reiki and contraindications

Two of the lessons that Reiki teaches us are, to let go of our fear and to let go of our control. When we have learnt those truths then we will see that there is nothing to fear in the healing touch of Reiki, neither for ourselves nor our clients.


reiki and contraindications

One of the wisest statements I ever read was, “we always have 100% trust and faith.” Even in our darkest hour we still retain 100% trust and faith. But we need to ask what have placed that trust and faith?

The journey of learning Reiki is an exciting and challenging one. We learn that Reiki is a wise, intelligent energy that is always totally safe and totally appropriate. We are taught that we cannot manipulate it, nor abuse it. And yet....

Later we learn from others that there are times when Reiki should not be used. Through fear we place our trust and faith in the belief that Reiki can do harm. We fear that this wonderful wise, intelligent and appropriate energy will actually cause physical harm to those we heal. The stress of our confusion can only lead to the closing of our hearts and a decline in the love and compassion that keeps Reiki flowing through us.

So what is the truth about Reiki and the truth about these contraindications?

The most common misconception is that Reiki should not be used on a broken bone. It is claimed by some that if we treat a broken bone, then it will have set before the ambulance arrives and the bone will then have to be rebroken. Reiki is powerful, very powerful, but there exists no evidence that Reiki can heal a major break in the short time it takes for the patient to reach hospital. Having witnessed bone breaks I can also say that the patient is often in a great deal of shock, and time would be better spent calming the patient down and preventing them from going into shock, rather than treating a bone break. Also if the Reiki wishes to flow to the break, then it will do so, without our help or hindrance. To give Reiki once the bone has been set can be a very beneficial experience and will help the body to help itself in repairing the damage. After all this is what Reiki does - it helps the body to heal itself.

It is also a commonly held belief that we should not treat diabetics with Reiki. The belief behind this is that Reiki will so drastically alter the diabetic’s blood sugar level that a diabetic coma will be the result. I know diabetes well and I can say with full confidence that this is not the case. Diabetics are required to check their blood sugar levels at least once a day, so that any abnormalities can be dealt with through an adjustment in their insulin intake. A well informed client will know to be vigilant and to monitor themselves more closely whilst undergoing any health regime; not only Reiki. The only danger here comes from a therapist who gives bad advice and tries to change a client’s medication. But this would also apply to clients taking all manner of medication. There are daily changes in the state of our health and we should always be aware of our medication needs and be prepared to work with our GP and Reiki healer as a team.

I heard recently from a Reiki friend who seemed rather delighted that he had learnt that Reiki should not be given to someone who is under anaesthetic. The joy came from his feeling that he now knew he was no danger to those in an operating theatre. Reiki is supposed to be able to wake someone under anaesthetic. When we are giving Reiki how often do our clients fall asleep? Don’t our clients feel deeply relaxed and sleepy? Someone undergoing surgery is already deeply asleep, so surely the Reiki is merely adding to relaxation? And if Reiki sends people to sleep, then why would it wake someone undergoing an operation? It all makes no sense. A patient is also under the constant watch of a professional anaesthetist who will adjust the anaesthetic as needed.

But the most ludicrous contraindication I heard? Do not give Reiki to someone who has an undiagnosed pain. How many of our clients come to us with an undiagnosed pain? Sometimes it is because the doctor has no idea what it is; sometimes because the patient doesn’t wish to visit the doctor. But in both cases the patient is suffering and has come asking for help. Pain within the body is a sign that something is being ignored. Pain is a message to us to wake up and re-examine an aspect of ourselves. Reiki, as we are frequently told, always travels to the cause of disease no matter on which level it lies - physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. Reiki, we are assured, never masks pain, but always releases the cause. So why then would Reiki not release a pain, simply because it has no name or cause of which we are aware? The very reason that healing can be traumatic or challenging, is because it flows right to the heart of the problem.Don’t deny help to those who are suffering merely because they have no name for their suffering.

If we dig deeply in every contraindication we find that at its root lies either fear or control. Two of the lessons that Reiki teaches us are, to let go of our fear and to let go of our control. When we have learnt those truths then we will see that there is nothing to fear in the healing touch of Reiki, neither for ourselves nor our clients. I hope the myths of the contraindications will soon vanish and we can once again continue to...

Reiki with confidence!

© Christina Moore


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