Having recieved Reiki attunment, the student should be able to sense the reiki phenomenon in the palms of their hands. Usui and Takata focused on the student cultivating Hibiki and Boyosen, allowing the Reiki to guide the hands rather than just relying on the formula of the formal hand positions adopted by new students. These skills are acquired over time and with practice, so do not feel discouraged if you do not experience them from the start.
Hibiki – Resonance in the hands
Whenever there is a disease, disharmony or disorder in a person’s energetic makeup (whether or not the individual is aware of it) there will always be an accompanying ‘energetic sensation’ referred to as Hibiki (resonance) in the practioners hands, providing one is aware of what to look for and providing one has developed the necessary sensitivity to perceive it.
Amongst possible sensations picked up by the practitioner may be: pulsing, heat, coolness, ‘flatness’, numbness, pain, ‘prickliness’, tingling, ‘pulling’, etc.
In an ideal world, it is said that a seasoned practitioner can infer from the hibiki the cause, current status and amount of treatment required to heal the disease.It is therefore theoretically possible to identify and treat such energetic imbalances before the physical symptoms of the disorder even present themselves.
It is also possible to determine whether or not the recipient is really ‘cured’, as, even when the outward symptoms of a disorder have been alleviated, the continued presence of hibiki would indicate the likelihood of the disorder reoccurring in the future. It has been found that many afflictions arise as a result of thought patterns and emotions, however these can only be addressed by the recipient who is receptive to change.
Hibiki sensations, while commonly experienced at the topical site of the person’s disease, may actually be experienced in a different area of the body entirely. For example, a dis-harmony in the stomach may produce hibiki in the forehead, respiratory problems might be indicated by hibiki on the backs of the hands, etc.
Boyosen –The method to locate and treat the source of illness
Byosen is not a diagnostic technique as such, rather it is a method of locating and treating the source of illness. The precise nature of the sensations experienced varies from one person to another and is also dependent on the nature of the manifesting disharmony or disease.
Beginning at the head and working down the body, the practitioner slowly starts to scan with their hands, searching out the energetic sensations indicative of areas in need of Reiki treatment.
The intensity of the stimulus perceived can often reflect the severity and depth of the problem. Attraction generally signifies a need for treatment at the area of pull
Repulsion indicates a probable long-standing blockage or inhibition of energy flow, something which may take a considerable amount of treatment to alleviate
Pain often indicates an excess or build up of energy in the given area (due to a blockage, etc). Sharp pain is sometimes considered to be a sign that the ‘pressure’ in the given area is causing a negative effect elsewhere in the system
Tingling frequently signifies an area of inflammation
Heat sensations in the therapist’s hands are indicative of Reiki being ‘drawn’ by the client
Coldness signifies a deficit of energy in the area (or at least a suppression of energy) – due to blockages etc.
Flux/Flow indicates a positive, balanced state which will nonetheless still benefit from receiving treatment
Cultivating the awareness of Hibiki and the sensitivity of Boyosen are an essential part of developing your Reiki and are acquired over time so be gentle with yourself and do not try to force this.