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How to Heal Yourself (Part 3)

Updated on May 10, 2013

Reiki—Some simple facts

In my previous hubs I explained the need and benefits of healing with the help of energy present in our body. We know that the process of healing by channeling the cosmic energy into the body of a person, who needs healing, is termed as Reiki. There are, however, certain misconceptions about Reiki which I’ll try to clarify in this hub.

1. Reiki can be given from a distance which means that the practitioner does not have to be physically present with the patient; reason being that it’s not the practitioner but the energy itself which is the healer and as such energy can be channelized even from a distance.

2. A practitioner is only a conduit for the energy taken from the cosmos and as such he cannot be said to have produced his own energy for healing purpose.

3. Reiki can never hurt anyone as it is a form of spiritual energy which is only meant to do good. It can, however, not remove birth defects. It works best for bringing harmony within the body, as far as any imbalance in the regular organic functions is concerned. It removes physical and mental blockages and cleanses the body of accumulated toxins.

4. Reiki passes through clothes, wood, metal or any other substance and as such, it is not necessary to undress for receiving Reiki from the practitioner.

5. As stated in my earlier hubs, it’s not the practitioner but the energy itself which decides the time frame of healing and extent to which a person can be healed. Two people suffering from the same kind of disease may not necessarily be healed within the same span of time; the healing time in both the cases can be visibly different.

6. One does not need a college degree for giving Reiki. It can at best require a person to receive attunement or initiation from the master. Even illiterate person can learn and give Reiki to others. Also age is no bar here; a practitioner can be of any age from 10 to 70 years.

7. It is said that if a practitioner gives Reiki without compassion then it is imperative for the patient to pay for the treatment as if he does not do so, he becomes indebted to the healer and will have to pay back in some way or the other. This is a big myth.

8. Even if a practitioner does not practice giving Reiki for some years the energy never vanishes; it’s always present in the body and can be used whenever required. It is not a knowledge which can be learnt and forgotten if not practiced every day.


Reiki—Diseases vs. Healing Points

Diseases --Healing Points

Allergies / Asthma-- All head points, lungs, kidneys.

Arthritis --Solar Plexus, liver, spleen, kidneys, affected area.

Back Pain-- Abdomen,

Back injuries --Full back, sides of neck

Gums --Head Points, sides of mouth

Circulation / Blood issues -- Feet. Knees, upper thighs

Cold --Head points, lungs, solar plexus

Deafness-- Ears

Diabetes -- Solar Plexus

Drug Addiction -- Adrenals, healing Third Eye Chakra

Fever --Heart, solar plexus, legs, lungs

Food Poisoning -- Heart, solar plexus, kidneys

Headaches -- Head points, temples, heart

Head injuries -- Head, adrenals

Heart problems-- Heart, solar plexus, shoulders

Obesity -- Thyroid

Throat --Place hands over the sides of throat, chest

Tongue-- Soles of feet, big toe

Tonsils-- Cup hands over jaw for 20 minutes

Varicose veins -- Upper thighs

Colors of Rainbow
Colors of Rainbow

Color Therapy--Healing with Colors

As mentioned in my Chakra series, every Chakra is related to a specific color. In fact all Chakras, put together, have all colors of the rainbow, which again goes to show that we are an integral part of the cosmos and should never try to alienate ourselves from Nature as if we do so, we subject our body, mind and soul to untold agony and endless pain. I recommend here to read the hub for opening Chakrasbefore proceeding further. Once you know the colors associated with the Chakras, you instantly know which color you have to use for healing the affected Chakra. While using color therapy, place your hand on the person’s body part (which needs healing) and visualize the related color seeping into the body of the patient. In some cases the practitioners recommend to their clients to use the specified colors in the clothes they wear on daily basis so as to magnify the results of therapy. At this juncture, let me give some detail regarding the characteristics of each color used in color therapy; depending on the disease / ailment, it will help you to decide the color which you have to send to your patient.

1. Red Color

Red color stands for vitality, raw energy, strength, passion, zest, courage health, vigor, sexual vitality and most importantly, power. It should be specifically used in case of a person suffering from depression, inertia, melancholy, lack of interest, lack of motivation and unexplained fears. This color is strengthening Root Chakra which connects to adrenal glands (kidney points). It makes the person fully grounded and gives him confidence and high self-esteem.

2. Orange Color

Orange Color stands for warmth, tolerance, sociability, optimism, expansiveness, emotional balance, confidence, self-motivation, enthusiasm and flamboyance. It’s quite clear that this color is needed by a person who feels somewhat deficient in any of the above stated areas.

3. Yellow Color

Yellow strengthens communication and sharpens the intellect. It is conducive for organization, evaluation, analysis, academic excellence, administrative capabilities, sincerity, attention to detail and harmony with people around. It is good for concentration and clarity of thought and also enhances power of expression.

Color Therapy
Color Therapy

4. Green Color

Green Color is associated with growth, peace, hope, balance, harmony and healing. Green is the color of abundance and replenishment.

5. Blue Color

Blue heightens creativity, inspiration, spiritual understanding, faith and devotion. It is associated with contentment, patience, tolerance and gentleness. You can have this color anywhere you want peace and tranquility e.g. in a meditation room.

6. Purple Color

Purple is associated with psychic awareness and intuition. Its effects, no doubt, are soothing and calming but it is considered to be a very power and strong color. People normally dilute this color with a dash of white while painting the walls of the meditation room or the room where healing is supposed to be done.

7. White Color

White combines all the colors of the spectrum and signifies spiritual realization. It stands for divine humility, purification and creative imagination. It enhances meditative power, spiritual attunement and divine love.

8. Black Color

Black, is in some ways opposite to White in terms of characteristics. Black color is restricting while White is expanding. Black focuses on our inner world while White signifies life and rejuvenation. This color is never used for healing. Never project black color on anyone.

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      3 years ago

      Visit the ICU unit of a hospital where pelope have gotten their brains, stomachs and hearts pulverised in accidents. Go look at the pelope who've been comatose for years, children, adults, elderly and everything in between. And *then* preach to me about how the the human body can heal itself without any help. ; ) The music and the concept of it is amazing and I love it but I'm calling bullshit as far as the no one but the infinite within you has more power than you thing. xP

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      6 years ago from New York

      @Lohrainne Janell: Glad to hear that. :)

      Thank you very much for your kind comments. Please feel free to come back and interact with the wonderful community here. :)

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      Lohrainne Janell 

      6 years ago from Fairfield, IA

      Very interesting hub. I learned Reiki Level I and II many years ago and still do it every day. I love reading about healing energy articles. Thanks for a very informative one.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York

      @Leagh Janell: You're absolutely right. Raising Kundalini is THE most important milestone in spiritual evolution.

      Thank you very much for joining in. Feel free to come back. :)

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      6 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Excellent hub. Glad to see it. Someone mentioned the need for an intensive meditation practice being important to refill our bio-energy. I would add a side note that anything done to clear the emotional body is extremely valuable. Meditation alone may take a long time to do that.Raising the Kundalini is undeniably essential.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York

      Jean Bakula: Thank you for your kind comments. Let me know if you need any help in learning Reiki. Feel free to come back. :)

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      Jean Bakula 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello anjalichugh,

      Although I travel in Metaphysical circles, they have so many areas of study that I never learned Reiki. My friend who owns a store gives courses out of it, and I read tarot there. I think I want to explore Reiki more. Thanks for a great hub!

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      @ Neelesh: You're most welcome. :)

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      7 years ago from new delhi

      i am often in doubt about the universality of this experience. thanks to your hubs i connect to know this is universal. thanks friend.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      Hi Neelesh: What you're saying is not vague at all. As they say 'like attracts like'...when our thoughts and actions are positive, we open up for the higher power. Bad thoughts and bad deeds (sort of) block our channels and we find it difficult to connect. Its as simple as that. I just had to formally reply to your post as otherwise you don't need my insight on this. You already know everything about this aspect of human life. Thx for being a part of this discussion. :)

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      7 years ago from new delhi

      one of my points i wanted to raise just got answered in the question answer session with tatjana.

      when i do things that are energy sapping for me -(could be any addiction or bad habit of which i have honestly had my share)things which i know i ought not to do at that moment but yet do - i find i am unable to connect and at other times when i have done the right things in the right way i connect instantly.Meditation helps as does regular excercise as does every form of ethical behaviour.

      i guess this is vague but cannot put into words something that only I have understood till date about myself.just putting it here in the hope that this is universal and can relate to it.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York

      BeiYin: I'm glad that you read the entire hub so carefully that you were able to pin point the most insignificant part of it. People generally glance through the article without having an eye for detail. Thanks for that. Well, sometimes we should look at the intention of the writer and try to see beyond the obvious or give him /her some leverage as far as the choice of words is concerned. The age range (10-70) didn't actually mean 10 to 70; it only meant "any person, young or old can do it". I'm sorry if there was some ambiguity in my language. Thx for your kind comments.

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      8 years ago from Ibiza Spain

      Why you limit the age for Reiki from 10 to 70? There are children of 4 years that play clasical music perfectly on the piano and they might be able to give Reiki. So, who is older than 70 is not capable? Where did you get this idea from? This comes near to discrimination! Of course this can't be your intention! I'm 75 and have done Reiki long enough to know that I still can do it if I want... Now I use it mostly with animals, because I am convinced that it is more important to help people so that they can help themselves, that means to use and activate their own power to connect with their healing energy. Only this can create real healing that is connected with our growing...


      PS: Read my hubs, then you will know what I mean.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      Raggits: Thx very much. I'll surely reply to your message. Hope to see you in my future hubs too. (Hugs)

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      9 years ago

      Great Hub, Anj! Message waiting for you! Keep them coming! ;)

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      maroutsela: Some people are born with this gift and don't have to do much to improvise on their skills. You are one of them. You might have done healing as a kid without even knowing what you were into. It's a humble work and you are doing a service to the people around you which makes you a very special person. :) Speaking about your loss, I'm really sorry to hear about your friend. Well, you are a healer and it does not mean that you have psychic powers too. Knowing something beforehand is knows as 'precognition' or 'premonition' (which I'm taking up in my coming hubs) and that's a different kind of gift which has nothing to do with healing. So, don't lose trust in the powers you have. Also, I don't know what kind of illness you are suffering from but it is quite possible that you did not cleanse your aura after healing people. When you heal someone, you pick up the negative energies, sometimes, which become more and more intensified if you don't cleanse yourself everytime you heal someone. This might be the reason for your illness. I can't be sure, however. Please feel free to come back. Thx very much for sharing your experiences in this hub.

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      9 years ago

      i have been practicing self-healing ever since i can remember myself. as a kid i used to "fix" -thats how we called it- my older sister when she would hurt herself. when my father found out he asked me to stop and never talk to anyone about it. i continued to self-heal -you cant really stop that anyway- but i always wanted to find someone that knows about it. for the rest of the things that i did -or thought i did- i really started to doubt when my boyfriend -with whom i was very much in tune- was killed and i never got a warning sign or feeling. i still have the experiences but i try to mistrust them.recently while self-healing i used, for the very first time, a crystal. for me, i felt i needed it because of the nature of the illness i was fighting. i felt that this way i was "by-passing" my ill body so that the energy would continue to be "pure". i dont know... thats the first time i m loooking into these things. is what i m saying making any sense?

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      Tatjana: That's a wonderful way to perceive the concept of 'production', 'generation', collection' and 'channelizing' energy. Thx for making this hub even more interesting and informative. (Hugs)

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      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks, Anjali,

      can I add just little food for your thoughts? As a part of cosmic, Divine being, we actually produce the healing energy when our brains attune to the certain well as we collect it from other reservoirs of energy. F.e. I adore to meditate on the rocks which have rock crystals inside them, so I collect energy from the crystals and my brain transfoms that energy  into the healing energy. But, when there is no rocks, I do produce the healing energy with my brain wawes, as well as any other living being can do. Even plants can be healers.

      We can be miracoulus a part of Creator, we are creators as well.

      A lots of love and support to your great writting.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      Charia: Yes, you got to have a look at previous parts too. :) Thx very much for taking out time to read this hub.

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      Charia Samher 

      9 years ago

      This is very interesting. It would be great if we can all learn how to heal ourselves. Oh but this is part3, I guess I have to look for Part1 & 2. =)

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      Lady_E: Colors, most certainly have a healing effect on us. You must have seen people wearing stone studded rings. Those stones (having different colors e.g yellow saphire, blue saphire, topaz, pearl etc) emit color vibrations which affect us in a positive manner. Colors are prescribed according to the Chakra which needs to be activated (as mentioned ---in healing) or depending on the planet which we want to strengthen (astrologically) as colors are associated with planets as well. I think I went a little beyond the topic discussed here. Thx very much for reading this hub and sharing your experiences.

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      Wow. I never knew colours could heal. However, I notice when I wear white, I feel... its hard to explain but the colour lifts my spirits. Light blue is another colour that affects my mood in a good way and I don't wear black tops cos they make me feel dull in spirit but I'm okay with black trousers or skirts. Weird. So, colours have a certain power then. Thanks.

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      Nancy's Niche. Very true. I somehow like to hammer on this issue over and over again. :) Thx very much for appreciating my humble effort.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Great article and information. If one listens to their body they can't go wrong. There are amazing healing powers within...

    • anjalichugh profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      my-success-guru: Yes Reiki can be administered from a distance. It sure is intriguing but true. Chakras play the most important part as all the energy is channelized through chakras, as I explained. Thx very much for your kind comments.

      Tatjana: There seems to be a slight misunderstanding here. When I said the practitioner is only a conduit, I meant that the actual source of energy (for healing) is cosmic energy which includes the energy inside the practitioner himself. We do it as a mark of respect to cosmos and the Higher form of energy. There can be no doubt about the depletion of practitioners personal energy as he is nonetheless doing work (spiritual though). You did mention about collecting energy by way of meditation which explains that there is a process of collection not production involved here. Getting tired and exhausted during healing is a direct consequence of channelizing the collected energy into someone elses body. Thx for your kind comments and sharing your experiences here. I am honored.

      Violet Sun & Amanda Severn: Thx both of you for liking the information I tried  putting together here. I feel simply elated to see you commenting on my hubs. Thx again.

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      Amanda Severn 

      9 years ago from UK

      Hi Anjali, I studied healing myself a while back, and find this subject endlessly fascinating. Thanks for laying things out so clearly. Good information.

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      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Anjali: Another very informative hub, all the series you wrote is like a mini book that one can go back and read again. Thank you so much for your work with this!.

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image


      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Great Hub... I would just like to correct the following; " 2. A practitioner is only a conduit for the energy taken from the cosmos and as such he cannot be said to have produced his own energy for healing purpose"

      If paractitioner does not meditate A LOT, and collect spiritual energy by himself/or herself and tries to heal other people, he/she will become very exchausted, even ill, because collecting "cosmic energy" is actually not nessesserly happening during the process of healing, on the contrary, ill person is able to completely soak up personal energy of the healer.

      So many healers become seriously ill while healing the others, because they believed they use only cosmic energy for healing and that they are just channeling the cosmic energy...and that they are not personally involved in healing, what is very far from the whole truth.

      Cosmic energy used in healing comes from regular meditation (individual and group ones), various other spiritual activities (prayers, mantras, singing) etc.

      There is only one difference between bioenergy and Reiki - the first steps: Reiki initiation gives to the practitioner one big reservoir of energy - which comes inside his/her aura - after she/he spends it (what happens sooner or later), practioner must collect it again - by intensive meditation practise, on the same way as people who heal with bioenergy do.

      If he/she does not do it, and does not regularly create an extra amount of "personal" spiritual energy, will not be able to heal the others directly without seriously harming oneself.

      Healing is not so easy - it takes a lot of time and effort. I also believed on the beginning that Reiki was just chanelling the cosmic energy, but after many research - I had found out that things were not so simple as they were presented to me.

      Big thumbs up for the rest of the article.

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      9 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Anjali,

      WoW! Another amazing Hub! I find it astonishing that Reiki can be administered from a distance. I also love the idea of integrating Chakras in the healing process which have all colors of the rainbow and demonstrates that we are an integral part of the cosmos. BIG thumbs up!

      Bless You,



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