The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is a very simple process. The recipient simply lies or sits and relaxes. If they are unable to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position, the main thing is for the recipient to be as comfortable as possible.
We are alive because life force energy is flowing through us. Life force energy flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. Energy also flows around us in a field of energy referred to as the aura. Life force energy nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force energy is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.
The life force energy is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force energy. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force energy to flow in a healthy and natural way.
Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm. It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them. Because the practitioner is not doing the healing, it is also much easier for the ego to stay out of the way and allow the presence of God to clearly shine through. One never needs to worry about whether to receive Reiki or not. It is always helpful.
Because it is a channeled healing, the Reiki practitioner's energies are never depleted. In fact, the Reiki consciousness considers both practitioner and client to be in need of healing, so both receive treatment. Because of this, giving a treatment always increases one's energy and leaves one surrounded with loving feelings of well-being.
The above text is excerpted from Reiki, the Healing Touch by William Lee Rand .