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According to good old Google (or was it Bing?) –



  1. a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being

That’s it in a nutshell, really.

Reiki (Ray – Key) is a Japanese word which, when loosely translated, means ‘Universal (Rei) Lifeforce Energy (Ki)’. Reiki dates back to 1865, and a man named Mikao Usui. The exact details regarding its discovery are sketchy, which could mean either that it’s all BS (if you’re a sceptic) or that record keeping in the late 1800’s left a bit to be desired.

Either way, Reiki has developed quite the following among both practitioners and clients (I don’t like using the word ‘patient’, but that’s just me).

Since becoming certified in Reiki, I have done a lot of research into what it is and why there is so much scepticism surrounding it, and most alternative therapies, for that matter. There seem to be three very definite groups out there –

  1. the full-on fans of woo-woo and card-carrying members of the anti-vax, death to big pharma brigade,
  2. the if it isn’t prescribed by a medical professional and comes in a jar it’s rubbish people; and
  3. the people in the middle. The ones I like to call ‘open minded sceptics’ (this is where I land, by the way).

It’s not difficult to find articles on the subject or Reiki. Some slam it as a scam, others swear by it – I even found a couple of articles on ‘What Can Go Wrong in a Reiki Session’, which I will cover another day (spoiler alert – nothing).

Honestly, I do find it a bit funny that most scientific articles debunk any kind of energy healing or treatment as hippie dippy rubbish, yet according to quantum physics (Yes, I, too watched ‘Big Bang’) ‘we are part of a vast, invisible field of energy, which contains all possible realities and responds to our thoughts and our feelings.’

Here’s a related example.

We have all said for ages that the nutbags come out when there’s a full moon, have we not? Having worked in customer service for near 30 years and briefly in hospo, I can personally attest to that. In recent years, a mate told me she was having a – let’s say ‘discussion’ – with her husband about that. He didn’t believe the moon being full could make a generally sane and calm person carry on like a pie can. She argued that since our bodies are made up of quite the percentage of water, and that if the moon affects the tides (also water), why wouldn’t it have an effect on a human?

He conceded that she did, indeed, have a point.

I think the same can be said of Ki, of life force energy. If Quantum Mechanics tells us everything in the universe is energy, why then is something that uses energy to heal or calm dismissed as flaky?

Let’s look that the ‘Many Worlds Theory’ –


I quote directly from

“According to this theory, in addition to our universe, there is an infinite number of other universes. The theory was originally offered to resolve strange quantum interpretation of particles and their wave-particle dual nature and causality principle.

In many world theory, you are not living in just one space; rather, there are infinite transcripts of you in other worlds that may happen to have completely different behavior. In multiple universe theory, each of your versions can have a completely different fate”


I’m not saying the Many Worlds Theory has anything to do with Reiki itself. I mention it because not only is it fascinating and worth further exploration, but it also shows that science itself is a purveyor of some pretty out-there s**t.

For a first-hand account of a Reiki session, check out this article (this article is definitely worth a read. For a sceptic, she gives a really fair and balanced view of things) –

The author cites her physical reactions during treatment, and mentions that perhaps the benefits experienced after a Reiki treatment may be due to the ‘placebo effect’.

I’m sure we are all more than familiar with what a placebo is, but just in case, the definition  found at states that The placebo effect is when an improvement of symptoms is observed, despite using a nonactive treatment. It’s believed to occur due to psychological factors like expectations or classical conditioning. Research has found that the placebo effect can ease things like pain, fatigue, or depression.’

So, what they’re saying is that the Reiki practitioner does nothing. If the recipient leaves a session feeling better, less anxious or with some pain being alleviated, that it’s all in their head and not due to what Reiki may or may not have done.

To that, can I just say………so?

I know through personal experience, that there is nothing weird or fake about Reiki energy and its effects, but I also understand that people are justifiably wary.

I suppose what I’m saying is that if a person comes to a Reiki practitioner to feel better, and they leave feeling better, then…..mission accomplished. The results are real, the client leaves happy and all is good in the world.

(NB: It is important to remember here, Reiki is NOT a cure, and you should beware of any practitioner who says it is. That is something I’ll be covering in the upcoming days.)

I hope this has cleared up a few things.

Reiki – like most complementary therapies – is something you’re either drawn to, or you’re not. If you’re considering a treatment, then you’re probably one of those people drawn to it, and as such, my advice is to give it a go. It’s non-invasive, gentle, there are no pills, supplements or potions, and while you may have some mild physical reactions during treatment, Reiki has no ongoing side effects. Reiki can do no harm.

So, if you’re feeling it, why not?

Tracey Dawes – Reiki Practitioner – Caloundra, Sunshine Coast