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Healing Childhood Trauma with Reiki

Article by Patti Deschaine

Is it possible to erase emotional scars from a painful childhood using Reiki? Sei He Ki – the emotional healing symbol can greatly assist by bringing balance to the brain and body.

Though sometimes the result of a single traumatic experience, in most cases, the damage done was over time. A person may have suffered many years with the same abuser at different stages of emotional maturity. Often the emotional trauma is further complicated and exacerbated by physical and mental abuse.

It should be said that Reiki is not a replacement for traditional therapy. Group or one on one treatment is advisable and should be seriously considered. Twelve step programs can provide much relief as they involve sharing the burden with other survivors, writing it down on an “inventory” and then releasing it.


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Very commonly, we believe and internalize what we have been told about ourselves as children and the damage continues to be (self) inflicted well into adulthood. We repeat the negative things taught to us. We don’t believe in ourselves because we were never taught to believe in ourselves. We don’t try to do hard things because deep down we know we will fail. We don’t try to better ourselves because we have been told we do not deserve it.

A lifetime of bruising does not heal in a single session, but it can be a new beginning. Letting go of emotional energetic blocks can free us to look at things from a fresh prospective; an adult perspective, not the overwhelming feelings that we experienced with our 5, 7 or 10 year old emotions. Reiki, and specifically Sei He Ki, can clear cobwebs from thinking clouded by childhood memory so that we can see ourselves and our pain in a new light. It is certain to bring comfort and understanding.

There are also cases where emotional pain presents as physical pain. Deal with the issues behind the discomfort and that back pain that comes from feeling “unsupported” may lessen or disappear entirely. The throbbing shoulder that comes from “shouldering the burden” suddenly has an ease of movement that has been missing for months, sometimes years. Sore joints, knees, ankles, digestion issues, headaches…all can improve when warm, healing, universal energy is applied.

So how many treatments will it take until you can see progress? One, two? Twenty? It depends. Some people may come to you and not have an immediate reaction, others may burst into tears mid session. If so, what do you do? Be calm, supportive, continue the session if that feels okay to your client and stop if it seems best. You are not a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. You are simply the instrument through which universal healing flows.

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Patti Deschaine

Patti Deschaine

Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://majaenergyworksandreikihealing.com and https://www.facebook.com/MajaEnergyWorks.

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  • Wendi Lynn October 10, 2014, 1:30 pm

    Thank you for writing this article. As a survivor of childhood traumas, healing and letting go of all those old beliefs can take some time.

    I have had to really slow down and pay very close attention to how I talk to myself. I continue to learn how to be the loving parent to the child within that was hurt so badly. Gradly, slowly I am gaining her trust. Reiki makes that process significantly easier. Reiki feels..nurturing, healing and the light that flows through me when I practice self-Reiki solidifies everything that my therapist tried to get me to do for a number of years. Reiki helped me see myself from a different perspective. 🙂

    Thank you again for writing this article 🙂


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