Help! My Reiki isn't working!
By Beth Lowell
"Is it possible for a person not to be able to do Reiki?", "Sometimes, I just feel like my Reiki isn't working!" and "I don't feel anything in my hands, and my dog doesn't appear to care one way or the other when I give her a Reiki treatment." are a few things I've heard - from students, from practitioners new to Reiki, and from those who learned Reiki a long time ago and are picking up practice again.
Recently I consulted a homeopath and when the subject of Reiki came up, she mentioned that she had taken a course in the past. She confessed she didn't get it. She'd felt nothing, and like somewhat of a fraud when practicing. She quit and dismissed Reiki. (When I delved into it a little deeper, I was pleased and relieved to see the “aha” moment in her eyes as she exclaimed, "Oh! I get it now, it's a spiritual practice!") But mostly I find that people don't "get it" in a way that builds their confidence so easily.
When I talk to people who feel unsure, I remind them of the precepts. But not worrying, working diligently, and having compassion for one's self sometimes are not enough to bolster confidence in those who simply don't feel a physical sensation. I remind them, as my teachers reminded me, to let go of expectations, remembering all the while how disappointed I was when my unevetful level two attunement felt pale in comparison to my first one, which came complete with colors and visions ---despite my concentrated efforts to prepare myself for such an occurrence. Practice and time build confidence, I tell them, knowing all too well how little these words might mean to someone looking for something more concrete.
I never hesitate to pass on resources I think might help answer any Reiki question, and they often include articles by Reiki practitioners published right here in the Reiki Digest. So this week, I'm asking Reiki practitioners of all levels to share your advice for those looking to build confidence in their Reiki practice…this could be as simple as relating pearls of wisdom that someone else shared with you, describing a helpful exercise that you've recommended to others, telling your personal story, posting a link to a useful article, or just offering a word of encouragement. Please use the comments box below to post your reply. If you are new to Reiki and need help, feel free to post your question here as well.