The Healers’ Corner was inspired by a blog post comment by Michele. She asked:
“Why am I not experiencing Reiki as profoundly as EVERY publication describes, and why is there NOTHING on the internet or in books about Reiki difficulties?”
It’s true, you don’t see much on the internet or in books about challenges healers face (I talk a bit about that in my response to her post). I thought maybe this page could be helpful. You can read readers’ comments and my answers below in the Comments. Here a some of Michele’s comments and my responses.
“I previously have not shared Reiki with others much because I often don’t feel like it “works” for others when I want it to…whereas, it seems to “turn on” and work very powerfully when I least expect it.”
Comment: Healing energy has a mind of its own, in a sense. Whether the energy flows doesn’t depend on our willing it to. It’s a spontaneous happening that grows out of our healing intention. Whether or not it flows, whether or not healing happens is not up to us. If it doesn’t happen sometimes, it wasn’t meant to. We don’t know what the best path outcome is for anyone. Healing depends also on the receptivity of the person receiving healing. It happens in its own time and in its own way. It isn’t always what we think it should be.
“…about 5 minutes after the session, I became EXTREMELY sad. I cannot describe how completely forlorn I was, and I was also very disappointed that my coworker did not find the session anything other than “relaxing”.”
Comments: The sadness after the session could have been because of the disappointment of not having expectations met, but it could also be that the feelings of the person receiving the healing were experienced by the healer. Yet another explanation is that when energy flows through us, it also creates healing in us. We can feel very strong emotions when healing happens.
As for the disappointment that the person only felt relaxed — it’s best to let go of outcomes when we do healing. We don’t know what is best. It’s not up to us to make something profound happen (and we can’t). Whatever happens is just the right thing for that time. Also — feeling relaxed is highly underestimated as a result. Relaxation promotes healing, and it can be very difficult for people to experience. Relaxation is a great result. And finally, it can be very difficult for people to describe what they experience when they receive energy healing. They may not be able to put it into words, and they may not even remembered as they may have been in an altered state.
“I’ve felt really drained after giving Reiki…”
Comment: Usually the result of giving an energy healing is to feel energized oneself due to the energy which has flowed through us. If this isn’t the case, it’s possible that we have been trying too hard — trying to make the energy flow, trying to push it along. (It’s like pushing the river.) That could be draining. Energy healing is about allowing — allowing the energy to flow through. In rare cases, the energy flowing through us can cause so much processing in our own physiology and psychology that it tires us. That would be unusual however.