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Secrets of the Knee Sub-chakra

knee sub-chakrasAlas! The knee sub-chakra … you won’t find volumes dedicated to this minor chakra but for those who take the time to learn to read it, many secrets are revealed. The energy of the knee sub-chakra is related to the hemispheres of the brain. The knee sub-chakra does not have a major effect on the physical body. By learning how to read the knee sub-chakra you can become more effective in helping others as you discover how they process information. The knee sub-chakras tells us which side of the brain is dominant for that person.

brain hemispheresThe left and the right hemispheres of the brain process information in different ways. The right side of the brain helps us with the intuitive, feminine, yin, creative, non-verbal  information. The left hemisphere is focused on the verbal, analytical, linear, yang, masculine processing. Although we use both sides of the brain to process information as a whole, usually one side is a little bit stronger than the other. The knee sub-chakra can show us which side of the brain is dominant.

Note: Remember, the hemispheres of the brain cross to control the opposite side of the body. When you are scanning the “right” knee you are actually assessing the “left” side of the brain. When scanning the “left” knee you are assessing the “right” side.

How To Scan The Knee Sub-chakras

scanning knee sub-chakrasTo find the knee sub-chakra, locate the knee cap (patella), cover it with your hand, then raise your hand 4-5 inches directly above it and move your hand in a circular direction for about 10 seconds …  you will feel a concentration of energy there. It could feel like heat, tingling or pressure. You are feeling the knee sub-chakra.

Now, repeat the same process with the other knee and compare the “feeling” from one knee to the other. Now, notice if one knee’s energy is stronger than the other. The stronger knee sub-chakra indicates which side of the brain is dominant. If both knee sub-chakras feel equally strong, then you can suspect both sides of the brain are in balance, which by the way, is ideal.

Something you’ll want to keep in mind is that the knee sub-chakra is smaller than the 7 principal chakras, that is smaller than the crown, brow, throat, heart, solar plexus, lower abdominal and root. Principal chakras are approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The sub-chakras are approximately 1/2 inch in diameter, but at the same time, they are very easy to locate and identify.

The Knee Sub-Chakra and Reiki

Always remember to give Reiki to the knees as part of a complete Reiki session. We usually treat the knees while in the 3rd Reiki pattern (back of the torso) as this helps to ground the energy that has been delivered and prepare the client for completing the Reiki session. If the client has serious leg or knee problems, spend more time over the knee sub-chakras. You can also sandwich each knee between your hands, and treat one a time. This will increase the flow of energy at the knees. By treating the knees you are activating the power of both hemispheres of the brain. You helping both sides of the brain to work synchronistically. This will help you with the ability to retain knowledge better and become more proficient in many ways … including but not limited to your intuition, creativity, art, and music.

Reiki for Eye Conditions

Hawayo Takata and John Harvey Gray

Hawayo Takata and John Harvey Gray. Copyright 2016. Usui-Gray Integrated Reiki System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Reiki for Eye Conditions is a very popular topic with our students and in this post we present you with an audio recording and transcript (created as accurately as possible) of Hawayo Takata explaining this type of Reiki treatment. It is helpful to learn what Takata (as she liked to be called), taught about using Reiki for eye conditions in order to gain more clarity and a deeper understanding of the use and practice of Reiki. Because Reiki has been largely passed on as an oral tradition, it has been vulnerable to changes and omissions.

(Note: Reiki for Eye Conditions Audio Recording and Transcript are protected by US and International Copyright Laws. Copyright 2016. Usui-Gray Integrated Reiki System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Transcript: Reiki for Eye Conditions

Question: I worked on my husband’s eyes for six days and all thought he felt things happening while I was working on him, his eyes did not improve, why? What can I do?

Hawayo Takata: Yes, because you did not treat all the glands of the body that cause—Reiki is the cause and effect, cause and effect. She treated perhaps only the affected part. But she forgot to treat the cause. And what is the cause is you have to treat one, two, three, four, and also the back, the complete treatment.

Because there are glands that are—especially if it’s a lady, it is the ovarian glands; and if it’s a man it’s the prostatic glands that need the treatment.

And she treated perhaps only the eyes. And in the eyes, you don’t have to treat only the eyes. (Reiki treatment for the eyes include:) Eyes, number one, number two on the side (temples), and number three on the back (occipital area–back of the head). (treating all three positions) One, two, three, that completes the eyes And so, try it again.

And then try it on the whole body and remove the cause. And also, it’s the diet. If you have not one, two cups of coffee, don’t hurt anybody. It’s a pleasure perhaps to take a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning, but when you take fourteen to fifteen cups a day, then it deteriorates your kidney. I don’t care who says what. It’s not good for you; too much caffeine. And tea also, but when you drink tea, try it and go to the health food stores and get some good herb teas, that makes, that will cleanse you. It is a toxin in your system that deteriorates your body.

Note: According to John Harvey Gray, Hawayo Takata taught her students to always give complete (full body) Reiki treatments whenever treating long standing conditions. Takata often spoke of how the whole body is involved in the healing process when dealing with long-standing/chronic problems and of the importance of treating the entire body and not just the symptom areas. A Reiki treatment for eye conditions should include Reiki hand positions for the entire body and the 3 Reiki hand positions for the eyes: eyes, temples, and back of the head.


Giving a Reiki Treatment To Someone Sitting In a Chair

Giving a Reiki treatment to someone sitting in a chair is important to learn because not everyone can lie down comfortably on a massage table.  Giving a Reiki treatment to someone sitting in a chair is really easy and convenient. By learning this simple method, You’ll be able to give a Reiki treatment to anyone anywhere without having to spend hundreds of dollars on purchasing a massage table.  Watch this short video to learn how. We teach this technique in our Reiki 1 Class.

Reiki Hand Positions for The Heart and Lungs

Although Reiki works beautifully along with the natural healing wisdom of the body, whenever addressing serious problems on the chest, it is always helpful to add extra Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs in order to strengthen the benefits of your Reiki session.

John Harvey Gray taught his students the following Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs anytime a serious problem was present on the chest area. These problems could include coronary heart disease, lung or breast cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, the flu, a chest cold or something else. We continue to teach the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs in our Reiki 1 Class.

Here’s how to do the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs:

Since the positions I’m about to share involve placing your hands on the client’s chest, it is important that you first describe the treatment to your client and ask permission to treat that area of the body. Some people are more modest than others and/or may feel uncomfortable. Explain to your client that you will place a barrier over the chest, and stress that your hands will rest only on the barrier … never on the chest. The barrier that you choose could be a comfortable narrow pillow, folded towel or folded blanket. You may want to ask your client to select the barrier from those you have available. If the client agrees, then place a barrier over their chest while you use the technique.

4 easy steps for the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs:

  1. Have the client lie down on his or her back. Place the chosen barrier on the chest. Check to see if the client is comfortable. Adjust if needed. Place your hands palms down on either side of the front of the chest. Your fingers should be together. Thumbs should touch. You are treating the heart, lungs, breast, and thymus gland. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6a.
  2. Repeat this position on the opposite side of the front of the chest. You are treating the same glands and organs, which are located on the opposite side of the chest. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6b.
  3. Next, still facing the chest, place one hand over one of the two axillae (under the arms) and with the other hand, cover the lateral ribs. You are now giving Reiki energy to the lymph nodes, and in addition, to the breast, heart, and lungs, from the side. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6c.
  4. Repeat 6c on the other side of the chest. You are now giving Reiki energy to the opposite side of the chest. You are addressing the glans, organs and lymph nodes, which are located on the opposite side of the chest. Stay here 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6d.

For best results use this technique along with a complete Reiki treatment on a regular basis until the symptoms subside.  Note: Always treat both sides of the body even when the problem is located only one one side. Doing so will keep the energy flow even and protect the healthy side.



Reiki Hand Position for the heart and lungs 6-a

Reiki Hand Position for the heart and lungs 6-a

Reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-b

Reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-b

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-c

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-c

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-d

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-d

Using Reiki Techniques with Children

Although using Reiki techniques with children is very similar to the Reiki techniques you would use with adults, there are a few things to keep in mind that will simplify the process and make the experience for that ‘wiggly’  little person seem like playtime.

Using Reiki Techniques with Children in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Using Reiki techniques with children needs to be playful and fun. Don’t expect young children to behave like adults and lie down quietly unless already asleep. Most children are wiggly. They won’t stay still for long. Their attention span is short. Whenever using Reiki techniques with children, be creative and keep the child entertained.
  2. Remember, you can deliver a Reiki treatment to anyone anywhere, even at the beach.Using Reiki techniques with children
  3. Turn the Reiki treatment into a fun game or a story time. For instance, tell your child a story as you move from Reiki hand position to hand position. I remember John Harvey Gray, whenever giving a Reiki treatment to a young child, telling him or her about the elephants who lived in the ‘deep dark leafy jungle.’ John would then imitate the elephant walk with his hands as he moved from Reiki hand position to hand position. Children were always mesmerized by these tales and just loved their Reiki time with John.
  4. First, deliver Reiki energy hands-off working from the child’s energy field before you place your hands directly in contact with the child’s body. Delivery Reiki energy to the child’s energy field or aura is an effective and gentle Reiki technique that will help get the child used to receiving Reiki. Once the child becomes comfortable with this “hands-off” technique, try Reiki hands-on directly on the child’s body.
  5. Keep the Reiki treatment short. The child’s cells are new and require only a fraction of the energy necessary for the adult.

I hope these Reiki tips are helpful to you. Please feel free to email us anytime you have questions or visit our Reiki courses page to learn more about our Reiki classes.

Hawayo Takata Explains How to Give a Reiki Treatment

Hawayo Takata explains how to give a Reiki treatment

Hawayo Takata teaching Reiki class. Copyright 2015. Usui-Gray Integrated Reiki System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Hawayo Takata explains how to give a Reiki treatment. The practice of Reiki has grown exponentially since Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American woman, first introduced Reiki to the United States in the 1930s. Because Reiki has been largely passed on as an oral tradition, vulnerable to changes and omissions, it is helpful to learn what Takata (as she liked to be called), taught about Reiki in order to gain more clarity and a deeper understanding of its practice.

One of the most common questions in need of clarification is “Where should I start the Reiki treatment … from the torso or from the head?” There has been much confusion regarding where Takata began her Reiki treatments on her clients. Some Reiki practitioners believe that Takata always began on the client’s head. Others believe that she started on the front of the torso. She actually began with both of her hands placed on the front of the client’s torso.

In order to shed some light and help clarify this question, we are presenting an excerpt from our library of private recordings of Hawayo Takata. These recordings were made by John Harvey Gray, with Takata’s permission, while he was training under her to become a Reiki Master.  The audio recording was taped in 1975, and in some parts is a little difficult to hear. We have done our best to keep the transcription as authentic as possible in order to preserve its integrity.

Audio Recording by Hawayo Takata explaining how to give a Reiki treatment

This audio file is the property of Usui-Gray Integrated Reiki System, Inc. Copyright 2015. All rights Reserved.

Transcription of audio recording by Hawayo Takata explaining how to give a Reiki treatment

Takata: “Now, in the treatment, Reiki treatment is very simple, and we will be repeating and repeating the same thing over and over again, but this is for (unintelligable). One, two, three, four, the Foundation Treatment, there’s no difference than any other time, you start with the Foundation Treatment: one, two, three, four. (Note: Takata called the first four positions on the front of the torso “The Foundation Treatment.”)

So, when this is finished, then the fever, you go up to the chest. To the lungs. One, and two, and three, and four. And by this time, when you have given enough time and a good treatment, they begin to perspire. And then turn the patient over; treat the back of the lungs again. You have finished the front and you treat the back of the lungs. One, two, and then the kidneys—(mumbling to someone)—and then, right into the back. It’s a complete treatment. There’s no such thing as partial treatment.

In Reiki, you do the front and the back—complete treatment, and then do the rubbing—the circulation, you have to raise the circulation in order to give the blood a good chance for circulation and also the legs. The legs; rub up, rub up. Now, how long do you take this? One hour in the front, or, forty-five minutes in the front, if you can do this half an hour for the Foundation Treatment in the front, and then the chest, another twenty minutes, turn over, and the back of the chest: one, two, three, and four. When this is done, then you start running the circulation, the nerves in the ’s back, and that is a complete treatment. So take about hour an a half.

When you do hour an a half Reiki, no matter where you treat, he has had plenty of energy, plenty of Reiki, so he has to get well. And in case of cough or pneumonia, which is also fever, then you turn the patient halfway to the side. Then you treat in the pleura, all the front and the back of your lungs and to the side of your lungs. This side and then turn the other side and do the same thing and that will take care of the cough. But if you do have lots of mucous, you have to have an outlet for the mucous. An outlet for the mucous, number one. Be sure that you prevent yourself from creating mucous. And the worst thing to eat and drink is to drink milk.

When you have cows’ milk that is an animal drink. And even ice cream, has nothing but milk and sugar. With all this mucous forming things are prevented from entering your body, you will have less mucous. And so, be careful about your diet. Now, many people will argue and say that, “Milk is calcium. What are you going to substitute milk for?” And when you want to know what is the best drink, besides milk—there is a vegetable milk, called the soy milk. Drink soy milk and there’s no mucous. Soy milk gives you protein and calcium, and lots of lecithin, which help your brain. It’s good for your children. And milk, I do not condemn. But milk should be drunk with people with very very good stomachs. And should be in between.”

Reiki Hand Positions

Hawayo Takata, the Japanese-American woman who brought Reiki to the West, always recommended giving a full-body Reiki session for long-standing chronic health conditions. She said, “There is no such thing as a partial Reiki treatment. Reiki is a system.” (Meaning to administer Reiki as it is a system of Reiki hand positions.)

Since there seems to be a gap of knowledge in this area for many Reiki practitioners, we thought is would be helpful to present a series of posts on Reiki hand positions in order to help bridge the gap. The Reiki hand positions included in this series are the Reiki hand positions taught by Hawayo Takata in her classes and subsequently adopted by John Harvey Gray.

When appropriate, we will include in the description of the Reiki hand positions photos of the positions and excerpts of audio recordings of Hawayo Takata talking about Reiki. These recordings are from our private collection and are not available anywhere else.  Please subscribe to our blog in order to be notified each time a post is published. Thank you!



Reiki Treatment For Stroke

reiki treatment for strokeThe Reiki Treatment for Stroke hand position was developed by John Harvey Gray as a Reiki treatment for stroke and for other neurological disorders. Include this hand position anytime the brain is unable to properly communicate with the muscles in the body, e.g., stroke, MS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.The effectiveness of the Reiki treatment for stroke hand position lies in that your hands rest directly over the brain’s motor muscle cortex–delivering Reiki healing energy directly to the affected area. This is the part of the brain that communicates with the muscles in the body. We teach this hand position in our Reiki 1 class.


Reiki Shoulder Treatment

Reiki Shoulder Treatment for Painful Shoulders

reiki shoulder treatmentGiving a Reiki Shoulder treatment can be very helpful for painful, stress and tired shoulders as well as for shoulder injuries. This type of Reiki treatment is also effective for use before and after many types of shoulder surgery including rotator cuff repair, impingement syndrome, and surgery for shoulder instability.

In order to administer the Reiki shoulder treatment you’ll want to sandwich the client’s shoulder joint between your hands and allow the Reiki energy to flow from one hand to the hand. As you hold this Reiki hand position for several minutes, the Reiki energy will have a chance to deeply penetrate the shoulder bringing soothing healing and calm to the muscles and joints.

The Reiki shoulder treatment should always be part of a full body Reiki session. In addition, it is important to remember to treat both shoulders while doing the Reiki shoulder. This is necessary in order to keep the energy balanced. This short video shows you how to do the treatment.

Reiki Hand Position For The Mouth

Reiki hand position for the mouthThe Reiki hand position for the mouth, also known as the “Reiki Mouth Cradle,” is a great optional Reiki position to use during a Reiki treatment anytime there is something going on with the mouth, i.e., the teeth, gums, lips or tongue.Use the Reiki hand position for the mouth after a dental procedure to reduce pain, swelling, inflammation, and promote healing.
The Reiki hand position for the mouth is also an excellent Reiki position to supplement a Reiki treatment targeting gum disease. In addition, the Reiki hand position for the mouth is very effective for treating cold sores.
How to do the Reiki hand position for the mouth: If you are giving a Reiki treatment to a client, first place tissue over the client’s mouth (for cleanliness) and then create a cradle or bridge with your hands over the client’s mouth but do not touch the mouth itself. Your hands should hover over the mouth. Note: For Reiki self-treatment, it is acceptable to have your hands in contact with the mouth itself during the treatment. Hold the Reiki hand position for the mouth in place at least 10 minutes at a time. Use this Reiki hand position on a regular basis for best results.Note: If the condition you are treating is chronic, meaning that it has been there 3 weeks or longer, it is recommended that you also do full body Reiki treatments because by then, the entire body would be involved in the healing process.


Reiki for Animals

Animals benefit just as much as humans do from receiving Reiki sessions. Reiki is a Japanese word for “Universal Life Force.” Reiki energy manifests in our physical world as a band of energy frequencies capable of interacting with living organisms … including people, animals, and plants. As a living organism receives Reiki energy, its cells, glands, organs, systems, energy bodies, aura, meridian pathways, and chakras commence a balancing and harmonizing process, helping to strengthen that organism’s natural healing properties.

It matters not to the Reiki healing energy whether the recipient of the Reiki session is an animal, a person, or a plant. Reiki energy will work the same for all three. The difference between treating an animal with Reiki and treating a person with Reiki is only in the delivery of the Reiki session itself. In our Reiki training classes, we teach our Reiki students how to administer Reiki to animals. It would be impossible to try to encompass all of this information in one newsletter article. To learn how to give Reiki to animals please come to one of our Reiki training classes. Here are some general guidelines for delivering Reiki healing energy treatments to animals:

Introducing Your Pet to Reiki

Animals are very sensitive to energy. If you have just become initiated in Reiki, your pet will sense it immediately. Some pets require a bit of time to get used to the “new you” … other pets won’t leave you alone from the very first time they sense the Reiki energy! Whatever the situation may be for you and your pet, introduce your pet to Reiki very gradually. Let your pet sniff your hands, then give him or her praise and gentle petting.  This process may take time, so be patient. Never hold down or restrain a pet that you are introducing to Reiki. If you were to do this, your pet’s mind would create a negative association to Reiki. Not only is this unfair to your pet, but afterwards this conditioning would be hard to break.

John Harvey Gray & Lourdes Gray, Ph.D.
The most experienced Reiki Instructors in the United States