The International Center for Reiki Training defines Reiki as the following:
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
So. As I reflect upon myself as a Reiki Master and also a recipient of Reiki treatments…
As practitioners, when we provide Reiki healing sessions, we hold the honor of facilitating deep healing of energy blockages. This comes with tremendous personal responsibility. Actively working on your OWN trauma/darkness is essential, I believe, key to being able to offer your client ANYTHING healing.
If you had a guest at your house would you serve them from a dirty dish? Utensil? Of course not. When we “lay hands on” or otherwise enter the auric field of another, it is extremely important that our energy is as clean as possible.
Early, on my healing journey, I met up with some “heavy” Reiki (and other modality) energy healers. My experience included unknowingly absorbing some creepy, sexual energy, fear/terror, panic and anxiety coming from these well-meaning providers. These appeared to be lovely body workers. I once ran out of an office, after a session, freezing cold, felt like someone had put me in a meat locker during the session- I felt incredibly exposed, raw, shivering, and cried for an hour afterward. Another time I felt invaded sexually and the longer I let the session go on, the more unbearable it became. I was obviously uncomfortable continuing and I needed her to stop touching me. Once I voiced this, she apologized and asked me to stay with the session, as it would prob improve – Yuk, got out of there too, shook all the way home, felt “shocky” and it took a couple of days for me to recover and feel somewhat normal. Neither one of these women were aware of what they were giving to their clients energetically.
I am very sensitive to energy- both light and darkness and much in between. There’s no fooling my system. Some folks feel really good to me – I could rest in their being. Others, when I get close, physically, I feel like I need to get away, it may feel gross, scary, frantic..etc.. MANY abuse/trauma survivors, like myself, are super sensitive to other people’s energy. Many of you reading this are the same way also. Not uncommon at all.
As a practitioner, if your healing “vessel” is dirty with unresolved, unacknowledged fear/terror, rage/anger, anxiety or depression – no matter what your intention for your client – this is what you’re serving them. If you’re providing energy healing and your “pipes” are full of sludge and gunk, the “water” will not pass through efficiently. Energy, both light and dark, flows with or without our consent, to others. It’s not a conscious choice. And I might add, there is an exchange of energy when you work so close or with another. As a practitioner it is advisable to shield your sacral chakra especially (and solar plexus too) from absorbing the clients energy.
At the end of the session, Reiki should always make you feel BETTER than when you began the session. Yes, many times there is purging or overflow of the emotions DURING the session, crying is often experienced, but this emotional clearing is the catalyst for peace and relaxation to occur.
When you meet an Energy worker of any type, always ask HOW they’ve cleared a lot of their darkness/trauma/baggage. Listen, they’re going to be in your energy field, you are paying them for their service – you have every right to be curious and protective of your body/well-being).
Their answer is very important. If they are coming from heart with their reply, they will not be irritated, defensive, at a loss for words or hesitate at all to share about their own journey. If they tell you that healing is a life-long journey, chances are….YOU FOUND A GREAT, present, awake, clear practitioner.
I see so many folks being trained to “heal” others. This intention is beautiful but don’t forget that it’s impossible to give what you don’t (yet) possess for yourself. Would you serve your guest from a dirty, contaminated vessel? You can intend all day long that your vessel be clean and pure….Intention alone doesn’t cut it.
This post dedicated to SELF HEALING… ABOVE ALL ELSE. 🙏Heal NOT HARM