What is Reiki for? The benefits of Reiki

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In this blog I will discuss what is Reiki for? The benefits of Reiki. For details of how Reiki works see my recent post “about Reiki”.

Before I started working with Reiki energy I had heard of it but I didn’t know a lot about it and how it worked. Once I did my Reiki level one course I learned that it was working with universal life force energy and that it was a skill that every person had the ability to develop.

Even without being attuned to Reiki energy a person can still practice energy healing and there are many various modalities to choose from! For some, healing is an intuitive gift and doesn’t need to be taught, but instead it can be developed through a person’s own intuition. I have met and known a few people that work this way. However, if you want to practice Reiki personally or professionally then you need to receive an Attunement and take a course.

What are the health benefits of Reiki?

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What is Reiki for? Here are a few main benefits of receiving Reiki healing

  • Promotes a sense of general well-being

Reiki will always work for the highest good of the person receiving it and the healing energy will travel to the place in the body where it is needed most. It promotes a sense of general well-being because it puts a person back into resonance with their emotional, physical and mental body and they become more in line with the higher self. In short, it restores the natural rhythm of the body, aiding it to function at it’s highest possible level.

  • Aids stress and anxiety

By far the most common feedback that I get from clients is regarding how relaxing receiving Reiki is. Almost all people will experience a feeling of deep calm and relaxation. Therefore, it goes without saying that Reiki is helpful for things such as stress and anxiety! It can also aid a healthy sleeping pattern in those that find it difficult to switch off at night. For me, this sensation of relaxation could be further described as a strong sense of being in the present moment, with complete unconditional love for what ever is going on with me, without judgment and a deep understanding that all is well. This knowledge is unconscious and felt within the body like a psychic download of information.

  • Removes emotional blockages

As mentioned above Reiki is very relaxing and as a result it is a natural healing modality for stress, anxiety or insomnia. However, it can also be used to treat more extreme emotional or mental issues such as depression, suicidal feelings or grief. If you feel that you are struggling with emotional issues, then Reiki can be used as an alternative therapy in conjunction with counseling or anti depressants. However, it should never be used as a substitute for psychiatric help or advice from trained professionals.

  • Treats physical illness. Alleviates symptoms and pain

Reiki can be used to help treat a wide range of physical health complaints, mild, moderate or severe. Anything from the common cold or headache; to chronic back pain or psoriasis; and even heart disease or cancer! Reiki can alleviate the symptoms caused by the illness or even aid your body on its way to curing the physical complaint. There is nothing too big or small that Reiki healing cannot tackle! However, although Reiki can and does work wonders, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case as every person is unique and different. Under no circumstances should it replace advice from your doctor. Any treatment should be in conjunction with any medication or medical treatment.

Who can use or receive Reiki?

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Anyone! It can be performed on the elderly or infirm, children, pets, the sick or dying, even trees and plants in nature. The uses for Reiki are endless! Universal life force energy is the energy that flows through and connects all living things. Since Reiki works on the basis of this energy then it can be performed on any living thing, plant, animal or human.

Personally I feel that you should always try to obtain consent before sending any healing. However, there are some situations where consent cannot be obtained. For example, If I am ever sending healing to an animal or a child then I will make it a practice to ask on behalf of the higher self to accept the healing. For a child consent can also be obtained from a parent or guardian. With distance healing I will always obtain consent. However, even then there may be other instances such as someone who is in a coma or dying. In these types of situations Reiki may be given to aid the person to pass on to spirit, peacefully and without pain.

Reiki for emotional healing

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Within the aura, which surrounds the physical body, are subtle energy bodies and all of these are connected or linked, they work together. There is the etheric body which is the first layer closest to the physical body and this is what most people will see when they start to see auras. The next layer is the emotional body and third is the mental body.

Information about your thoughts and feelings are filtered through your emotional and mental body by traveling through the 12 chakras towards the etheric body and the physical body. That is why emotions or thought patterns can often be experienced as physical sensations within the body. Anxiety becomes the knot in your stomach, fear can be a paralyzing force weighing you down and stress is collected in your neck and shoulders. Emotional sensations are as unique to each individual person as are the emotions themselves and they can be felt differently within the body.

Preceding the emotion is always the thought that creates it. Therefore, the thought originates in the mental body, which travels through the Chakras to become an emotion and felt in the physical body. Thought, emotion, physical sensation. It is in this order that it happens and it is no coincidence that it is in this same order that the energy bodies are laid out.

Reiki works by channeling life force energy through the Chakras and the hands will be placed on the body or within a person’s aura. This is why Reiki can be used to heal blockages in the emotional or mental body as well as the physical. In Reiki there are specific healing symbols that aid in transmitting a specific vibration of energy. Your Reiki practitioner may use some of these while treating you. The Reiki symbol that is most commonly used for emotional healing is called “Sei He Kei”.

Reiki for physical healing

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Physical pain or illness is your bodies way of telling you that you have not been listening to yourself and your emotions. The first warning that all is not well is a negative feeling signature and the second warning is physical illness or pain.

When a specific feeling signature or trauma within the emotional body becomes repetitive or persistent enough and isn’t healed then it can become manifested in physical form within the body. When this happens, the emotional issue then becomes dense enough to create a physical pain or illness. In this instance, healing the root cause of the emotional trauma will cure the disease or pain. Reiki can help to temporarily combat the physical symptoms and pain, as well as to tackle the underlying emotional issue underneath!

The Reiki symbol that is most commonly used for physical healing is called “Cho Ku Rei”.

Any questions?

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Thank you for taking the time to read my blog what is Reiki for? The benefits of Reiki. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! If you have any questions or concerns about this article or anything at all please feel free to reach out to me. You can do so either by leaving a comment in the comments section below. Or, alternatively, you can contact me by email at alice@serenityswanreiki.com If you wish to book an appointment for a healing session, then the best way to do this is by text or via my Facebook page “Serenity Swan Reiki”. To find out more about booking a treatment please see my blog post “Reiki Treatment in Glasgow”. Please feel free to browse the rest of my website and check out my other blog posts. Thanks. Enjoy your day.

Lots of love,

Alice Swan


Reiki Treatment in Glasgow- Serenity Swan Reiki

Who am I?

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My name is Alice Swan and I am a trained Reiki Practitioner accredited with a recognized level 2 in Reiki healing through ISSAH independent school of spiritual and holistic studies. I have been working with Reiki energy for two years. I provide Reiki treatment in Glasgow and the name of my business is Serenity Swan Reiki.

My spiritual journey began back in 2011 where I had a profound spiritual awakening. Following this, I experienced a variety of different spiritual paths. In the past I have been a member of 12 step fellowships. As a result, I have a lot of compassion for people suffering from addiction, depression or just going through difficult times as I have fought my own battles and won. I am naturally skilled at understanding spiritual concepts. Being sensitive to energies I am an empathic and intuitive healer.

Reiki with the 12 Chakras

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When performing Reiki on myself or with clients, I will always work with the 12 Chakra system as opposed to the 7 Chakra system. Although the 12 Chakra system is a reasonably new concept, I believe it to be a more comprehensive approach to healing as it can open a person up to higher levels of energy. If you have any questions about this, please comment below and I will be happy to answer.

Reiki Treatment in Glasgow

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I am based in Glasgow G51, on the south side, but still reasonably close to the city centre. I work from my own home and so understandably for privacy and safety reasons I do not disclose my full address online but with trusted clients only. My flat is very easily accessible by public transport, bus or underground.

I perform a strictly professional business service in Reiki healing only and I do not perform any other healing or services. I am fully insured and qualified to do so and can happily provide evidence of this before working with a new client.

Exceptional circumstances

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For exceptional circumstances, for example ill health either mental or physical, I am also happy to travel and provide treatment for you from the comfort of your own home. However, I do so only for special cases. This is because I do not drive and therefore cannot bring equipment that I would normally use such as my Reiki bed. If traveling to a client’s home, please also note that I would request travel expenses for the price of the ticket and time of travel and this would be added on to the price of the treatment. I am also happy to provide distance Reiki for the same price as in person treatment.

Cost of Treatment

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My prices are as follows:

£30 per hour
£20 for 45 minutes
£15 for half an hour
£10 for 20 minutes

Refunds and Cancelations

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If you are not entirely happy with your treatment then a full refund will be available up to 48 hours afterwards. I also reserve the right to refuse treatment to anyone for whatever reason, if I am made to feel uncomfortable by a client or if I believe that the safety of myself or others is put at risk. I have the upmost respect for my clients and I expect a similar courtesy to be given in return.

On rare occasions I may also cancel or reschedule an appointment with a client if I feel that I am unwell or unable to perform my best during a session. Overall, I prefer to keep to my commitments but because Reiki involves transmitting energy then I like to feel that I am giving nothing less than my very best to others. If my energy is low, then I cannot provide a high-quality service. In short, I cannot transmit what I do not have myself!

Any Questions?

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This post was regarding Reiki treatment in Glasgow but if you would like to learn more then please check out my blog post “About Reiki- Understanding how it works and what to expect from a treatment“. If you have any questions or concerns, then please do not hesitate to contact me or ask questions in the comments section below or by email. Alternatively, I am also on Facebook at Serenity Swan Reiki. If you have had a session and are happy with my service, then I would be honoured to receive a recommendation from you in the comments underneath this post. 

Sending you Love,


Alice Swan



About Reiki- Understanding how it works and what to expect from a treatment

Most clients who come to me for treatment know about Reiki at least in a general sense. However sometimes when I mention to others that I do treatments then they will ask about Reiki and how it works. Clients too will sometimes ask me what they can expect to experience durring a session and so I have decided to write about Reiki and what to expect during treatment for my first blog post.

Understanding what Reiki is

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Reiki is a form of energy healing whereby a trained practitioner will place their hands above or on a person’s body in a series of hand positions. This practice uses “life force energy” or “the energy of the universe” which is channeled directly from source and it will be performed while the client is fully clothed. The hand positions typically follow the Chakra systems of the body although it can also be performed intuitively.

Reiki is a Japanese word which when broken down means “Divine wisdom or the higher self” (Rei) and “life force energy or breath of life” (ki). Through the transmission of life force energy or “Reiki” a person can become more attuned to their own internal wisdom (the higher self) or the wisdom of the universe.

What does a reiki treatment feel like for a client?

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This can vary from person to person. What a person experiences during Reiki can most often depend upon how sensitive they already are to feeling energy. Although one thing is for sure, Reiki is almost always very relaxing! Most often people will experience a sensation of calm or reassurance that all is well.

Other experiences can include the sensation of hot, cold or seeing colors. Muscle spasms or jerking can also occasionally occur during reiki treatments. This experience is somewhat uncommon although it is actually a very good sign. It is showing that the body is responding to the treatment by trying to release blocked or stuck energy. This is a sensation that I myself often experience during self treatment.

Another somewhat unusual experience is the sensation of multiple hands working over the body. Although the experience of this can undoubtedly be somewhat strange, again it is a good sign that there are spiritual guides or angels helping to assist the healing process. It can also be a sign that the practitioners etheric hands are moving inside the body of the client to aid healing within deeper tissues or organs.

However, If you do not feel anything at all then don’t worry! This can happen too and it is not altogether uncommon either. It does not mean that the treatment is not working. The more you learn to relax and become attuned to the energy then the more you will start to feel sensations that you will identify. It can sometimes take around 15 minutes for a person to relax deeply enough to begin to sense energy.

How to take care of yourself before and after a treatment

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Before your session you ought to take plenty of time to relax! This will help you to get the most benefit out of your session. 1-2 hours beforehand you might want to meditate or practice mindfulness, if you are familiar with such practices. If you have never meditated before then don’t worry, just try to stay away from stressful situations or environments and even other people whose behavior you find disruptive or toxic. It may also be a good idea to turn off your phone and spend some time alone, away from your computer or other technological distractions.

Before your treatment become aware of exactly what is going on for you emotionally and physically. Is there pain in the body? Do you have fear, anger or anxiety and if so where is it located within your body? Tell your Reiki Practitioner about these sensations in the body, emotional or physical, as it may help him or her to pinpoint exactly where on the body to focus during your treatment or what Reiki symbols to use on you to maximize your healing. If there are any other physical or emotional problems that you have suffered with, either that week or in the past, it would also be a good idea to make your practitioner aware of this.

Make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol or other recreational drugs 24 hours before and 48 hours after your treatment. It is extremely important to stay hydrated as this will help you to release toxins from the body, aiding your healing. Your sensitivity will also be increased after a treatment. This is why the use of alcohol or other drugs is really not recommended as it may make you feel slightly sick during or after your treatment. Should you choose to use such substances however, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that the treatment won’t work.

Other substances that you may want to limit or decrease your use of include nicotine and caffeine. You may also find that you are drawn towards eating certain types of foods that you wouldn’t normally eat. Take time to listen to your body and respond to what it is telling you. Do not force yourself to overdo it after your treatment. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Believe it or not your body really does know best and it is the greatest indication of what is going on for you. Trust in its Divine wisdom and inner knowing and it will never steer you wrong.

After your treatment it is also a good idea to reflect or meditate on the sensations within your body. What is different? Do you feel lighter like you have released old emotional blockages? Or maybe you feel physically different even with less pain in your body? It is not uncommon to feel emotional after a treatment and to experience things such as anger or grief. Believe it or not this is also a sign that the treatment has worked. Allow the process of feeling the emotions to unfold and as best as you can be present with them. Go towards these emotions and send them love enabling them to be fully felt and experienced. Trying to resist emotions such as anger or sadness or trying to bypass them to reach a more enlightened state will make it more difficult for you to heal.

Any worries or concerns?

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If you experience anything during or after your treatment that concerns you in any way then you can contact your practitioner to talk things over. Reiki is never meant to replace things such as medical treatment for mental health or physical issues but nonetheless it can work wonders for the emotional, mental and physical body. None of the practices listed here are compulsory but they are just listed as a way of enabling you to get the most out of your treatment and to stay healthy afterwards.

Anything else?

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I am glad that you have read my blog all about Reiki and I hope that you liked reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! If you have any questions or concerns about this article then feel free to comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out. If you have enjoyed reading this then please let me know or give any suggestions for future articles that you might like in the comments section as well. Thank you!

Stay safe and healthy and happy,


Alice Swan


How To Be Authentic With Yourself- Reiki Principles- Honesty And Integrity

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Just For Today, I will Work With Honesty And Integrity

In learning how to be authentic with yourself, the next Reiki Principle that we shall look at is:

“Just for today, I will work with honesty and integrity”

At first glance this Precept might be difficult to understand or put into context. What does it mean to work with honesty and integrity in all of our affairs? Let us begin by looking at the definition of both those words.

The word Honesty means: “to be sincere, free of deceit” or “trying to show someone the truth of something”.

Integrity is primarily defined as: “having solid moral principles”. However, its secondary definition is interesting as it refers to the “structural integrity” of physical objects, words and actions, “a state of being whole and undivided”. From this definition we get a sense of unity and interconnectedness to the word integrity. It also paints a picture of something being solid and strong, unbreakable.

Therefore, to work with honesty and integrity means to be your authentic self, with strong boundaries and without apology or excuses. Therefore, in this post we will focus on learning how to be authentic with yourself.

What Does It Mean To Be Authentic?

Being authentic means to be honest with yourself and others in terms of your personality and integrity and how you interact with the world. It means to share your gifts and talents, the things that make you uniquely you.

In order to do this, first we must understand ourselves well. Understanding ourselves comes with strong boundaries because naturally when we begin to understand ourselves and develop a unique sense of self then we begin to perceive what we will or will not tolerate in terms of other peoples behavior.

Having a strong personality that is authentic means that you cannot be manipulated or controlled. This is a very positive thing because when someone has a strong sense of honesty within themselves and solid integrity then they know who they are and what they are worth. What’s more, when you know who you are and what you are worth then you will always see the good in others. Our external environment is always a reflection of our internal beliefs about ourselves.

Why Do We Become Inauthentic?

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It’s all well and good to understand the principles of authenticity and what it means, but how do we put it into action in our lives, and what does that look like in a tangible sense? Before we answer this first we must understand where lack of honesty and integrity in our lives comes from. When do we first start to learn to be inauthentic with ourselves?

It begins, as most of these things do, in childhood. As mammals, we are very social creatures and as human beings we are born completely dependent on our mothers to survive. One of my favorite spiritual teachers, Teal Swan, uses the following analogy: If you put a crying child on the floor and leave him there for days then he will die.

Therefore, for a baby to be abandoned literally means death. If we carry this fear into adulthood then is it any wonder that we are so afraid to be alone?

As babies and young children it takes us a very long time to begin to become independent enough to care for our own needs. If you compare this to other animals as infants then you will see that they are more able to fend for themselves and fight off predators at a much younger age. Therefore, human beings as a species are completely relationally dependent.

We Learn To Become Inauthentic In Order To Survive

In order to fit into our families and social groups then we learn to turn against ourselves to avoid abandonment and ultimately death. We conform to survive and by doing so we receive care and love from others. In childhood, we learn to adapt our personality in order to gain acceptance from our care givers.

The surrounding adults that are responsible for our care will label certain behaviors as “good” or “bad” and it becomes our job as children to fit ourselves into the box labeled “good”. In order to avoid being abandoned by those whose job it is to care for us and look after our needs. Being labeled as “bad” at its best means, we are left alone emotionally or socially, and at its worst death. We simply must fit in and conform in order to survive.

Since we all carry this fear of being different and being abandoned because of it, then this leads us to fear that which falls outside of what we define as being “normal”. Meaning that anyone in childhood who is a bit different is liable to become a target for bullies.

Therefore, not only are we born into this family structure that demands conformity and sameness in order to survive but as we grow older we are indoctrinated into a system of society that teaches us to fight to protect it. As if we don’t then we are abandoned or bullied by our friends. This makes it even more difficult for the child or adult who seeks to show their authentic self to the external world.

Being Inauthentic Creates An Enemy Within Your Own Skin

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In short, we become inauthentic in order to fit into society and our family structure. By doing so we turn against ourselves and create conflict and confusion within. We no longer know who we are, as all of our lives we have attempted to please others in order to survive and this has become our core personality.

It is important also to note that who we are is innate and inherent. This means that our personality and character is born, not made. Yes our upbringing does play a part but ultimately who we really are deep down is a part of our very soul that can never be changed or modified.

Unfortunately this means that if we are born into a family whose personality and structure is incompatible with ours then we will turn against ourselves in order to survive. The more incompatible you are with your family then the more you will create an enemy of yourself. This is your inner critic and it is the enemy that you can never escape from, the one that lives within your very skin.

This act of turning against yourself and creating an enemy within in order to survive in a social group can be understood further by learning about “fragmentation”. Fragmentation is when the personality splits into multiple fragments. The more that you are forced to turn against yourself in childhood to fit into your family dynamic then the more of these different personality fragments you will have.

Fragmentation is a direct result of trauma. To understand more about “fragmentation” from spiritual teacher Teal Swan please refer to the following article. Fragmentation (the worldwide disease). Or alternatively you can watch the video posted underneath on the topic.

How To Be Authentic With Yourself

So finally, now that we understand all the ins and outs of inauthenticity, how and why it manifests in our lives, we can take a look at changing this.

Start by being honest with yourself and what you like or don’t like. Begin to get to know yourself as a person. Set clear boundaries in regards to who you are. To understand more about boundaries please see my recent blog post on the topic “Understanding Boundaries plus 8 Healthy Ways to Cope with Anger”.

Start to define your morals and figure out why are they important to you. How important are your principles to you? What would you be willing to give up in order to stand by them?

For example, recently I had a situation at work where I was under an excessive amount of stress. I said nothing, however I really was struggling and as a result some of my colleagues noticed that I looked visibly upset. They then asked me if everything was okay? To which I replied with an honest answer that no I really wasn’t okay, I found the demands of the job excessively stressful and as a result of that I would not be returning to work at that particular place. I then proceeded to get on with my job for the remainder of the day .

Afterwards, I was reprimanded kindly by my employer, who had sent me to work there as an agency worker, that my response was a little unprofessional. I agreed with her on that point, but stated that when asked a direct question about how I was coping, I felt put on the spot to answer honestly. She gave me the advice that if that kind of situation happened again in the future then I should lie and pretend everything was okay.

The place that I worked that day had very recently lost more than half of its staff members in a period of a few months. There were many other complaints from staff about feeling overworked and stressed. Therefore, clearly I was not the only one who felt under pressure. To me it was clear that there was a problem with the management and not the staff as there were serious issues with staff that were not being addressed or given a fair hearing.

I was polite and agreeable when addressed about my honest and unprofessional answer. However, silently and internally I made a promise to myself that I was not going to return to work at that particular place or in the same capacity as an agency worker for that company. For me to lie in that situation about how I felt working there might have been the professional thing to do but it was not the moral thing to do as it went against my own code of ethics.

I was prepared to remain silent about the stressful working conditions that I was put under but I was not prepared to lie about it when asked a direct question. That to me would have been unethical because in my mind I would have been unsupportive towards staff members who felt the same way by not standing by them to get these things addressed. I would have been adding to the problem by brushing important issues under the carpet and lying about them, hence perpetuating the problem. Furthermore, it would have been dishonest to myself and others.

Therefore, to work with honesty and integrity in that situation meant that I needed to be willing to give up my job. So you see? Authenticity is not always an easy choice. Most frequently it is the most difficult decision that you will ever have to make and one that goes against the grain. Often, being truly authentic in any given situation is a real test of your morals and character and it can feel very uncomfortable to do.

Our authenticity can be challenged in regard to what we would do to obtain money, in terms of working conditions and ethics. Another way that our authenticity can commonly be challenged is in regard to boundaries in personal relationships. These things are always a test of character and not always the easiest decisions to make.

However, if we wish to be truly authentic or work with honesty and integrity. Then we must stand by our principles and be ourselves even if it means rejection. We must trust that the universe knows best and is bringing us what we need. In that particular situation I trusted the universe to bring me a new and better working situation and as a result of that, this week I was offered a new job. It is not always easy but if we trust and believe that things will work out then often times they do.

Integrity in the definition at the beginning referred to “a state of being whole and undivided”. This suggests that inauthenticity means to be divided into many parts without a sense of unity or inter-connectedness. This relates exactly to the topic of fragmentation that we were talking about earlier. To turn against yourself in order to fit in with others and as a result create discord within is to lack integrity.

When you begin to be honest with yourself with integrity and love yourself for who you are then by basis of the law of attraction, other people will feel safe around you to be who they are too. You will attract others who do the same. Therefore, although being authentic initially may look like you are loosing people or things from your life, do not lose hope. You are simply loosing these things in order to make space for new people and opportunities that align with who you are as a person.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading my blog post about how to be authentic with yourself. If you have any questions or comments then please leave then below and I would be more than happy to help you out.

Alice Swan


Understanding Boundaries: plus 8 Healthy Ways to Cope with Anger

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Another one of the Reiki Precepts is:

Just for today, I will not anger

Therefore, in this blog I will be giving advice on healthy ways to cope with anger. However, in order to begin to heal this complex emotion we must first understand it. So let’s begin to break it down.

Understanding Anger

Anger is something that is quite common in today’s society and unfortunately it is also something that is commonly misunderstood and judged by others. This is perhaps understandable as anger often causes harm to others.

In order to understand the topic of harm please refer to my blog post on this subject.

As children, we are taught by adults that anger is a very bad and shameful thing. Our caregivers often train us to hold an extremely negative opinion about anger.

The main reason for this is likely because they themselves have never understood their own anger properly and have not been taught healthy ways to cope with anger.

So what is anger and where does it come from?

Where Does Anger Come From?

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Anger is primarily a sign that our own boundaries have been crossed. When looking at anger from this perspective then it becomes a very positive thing.

Wow! Hang on? How can anger possibly be positive?

In order to understand this fully we need to look at the definition of a boundary. It is important for us to define what this is because it can be taken completely out of context by those who have had their boundaries crossed in childhood.

Those who have had these types of experiences repeatedly in the past will often fail to set healthy boundaries in their daily lives.

What Is A Boundary?

A boundary is nothing more or less than a statement about who you are as a person. For example:

“I like macaroni cheese” is a boundary

Yes it really is as simple as that. Therefore, the key to setting healthy boundaries lies primarily in understanding who you are as a person and becoming your own best friend.

Anger will arise in regard to boundaries if we feel that one of our core principles is threatened by another or has been taken advantage of. For example, if someone else is behaving in a passive aggressive manner by failing to express their true feelings, then:

“I prefer open communication”, becomes a boundary. This is a statement about your own personality and you are also letting the other person know that lack of communication makes you feel unsafe.

Anger From A Positive Perspective

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Therefore instead of approaching anger from a shame based perspective you can choose to understand that it is simply a call to look within and understand yourself better.

Once you begin to comprehend your own personality then you will begin to define what is important to you in terms of how you wish to be treated. In short, what are your standards in regard to personal relationships?

Ultimately, in order to have a successful relationship with someone, you must first treat yourself with the same degree of love and respect that you wish to get from another person. Only then can you start to feel more comfortable in your own skin.

Once you start to feel comfortable in your own skin you will begin to feel safe around other people and start to attract healthy relationships into your life. By coming from this perspective we really can understand that our boundaries are primarily our own responsibility and not something that we ought to impose on others.

Regarding that particular point there is something else that is important to remember. That is that boundaries can become abusive.

When Boundaries Become Abusive

Often abusive boundaries in adulthood stem from the trauma of being unable to have any sense of our own anonymity in childhood. Any attempt to establish a distinct sense of self as children quickly led to us being shut down and our boundaries crossed.

Even something as simple as a two-year-old being told by a parent:

“No you can’t have the pink cup. You will take what ever one I give you”

can be an example of a childhood trauma where a child was unable to exert their own sense of independence, choice and preference.

This may sound like a ridiculous example to some people. Nonetheless, some of our deepest wounds stem from these exact scenarios in childhood.

As an adult it may seem insignificant to be able to choose what colour cup to use but for a child it is not. It contains a deeper meaning that may follow us into adulthood. This then becomes a core belief that subconsciously affects our life choices. For example:

“I’m not important enough to have the things that I want in life” or “I can’t rely on myself to make my own decisions. I need to be dependent on others”

If we have had experiences where we have been unable to exert our sense of self as children and had our boundaries crossed, then this may lead to a fear in adulthood of the same thing happening.

With this type of fear there is the tendency to attempt to be too overbearing with our boundaries and to use them as an excuse to censor other people or control their behavior when they trigger us. In order to make ourselves feel safe, we do not give other people any sense of leeway to make mistakes.

Under no circumstances should you ever stay in abusive relationships or tolerate negative behavior from others. However, if you have made it clear to someone that something that they are doing hurts you and they continue to do it then it is time to walk away.

If you continue to stay and demand over and over that they behave better, when they have proven that from their perspective they are doing their best, then this is called being abusive with your boundaries. If you reflect your own desires onto another person in order to manipulate or control over certain issues, for example, what another person wears, or what they choose to say in a conversation, then this can also be an example of being abusive with boundaries.

If someone is incapable of respecting you and treating you in the way that you deserve then It doesn’t mean that the other person’s behavior is right and you are wrong. It just means that you need to take responsibility for caring for your own needs and putting them first because the other person has proven that they are incapable of doing so.

It means stop playing the victim and casting blame on outside circumstances. By walking away and caring for your own feelings and prioritizing them as important then you are building self-esteem and self-worth. Then by the basis of law of attraction you will start to attract relationships in your life that reflect your own sense of self-love and devotion.

Healthy Ways To Cope With Anger


As children we are not taught to see anger as a positive opportunity to understand ourselves better and build self-worth. Instead, we are taught to see it as a shameful thing and to believe that if we are angry we are bad people who have done something wrong. We are not given education on how to release it in healthy ways but instead are expected to suppress it.

Any attempt to suppress anger is only guaranteed to make it more aggressive and destructive. It has the opposite effect from the one we are desiring as it needs to be felt fully and released, which can often be tricky. Therefore, lastly, let’s look at some healthy ways to cope with anger.

1) Write It Down

Writing can often be the most therapeutic tool for dealing with difficult emotions and for me it is the one that I personally find most effective when it comes to anger. I will picture the person that I am angry with and sit down and write them a letter which I do not intend to send. However, It may help you to get in touch with your feelings if you pretend that you are going to deliver it.

In the letter I will express everything that I would like to say to their face, how much they have hurt me, how their behavior made me feel, what I would like to do to them. The important thing to remember when doing this is not to censor yourself. You are not going to actually give the other person the letter to read, what’s more no one else has to see it but you.

Allow your feelings to flow freely without constraint. Try not to think consciously about what you are writing or judge yourself. You are simply admitting the truth to yourself. Which can sometimes be easier said than done! Afterwards delete the document if on the computer, burn or throw away the letter. You will be guaranteed to feel a million times better. If you struggle with writing then you can record yourself talking as if you were sending a voice message or video.

2) Move Your Body

If you are looking for a more active method then there are a variety of different ways to do this. You can try an expressive and intuitive dance listening to angry or classical music, go out for a walk or a run, join a fitness or boxing class, whatever feels good to you. The key is to release toxic emotions through movement so that they do not stagnate and build up in your body as this causes depression. Suppressed anger that is unable to be released from the body can often be a cause of depression.

Here is an exercise that you might like to try that involves deliberately shaking the body. It might seem a little weird or make you feel self-conscious but you can do this alone at home.

Stand up straight with feet shoulder width apart. Begin to bend and straighten your knees really fast until there is movement in both the upper and lower part of your body. Ensure that while doing this you keep your spine straight and feet firmly planted on the floor. You may also want to shake your arms too and let your head hang down to your chest, whatever feels good to you. Create as fast a movement as you can until you are finished or too tired to continue.

3) Use your voice

Screaming can typically be quite antisocial, particularly in your own house and so if you have neighbors that might overhear and want to try this then you can always scream into a pillow. Screaming is actually probably the most effective method for releasing anger and the most obvious. So it is unfortunate that most people find it difficult to find a safe space to do it. Naturally you want to avoid the embarrassment of your neighbors complaining or asking awkward questions.

Another way of releasing anger through vocal methods however can be singing. I find this a very therapeutic and beneficial way of releasing all kinds of emotions. Choose a song with lyrics that express how you are feeling and release your anger through your vocal expression of the song. It may help to watch yourself singing in a mirror, or imagine that the person you are angry with is sitting in the room and listening to you.

4) Punch pillows or throw pillows

Fairly self-explanatory really, don’t need to say much about this one here. Use your fists to punch pillows until you release anger or are exhausted. Alternatively you can use a wooden stick or metal pole to hit the pillow with. Depending on how angry you are, it might or might not help to imagine the other persons face on the pillow. Then again that might be a little weird or scary for you. If you have access to a punching bag then you can obviously use this instead of a pillow.

If you don’t like punching then you can throw the cushions instead. Although make sure that you are in a safe place with no fragile or breakable objects nearby. A pillow could easily go astray or off target. If there are other people in the room then ensure that they are a safe distance away and throw in the opposite direction.

5) Get a friend to help

If you have a friend that is willing to help you in releasing anger then you might want to try this exercise together. How you choose to approach this depends entirely on how comfortable your friend is with anger. So make sure to talk to them beforehand and find out what they do or don’t feel safe holding space for.

Sit directly opposite your friend, either on the floor or just on a couch/chair, whatever feels the most relaxed and safe to you. Imagine that your friend is the target that you are angry with and talk to them directly as if they were actually that person. Say everything that you wish you could say to who ever you are angry with.

Make sure to express your feelings fully, including swearing or screaming, unless of course your friend has made it clear that they do not feel comfortable with that. This is why it is important to discuss beforehand what degree of anger they feel safe holding space for. If they do feel okay with letting you release fully then don’t censor yourself. Remember that you are given an opportunity to say things out loud that you probably wouldn’t want to say directly to the person you are angry at.

You can even keep pillows nearby to punch or throw if you feel the urge to express violence. It is better that you do so in a safe and controlled environment than at an inappropriate time. If punching pillows then make sure that the other person is a reasonable and safe distance away so that they do not get hurt. If throwing pillows then obviously do not throw them anywhere near the other person.

6) Spend time in nature

Perhaps this seems like a more passive approach, but nature is one of the more healing places for releasing all kinds of difficult emotions. Take off your socks and shoes and walk barefoot in your garden, on the grass in the park or through the woods. This will help you to “ground” enabling you to feel more secure and safe in your body.

Another way to release emotions in nature is to lie on the grass or sit against a tree. Imagine the anger inside of you like a black smoke, leaving your body and traveling deep into the earth below or the roots of the tree. Do this until you feel that the process is complete and you feel better.

Afterwards, put your hands in the “Gassho” (prayer) position and in your mind thank Lady Gaia (Mother Earth) or the tree for assisting you in your healing. Alternatively, you could also hug the tree to express your gratitude for its participation in the process.

7) Tell yourself “I love you”

For this one I need to give credit to Matt Khan who famously teaches this process, but it is a very useful tool. For that reason I am writing it here as an example. When you feel anger, or any emotion that is particularly challenging, put your hand on your heart and say, “I love you”.

If there is pain in the body and you can identify it in a specific area then you can also put your hand on that area and tell the pain, “I love you”. You can either repeat this exercise until the pain goes away, or do it for a set time limit.

It is useful to remember however, that unless you give your unconditional presence on a regular basis with this exercise then it will not work. This is because the part of you that feels the anger is like a small child that can sense if your attention is genuine. If it is done out of frustration and irritation then the aspect that you are attempting to heal will feel under pressure to “hurry up and feel better”. Your presence must be unconditional.

If you are struggling with telling yourself, “I love you”, then another phrase that you can use instead is, “when I am angry, I deserve more love not less”. Repeating this affirmation might help to prepare you to say I love you’s.

8) Reiki

I probably should have mentioned this one first and not last but practicing Reiki on a regular basis is actually one of the best ways to reduce and heal anger.

Reiki energy is very calming and if you hold a qualification then you can practice it on yourself. You can do this by placing hands on the part of your body that is in pain or intuitively you feel requires healing. You should use the emotional healing symbol “Cho Ku Rei” for this.

If you are not trained to practice Reiki on yourself then you can book regular sessions with a trained Practitioner for a small fee.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions or comments then please do leave them below in the comments section

Happy Healing,

Alice Swan


Reiki Principles- Why do hurt people hurt people?

Reiki Principles- Why do hurt people hurt people?

Over the next few months, on this website, we will be looking at the five Reiki Principles, individually, each in turn, and first off we will start with:

Just for today, I will be kind to all living things

Believe it or not, this was one of the Reiki Principles that I struggled with the most. The idea that I should be kind to those who were not kind to me was a concept that was difficult for me to grasp. I also struggled to understand the answer to the question, why do hurt people hurt people? I was afraid to open up my heart to the injustice going on in the world for fear that by being kind and showing love to those in pain I would be a doormat for other people to walk all over. What I didn’t realise was that by acting out in anger I was enabling those very people who were hurting me to gain control over me. Essentially, I was giving my power away to them.

Being an empathic person as a child who absorbed negative energy like a sponge, this was very much my experience in the past and it followed me into adulthood by manifesting in relationships through the form of co-dependent behavior. So, let me be very clear here to avoid my words of advice and experience being taken out of context. Being kind to those who harm us under no circumstances’ means that we need to tolerate abusive behavior or people in our lives. Certainly, this Reiki Precept tells us that we must be kind to all living things including those that hurt us, but first and foremost we must include ourselves in that statement. Are we not also a part of the universe’s creation?

It is not uncommon that the journey of understanding true unconditional love begins with ourselves. Therefore, the undertaking of implementing this precept into our daily lives must begin by cultivating a place of safety within our own hearts. A good analogy for unconditional love that I like comes from one of my favorite spiritual teachers, Teal Swan. Imagine that there is a table full of cups sitting side by side and that the liquid poured into them is love. The rule is that you can only fill up your own cup with this liquid love not that of another person. It stands to reason that if love continues to flow into your cup then eventually it will reach a point when it is full, and only then can it overflow into the surrounding others. Unconditional love is exactly like this, we must fill up our own cup first.

In order to understand this topic further, let us take a look behind the psychology of why we may choose to cause harm to others subconsciously or consciously. Why do hurt people hurt people? There are four main reasons for this. In this blog I will cover the first two of these in detail and hopefully it will help you to gain some insight on how to approach difficult people. Let us look at each of these in turn.

1) A desire to gain human connection and understanding through a craving for other people to empathize with our pain

Reiki Principles- Why do hurt people hurt people?

One of the important things to remember when someone else is behaving hurtfully towards you and you find it confusing or difficult to understand is that other people will subconsciously set you up to feel how they have been made to feel in the past. If you are struggling to understand why a person is acting in a certain way, then look at how they are making you feel. Chances are that they have been made to feel this way either by you or by someone else in their past. This can be a confusing concept to get your head around initially. However, when other people sympathize with our painful experiences then it creates a deep connection and belonging with the world around us. We crave this understanding from others because it creates a sense of safety within ourselves and within our external environment. If we cannot create this safety and connection consciously then we will seek to create it subconsciously through the manipulation of setting other people up to experience the traumatic events of our past.

Often with this type of behavior it is very unconscious, therefore any attempt to confront the issue directly in the wrong way will likely cause some kind of backlash. If someone is behaving in this way, then it is doubtful that they will accept the truth about the psychology behind their behavior when confronted with it in an equally aggressive manner. However, we can approach it with caution and empathy in the correct way. For example, “I am feeling X from you. Is it safe to assume that I or another person has made you feel this way in the past?” If the answer is yes, then you can use your own experience to empathize with their pain and validate their emotions. If you feel that you have not behaved in the way that they are accusing you then that’s okay, you can still empathize and validate their feelings without needing to take it personally or agree to take it on board as the truth about you. Many times, all that another person needs from you is to listen and attempt to understand. This is often all you need to do to defuse the situation completely. When emotions get involved it can be tricky and make the issue seem bigger than it actually is. If we approach others with an intention of understanding and patience, then big problems become small.

Always remember that as confusing as it may seem, when another person attempts to hurt you then they have a positive intention for lashing out. That positive intention in the majority of cases is to subconsciously create a sense of empathy and connection from the other person by inflicting the same hurt onto another that was done to them. They may not know how to create this consciously or even understand that is what they are in fact seeking. However, if we can attempt to understand their behavior then we can meet their needs directly, thus diffusing their need to manipulate us. Another one of my favorite spiritual teachers, Matt Khan, has an affirmation that states, “No matter how deeply I hurt, I will never hurt another, and may it begin with me”. This is a good phrase to remember and repeat when caught in a situation where you feel like lashing out. It helps to hold this perspective, that even if we do not know how to handle hurtful injustice thrown our way, we refuse to contribute to it and add fuel to fire. By doing so we can begin to implement one of these Reiki Principles into our daily lives, regardless of our circumstances’.

2) A desire to protect those that we love or to protect ourselves from injustice, projected anger, or hurt from other people

Reiki Principles- Why do hurt people hurt people?

I understand the psychology behind this one particularly well… For years, I attempted to stand up to the injustice and projected anger that I saw going on around me. It was very much a part of my childhood programming and trauma which followed me into adulthood. Allow me to elaborate briefly in regard to that because it is relevant. The full comprehension of it came to me during a trip I took to London.

I was traveling back on the overnight bus from London to Glasgow and halfway there a man got on who had been drinking. From my perception at the time he seemed to be hassling some other women on the bus inappropriately. When I look back now the situation seems quite trivial but at the time I was extremely triggered by the event. My immediate instinct was to stand up and challenge the guy head on about his behavior. I understood that this was an opportunity to look at what was going on for me emotionally, so I decided to remain silent and not react.

Instead, I chose to delve deeper into the aspect of me that felt so threatened by this man’s behavior. I wanted to understand my emotional reaction better. It was not me that was being threatened here after all, and I was taking on responsibility for the safety of people that I didn’t even know. These other women were perhaps capable of defending themselves without my assistance. There were also staff on the bus who’s job it was to look after the passengers. I therefore reassured and reminded myself of all of these points and realized that I had the opportunity here to take a bird’s eye view, so to speak, of what was going on for me emotionally.

I looked at this aspect of my personality and tried to understand why it was so important to me that I stand up to this man with that kind of aggression. When I felt into it the answer that I got was “because it is your job to protect everyone else on the bus. If he is going to hit anyone then it needs to be you. If he is going to verbally abuse anyone then it needs to be you”. For many years, I had been acutely aware of this pattern within myself and I understood largely where it came from but what I hadn’t been aware of was how much it still impacted every aspect of my daily life.

There was a lot of anger projected onto others in my family growing up. This was very normal and not an uncommon occurrence. I witnessed first-hand, the suffering that this caused to both of my sisters, not to mention myself. Being empathic I felt the pain of it in my body. Their pain was my pain. Being still a child, it was often a situation that I felt powerless over. I couldn’t stop that anger from being projected onto them. The only control that I possibly had over that situation, was to manipulate how that anger was going to play out, and to direct it towards myself. By doing so I could protect my siblings from harm.

Long story short, what I was eventually able to see was that my reaction to this behavior was a mirror image for the aggression outside of me. I may have been choosing to approach this sense of injustice from a more righteous standpoint, but I was playing out the same behavior as my aggressor and I had done so in other areas of my life too. What’s more I was hurting those around me by attempting to help them. Instead of standing back and remaining silent, allowing the fire to burn itself out, I was choosing to add fuel to it to make it burn even more violently.

Lastly and perhaps the most painful was that I had to look at how much damage I had done to my inner child over the years by reacting to things in this way. I work with children and one of the things that I attempt to teach them is self-preservation. Often in a childcare setting, arguments can break out and one child will come to an adult to “tell” on the other child. Whenever this happens, I attempt to speak to the child that is hurting the other and ask them to stop behaving in that way. I explain why they are hurting their friend by acting that way.

If this behavior continues however and the child that is being hurt comes to me two times, three times with the same story then I will attempt to teach them about self-preservation. I will tell the child that is being hurt, “You do not have to stay in a situation with another person that is causing you harm. If someone else hurts you and you ask them to stop but they ignore you and keep doing it, it then becomes your responsibility to walk away from that person and not be friends with them anymore. If they prove that they have changed and that they are sorry for their behavior, then you may go back and talk to them again. You do not need to stay anywhere with another person that is hurting you, regardless of who that person is”. I will explain this in an age appropriate way.

I saw that my attempts to protect other people from injustice and projected anger had been my abuse against my own inner child for years. I needed to take my own advice and walk away. My responsibility and priority ought to be caring for myself and my own safety first. Not that of others. Given my experience I do not believe this to be selfish. In fact, quite the opposite.

I don’t know about you, but remaining silent in the face of injustice is one of the more painful and difficult challenges that I have ever had to face. I still struggle with it a lot today. It doesn’t come easy to me. It also doesn’t make a lot of sense to the ego, reacting in this way. We want to fight to protect that which we love and to challenge hatred head on. By doing so we feel that at least we are doing SOMETHING. Choosing to walk away and do nothing can seem like the weaker option but this is not true. It is in fact the stronger and more powerful. By remaining silent and walking away, not only are we healing ourselves by protecting our inner child from negativity, but we are enabling the attacking party to heal as well. We comprehend on a deep level that a person who lashes out at another is a person in pain and we are refusing to contribute to that by attacking back with anger from a more righteous standpoint.

These are just a few answers to the question, why do hurt people hurt people? Other reasons include:

3) We choose to consciously or unconsciously manipulate other people into meeting our needs because we are afraid to ask another person directly

Reiki Principles- Why do hurt people hurt people?

For example a person who participates in what we would call “attention seeking behavior” because they have been taught that to ask for attention from other people is wrong. Or a partner who cheats on his wife because there are serious issues in the relationship that he is too afraid to address directly with authenticity.

4) We are taught in our childhood upbringing, or in adulthood through societies conditioning, that a particular behavior is the correct way to behave

Reiki Principles- Why do hurt people hurt people?

An example of this might be that we consume meat and animal products which causes great suffering to the animals as a result. Yet in the majority of households nobody would even think to consider the pain that results from this behavior, never mind to examine the morals of our eating habits. Another example might be differing perceptions on parenting techniques. For instance a child whose emotions are invalidated because the parent is attempting to “toughen them up”.

In many instances it is likely that we may cause harm to other people without intending to. We can only do our best and forgive ourselves when we do not meet the mark. Often our own expectations of ourselves can be extremely high. It is also possible that another person’s truth may not be our own truth. In these types of scenarios we can validate the other person’s truth without needing to agree and abandon our own perspective entirely.

Thank you for reading my blog regarding “Just for today I will be kind to all living things”. I will be writing about a different one of the Reiki Principles every week until all five have been covered. So check back here regularly for more posts on the various precepts. If you have any more insights on this specific topic that I have missed, regarding why do hurt people hurt people, then please do leave them in the comments section below. If you have enjoyed this article then let me know as I would love to hear from you.

Take good care of yourself and stay out of trouble 😉

Alice Swan


What are the 12 Chakras in Reiki – Introducing them into healing Sessions


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What are the 12 Chakras in Reiki? Most people that are interested in new age spirituality are at least fairly familiar with the 7 Chakra system. What is less well-known however are the 12 Chakras and the reason is that it is a fairly new concept. Up until recently there have been 7 Chakras awakened in our energy fields and these are what exist within the 3rd dimension. However, as the new energies come in, and the earth begins to ascend to higher planes of consciousness, we have been awakening our 5th dimensional Chakra system which is the 12 Chakras. The 12 Chakras, when fully awakened and operational, will plug into 12 strands of DNA, which will evolve to replace The Double Helix, currently existing within our cellular structure.

Depending on where you are on your spiritual journey, whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you may have already begun to awaken your 12 Chakras. When doing some research online to write this post, I found that there were slight variations on the colours of the Chakras or distance from the body. Therefore, the information that I have sourced for this post that does not come from my own intuitive knowledge on the subject is from Diana Cooper. This is because it was through Diana Cooper that I was first introduced to the concept of the 12 Chakras.

Right now on the planet there is a split within consciousness between the 3rd dimension and the 5th dimension. According to Diana Cooper, following practices about the 7 Chakra system will keep you stuck within 3rd dimensional energies and teaching about the 7 Chakras to students or clients will keep the people that you work with stuck within these energies. Using the 12 Chakra system will aid yourself and others to ascend to higher levels of consciousness. That is why I have developed my own Reiki techniques using the 12 Chakra system. This is based on conventional Western Reiki Practices and can be fitted into your own healing as well as on others.

During my Reiki training I became aware of the 12 Chakras and developed an interest in the subject. I began to research how to incorporate healing of the 12 Chakras into my own Reiki practice but I was not able to find any information on the subject. Therefore, I used my innate understanding and intuition (plus what I had already learned from my Reiki teacher) in order to develop my own process when healing myself. This had positive results and worked well for me and so after obtaining my Reiki Level 2 qualification, I decided to work this way with clients. I have received positive feedback from clients when working this way.

What are the 12 Chakras in Reiki? Underneath is a list of the 12 Chakras, their meanings and colours. As well as location or distance from the body. Please note that the 5D Chakra colours are very different to the 3D Chakra colours. I will also discuss my own methods for healing under each corresponding Chakra. Please note that you need to have received an Atunement to (at the very least) Reiki Level One, in order to fully benefit from practicing the techniques listed below on yourself or others. The information on healing practices underneath is meant for those that are practiced at Reiki or hold a qualification and it may not entirely make sense to those that are new. I hope that the following information is useful to you in some way and that you decide to incorporate the same practices into your own healing.

Earth Star

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What are the 12 Chakras in Reiki? We will begin by talking about the Earth Star Chakra. One of the newer fifth dimensional Chakras, the Earth Star Chakra is about a foot below your feet and initially it is black and white. When further awakened it turns to grey and then silver. It is in the charge of Archangel Sandalphon. This Chakra is your foundation and when fully activated then your energy is grounded into Mother Earth and you will become aware of your life purpose. This is because it contains the blueprint for your Divine mission in this life. It is what connects you to nature and to Lady Gaia. Spending time in green spaces and walking barefoot on the grass can help to activate this Chakra.

To heal this Chakra using Reiki say the name of the Chakra in your mind or out loud three times, in the same way that you would do if you were drawing one of the Reiki healing symbols to use. Then if you like you can imagine a black and white ball of light under your feet and set the intention to send Reiki healing there. If you are not good at visualization then don’t worry, often just the intention is more than enough, as it is when sending Distance Reiki. I’m not much of a visual person myself, I’m more of a feeler. However, I find that the intention to heal the specific Chakra for self treatment or on others is generally sufficient and you can set this intention clearly through repetition of the Chakra name and awareness of the location on the body.

To heal someone else the same method can apply but this time stand below the persons feet, about a foot away if you can, or closer if you can’t manage the distance. Hold your hands out in front of you, palms facing together, cupped slightly, and slightly less than shoulder width apart. The best way to do it is to imagine that you are holding a ball of light or energy within your hands. Then use the same method as above with the repetition of the chakra name and visualization. Imagine yourself holding the persons Earth Star Chakra between your palms.


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The Base Chakra is in the charge of Archangel Gabriel as are the next two chakras (the Sacral and the Naval). Its location on the body is at the base of the spine, near the sexual organs. Sometimes referred to as the “seat of the soul”, when fully activated we are in resonance with our own Divine presence, our Higher Self. The 3D Base Chakra was red which is a very primal colour but in the 5D it is a shimmering platinum, representing enlightenment and unwavering faith and trust in ourselves.

This Chakra can be healed using traditional Reiki hand positions. Hold your hands, fingers pointing together and palms facing downwards, over the genitals to heal yourself. To heal someone else hold your hands side by side, fingers pointing in the same direction, over the same area. Aim to be as close to the body as possible while doing this.


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This Chakra is related to unconditional love and understanding in relationships as well as experiencing a sense of joy, for example a state of joy in creative endeavors. It is symbolic of being able to express yourself authentically and to be yourself without fear or judgment from others. The Sacral Chakra on a third dimensional level is orange but in the 5D it is a soft pale pink, the light of unconditional love. When activated, this pink light of unconditional love will expand outwards from your sacral chakra to touch others who are close by.

This chakra, in the 5th Dimension, is related to the expression of love through sexuality and when awakened you will choose your sexual partners more carefully. In regard to family, activated 5th dimensional sacral chakras, when connected, can dissolve karmic bonds, leaving the family members with relationships built on respect and love.
This chakra can be healed using traditional Reiki hand positions. Hold the hands, fingers pointing together, and palms facing downwards, over the area between your genitals and belly button (the hips). To heal someone else hold your hands side by side, fingers pointing in the same direction, over the same area.


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The Naval Chakra is one of the newer 5th dimensional Chakras that did not exist in the 3rd Dimensional system and it is bright orange around the belly button. This Chakra is related to unity and feeling at one with other people. When fully functional it will have the positive effect of bringing a presence of unconditional love to relationships, respecting people as they are, and celebrating differences. It is the Chakra that is related to peaceful connection and harmony with all beings. It is related to soul families, the development of spiritual communities, and the state of Oneness.
To heal this Chakra on yourself, place the hands, palms facing downwards and fingers pointing together over the area of the belly button. To heal another person place the hands side by side, fingers pointing in the same direction over the belly button.

Solar Plexus

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The Solar Plexus Chakra at a 5th dimensional level is in the charge of Archangel Uriel and it is a deep golden colour with rainbow lights. In the third dimension it contains a person’s deepest insecurities and fears that can stop them from moving forward with their true life purpose. When the law of attraction comes into play and brings us into close contact with someone else who mirrors the same fears that we have, then this chakra will go into a state of tension and it can cause a feeling of anxiety in this area. When these fears begin to heal, then your nervous system begins to relax out of a state of anxiety and into a state of trust, peace and tranquility.

If this Chakra is brought into the 5th dimension, then this state of serenity and peace will stay with you in every situation and you will help to heal others by passing on this state of relaxation in the nervous system. After healing this Chakra, you will be able to completely trust your gut instincts and feelings, you will feel in tune with the safety or well-being of loved ones, you will be able to sense if other people are being dishonest with you and you may even gain access to past life memories.
This Chakra may be healed using traditional Reiki methods by placing the hands fingers pointing together, palms facing downwards over the area between your belly button and your heart. Alternatively, you can place the hands, fingers pointing in opposite directions, one directly below the other on the same area. To heal this area on someone else the best method is to place the hands side by side, fingers pointing in the same direction over the Solar Plexus region.


The Heart Chakra is in the charge of Archangel Chamuel and in the 3D, it is green. Therefore, in order to unblock this Chakra and move it to a higher vibration it helps to walk within green spaces out in nature. This Chakra is next to the heart and it is therefore related to love and forgiveness. Emotions that keep it closed may be jealousy or hatred of others, or anything that stems from a lack vibration, that there is not enough love to go around. In order to remove the emotional blocks that keep this Chakra in a lower vibrational state you should release the past and let go of old hurt, to forgive those who have done you wrong. It is also important in the expansion of this Chakra to learn to love yourself. At the fifth dimension it is pure white light and enabling you to see the best in everyone and to approach life with an open-heart.

This Chakra may be healed using traditional Reiki methods. To heal yourself, place both hands over the heart, fingers pointing together, palms down. Alternatively you can place your hands one below the other, palms down and fingers pointing in opposite directions. With a client, place your hands one in front of the other, palms down, fingers pointing the same direction, directly over the other persons heart


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The Throat Chakra is in the care of Archangel Michael who enables us to have courage in our authentic self and to speak openly and honestly at all times. In the 3D the Throat Chakra is mixed with green giving a turquoise shade. When unhealed we can be dishonest, codependent and people pleasing towards others, keeping ourselves small so as not to upset those around us.

When the vibration of this Chakra begins to be raised towards the 5D it becomes a majestic royal blue in colour and we are able to stand within the authentic truth of ourselves at all times. Our words when spoken, are always aligned with our highest and deepest truth. This enables others to feel safe around us, as words that are spoken from an intention to be dishonest or hide ourselves away will cause a subconscious fear based reaction in those around us.

What Archangel Michael teaches us is that it is about the vibration and intention behind our words that matters, not the actual words that are used themselves. Two sentences that are exactly the same, when spoken with different intentions can cause completely opposing reactions.

This chakra may be healed using normal Reiki hand positions. For self healing place hands, fingers pointing away from each other, around your throat. To heal a client place hands fingers pointing in the same direction with one hand in front of the other.

Third Eye

The Third Eye Chakra is related to psychic insight and at the Pineal Gland. Decalcifying the Pineal Gland will aid you in raising the vibration of this Chakra. For example switching to a vegan diet and eating plant based foods. If you are interested in how to decalcify the Pineal Gland to awaken your Third Eye Chakra then there are many videos and resources out there to choose from. You can pick what resonates with you personally. This Chakra is in the charge of Archangel Raphael and it is related to enlightenment and abundance. In the 3D, it is indigo in colour and upon entering the 5D it becomes crystal clear with a pale green tint.

This Chakra may be healed using ordinary Reiki hand positions. The position of the Third Eye Chakra on the body is in the middle of your forehead directly above and between your eyebrows. To heal this Chakra on yourself, place your hands over your eyes, forming a triangle shape with your palms, fingertips just touching The Third Eye. To heal a client, the same position may be used while standing directly beside them. Alternatively, you can stand behind the head, forming a triangle, with the hands in the opposing direction.


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Archangel Jophiel is the archangel of wisdom who is linked to The Crown Chakra. In the 3D this was pure white and it was the very first Chakra and the point of contact to directly receive source energy. In the 5D it is crystal clear with a golden tint and it receives and translates information from the three Chakras above it, Causal Moon, Soul Star and Stellar Gateway. When it begins to awaken to higher consciousness then you will start to bring in the wisdom of your soul and your higher self. In a higher vibration you will have a strong sense of intuitive spiritual knowledge.

In order to heal this Chakra on yourself you can place both hands on top of the head, fingers pointing towards the back of the head. To heal someone else, stand directly behind them and place your hands on top of their head, with fingers pointing towards the front of the head.

Causal Moon

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The Causal Moon Chakra, one of the new fifth dimensional Chakras and it is located between the Crown and Soul Star Chakras. Before it is operational it can be found at the back of the head and when activated it moves in line with the Chakra column. It is pure white and it is in the charge of Archangel Christiel. It is related to the higher mind and connecting to spirit on a higher level. It is also connected to the moon and linked to the energy of the Devine Feminine.

In order to heal this Chakra on yourself visualize a white ball of light above or behind your head between your Crown and Soul Star Chakras. Then repeat the name of the Chakra “Causal Moon Chakra” three times in your mind or out loud. To heal this Chakra on another person imagine that you are holding a ball of energy in your hands directly behind the person’s head or above the Crown Chakra. Keep your fingers level.

Soul Star

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The Soul Star Chakra is another of the new fifth dimensional chakras and it is found approximately 6 inches above the head. It is Magenta, the colour of the Devine Feminine. When it begins to awaken it is in the charge of Archangel Mariel who helps to bring in the Devine Feminine energy, enabling the Devine Masculine and Devine Feminine to be in greater balance. This Chakra contains your gifts and talents that you have achieved in every previous life until now. Therefore, when this Chakra is awakened you will gain access to past life memories, knowledge and wisdom.

In order to heal this Chakra on yourself, repeat the name of the Chakra three times in your mind, or out loud, and visualize a Magenta ball of light, 6 inches from the head. To heal the Soul Star Chakra of another person, imagine that you are holding a ball of energy in your hands between The Causal Moon Chakra and the Stellar Gateway Chakra. If there is space then you can do this behind the person or alternatively hold your hands directly above the head of the client.

Stellar Gateway

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The Stellar Gateway Chakra is approximately 12 inches above your head and it is pure gold. It is also one of the new 5D Chakras. It is in the charge of Archangel Metatron. If this Chakra is fully awakened then you are able to step into your I AM presence, which is to be in complete resonance with the essence of your soul and perfectly aligned to source energy. Your I AM presence is your monad, which is who you are from the experiences that you have gained in all of your previous lifetimes. If this Chakra is online then you will experience ultimate oneness and are in connection with the universe.

In order to heal this Chakra on yourself, imagine a golden ball of light 12 inches from your head and repeat the name of the chakra out loud or in your head. In order to heal a client then stand behind them or beside them and extend your hands as high as they can go. Imagine that there is a ball of energy between your hands. If there is space then alternatively you can stand approximately 12 inches from the body.


When your 12 Chakras are fully awakened and aligned then you are able to bring the light of source through your Chakras to your Earth Star Chakra. This will then travel along the lay lines of the world to the Pyramids helping to raise the vibration of the entire Earth.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading my blog post “What are the 12 chakras in Reiki- Introducing them into healing sessions”. The above practices are meant as a guide only and they are outlining what I have found to work for me personally from my own intuition. Feel free to incorporate them into your own practice or stick with what works best for you. If you try out any of the healing practices and find that they are of benefit to you, then please do let me know in the comments section below this article.

Alternatively, if you have any questions, then do not hesitate to let me know in the comments as well.

Alice Swan