It’s my goal to take away all the barriers to your self-Reiki practice, starting with this post and a simple checklist. You don’t need anything to do self-Reiki. So short list, right? This is exactly my point!
I think often we believe we need this or that in order to “do” Reiki when Reiki is really about letting go of the need to DO and just BE. You do need a few basics — only if you want or require them.
This is truly a list of “nice to haves” for when you want to practice self-Reiki:
1. A quiet place (not mandatory)
2. A place to sit because you at least want to be still to engage in self-Reiki
3. Water to drink (because most people find Reiki makes them thirsty)
4. Reiki music (or any gentle music that you believe helps you relax)
In Reiki and in life, it’s best to keep things simple and minimal.
Many get caught up in the spiritual materialism of Reiki and yoga. You don’t need 12 candles, 25 crystals, incense burning, etc., in order to do a self-Reiki session. It doesn’t need to be a long, drawn-out session — unless you feel so moved to do so.
Do Reiki As You Watch TV
When I started on my Reiki journey nine years ago, my teachers told me to do self-Reiki when I was sitting on the couch watching TV! Why not? You’re merely acting as a channel for an intelligent energy to come to you. You don’t have to DO anything, you merely hold space for the Reiki after you ask for It to come. (If you watch TV daily as though it’s a ritual, this can work for you).
Remember, you’re better off doing 1–5 minutes of self-Reiki a day than none at all.
Ideally, do you create a practice involving an altar, smudging, music, art, etc? Only if you want to! Only if that’s your heart’s desire. But if you find the preparation is a barrier to the actual DOING of the Reiki, then there’s an issue.