How Do I Know if I Am Doing Reiki Correctly?

Article by Angie Webster, Reiki Rays

By far the most frequently asked questions I receive have to do with people who are not confident in their ability to practice Reiki, sometimes even on themselves. There are people who are afraid for a great many reasons, like fear of harming another by practicing Reiki, fear of placing their hands in the wrong positions, not being able to feel Reiki flowing or not having intuitive insights. Unfortunately, many times, these fears lead to the person not practicing Reiki, or to restrict their practice.

There is no wrong way to do Reiki, because you are not truly doing Reiki. It is more that you are opening to allow Reiki to go where it needs to, through you. You are offering to be a clear passageway by simply being willing. Reiki energy flows from the Divine Life Force, the same life force that supports all life. There is no wrong way for it to flow through you. It is intelligent energy. This energy flows naturally wherever it is needed, as long as it is not restricted. By receiving an attunement, you are inviting the Reiki energy to clear out any restrictions you may have that impede its natural flow into and through you. Once you are attuned, Reiki will simply flow when and where it is needed. You only need to place your hands on yourself or someone else for it to be fully received. It really is that simple.

Our logical minds want many steps to each process. Sometimes we want to see how something works by understanding each step and what function it performs. But since Reiki simply flows where it is needed, there aren’t a lot of steps for us to remember. We can place one or both hands on or above the body and then simply allow Reiki to do what it needs to do. This is why remembering all of the hand positions or a particular order to do them in is not very important. The most important thing is that you continue practicing Reiki. Over time, this practice will help you recognize where to place your hands, in what order and how long to leave them there. You may feel most comfortable using specific hand placements, particularly in the beginning while you are learning to trust the Reiki and your intuition to guide you. But if you forget some of these, recognize that they are more to help you feel comfortable than to make Reiki work properly.

How Do I Know if I Am Doing Reiki Correctly

Because Reiki is an intelligent energy that supports life, it will not do damage to life. There are times when Reiki can feel very intense or uncomfortable as it heals an area very quickly or removes an energy blockage. If this discomfort becomes too much or the energy feels too overwhelming at any time, by you or a client, then simply stop and the discomfort will leave. This discomfort is not from harm or damage, but from strong healing or energy balancing. It will stop the moment you remove your hands. Never force a person to receive Reiki if they don’t want it or if they ask you to stop, no matter what their reason is. While the Reiki won’t cause damage, it is harmful to do something to a person when they don’t want you to.

While many people feel tingling or warmth in their hands after they receive their first attunement and most times they channel Reiki, there are also many who don’t. Some feel nothing at all in their hands the majority of the times they perform a Reiki treatment. Others feel it when they are first attuned but then the sensation goes away as they adjust to it. Everyone’s experience with Reiki and with the attunements is completely unique and very special, no matter what they do or don’t experience.

Continue to practice daily self-Reiki, even after the 21 day clearing process. Make it a goal to create a habit of doing at least 10 minutes of self-Reiki every day, no matter what. Make it just as important as bathing, eating and sleeping. It is ideal if you make the space in your day to set aside this time to devote just to Reiki practice. However, remember you can also do self-Reiki as you read, watch TV or a movie or any time you can place one or both hands on yourself. Your understanding of Reiki will grow as you continue to practice each day and your connection to it will increase. In this process, you will come to notice you are recognizing ways your intuition expresses itself, more and more. Your own healing will continue, as well. It may seem as if it is going far too slowly in the beginning, but remember—you are unique and special. Every one of us has our own pace for healing and growth and our own way of experiencing the world. There is nothing wrong with you or with the way Reiki flows through you.

If you still feel uncomfortable and would like personal reassurance, consult your Reiki Master. He or she may be able to help you feel better or answer your questions. If it has been a long time since you practiced Reiki and you feel as if you want to brush up on your knowledge, some Reiki Masters are now offering a Reiki Refresher course to help you do just that. These usually come with a booster attunement to help boost your confidence and refine the flow of Reiki energy.

Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a freelance writer, Reiki Master Teacher and meditation teacher. Angie’s primary focus in her Reiki practice is empowering women with chronic pain conditions, neurological conditions or anxiety. She offers guided meditation and shamanic Reiki as part of her practice, where appropriate. Angie is the author of Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing: How Energy Medicine Healed my Life and What it Can do for Yours. Reiki and a healthy lifestyle contributed to her healing after a 20 year struggle with neurological and chronic pain issues. She comes out the other side with a new perspective on life and now seeks to empower others, guiding them back to their own innate healing abilities. You can follow her at:,,


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