Meditation is an integral part of Reiki, a traditional Japanese healing practice. According to the practitioners of Reiki, Reiki meditation can have a number of benefits, among them enhanced relaxation (leading to the healing of self), clairvoyance (ability to mystically foresee things), greater awareness and greater ability to visualize, which is important since we are more likely to achieve things we can visualize in life than things that we cannot visualize.
Reiki meditation is also the means to balance one’s energy, which is what in Reiki parlance leads to the healing of oneself, and which is also what gives you the ability to heal others through Reiki via ‚energy attunement‘. Through Reiki meditation, one is also supposed to attain a sense of detachment, which would empower them to ‚go with the flow‘ rather than trying to force things to happen, which is what one would be inclined to do in default; naturally leading to frustration throughout life as most things in life are things we cannot really control.
Reiki meditations can be seen as falling into four major forms.
First is breathing meditation, and this form of meditations is always a prelude to other forms. In one of the breathing forms of meditation, one is advised to breathe slowly, while focusing their thoughts on Reiki. In another form of breathing Reiki meditation, one is advised to breath ’naturally‘ (as opposed to breathing slowly), and this is usually employed towards the end of Reiki breathing meditation sessions, as one transitions from the meditative state to the ‚ordinary‘ state, maybe in setting the stage for a Reiki healing session.
Another form of Reiki meditation is visualization-based meditation. Among the things visualized here include the Reiki symbol (for Reiki practitioners who have attained the second degree of Reiki training), as well as one’s goals in which one is seeking Reiki’s help in their attainment (since Reiki can also help in the attainment of ordinary day to day goals, beyond healing which is its most recognized application). The idea in the visualization-based Reiki meditation is to see the object of one’s meditation with one’s own ‚third eye‘ – and doing so clearly.
Then there is postural meditation, where a Reiki practitioner is able to attain the meditative state through the use of various postures. This type of meditation is normally used as a prelude to the other types of meditations, including the breathing Reiki meditation (which is itself a prelude to things like Reiki visualization-meditation). In postural terms, meditation may be carried out while lying down or sitting, among other postures.
Another form of Reiki meditation is the moment to moment meditation, manifest through the way the practitioner goes about their day to day roles. This stems from the understanding that things like ‚avoiding anger, avoiding worry, and devotion in one’s vocation‘ are among the things required of a Reiki practitioner, on a moment to moment basis. And these also – combined with a detached attitude on a moment to moment basis can be termed as forms of meditation too.