Article by Eve Sengkeo
As a Reiki Rays reader, you probably already know about the healing and relaxing benefits of Reiki. As a practitioner, you may have encountered clients who continue to seek Reiki healing session after session.
Clients may become over reliant on Reiki healing and not want to do the personal work required to fully heal. So can Reiki ever be addicting?
During the beginning of my path as a Reiki practitioner, I started off practicing Reiki on my family. I practiced distance Reiki on my mom who was located an ocean and a continent away from where I live in Washington DC. As she continued to enjoy the relaxing benefits of each session, to include better sleep at night and less physical pain in her hip joints, she started asking me if I could channel Reiki to her every Wednesday at the same time each week. Then it became bi-weekly requests.
Now I wouldn’t say she was becoming “addicted” to Reiki but over the months, she became a little too reliant on the sessions. Rather than working on getting to the source of why she was always so depleted and why the pain in her hip joints manifested in her physical world.
As I’ve mentioned to her time and time again, she needed to slow down. Being a first generation immigrant to the United States, she has gone from unemployment paychecks to running a successful business. She is actually “addicted” to work, not Reiki! (She’s probably rolling her eyes as she’s reading this article.)
Then I noticed another type of “repeat offender.” My dad. Instead of seeking weekly or bi-weekly Reiki sessions, he asked for it only when he was in extreme pain, such as dealing with a broken back. Similar to my mom, it was his non-stop lifestyle that needed to slow down that caused the recurring back issues.
The bottom line is that as more and more individuals across the globe are experiencing the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of Reiki, as practitioners, it’s important to note if they are taking the time to look inward to see what needs to change, be it lifestyle habits or belief systems.
From that experience with my first “clients”, I learned to work together with my current clients by supplementing Reiki with getting to really know each individual’s’ background and why they are seeking healing. The discussions have been helpful in getting to the source of their physical, mental and emotional blocks which in turn enhances the healing power of Reiki.
Reiki is always going to go where it is needed for the individual’s highest good. It’s important to get to the root of the issue and make changes accordingly. It’s equally important to maintain a consistent practice rather than seeking Reiki only during an emergency. Similar to maintaining healthy dental hygiene which requires brushing the teeth on a daily basis, maintaining a healthy mind-body lifestyle is the same.
The benefits are not necessarily “addicting” but what can be “addicting” for an individual is their tightly held belief systems, habits, and lifestyle that do not serve their highest good.
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Eve Sengkeo loves helping others achieve mind, body and spiritual wellness. As a Reiki Master, she inspires people through writing about her setbacks, comebacks, and all the lessons learned in between.