If you are reading this article then you are already well on your way to preparing to learn Reiki. The first step is to learn about it. Granted, I went into it blind, never even having experienced a treatment, but I believe it was divine intervention that drew me there. Having a solid grip on the history helps immensely because knowing how it got here helps explain some of the discrepancies you will find in the stories that are passed on by various teachers. Having a sense of non-judgment when it comes to the different schools and types of Reiki also helps when you start learning Reiki. One time I saw an old Reiki Master and the first thing I asked her was what type of Reiki she was currently teaching. She replied that if I was a Reiki snob, it was not worth taking her class. It made me think, and also made me more accepting of healing regardless of the lineage or the name it goes under.
Performing meditation for a period of time may also help you to decide if Reiki is right for you. I will outline a simple technique for you to try, because through meditation one can better heed the universe's messages and your own intuition. The type of meditation I am describing is called anapanasati, and it is part of Tibetan Buddhist practice. I chose this form because it is simple yet effective, and because it is what I am familiar with.
Find a comfortable and quiet spot (very important). If necessary, turn off the ringer on the phone so that you will not be disturbed. Wear comfortable and non-restrictive clothing, and do not eat or drink right before you are about to meditate. You may wish to be seated, standing, lying or walking. The most common position is either seated on the floor or in a chair that has a back. Posture is important, the spine should be straight, and the shoulders relaxed. Make sure that if you have any back problems, your back is well supported and comfortable.
Once you are comfortable, the eyes should be kept half open, with the focus on a space in front of your nose. Keep the eyes relaxed and do not worry if they are unfocused. Relax your abdomen, and check your posture. Keep your head balanced on the top of your shoulders so that you are forming a straight line with your spine.
Before you begin, make a statement that describes what you hope to achieve from the meditation such as "I aspire to achieve a state of calm and relaxation during this session". Then you simply sit and try to empty your mind of all thoughts-easier said than done I know! I try and visualize intruding thoughts as bubbles and pop them. All the while, your focus remains on the area just below and in front of your nose. Feel the rhythm of your breath. Try to build up in your mediation practice. Start with 5 minutes, and work your way up to 20 if you can. Any practice is better than no practice at all.
When you conclude the session, dedicate the merit you have gained to everyone, all sentient beings or even a specific person you feel needs the help. Finally, you should spend a few minutes reviewing what you experienced during the meditation. Think back over how you felt, and the thoughts that invaded your quiet mind. Think about feelings you may have experienced, or why certain things came to your mind. In this way you may find that you are guided or led to learn Reiki. Regardless, this type of practice is great for mind, body and soul and will not do you harm.
If you have decided that Reiki is indeed for you, the next step is to pick the Reiki course that is right for you and then get ready to open yourself to the universal energy.