Reiki Principles

Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in Adam Miramon’s Intuitive Reiki Level I course through the Reflections Mystery School. Like others there, I had received a Reiki attunement previously, but I wanted more in-depth study and reflection on the practice from someone who does this professionally. Adam is a kind teacher and obviously a dedicated healer, and he did a wonderful job.

The class is called Intuitive Reiki because it fuses regular Reiki as a self-regulating energy system with the energy healer’s own intuitive perception of what’s going on in the client, using that to direct or shape the Reiki energy being provided. I think most Reiki practitioners do this to some extent, but Adam has spent a lot of time reflecting on this and cultivating his own approach. As part of the class, we did exercises to strengthen our intuition, and they were a good challenge that helped me learn more about how to work with the various and sometimes hard-to-express ways my intuitive perception takes place.

Adam also covered some history of Reiki and the principles of Reiki. He encouraged us to find a translation or adaptation of the principles that works for us, and in that spirit, I offer my own adaptation here. It draws on the metaphor of orienting myself in time and space, which connects it to grounding and centering for me, and uses simple gestures:

Here and now, (open hands)

I am not angry about what lies behind me,

nor worrying about what lies ahead of me.

I work diligently (raise right hand to chest level)

and live gratefully (raise left hand)

as I respect the oneness of all. (fold hands in prayer mudra)

Of course, if you are left-handed, you may want to reverse the actions.

Adam will be teaching a Level II course in December, and I’m looking forward to it!


About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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5 Responses to Reiki Principles

  1. This is a wonderful post! What a great taste of the Reiki world! Thank you for sharing!
    Have a blessed evening!

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    I found this post while researching a new topic. This is not what I was looking for, but many people are interested in Healing. This is a wonderful way to get started. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
    Blessed Be!

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  4. Very interesting to me. I would love to get more involved in activities that increase my intuition. I became intrigued with Reiki type practices several years ago, when it was introduced to me by a nurse working in a chemical dependence ward. She would bring in her table and do energy work as well as some standard massage. Investigating this further is on my to-do list for when the twins finally go to school. My own massage therapist from my Caroline pregnancy was a Reiki practitioner and furthered my interest and desire to head down this path a bit to see if it is a good fit for me. In my head, it seems very holistic… the world of therapy, intuition, energy work, massage. So many things I want to experience…. so little time. : )

    • Literata says:

      I hope you do get to pursue it, and I’d love to discuss it with you more when we have time…have to give the Wonder Twins to the spouses for a bit!

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