Reiki is an amazingly simple but powerful form of spiritual healing practice in which the practitioner channels Reiki—universal life force energy—which is in and around every living being. This means Reiki is for everyone, because everyone has Reiki—it is a completely natural energy. Think of when a child falls and scrapes their knee: their parent places a hand on the knee for a few seconds, and the pain disappears—this is Reiki healing.
When crystal healing is combined with Reiki, it is like hitting the healing overdrive switch! Crystals have an innate energy of their own. They bring everything to balance and speed the body’s natural healing ability. You don’t have to do anything to get a crystal to work other than place it in your vicinity. However, if you do add your intent and your energy, your crystals will work better because they’ll pick up your intention and magnify it manyfold. And if Reiki is the energy that is flowing through you, then your crystals will collect the Reiki, multiply its effect, and focus its objective.
Reiki is channeled using sacred symbols. In the past there has been much discussion about whether these symbols should be secret as well as sacred. However, circumstances have overtaken these discussions and as they are readily visible all over the internet today there is no point in taking this debate further. What remains vitally important is that these symbols are sacred. If you treat them as such, they will help and support your practice, if you treat them otherwise, they won’t. Please give them respect.
Grounding with Raku
The symbol Raku is presented in two ways—here we are using its simplest depiction, the lightning bolt, which helps with grounding. Raku is useful at any time when someone might experience an energy shift which could leave them feeling spaced-out. It can also be helpful for you if you feel any situation is spiraling out of control or people are panicking or hysterical: it shifts the energy, which results in a calming effect.
The following exercise offers a simple way to ground yourself whenever needed. Raku works well with hematite, but you can still harness the symbol’s energy without it.
1. Take two hematite stones, about 1–2 inches (2.5–5 cm) in size, one in each hand. Stand with your feet under your shoulders, keeping your knees soft to take the pressure off them. Close your eyes and imagine there is an anchor in each of your hands. Visualize this falling to the floor and going into the earth, deeper and deeper down into the ground.
2. Now draw two lightning bolts with the hematite stones (or just with your hands if you do not have any hematite) over the ground, drawing each bolt from the top downward. Feel your feet sinking slowly into the floor. Take three slow, deep breaths and open your eyes.