Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
When the new client told me how excited she was to experience Reiki, as her best friend’s tumor disappeared after one Reiki session, I did not know if I should be excited – or scared! While I believe Reiki has created many miracles, I also know an expectation of a miracle can be a setup for disappointment for the client.
Let’s examine the concept of a miracle. Many of us believe there are true miracles in the world. A true miracle is an extraordinary event that surpasses all laws of the physical world and is believed to be a result of supernatural intervention. Reiki certainly can participate in miracles, as the energies of Reiki work with both the natural and supernatural worlds.
Why are some illnesses cured, and others not? There are as many answers for this question as there are disappointed people in the world. Some religions and belief systems teach if your faith is strong enough, your prayers will be answered, as you request. So, if your illness becomes terminal, or you still suffer from an injury, they believe your faith is not strong enough. Other belief systems contend all prayers are heard, and the Divine responds in a way that is best for you.
Another reason for a non-miracle may be the client has not yet learned her life lesson regarding this affliction. Or, her soul’s life plan includes this problem to teach others life lessons. Or, perhaps there is a karmic reason for the problem. The possibilities for a miracle not happening are unlimited.
What should the Reiki practitioner do? In the case above, the Reiki practitioner can explain to the client we should not place any expectations on Reiki treatments. We know Reiki always brings healing to the client, but there may be reasons why a particular problem or issue may need time. Perhaps, the client is not ready to release the source of the problem. The healing energies always go to the source of the issue, whether it be physical, emotional/mental or spiritual.
We can also introduce the concepts of client choice, and responsibility. Each of us experiences many “fork in the road” points in our lives, where we must choose to go down one road, or the other. Once we make a choice, there are many consequences, implications and results. How we respond to each of those is another “fork in the road” moment. We must take responsibility for every thought and action that we have, as each one affects our lives in multiple ways.
We can inform our clients that our primary intention for a Reiki treatment session is for the highest good of the client. As a human Reiki practitioner, we do not know what the highest good for each person is, but we trust the Universe will respond to our intention with love and healing. This information can become a “fork in the road” moment for the client, to grow in trust and understanding – and a good reminder to us.
Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)