Q: What are the Reiki hand positions for?
A: The Reiki hand positions, developed for the original Usui Reiki method of natural healing, are a series of hand positions which, when done in sequence, cover all major areas of the body, from head to toe.
Incorrectly taught by some, the Reiki energy is not “put” on each place as the practitioner moves his hands from position to position. Reiki energy does not truly flow from the hands.
Instead, if the practitioner slowly moves his hands over the recipient during a Reiki treatment, the sensations that the practitioner receives can help him get a sense of where the energy is being received by the client.
The client may feel energy at the places where the practitioner places his hands. That is because the client’s awareness is drawn to those places, and the client may place her attention on that area, and therefore any energy being received in that place will be noticed.
The hand positions, therefore, are a way for the practitioner to be in dialogue with the energy – sense where it is being received most, for example, and then allow the practitioner to comment on that to the client. The client can then place her attention on these areas, which helps her be more receptive and responsive to the Reiki energy as its being received.
Some Reiki systems, such as Kundalini Reiki, do not include a series of hand positions. The practitioner is encouraged to get a sense of the energy flowing, and decide where he wants to place his hands during the treatment.
Regardless of where the practitioner places his hands, the energy is flowing where the recipient is able to receive the healing that is needed.
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