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Reiki Myths

Misconceptions and Myths Concerning Reiki

By: Rachel Mork (additions/edits by Jami H. McMillan)

 

Reiki is a form of energy healing therapy founded in the 1920s by Dr. Mikao Usui and surrounded in myth and lore.  Many people unfamiliar with Reiki training and Reiki education may find the therapy a bit confusing and questionable.  Before you begin to study Reiki, there are some common misconceptions about this energy healing therapy.  The inherent nature of Reiki produces the results of relaxation, rejuvenation, healing, and clarity.

 

Myth # 1:    Reiki is magic.

Reiki is not magic.  You cannot put a spell on someone using Reiki or control what others do using Reiki.  Reiki is the connection with and direction of energy through the body which can stimulate innate healing abilities and provide emotional and physical cleansing.

 

Myth #2:    Reiki is dependent on your personal energy.

The beauty of Reiki is the fact that you will not lose any personal energy while performing a treatment because you are directing energy from the Universe into the patient or yourself.  If anything, Reiki is energizing.

 

Myth #3:    Reiki is a religion.

Because performing Reiki does require faith of sorts since you trust in the energy available from the universe and be open to receiving it, it is not a religion.  You will, however, become part of a group of supportive Reiki practitioners as you pursue the three levels of the Reiki attunement process.  Reiki is energy.  Reiki is not a cult.  It is best viewed in the context of; techniques of self-help and discipline such as tai chi, yoga, meditation, and prayer.  The point should be made that many who learn Reiki techniques find their existing religious practice and faith enhanced.

 

Myth #4:    Reiki is a form of massage therapy.

While some Reiki masters prefer to use light touch while directing energy to certain chakras and points, many Reiki practitioners choose not to touch their client at all during the sessions.  It is up to the individual Reiki practitioner because it is not necessary to touch the client for the energy transference to occur.  Even with the light touch that can occur during a Reiki session, there is no “sliding” of the hands or tissue manipulation as in massage.

 

Myth #5:    The founder of Reiki was a Christian Monk.

Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, was actually a Japanese Zen Buddhist who experienced spiritual enlightenment after a period of fasting and meditation.  Dr. Mikao Usui’s path to Reiki was also inspired by a personal journey to understand the historical healing that Jesus performed by the ‘laying on of hands’ during his ministry. 

 

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