Reiki Healing: Your Questions Answered

I first heard of healing with Reiki somewhere around 2004 when my now-husband gave me a gift certificate for a combined massage and Reiki session. I had no idea what it was but it felt nice and I could definitely feel energy moving through me.

When I developed an autoimmune disease in 2013, I quickly realized I needed to learn Reiki and use it on myself. If you’re interested in learning about Reiki, here are the answers to some of the most common questions I hear.

What is Reiki Energy Healing?

Reiki is a form of energy healing that involves connecting to the source of life force energy, or chi, and letting it flow through your body, out your palms, and into the person on your Reiki table. That lucky person’s body, mind, and spirit will use the extra energy they receive during a session to do whatever is in that person’s highest interests.

You don’t have to “believe” in Reiki for it to help you. Life force energy doesn’t care if you believe in it or not. It’s just there.

But consider this experiment. The next time you’re out among people or at work or a family gathering, look at the people around you. Can you tell whose life force energy is strong and whose is weak? I bet you can.

Why Do You Need to Use Reiki Symbols?

Excellent question, because using symbols seems unnecessary, doesn’t it? I think we are all able to connect with source energy and use it for healing, but we’ve forgotten that we have that ability. The Reiki symbols prompt our subconscious mind so that we can “believe” we have the power to do these things. I think we are quickly moving toward a time when we will realize that the power lies within us, not within the Reiki symbols or the Reiki attunement. But that’s just me. (I continue to use the symbols, just in casies.)

Does Reiki Really Work?

It does. But different people experience it differently. I have had some people on my table who have felt things happening during the session, like energy leaving the temples or a knot in the stomach relaxing. I’ve had people who didn’t really feel anything but who then went away and made the changes they needed to make in their lives to reduce their stress. I also gave Reiki to my adult daughter once and her sinuses immediately filled up with fluid. (She ended up with infection in both ears. Her body was obviously trying to process something but she wasn’t very happy with me and didn’t want Reiki again. Lol.)

Most people find a Reiki session relaxing, and relaxing our bodies and minds is how we access the things that need to be released so we can release them. As we continue this relaxing and releasing process, we become lighter and lighter, in both vibration and in our view of life. Ultimately, we want to release everything that is not us so we can be our authentic—and powerful—selves.

Is Reiki Spiritual Healing?

Yes. It helps us align our bodies and minds with our spirits. When we are in alignment we are our true selves. But the word “spiritual” has so many connotations and can even turn people off. Rather than look at Reiki as spiritual healing, you may want to look at it as energetic healing. We’re all just energy, vibrating at a slow enough vibration that we appear to be matter.

For the past couple of thousand years, at least, we’ve been vibrating at the low vibration of fear. The closer we get to mind, body, spirit alignment, the closer we get to vibrating at the higher vibration of love. It is then that we have the power to create whatever we want here so we can make our dreams come true. So while Reiki is a type of spiritual healing, it’s extremely practical. If we’re going to be on Earth, we might as well love being here and get to do what we want!

Please feel free to explore the rest of the information on this site to get more of your Reiki questions answered. Have fun!

  • What is Reiki?: Find out more about Reiki and exactly what to expect in a Reiki session with me.
  • Info about the Reiki symbols: Learn a bit about the Reiki symbols and why we use them.
  • Reiki Practitioners: Discover how to choose the right Reiki practitioner for you.
  • Does Reiki Really Work?: Read two stories of how Reiki helped to create energetic shifts that had lasting positive results.
  • How Reiki Works: Learn how Reiki raises your vibration so you can let go of what no longer serves you.