Intention, intuition and integrity are the underlying keystones of Reiki. Intention is when we turn our attention to channeling Reiki. We set a deliberate intention to begin the energy flow. This is necessary as we practitioners must be able to do other work without automatically facilitating the flow of Reiki. We do not automatically channel Reiki while doing dishes, shaking hands or petting our animals. We must communicate to Spirit that we desire to access the life force energy. This is done by setting a clear intention. One can state the intention out loud, or simply in the mind.
New practitioners often feel awkward and unsure of themselves. Most of us pay close attention to hand positions, whether working on ourselves or others. But within a fairly short time we all begin to discover the power of our intuition. Intuition is the most effective tool we have when we practice Reiki. With experience we begin to understand the subtle nuances of the energy body, and intuitively begin to move our hands, letting our inner self guide. Once we begin to hone our intuition, and trust it, we can start to draw conclusions about how we are experiencing the energy flow. And those conclusions are used to help guide the practitioner further into the practice or Reiki.
Integrity is critical when practicing Reiki. We must always set the highest intention, working to the highest good of both the facilitator and the recipient. Using our intuition to guide us, and then being mindful of the language we use, the suggestions we make, and the information we share will must be sheathed in integrity.
The keystones of intention, intuition, and integrity are present in each Reiki session, be it in person or distant healing. Each of these keystones is essential to the practice of Reiki. Each Reiki experience gives us the opportunity to be clear about our intention, to practice listening to our intuition and strengthen our faith, and to work to the highest good of all involved.
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