When you first become interested in working with reiki you may decide to read all that you can on the internet. Unfortunately, there are some strange ideas and concepts floating about! So below I have listed 10 of the most common misconceptions or misunderstandings that are associated with reiki.
If you are one of my students who attended a live course, you may find that I have already discussed some of the points listed with you. Therefore, I hope that the points listed will refresh your memory of our discussion.
1. Reiki will speed up cancer cells
Reiki does not have the ability to increase the speed of any metabolic activity. If that was the case, then people who wished to lose weight would simply have a few reiki sessions!
2. Using a blanket during a reiki session will block the energy
No, the energy goes to where it needs to go. A blanket is used so that a person feels relaxed and comfortable. Often the warmth from the blanket helps to induce further relaxation and sleep.
3. It does not matter how I draw the symbols – they will work anyway
Whilst some of the symbols are easy to draw others are a little more complicated. It is really important that they symbols are drawn accurately. This is because each letter or part of the symbol has a meaning, so if you change the symbol you change the meaning.
4. I can stack the symbols to give increased power?
No. If you draw one symbol on top of the other – stacking them – all you are doing is creating a mixture of energy that does not have any particular vibration or, at worst, produces a strange vibrational frequency.
5. You have to be especially “gifted” to work with reiki energy.
Whilst it is true that some people are better at working with the energy than others, we all have the ability to work with reiki. Reiki is a skill and, like other skills, we must practice working with the energy in order to be the best that we can be.
6. I have to leave it 6 months in between courses.
No, you do not have to do this. All I ask is that you feel ready before you move on to the next level. For some people that may be 2 months for others a year. This is so that the energy has time to settle down. I believe that a Reiki Master should not get in the way of his/her student’s development, so when a student feels ready who am I to say otherwise?
7. Reiki is really all about treatments.
No. Reiki is a spiritual practice first and the treatments are secondary to this. There are people who simply learn reiki so that they can work on healing themselves by carrying out the required meditations and self-treatments. Always remember that you must work on yourself and, if you wish to, you can give back to the universe by working on others.
8. I have studied elsewhere and have not been taught any meditations. Why is this?
Courses are taught in different ways. My style of teaching is similar to that of the traditional Japanese style which focusses on working on yourself before you work on others.
9. I have been on forums and have seen some people say that you must belong to a reiki association. Is this true?
No, this is most certainly not true. It is up to the individual to consider the benefits that they will gain by belonging to such an association. If an individual feels the need to belong to an association, they there are also a number of holistic health societies that they can join, the full details of which can be researched online.
10. I feel very drawn to working with reiki. Should I just give it a go?
Yes. Many, many people feel drawn to the energy and this is because, in my opinion, the Universe is guiding them. Go with what you feel; I did and reiki has changed my whole life, it may do the same for you too.
11. Do I have to use the same teacher for all three levels of training?
No. Whilst it is often a good idea to stay with the same teacher, as they know exactly how they have taught the course at each level, if you feel the need to change your teacher then do so. I have taught many students who have studied elsewhere without a problem. At the start of my courses, if there is a student who has learnt somewhere else, I go through what I teach on my first degree and compare it to what they have learnt on theirs. From then onwards we are on the same page.