Article by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master
When we use the term side effects, we refer to a phenomenon that is not very pleasant. Many medicinal drugs and conventional treatments are known to have side effects. Though unpleasant, these side effects cannot be avoided and are accepted as part of treatment.
What about Reiki? Being a natural method of healing, does it have side effects too? Yes it does. Are the side effects pleasant at least? Not always! But they can still be labelled “happy side effects.” This is because though they are unpleasant on the surface, the side effects of Reiki ultimately bring amazing benefits. And the side effects are not just limited to the physical. They can also include mental, emotional and life altering ones.
Once attuned, healers periodically experience the side effects of Reiki for the rest of their lives. However, they are most prominent following a Reiki attunement.
Some commonly experienced side effects of Reiki include:
• Cold and sore throat
• Abdominal disturbances/Stomach upsets
• Fatigue and increased need for sleep
• Less energy
• Light headedness
• Pain and sensations in different parts of the body, often in the heart and head.
• Emergence of unhealthy old mental-emotional patterns
• Life changes- relationships, career, location etc.
It is not necessary for everyone to experience all of these side effects. Each individual is different and healing happens in a way that is right for them.
Every cell in our physical body carries imprints of all our experiences spanning several lifetimes. A lot of these imprints are negative, self sabotaging and karmic. Most of us were not even aware that we carried such a heavy load prior to experiencing the healing touch of Reiki. We were like dingy dark rooms, perfectly content in our limited worlds. When sunshine enters a dark room, there is no more room for darkness to stay. Similarly, the Reiki attunement makes us channels for light. As light floods our being, all the darkness stored in our cells has to leave. This is part of the healing process.
As this process takes its course, we experience the happy side effects of Reiki. This is often a long process as healing occurs in stages. Every time we heal and release one layer of darkness from our auras, we may experience some side effects. Then there is a break. Then we are guided to release the next layer and then we may experience different side effects. The body gradually flushes out every bit of toxicity stored in our cells before paving the way for greater wellness and a higher quality of life.
So, the next time you get attuned to a higher level of Reiki or experience side effects as part of periodic cleansing, welcome it!
Read also: Can Reiki do Harm?
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Haripriya Suraj is a Reiki Master, Angel Healer, and Spiritual Teacher. She was drawn to Reiki right from her childhood and Reiki went on to become part of her life’s purpose. Reiki is her constant companion from which she derives peace and contentment. She is also deeply connected with the angels, with Angel Healing being an integral part of her Reiki practice. After reaping the fruits of Reiki practice in her life, she was inspired to spread the joy of Reiki and the light of the Angels. Haripriya offers courses in Reiki and Angel Healing as well as distance healing services. She resides in Bangalore, India. Reach Haripriya on her blog at lightworkersonearth.com, on email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook at Angel Light.