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This Note is one of a series where I give my ideas on aspects of Reiki and/or energy work. The pages are intended to give some "food for thought" and some are only my viewpoint. While a number of facts may be included, you should decide for yourself how much (if any) of the content feels right to you.


Another area of interest for Reiki 1 students is that of being able to sense problem areas in the body. This didn't seem to be a part of Western Reiki when Mrs. Takata taught here. However, in the original URR Gakkai this was a key component of the first level of training.  In fact, for a student to be able to progress further, he or she needed to be able to demonstrate 2 aspects of this ability very well. One technique is Byosen Reikan Ho; essentially the ability to scan a healing subject.  The other technique is Reiju Ho, a form of intuitive scanning that focuses in on the main problem areas.  Both of these methods were taught in the first level of training. 

ScanningWhen I first learned Reiki in 1992 I wasn't aware of the concept of scanning, although it seems to have been a component of other forms of natural healing in the Western world.  I first read of the idea in 1994 in William Rand's book "Reiki: The Healing Touch."
(see link below.)  When I asked William where he got the idea he said it just came to him one day.  I began to explore this on my own and made it  apart of my classes when I began to teach in 1994.  For some students this was a very easy process, especially if they could see or easily sense energies.  But it took me and others some time to develop the ability.  It was mainly my work with some graduate Awakening Your Light Body training (see link below) that began to really open this up for me.

Distant scan a treeWhen my friends and I discovered Hiroshi Doi of the URR Gakkai in 1998, we learned that sensing energies was part of the old original training. The Byosen Reikan Ho method even suggests the possible sensations one might feel in the hand while scanning.  I found a really good web page (see link below) which lists quite a few of these.  But even before meeting Mr. Doi, I had learned from one of my Japanese students that she observed Doi's Gakkai teacher - former president Mrs. Koyama - scanning clients from across the room as they came into the healing room.  So
I came up with a way to exercise this ability and I teach that as part of my scanning segment in Reiki 1.  Basically my students work with sensing the energies of trees outside my window, and compare how each feels to them.  It's a way to understand how you experience energy this way.  (this same segment is also in the free segment of my Threshold Reiki 1 manual)

Because Mrs. Koyama was also able to use her scanning to determine in advance how many treatments the person would require, I thought it might be useful to at least help students to sense how soon their client would require a follow-up session.  Essentially all you need do is conduct a quick, overall scan at the beginning and end of each session.  Any differences in sensations will give you an idea as to how well the client handled the Reiki session, and over time you will be able to determine from the scale of that, when the client might best return (e.g. the next day or soon, or maybe a week or so later.)  Note that because of this ability to distant scan, you can grow to conduct one even before the client arrives, or at the very least, without needing to use your hands over the person.  And your sensitivity to the places of greatest need (i.e. Reiji Ho) can help you get to the important areas first, if this is how you wish to handle your Reiki session.

If scanning is new to you or has seemed a challenging task, perhaps you might give these ideas a try.

Here are links to some of the web pages mentioned in this Note:
- Reiki: The Healing Touch         -'s Awakening Your Light Body
- article          - Threshold Reiki 1 manual
Richard (Rick) Rivard

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