A reiki self practice is too simple and powerful not to benefit from it every day.

You’ve learned reiki level 1 (or possible Level 2 / Masters Level) and you’re finding it difficult to get into the swing of things. Life is busy and suddenly doing the dishes becomes far more interesting than sitting your back end down to experience reiki.

All you need for a reiki self practice is You. That’s it

You don’t need incense, sage, sit in lotus position or special outfits. You can definitely use all those things if you want. The beauty of reiki is you are all you need.



Reiki is  skill. Just like the piano. If you decided to learn the piano, you wouldn’t try it once and if you struggled decide that you can’t do it and that you could never do it. You’d go back each week to learn and practice in between.

Riding the bike, learning to type, being efficient at your job, using instagram – they are all skills. I’m pretty sure that when you got your first mobile phone in the 1990’s / 2000’s you didn’t know how to use it but you didn’t throw it away and stick to the cord phone. You kept trying and using it. The same with reiki.  They all take a while to learn. So here’s some tips on how to make the learning easier for you and your mind!

1. Start Small

You leave class with the best intention. I’m going to do 45 mins everyday FOREVER… then the next day arrives, work has been busy, the train was late and you forgot to buy dinner or the kids have extra classes on. Out the door goes the reiki practice.

It’s normal to fall of the wagon as your life may not be ready to handle 45 mins of reiki i.e. it’s not doable either time wise or mentally / physically.

I remember a student telling me she knew that if she said she’d practice 45 mins each day her mind would just fight with her. So everytime she sat to do her self practice she said’ I’m going to do 5 mins’. She shared that she always did 45 mins or more. The simple 5 mins tricked her mind into ‘that’s doable’ and it didn’t look for an escape plan. The 5 mins gave time for her mind to relax, for her to experience and remember what reiki does for her, for her to feel it in her body and then to just continue.

So start small – 10 mins. We can all find 10 mins in our days. Over time you’ll either naturally stay longer or you’ll consciously and gradually build your 10 mins to 20mins to 30 to 45 or whatever you choose for you.


2. Do it Daily

The more consistent you make your self practice the easier it will be to stick with it.

Consistent, brief, daily sessions will garner better results than long, sporadic sessions.

You might find setting a specific time of the day for your self practice works better than ‘I’ll do it when I get time’ (I think we all know that you’ll never get that time to do it, you have to want to create that time).

You may find that using a specific spot in your house (chair / mat / beside your altar etc) beneficial as a reminder. Have chair / mat set out in the same place each day to remind you to sit and start your practice. When cues like time of day, place and circumstances are the same in each case it is easier to stick to our practice.

The beginning and end of the day are highly recommended as practice times but see what works for you.

Brigid by Ruth Sanderson

3. Know the Benefits / Your Why

Remind yourself of the benefits of making a change. Recall how you felt during your reiki training – the shifts, the peace, the laughter, the inner joy and clarity.

Remember the sense of calmness that emerged from within the body during your self treatment in the class. Remember how you left that evening after 2 days immersed in reiki .

Notice any changes in energy levels, feeling and mental thoughts after you do your reiki practice. How do you usually feel after reiki – calmer, connected, more like yourself, open, loving?

Imagine your life after practicing reiki regularly – what would it look like, what would you be like? how would you feel? What could be different?

What values will this reiki practice touch on for you— health? Spirituality? Peace of Mind? Living life more fully?

Stay connected with your benefits and your ‘why’.

There comes a moment in every life when the Universe presents you with an opportunity to rise to your potential. An open door that only requires the heart to walk through, seize it and hang on. The choice is never simple. It’s never easy. It’s not supposed to be. But those who travel this path have always looked back and realized that the test was always about the heart. …The rest is just practice.” – Jaine Buckley

4. Know the Pain

When you are trying to create a self practice, you may need to remind ourselves why you decided to learn reiki in the first place.

You can remind yourself of the consequences i.e. what will happen if I don’t do my practice e.g. my worry will grow, I’ll keep beating myself up internally, nothing will change etc.

It’s not about punishing yourself but gently reminding yourself why you initially choose to learn reiki or what was / is happening in life that you want to take your healing into your own hands.


5. Use a Guided Practice

We are different each time we sit down to do our practice. Sometimes our mind is busy and to sit in silence doing your practice isn’t going to work for you. Use a guided meditation (I will be releasing one in May so keep an eye on the next newsletter) to guide you through the hand positions.

You could also set a timer to go off every 3-5mins so you know to move to the next position. This also allows the mind to have a job to do!

You could use mantras at each Chakra to focus the mind or if you are Level 2 / 3 use the symbol mantras.


6. Lower your Expectations

What are your expectations of a reiki self treatment? Do you label your self practice as a good or bad treatment? Do you ever think you’ve ‘failed’ at a reiki treatment if you are not feeling a certain way after it? Do you think it’s not working if you don’t feel the energy (heat / coldness)?

Often people think they have to feel something during a reiki treatment or that they should feel calm / peaceful / not worried or angry during or after a self treatment. Even worse, they believe that there mind should be clear with no thoughts!

While Reiki had a multitude of long term benefits don’t believe that after 10 mins you should be happy or no longer grieving or angry about something.

Reiki is healing. Healing is not always comfortable and it isn’t all unicorns and rainbow. It’s normal to have thoughts and emotions.

Our self practice is not about making us feel a certain way but supporting us to allow ourselves to feel whatever we are feeling. Those thoughts and emotions are there anyway but we are so busy or distracted that we don’t even hear or feel them. When we pause and self treat, we are finally present to them.

It’s helping us to sit with ourselves and to become aware of our thoughts and emotions. To sit with them. To sit with ourselves.


7. Use ‘but’

During your self practice when you start to think ‘negative’ thoughts, use the word “but” to interrupt it.

  • I’m no good at this, but, if I keep going at it I know I will always get better later.
  • I’m not feeling anything, but, I know that isn’t really important.
  • Why isn’t this feeling gone yet, but, it’s ok I’m allowing it to be here.
  • I’m the only one not feeling anything, but, I know reiki works as I’ve felt the benefits.
  • I’m done my head is too busy, but, Ilwill just let my hands rest here and breath.

Now… create your own

8. Reiki on the go

You could always do a reiki practice in short increments whenever—and wherever—you can. I know people who self reiki on planes, in hotel rooms, in the office, in their bedroom, in airports, at the cinema, in a queue, watching a game – wherever they can.

Ideally our self practice (whether 10-45mins) is an opportunity to sit with ourselves. To provide ourselves with the gift of self care and healing. To be present to ourselves. Yet, as Ms Takata is reportedly to have said ‘some reiki is better than none’.


9. Believe you can do it

Anyone can learn reiki and therefore everyone is capable of it – no matter age, personality, history or anything else. They might just think they can’t do. They might think that there’s heads are uniquely busy, that they aren’t special to feel energy or they are too busy… when we really sit with these sentences, they just aren’t true.

The point of a self treatment is not about what you feel e.g hot, cool, tingles or to clear the head of all thoughts or to achieve a certain state e.g. have to feel peaceful. Our self practice helps us to become aware of ourselves – where our focus is, what we are feeling. We learn to see what is going on in our heads and bodies without getting carried away by what is happening. When we understand this, we realise anyone can do it.


10. If you stop, start again

People fall off the wagon. Did you self reiki every day for two weeks and then stop for two years. It’s normal and nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about. It also no reason to throw your reiki practice out the door completely.

Just for today, start over… just for today, I will lay my hands on myself with the intention to heal.

It’s not like you will have lost all the benefits you had previously gained from it. You may find that joining a reiki group or having some reiki mentoring can support you in re-starting and guiding your practice. Some people may also choose to refresh a certain reiki level as they find being immersed in a week of teaching is a reat kick start to their practice.


I’d love to hear from you in the box below about your experience with reiki self practice.


  • What were the biggest challenges you met during self practice?
  • Do you still self practice – if no, why?
  • Do you still self pratice – if yes, how did you make it happen?
  • What are the benefits you’ve experienced from your self practice?
  • What support would you like for your self practice?

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