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How “Understanding Reiki: From Self Care to Energy Medicine” Changed my Life

Article by Amelia Beamer

Until about a year ago, I had no confidence when I talked to people about Reiki. Sure, I could call on my personal experience with Reiki, but it was a little too personal. Too easy for someone to dismiss.

So I talked about Reiki as it was taught to me, but that just sounded like a fairy tale, or something out of the occult. The origin story of Reiki has a Japanese monk who walks up a mountain and fasts for 21 days, and has a vision, and then is able to heal people with his hands. There’s an intelligent white light, too. No, really. I didn’t believe the mythology around Reiki was enough to help people understand what Reiki is, because it wasn’t enough for me to truly understand why Reiki helped me feel better. But the mythology was the only vocabulary I had that wasn’t personal to my experience. And as I tried to speak about Reiki, and I saw whoever I was talking to become increasingly concerned for my mental wellbeing – I could see it in their faces – I knew the case was lost. Not because Reiki didn’t work. Because I couldn’t articulate why it worked.

I grew tired of opening myself – and Reiki, and Master Usui – up for judgment and ridicule. And I mostly lost interest in trying to get through to people about this natural way to feel better. Friends, family, and colleagues had to work so hard to take me seriously when I talked about hands-on healing and divine energy. This was heartbreaking, so I stopped trying.

AB.How Understanding Reiki From Self Care to Energy Medicine changed my life

And at the same time, I was lucky. Even though I was confused about how to explain what Reiki is, I had found Reiki Master Teachers who gave me an understanding of Reiki as a natural energy. For the most part, I was shielded from the spiritual aspects of how Reiki is commonly taught in the West. Nobody pushed me to consult disembodied beings, work with crystals, or other practices that would have made me feel that Reiki was too woo woo for me.

Enter Understanding Reiki, a slim and unassuming book offering information that it said was reclaimed and pure, if contradictory to what is widely accepted about Reiki. I figured I understood Reiki already, as much as anyone could, but I was curious. I gave it a chance.

The book blew my mind. I’d have moments where I needed to put it aside in order to process what I’d read, even on my second, third, or fourth reading. I had to come to terms with a depth of knowledge that went against some things my Reiki Master Teachers had taught. And with every ‘Aha!’ moment, I had to rely on my own ability to feel that the new information was true and pure. Through reading Understanding Reiki, I came into a clear understanding of what Reiki is, what it isn’t, and how to talk about Reiki with confidence.

How much did I change because of this book? I’ve rediscovered my enthusiasm for Reiki, which is stronger than ever. I talk to people about Reiki all the time, whenever I can. And my explanations now give people a clear chance at seeing value in Reiki, without having to believe in mythologies. In addition, I now work part time as a Reiki professional at Healing for People, an Energy Medicine clinic in Marin County, Califronia. I really doubt I would have cared enough about Reiki to pursue it professionally before reading this book. For those who are interested in Reiki, Understanding Reiki: From Self-Care to Energy Medicine is the only book I recommend.

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Amelia Beamer

Amelia Beamer

Amelia Beamer is a Reiki Professional at Healing for People, an Energy Medicine clinic in Marin County, California. She feels that Reiki is a human right, and that all human beings should have access to receive Reiki from another, as well as the chance to learn Reiki themselves. She can be contacted through the clinic’s website, www.HealingforPeople.com.

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  • Shaman Sisters November 4, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Great post! Reiki changed my life that’s for sure!

  • Cynthia Salaysay, RN November 5, 2015, 9:54 pm

    me too! It’s helped a ton to explain both how I practice reiki and how it works. Fantastic book.

  • Steve jamelskyj December 17, 2015, 3:19 pm

    Me and my partner do reiki my mum didn’t believe till few days after healing her elbow joints she was in constant pain after few 20min sess just holding her elbow my hands were so hot I could not feel anything then few days later she broke down in years and now calls me doctor Steve and since then she’s not taken any painkillers for her pain

  • Rev. Norman W. Wilson, PhD. July 20, 2016, 7:29 pm

    Hello Amelia. I enjoyed your article. However, I would have appreciated what it was about the book you mentioned that turned you around. A summary of some of its main points that you thought insightful for you would be appreciated. Thank you,
    Rev. Norman W. Wilson, PhD
    Reiki Master

  • Michelle A. McKenzie July 29, 2016, 5:19 pm

    Thank you! Great story, and I’m inspired to read the book again!

  • aalap doshi August 27, 2016, 10:53 am

    great story. thanks

  • Atul Sharma September 15, 2017, 6:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m impressed

  • Molly Debroy January 19, 2018, 3:25 am

    Thank you for your honest article. I will look into the book 🙂

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