Byosen Reikan Ho (Scanning)

This is the second in my series of Blogs on  preparing yourself for a Reiki treatment. This week I am giving some useful tips on how to develop mindfulness and utilise Gassho Meiso (Meditation) so that we know what we are feeling within ourselves and how this benefits us when doing Byosen Reikan Ho.

Byosen Reikan Ho is a technique which refers to scanning someone else’s energy field to perceive areas of disharmony or disease. Whenever there is a disease in a person there will always be sensations in their energy field referred to in Japanese as hibiki meaning resonance. The premise being that if something exists on the physical level it will also exist on subtler levels either as an emotion in the emotional body, an idea or thought in the mental body or an energy signature in the etheric body. 

It is my experience that in order to be aware of these Hibiki during a treatment one has to become mindful of the present moment. The most effective way for us to do that is to observe our relationship with our own present state, because in order to understand the various sensations we are feeling, first we have to be aware of what is happening in our own energy field. As scanning involves to varying degrees opening ourselves to our client, it is important to know what our present state is before we go and change it by merging ourselves with their energy. I believe it is this lack of present state awareness coupled with a lack of grounding that has led many people incorrectly to advocate the use of protection in Reiki.

Merging is something we do every day naturally. Every time you walk into a building you get a sense energetically of your surroundings and when you meet somebody new, you get a sense about them. In fact as verbal communication amounts to no more than 15% of all communication it might surprise you how adept you already are at feeling other peoples energy.

Traditionally when Reiki was taught by Dr Usui, great importance was placed on the practitioners developing their ability to scan and feel areas of disturbance in another persons energy field. This was something it is believed that should take students many years of discipline, practice and application to become good at.

In my classes I have approached teaching scanning assuming that it is a natural thing that we do every day. By not placing a limitation in the students mind, ‘tuning in’ literally becomes a process of altering perception so that we can experience more subtle layers of energy vibration. With this approach I have found that the majority of my students in the first day of ever experiencing Reiki are able to find the core blocks within a persons energy field with little difficulty

Hibiki can be experienced as a variety of different feelings ranging from strong emotions, various different qualities of temperature and vibrations,  a flow in a particular direction or pull to a particular area, even contractions and pain. These sensations may be experienced in our hands as they are placed over particular areas or even in our own body as we mirror what our client is feeling.  It is my experience that when we allow this to happen, we are able to track very accurately the shifts that are occurring as they happen and if the client releases emotionally, it can have a powerful emotional affect on us. For this reason, it is important that we know what we are feeling prior to giving healing so that we understand the emotions are simply a response to the session and not ‘Our Own’. 


Following on from last week where we prepared our sacred space, you will have hopefully found yourself standing in the centre of the room facing East with your hands in Gassho.

You may wish to sit down on a chair at this point

Step One Mindfulness – Bringing your mind’s attention to what is presently happening within yourself

  • Close your eyes and begin observing your breath.Notice what you notice about your breathing today. Is it deep and relaxed or shallow and tense? If it is shallow and tense allow yourself to be aware of the feelings and thoughts that are holding it in this way.Be aware of your shoulders too and notice how they feel and what you might be carrying as burdens today.
  • Allow your attention to spread to your abdomen and Diaphragm once again notice how it feels and if it is tight and contracted, what emotions or thoughts hold it in place.
  • Move your awareness to your throat and observe how it feels, open and relaxed or tight and constricted? Once again if it is tight observe what feelings and thoughts arise as you focus your attention on it.
  • Now bring your awareness to your lower region and once again be aware of how your lower back, hips and pelvis feel. Are they relaxed flexible or is their tightness, pain and rigidity? Allow yourself to feel any emotions and notice what thoughts come up for you.
  • Take your awareness to your forehead and cranium. Be aware of how you feel there today. Is your mind clear or a bit fuzzy? What emotions and thoughts come to you as you focus on this area?
  • Finally be aware of your connection to the Earth. Do you feel grounded and anchored or are you in your head? Notice the temperature of your legs and feet.
Step Two Gassho Meiso – Clears the mind, calms the spirit, and prepares the body to receive and hold the Reiki phenomenon.
  • Begin breathing through your nose into your Hara and out through your mouth whilst keeping your hands in the Gassho (Prayer) position over your heart
  • Imagine above your crown a bright purifying light full of energy
  • As you breath in, imagine this light/energy washing down through your crown through your mind and down through your spine cleansing and clearing as it goes
  • As you breath out see it expanding and filling your body and aura. Each breath you take increases the flow of light/energy through you and expands more brightly out into your body and aura leaving you feeling clear and energised.
  • Give permission to your body to release and let go of anything you are carrying
  • Continue until you feel expanded, clear and as relaxed as possible.
  • Begin connecting to the Earth below you by taking your minds attention into your Hara (Belly). Consciously feel yourself becoming heavier and imagine roots from your  feet going into the Earth below you. Continue until you feel really connected.
  • Finally become aware of the whole of you, here and now, expanded and connected with everything around you, above, below, in front, behind and to the sides all meeting in the heart through Gassho.
Step Three Reiji – Spiritual Guidance – an invocation and prayer for the well being of the client and an invitation for Reiki to manifest and guide you in the therapeutic process.

I always use this simple prayer.

“I call on the Universal Life Force Energy to flow from Source to guide me to where it is needed most to.  I honour the Masters of Reiki past and present in particular Dr Usui, Dr Hayashi & Hawayo Takata asking for their wisdom and merit. I ask that all that takes place here through Reiki is of the very highest good for all concerned.”

Step Four Chiryo – The treatment itself.

The treatment begins the moment your client arrives. Pay special attention to your first impressions as they will usually be right. Once your client is laying down, make circular sweeping strokes about 6 – 8 inches over their body in an anticlockwise direction from head to feet. Allow your attention to focus on the space between your hands and their body and without trying to do anything simply notice what is there. After about three to four circuits, you will find that sensations occur in your hands and as you begin to notice them, they will change depending on the different areas of the body you go over. Notice yourself being drawn to one area in particular. That is your start point for the treatment. Trust yourself and stay intrigued by what is happening and the Reiki energy will guide you.

After a treatment we may be left feeling depleted or emotional as a result of the experience.  It is therefore important that we find methods to release these feelings and return to our natural state of balance. Next week I will share some great methods for clearing your energy

Thanks for listening

Reiki Rich x

5 thoughts on “Byosen Reikan Ho (Scanning)

  1. As usual you manage to explain beautifully a complex and deep area in a way that makes it understandable. Thanks for reminding us that the preparation is as important as the treatment. I do tend to forget about myself!
    Sue x

  2. This is fantastic! I will be conducting Level 1 Reiki training in April. I would love to be able to print out this page and use in my manual (of course with the source added). Do I have your permission for that?

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