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Reiki - How To Manage Your Energy

reiki how to manage your energy

One of my lovely newly qualified Reiki 1 students sent me a link to a Youtube video of a woman asking spiritual teacher, Sadhguru how she can protect herself from taking on the karma of others when giving a reiki treatment. Sadhguru proceeded to express his dislike of any energy work as he felt it was wrong to 'mess' with someone's energy. He also went on to say that it was very ego-centric as the person is acting as if they are God.

Both of these concerns have come up many times during my Reiki journey so, as much as I respect Sudhguru, I am keen to address them today.

Some students, like the lady in the video, aren't taught how to manage their energy during a reiki treatment, so they end up feeling energetically drained after only one session, which is a complete shame. I actually wasn't taught this either, it's something I was intuitively drawn to do.

My students are always taught the following:

  • Reiki is Japanese for spiritual life force energy. We all have Reiki energy within us but our life force also known as Chi / Prana / Qi / Ki can be dimmed by the stresses and challenges of everyday life.

  • Healing with the hands is actually second nature to us - Many people naturally place their hands on a painful part of their body or a wound without knowing why they do this.

  • The Reiki practitioner is not doing the healing, Reiki is doing the healing in tandem with the person's own body. The body knows how to heal itself as long as the internal conditions are right, which is where Reiki can help.

  • We are simply conduits or vessels for the Reiki energy to flow through and nothing more.

  • We always seek permission from the person before treatment and trust that the Reiki goes where it's needed for the person's highest good - Always for their highest good.

  • We let go of expectation, we let go of wanting feedback or proof and just trust that the reiki is working.

  • The energy is not coming from the Practitioner but from the heavens above. When we connect to Reiki we must always see the light coming in from the Universe into our crown chakra. We see this light filling us up and surrounding us. As reiki is the same frequency as love it is a very high frequency which can change anything lower than it and as it fills you up and surrounds you, it is self-protecting.

  • During the treatment, we aim to keep calm and keep our vibration high so we can flow as much Reiki energy as possible and so our person will naturally resonate with our high vibration, lifting their mood.

  • If our mood drops in empathy with our client we can raise our frequency in several ways. By reconnecting to that light coming in from above or by deep breathing into the Hara point (lower belly), thinking of things we love or are grateful for or we can repeat a loving mantra or beautiful prayer.

  • After the treatment, we disconnect and cleanse, ideally using a Japanese technique taught by the founder of this treatment Mikao Usui, called Kenyoku Ho.

So you see, if we follow these steps we will not be left drained and we will not take on the person's emotions. The aim is to get the ego out of the way, be that vessel and trust that the reiki energy is doing what it needs to do and going where it needs to go.

Reiki Healing is completely agnostic and not a religion or cult. It is a beautiful healing system that initiates our body's own healing ability. This is why there are zero contraindications for Reiki as stated by the CNHC, a government-founded complementary therapy regulator, making it suitable for everyone including babies, children and pregnant women.

Reiki is pure love and light which is why more and more people are being drawn to receive it or to learn how to work with it. Just b sure to choose a good teacher.

You can watch my latest Youtube video on the topic by clicking the image below.

If you have any questions at all about your Reiki practice or Reiki in general, do let me know.


Gwen x


Gwen Allison

Is an expert Life Transformation Coach, Spiritual Business Coach, Accredited Meditation Teacher and Reiki Master/Teacher with a desire to open your mind to new possibilities, whilst gently guiding you towards your goals and personal transformations.

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