When we have Reiki, we can invite the energy to flow into our activities and interactions throughout the day.
While Takata awaited surgery in Dr Maeda's hospital in Tokyo, each of the meals prepared by the doctor's sister the dietician was blessed with Reiki: green tea, Rice, beans, steamed vegetables (especially carrots & beets), seaweed. As she learned Reiki herself, Mrs Takata blessed her own food and drink, and later recommended her students do the same.
Teachers in many traditions suggest blessing what we ingest, it's something we do daily, and soon becomes second nature. We can also use Reiki around the home:
- set up an altar
- hold seeds or herbs a minute before we plant them
- bless a craft project we're working on
- sweep the floor
- play a musical instrument
- atune to objects as we decide whether to keep them, or pass them on
In addition to doing sessions on ourselves, our pets and each other, we can use Reiki to clear, bless and Tune the land! I love this process learned from my Flower Essence Friend Molly Sheehan - Reiki enhances the tuning, but this can be done by ANYONE!
* I tacked a slip of paper up on my fridge with a quick summary of the process - & often just step outside & ask that the Angels, Masters, Elemntals & Devas 'CLEANSE, CLEAR, RE-BALANCE & ILLUMINATE' my land!
We can also visualize sending Reiki blessings into the earth when we walk on the land, or traverse labyrinth. When we light a candle or write a note.
Kayleen and Emily on the Columbia River
Another simple daily practice - use your breath plus visualization to enhance your sense of calm and vitality. Practices like yoga and Qigong often include conscious breath as a vehicle for becoming present.
Imagine filling your body with love, peace, calm, health. You can place your hands on your heart, or heart and belly, and envision love filling you with each inhale and exhale for a few minutes.
My daughter, who took classes with me 20 years ago, says she sends Reiki when she hears an ambulance, and when animals or kid's are upset, sits and beams soothing calm.
In our Red Thread Reiki classes, I have my students create Reiki Principle cards or Prayer Flags, with a simple illustration on the front, and the principle of the back. You can string the flags where you can see them, or choose a card to work with each day or perhaps for a week.
Principe Flags, Gratitude tree, Medicine Basket
In an interview between lineage keeper Phyllis Furomoto and another Master of Japanese descent, Barbara Matsuura, they affirm that, 'Every student has within them their own truth,' and each of us can learn from others.
Barbara added, "Just sit & Be. Be the Reiki - don't try, just Be it!'