Article by Angie Webster
The world is often a very results oriented place. We want to know what can be done for us and how quickly. We love quick fixes and we often don’t know how to cope with our stress, pain or discomfort. We have specific wishes and desires that we get honed in on and a certain outcome that we think is perfect for ourselves. When things aren’t going that way, we think something is wrong. It is human nature.
While this is indeed human nature, it is also very limiting. It creates struggle and suffering as we spin around in our own minds trying to create something that may not be appropriate for us, might not be suitable for the others involved, or for the greater good of the world as a whole. There is simply no way for us to understand all of the energies at play in any given moment. We can only see our own perspective and the wishes we hold in that moment. Even when we try our best to understand the perspective of another, it is still utterly impossible to understand all of the energy patterns that have created that person’s reality up to that moment.
The way that Reiki works is for both the practitioner and the client to set aside their own desires for any particular outcome or wishes. Instead, we recognize that we are only individual energy patterns in a much larger whole. The practitioner invites the healing aspect of that larger whole to work through us in order to restore balance, harmony, and the greatest good of all concerned. This opens up far more possibilities than might be available if we were to only focus on the specific requests of a client or our own desires. It is also more effective at creating a true healing.
A true healing will get to the underlying issue, rather than only working to bring about the result you think you want. This is far more helpful in the long run, as the problem will resolve itself in the most appropriate way, often in ways that could not have been expected. By opening yourself to all options that are available, for the greatest good, many pathways are possible. When you only work with a specific wish or desired outcome, that’s the only pathway you’re allowing to be open. And it may not truly be available.
Reiki will not do the following:
- Make someone like you or love you (though it may help you find peace with your current life situation and heal your heart)
- Help you get an ex back in your life
- Help you get revenge or otherwise create negative energies against someone (this is the opposite of what Reiki does)
- Make you wealthy, make you win the lottery, etc. (though it can help heal underlying wounds with regard to money, such as feelings of greed or lack)
- Make anyone do anything or create any kind of “magic” (though it can bring about acceptance and trust in your own ability to make changes in your life)
- Promise a cure of an illness (though it can bring balance to the underlying issue, ease pain and bring calm)
If a Reiki practitioner has promised you any of these things, or any specific outcome, please understand that you may not actually receive these results. Consider that you may be doing more harm to yourself by seeking the quick solution, the fastest relief to your problem. You may find that there is much more healing to be found by getting to the root of the problem, the underlying energies, and healing those. This may not offer you an end result you can foresee, and it won’t be a quick fix in most cases, but it does offer long term healing and true healing. Quick fixes never do and they often only prolong or worsen our suffering.
It is definitely possible to move toward our own goals and desires using energy by making a choice and following through with actions. And often that will work. You don’t even need anyone else to help you do that. But if our ultimate goal is true healing, then it works even better to open ourselves to the larger energy and allow all of the channels of healing energy to be available to us. So many more options present themselves and underlying problems heal, sometimes so gently we aren’t even aware of the process aside from the gradual changes. This truly helps relieve suffering and pain, both now and in the long run.
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).