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When You Don’t Feel the Energy

Article by Angie Webster

Sometimes people wonder if there is something wrong if they don’t feel the Reiki energy flowing through them when they do self Reiki or do a treatment on others. Some question that they may be doing something wrong, that they are not spiritual enough, that the Reiki isn’t strong enough in them, that they have broken their channel for Reiki to flow through or that they were not properly attuned.

Reiki flows differently through everyone. It doesn’t flow the same way through the same person all the time. It may change from day to day as you do self Reiki or it may be fairly consistent and then suddenly you feel nothing for a long period. There is really no right or wrong way for Reiki to flow. It will flow where it is needed at precisely the needed strength. When we expect it to flow as we are prepared for it to, we are not allowing it to do its job. We have to remember that Reiki has its own intelligence and it doesn’t need us to tell it how it is supposed to function!

One thing that can help you to understand how Reiki flows through you, as well as helping you to know and adjust to the many different ways Reiki can feel as it flows is to make sure you are practicing self Reiki every day. This not only helps you to better understand the Reiki energy as it works with and through you, it helps you to see for yourself that it is working, even when you can’t feel it! Do your best to fit in at least ten minutes of self Reiki each day and place a hand on yourself whenever you are watching TV or a movie, browsing the internet, reading, etc. to let Reiki flow as you go through the day.

You will notice that Reiki adjusts itself to each client, as well. It flows differently, even in different areas of the same client. Reiki flows differently to the same client on different visits. If you don’t feel energy flowing, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t. It is simply more subtle that time. It may be so subtle that you are not able to notice. Similarly, some clients report that they don’t notice any sensation during their session. Don’t be concerned by this. Pay more attention to what the Reiki does after the session.

There are some practitioners who say that they have never felt the Reiki energy moving through them at all. However, when they practice regularly, most of them say they do see that the Reiki has a definite effect, so they soon stop doubting it and relax. Again, regular practice seems to be the key.

I have heard of a few who never felt the energy and also didn’t feel comfortable with their original attunement. This can create a huge block and that block can cause problems. Regardless of if the attunement was done incorrectly or they simply weren’t comfortable with it, getting re-attuned made a big difference for some of these people. There is never any harm that can come from being attuned again, if you feel that it would make you feel better. But always, practice, practice, practice!

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Angie Webster
Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).

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  • Marcela m January 20, 2015, 1:18 am

    I liked your article. It is very true when you said that you could or couldn’t feel the energy flowing. Also, called my attention that you said you could re- attuned. How can i do it if i need or i have to come back with the person that i did the first one? Or with another person. I would like to know, because i felt that i need it.
    Thanks for any answer

  • Angie Webster January 24, 2015, 10:07 pm

    You don’t really have to be re-attuned. Only do that if it will make you feel more comfortable, In all likelihood your first attunement was fine. If you do want to have another attunement, there is no harm in it. You don’t have to do it with the same person that did your first one, though that is fine, if it is OK with both of you. You can do the re-attunement with whomever you choose. It is totally for your comfort and to help you feel more at peace, so who you choose is up to you.

  • Sauni November 7, 2015, 7:02 am

    I completely agree with you… I used to feel the same initially… Sometimes my hands used to be so cold that I could barely understand if Reiki was working… But now I know that it works after I. Have noticed the results carefully… The article was very helpful and I could relate with my thoughts and experiences.

    • Angie Webster November 7, 2015, 5:30 pm

      I’m glad the article resonated with you. Watching to results of Reiki is really the key, far more than what sensations are being felt during a treatment! I’m happy you have noticed the results.

  • Neelam September 19, 2017, 2:55 pm

    When my mam attune in my. I have never felt anything. But she told ur meditation power is low. Keep this strong. U cn do it

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