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Reiki Helps with Difficult People and Situations

Article by Kathleen Johnson

As we all know, life in “Earth school” is replete with challenges – after all, those challenges represent our opportunities for growth and evolution, which in turn lead us to consciously connect with our Divine selves and merge with All That Is. Nonetheless, the challenges and perceived obstacles in daily life frequently create a great deal of pain and discomfort, which our human selves resist and shy away from. One of the more thorny challenges facing Reiki practitioners is how to gracefully and soulfully respond when faced with difficult situations and/or people. As Reiki practitioners, we recognize that each one of us is walking our own path, and that there is no room for judgment, condemnation, or blame. However, this perspective can be difficult to achieve when we walk the Earthly path. This topic seems to arise frequently among Reiki practitioners, because “difficult” situations and people are placed on our path in order to help us grow- as human beings, as souls, and as Reiki practitioners shining a light of healing in the world.

So, how do we, as Reiki practitioners and Lightworkers, contend with situations and people that we perceive as difficult? How can we call upon Reiki to help us through these challenges?

When we become attuned to Reiki, our energetic vibration is raised, which affords us the opportunity to raise our perspective as well, if we choose to take it. When our perspective shifts and aligns with our higher energetic vibration, it becomes easier to see life and its challenges from a soul perspective, instead of an Earth-based, human perspective. It is a subtle, yet profound, shift, and when it happens, it is truly an “aha!” experience. Seeing through your “Soul Eyes” is transformative, and creates a buffer of peace and centeredness around daily earthly life that is comforting and nurturing.

Reiki Practitioners Difficult Situations

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Additionally, when we encounter people and situations that we would describe as “difficult”, it usually indicates there is something within ourselves that needs to heal. The Law of Attraction is at work here. Those qualities that we deem difficult in others are often mirrored in ourselves, perhaps in our shadow selves, the one we all have, but resist acknowledging because it is uncomfortable. Healing the shadow self is important for growth, because we will keep encountering the same “difficult” situations and people until we realize the healing must begin with us. Remember, what we resist, persists. This is why self-Reiki is so vital to our spiritual development. As we continue to treat ourselves with Reiki, and become immersed in its loving and healing light, we heal. As we heal ourselves, we are better able to offer healing to others. Of course, healing is a lifelong process – no one is ever perfectly healed. It is the intention and effort that matters – as long as we continue to allow space for healing, and take the necessary steps to manifest the healing process, it will happen. When it does, our perspective toward the situations and people that we once found so difficult is transformed, because we can now see them as connected to our own growth and healing, and view them through a lens of compassion and unconditional love. Also, as we heal, we are better able to meet the inevitable future challenges that we will encounter.

Here are some tips to assist you:

Self-Reiki is the most powerful antidote to lower vibrations. The importance of daily self-treatment cannot be overstated. Mindful, intentional self-Reiki will accelerate your healing process and open your “Soul Eyes.”
Incorporate meditation into your self-treatment. Being immersed in the loving light of Reiki allows for deeper meditation and often shines a light on our shadow selves, which helps those parts of us to be acknowledged and accepted, which in turn leads to wholeness. As we move toward wholeness, we are guided by compassion, love, and understanding.
If you are attuned to Reiki symbols, the Time-Distance symbol can help. Drawing the symbol into yourself can help you see situations and people from a soul, or spiritual, perspective, as it enhances the inner healing process. You may also use any other symbols to which you are guided.
Allow yourself to “Be Reiki.” As Reiki practitioners and Bearers of Light, Reiki is not just something we do, it is what we are. Embrace your Reiki, and allow it to illuminate your soul perspective and path. Remember, your increasingly higher energetic vibration affects everything and everyone around you, so intend that it is filled with the love and light of Reiki.

As a final note, Reiki practitioners recognize that everything is connected. As we consciously evolve and shed the attitudes of duality, our individual growth transcends our beings and flows outward into the Universe. This creates a subtle, yet palpable shift as we collectively move toward our innate Divinity. May the light of Reiki shine brightly within you for all to see!

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Kathleen Johnson

Kathleen Johnson

Kathleen Johnson is a Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki Master, a Kundalini Reiki Master, and a Certified Crystal Healer. As a Spiritual Teacher & Mentor, she assists others in discovering their unique path to wellness, wholeness, and authenticity. Kathleen is also a Certified Past-Life Soul Regression Therapist and infuses Reiki into her work with clients’ past lives.
She is the Founder of UniverSoul Heart, LLC, a holistic healing and wellness practice based in Pennsylvania, USA. Kathleen enjoys teaching all levels of Reiki classes, from Level I through Master/Teacher, and is honored to assist others on the Reiki path. She also offers “Crystal Basics” and “Finding Your Life Mission” workshops for those wishing to deepen and enrich their self-knowledge at the soul level.
Kathleen was a co-host and presenter at the Reiki Rays Spring 2018 Summit, and also presented at the Winter 2018 and Spring 2019 Summits. She is passionate about raising awareness of the benefits of Reiki and holistic wellness and enjoys speaking to public and private groups.
As part of her commitment to raising awareness, Kathleen has been a featured guest on many radio interviews and is the host of “UniverSoul Heart Radio with Kathleen Johnson- Sensible Spirituality for Everyday Living”, broadcast on Transformation Talk Radio.
Kathleen was selected as Top Reiki Master of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication.
Writing is a passion for Kathleen, and her many articles about Reiki and Spirituality are published on Reiki Rays and in Reiki News Magazine. She is currently gathering information for a book and knows that Reiki will be with her every step of the way.
Kathleen’s website is www.universoulheart.net, and her email is kjohnson@universoulheart.netYou can find her on Facebook at UniverSoulHeartReiki, on Instagram @UniverSoulHeart, and on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/universoulheart/


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  • akshayaa January 31, 2016, 8:21 am

    Very much needed article!!Thank u so much…its wonderfully explained

  • Mahadev February 1, 2016, 4:59 pm

    Very very much impressed article,you caught our attention by beginning itself and your narration so nice subjectively it’s a worthy.Thank you.

  • Pat February 1, 2016, 7:36 pm

    Thank you

  • Shantel February 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Beautifully said Kathleen. Love what we resist,

    • Kathleen Johnson October 17, 2016, 11:20 pm

      Thank you Shantel – those words help me to remember to try and release what no longer serves.

  • Kelly May 11, 2016, 3:38 am

    Excellent article! Thank you for the needed clarity.

  • Evelyn May 30, 2016, 4:11 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful message. It is always refreshing to be reminded
    Of how practicing this beautiful blessing can aid me in healing my inner self.
    So to be of service to others. I am A reiki master since 2004 and have been practicing reiki since Dec 2001.
    I love kundalini yoga and did not realize there was ” kundalini reiki”.
    I would love to learn more.
    Blessings and peace and love
    Evelyn ❤️????????

    • Kathleen Johnson October 17, 2016, 11:24 pm

      Hello Evelyn – Yes, it helps to be reminded of how we must heal ourselves as we walk the Reiki path. And thank you.
      Kundalini Reiki is not as well-known as some other styles – it incorporates the kundalini within us as a vehicle to heal ourselves and others. It is a beautifully simple form of Reiki.
      Blessings to you too!

  • Michelle A. McKenzie October 18, 2016, 1:24 pm

    A great post to read today. I needed it. Off to work with my shadow self and Reiki!

  • ishamreiki November 7, 2016, 6:55 am

    Very very meaningful for reiki healers .
    As people are so used to see the gross that they can’t believe in something as subtle as reiki …. so , faith in Self & divine leads a reiki healer with success … namastey dear healer

    • Kathleen Johnson November 8, 2016, 4:14 pm

      Thank you for your comment! And I agree that faith in ourselves and the Divine is essential for the Reiki practitioner – surrendering to its flow makes all the difference.

  • Heather January 11, 2017, 10:50 pm

    Thank you Kathleen. An article that resonates greatly with me today…I needed to be reminded. Heather xxx

    • Kathleen Johnson January 12, 2017, 3:32 am

      As we all do from time to time, Heather! Thank you for your comment, and Reiki blessings~ ✨

  • freda November 15, 2017, 1:03 pm

    like this article and totally resonates with me sometimes need a reminder Fredax

    • Kathleen Johnson November 15, 2017, 3:51 pm

      Thank you Freda, and I’m glad you found it helpful~ Reiki blessings!

  • Atul Sharma December 8, 2017, 7:54 pm

    Wonderful article. Thanks

    • Kathleen Johnson December 8, 2017, 8:22 pm

      Thank you Atul! Reiki blessings ~

  • Sanyogita April 25, 2018, 12:03 pm

    Thank you ever so much. Your article came my way when I so badly needed reassurance. In my Rezko today I will definitely .start healing my shadow self.
    Much love

    • Kathleen Johnson April 25, 2018, 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Sanyogita – I’m so happy it helped you, and with prefect timing of course! Reiki is truly amazing – Brightest Blessings! Kathleen

  • Sanyogita April 26, 2018, 2:22 pm


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