Thursday, August 21, 2008

Can I Meditate While Doing Reiki?

Reiki can effectively support the process of meditation. When you are practicing Reiki, you experience the flow of energy and come in contact with your body. Your mind becomes less preoccupied and you feel a greater sense of peace. In this disposition it is easier to meditate. Here are a few meditation exercises that are especially suitable with Reiki.

Reiki Meditation Exercise 1:

  • Lie down on your back, draw up your legs and let your knees drop to both sides.
  • Press the soles of your feet together so that they touch as completely as possible.
  • Now join your palms in a gesture of prayer in front of the heart region. You may also do this meditation exercise leaning against a wall or an armchair in a sitting position if you prefer.
  • Breathe from your stomach. At first do this exercise for three minutes. Once you get used to it, increase the duration in small steps. This exercise may be further extended by simultaneously reciting the mantra Om. By reciting Om , you create its vibration in your body, making your body the sounding board of its energy.

Benefits of this exercise:
  • Enhances personal growth
  • Gradual, harmonious release of tension
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Develops the capacity of loving acceptance
  • Encourages a meditative mental attitude for day-to-day life
  • Develops self-perception

Reiki Meditation Exercise 2:

  • Kneel down on your haunches on a soft, though not too pliable surface with your legs spread a little wider than your shoulders.
  • Now place the palms of your hands on the soles of your feet and lean backwards until you touch the floor with your back. This exercise is equally effective if you practice with, an erect back. It is important to cover your big toes and the centre of your feet with your hands. At the beginning stay in this position for about 5 minutes and increase the duration of the exercise gradually.
  • You can also do this exercise in an alternative posture: Kneeling in an erect position stretch your pelvis forward and let your head hang backwards with your hands touching the soles of your feet. This exercise is wonderfully effective for healing your chakras or energy centres but it will cause a lot of strain at first. It is best to start for only 30 seconds and gradually increase the duration.

Benefits of this exercise:
  • Enhances personal growth
  • Charges the chakra
  • Charges the aura (electromagnetic field which surrounds everybody)
  • Removes tension from the feet, legs and pelvis
  • Strengthens the function and energetic properties of your aura

Reiki Partner Meditation Exercise 3 :

This is a joint exercise for two people. Practice it with anyone who has become a channel for Reiki. Sit facing each other on an even, not too pliable surface.

  • Spread your legs a little wider apart than the width of your shoulders and draw up your knees.
  • Now move close together so that one of you is able to put his or her legs over those of the other.
  • Now join your palms. If you prolong this meditation, it will become a wonderful experience of emotional attachment beyond anything that can be experienced in day-to-day reality. If you wish you may further extend your limits by chanting the mantra OM. This exercise must be done for at least five minutes. Doing it for 15 to 30 minutes will help you develop a greater understanding for each other. Reserve this time once or twice a week, just for yourselves. It will be worth it for both of you. This is the ideal exercise for a couple, and will open new dimensions in your partnership.

Benefits of this exercise:
  • Enhances relationship on the emotional level
  • Releases tension in the pelvic region
  • Lets you experience a oneness with a partner along with a simultaneous increase in vibrational frequency

Reiki Group Meditation Exercise 4 :

  • Stand in a circle and join hands.
  • The left hand is held with the palm turned upwards, the right hand with the palm turned downwards. The connection of energy circuits is most effective if palm is placed to palm.
  • Stand with your legs about as wide apart as your shoulders. Feel into your feet and feel your soles touching the ground.
  • Keep your legs relaxed and bend the knees slightly (they should not be straight and stiff).
  • Relax your pelvis and position it directly under your trunk so that the energy is able to rise unhindered.
  • Keep your head straight as if it were drawn upward by a string fixed to your crown and do not touch your neck. Feel the energy streaming through your body, feel the flow and the vibration in yourself. Let yourself go and experience the sensations. Perceive the hands of the others to your right and left. Feel the Reiki energy flowing into them. This group meditation may be extended by joint chanting of the mantra OM.
  • You may also make the exercise into a healing circle. After the energy circle has been upheld for some time, a member of the group leads everyone through the following visualization; imagine a white, divine light flowing into your chakra. It is flowing towards your heart, radiating from there as healing energy into the centre of the circle. All the rays of energy meet there, forming a large, white mass of divine, healing vibrations. You may now place all those you wish to be healed into this energy mass simply by speaking their names. They will be given all the healing they need for the moment; all the healing which is advisable for them from a divine perspective. You may also place other beings into the circle (such as animals and plants). The participants can remain infused by the healing force for as long as they wish.

Benefits of this exercise:
  • Enhancement of group consciousness
  • Experience of oneness with other aspects of creation
  • Increasing vibrational frequency
  • Activating the body's self-healing forces.

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