Three Pillars of Reiki

There are three core aspects or pillars to Reiki practice. They are Meditation, Spiritual and Energetic Development, and Hands-on Healing.

First Pillar – Meditation

The Gassho position is used during Seishin Toitsu Ho

The First Pillar of Reiki is meditation. Meditation is the foundation of all other work. Meditation balances our body, mind, and spirit. There are countless studies that show the benefits of meditation on overall health and mood.
The primary meditation practiced in Reiki involves anapanasati or “mindful practice.” The technique used to develop mindful practice is Gassho.

Gassho – Placing the Two Palms Together

Gassho literally means “two hands coming together.” It is a ritual gesture formed by placing the hands – palms together, in the ‘prayer’ or ‘praying hands’ position as illustrated above, and is the most fundamental and also the most frequently used of all the hand gestures (also known as (in-zou) and (mudras)) in the practice of Buddhism.

Second Pillar – Spiritual Development

The Second Pillar of Reiki is Spiritual Development. Spiritual development is taught at all levels of Reiki. Think of meditation as the stretching and warmup before we exercise. Spiritual development is the aerobics and resistance training we do. We build out “energetic” muscles, so to speak, so that we may do things more easily and more efficiently. Some of the Spiritual Development techniques learned in Reiki Ryoho include Joshin Kokyu Ho, Seishin Toitsu Ho, and Reiji Ho.

Joshin Kokyu Ho

The breathe is the bridge between the body, the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind. Joshin Kokyu-ho means “breathing to cleanse the spirit”. This is a method for reducing your stress and purifying your mind and body.

Seishin Toitsu Ho

Seishin Toitsu-ho means to concentrate the mind. This is a technique for clearing your mind and keeping your consciousness high and stable. This is also a good technique to help a practitioner connect to Reiki and move the energy in and out of their hands when unable to perform treatments.

Reiji Ho

One of the highest expressions of spiritual development is Reiji Ho. Translated into English, Reiji means “indication of the Reiki power.” Ho means “methods.” Reiji Ho consists of connecting with your higher self and wisdom. This is most commonly performed during Reiki treatments.

Third Pillar – Hands-on-Healing

Hands-on Healing

In Reiki, hands on healing is typically referred to as Chiryo, which means “treatment.” Reiki energy is channeled through the practitioner and into the recipient through the hands. 
The human body is made up of over 50 trillion cells. Each cell contains omniscient wisdom and is connected to the universe and every living thing within it. A good analogy is to think of the universe as a huge ocean of water. Every living thing within that ocean is like a tiny droplet. Together these droplets make up and are part of Reiki, the universal life force.
Reiki is part of our genetic structure. An in built intelligence that energizes the mind body and spirit. Reiki stimulates growth, health, life and healing. When it is freely allowed to flow around the body it can keep us alive and healthy for over one hundred and twenty years.
Unfortunately, bad habits and poor choices result in the flow of Reiki being stifled. It is important to note that Reiki cannot be destroyed. Even when we die and the life force leaves our body it continues to exist as part of the universe. Through neglect and ignorance we abuse this vital component of life.
When the mind body and spirit are in harmony the biological intelligence that governs the body’s resources and allows it to heal itself and function correctly are intensified. Reiki is the key that unlocks the body’s optimum capabilities. 
Reiki treatments can be performed following specific hand positions that cover the whole body’s energy system, a smaller set of hand positions that are for treating a specific condition, using Reiji Ho guided intuition, or a technique of scanning for energy imbalances called Byosen Reikan Ho.
A full Reiki treatment re-balances the flow of the universal life force around and through the body. The treatment stimulates the body’s immune system and natural healing abilities. Normally the body will begin by cleansing itself of toxins. As the poisons are removed, the body becomes re-balanced and the healing process can begin.
Many cultures have developed techniques and disciplines that stimulate the flow of Ki energy around the body. Reiki-ho is easy to learn and administer. The techniques are simple to master. The results are profound.
Reiki is ever-present in our bodies. This means anyone can harness this profound inbuilt intelligent energy for healing. However, without being attuned to the universal life force you will only be using about 10-20% of its capacity for healing.
Madam Takata explained it best when she described Reiki as being similar to radio waves. We cannot see them but we know they are everywhere around us. When we turn on a radio and tune into the radio waves we can pick up a signal. That signal is turned into a radio program. Similarly the universal life force is everywhere, although we cannot see it unless we use Kirlian photography.
When we are tuned into the energy by a Reiki Master we are able to harness Reiki to heal ourselves and others. This gift of healing remains with us for the rest of our lives. We can only lose it if we use it for negative or destructive purposes. Reiki is pure and it needs to be treated as such.
Reiki is channeled through the hands. When you place your hands on your own body, or the body of another person for the purpose of healing you connect with the universal life force. The wisdom of Reiki then goes to work to bring about healing, balance and whatever is needed on a holistic level.