child at the exact moment she was injured years previously. An easy way to do this is to hold an old photo between your palms while conducting absentia Reiki. Choose a photo that was taken of you as a child around the period of time you are wanting to heal. Targeting Reiki energies to be sent to the original hurt is also helpful in healing any reactive influences that resulted from that time. For example, whenever offering healing to a hurtful event in the past you are also clearing away carried-over traumas felt present day.

Treating Pregnant Women and Small Children - It is absolutely safe to receive a Reiki treatment during pregnancy. Babies and toddlers too! Young children are especially receptive to Reiki energies, so you can expect a session to go much quicker. It is likely the child will let you know when they are done.

Reiki Treatments for Animals - You may have heard that cats and dogs love Reiki. Many do! But, just like people, some animals are less receptive to Reiki than others. Try to take a cue from your pets; it is best not to force Reiki on an animal that simply won't lay still, or would be left alone. And as for animals living in the wild, it is best to use absentia healings for them.

Establishing a Reiki Business

Getting certified as a Reiki practitioner is the first step in choosing Reiki as a career. Although Reiki is more of a calling than a choice. Most Reiki practitioners do not make a career out of it. But if this is something you would like to pursue please read the article How to Start Up a Reiki Practice for guidance.


Reiki Classes Syllabuses - Framework for Reiki teachers to use as an outline for creating their own classes agendas can be reviewed in the Reiki Class Syllabuses. Usui Reiki classes are taught in three levels. In Reiki Level I students are taught the basics. Reiki Level II students are shown the Reiki symbols, they learn how to draw them and how to use them when conducting both hands-on and absentia Reiki treatments. ​Reiki Level III, aka The Master Level is needed for anyone who is interested in teaching Reiki to others. Students are taught how to pass Reiki attunements for their future classes. 

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