Reiki was discovered in the 1800’s by Dr. Usui when he was asked how Jesus performed his miracles. Dr. Usui went on a journey and after 21 days of meditating and fasting he became enlightened with Reiki energy. He then began to work with the public in helping them heal. There are two sides to Reiki – the healing touch of the healer and the responsibility the receiver has to carry on that healing. Anyone can receive Reiki, but not all benefit from it in the same way, some may not even feel the effects if they are not ready to feel the effects. For example, a woman comes in with a cold. She is sneezing, saying she doesn’t feel well and just wants to be “fixed.” She receives the Reiki treatment. But doesn’t feel better. She goes home disgruntled, lays back in bed, and continues to feel sad and down. What went wrong? She wanted someone else to “fix” her, to make her better. She didn’t have charge of her health. This isn’t to say she is in the wrong or “deserves” illness, rather she wasn’t ready to bear the responsibility of health. Maybe a cold was the only way to get her to slow down her fast-paced life. Maybe her cold kept her from driving somewhere resulting in an accident. Now, take the same situation but a different woman. She comes in with a cold. She wants to feel better. She knows her mind and body know how to be well, but she feels her energy is stuck. She needs energy moved so that her mind and body remember how to have healthy cells and fight the cold. She receives the Reiki. She feels warmth spread in her body. She goes into a meditative state, and when the session is complete she feels better. This woman was ready. She knew she was capable of self-healing but needed help and guidance getting to that place of healing. Neither woman is right or wrong; it’s about readiness.
Anyone can benefit from Reiki so long as they are ready to benefit from it. There needs to be a place in the mind of the receiver that allows for that responsibility of wellness. Energy is constant. Energy never ends, it just moves, and Reiki helps with that movement. However, energy can get stuck in the body. Reiki and massage help move the energy so that healing can begin. When the receiver is ready the benefits and health are amazing. A receiver may feel warmth, tingling, and maybe even sensations such as nausea, coughing, or a slight headache, depending on the energy and where it is stuck. But, after a session is over the receiver will feel better, though this can take a day or two because the body and the mind are learning to reintegrate into health and wellness. Reiki can help with muscle soreness and tension, headaches, menstrual cramps, nausea, and so on. My sister, Amanda, healed her herniated L5 disc with Reiki and positive affirmations. Going from using a walker at 33 and 34 years old to doing yoga, riding her bike, and being completely pain-free no longer needing surgery, Reiki was her miracle. This isn’t to say you are to forgo Western medicine, as there is a time and place for it, but using Reiki and massage in conjunction with Western medicine and your doctors can make healing and wellness happen faster, and it can help you feel at peace and in charge of your health.