Healer Heal Thyself: The Importance of Self-Healing for Reiki Practitioners


Once we begin the spiritual journey, we begin to look within. Our senses begin to detect more subtle vibrations, and there is a peace that emanates from radically simple things. We feel such peace from such simple actions: a hand on the knee, a hand on the heart. Our breath.

Slowly, over time, we begin to loosen our concepts and preconceived notions about what is required for happiness. We let go of standard societal notions of “success,” and we, instead, dive deeper into a happiness that is unshakable by any outward, external force. We find a happiness that lasts. We find a love—within.

Dear Reiki practitioners: It is so important to remember that our self-healing practice is the foundation for our lives.

As we heal ourselves, we realize that time spent on the self is not selfish. We realize, rather, that the love, time, and attention we give to our own beautiful self is the greatest gift we can give to the world. We realize—quite paradoxically and quite amazingly!—that there is no greater step to healing the world than through the loving-kindness we bring to our own heart. Our heart is the catalyst for all change. Our heart is the beginning.

Whether our eyes are open or closed, whether we are sitting up or lying down, whether we are listening to music or are sitting in silence, the feeling of fullness, of wholeness, of enough-ness that comes through during a Reiki self-healing session is always apparent. Once attuned to the Reiki energy, we return, again and again, day after day, to that moment where we can relax and let go…into our beautiful selves. The Reiki container gives us permission to excuse ourselves from the concerns of the day…and we open up, we receive.

It is wonderful to receive healing sessions from other Reiki practitioners at various stages of our awakening journey. They can help us jumpstart our journey or help us push past plateaus. However, the conclusion to the healing can only happen within our own two hands.

There is a time when we must relinquish our reliance on other healers, teachers, and outside authorities, and look within, to our own natural abilities. To our own love.

For, truly, a Reiki self-healing session is all about love. Given and expressed by the self to the self. It is claiming our own true authority to be the most powerful and perfect healer we are privileged to know. It is claiming our birthright.

As we heal our hearts, may we know the peace that surpasses all understanding. May we dive deep into the richness of our own glory. And may we, each of us, know the love that can only come from within.


10 thoughts on “Healer Heal Thyself: The Importance of Self-Healing for Reiki Practitioners

  1. I cannot agree more Anya! Once I began putting my self-healing first I found my energy flowing tenfold and so full of love. Once I put my spiritual growth and emotional and physical health in my own hands and heart the healing really began within me.
    I have a very painful neurological condition that had at one point almost put me in a wheelchair, but today I am walking without even a cane!
    How could this be anything but self-healing coming through my heart and higher self? And just imagine what that has done for my overall Reiki Energy! All I can say is WOW!
    Thanks for sharing Anya! Namaste my friend! Jennifer

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    1. I am grinning from ear to ear, Jennifer! I love how you say that you put your growth and health into your own heart. That is such a key! It’s not just our hands that are vessels of Divine Light, but also our hearts! Our hearts bridge the space between the physical “solid” world and the world of magic, of Spirit, of the Divine forces of love. I am so happy for your journey. Thank you for being a part of this community and your response, Jennifer. It means the world xo I love you.


  2. Greetings, I appreciate this you for this post. A reminder that we must tend to ourselves and that is one major key attraction to reiki…a practitioner MUST begin by going within !

    This AM i woke up feeling like I didnt want to get up…didnt feel like doing my AM session with myself, however I did it because I felt that if i dodnt take just ten minutes to do this, my day would not go so well. It’s critical to tend to ourselves.


    1. Dear friend,
      Yes you are so right–the way we begin our day is so important. If we can make space in our lives for self-healing, for growth and evolution and self-care, then we become the change we wish to see in the world. We allow our light to shiner brighter for others.

      Thank you for your comment and thank you for your practice.


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