There is a lot of fast paced, hustle bustle activities in our daily lives. Reiki should not be one of them.
Lately I've noticed that people are in a hurry with their Reiki sessions, especially those that are providing one. I was discussing this with a colleague yesterday and she felt that in part it was that people, Reiki practitioners included, are often ungrounded, living in their heads and not taking time to get into their bodies and quiet their busy minds before engaging with others or with energy work. I think that she is on to something.
Working with the loving energy of Reiki should be treated as you would a fine wine, a good meal, time with a good friend... savouring each sip, bite or moment, rolling the flavours around in your mouth or conversation through your heart and then allowing your whole being to enjoy the experience. When you just go through the motions of giving a session to yourself or others it becomes just like anything else...bland.
The opportunity to connect with the Reiki energy and treat yourself or another is a precious gift. Each placement of your hands an opportunity for a full and rich experience for both you and the recipient...if you take the time to experience it.
For each hand position of a Reiki session I want the recipient to have the time to adjust to feeling my touch and then draw the Reiki energy as they need to. But, I also want to take the time to sense what is going on for each and every position of my hands. What am I feeling in my hands, heart and intuition. This involves getting out of my own head, grounding myself and truly "listening" to what I'm feeling and what this person's body, mind and spirit are sharing with me. That takes time.
Rushing through a Reiki session, from one position to the next, whether sharing with yourself or another, truly limits the experience. Taking it from something expansive and free flowing to mechanical and limited.
My thoughts on this are probably why I continue with teaching Reiki classes in person and not online. I want each student to have the best experience in learning Reiki. To do that, I feel that connecting with their energy on an individual and in person basis is really important. Taking the time to connect with what is the best way to share with them so that they take away a learning experience that best meets their needs. I don't feel that I can do that through a computer screen or through teaching mass groups of people. Again, why I continue to keep my Reiki classes small.
Slow down, take some time to ground and get out of your head, into your body. Savour each step of a Reiki session, whether giving to yourself or another. It will be a richer and more flavourful experience for you and for the person you share with. That would be my advice as a practitioner and teacher.