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

reiki [ˈreɪki] NOUN:

  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.

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 ‘alternative therapies are the only way’ 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 ‘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.

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. (I think it’s important here to clarify that Reiki is not, in any way, a cure. For anything. If you have a serious medical condition or concern, please seek medical advice). 

So, if you’re feeling it, why not?

 When we look at health, there can be two distinct camps – 

  • Alternative vs.
  • Conventional.

Alternative treatments are things like Reiki, Naturopathy, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Sound Healing, Aromatherapy and Yoga (among others). Conventional treatments are, well, conventional. Medical Doctors, prescribed medications, hospitals etc. 

As a Reiki practitioner and intuitive, you’d possibly assume that I’m firmly planted in the ‘alternative’ camp. Not necessarily so. In fact, I don’t like the term ‘alternative’. Personally. I prefer – and always use – the term ‘complimentary’. 

There is no doubt, and it has been proven, that natural or alternative therapies are beneficial. Unbelievably so.  I also believe that science still has its place.

This is a real simple way of explaining what I believe – Reiki or meditation can relieve the symptoms of, say, chemo, and help ease anxiety, which could – COULD – aid in helping the body heal itself quicker. Neither will cure cancer.  

I watched a show on Netflix once that I can’t remember the name of, but it explored the validity of alternative therapies like aromatherapy and tantra (both of which I love). The episode on aromatherapy looked at 2 people – one was an aromatherapist who worked in a hospital and one was a ‘Wellness Consultant’ working with essential oils.

The Aromatherapist consulted at a hospital. She was called in by a concerned doctor whose patient who was so terrified of his post-op pain that he wouldn’t try walking, something that was imperative to his recovery. She designed an oil blend for him to inhale, it helped with his anxiety and he took his first post-op steps. Absolutely brilliant outcome, and I take my hat off to the doctor who was open minded enough to go down that road.

Then we have the Wellness Consultant who told people that ingesting lemon oil cured her daughters cancer. No. Just, no. Red flag. Danger, Will Robinson. 

One of these cases is a fantastic and shining example of how natural and conventional treatments and therapies can work hand in hand. The other is just dangerous and irresponsible (and yes, it was once particular MLM essential oil company that I refuse to use, no matter how great people say it is. Might start with ‘D’). Apart from anything else, people like this make the rest of us look like quacks. 

Now, I’m the last person who should be bagging natural and alternative therapies. I’m a level 2 Reiki practitioner, I believe in energy and sound healing, meditation and the power of the Universe. Yes, I do believe that there are certain physical things you can change and heal with the power of the mind (see Dr Joe Dispenza. I’m a huge fan).

I also trust science.

I would like to see people in both camps be a bit more open minded to the validity of the other. Imagine medical doctors and alternative therapists working together in a utopian world of healing – I can’t wait for the day when a Dr will prescribe meditation or aromatherapy as part of a patients post op treatment plan, or reiki  practitioners have their place in hospitals or their own rooms in clinics beside GPs. 

Best of both worlds, baby – and that can’t be bad 🙂 

Tracey Dawes 6/11/2021

(NB: the views expressed here are the opinions of the author – nothing more, nothing less. They are opinions only, not instructions. The reader is encouraged to do their own research and form their own views)