How Effective Is Reiki in Healing?

Updated on July 7, 2016
Choku Rei, the first symbol in Reiki, is used to increase Reiki power. Reiki symbols are used to focus attention in order to connect with specific healing frequencies. This symbol, together with the other two below, are taught only in Reiki Part II.
Choku Rei, the first symbol in Reiki, is used to increase Reiki power. Reiki symbols are used to focus attention in order to connect with specific healing frequencies. This symbol, together with the other two below, are taught only in Reiki Part II. | Source

Reiki (universal energy) is an energy-healing technique developed by Mikao Usui in 1922. Practitioners believe that they can transfer universal energy through the crown of their head and out through their palms to facilitate self-healing, as well as to heal other people.

In my quest to find out how effective Reiki is, I joined a Reiki course in July 2010 when two Australian Reiki Masters were invited to conduct the course in my little hometown. Just 3 months prior, I had undergone a course in energy healing, organized by the Academy of Human Universal Energy and Spirituality (HUESA).

We had 15 participants in the class but by the end of the 2-day Part I course, it seems to me that no more than 5 participants felt that they had acquired the technique because they did not "feel anything", i.e. they did not feel any healing energy coursing through their body or felt anything perceptible.

Because I had personally seen positive results from using the HUESA technique on my family members, I was more receptive to Reiki, even though I did not feel the energy coursing through my body either. Nevertheless, I told myself that I would stick to the HUESA technique because I could feel the chakras of the 'patients' vibrating after a while. Chakras are "energy centers" located along the spinal column. The Reiki technique that I learned does not involve chakra, so I will not elaborate on them.

How Reiki Works

Reiki Part II: Psychic Communication

Reiki Part II involves psychic communication to determine the underlying causes of the illness(es) suffered by the patient. It involves drawing the green symbol (see symbol on the right) in the air or on the back of the other hand, three times, while repeating the name of the symbol, Sei He Ki.

It was only after I had several successes in psychic communication to determine the underlying cause of the illnesses suffered by my 'patients' that I was finally convinced of the effectiveness and superiority of Reiki over two other energy healing techniques that I had also learnt. On top of that, I could feel the energy flow, once I started using the Choku Rei power symbol (yellow symbol above). I will give three specific examples of psychic communication below.

Sei He Ki, the 2nd symbol of Reiki, is used for psychic communication, as well as mental/emotional healing
Sei He Ki, the 2nd symbol of Reiki, is used for psychic communication, as well as mental/emotional healing | Source

Example 1: Heart Problems Caused by Divorce

I was requested by a religious center to give Reiki to a patient (let's called her X) with faulty heart valve problems. The religious center did not know her well because she was neither local nor an active member of the center because of her health condition.

During my first healing session, I did my psychic communication and the reply was just one word, "Divorce". I told X what I had "heard". (My psychic communication is auditory, while some are either visual or a sense of inner knowing.) She did not respond. I told her the importance of acknowledging the problem before healing could take place. She still did not respond. When I went out of the house for a smoke (Reiki practitioners are not supposed to smoke), I suddenly heard a quarrel (in a dialect which I could not understand) inside the house between her and her sister. I therefore decided to call off the session until the following week.

During the second session, I again did my psychic communication and this time, the reply was: "Divorce, divorce, divorce." Again, I emphasized to X the importance of acknowledging the cause of her heart problem and she finally admitted. She told me that she had tried very hard to block off the memory of her divorce which had turned ugly over child custody... her sleepless nights and fears over whether she would win in court, as she had no income nor ever worked before in her life. I told her that if there were anything too personal to tell me, she should talk it out with her own self in private or else write it down and then read it out. (According to my Reiki Masters, by acknowledging the problem and talking it out with the 'patient' during the healing session, the 'patient' will relieve himself or herself of the problems that are in his or her heart.)

I thought the Reiki sessions were going on well but a few days later, I was told that X had complained to the religious center that I had invaded her privacy by digging into her personal life. I therefore decided to discontinue the session.

Months later, I was told by another friend that X had praised me, saying that I had helped her a lot. I did not visit her again and I do not know in what way her health condition had improved.

Example 2: A Series of Major Health Problems, Caused by a Reluctance to Visit Her Adopted Mother

A friend had shifted some 500 kilometers away when her husband was transferred to another town by his company. Given for adoption to a childless couple since birth, she dutifully travelled some 1,000 kilometers each month to visit her aged adopted parents, after she relocated. However, ever since the death of her adopted father, she had been encountering a series of major health problems, at times requiring surgery.

I told her that I would do a Reiki psychic communication for her. She listed down for me about 10 major health problems, ranging from prolapsed uterus (dropped uterus) to scoliosis and carpal tunnel syndrome. She also sprained her ankle several time, just before she was scheduled to visit her adopted mother again.

I told her that I would make a request for the causes of each of these illnesses, one by one. However, when I went into psychic communication mode and asked for the causes of her first health problem, the answer was: "All sicknesses due to one cause. She doesn't want to visit her mother." The answer caught me by surprise because I was thinking that I would be spending the whole evening, asking one by one.

When I told her the answer, she began to give vent to her anger, explaining to me why she hated her adopted mother so much. She admitted that several times when she had planned to visit her aged adopted mother who was now living alone in one house to herself, she would fall sick and ended up in hospital. I told her that the issue ought to be addressed, otherwise she would only end up with another major illness, as soon as the previous one was cured. But she didn't want to be healed, saying that she would rather die earlier than her adopted mother. I told her I could not do Reiki for her until she herself resolves her internal conflicts and decides that she indeed wants to be healed.


Example 3: Illness Caused by Karmic Affliction

This case is the most bizarre case that I have encountered. It involves a relative with karmic affliction. Suffering from a weak physical constitution since birth, Western doctors were unable to identify the cause of her illness. Finally, she became so weak and desperate that she decided to see a Chinese physician.

To improve her weak constitution, the Chinese physician prescribed whole uncut ginseng, saying that cut ginseng would not be effective in her case, given her serious condition. After three such ginseng that cost a bomb, he wanted to stop the treatment as he had to return to his home country to take care of his dying father. However, according to him, the Goddess of Mercy approached him to help my relative. As the cost of treatment was very, very expensive, he financed the cost for a further one year before finally telling my relative that he could not help any further. Coincidentally, that was the time when I had just completed my Reiki course and so I did a psychic communication to find the cause.

Because this case involves karmic afflictions, the details of the psychic communication are confidential because I was specifically told by the "karmic creditor" not to reveal. In any case, I will just give a brief sketch, otherwise it would be totally meaningless to cite this example. I had nightmares for a few nights, as I had visitations from the "karmic creditor" who said that it (yes, it is an "it", more I cannot say) would continue to exact karmic payment from my relative, not only in this lifetime but also beyond. After much negotiation, the "karmic creditor" agreed to relent. As the Chinese physician had psychic ability, he found out about it and told my relative that with the hurdle now cleared, he would continue with the treatment, which he did for another three months. Today, my relative is in very much better shape, although I cannot say that she is perfectly cured.


So is Reiki really effective? Honestly, based on my own personal experience, I cannot tell because I gave up practising Reiki after slightly over a month when I encountered disappointment doing charity work. But as you can see from the above, the psychic communication was mind-boggling. From what I have seen and believe, however, Reiki is definitely a good, complementary therapy. Whether it can be used alone, I dare not say for certain, nor do I think it is advisable. But as a complementary therapy, yes, I fully agree.

My Australian Reiki Master was a skeptic. Wheelchair-bound for two years, he refused to believe that Reiki could help him walk again, when doctors could not do so. And the doctors had even explained to him why he could never walk again (some nerve deterioration, if I am not mistaken). It took more than a year of pestering by his friend, also a Reiki practitioner, until one day, his friend asked him: "What have you to lose?" that he finally decided to give it a try. Try, he did and he finally walks again! That was why he decided to close down his retail business to become a Reiki Master.

As I had mentioned earlier, I also learned another form of energy healing called FuShen Therapy. The instructor was a school teacher who had almost died after her cancer treatment. She was finally healed, after her friend kept giving her Fushen Therapy. That is why she is so devoted to the technique. However, she advised us not to go to people's house to heal them as she had encountered many patients who were unappreciative. She said that if these people want the therapy, they should go by themselves to the healing centers instead. By so doing, they would have no reason to complain about, since they are the ones who have voluntarily gone to the centers themselves.

There are also others who also swear by the efficacy of Reiki in Yahoo Answers. While I personally believe that energy therapy can be effective, a lot also depends on the patients' state of mind. If the patient is skeptical, energy healing will not work as the negative energy will interfere with the gentle healing energy. However, the patient does not have to believe in the therapy. So long as he or she is not negative and is willing to try, energy therapy will still work. Because of this, I believe that energy therapy is not merely something psychological. Having said that, I also believe that energy healing will work even faster, if the patient believes in the therapy,.

Full Reiki Healing Treatment on a Chair


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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Gnaneeswaran, so you have the key to unlock the patient's subconscious mind. After you draw your sei hi ki, place that hand on top of the head and then ask, "[Patient's name], can I enter the realm of your subsconscious?" Clear your mind and wait for a response. If it says, "Yes", or "Yes, please come in", then you say "thank you", followed by your question, e.g. "What is the cause of your heart problem?" Again, clear your mind and wait for a response. DO NOT force the answer because if you do, that's your mind answering and not the patient's subconscious.

      If you are not satisfied with the answer, then ask, "[Patient's name], can I enter the inner chamber of your subconscious?" (This is to enter a deeper level of the patient's subconscious mind.) Then repeat the subsequent steps as before?

      I hope this helps. I believe you know how to use han sha she zo nen, so I will not explain.

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      Gnaneeswaran 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

      Yes in level two i was taught cho-ku-rei , Sei hi ki and han sha she zo nen, but sei he ki was taught , but he never told me that it can be used for diagnosis, any how i have learnt it from you. thank you very much

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Gnaneeswaran, sorry to hear that. I was trained by an Australian Reiki Master. He said the uniqueness of Reiki, compared to other forms of energy therapy, is that you can and should identify the cause of any illness before giving treatment. My, am I fortunate that I was trained by him!

      What did your master teach you in Level 2? Did he teach you the Sei He Ki symbol? If so, that is the symbol to unlock the patient's subconscious in order to determine the cause.

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      Gnaneeswaran 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

      Thank you very much , i am a REiki level 2 practitioner , but my Reiki master has not taught this.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Gnaneeswaran, psychic communication is Part 2 of Reiki to identify the cause of the illness. Most people learn only Part 1.

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      Gnaneeswaran 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

      The psychic communication system is something i have read for the first time, even though i have studied hundreds of Reiki websites

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Len, what you mention is probably a different Reiki system from what I learned. My masters said that what they taught us is the original system, as thought by Usui himself. I learned Part I & II (Part III is the Master's level), but there's no mention of chakras.

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      len thomas 4 years ago

      I have always wondered for quite a while as to what REIKI really is, not the effects but as to what is it. Each of the 4 symbols hold different vibrations, it is these vibrations when all of the symbols are written as a formula and using a process called an attunement are applied to selected spiritual Chakras lift the vibrations of those Chakras. To hold those higher vibrations it is necessary to put a cork into Chakras. If you don't seal the Chakras then the added vibrations will fade back to normal. Usui used a system of chanting before every session to lift the vibrations. Sealing the Chakras has the same effect.

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      Poon Poi Ming 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I believe that acknowledgement of the cause removes any obstruction to healing and this acknowledgement, in itself, is already a big achievement. Healing of the body takes place all the time, with or without Reiki, because it's the body's in-built mechanism to do so. But with energy therapy, whether Reiki or any other methods, healing will be expedited.

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      EmilyZ 5 years ago

      Hi Walter,

      I've done a Reiki course but did not feel any energy. I am always interested in all forms of healing.

      So if these people have an issue and acknowledges them, do they still need healing or the body heals itself after that? Thanks.

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      Poon Poi Ming 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Foivos Manoloudis, thanks for dropping by. I messed up Reiki because I was learning too many techniques and they sapped my energy. (If I am using Reiki alone, this would not have happened.) Mahikari is another energy-healing system. My friend swore by it because it uses God power. She has more miraculous results.

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      Foivos Manoloudis 5 years ago from Greece

      Nice Hub!I haven't taken a Reiki course but I have tried the experience of this beautiful therapy.