Truth About Reiki
following are a few typical questions about Reiki,
and the answers are my opinions only. Though there
is often broad consensus around these questions in
the Reiki community, everyone has their own view,
and they aren't afraid to express it!
Q: Isn't this all just a bunch of "woo-woo" nonsense,
designed to separate me from my hard-earned cash?
A: Many people wonder what to make of all the alternatives
out there, and you are always advised to evaluate
a practitioner's integrity, just as with any professional.
The National Institutes of Health have taken Reiki
seriously enough to fund four studies on its effectiveness
(all are in progress), and to use Reiki at the Warren
Magnuson Clinical Center in Maryland (Reiki News,
Summer 2004). Many hospitals have Reiki programs.
As an example, go on the Internet, search for "Hartford
Hospital Reiki outcomes", and see the results of their
survey. And, Reiki's growing popularity attests that
something is working.
Ultimately, you have to make your own judgment and
decision about your own healthcare, based on the best
information available to you at the time.
Q: Do I have to believe in it, for it to work?
A: No. If you don't believe, but give permission anyway
for a Reiki practitioner to treat you, it will have
an effect. In fact, skeptics often make great practitioners,
because they demand direct evidence, and when they
receive it, their confidence in their Reiki practice
Q: What kinds of illnesses can Reiki heal?
A: The state of profound relaxation and gentle awareness
supports mind and body in whatever healing challenge
you may face. However, Reiki practitioners do not
diagnose illnesses, nor do they prescribe for them.
They cannot promise to heal you - to do so would be
unethical and illegal.
Reiki is not a replacement for medical care. It can
be a great support, and there are many individual
stories of amazing outcomes, but another person's
story is not a guarantee of your personal results.
is not "curing". Your physical body will die someday.
It's how you live in the meantime that matters. Reiki
is a powerful way of learning to live in love and
joy instead of pain and fear, so you learn to heal
as a whole person.
Q: I am a devout Christian, and I am interested in
Reiki, but I worry about its origins and practices.
My friend says it is an occult art, and good Christians
should stay away from Reiki. What do you say?
A: This is a question that deserves much respect and
understanding from all sides. Reiki did arise in Japan,
and its founder Mikao Usui was a Buddhist, although
it seems clear he intended it to be a practice, not
a religion, and therefore could be adopted by people
of any faith.
The practice of Reiki is a sacred gift. I believe
that the beauty and wonder of Reiki's workings are
very much in tune with Christianity, and the other
religions in the world today. Millions of Reiki practitioners
around the world belong to faiths as diverse as Islam,
Judaism, Hinduism, indigenous religions, and yes,
Christianity. Reiki does not require any specific
belief in a god or gods.
For more discussion, please see www.christianreiki.org.
Q: How do I decide who is the best Reiki teacher or
practitioner for me?
A: Often you will be drawn by apparent happenstance
to find the person who's right for you. It is still
good to ask questions, such as: their description
of Reiki, their ethical principles, how long they've
been practicing, what are the expectations for clients
or students, and what you should expect from a session
or a class. Any defensiveness from politely probing
questions may indicate caution is advised. Outlandish
claims or guarantees are also to be mistrusted. And
never, ever, should you be asked to disrobe for a
Reiki-only session or during any part of a Reiki class.
(Other treatment modalities, such as massage therapy,
that normally require disrobing, may often be combined
with Reiki - that is legitimate).
So, trust your heart to bring you to the right person,
but verify as you would for any professional service.
web site can be viewed at jeffreiki.com.
Hotchkiss is a Reiki Master Teacher. He teaches and
practices in Yarmouth, Maine, and travels to bring
Reiki to elder communities.