For thousands of people around the world, completing Reiki Level 1 training is an important milestone in their personal development and one they don’t forget. The decision to commit a full day of learning to your spiritual growth, energy healing and Reiki education is certainly not your average self help class.
But for many graduates of Reiki training, keeping up with their personal practice can prove to be challenging. Busy lifestyles, family commitments and work can all get in the way of your self care time. Yet, they are often even more reason to keep it up.
I have found that the best way to begin integrating Reiki practice into your daily life is by creating a regular habit. On the surface, this may sound simple enough, but lets dig deeper into what that really means in reality.
A research study by health psychology researcher Phillippa Lally at University College London found that it takes over 2 months before a new behaviour becomes automatic; 66 days to be exact. Lally found that for the habit to form itself can vary anywhere from 18 days to 254 days. These research findings are contrary to the popular opinion and mainstream belief that it takes just 21 days to form a new habit.
So, if you are reading this and giving yourself a hard time about not doing enough Reiki practice, relax! There is no better time to get back into it than the present moment.
Here are my top 6 tips to take your Reiki practice to the next level, starting today:
- Create a dedicated space for Reiki practice
- This should be in a quiet place where you won’t be distracted by other people, pets and noise
- Ideally this should not be in your bedroom so that there is a separation between sleeping space and healing space. It could be where you do your morning meditation, qigong or yoga exercises.
- Beautify your Reiki space with a comfy stool, plants, fragrant incense and candles. Make it a place you want to practice in and where you feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Set a regular time for your Reiki practice
- Generally, most people find that first thing in the morning or last thing before bed is the best time for self treatment. Morning practice will help let go of waking anxiety, energise yourself and become more mindful before you start your day. Evening practice is a great way to relax the body and naturally aid sleep.
- Setting reminders and alarms on your phone for Reiki practice can be helpful but ensure your phone is turned off whilst applying Reiki so that you are not distracted.
- Let others know that you will be unavailable during this time as it is your self practice time.
- Ensure you are hydrated and not hungry
- Being hydrated and fed can minimise potential distractions to your Reiki practice
- Science has found that if the body is just 600ml dehydrated the brain releases cortisol (the stress chemical)
- Be sure not to over eat as this could make you drowsy and lethargic
- These steps will help you feel more alert and able to focus on self-treatment
- Follow the hand positions chart
- In the beginning, trying to remember all the hand positions at once can be a bit confusing. Its ok to have the chart next to you if you forget them.
- As you practice more, you may feel drawn to place your hands over different areas of the body intuitively. This is fine and by following your intuitive feeling you will develop your reiki practice into enhanced states of self awareness.
- Remember that the symptoms of pain are not always the imbalance/root cause of the problem. Ask your intuition to guide you to unknown areas of tension and imbalance.
- Keep track of your self healing goals
- The immediate benefits you feel from Reiki become a core motivator for your practice
- Monitoring your progress towards your goals can help you better align your intention
- Strive towards investing your willpower and Ki into your goals. Where your intention goes, Reiki flows.
- Renew and update your physical, emotional and spiritual self healing goals in line with your personal growth and development
- Continue to engage with your teacher
- Reiki 1 & 2 are often 1 day courses. I see their completion as a beginning rather than an end.
- Developing good Reiki practice takes time and you can’t expect to nail it after 1 day
- Keeping in touch with your teacher to ask questions is important, you don’t have to go it alone.
- Practicing with a group at Reiki share events are a great place to refine and practice your skills
- Self healing does not happen overnight and getting results can take time. Be patient and kind with yourself. Its ok to ask for advice and to continue learning with your Teacher as a guide & mentor.