If you’ve been reading quite some regarding Reiki, you must have already gotten to know that Reiki is for everyone. As people all have souls and inner qi, which is fundamental to the practice of Reiki, this healing technique needs not to be obscured to the simple individual. You can venture into the practice if you wish to do so. However, just like medicinal care and other forms of alternative medicine, Reiki practice requires training and discipline. This article will help you know more about the 5 main elements of the system of Reiki, and prime you to follow the path of Reiki practice.

Reiki Precepts

A precept is a doctrine or code of practice. Much like to Buddhism’s Eightfold Paths and Christianity’s Ten Commandments, the Reiki system has its own sets of texts and teachings. It started from Usui when he taught his students self-healing. Overall, these precepts aim to guide an individual through his spiritual journey. Below is a precept excerpt (translated in English) from the Japanese Art of Reiki:

“For Today Only:
Do not Anger
Do not worry 
Be Humble
Be Honest in your Work 
Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others”

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Meditations and Techniques

One thing that must be noted when it comes to Reiki meditations and techniques is that learning them comes at different levels of Reiki practice. Assuming that you are still new to Reiki, here are the 3 main techniques that are at the heart of Reiki:

  • Kenyoku Ho – a spiritual cleansing technique done to the self which focuses on one’s upper body
  • Kokyu Ho – a technique using breath to make the mind focused
  • Seishin Totsu – a  meditation technique that mainly uses the mind, in which, mind is unified and purified

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Hands-on Healing

Hands-on healing is also called Tenohira. Much like many of the Reiki practices, this is first learned and done alone for self-healing. This element of Reiki makes use of the palm of the hands. From there, the Reiki practitioner lets qi emanate and pass through the intended body part.

Once you get to learn how qi successfully passes through your intended body part, it will definitely be beneficial for you to learn the hand positions. Lastly, when you start to get it going at a consistent pace, you can do hands-on healing to others.

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Symbols and Mantras

Often misconstrued as energy (or qi), mantras (jumon) and symbols (shirushi) are tools to help the Reiki practitioner deepen his knowledge of the system. The mantras can be likened to the above-mentioned precepts. However, mantras are considered in a much higher level, such that precepts act as a precedent to being able to use mantras.

Moreover, the symbols in Reiki are literally drawn. Combined with uttered mantras, one needs a deep understanding of the earlier elements mentioned. That is why mantras and symbols are intended to be internalized in the everyday environment of a Reiki practitioner



The last element is a ritual, reiju, done by a Reiki teacher to a student. Here, the teacher lets the student sit up. Then, the teacher performs a ritual on the student. The intention of this ritual is for the student to have a safe space where he can draw as much qi possible.

Reiki students must meet a certain number of reiju from their teachers in order to move to the next level of their Reiki practice. It must be noted, however, that reiju functions more of a blessing, rather than a ritual that grants any special abilities.