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What happened during my first Reiki session?

Watch Reiki sessions on YouTube and it will probably come across as a bunch of hokey pokey psychic type folks capitalizing on people’s need to heal. You’ll feel like you are watching “Miss Cleo” work to take money from anyone willing to try a session. In fact, I remember watching a video with five ladies performing Reiki and thinking to myself, “This seems like a whole scam.”

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Reiki, Reiki is a Japanese spiritual healing practice meant to help reduce stress, promote relaxation, and help clear blockages within the body. Reiki is administered by having a practitioner lay hands on you which helps promote energy flow.

If you’ve ever been to a Christian church, its kind of like when they have the pastor lay hands on you except this is a trained practitioner and they are laying hands all over your body. Reiki, however, is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is simply energy work using life force energy.

The word “Reiki” stems from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life or Source” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Together they from Reiki, pure life source energy.

About a month ago, I decided that I would try Reiki. Regardless of the fact that I felt like it was a scam, I thought it would be cool to say that I did it. In the weeks leading up to my session, I talked to others to get their opinion on this “Reiki” experience. Everyone that I talked to agreed that they thought it was some hokey pokey smokey – all smoke and mirrors.

On the day of my Reiki session, I arrived not knowing what to expect. Although I had seen a few videos on YouTube, I was still unaware of what would happen during my session. Part of me thought that I shouldn’t expect a lot from the session and the other part of me was optimistic.

I arrived at a room with a nothing but a massage table.

Reggie, my practitioner, (yes, I said Reggie) took the time to explain to me what would happen.

He explained that I would be laying down on the massage table and that he would be gently laying his hands on me at different points. Although this was a massage table, there wouldn’t be any massaging going on. He would also be using a light during the process.

I took my shoes off and made my way over to the table. As I made myself comfortable, Reggie asked what kind of aromatherapy I was feeling.

I sniffed, “Lavender?” we said one after another.

As he reached back into the box, I thought to myself a rose oil would be pleasant.

“How about this one,” Reggie asked.

I sniffed, “ That smells good”.

“Garden Rose,” he says and I begin to think to myself this session was off to an interesting start.

I made myself comfortable on the table and closed my eyes.

Reggie then began to “do his thing”. He began by laying hands over my head. As he did this, I started chuckling myself. “This can’t be real,” I thought.

As Reggie continued to lay hands over me, I started to feel this strange feeling of light coming into me. At first, I thought, okay he’s using the light, but after a while, I started to feel like I was levitating. I felt like I was floating above the table.

When I first experienced this feeling, I thought I was trying too hard to make Reiki work for me. I thought I may have been imagining things, but as I questioned the experience I found myself still feeling like I was levitating.

As Reggie made his way to my feet, I felt a huge weight on my chest and I found it hard to breathe. I let out a huge gasp hoping that the tightness in my chest would be lifted, but it wasn’t.

As Reggie moved away from my feet, I felt myself becoming lighter again. The weight that I felt in my chest had finally been lifted, but now I found myself twitching uncontrollably. It was like I was having muscle spasms in my legs and there was nothing I could do but lay there.

After I awhile I heard Reggie say that when I was ready I could open my eyes.

I don’t know when, but at some point in my session I had drifted off to sleep.

After the session, I took the time to ask Reggie a few questions about my experience.

I told him about the tightness in my chest that I experienced during the session and he explained to me that it meant the Reiki was working. That there was a blockage that was now being cleared in my body.

He mentioned specific chakras that needed clearing and crazily he gave an answer to one of the questions that I had asked myself earlier in the day.

(I promise you I hadn’t told him anything about myself and he honestly was not trying to be a psychic or anything like that)

For me, the session ended up being kind of surprising yet insightful.

When I got home that night, I decided to do my own research on Reiki. What really went on that table?

What I find was a bunch of blog posts and websites on Reiki, but very little scientific data. Unlike acupuncture and chiropractic medicine, Reiki is still unregulated making it hard to study.

You’ll find practitioners that have put their own spin on Reiki, combining other spiritual traditions and calling it Reiki, which also complicates the study of Reiki

I am thankful that I had a Reggie as my practitioner for my Reiki session, because he thoroughly did is research and was committed to maintaining the purest essence of Reiki.

According to the blogs though, I was having an energetic reaction. The body movements and chest pain that I experience were blockages clearing to help me create an energetic flow. I had what they call energy caused muscles spasms. They were basically a sign that I had imbalances in the body. As I became more stable with my energy, the spasms and tightness would stop.

While there aren’t any studies that prove that Reiki works, there has been an increase over the years of Reiki in hospitals which likely means that Reiki does work. I can’t say that the Reiki worked for me, or that it balanced out my energies just yet, but I can say that it was a profound experience that I don’t regret. The day after my Reiki session I felt pure joy radiate through me. I spent the entire day in good spirits even when I found myself in stressful situations and to me, that’s one of the best feelings ever.

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*no I don’t know Reggie and I am not getting paid, this is just me showing love. I also paid for my session with my own cash.

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