• South Central Wisconsin
  • October 2011
Written by  Amy J. Pikalek

Three common Reiki myths debunked

As a non-invasive, holistic form of healing, Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a natural technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. It's based on the concept that "life force energy" flows through us and around us. If our life force energy becomes low or out of balance, we are more likely to become sick or feel stress. If it is high, we are more able to remain healthy and feel happy. Because Reiki treats the whole being, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, it offers many beneficial effects, including relaxation and a feeling of security and harmony.

Reiki has become an accepted practice today in many medical settings such as hospitals, cancer centers, hospice facilities and clinics, as case studies have shown it to lower blood pressure, reduce pain and swelling, promote healing and assist in relaxation. Key to increasing the acceptance of Reiki in medical settings is debunking some of the myths surrounding the modality. This article explains three of the top myths about Reiki.

#1 Reiki is a religion

While Reiki is spiritual for many people, it does not have anything to do with religion, and it is not based in any particular religious doctrine. It does not require one give up one's religion or change one's religious beliefs in any way to practice it. People from many different religious faiths have become Reiki practitioners, and their religious beliefs in no way impact the level of treatment a client receives.

#2 Giving Reiki to others depletes your own energy

Reiki is intelligent, Life Force energy from the Universe. A Reiki practitioner does not give his/her own personal energy over to the client. Rather, the practitioner serves as a channel, funneling Reiki through her/his body to the recipient. Of course, this does not mean that a person giving Reiki may not feel tired after giving a treatment to someone. When this happens, Reiki has often been wrongly blamed for it. If a person giving a treatment experiences exhaustion after a session, this is likely an indication that something is out-of-balance in her/his own body or life that needs attention. As a practitioner channeling Reiki for others, Reiki also works on the practitioner's own self. It is this inner healing that leaves the practitioner tired, not some sort of personal "energy drain."

#3 If I get Reiki once, I'm healed forever

Certainly that would be fantastic if it were true. And, sometimes, one single, short Reiki session can yield remarkable results. However, true healing is a process. To make significant progress on the healing path, clients typically schedule a short series (usually 3 to 4 sessions) in a row and then take a break. Depending on the situation, they likely come back a few months later. Eventually, the goal is to set up a maintenance program that involves one session per month. But, no matter how you view it, holistic healing is a process.

Of course, every person and situation is different. A qualified Reiki practitioner can help you establish a program that works for you. He or she will be able to answer questions you have about energy healing and how it can help address your unique needs.

Amy J. Pikalek is a Reiki master, specializing in animal Reiki. She is owner of Hikari Natural Healing, located in MaRiLa Veterinary Clinic, Cross Plains. For more information, visit http://www.hikarihealing.com.

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