I fully understand that the concept of Reiki to some is entirely new and a bit strange! After all, no-one brought me up with the idea that everything is made of energy and that at will, I could shape, channel or direct energy – so when I learnt about this concept, I found it strange too.
It is therefore completely understandable that if people aren’t familiar and don’t understand what Reiki is, leaving them to have some misguided guided perceptions. Here are some of the most common and an explanation of why they’re not true:
1) Reiki is evil
A strong misconception to start with I grant you, but a prevalent one nonetheless. There are some myths out there that to engage in the practice of Reiki is to invite in dark forces or to align yourself with the devil. Whilst doing those two things may be possible (I wouldn’t know, I haven’t tried) Reiki is far from evil. A more palatable word to the western world instead of Reiki might be Universal Life Force Energy (the Japanese translation of the word Rei-Ki) or LOVE, because that is what the experience is. When I treat someone I get an experience of being deeply present and drawing down energy/love for the participants body to use as it sees fit. I cannot shape this energy at my will, I can only be a conduit of it.
Some religions have branded Reiki as evil, and I can only imagine that is because it conflicts with their belief system. Reiki doesn’t need belief to work, and for some, the universal life force energy is the same as God’s energy. In all my experience though, I’ve never found Reiki to have a bad side to it ever – only those that interpret it that way.
2) Reiki is a cure-all
Never should the words Reiki and “cure” be used in the same sentence. Reiki does not cure – Reiki is a aid to learning, growing and healing. Reiki takes you on a journey that could help you to heal and become whole again (to have no hidden or resisted parts but your totality embraced in love – even your shadows), but Reiki does not cure.
People often want Reiki to cure them when they don’t want to confront their shadows and when they don’t want to have the consequences of not doing that either (i.e. illness, bad relationships).
Reiki knows that life is a) a series of experiences and b) the only influence we have over that is how we roll with those experiences. Do we resist, or do we go with the flow? If we resist, the experience sticks around until we get totality of what that experience is trying to show us. This is why you hear about people experiencing repeat failed relationships, persistent health challenges or stuck in jobs they hate – they do not yet realise they keep recreating the same pattern. If we go with the flow our resources, awareness and abilities expand. We become even more aligned with the present moment and even more in flow with what is around us. It does not guarantee us more money, creativity, or health, but it does give us a sense of growth and moving forwards, which is one of the 7 human needs.
In addition, sometimes it is not right for a person to loose their symptoms. It may be that a particular set of symptoms or life circumstances teaches that person set of skills that cannot be got any other way, or takes them in a direction they would not otherwise. There is so little we know compared to the infinite knowledge of Reiki, so it is important to keep an open mind and be grateful for what we have. Learning to deal with life’s ups and downs is often the making of a person, so be aware how little we know on the conscious level and stay innocent.
3) Reiki is an alternative to conventional medical care
No and no on this one, on two accounts. 1) You would never choose Reiki instead of speaking to your health practitioner, as the two are quite different things. A health practitioner is trained to diagnose, Reiki healers are not. Health practitioners are also trained to give appropriate medication, which Reiki healers are not! One does not replace the other. These are two quite separate approaches, both equally valid and both born from the essence of love. Knowing the benefits and likely outcomes from each one will help you make an informed decision on which is right for you at the time, whilst being responsible for your Self. 2) On the second account, I personally have never seen Reiki as alternative. Currently the word alternative is used to distinguish it from conventional medicine but let’s be honest, hands on healing and Reiki was around well before our relationship with drug-based medicine to restore health. If I must distinguish it, I would label it traditional, but in reality, I would prefer to see all approaches integrated in a holistic approach of mind, body and soul. A combined approach is often great in many circumstances, as it allows for the best of both worlds.
4) Reiki is a relaxation technique
I share this one because I think calling Reiki purely a relaxation technique sells it a little short. Whilst for some Reiki is deeply relaxing, that isn’t the experience for everyone and it does so much more. The purpose of Reiki is to draw in Universal Life Force Energy to restore harmony and balance either to yourself of others. Your various physical, mental and spiritual energetic bodies may use this energy in a myriad of different ways. For some this energy will be used for wound repair or healing of broken bones, whilst for others this may be used to fuel the courage to face our demons or say goodbye to deceased loved ones. What I love about Reiki healing is how clever that Universal Energy is. The healer does very little except to be the conduit for this energy, sending it where and for as long as they sense they must.
In addition, the actual resonance of the energy we draw down is dependent on the person we are treating and what their requirements are to bring them into balance. This means even the most novice of healers can bring about change so long as they allow the energy to flow through. An experiment on the frequencies emitted from a Reiki healers hands showed that broken bones drew down a different frequency to soft tissue issues. It is this deep intelligence that is beyond the intellect of the human mind that makes Reiki so applicable to many scenarios and so easy to get a good outcome.
5) Reiki is only for illness
Reiki is well known for illness and emotional problems, but it is not the only time it can be used. As mentioned before, Reiki is a deepening of awareness and presence – and this deepening can be applied to all sorts of scenarios. This could be an exam or important meeting, your day so you get the most out of it, food so it is as healthy nourishing and vibrant as it can be, plants, pets and animals to aid their wellbeing, your home to clear out any negative energy or technology to reduce its impact on you. The possibilities are endless – something we talk about out when you learn Level one.
6) Some forms of Reiki are more powerful than others
Reiki as a form of healing and spiritual enlightenment has been around for a while (since 1992), and now appears across the globe as many types – western/Usui, Angelic and Seichem to mention few. Whilst there is one form that is known as the directly taught form – Jikiden, Reiki is Reiki. Each different form of teaching is simply using different approaches to the same end game. If looking to learn or experience Reiki, pick the one that resonates with you with a person that resonates with you as this will be more influential than the technique.
7) Reiki is an easy experience and a way of avoiding reality
This Reiki most definitely is not! Reiki makes you far more aware and open to reality and thus it gives you the journey it gives you! A Reiki experience is a deepening of awareness and connection to what already is, helping you to confront the things you must to move forwards. Yes, many people experience Reiki as a lovely calming experience, but for those that is serves, it is important to know that Reiki will also likely result in stress being released from the body. This might be in the form of feeling coolness, heat, tingling, pulsations, experiencing memories, feeling emotional, needing to address a situation, interesting dreams or feeling different to usual.
These experiences are a great indication that the energy is doing its work and shifts are being made. Getting support through a transition period like this is critical, just as you would expect to handle life differently if you were living through a house regeneration project. Some disruption is to be expected, but if you persist with a plan, then ultimately a good outcome is to be expected too. I always think that Reiki takes you closer to the truth – so perhaps if you’re not yet ready to handle that, stay away from Reiki till you are!
When done correctly, Reiki is a fun and enjoyable experience. There is nothing wrong with saying a person or approach doesn’t work for you if it doesn’t – this is your journey and it is important you take responsibility for that. For many though, that have taken that journey, I am confident that all would say “go for it!” – there is much to be gained.
Reiki Mark Cross, is run and led by Teacher and Master Practitioner, Becci Godfrey. Situated in the beautiful Sussex countryside, people come to let go of their stress, activate their healing abilities within and become the person they were destined to be.