Reiki Self Healing Techniques – Do They Work?

How we ‘heal’ at all is something of a mystery. Why is it that one person will be healed by a visit to the doctor and a prescription for some drugs, while another will not benefit at all? Or, another might gain their health back through a course in acupuncture while someone else would find it complete a waste of time and money? And that is before we get into those medical anomalies of people healing after taking nothing more than placebos, or those who gained spontaneous and complete remission from life threatening cancer after undertaking a period of detoxification or meditation.

Healing Begins Within


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We are the common denominator of our own health or wellness, and I suspect we are central to our own healing too. I am not talking about structural injuries where we need a leg set after a serious break or surgery for injuries received in a car crash or bad fall – for these we would almost certainly benefit from the skill of the doctors attending us. But for those health conditions that so often creep up on us over a period of several years, where perhaps lifestyle or diet choices play havoc with our body systems, I suspect we have far more power and control than we often believe.

At Universal Energy Healing we believe that all healing begins from within. In fact, we would suggest that no one can heal you without your consent or participation in the process. Perhaps this explains why different healing modalities work for different people but no one modality seems to work for everyone.

How Does Reiki Healing Work

So, how do Reiki self-healing techniques fit into this framework and why do we believe they offer a powerful way for people to regain their health and well being?

First and foremost, Reiki is far more than just a ‘sticking plaster’ solution to a specific malady. When you have a headache you might take a pill that relieves the symptoms but probably does nothing to help the root cause of your dis-ease. Although you might feel better in the short term, it is likely that your headache will return at a later time.


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In contrast, Reiki provides us with a model of what it means to be fully human. I say ‘model’ because we have no way of knowing whether this model corresponds to reality exactly, or whether it is a close approximation to something that can never be entirely captured by words. It can be experienced and lived though, and it is in the living of it that its true magic can be felt. In the Reiki model we talk about the whole person (body, mind and spirit), recognising that problems that manifest in our body are often the result of causes that exist in other areas of our total system.

Reiki is an Understanding Not a Treatment


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When you go to a good Reiki practitioner for a treatment you should actually be taught the full Reiki model; effectively you are learning Reiki rather than being treated by Reiki. You may feel the effects of Reiki through the hands of the practitioner you are working with, and this may help you to understand what Reiki is about, but it is you who will decide whether to connect to Reiki or not. Remember, all healing begins from within!

As you gain an understanding of what Reiki is about you will probably find that you are making changes in many areas of your life. Each of these changes builds to take you to a place of health and well being which lies far beyond your original reason for seeking out a Reiki healer. This brings us full circle to our original question, do Reiki self healing techniques work?

The answer is simply, it depends. If all you do is follow the self treatment hand positions as in the graphic on this page, then I doubt very much that you will receive any benefit at all. On the other hand, if you buy into the Reiki model we have spoken about, and understand how the hand positions relate to that model, then you will almost certainly feel much greater benefits from these Reiki self treatment techniques.

What is Reiki About?

A new philosophy, a way of life, is not given for nothing. It has to be paid dearly for and only acquired with much patience and great effort –  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

In essence, the Reiki model is actually quite simple but, unfortunately, simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy! It is built on three pillars of understanding:

  • That we are energetic beings with bodies who have forgotten our connection to the source of all.
  • That by reconnecting with the source energy we can restore our mind-body system to complete balance and harmony.
  • That it is possible to direct and channel source energy through our intention.

That’s it, although a quick search around the Internet may make it sound vastly more complex that that. Unfortunately, much that should be freely available for the benefit of all, has become veiled in either an ego driven, or a money driven, shroud of secrets and mystery. This is as sad as it is unnecessary and clearly shows that humans are capable of screwing up pretty well everything; especially an enlightened view on health and well being.

We believe that this knowledge should be available for the greater good of all and one of our goals is to make the philosophy behind Universal Energy Healing available for everyone. We are not just talking about healing specific medical conditions either. The search for a solution to a particular problem may be the reason why you arrived here, but I would hope that you can now see that the self-healing we are discussing is far more than just this. We are looking at righting the root cause(s) behind all our various maladies.

Thanks for stopping by. Remember, all healing stems from within. If you are interested in finding out more about the Reiki model we have spoken about then our online course will be available by the end of March 2017. Please sign up to our monthly newsletter ‘Confessions of a Misguided Monk‘ for notification of when it is available or email me directly at info@universalenergyhealing.net.  Please, keep in touch. Share a comment or questions and I will get back to you. Click here to read The Big Idea – it may help you to understand more about our healing philosophy.

We are members of the Reiki Healing Association

What is Reiki?

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(c) Can Stock Photo / Nikki24

Reiki is a Japanese spiritual practice that promotes healing, either for yourself or for other people. The healing powers of the technique are based on the idea that there is an unseen ‘life force energy’ (what we call Universal Energy) that is the ultimate source of everything in the created universe. Not only does this energy represent the source of our existence but it also flows through each person, animating them and keeping them alive. When our life force energy is low or the flow is constricted, we get sick or feel weak. If our life force is high, we feel healthy and happy.

The name Reiki is taken from two Japanese characters that describe energy itself. The word ‘rei’, means ‘unseen’ or ‘spiritual’ and ‘ki’ which means ‘energy’ or ‘life force’. When combined it become Reiki – in English, its meaning is usually given as ‘universal life energy’.

Modern Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui who lived in Japan from 1865-1926. His story is surrounded by some myth but it seems as though he received the ability of healing after going through three weeks of fasting and meditating on top of Mount Kurama. He studied extensively many ancient healing texts, so it is very likely that Reiki is actually a ‘rediscovery’ rather than something new.

Reiki healers use a technique similar to that of laying on of hands. This action is said to promote the channelling of universal energy which flows through the palms and moves to those areas within the ‘patient’ that require balancing. It is important to understand that this healing power can be used for self-treatment as well as for treating others. Interestingly, Reiki works whether the student believes it or not.

Reiki is beautifully simple, both to learn and apply. It feels very natural. As a therapy it has proved beneficial in treating virtually every known physical, emotional, and mental disease. It also provides an ‘alternative’ approach that works well when combined with more traditional medical or therapeutic techniques; specifically, it can help to relieve the side effects of medication and promote a speedier recovery.

Reiki and the ability to use it effectively, cannot be taught in the usual sense. The skill is said to be ‘transferred’ to the student during a Reiki class. After the skill has been passed on, it allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of ‘life force energy’ that can then be used to improve health and enhance the quality of their life.

Practising Reiki also has an added beneficial effect – that of spiritual healing. However, although Reiki may be spiritual in nature, it is certainly not considered a religion. There are no set of beliefs or specific dogma that one has to adhere to to practice Reiki. That said, it does offer a pathway that helps to develop and promote harmonious living with others. Aside from practising Reiki and its principles, Mikao Usui also recommends the practise of simple ethical ideals that can lead to peace and harmony among people.

Getting to know Reiki can be very powerful. Not only does it help people become a healing channel for themselves and others, but it also promotes peace and harmonious living amongst all people.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment below if you have and thoughts or questions about Reiki. If you would like to find out more about our way of teaching Reiki, our online course will be available by the end of March 2017. Please sign up to our mailing list to receive notification of its launch. You may find reading The Big Idea will give you more information about our teaching philosophy.

We are members of the Reiki Healing Association