Five Myths About Reiki

Reiki is a healing practice that was developed in Japan at the start of the 20 th century by Mikao Usui. Reiki utilizes the body's energy and more importantly, the body's energy channels to align, distress, and heal it. Essentially, the Reiki practitioner's aim is to realign another's energy and then to allow healing to occur within the body. As Reiki is an alternative medicine, many misconceptions have been made about its practice. Here are the top five myths about Reiki and their correct explanations.

Myth: Reiki is a religious tradition.

Reiki is not a religion; however, it does allow an individual to get in touch with his or her own internal spirit and connect to their God of choosing. Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews, and even those that don't believe in God practice Reiki.

Myth: One should fast before receiving a Reiki treatment.

You don't need to fast; however, you should avoid ingesting spicy foods. It's preferable that you don't wear perfume or cologne, as these can be distracting to the Reiki practitioner. As well, it is suggested you refrain from smoking, alcohol, and non-prescription drugs on the day of a session.

Myth: Reiki is a type of massage therapy.

Reiki is a form of hands on healing. Reiki practitioners will place their hands on different parts of an individual's body. They do so to clear any energy that is presently blocked and therefore, causing distress. It is possible that one may encounter massage therapists that integrate Reiki into their practice.

Myth: Reiki is a substitute for medical treatment.

Reiki should be viewed as a complimentary therapy. In many countries, it is illegal for a Reiki practitioner to provide a medical diagnosis. Medical practitioners should be sought out to treat your medical concerns. You can share your diagnosis with your Reiki practitioner during a healing session.

Myth: A Reiki practitioner is left depleted after performing a healing session.

A Reiki practitioner will utilize the Universal Life Energy (ULE) to direct healing to another person through hands on healing. A Reiki practitioner acts as a channel for the ULE to go from their body to the recipient's body. As they are a conduit for the endless supply of ULE, there are no negative effects on the practitioner.

Reiki has been in practice since the start of the 20 th century. During this time, a number of myths have been constructed about Reiki. By dispelling these myths, it will allow you to seek out its healing powers with the proper knowledge at your disposal. 

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