I often hear mothers, with babies or little children, say that they are not able to self treat regularly. Mothers miss being able to self treat because they know they need it. They know that it will help them cope better with the demands of being a mother. Yet they can have such busy lives that they may not be able to make much time for themselves and self treat.

One of the nicest things about Reiki practice is that it is very simple and therefore quite easy to integrate in our daily life. We can do it anywhere, anytime, irrespective of what may be happening around us. For example, we could be self treating while children are playing nearby.

One of the keys to being able to self treat regularly is to remember to do it – and it is truly as simple as placing our hands on ourselves whenever our hands are free. I have heard it said that Mrs Takata used to teach ‘Hands on Reiki flows, hands off Reiki stops’. Reiki is such a beautifully simple practice that sometimes we may be doing Reiki self treatment without thinking about it.

We could place our hands on the heart when we go to bed. This can be a good time to connect with Reiki energy. It can enhance the quality of our sleep and help us wake up feeling more revitalised. Mrs Hawayo Takata used to say that some Reiki is better than no Reiki. If the hands stay on our body when we fall asleep, hopefully the Reiki energy will continue to flow. We could be multitasking – self treating even while sleeping.

It can also be helpful to remember that each time we give Reiki to our children (especially for children under five), it counts towards our Reiki self treatment. When I first learnt Reiki, my children were quite young. It was amazing to be able to give them Reiki at bedtime. It used to help them sleep better and therefore I got to sleep too.

If you have not been able to self treat for a while and you start to self treat regularly, it will gradually help the flow to be re-established. Just as sludge may collect in a water pipe if water has not been flowing through it, if we do not use Reiki for a while, the flow of energy through us may not be like how it used to be. You can improve the reconnection process through these options:
• You can receive a Reiki treatment from a Reiki Practitioner who gives themselves a Reiki treatment regularly.
• You can attend a Reiki Share where you would get the opportunity to give and receive a Reiki treatment.
• Or you may sit in on a Reiki class to refresh your connection with your Reiki practice. Sitting in on a Reiki class can be a deep healing experience. You have Reiki for life once you have been initiated – so you do not need to receive the Reiki initiations again.

I believe that our Reiki self treatment helps deepen our connection with the Source or the Universal Life Force energy. There are many ways of connecting with the Source energy. Being with our children is another way of deepening this connection. I feel that children, especially when they are really young, perhaps when they are below five years of age, have a deep connection with the Source. Every time we laugh with our children or play with them, we are deepening this connection. Simply being with them can be a wonderful way of connecting with the Source, especially when we can do it with acceptance and presence without wishing we were elsewhere, doing other things, without thinking of the next thing on our long list of things to do!

I am offering a Reiki workshop for Mothers on Sunday 20th September with The Reiki Association. If you would like to find out more about how to use Reiki for yourself and your children, or how to integrate Reiki in your daily life, I really hope that you will be able to come to the workshop. If you struggle with juggling to keep all the different balls in the air as a parent, attending this workshop may give you the strength and wisdom you need to be able to do it with peace and joy.

Reiki for Mothers workshop