Ahavah Ehyeh (ahavah) wrote,
Ahavah Ehyeh

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Reiki Causing Harm? And Other Differences of Opinion.

I’ve been having an interesting exchange of emails with a fellow I met in The Reiki Cafe. We seem to have differences of opinion on several aspects regarding Reiki, such as whether it is indeed spirit-led (as I was taught) and whether one must have explicit permission to do Reik work (as opposed to intuiting permission). Now, I have no problem with our apparent differences, as my methods work wonderfully for me. However, my new friend made a point about Reiki that intrigues me, and I’d like to hear other people’s experiences and opinions.

He has informed me that other people seem to have experienced Reiki causing harm, such as troubling mental patients (the example given). I have not actually had any experiences with Reiki causing harm or distress of any kind. I know that in Diane Stein’s Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art, she mentions a specific incident where someone sent “Reiki” (although they used non-Reiki symbols) despite D.S. asking her not to, which caused considerable emotional and psychological distress to Ms. Stein. Personally, I don’t believe the Practitioner used Reiki – not completely – and all Practitioners are (to my knowledge) taught to respect other people’s receptivity. (And I do consider my *intuited permission seeking* a valid form of asking permission, if I can’t contact the person directly).

My initial reaction would be to think that perhaps the Practitioner was using their own personal energy, or utilizing another energy healing modality. Reiki, first and foremost, harms none. A very fundamental part of my teaching was that Reiki cannot be used for ill. I know that my personal practice has so far supported my teachings.

Another example – this brought up in respect to whether Reiki has divine consciousness, which I firmly believe (but can respect the views of those who don’t) – was the situation in which a person breaks a bone, applies Reiki, and has the bone’s healing accelerate to the point that it becomes difficult to set. I’ve never experienced this personally, so I can’t attest to the validity of that. I know if I would be in that situation, my first reaction would be to give myself Reiki to remain calm and hopefully prevent shock. Does anyone have any experiences with this? I know that my Teacher mentioned an instance where a man cut off his finger and applied Reiki to it on the way to the hospital, only to learn that the wound had healed to the point of being unable to reattach the finger. I wondered if this weighed the ‘lesser of two evils’ (sorry – can’t think of a more appropriate phrase!) of losing the finger or perhaps losing a lot of blood too quickly. Who can be sure? But this is definitely a point I would like to explore more.

On the Reiki Café, a person had asked whether Reiki could be sent to an epileptic. Only one person said NO, sighting personal experience where a child was actually more prone to seizures when given Reiki energy. Others seemed to have experiences supporting the fact that Reiki actually helped reduce seizures. My Beloved, Josh, is an epileptic, and I have given him Reiki every day since I was first attuned. Three months ago, I gave him the Reiki 1 attunement. He has not had a single seizure in all that time. (Granted, he didn’t have them often to begin with anymore – usually twice a year).

Now, all of my personal experiences support the teachings I learned from my Master. Is this just a matter of my experiences resulting from the particular teachings/Tradition that I was attuned to? I find it very odd that practitioners of other schools would have such different results. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

Cross-posted to A Reiki Journey and MedicineReiki
Tags: reiki
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