There are so many reasons to become attuned to Reiki’s energy. Insomnia is one of my favorites. Insomnia is one of the most common complaints I hear in my medical practice and my Reiki practice.
I’ve had many clients in my Reiki practice seek Reiki to help with insomnia.
I consider insomnia to be a symptoms of a bigger problem. There are medical conditions that present only as insomnia, but these are rare. There are also many psychiatric diseases that present with insomnia. Medical conditions that commonly cause insomnia include: pain, respiratory diseases, heart disease, digestive disorders, and problems with the bladder. Psychiatric conditions that typically
No matter what the root cause of the insomnia is, having a meditative or mindfulness practice of some sort will help nearly every cause of insomnia.
Reiki is a healing art that combines the knowledge of multiple modalities to create an all encompassing healing system. What I learn about Reiki is that anyone can learn it. Honestly, you can practice Reiki without formally taking a course. However, I feel that you get so much more out of learning in depth about the healing system.
Reiki can be used to treat Insomnia . In a study conducted at Rush University Medical Center, 54 individuals were enrolled in a study comparing two types of meditation programs against simply monitoring sleep quantity and quality. The individuals engaging in a mindfulness activity had “43.75 fewer minutes of Total Wake Time (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep)1 “. Another study, which was a systemic review of multiple studies found that “that mindfulness meditation can improve sleep quality in a variety of clinical populations with sleep disturbance2 “.
Reiki has not been studied as thoroughly as other meditation modalities, but nonetheless it’s worth considering if you are wanting a way to treat your insomnia to complement you ongoing treatment.
If you are already a Reiki practitioner, you are already aware of using Reiki in many ways. I like to do a Reiki session on myself at bedtime. This tends to be a nice to do it as I’m not distracted. It’s also a good way to unwind.
Reiki Sequence for Bedtime for Reiki I Practitioners
It may not always be possible to do a complete session at night. Here is a short variation you can try, which takes about 9 minutes. I have a version of this recorded if you’d like guidance which you can find at this link here.
- Once you are situated and comfortable, place your hands at the top of your head for 3 minutes, or alternatively, 30 breaths, allowing Reiki to flow, using Se He Ke.
- Next, move to your heart, keeping your hands there for 3 minutes, or 30 breaths, using Se He Ke and letting Reiki flow into your heart chakra.
- Finally place your hands on your belly, or solar plexus chakra for 3 minutes or 30 breaths letting Reiki flow freely.
If after you’ve completed this sequence you are still not sleepy, simply continue as you would a full treatment with a timer or counted breaths.
Healing Sequence for Everyone
You do not have to be a Reiki practitioner in order to perform this sequence. You will follow the same instructions, however at the beginning, you should try to create an intention to set the tone of your meditation. Try this alternate sequence:
- Before laying down, rub your hands together gently. Close your eyes and set an intention silently, such as “May this brief meditation create a restful sleep for me”, or “With this quiet time, I allow Divine energy to flow in, and I release energy that no longer serves me.”
- Once you are situated and comfortable, place your hands at the top of your head for 3 minutes, or alternatively, 30 breaths. Take long breaths in through your nose, and exhale through your mouth for the first few breaths.
- Next, move to your heart, keeping your hands there for 3 minutes, or 30 breaths.
- Finally place your hands on your belly, or solar plexus chakra for 3 minutes or 30 breaths.
This short practice is the perfect compliment to any ongoing medical care or psychiatric care you may be receiving. It can also be used alone to help you relax.
As always, I hope your visit to this site has been pleasant. I am creating a Reiki training based on my own experience as a Reiki Practitioner that I will be sharing soon.
- Ong, J. C., Manber, R., Segal, Z., Xia, Y., Shapiro, S., & Wyatt, J. K. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness meditation for chronic insomnia. Sleep, 37(9), 1553–1563. https://doi.org/10.5665/sleep.4010
- Rusch, H. L., Rosario, M., Levison, L. M., Olivera, A., Livingston, W. S., Wu, T., & Gill, J. M. (2019). The effect of mindfulness meditation on sleep quality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1445(1), 5–16. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13996