I had a rude awakening this Mother’s Day, a scratchy throat and hacking cough. My children ask what I want to do for Mother’s Day. And I think Reiki sounds good. We have a Reiki family, so when one of us is sick, we can ask for Reiki.

My 4-year-old has been offering Reiki since she could walk. She teaches her friends, gives Reiki to her dolls and the plants, and is happy to offer healing hands when a family member is sick. My son, well he is a different story. He is the only blessing from my first marriage. He is now 10 and has been indoctrinated to not believe in anything but science from his father. But I have been giving him Reiki and posting Angels at bedtime since he was a toddler. So, if you ask him what he believes in, he says, “Angels.” That is a great start for a child with an atheist father. My son may say he doesn’t know how to give Reiki, but he knows what it is and how to receive Reiki to let his body, mind, and spirit heal.

Posting Angels is part of our nightly routine before bed. My husband and I say, “We post Angels to your left and right, in front of you and behind you, above you and below you. May your Angels guide you and protect you. May they keep you safe and healthy and happy.” At each position, we add a gentle touch. With the Angels posted, the child no longer gives attention to the monsters under the bed. Often my daughter may also request, “Can you post that Angel with the big sword to stand by the door? He won’t let the bad guys in” (Archangel Michael) or “What about the healing Angel for my booboo?” (Archangel Raphael). Then we call them by name to come.

After we post Angels, we may stay to offer Reiki. For example, if my son holds tight to his emotions and doesn’t often let the turmoil of shared custody bubble out. Instead he has trouble going to sleep. He rarely turns down an offer of Reiki. Just 5 to 10 minutes can settle him so he can drift into a peaceful sleep. And I know that his Angels continue to offer Reiki after I leave the room We also offer him distance Reiki on occasion when he is at his father’s. We want him to know that we offer him love and support, even when we are not right there.


I look to the Reiki Principles to help guide our family. I often have them posted on the bathroom mirror as a reminder. They are:

  1. Just for today, do not anger.
  2. Just for today, do not worry.
  3. Just for today, do you work honestly and diligently.
  4. Just for today, give thanks for your many blessings.
  5. Just for today, be kind to every living thing.

I can guide my children when they are off course what our family values are by looking to the Reiki Principles. I am reminded that “just for today” is equivalent to “stay in the moment”. That I don’t have to let fear or worry grip my life. That I can be kind, with a grateful heart to live an honest life.

Reiki is a wonderful tool for motherhood. Every night I give myself Reiki to help rejuvenate and recharge from the day. Reiki truly heals the mind, body and spirit if it is for your highest good and the highest good of all. And this is my wish for myself and my family. May it be for yours as well!

If you are interested in learning more about Reiki training, whether individual or for your whole family, contact me! I love working with parents and children! My next Level One Reiki Training is Sunday, May 21st.