Reiki: An Empowering Tool.

Via Angie Webster
on Feb 1, 2015
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When I learned about Reiki, I was a mess in every sense of the word.

I was physically trashed with chronic health issues, depressed and anxious much of the time. I couldn’t sleep well and relied on sleeping pills to help me glean what little sleep I did get. I was in so much chronic pain for years that I had a hard time walking and for about a year I used a cane to get around.

That was all before I turned forty.

I also never felt comfortable with myself internally. On a spiritual level, I had sought everywhere I could think to look, never feeling comfortable with the “me” that I was seeking. I couldn’t figure out how to make myself fit into the life I felt I was supposed to fit into, so I felt spiritually broken. I thought I didn’t belong here.

All my life I had been intuitively aware that there is more to the body than we can see.

We can’t see emotion, but we can surely feel it and it’s effects. We can’t see thoughts, but we feel them coursing through us and through others in a room, especially when the thoughts are harsh.

When a person approaches you from behind, you feel them, even if you have ear buds in and can’t hear them. You can feel someone looking at you from the other side of the room.

When you walk into a room where an argument has happened moments before, you can sense it, even if all of the evidence is gone.

These are all clear examples of energy working through and around us.

So when I learned there were forms of energy healing that worked with this notion, I was interested. What amazed me was that the friend who was telling me about it worked with a group that sent the energy at long distances!

She offered to add my name to the list of people they treated once a week. Yet I would be over an hour away from where they met. She explained that it didn’t matter and that they even treated people that were not in the country, with great success.

I accepted, though skeptically. Yet, I was amazed that each week, at the appointed time, I would feel warmth come over my entire body and a feeling of ease and peace that pervaded my mind and spirit. All pain would leave my body for the rest of the evening. Some weeks I would forget that the session was coming, yet I would still feel the wave of warmth and peace at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.

Soon changes in my life began. My health improved, seemingly on its own. I began making better choices, without really trying or thinking about it.

I ate better, began finding exercise that worked for me, quit smoking. My sleep improved and I was able to wean off many medications. I became more tuned in to the “voice” inside, that gut feeling that knows what’s right or wrong for me. I began meditating. I felt more at home in my own skin. I had a sense of wonder and curiosity about my spirituality and I began to lose the sense of urgency to fit a mold.

Within a few years, my life had completely turned around. I sought out how to become a Reiki practitioner and teacher. That decision was very empowering as well, giving me the tool to always have the healing energy at my fingertips, whenever I needed it. I have gone from feeling like a victim of life, getting tossed around by every incoming wave or storm, to knowing that I am part of the process and one with all of life.

It has been amazing to know I now have a tool that truly works, which I can call on wherever I am, day or night by simply placing my hands on myself and letting the loving Reiki energy flow. I am at no one’s mercy. I still have pain sometimes and I still get sick sometimes. But Reiki brings the pain to a manageable level and it brings me peace. It has balanced my overall health and given me my life back. I think this was partly due to Reiki, and partly because I no longer feel out of control. I have something I can do to help myself.

It took me awhile to understand how Reiki works, especially from a distance.

I still feel that the physical experience of Reiki says more than words ever could. Think of the way we turn on our computers or cell phones. We click on an app or enter a web address to go to a website so that we “tune in” to what we want to see on the Internet. In the same way, the Reiki practitioner, “turns on” Reiki, asking it to flow. Then s/he “tunes in” to whomever s/he is directing healing to, in-person or far away, and the energy flows to them.

My distant clients have the same experience I had with it. Warmth, tingling, deep peace, relief of pain and stress, feeling my hands on them, feeling me in the room with them, even hearing my voice! All from across the globe.

Having a way to help can be such an important part of healing, in and of itself, whether you are the person who is ill, or the caretaker. Caretakers can become very stressed because they want to feel relief for their loved one and don’t know what to do. I saw it in those who loved me.

At the basic level, Reiki training offers strength and empowerment, literally in your own hands, relieving that stress and opening doors. What a relief to gently lay your hands on your loved ones and see and feel the distress and pain ease within minutes!

I have come to believe Reiki can be another useful tool for us as we walk the path to spiritual, physical and mental wholeness. It is such a lovely compliment to other tools, such as yoga and meditation, and as it helps people heal, it often leads people to these other tools. Reiki continues to open me to what is ideal for my path in each moment.


Author: Angie Webster

Editor: Emma Ruffin

Photo: Flickr


About Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a freelance writer, Reiki Master Teacher and meditation teacher. She lives in central Illinois with her husband and her cat. She incorporates yoga, meditation, healthy food, Reiki, and spiritual practice to guide and heal her body, mind, and life. Reiki and a healthy lifestyle contributed to her recovery after a 20-year struggle with neurological and other health issues. She comes out the other side with a new perspective on life and now seeks to empower others, reminding them of their own healing abilities. Angie invites you to share her passion for Reiki at Reiki Rays.


10 Responses to “Reiki: An Empowering Tool.”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I am always confused by people who say that reiki changed their life. I have been attuned to two levels since 2006 and I started using it very seriously a few years ago for chronic health problems. it did not help me much and most of the time created bad side effects like headaches and low blood sugar and I had to stop using it. im so afraid of side effects that I only use it on my stomach when it has issues, or I breathe energy into skin lesions, or minor problems. its made me lose my faith because it has never helped me much through some of the most terrible things in my life.

  2. @jjsaint107 says:

    That's funny at first I didn't believe but now im a master teacher in Usui Reiki and I love it I use it all the time for many things many people all over the world I have never had any problems or bad side effects in fact I lost weight 235 to 175 where I should be I had high blood pressure was on pills now i take no pills fish oil ever day and vitamins that come from fruits and vegetables I do not know why you are experiencing these negative effects. I don't think it's Reiki it does not, do harm or be used in I'll manner you and only use it for good if you try to use it for bad it simply doesn't work. If I were you I would consult my closest shaman and find out what's going on. Or even a body talk practitioner would be a good hand to they do amazing work but I think a shaman would be the best. Good luck I hope you find an answer.

  3. Jessica says:

    Jennifer, part of what powers Reiki is your intention. You have the power to change your own attitude towards anything. You're allowing the word "bad side effects" to come out of your mouth. Your body is over 70% water, and water is highly programmable to our thoughts. Your body hears what you are saying and thinking and it responds in kind. Find a mantra that works to change those thoughts around to the positive side, and if you repeat it consistently, with the intent and belief that it will work, then your body will respond in kind. This one turned my life around: Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. Repeat it to yourself all the time, and most especially when you are feeling your worst, and in time you will see a big difference. Blessings to you!

  4. Think back to when your were attuned ….. Your Reiki Master should have mentioned that Reiki can sometimes make you feel "worse" for a short time as it releases the toxins and negative energies that have built up in your body. This is so they can be flushed away from your system. That's why you should always have plenty of water to drink over the following days after a treatment.

  5. Gabriella says:

    Hi Jennifer, Are you drinking enough water? Reiki helps to remove toxins from your body and if you are not drinking water afterwards it can leave you with a headache. Are you listening to your body? Sometimes you may have to see your doctor about adjusting your medication because Reiki is helping you heal on some level and maybe that's why you are experiencing lie blood pressure. Are you changing your diet to eat more organic and food that is not processed and eating little to no animal protein? Often people who use Reiki will do this to become healthier and spiritual. Hope this helps.
    Gabriella 🙂

  6. sage says:

    I also haven’t gotton the great results I hear so many peoole speak of. Your feedback to Jennifer hopefully may help me too.

    Love and light to you all.

  7. Cee says:

    Can reiki be used to heal relationships between family members who are situated across the globe and misunderstandings are abounding

  8. vbroshan says:

    a short descripsion abour reiki…
    Reiki is the art of channeling unique divinely guided life force energy through the healer and passing the energy on to the person who is being healed. As the energy is being channeled the reiki healer is also healed and energized during the healing session. The healing energy possesses innate intelligence. reiki is a divinely guided energy, it knows how and what to heal.

  9. Holistic Spirituality says:

    Jennifer, if you begin using Reiki every day on yourself, the healing crisis or healing response symptoms that you mentioned will begin to ease over time. It has a cumulative effect as it clears the layers of toxins and old energetic debris away. My results were not overnight. In fact, in the first months, I did have pain relief with each session, but could only see the other improvements looking back a year later because 1) they were gradual, 2) there were many instances where I felt worse before I felt better or had to make significant and uncomfortable changes first. Check with your doctor to be certain al your bases are covered medically, keep doing self-Reiki daily, at least for 10 minutes, preferably longer, drink lots of water and consider supporting your progress with a Reiki session from another practitioner, body talk, or other method that helps to support your energy system.

  10. Holistic Spirituality says:

    Yes, Cee. Reiki can be used to assist with emotional and relational issues.

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