Reiki FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be ill to receive healing?
No. Healing is often about restoring balance to your life and relationships with others, about expressing feelings, about change – and the need for it.
It often helps bring a sense of proportion and perspective and a greater feeling of “feet on the ground”, of regaining control, irrespective of whether you are ill or not.
On the other hand, it can be especially helpful in crises situations and with terminal illness. It can stand alone as a therapy, has no harmful side effects and works well with any other therapy.
What can healing do for me?
Healing can be helpful with a wide range of physical and psychological difficulties – sometimes, to a remarkable degree. It is a process of relaxation, release and revitalisation at a profound level, which helps your body to adjust and heal spontaneously at its own pace and in its own way.
Healing seeks out the underlying cause as well as the “presenting symptom”. This can mean that the outcome of a healing session can be beneficial in an unexpected way and not necessarily immediate: for example, you may feel a sudden benefit within the session or a few days later – or a gradual improvement over a period of time. Many people experience some kind of emotional release as part of the healing process. Sometimes, the effects of the healing journey are obvious, sometimes more subtle.
How often do I need to go for healing?
Sometimes one session will be sufficient, but most people I work with usually have several. Depending on your situation you may initially need to receive weekly or fortnightly treatments as a curative treatment. Then I would recommend once a month as a preventative treatment. Everyone is different, so please feel free to discuss your needs with me.
Healing and your doctor
You are always advised to contact your doctor about any condition that may require medical attention. Healing is not a substitute or alternative to medical treatment but is very successful in boosting your mind and body’s ability to heal itself. Do inform your doctor if you are receiving healing or if you would like healing as they are now permitted by the General Medical Council to refer patients for healing. Healing is now officially listed as a therapy recognised by the UK National Health Service.
Do I need faith?
No. Healing encompasses a wide range of philosophies. Nothing in particular will be expected of you – except a degree of trust in myself as a healer – and an openness to anything that you might experience within a given healing session.An awareness of the need for change and the motivation to do so can also be very helpful.
Can healing do any harm?
Definitely not. There are rare occasions when you might feel worse before improving, but this is often a significant part of the healing process, signalling a release of previously unrecognised stress.
Reiki FAQ’s courtesy of NFSH with additional comment from myself.