Basic Reiki

This is a very simplified primer on basic Reiki. It’s intended as a basic lesson to help someone get started channeling the energy and in no way should be considered a Reiki Course in itself.

Clearing up some Reiki Myths
There are a few myths and misunderstandings about Reiki that I’ll take a moment to address.

The ‘Attunement” Process
One of the major myths in Reiki is that you must be attuned to Reiki by a ‘master’ to be able to use it. I’ve proven repeatedly in my own classes that this is NOT true and that the average person has the ability to use Reiki instantly.
The attunements make the connection to the energy stronger and cause a rapid cleansing of the body and the chakras, but this will happen gradually over time if you just keep using Reiki. Reiki is out there and available to everyone. You don’t need anyone’s permission or certificates to be able to use it to heal yourself, friends and family.

The ‘Energy Exchange’ myth
A former Grandmaster of Reiki instituted the concept of energy exchange to validate charging extraordinarily high fees for master level attunements. Her position was that people wouldn’t value something that was offered freely and I tend to agree with her.
However, if you remember the Law of Reciprocity that I mentioned at the beginning of the book, you’ll also realize that merely by giving healing energy to another person you’re making the world a better place. No ‘exchange’ is necessary. You get back what you send out.
I have no qualms with a professional healer charging for services, just don’t be misleading about it.

What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese phrase which means “Universal Energy”. Its history is enshrouded in myth, legend and parable, but the simple fact is, it works. Reiki is simply the process of channeling Universal Energy through oneself and into some one (or something) else. The vast range of uses for Reiki range from healing oneself to opening and balancing the Chakras and even charging objects and food with the energy.

Getting Started
Reiki is safe and simple to use. To get started simply sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Put on the music of your choice and relax. Place your hands over your face with your palms over your eyes. Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue just behind your front teeth.

As you inhale just open up and feel the energy flow down through the top of your head and down to your heart chakra, then feel it flow out along your arms and out through your hands and into your face. At the simplest level that’s ALL you have to do. The energy will go wherever it’s needed and do whatever is required of it. You don’t have to send it anywhere in particular or try to control it.

Getting Deeper
Reiki flows through you simply by your ‘intent’. You just have to intend to open up to it and you’ll find it readily available. You may feel many different things while giving yourself a Reiki treatment. Your hands or the part of your body covered by your hands may get hot, cold or tingly. Some people feel it very easily and others take awhile to open up to it. The simplest explanation that I’ve found is to think of what the emotion ‘Love’ feels like, and then just relax and let it flow.

I always advise everyone to study Reiki. Any energy worker, massage therapist, healer, martial artist or metaphysician can greatly benefit from Reiki. There are many FREE Reiki classes and sources of training available, as many of us try to make it as easily accessible as possible to anyone who wants it.
I’ve also published a comprehensive Reiki course, including the symbols and hand positions, to the web as a PDF file that anyone can download and study.

I hope this simple exercise helps some of you who’ve been interested in Reiki, but just haven’t made the leap into studying it yet.

"Basic Reiki" is an excerpt from Robert Morgen's new book Awaken Your Inner Power!, which can be downloaded as a FREE Ebook (for a limited time) at

Author's Bio: 

Robert Morgen experienced a near-death kundalini awakening in 1992.

He's the author of 'Awaken Your Inner Power!' and 'The Spiritual Entrepreneur'