You can obtain benefits from Reiki in two ways: you can be ‘attuned’ to Reiki on a course and learn to use the energy for your own benefit, or you can receive a treatment from a Reiki practitioner. If you learn Reiki for yourself then you have the ability always and you can work on yourself every day if you wish. If you receive a Reiki treatment from a practitioner then obviously you are dependent upon them for your ‘dose’ of Reiki.
Some people like to take personal charge of their healing and learn Reiki for themselves, and to obtain the benefits that come through learning Reiki you do need to be self-motivated and you need to be prepared to make some time to use the energy on yourself regularly. Some people find it works better for them to book a course of treatments with a Reiki practitioner and then they might have regular ‘top-up’ sessions, or they might receive further treatments as and when they feel that they need them.
No matter how you decide to use Reiki, there is the potential for Reiki to make a real difference to your life.
Whether you receive a course of treatments or if you are learning Reiki for yourself, you should find that Reiki helps you to feel more ‘laid back’ – calm, content and serene – and you should find that you feel better able to deal with stressful situations or stressful people, and that you feel more positive and better able to cope. If energy levels are low then they can be boosted; if spirits are low then they can be lifted. This ‘Reiki effect’ seems to be noticed in most people who learn Reiki and work on themselves regularly, or in people who receive a course of Reiki treatments.
But Reiki is much more than a stress-reduction method and below you can read some comments from some of our students, where they talk about what learning Reiki has done for them:
“I would say that reiki is inspirational, the feeling and experiences that I have had are amazing and mysterious. Having the ability to make someone feel better is one of the best feelings in the world and also knowing that I have that energy around to connect onto gives me strength to carry on especially in the last few months. Thanks for this gift .”
“Reiki has changed my life around completely, from being a totally bored secretary to owning my own beauty and healing salon! How’s that for a transformation in two years?”
“In two sentences: In Reiki I have an instant form of stress relief like no other. It centres me straight away.”
“Reiki has turned my attitudes and my life around completely. A few years ago I was very intolerant, impatient, depressive and with a very short fuse. That has nearly all gone now and it has set me on a spiritual search and a real feeling that if my life can be turned around so completely, the more people Reiki can reach the better for all of us. It is a long time now since I was angry, worried, depressed and Reiki has obviously been working on all levels over the last year.”
“I have found that Reiki has given me a much more positive outlook on life and I seem to be able to deal with problems and stress more effectively.”
Gill Stenton, Suffolk
“I find Reiki quite magical, giving me control over my bodies aches & pains and helping me progress spiritually. I am always very amazed how effective it is. Reiki’s biggest benefit to me has been its ability to break my reliance on Osteopathy. Now I’m able to get my body back on track before it breaks. Thanks heaps Taggart.”
“Reiki has had profound effects on my life, I haven’t set foot in a doctors surgery since I started and I am more happy and centred than I have ever been ! But in a sentence I would have to say …… Reiki is the most amazing and beautiful thing I have ever encountered, I love it and am so happy to be sharing it with the world.”
“Reiki has given me inner peace and serenity. It’s the ultimate chill-out! My students at the chiropody school where I teach are always amazed at how I manage to help run a busy training clinic without getting stressed – I tell them that it’s the Reiki… and that leads me on to explain to them how they can also acquire this beautiful gift. Any of my students who happen to be staying at the same B&B as I do when I am working at the college in Maidenhead also get a full treatment into the bargain!
“If I were to sum it up in one sentence I think I would say: Reiki is an amazing adventure with many wonderful surprises along the way… or… Reiki offers hope, peace and a life time of support.
“The full impact of the changes and benefits did not happen overnight and at times it has been a rocky road, but as I Iook back over the past five years since I did my First Degree Reiki I can’t imagine what life would be without Reiki. I have learnt to live and breathe Reiki, to trust in the Universe, to see love & beauty in everyone and everything, to tackle problems with a smile, to turn negativity into positivity & laugh to myself as lessons are learned. The world is a brighter place – even a dull day can feel bright. My senses are more acute, I observe & listen in a more compassionate way and I feel more in turn with nature. Reiki has brought a feeling of peace & calm and acceptance that life is unfolding as it should.
What is the biggest benefit that Reiki has given me? Reiki has given me a purpose in life and the energy & enthusiasm to fulfll my dreams. I bless each day – it is a joy to be alive and if I can help to pass this on to others what more can I ask for?”
Jeannie, West Sussex
“For many years I have been searching for answers to issues that have kept cropping up in my life, the unusual things that seemed to happen to me (and at that time, I felt didn’t seem to happen to anyone else!).
When I began my Reiki 1 course – I didn’t have to look any further. Doors started opening up in all directions, I felt confident I could cope with what I would find (before this, I was terrified). So for me, on a personal level – its given me back my trust and faith in myself (also my guides and spirit friends).
There is so much more I could write here, but the final thing for me, it gave me the tools to help me to help my husband heal.”
“For me Reiki is coming home.”
“Reiki for me has changed me by (1) Making me a calmer person, fewer things seem to worry me now, (2) Things and colours seem brighter and clearer, (3) I feel an uncontrollable love towards people, (4) I am more patient with my two teenage daughters, (5) I don’t hoard so much junk in my house and I am a tidier person, and (6) I seem to live each day as it comes – Just for today…
Reiki as a treatment technique
Reiki can produce quite startling changes on the mental, emotional and physical levels when used as a treatment method. In fact, over the years Reiki seems to have dealt successfully with a huge range of problems and disorders, and I have found it to be effective in a wide range of conditions. However, there is very little ‘proper’ scientific evidence to back up any claims made about the effectiveness of Reiki treatments, and all the evidence so far is anecdotal.
In my experience of treating a whole range of conditions, Reiki seems to produce fast and long-lasting results in almost all cases of:
- Stress, tension, anxiety and related symptoms
- Emotional turmoil and discord
- Feeling unable to cope
- Low spirits, depression
…even when these problems have continued unresolved for years. Usually a course of four Reiki treatments at weekly intervals would seem to be enough to produce long-term beneficial changes in these areas.
Physical problems do seem to take longer to shift sometimes, but I have experienced Reiki being successful with all of the following, and others besides:
- Sports injuries
- Long term pain, e.g. back pain
- Rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica, scoliosis
- Low energy levels
Below I have described some of the conditions I have come across, and the results of the treatments, with comments from the people involved where possible. This is by way of illustration of the sort of things that Reiki is capable of achieving, but of course I am unable to guarantee that these effects will be generated in individual cases. That is the same with all complementary therapies.
Example 1: A whole range of problems
One lady had an auto-immune condition that gave her joint pains, she had low energy levels, and sciatica. She was extremely stressed at work, and going through a difficult period with her ex-husband (a Director of the company she still worked for). Over a course of 6-7 treatments the sciatica disappeared, the joint aches eased, and energy levels rose. She started to redecorate her house, something she just would not have done before because she ached and had no energy. She felt a lot better about her work, with all the office politics and bitchiness washing over her, and her encounters with her ex-husband were no longer the problem they had been. This is what she said:
“I have had five sessions with you now and I am managing my condition so very much better and feel fitter and healthier than I have for years. The most marked effect is on my ‘spirit’. My stress level has decreased dramatically and I feel so calm, and more able to cope.”
Mrs B Crossman, Essex
Example 2: ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis)
A lady had had M.E. for 3 years. When I first saw her she was grey and lifeless and in a lot of pain. Over the year that I treated her, I saw her pains disappear (first session!), her energy levels rise dramatically, and her self-confidence and feelings of self-worth improve. Reiki has helped her to release emotional problems reaching back to childhood, and she seems a different woman: bright and perky, enthusiastic and positive, with a stillness and confidence that are a marked difference to the way she appeared when I first met her. She feels that she no longer has M.E. and has gone on to train in Reiki to Master level. This is what she had to say:
“My son and I have M.E. and my daughter is recovering from a long-lasting virus. The situation was hard for the whole family and I had reached a low point when a friend suggested Reiki. I dug out a newspaper article I had been given 12 months earlier about Taggart King. I had no real knowledge of Reiki but the results that were to follow far exceeded any hopes I might have had. The first treatments brought about a great improvement in the aches and pains in my arms, legs and back, and a boost in energy levels. With further treatments specifically to treat M.E., migraine headaches reduced, sleep improved, energy levels and good spirits were sustained and a gradual process of recovery was underway. As well as the great physical improvements, the Reiki treatments that Taggart has given me, they have helped me relax, sleep, be patient, laugh, lose the anger and stress the illness has imposed, and brought the sparkle back into my life.”
Mrs J Butchart, Essex
Example 3: A painful limp
A gentleman had a painful limp. He had been to a Doctor and had tried a variety of conventional treatments including physiotherapy, but to no avail. This was a real pain for him because he had several large dogs that he loved to take for long walks in the countryside. His painful limp prevented him from doing this. Five treatments got rid of the limp, and most of the pain, and he now walks his dogs happily again! How Reiki produces such effects, I do not have the faintest idea!
Example 4: Back pain
Another gentleman messed his back up as a teenager, by doing a lot of heavy lifting on a farm. Now 25 years later he was plagued by ‘back trouble’ and whenever he did work in his garden or on his land, he could have severe pain for days. After the first two Reiki treatments, his back ‘clicked in’ within half an hour. We did 6 in total. The problem has not reappeared, despite him having bought a house to renovate, involving a lot of heavy work. This is what he said:
“To think that after all these years and the worry, all it took was some mystical mumbo-jumbo and hand waving. It’s a puzzle to me. How it works defies my logic, but the fact that it has for me is indisputable. After just four sessions it became much easier to ‘click back in’; now a few months later I have done some tremendously hard and heavy work and my back seems to have stopped clicking out altogether.”
Mr J Wheatley, Suffolk
Author: Taggart King