Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
A common question I have received as a Reiki Master is whether I have ever absorbed “negative” energies released from clients’ bodies during a Reiki session. Several energy healing facilitators have told me stories of times they have felt ill, or overcome with sad or angry feelings, during their work with clients. Although I have worked with dozens of Reiki clients over the years, this is an experience I have never had. Is there something about Reiki that prevents this from happening?
I believe so. During my Reiki training, we were taught that the attunement process itself provides protection for the practitioner. When a practitioner completes the Reiki II level of Usui Reiki, the symbols utilized add more protection. This is a belief many practitioners have, and one may argue the belief itself provides protection! If the practitioner believes the energies of the symbols are protective, then protection exists.
There are many ways to bring protection for the practitioner into a Reiki session. One can visualize being surrounded by Divine Light, and all released negative energies go to the light, without affecting the practitioner. One can utilize tools such as crystals and gemstones, drums or other music, or artwork. One can request protection from Divine Spirit, Michael the Archangel or other Spirits, and it is granted. The possibilities are endless.
Likewise, one can foster beliefs that erode protective qualities of the Reiki attunement. Why do some energy healing facilitators (trained in Reiki or other modalities) feel affected by the emotions of their clients? Why do they feel overwhelmed with grief, depression, anger, anxiety and other emotions? They form a belief they are strong empaths, too sensitive to work with the public. This unfortunately is a misguided belief. While all energy workers are empathic beings, we have the tools and the power to not take on others’ energies. We have the choice to accept these energies floating around us, or to protect ourselves against these energies. When we set the intention for protection, we will be protected.
As Reiki practitioners, we are called to grow in our awareness and understanding of what it means to facilitate healing for others – and for ourselves. We cannot live in the role of being a “helper” if we believe we are too sensitive to be in the presence of others’ difficulties. All of us have lived through difficult times, and we have turned to others for their healing presence, and modalities.
We too must be present for those who are in the middle of their struggles. Reiki practitioners, as well as all healing workers, have a beautiful opportunity to help others. Our role is this: to bring the tools with which we have been gifted; to stand witness to the unlimited possibilities for healing; to not become overwhelmed by others’ struggles. When we develop this belief system, we are bringing unconditional love to a trying situation. It is as simple as that!
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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)