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Ever Had Any Problems whilst Giving Reiki?

Article by Helen Chapman

I took Reiki level 1 mainly to be able to help my husband, who has been suffering for many years with degenerative discs and fibromyalgia, and more recently depression. I wanted to be able help to relieve the pain he suffers every day, and to find a way to support our family. I found that I really enjoyed Reiki and wanted to learn more so I could help others.

I was attuned to Usui level 2 Reiki on the 9th April 2014.  I was treating my husband as usual, a weekly treatment I started when I was Level 1, nine days after this. I felt I had prepared everything, cleared the room, grounded well, attuned, asked permissions and set up protection. I cleansed and balanced his chakras and moved onto the hand positions. I was feeling good and the energy felt very strong. He had been complaining of pain in his hips and lower back, more than usual. I drew the distant healing symbol and the power symbol, placed one hand on his hip and the other on his knee. The buzzing that I usually get in my head whilst doing Reiki, or Spirit work, intensified significantly and I felt incredibly hot. I remember thinking that when I had finished this side of his body, I would open a window before continuing down the other side.

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The next thing I knew I came too, lying on the floor, being shaken awake and having my name called. I had passed out, and had been out for a couple of minutes. I had also hit my face and head several times on the way down. Amazingly though I felt no pain whatsoever, I had a drink of water and some fresh air for 10 minutes, and despite my husband being very shaken up, I insisted on continuing the healing. My husband checked me over and except for a small bruise on my upper arm I had no swelling or other bruising. As my husband traced the bruise with his little finger he received an electric shock from me.

All flowed well until I got to the same position on the other side, the same sensations started, I finished up quickly before I fainted again. I thanked my guides and sealed the room.

I then contacted my Reiki Master to see if this had happened to anyone else. At the time she had not had anyone experience this. She asked me if I had grounded properly, which I had, whether I felt there was an outside force trying to come in, I just felt like it was a surge of power and it was benign, she said she would do some research and see if anyone else had experienced this. She said that her guides were telling her that it was a Reiki Power surge, that the Universe felt I was able to handle it, but being a mere human I wasn’t quite ready to experience it. My Master then suggested I take a few days off from Reiki, practise grounding meditations, eat bananas and to walk on the Earth with bare feet. She also suggested that I ask my guides, the Universe or whoever I called on before giving Reiki, to increase the power only when I felt I was ready, and in graduations, because it certainly wouldn’t have looked very good had I been practising on a client, it was bad enough having my husband witness it. During my meditations I asked my guides and they confirmed what my Master had told me. The power of Reiki can be so strong.

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Since then I have not fainted again, I still have the buzzing and get very warm though. I also carry grounding crystals, hematite and tiger’s eye, in my pocket when giving treatments and I ask my guides to increase the power when they need to, but at least I am now aware of the awesome power of Reiki, and it really works.

Recently my Master had another Level 2 student who almost passed out whilst dealing with  a client with massive emotional trauma, perhaps there is a link? Perhaps it is on the increase? I feel very blessed to be able to work in this manner, and to be able tell my story, in the hope that anyone else who experiences this can feel that they are not alone, that they can ask for help, and it won’t stop them from practising. It would be very interesting to hear from anyone else who has similar experiences.

Blessings and light.

Helen Chapman

Helen Chapman

Helen Chapman lives in Cornwall, UK with her husband and two grown boys. She has always followed her intuition and had numerous psychic experiences over the years. She has recently been exploring her psychic abilities in more depth, mediumship and Tarot, and making strong connections with her guides. Along this path, Helen also discovered Reiki, and her life now feels complete. “It’s like I was searching for something but didn’t quite know what, and now that I have found it I feel like I have come home. I have so much more yet to learn, but the adventure is only just beginning.”

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  • Sandi Hawkins June 4, 2014, 5:46 pm

    When I had my first level attunement, I felt a rush of energy that basically knocked me to the ground with nausea and lightheadedness. Higher power was showing me to trust that the energy was very real.

    • Helen June 4, 2014, 9:14 pm

      Trust is of the utmost importance Sandi, Reiki is awesome 🙂

      • Sandi Hawkins February 26, 2015, 4:21 am

        Thank you Helen. Lately, I have been noticing buzzing energy in my root chakra.

  • Carol Russell June 18, 2014, 8:45 am

    I’m qualified to Masters level, living in Dorset. After having read your piece, I realise that I may have been having ‘power surges’ whilst treating people. I get very hot as if I am having a hot flush of the menopausal type but I know they are not as I only have these at night now and fairly infrequently. I have a friend who comes to me who is suffering from MS, these ‘power surges’ seem to occur more often when I am with her than anyone else. Also, I have started sitting in a newly formed meditation group and I had a similar experience this week as did the girl sitting next to me who also practices Reiki, we both felt extremely hot although nobody else in the room did. I’ll mention this at our next Reiki share and see if anyone else has experienced what I have or more intensely as you have.

    • Helen July 1, 2014, 6:41 pm

      Thank you for your insights Carol. I still believe they are “power surges” and since asking my guides to intervene I still experience them but not to the extent of fainting, thank goodness 🙂 I wrote this article purely to reassure others or to see if others had similar experiences. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Serena August 27, 2014, 8:12 am

    I am attuned to level 3 Reiki. I have had a similar experience as this twice now. Thank you for sharing your story as I thought I was doing something wrong and have been reluctant to give treatments for dear if it happening again.

  • Carita Gronroos August 27, 2014, 8:57 am

    Hi, I’m a master level 3 and have experienced this twice also…both times I knew if I didn’t lie down I would pass out. I got very hot, sweaty and nauseous. Luckily I was giving a session to a friend and my own reiki master. But for me it came about when I was treating an area that seemed to require healing because of negative entities being attached. Even though I had protected myself it clearly wasn’t enough. And my own reiki master agreed that it was as a result of ‘picking up’ something off her because on those two occasions both her and my friend felt amazing when I was lying on the ground. Since then I protect myself when ever I feel even slightly off during a session and haven’t had it since.

  • Saira Ramirez August 27, 2014, 9:06 am

    I’m a level 2 and have had a similar experience to Carita – close to passing out. In my last session where I was dealing with an attachment I had to continuously protect myself through the entire session and that helped.

  • Lynn August 27, 2014, 12:58 pm

    I too had a similar situation occur. I was working on a client and could hear buzzing and then the room started to go black … I quickly got a stool and sat down. I too had grounded properly, asked for protection etc

  • Corinda Hall August 27, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Hi, I have recently become a level 2 and have experienced the ‘power surges’ (hot and sweaty) as well as ‘chills’ sensation rising up my body and for a while I was unsure of what it meant. I am aware now, for me, they are my guides communicating with me and I acknowledge them. When I’m treating a certain area on a person, on occasions my hands will feel unbearable ‘burning’ sensation. I request for the heat to be turned down. I’m still discovering ways of communicating with my guides. It’s all an ongoing learning process. I haven’t passed out but have come close to fainting and falling. I carry a smokey quartz for grounding. I believe these are all signs of communication with my spirit guides for me. I’m not afraid and I know I’m looked after. I trust them.

  • Agnes Fraser August 27, 2014, 7:52 pm

    Hi there, I would just like to say that I also experienced nearly passing out whilst giving a friend reiki. I had to leave the room and cool myself down with cold water, when I returned and started again I felt the same so finished off quickly. I did not use reiki for a while incase it happened again. So good to know now what might have caused it as I could not explain why it had happened. Thank you ~Namaste

  • Val August 29, 2014, 5:36 pm

    Why do you have your hand on the knee and one on the spot that needed healing? I am very new to Reiki and reaching out wherever i can for help in doing better all the time. Thank you

    • Helen Chapman September 8, 2014, 2:00 pm

      Wow, thanks everyone for your lovely comments and clarification that I wasn’t alone it what I felt. I have since taken my Master level and have had no further incidents to report. I am pleased that the article has given so many of you some comfort than you are not “the only ones” to have experienced similar things.
      I certainly agree that for each of us it may have been something different each time, however just by being able to say “me too” is so reassuring.
      Val, if you don’t ask the question you will never know the answer. I was taught certain hand positions during my Reiki, the one I happened to be using was one hand on the hip the other on the knee, I find it easier to detect if the energy is flowing between two points ie/ my hands, or whether there are further blockages that need working on. Some people who practise Reiki do not even lay their hands on the person receiving Reiki, it is all a matter of a) how you have been taught and b) what your intuition guides you to do. Reiki energy is intelligent and knows where it needs to go and can do no harm, so be reassured that however you practise Reiki, as long as it is with pure intention, it will be fantastic 🙂
      Love and light everyone xx

  • susan September 27, 2014, 4:42 am

    I am level 1 and have experienced the “power rush” phenomena whenever I am dealing with a person with an illness concentrated in a certain part of the body, such as tumors in the lungs or ovaries. I feel so hot -from the “inside out”, like the menopausal flashes referred to above–that I can barely hold my position for 3 minutes. I feel like an electrical wire with too much power running through it. While uncomfortable, I look as these incidents as proof that the reiki energy knows where it needs to go and that extra energy is needed at that location.

  • Gabby October 5, 2014, 12:15 am

    I used to black out a lot doing reiki..wake up 20 mins later or more not knowing where time went..When I wake up I feel awesome..

  • Leigh January 17, 2015, 2:41 am

    This just recently happened to me. I was performing Reiki on a dear friend who has brain cancer. I was performing Reiki along with my Reiki master. Currently I am trained in Reiki II. About 10 min into the session my core became incredible hot and I became so lightheaded that I knew if I did not stop and sit down I would have fainted. Quite honestly I became afraid. My question is why did this happen? It never had before. Was it a good thing? A bad thing? Is there some underlying problem with me? I love and believe in Reiki with all my heart. I just don’t understand. Please, please if someone can answer my questions I would be so grateful.

  • Leigh January 17, 2015, 2:42 am

    Again, please advise me

    • Carita January 17, 2015, 9:23 am

      Hi Leigh Thank you for posting. I think first and foremost – it is not an issue with you. Reiki is a wonderful thing.

      As you have probably gathered from the previous discussions it seems to be different for each person. All I can say is that for me personally it happens when something negative and/or large leaves your client but some others here have expressed that its a surge of energy. I think it all depends on if you scared/threatened. For me general encounters with spirits etc despite being a bit of a fright don’t feel bad – there is loving feeling around them. So go with your gut.

      Calling on angels has not been enough protection for me in some cases. What I have found works better during a reiki sessions is to draw Dai Ko Myo around myself (the spiral variety – spiral it upwards and around yourself if a clockwise direction). The best thing I’ve found is to imagine a sacred geometric shape around me and fill it with white light (see the shape here: http://www.shambhalahealingtools.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/humanascensionlogo.gif)

      Not sure if that is of any help to you. Maybe someone else here can also assist???

      • Leigh January 19, 2015, 4:40 pm

        Thank you for your advice. I appreciate it. We are going to be doing a hour Reiki session on my friend tomorrow. I will let you know how I make out. Thanks again!!!

  • Pip Jackson May 27, 2015, 4:20 pm

    I am RELIEVED to read this !! I’ve been a little intimidated to Reiki again after giving a treatment (thank goodness on my Mother In Law and not a client!) and having the same effect. I didn’t quite pass out, but if I stood upright for any longer I would’ve as I blacked out, and my vision returned quickly after I pulled my hands away, ran outside, and began retching !

    I ‘called’ upon help to get me through this, and I felt an extremely powerful force working through my hands, telling me exactly what to do, and to keep my eyes open and just focus on things around the room.
    This force did all the work as I felt like such a novice as I was only meant to ‘concentrate on standing upright whilst the work was done’. But the details of my mum in law explained how the effects were obviously still in motion. She explained “I felt an incredible force pouring into me, and I was thirsty for it so I continued to pull it in!”
    I honestly had to dash outside after EVERY hand position to sit down and ground myself whilst the sick & dizzy feeling passed. This voice told me to do so as well, and even when I tried to ignore it and say back ‘no it’s ok, I can handle another hand position’ I felt my hands fly backwards !

    Absolutely amazing, but was really concerning me at the time. I asked this power before it left why this was happening, he said “you have access to the Spiritual Plain on a very strong level, but your physical body cannot handle it right now. Do not worry, it will pass with time and practice.”

    I was Reiki Level 2 certified 7 days prior to this event.

    Thank you for speaking up about this article, as it’s so reassuring to know this can be quite “normal” in certain circumstances.

    Huge huge love & light to all readers Xx Xx Xx

  • Leigh June 10, 2015, 1:58 am

    I previously posted about what I felt that one time I was giving Reiki to my dear friend. Sadly she has since passed away. I recently experienced this same thing again…… There was a little boy who was dying of cancer. I did not know him or his family but volunteered to do Reiki on him to make him more comfortable and relaxed. His family was amazing at the connection the two of us had. His father told me that he didn’t like to be touched not even by him, only on rare occasions. He truly enjoyed Reiki and would say he felt better. When my Reiki master went one day when I was unable to go the little boy wouldn’t let him touch him. Sadly this past Saturday he passed on. I went to the hospital and gave him Reiki as he passed away. His father asked me yesterday if I would give Reiki to him. He wondered if he would be able to feel his son through me because the two of us had such a connection. I told him I would as I felt Reiki would be good for him after all that he has been through. While giving Reiki to the father my intuition kept telling me to “hover” above his heart. This is when it happened to me again. My core on fire, nausea, lightheaded and knew if I didn’t move to another area I would pass out. The father told me that while he had his eyes closed and knew my hands weren’t touching him he felt waves through him. He felt that his son was with him.
    So my question again is why did this happen? What do you all think about this experience? Why would I have such a connection with this boy but yet he wouldn’t let my Reiki master touch him? Please tell me your thoughts!!!

    • Leigh June 10, 2015, 3:10 am

      Another question…….. When you talk about your “spirits” who are these spirits?

  • Carina September 30, 2015, 12:16 pm

    Hi Helen, thank you so much for sharing. I’m still learning Reiki and haven’t had my first attunement yet. Last night was the first time our class of 15 got to practice on each other. As I put my hands on the client, I felt SUPER hot, nausea and dizzy. I had to leave the client and go sit down. I had some water, and then tried again. The SAME thing happened. I found it strange that I was the only one in the class experiencing this. My teacher didn’t make much of it and just said I’m not used to channeling the universal energy. But it really was not a pleasant experience, and I’m reluctant to have my first attunement and have even more energy flowing through…

  • nainak December 18, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I have literally just had this experience with a new client! Very hot,dizzy,blurry vision, nauseous and felt like I was going to pass out. Thank you for the post…I’m reiki 2 attuned x

  • Norma Peddle July 19, 2016, 3:33 am

    I, on the other hand, just today, met a lady in a park who asked if she could sit next to me. I was reading a Reiki book and she asked about it. She had recently broken her arm in two places, so I offered to do reiki on her arm and wrist. After about 7 mins she said she felt lightheaded and could not hear the creek in front of us, was dizzy and nauseated. She put her head between her legs as I fanned her. She tried sitting up but same thing. After 3 tries to get upright, her head went back, eyes rolled up into her head, turned white and went limp. I slapped her, shook her and nothing. I yelled for help from a stranger and when I went to go for help, she woke up, all confused. Said she had never passed out in her life. I am Level 3 and have done TONS of reiki, and never had this happen. Was that a power surge from me to her? Now she wants to pay me to do reiki on her as she feels something must be out of place in her body to react that way. Any ideas???

  • Jacqueiline September 14, 2017, 4:13 pm

    I am new to Reiki, I received level one in July this year. I have a friend that I have treated twice, the first time on a certain area, i felt sick. The second time I treated her, i nearly fainted and had to sit down, I was very hot, sweaty, my hands were on exactly the same place as when I had treated her the first time. A couple of months have gone by now, I have asked the question many time about this experience with nothing in response, until I read this today, thank you so much. I feel that my friend has something going on in that particular area, but being new, I didnt know how to handle this. Love Reiki 💖

  • Stephanie January 29, 2018, 12:36 am

    This happened to me for the first time 2 days ago. I am reiki 2. I felt severe nausea and dizziness. Had to sit for a few minutes. Tried to continue, and walked away to throw up. Horrible feeling. Thank goodness I was giving reiki to a friend. I’ve been researching all weekend. I’m so happy I found this. Thank you.

  • Shaban March 12, 2018, 10:39 am

    i am at level 2. i felt some near-black out experience especially during the self-healing. i felt out of eneryg and dizyness. i dont know why but it scares me a lot. i dont want to do reiki anymore.

    • Jacqueiline March 12, 2018, 5:26 pm

      Hi Shaban. I bought a proper massage bed, I have it on the highest setting, so I don’t have to bend over too much. I have learnt to separate my own energies from reiki. If I start to get hot or feel sick etc, I divert my attention to something else, still keeping the intention of the reiki treatment. It works for me. Good luck, you will find a way.

      • Shaban March 12, 2018, 6:55 pm

        thank you for fast reply. i was actually beginnig to worry. i have just read some atricles about the Level 2. The symbol initiations. Article says tahat the symbols which we initiated are occult symbols and they can suck our energy without out permission. is that true?

  • PWill May 23, 2019, 11:50 pm

    I’ve had sessions where the energy was so much I thought o was going to pass out since my first session. Starts with feeling warm, flush and light headed. I’m usually able to ground and get blood flow back to my head. Until Last night it finally happened I fainted while giving a session. I actually tried to walk to the couch before but I didn’t make it on time.

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