When I first learned to give Reiki treatments to others, I was taught twelve hand positions to use during the treatment. I would hold my hand over each position for 3-5 minutes or until I felt the energy flow stop. However, this is not the way Usui performed treatments. In fact, most advanced Reiki-ho practitioners do not perform treatments this way. Most of them develop a talent with Byosen Scanning to perform Reiki treatments.
What is Byosen Scanning?
Byosen Scanning or Byosen Reikan Ho is the practice of using your hands to detect energy imbalances in the person you are giving a Reiki treatment to. Over time, you become more experienced with working with energy and the subtle energy flows. Then, you will be able to detect the energy imbalances. This allows you to send Reiki energy directly to these areas instead of performing the standard hand positions.
Why do we need Byosen Scanning?
Well, technically we do not “need” it. Reiki will automatically flow to these imbalances on it’s own. Sending Reiki to other parts of the body is beneficial. So, performing the traditional hand positions is definitely a beneficial practice and will provide great benefit to those you are treating.
However, Byosen Scanning allows us to target the specific imbalances and provide the quickest and most effective way of eliminating them. We focus Reiki energy directly on the imbalance and eliminate it much quicker.
How do I do Byosen Scanning?
Byosen Scanning is fairly easy to perform but somewhat difficult to master. The actual practice involves moving your hands through the recipient’s energy field and “feeling” energy imbalances. Sometimes, you will “feel” something like a tingle or hot or cold spots. Some people “see” the imbalances as colors or some other visual, while others “hear” or “smell” them.
No way is incorrect, in fact you should endeavor to find the way that works for you best. Just like some people are good at numbers and math while others may be good at art or music; you should find the sensing method you are good at.
The key to success with Byosen Scanning is practice, practice, practice. See you at Carnegie Hall.