Article by Alejandro Sánchez Martínez
As a Reiki practitioner, we may have to face several kinds of patient’s issues, mainly health. We all know that Reiki is energy from the Universe that helps the body of the patient heal itself, but what happens when we don’t see the results we are expecting? I know there are several articles about miss-concepts out there, but I’m going to try to explain some of them in a slightly different way and also give you some tips hoping that it is easier for you to understand as a practitioner or as a Reiki patient.
First, we all know that Reiki is energy that flows from the Universe through the practitioner to the patient usually to help him/her heal from some disease, yet some patients just want therapy to have better luck or have any other improvements in their lives.
Here is where I find a common mistake since Reiki doesn’t entirely work like that. Despite what the patient or the practitioner wants, Reiki actually helps the Universe to express itself to and through the patient’s life itself, that’s why some people find their lives become a bit harder after they have started receiving, studying or practicing this kind of spiritual things, because they are actually allowing the Universe to teach them what they came to learn from life by being open to it. The most important thing we have to understand as practitioners and as patients is that Reiki works for our highest good as part of the Universe, not to grant our wishes.
I’m not saying that it is not helpful for that, but if you try avoiding an obstacle (a life lesson) in life with Reiki, what might happen in the end is that you will have to learn that lesson in a very different way you were not expecting, maybe an easier one but I cannot assure that.
Also, patients usually think that the practitioner has to do all the job, this is a mistake too and sadly a very common one. The correct therapy needs work from both participants to get the best results, that’s why the patient must make a payment/sacrifice for the therapy, but also I must add that in order to get the best from the therapy patients usually must have to make changes in their lives, especially when they are attending to therapies like Reiki, where we explain that whatever that might be wrong with their bodies or even lives is just to show something that is wrong with the person’s thoughts and ideas. This means that if you want to get health in your body, first you must be willing to get that and then change something or several things in your life in order to achieve it.
This is a very important point, and I explain it to my students with a Computer and Printer:
Let’s say I decide to write a letter on my computer, easy right? It’s a very common task to do nowadays. The letter seems to be perfect, and I decide to print it. The sheet comes out and right there, on that sheet of paper I find a mistake, there’s a word wrongly written. I have to correct it, so I take an eraser and use it on the paper to erase the error, and then write it correctly with my pencil, so now it has been corrected, right? But what happens when I press that ‘Print’ button again? A new sheet of paper comes out with the letter printed on it…but also with the same mistake on it! So this time I use correction fluid and a pen instead of the eraser and pencil to make the corrections, everything looks fine now but I press that ‘Print’ button again and… the same error comes out again on the new sheet of paper!, I might try several times and ways to correct the printed letter, but I would never be able to get a “clean print”, why? Because I never made the correction on the computer’s letter, the one on the screen.
Even this example may seem to be very silly and absurd, it represents a patient and the patient’s life. Let’s just change some of the words: the patient is the person who wrote that letter on the computer, and the letter is the patient’s life/body/health. The patient is the person who has tried (and maybe is still trying) to do changes, to correct his/her life issues, but as long as the patient doesn’t correct the source of the problem it still continues to exist. So, the role of the practitioner is not to correct the letter in the computer nor to explain to the patient how to use the computer, the practitioner’s role is to tell the patient where he/she has to make the corrections, but the only one who can make those corrections is the patient, since he/she is the only one who owns and knows the letter completely, with all of its “issues” and “errors”.
As I mentioned in my Reiki Guarantee article, if the patient is not willing to make changes in his/her life, the work of the practitioner may become very hard and in my experience, I would say it’s not recommended to continue therapy with them.
For this, there are usually 2 kinds of patients:
- The ones that will do anything you say because they trust you and your work and know that you are trying to help them. (In my experience, most patients who come to Reiki sessions are actually this kind of persons)
- The ones who always have excuses for not doing what you tell them, even it is required for their own good.
You may use small ‘tests’ with your patients to see what kind of patients they are. This is just an example, but you may use your imagination if you want to test some of your patients.
After the first session ask the patient to perform a strange task like:
“For the next session, climb that hill and bring me the flower that blooms at the top”
In this example we are not interested in the flower, as practitioners, we are interested in finding out what kind of patient is this person. After a small and absurd ‘test’ like this one, if the patient brings the flower, it means he/she is actually going to do whatever we ask him/her to do. From something as simple as meditating, chanting or praying to something bigger or even harder like changes in his/her life, the sacrifices needed, etc. Also, if you know about nutrition, Gerson Therapy and so, you could even suggest changes in the diet and such, since you know this patient is actually going to do so and is going to get well soon.
This kind of tests will tell us if this patient is ready for therapy, to get help, and is actually going to do what we tell him/her or not because he/she understands his/her health recovery depends much on that and not just on our work as Reiki practitioners.
If the patient refuses to do the task it’s ok, you know what kind of patient you are dealing with, maybe for the next session he/she is just not coming, but trust me, it is better to lose that kind of patients, they may come back when they are ready.
Just remember, as a patient and as a practitioner don’t try to force things, and try to keep your mind open. Maybe your role with a hard patient is just to show him/her that there are other alternatives to solve their life issues, but the patient would have better results with a different approach, different time, or even a different practitioner.
The best therapy must be agreed between the patient and the practitioner, but in case one of them both feels that something is not working properly, that something should be different it should be an agreement of both to make the changes.
So if you are a practitioner who claims to know and understand this, just do the talk.
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Alejandro Sánchez Martínez is an Engineer, Hypnotherapist, Reiki master and freelance writer. As a Reiki master he teaches and practices Reiki on daily basis because he loves helping others, especially when he can teach them how to help themselves. Alejandro likes talking to others about spiritual things. Because of his Reiki practice he has been able to have visions of other realms, and angelic entities who usually help him and guide him during his practice. As a hypnotherapist he discovered he loves helping others live their lives the way they want to live them, and by using Reiki he has discovered he can help them achieve that on a much deeper way.