by Corey Erickson
Most of us who have learned to use Reiki have experienced the way we are able to channel the Reiki energy to help others heal physical and emotional trauma. The primary way that we have learned to do this is by using the laying-on of hands techniques passed on to us by way of Mrs. Takata. The history of Reiki focuses largely on healing other people in this way.
At times, however, we ourselves are the ones in need of healing. Several techniques have been developed recently to help us in this area. These are in addition to the benefits that we already receive as Reiki flows though us into our clients.
A technique called Reiki Meditation taught in Advanced Reiki Training, can be of great help in relieving stress before it begins to damage our emotional and physical health. Reiki Meditation is a way of using the Reiki energy and the Reiki symbols to focus and heal ones consciousness. I have used this technique for the past two years and can say without a doubt that it has helped me become a more calm, centered and loving person. This is especially noteworthy because, before I learned Reiki Meditation, I had tried several other forms of meditation, including transcendental meditation in an attempt to relieve stress. I found that using Reiki Meditation made it much easier to connect with the calm and loving elements inside myself. Most of the other forms of meditation that I had tried were not as effective for me.
Less stress is only one of the benefits of Reiki Meditation. Have you ever had a flash of insight in which an answer to a problem was suddenly revealed, or you suddenly understood something which had been unclear to you previously? I noticed that the more I meditated, the more frequently these flashes of insight would come to me. Much of my new insight has been centered around understanding personal experiences. I find it very helpful, after having gone through a particularly difficult situation, to use Reiki Meditation and gain insight into the value of the experience. Then, by applying the insight, learn the lesson so that I don't have to repeat the difficult experience over and over.
Another benefit of Reiki Meditation has been a gradual releasing of negative attitudes that I had held for years. I found that negative attitudes had created many negative situations in my life. Now, I find it easier to get out of settings which are unhealthy for me. People who don’t treat me well help me learn the lessons that I am to learn from them and then they just disappear from my life. Situations that I thought were impossible to escape from are now dealt with easily.
I now attract more positive experiences into my life. People come into my life just as I need the things they have to offer me. Books appear to me just as I am ready to learn what they have to teach. It’s a real improvement to find that the universe is helping one along the way instead of merely being indifferent or even harmful.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of this type of meditation has been the deep feeling of happiness that I often feel now. A feeling that I was never able to experience before.
A powerful type of goal actualization can be included at the end of Reiki Meditation. This process is also taught in Advanced Reiki Training. I have found that my ability to achieve my desired outcomes has increased now that I include this process along with my other goal actualization techniques. Now, I feel confident that I am able to shape my life and make it what I want it to be. One of the things that really impressed me about Reiki was the fact that it can be combined with other forms of mental and spiritual development. I have a feeling that most of you reading this probably have an arsenal of self-improvement and positive spiritual techniques as I do. Reiki works so well with mental images and visualizing. It is very easy to find ways to fit Reiki into your life, even if you are very busy.
One of the most obvious ways of bringing more Reiki into your life is to simply do a treatment on yourself. The more you use Reiki, the easier it will be for you to relax quickly to give yourself a quick treatment.
The Reiki symbols themselves can be of great value in improving the quality of any of your spiritual projects. They are even easier than the actual Reiki energy itself to incorporate into your current spiritual or mental techniques. Reiki is very fluid and lends itself to be used in a slightly different way by each person. Feel free to use Reiki in new ways in your quest for self-improvement.
Reiki is a wonderful tool to help other people, but don’t overlook the way that it can help you too. Remember that it’s great to want to heal the world, but you are a part of the world too. After all, the improvement of the world begins with the individual and the individual who makes a difference could be you!