What is the byosen in Reiki healing, and why is it important?
According to Frank Arjava Petter, author of many excellent Reiki books, “The byosen is the frequency that is emitted from a tense, injured or ill body part when the blood and lymph vessels are blocked due to the accumulation of toxins. It is also the reaction of the body to the incoming Reiki energy — the healing process!” So, simply stated, the byosen is the area of disease or injury. This can be physical, mental or in the energy body.
One of the most important skills an energy healer can cultivate is the ability to sense the byosen. It can be sensed by touch, intuitively, or can literally be seen in the mind’s eye. It can also be felt in the body of the healer. That’s why it’s so important to experience a wide variety of conditions through participation in Reiki circles and by practicing Reiki as often as possible.
The best way to find the byosen is by scanning the client. Place the dominant hand over the Crown Chakra and slowly move the non-dominant hand approximately two inches over the chakras, beginning with the Root Chakra. Here is a list of possibilities of what you will feel in your hands.
- Warmth in your hands. If your hands suddenly feel warm in a particular area or over a particular chakra, you have discovered the byosen.
- Strong heat. This is greater than mere warmth. This will actually be a feeling of intense heat. It may feel that your hands are burning. This is indicative of a serious condition. I experienced this most intensely when I placed my hands over the Sacral Chakra of a client who was suffering from terminal uterine cancer. Hot waves of heat were coming off the area, stronger than any I had felt before. She passed a month later. However, not all intense heat is indicative of terminal illness. A broken bone or bad burn will feel quite hot to the practitioner.
- Tingling. This may feel like pins and needles, a magnetic feeling, numbness not caused by having the hands in an uncomfortable position, or may be quite subtle. Usually subtlety is common for new Reiki students.
- Pulsation. This is a feeling of pulsing that is stronger than tingling. Each organ has its own vibration, and the practitioner may be sensing the vibration of the organ, or the practitioner’s hand may be vibrating to the correct frequency of the organ.
- Pain. When the practitioner feels pain, it may be because he or she is empathic, meaning that he feels what his clients feel. Or it may be that the client is experiencing a serious condition, or severe pain.
- Cold. I have added this to the usual list as I have personally experienced it. For me, it means that no energy is flowing in the area where I’m working. For some of my students, it is simply the way they experience the byosen.
In Reiki I, I introduce students to the concept of byosen. It takes time and practice to feel the byosen. We go more deeply into it in Reiki II training and through the Reiki II Attunement. By the Master level, the student should be able to feel the byosen. It’s a large part of the process of becoming a Reiki Master.
Love and Light, Georgia