Article by Phoenix Fenegan
After a vote, our teachers promise us that Reiki can never leave us, even if we choose to leave. But sometimes it can feel like the Reiki flow is no longer as powerful as it used to be or in some cases that Reiki has left us permanently.
Here are some possible scenarios:
- Clients comment that they had strong experiences during treatment, but the practitioner feels little or nothing
- Self-treatment feels weak, ineffective, or completely absent
- All attempts to connect with Reiki lead to frustration and a sense of failure
- Clients who normally respond well to treatments seem to have stopped making progress
- A once flourishing spiritual and / or psychological development has stalled, and attempts to start over have all failed
- Byosen scans are unreliable or weak
It's easy to see why this isn't a much debated topic. The feelings of shame, disappointment, failure, and depression that can result from these feelings would be enough for anyone to throw in the towel and give up Reiki and try something different. Have we not been promised that Reiki would never leave us? Evidence to the contrary can lead us to think differently.
While it may be tempting to step away from Reiki and try a different healing method (after all, there are many trails on the same mountain), I'd bet that after the initial buzz of learning something new, it would be noticeably worn down and a similar challenge of effectiveness would arise arising from the depths that have to be faced again.
Strength or perception?
Here is the first rub.
Has Reiki really lost its strength or has just changed our perception of the strength of our Reiki?
The litmus test is the effectiveness of your treatments. If you are treating others or yourself, is the treatment producing the expected results? If so, then your awareness has likely decreased. If it doesn't, your Reiki has likely lost strength.
Why perceptions can change
The long and short of it is that it is human nature. We get used to the feelings of Reiki energy just as we get used to driving a car. Do you remember how you learned to drive? We have to consciously control every aspect of our work and since a car is a powerful, complicated machine, we constantly seek and need feedback in order to be able to drive.
But within a short time, driving becomes a natural part of our work. We record all feedback on the autopilot while we are having a conversation or listening to music. We numbed ourselves to natural feedback.
The remedy for anesthesia
Think of the condition of a road using the driving analogy. Most of the roads are relatively slippery and we don't notice the feedback we get about the suspension and steering wheel as it is the expected and normal, good feedback.
But the next time we sit in the car and decide to really seek and feel all the feedback, we will probably have a completely different experience on this drive. We may even notice some changes to the road that we hadn't noticed before.
The application of this analogy to Reiki should be clear. By consciously choosing to engage in an open and relaxed state of mind and give feedback, the perception becomes clear again.
When the Reiki strength has really waned
The golden rule: don't panic, Reiki hasn't left you.
The above is of course true. How can something that is in all things and everywhere in the entire universe leave you completely? It can't. Period.
When the strength of your Reiki has waned, the cause is stress.
Stress occurs in many ways: external pressures from the world around us, and internal pressures from our own internal dialogues, thoughts, emotions and habits.
Stress is so insidious that, like perception, we can numb ourselves to some degree. After all, life goes on and things need to be done. We don't have time to deal with all of our stressors.
However, sometimes a stressor has to be considered if we want to regain our Reiki and our spiritual development.
Our Reiki strength decreases because it is time to let go of something, move on, heal, or break through to the next level. It is a clear feedback signal that something needs to be done.
Becoming a Reiki master does not mean that we do not need help from others from time to time, be it medical, emotional, spiritual or mental. Pride is a form of stress that can also hinder your progress.
As lightworkers we knew that this path would not be easy and that our Reiki would both heal and guide us. Classes can be a little rough at times, but we all go through them.
A healing meditation to deepen and renew your Reiki
Give yourself the time to relax and work through this meditation to make it easier to traverse this rough spot. It is specially designed to improve and deepen your Reiki connection, heal Reiki anesthesia, and increase Reiki strength.
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Did you go alone
It is a paradox of human nature that we are social beings, but often we insist on dealing with things ourselves.
If self-treatments have been ineffective, contact another Reiki practitioner and attend some sessions as a client. Let them work on you and within a few sessions your own Reiki will feel renewed.
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Phoenix Fenegan is a Reiki Master Teacher, Yoga Teacher, Spiritual and Energy Researcher. Phoenix has a YouTube channel called Reiki Meditations which has many resources for Reiki students and those who want to experience Reiki. She is an author of several notes on yoga and spiritual topics and was published as early as 1997. You can follow her on Instagram @reikimeditationsyoutube