Experiencing Reiki: Is this really happening – or is it me?

I love to share the enthusiasm generated by students when they talk about working with Reiki, either on or after a course.  What I’ve noticed in particular is the amazement of many who can’t quite believe the powerful sensations they are feeling. 

Students who attend Reiki First Degree courses are always excited and surprised by the sensations they feel in their hands when scanning and treating others in the group.  This excitement is palpable, evoking comments such as, ‘I could feel tingling in my hands’ or ‘I was aware of intense heat’.  Then, as though unable to believe this, a little frown appears, followed by a softly spoken, ‘Am I imagining this?’

 After empowerments, some students describe the wonderful experience of receiving Reiki as light, colour or other sensations, very often again adding, ‘I wondered if it was me, imagining it!’  This is understandable as we are not used to feeling such sensations in every day life, for example, whilst taking the dog for a walk or doing the weekly shopping (unless we tune into Reiki at the same time of course!). 

Reiki 2 students are very often taken aback by the power of the energies they are introduced to at this level.  Yet, quite a number have expressed the thought that it might be their imagination at work when, during or after the course, the energy feels very much more intense. They may also question whether the greater sense of calm that they are noticing is because of Reiki, or all in the mind! 

You may feel one or many physical sensations or experience a different emotional state whilst practising, receiving empowerments or carrying out Reiki meditations.  These will be so powerful that, as you continue to practise regularly, you will be convinced more and more that you are not imagining things. 

So, please don’t worry if you have doubts.  I do remember questioning the source of the sensations I was experiencing at the beginning of my Reiki journey. Rest assured, that any uncertainties you may have will rapidly disappear as you become more familiar with the wonderful Reiki energy by practising self-healing, receiving empowerments and treating others. Any concerns about these being in your head will disappear and be replaced by an absolute belief and trust in Reiki. 

Sadly, Western culture tends to demand scientific proof of everything, not preparing us for experiences that may not quite fit in with our model of the world. Remember that energy is all around us and that we are working with something that has always been there, it’s just that we’ve simply changed our focus.  So, it’s quite okay for you to question in the early stages, ‘Is it me?’ but before long you will be basking in the knowledge that you are out of the equation and, in getting yourself out of the way, you are allowing Reiki to flood through you and beyond. 

Enjoy your journey!

Warm wishes

Marilyn Harvey

6 thoughts on “Experiencing Reiki: Is this really happening – or is it me?

  1. Very true Marilyn, lots of my students have similar experiences whereby they cannot really believe they’re not making it up! This is one of the reasons it’s great to learn in a small group so students can give and feedback and hear what their fellow students experienced too.

    I just hope that quantum physicists and the medical world catch up with pinpointing the scientific principles that will explain energy soon! Then working with Reiki alongside conventional medicine practitioners could become the rule rather than the exception – won’t that be an exciting leap forward!?

    Nice article – thank you!
    Louise. 🙂

    1. Hello Louise,

      Thank you so much for your comments. Yes, working in small groups really does help students as they can share experiences and spend time talking about them. This would be impossible in larger group situations.

      I’m reading lots lately by enlightened medical professionals who have ‘seen the light’ and accept that energy healing works in a quantum context. Can’t wait for the word to spread so that working alongside them is no longer the exception!

      Reiki blessings.

  2. the post is perfect and very instructive. Each one has an experience and all that matters. The power of one person feel something profound and unique.

    Thanks for the text.

    1. Thank you.

      Yes, each person’s experience is very special and I think that the more we share our experiences the stronger our belief becomes.

      Reiki blessings

  3. … all so true and recognisable.

    I was very excited after Reiki 1, as I felt like I had plugged into a sort of power grid.. I was humming (not smelly, you understand!!). Reiki 2 reinforced this. And my catch up with Louise this year was like a boost and a catch up with an old friend.
    In the beginning I questioned and re-examined .. to me it seemed that when I do this I break my own thread, now i just accept and accept and never expect or doubt, I sort of make myself (ego maybe) step back and then kerpow or a sparkly little whisper, there it is again and again.. as astounding or subtle as it needs to be in that moment..
    When someone wants to try to break it down and almost ask for proof of the Reiki energy I just say I know it is there.. It just is.. No pressure.. and there it is..

    1. Hello Paula,

      Yes, I think the experience of the energy is certainly boosted and reinforced at Reiki 2 amd any doubts we may have had disperse. I don’t think it’s possible to break it down. I would love it if people who want to analyse tried having a Reiki treatment or took a course themselves. Then they could begin to move on from questioning and simply enjoy the feeling that is often difficult to put into words but you know it’s there!

      Reiki blessings

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