Reiki and Chanting

One of the many gifts I received from my Karuna Reiki Training was the use of chanting as part of the Reiki healing system.  I was blessed with taking the Karuna Master training twice in 2011. My first teacher was Corinne Johnson who was taught by William Lee Rand and my second was Laurelle Shanti Gaia and Michael Baird.  At first the use of chanting and toning felt odd and uncomfortable especially in a session. However during my second training I saw the affects and benefits this had on the recipient. Recently in teaching a Karuna Reiki® Practitioner training, I was shown not only its affect on the individual receiving it but also on the overall environment and space being used.  The vibration created by the chanting impacted the client and also raised the frequency of energy in the space.  I observed Reiki flow through the sound current and had the awareness that Reiki flows through my throat chakra and utilizes the chant in the same way that it utilized my palms to heal and harmonize.

During my course of study with Karuna Reiki I was introduced to Jonathan Goldman’s CD Reiki Chants. On this CD the 4 Usui symbols are chanted. As a result of both my Karuna Reiki®  Training and this CD I began to find myself spontaneously chanting the symbols around the house. Then I read one of Colleen Benelli’s articles in which she spoke of invoking the symbols in the room not just through drawing them or visualizing them but also through chanting them. The flood gates began to open and my relationship with the symbols took on a whole new level. I fell in love with chanting my symbols throughout the day.  

I chanted them in the morning as I started my day, in the shower, while preparing my meals, as I prepared for clients, while cleaning my home and also on my walks on the beach or in the canyons. During the Karuna Reiki® Practitioner training I was teaching one student mentioned she wasn’t listening to music or radio while driving any more and was chanting the symbols instead. I adopted this practice and found it very calming while sitting in traffic and another great way to send Reiki forward to my destination or into the traffic block. 

Kundalini Yoga came into my life at the same time that Reiki was introduced to me. Both have been a part of my spiritual practice and foundation for almost 10 years. It wasn’t until 2012 that I felt the call to take my Kundalini Yoga practice to the next level and complete the Teachers Training program.  One of the unique qualities of Kundalini yoga that is somewhat different from Hatha or Iyungar yoga is the great use of chant throughout the practice, we are chanting different mantras as we open our practice, when we close, and during the exercises silently or out loud. I recently heard that Yogi Bhajan  stated it is not so much what the chant means as much as what it does.  The sound current creates a vibration that impacts first the physical body particularly the glands, organs and nervous system and then subsequently opens greater awareness to the participant, connecting them more clearly to their wisdom,  higher self, and the divine intelligence of the Universe.  Chanting opens us up to the power of the subtle realms, and the impact vibration and sound alone has on our bodies and the world around us.

The following quote describes this well  “ The entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. Putting it poetically, God spoke and the world came into being.  There is a vibratory frequency that corresponds to everything in the universe. By vibrating a particular combination of sounds, you tune into various levels of  intelligence, or consciousness.  Situations, people, and events respond to the signals you send out. The vibratory frequency of a mantra draws to you whatever you are vibrating.”  The Aquarian Teacher Kundalini Yoga Study Guide

As I began to chant the Reiki symbols I found the same to be true. I felt the vibrational field the sound current created around me. Unlike yoga practices, Reiki does not require anything on our part to be generated. As soon as I invite Reiki to flow, divine intelligence flows through me. So as I begin to chant the symbols I quickly feel the warmth flowing through my body and a buoyant field of calm and grace surrounding me.

In chanting the symbols there is a subtle yet powerful invitation for the vibration of Reiki into the space I am inhabiting. William Lee Rand, in his Reiki I and II training CDs, reminds us about using the symbols for goal setting because everything operates through vibration . Everything connects and is attracted or repelled to us through vibration. As we chant the symbols we are actively participating in raising the vibrational field within us and around us. This is true of Reiki alone without any chant. However the additional use of chant increases the vibrational field through the sound current and enhances the experience.

All of nature exemplifies the power of chanting. Whale songs are an example of sound currents creating a vibrational field to communicate between individual and groups of whales. The morning dove or song bird chants its song with a repetitive melody. Both often repeat the same song over and over. Repetition creating a pattern and delivering an imprint.  The same is true of the continual sound current created by a whale or dolphin underwater. For all mammals and birds their main vehicle of communication is through these repetitive sound currents, keeping their communities connected and also creating a connective field in their environment between them, nature, and all of life. Some have theorized that the whale song may not only be for the purpose of communicating between each other, but possibly for the vibrational support of the Earth. That possibly the sound currents created by whales play a part in the sustance of the ecosystems and biosphere of the Earth, it’s energetic as well as geographic grid.
This can bring a new perspective on our relationship to chanting the Reiki symbols. Not only are the symbols bringing about specific results of healing but through chanting them regularly we may contribute to the strengthening of the magnetic field of the Earth, raising the vibration in our environment and consequently impacting the environments around us. 

As we are now in the Aquarian age the power of the subtle realm is strengthening and we are becoming more and more aware of living and relating energetically. We are more aware that all of creation originates through vibration, sound, thought, feeling. In chanting the power symbol as we awaken and go about our morning routine we are aligning to this awareness and participating in creating our day through sound.  Like the birds and the whales we humans have our song as well. It is not limited to those gifted with beautiful voices and tones.  We all have access to vocalizing through song. They say the language of the soul is music. Through regular chanting we are participating in consistent soul communication between us, our communities, our environment and the Universe.

I invite you to bring simple ways of chanting into your daily life:

Chant the power symbol while taking a shower and preparing your food. The power symbol strengthens the Reiki flow and brings all the power of the Universe to your action and intention.

Chant the distant symbol sending Reiki your phone call or while writing up your emails intending clear open successful communication.  Chant the distant symbol into
your day, your projects, and your loved ones visualizing the golden violet light of Reiki surrounding all that you are sending too

Chant the Usui master symbol to connect you more clearly to your higher guidance and bringing it into your daily affairs

The Tibetan and Karuna Reiki symbols are also great for chanting. Find creative ways to bring the beauty and power of song/chant into your daily use of Reiki and you will find your journey enriched, opening to a new dimension of your practice.

© Eleonore Koury 2014

Eleonore Koury | Kampalpriya Kaur
Reiki Master Teacher/Therapist |Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor | Spiritual & Life Coach
Empowering individuals & groups with life enriching technologies, practices & retreats | |
like us on facebook

Posted in Kundalini Yoga, Reiki | Leave a comment

Basic Steps for Daily Meditation

Start with 5 minutes a day and work up.  This will fluctuate some times it will be 10-60 minutes other times it will return to 5 minutes.  The point is to stay consistent. Do something daily.  The consistency creates momentum and allows for a new pattern to anchor in your system.  The benefits are a strong energy system, spiritual connection, mental and emotional clarity, inner peace, connection to the source within.

  • Find a comfortable place in your space that is dedicated to prayer and meditation preferably near your altar. This can also be done outside.
  • It is most beneficial to find a place and a time period that you go to daily for consistency.
  • Dress comfortably
  • Sit in lotus position or whatever position works for you.  Keep spine straight and aligned.  Hands on lap or in Namaste position to keep you connected to your heart center.
  • Take a few deep breaths bringing you in the present moment in the now and release any tension letting out any sounds through your mouth.
  • Then begin to breathe naturally, easily.  Bring your awareness to your nostrils, breathing in and out.  Allowing the breath to naturally move in and move out.
  • When thoughts emerge just notice them like clouds in the sky then return to your breath. Bring the focus back in the Now.
  • If uncomfortable emotions emerge allow them to move through don’t attach or figure it out just let them clear out and come back to the breath.
  • Allow the breath to move you into your inner sacred space where all is whole and complete. The place of inner calm and absolute peace.
  • Allow yourself to Be there.  Be with the Peace. Be with the Joy.  Be with the Ease and Grace. Letting go completely of outer distractions or mental chatter.
  • Be with the Stillness.
  • Continue to bring your awareness to your breath and allow the breath to then return you to your space.

When you are ready (or if the alarm sets off) then just complete with a few cleansing breaths, slowly open your eyes.
In addition:
Develop a witness.  Your witness notices the events that are occurring and your internal world without attaching or reacting.

Add a Mantra to your meditation, a word or phrase for your mind to focus on, ex: Sat Nam, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, Shanti, Om. etc.

You have put in a few minutes into your Peace Bank.  This will be a reservoir built up to aid you through out the day to meet any challenges that come your way.  Remember at any point during the day you experience agitation or discontentment, uncomfortable emotions, engage your witness, observe what is happening within you and around you, bring your awareness to the breath and to the present moment.  Allow the discontent to pass like clouds and return to the breath.  This will allow you to receive insight and clarity on any action that needs to be taken vs. reacting to circumstances outside of you or emotions and thoughts within you. You can then choose to move from a one pointed focus on your vision.

for more info on meditation go to

Posted in Meditation | Leave a comment

How The 5 Reiki Principles Work In Day To Day Life

I personally find the Reiki principles great guide posts to Living.  I believe Usui created them with that intention.  He asked his students to recite them morning and night with the Gassho Meditation. I know many of my students have taken to this practice and it has been transformational as well as a foundational piece of their day.

For myself I find the principles come to me one at a time as I am going about my day. For instance after a period of reciting all of them daily, I began to find that when my thoughts gravitated  to a challenging or worrisome situation I would hear a voice in my head say “Don’t Worry”.  It began to feel like the principles were reciting themselves in my head as they were needed.

Today I found myself struggling with several situations, feeling quite frustrated and just shared with one of my Master students and friends that I felt like Mercury went Retrograde instead of Direct this past week and I am not working those principles 🙂

After leaving her  I found myself beginning to repeat the principles out loud in Japanese and within minutes my whole attitude and energy began to change.  It took my focus off the problem, and I began feeling more ease and flow.  I truly love how Reiki meets us right where we are!!  We don’t have to be perfect, rather this practice gives us the tools and energy to meet us in our challenge and move us through it.

Now rather than being pulled into what is not working I find myself sending Reiki into the situation and repeating the mantra, I let go and I let Reiki.

Here is one of my favorite versions of the 5 Reiki Principles from James Deacon with the Japanese translation:
“The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses
(Shôfuku no hihô, Manbyo no rei yaku)

Just for today (Kyo dake wa):

Do not be angry (Ikaru na*)

Do not be worried  (Shin pai suna)

Be grateful (Kan sha shi te)

Devote yourself to your duties (Gyo-o hage me)
  or Do your duties fully
Be kind to others (Hito ni shin setsu ni)

Mornings and evenings sit in the gassho position and repeat these
words out loud and in your heart (Asa you gassho shite kokoro ni nenji kuchi ni tonaeyo)

For the improvement of mind and body (Shin shin kaizen)
Usui Spiritual Healing Method (Usui Reiki Ryoho)
  The founder, Mikao Usui (Chossô, Usui Mikao)”

adapted from James Deacon’s REIKI PAGES
and  Tadao Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki,  p.80

for more reiki info go to

I would love to hear how you find yourself using the 5 Reiki principles in your life?

Posted in Reiki | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

What Does It Mean When My Reiki Hands Are Cold

When working with Reiki the predominant temperature is warmth, however Reiki also flows as cool/cold and so sometimes if your hands are cold it may be that there is a need for that.

Cold in Japanese Reiki is interpreted as there isn’t a flow of life force energy in that area of the persons body, so it can be an indication that there is a block there, toxins etc…and normally if you stay there a while, Reiki will help to move and process the block and warmth will return.

There was one class where actually my assistant was receiving a treatment from one of the students and she said her hands were so cold and she was cold most of the session. She was recommending the student rub her palms together to warm them. But when she remarked this I told the assistant that actually Reiki was probably breaking up some blockages.

several weeks later I received an email from my assistant with amazement that after 20 years of not having taste or smell they had returned, she could taste foods she hadn’t for years and could smell scents she couldn’t for years….she had an aha moment realizing that was the extreme cold she was feeling in the Reiki session.

Keep it simple when explaining to others…simply say” Reiki flows in warmth, cool and tingly currents…depending on what your body is needing to process and how it is rebalancing”

Posted in Reiki | Leave a comment