Reiki is a form of spiritual practice, used as a complementary therapy and proposed for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental diseases. Reiki balances the chakra energy centers and/or heals an ailment energetically. Mikao Usui developed Reiki in early 20th century Japan, where he said he received the ability of 'healing without energy depletion' after three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama. Practitioners use a technique similar to the laying on of hands, which they say will channel "healing energy" (ki). Practitioners state that energy flows through their palms to bring about healing and that the method can be used for self-treatment as well as treatment of others.
Reiki seems to work at the 5th circuit neuro-somatic (directed attention and mind-body connection)
of the 8 Circuits of Consciousness model. Possibly at the 6th Psychic circuit
too considering the flow of Chi.
Reiki is taught through 3 or 4 levels, you find a reiki master (level 3/4) to 'attune' you and teach you reiki.
My L1 teacher was Tracey Owen, check out her website.
In some systems there are more advancements to be learned, for instance stages in the different elements application of energy and more in Tera Mai reiki by Kathleen Millner, interesting - but pricey :p, I once attended a healing session by her in Belgium though and felt her presence radiate as they say of spiritually advanced people. Quite an experience!
warning: don't get ripped off - a reiki healing session is not worth a big amount of money.
The human mind is capable of much, through experiment (mystics are scientists after all) I've learned that people don't always need an attunement, being a placement of symbols in the crown chakra, to activate the possibility of self-healing or even healing others with reiki. Try the following instructions, this is just my way of doing reiki there are many others and they are probably all ok, and see how much possibility lays before you:
Lay or sit down and relax, breathe deep and easy from down below - not the chest - throughout the session
affirm that you are a part of the universal consciousness and source and you are able to tap into the universal energy called reiki.
after doing it for a few breaths you could be able to feel the energy come into and out of your feet and legs when you do or when you've done this for a minute or 2 or so,
say: "I am now grounded to mother earth, I will remaind grounded for as long as is necessary for this reiki session, thank you mother earth."
(optional: you can visualise white positive healing light coming in to your left leg with every inhalation, and visualise black stagnant or bad light coming out of your right leg to a specific spot that needs healing, you can also use both legs at the same time for the black/white light, then alternate with exhalation/inhalation)
say to yourself as you do this: "I am now in my sacred space, this cocoon of love and light energy only allows in positive energy and beings of love and light, all negative energy is rid out, I am now in my cocoon of love and light, my *insert your methaphysical favorites here* keep me safe, I will remain in my sacred space for as long as is necessary for my protection during this reiki session."
relax as you do this and feel safe, know your *insert your methaphysical favorites here* are looking out for you and know that fear ony takes the shape you give it, so visualise yourself in a white cocoon of love and light and feel the divinity within you
then you can either do a body part that needs healing for a half hour or 45 minutes or an hour or even longer (if you have some good tunes or an audiobook or a video it can work out)
or normally a reiki session includes around five or more minutes each on: crown chakra (violet): the side of the eye temples along the ears, with the palms at eye level
third eye chakra (indigo purple): covering the eyes and forehead
throat chakra (blue): cupping the hands on the throat gently
heart chakra (green or pink): across the chest (middlefingertips barely not touching)
solar plexus chakra (yellow): above the belly button (mftips barely not touching)
sacral chakra (orange): below the belly button (mft bnt)
root chakra (red): alongside the private parts :p
you can visualise the indicated color of a spinning vortex of energy
on each chakra if you want, it's no biggy if you don't do it right away
the qualities of the chakras are:
third eye: intuition, wisdom, forgiveness, psychic
throat: communication, self-expression
heart: love and friendship, relationships
solar plexus: self esteem, personal power
sacral: emotions, unconscious, sexuality, creativity
root: survival, physical needs, material real world matters
after you're done (your time is up or you feel energized enough), say: "I am now stopping the flow of reiki, I will remain grounded and in my sacred space for as long as is necessary for my protection, thank you *insert your methaphysical favorites here* for this blessed healing and gift." Give yourself time to readjust to the material, get up slowly as you would out of meditation and just feel thankful that you are able to heal yourself (and others) from now on :)
And then share the gift with others :)
The Five Reiki Principles
I - Just for today, I will not be angry.
II - Just for today, I will not worry.
III - Just for today, I will be grateful.
IV - Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
V- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.