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Reiki - Questions for Practitioners
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:12:00 am »
So, a well-meaning friend of mine sent me some Reiki without asking first and I'm now developing a headache at the back of my head...which I do every time she sends me something.  

I don't know much about Reiki myself but I have questions for those that do:

  • How does Reiki work?
  • Why would someone send it to another person without that person's consent?
  • Why do some people feel that Reiki can only help others, not harm them?


Your feedback is appreciated.  Thanks!
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Re: Reiki - Questions for Practitioners
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012, 11:34:15 am »
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How does Reiki work?


It is supposed to be a benign life force energy, that flows around and through everything. The practioner is supposed to be nothing but channel - a task a lot of people fail miserably.

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Why would someone send it to another person without that person's consent?


Bad manners?

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Why do some people feel that Reiki can only help others, not harm them?


They were taught this crap.
They were taught, it can never harm and it is only good - or even 'intelligent' - and you can never ever mess someone up with energy work. Obviously a wrong teaching.

It is very well possible that you and your friend are not compatible energy wise and/or that she is not only playing energy channel but is influencing the energy with her will - which is a 'no! bad reiki practioner! no cookie' kinda thing.
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Re: Reiki - Questions for Practitioners
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012, 12:13:55 pm »
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  • How does Reiki work?
  • Why would someone send it to another person without that person's consent?
  • Why do some people feel that Reiki can only help others, not harm them?




I'm a Reiki practitioner and usually I don't ask before sending Reiki to someone because this energy is totally harmless. There is some little chance for someone's shield to stop this energy but usually everything goes smoothly. You said every time your friend send you something you feel sick. May be she has a problem with her channel? For example, natural lack of my own personal energy leading me to being a vampire. Reiki is a natural choice for me to restore my own resource and help other people which I want to do more than anything. It's calming and soothing, and healing. But being dead tired I would never ever try to heal someone cause I will just "eat" this person instead of helping. If your friend has the same problems or she's tired, sick, envy of you or just emotional unstable I'll suggest you to block her completely. Ki\Chi\Prana is everywhere, you consist of this energy so it's harmless just like any energy is harmless if you will use it for for harmless things. Also, if you believe if earth being able to transform negative energy into the harmless one why can't you believe that Reiki can't do it, too?

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012, 12:22:11 pm »
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It is supposed to be a benign life force energy, that flows around and through everything. The practioner is supposed to be nothing but channel - a task a lot of people fail miserably.


This. If you want to heal someone you need to clean yourself (chakras, thoughts etc) from any negative BEFORE you'll try to manipulate with sick person. Also you need to be calm, centered and grounded during your Reiki practice. And means you need to exercise your mind everyday to stay calm and free for the Reiki which is not everyone could and like to do.

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012, 12:25:17 pm »
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I'm a Reiki practitioner and usually I don't ask before sending Reiki to someone because this energy is totally harmless.

This makes me wonder:
For how long do you practice Reiki and what tradition?
How much experience with energy work in general do you have?
And - last but not least - don't you care about personal boundaries in non-reiki life as well?
« Last Edit: November 01, 2012, 12:26:38 pm by Tana »
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That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
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Re: Reiki - Questions for Practitioners
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012, 12:31:36 pm »
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I'm a Reiki practitioner and usually I don't ask before sending Reiki to someone because this energy is totally harmless.

That's like saying that giving hugs is harmless so one should just go around hugging everyone, regardless of whether or not they want it. As Emperor Kuzco would say, "NO Touchy!"

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Also, if you believe if earth being able to transform negative energy into the harmless one why can't you believe that Reiki can't do it, too?

Not Veggie, but I don't believe that the Earth automatically transforms negative energy into positive energy. The Earth isn't some big unicorn-fart producing mass. The Earth has energy, it transforms it, sure. But it's not positive or negative. It just is. Everyone's reaction to it is different.

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2012, 12:45:04 pm »
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This makes me wonder:
For how long do you practice Reiki and what tradition?
How much experience with energy work in general do you have?
And - last but not least - don't you care about personal boundaries in non-reiki life as well?

 
I practice Usui Reiki Ryoho for a few years. But to make it clear, I will not send Reiki not just like someone will call everyone in their telephone list. It's just rude even if harmless. But if see someone asking for a help, compassion or just feels miserably I will send a gentle Reiki to this person. I have a strong sense of compassion and if someone is in pain or crying even if I don't know this person, I'll try to help him or her with words, Reiki etc.

I started to practice in my teens, mostly with energy because it's natural for me use my mind instead of supplies.

No, I don't care. I made a promise to myself not avert my eyes when someone need help anymore.

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Re: Reiki - Questions for Practitioners
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012, 12:47:24 pm »
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I'm a Reiki practitioner and usually I don't ask before sending Reiki to someone because this energy is totally harmless. There is some little chance for someone's shield to stop this energy but usually everything goes smoothly.


How do you know?  I wouldn't consider getting a headache harmless but, then again, I don't do things without consent from those involved...spell/energy work included.

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You said every time your friend send you something you feel sick. May be she has a problem with her channel? For example, natural lack of my own personal energy leading me to being a vampire. Reiki is a natural choice for me to restore my own resource and help other people which I want to do more than anything. It's calming and soothing, and healing. But being dead tired I would never ever try to heal someone cause I will just "eat" this person instead of helping. If your friend has the same problems or she's tired, sick, envy of you or just emotional unstable I'll suggest you to block her completely.


Ummm...there was no energy siphoning here - it is more like an energy overload.

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Ki\Chi\Prana is everywhere, you consist of this energy so it's harmless just like any energy is harmless if you will use it for for harmless things.


I don't believe anything is inherently harmless.  I believe things can be used in a method that renders them beneficial or non-beneficial.

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Also, if you believe if earth being able to transform negative energy into the harmless one why can't you believe that Reiki can't do it, too?


I don't actually believe that.  I'm not sure from where you got it.
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2012, 12:50:42 pm »
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I practice Usui Reiki Ryoho for a few years. But to make it clear, I will not send Reiki not just like someone will call everyone in their telephone list. It's just rude even if harmless. But if see someone asking for a help, compassion or just feels miserably I will send a gentle Reiki to this person. I have a strong sense of compassion and if someone is in pain or crying even if I don't know this person, I'll try to help him or her with words, Reiki etc.

I started to practice in my teens, mostly with energy because it's natural for me use my mind instead of supplies.

No, I don't care. I made a promise to myself not avert my eyes when someone need help anymore.


I'm dumbfounded by this response.  How are you better equipped to determine if someone needs help than they are themselves?
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Re: Reiki - Questions for Practitioners
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2012, 12:55:14 pm »
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But if see someone asking for a help, compassion or just feels miserably I will send a gentle Reiki to this person. I have a strong sense of compassion and if someone is in pain or crying even if I don't know this person, I'll try to help him or her with words, Reiki etc.

 
Have you heard the expression, "do not use an axe to remove a fly from your friend's forehead"?

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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2012, 12:56:35 pm »
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I'm dumbfounded by this response.  How are you better equipped to determine if someone needs help than they are themselves?

 
Amazing answer. Just wow. I will try to think about this next time when see animal hurt, child lost or someone is crying.

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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2012, 01:00:48 pm »
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How do you know?  I wouldn't consider getting a headache harmless but, then again, I don't do things without consent from those involved...spell/energy work included.



Ummm...there was no energy siphoning here - it is more like an energy overload.



I don't believe anything is inherently harmless.  I believe things can be used in a method that renders them beneficial or non-beneficial.



I don't actually believe that.  I'm not sure from where you got it.


Which kind of energy overloading you? Does it good, warm, cold, red, white, what kind of energy you feels? May it wasn't Reiki at all, at least not a healing energy.

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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2012, 01:05:20 pm »
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No, I don't care. I made a promise to myself not avert my eyes when someone need help anymore.

Wow.
I can't even begin to point out all the stuff, that really, really is rubbing me the wrong way with your statements.

You basically say, that you know everything about energy work and you know what's best for all people involved, and you help as you see fit. You also know 100% for sure, that you are causing no problems ever and are doing only good.

What can I say... this is just the kind of attitude that really bothers me in esoteric people.

That's all.
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2012, 01:15:46 pm »
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Wow.
I can't even begin to point out all the stuff, that really, really is rubbing me the wrong way with your statements.

You basically say, that you know everything about energy work and you know what's best for all people involved, and you help as you see fit. You also know 100% for sure, that you are causing no problems ever and are doing only good.

What can I say... this is just the kind of attitude that really bothers me in esoteric people.

That's all.

There's a difference between a lost child and sending unwanted energy.  If you ask someone if they want/need help, you're getting permission.  If you ask a lost child if you can help, you're not taking away anything.

If someone cannot answer, you have to do the best you can, yes.  But if you can ask, why wouldn't you?  If you offer and the person says no, do you do it anyway?

Where do you get the right to decide for someone without asking?  That to me looks like a hell of a boundary issue.

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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2012, 01:20:00 pm »
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You basically say, that you know everything about energy work and you know what's best for all people involved, and you help as you see fit. You also know 100% for sure, that you are causing no problems ever and are doing only good.


 
I never said or thought something like this. May be my English is that bad? Basically, I said: many people suffers, if I see someone who needs help I'll try to help this person. For example, last month I was going back home on train and the young woman came in on one stop. She was a mess: in tears, shivering and devastated. I felt like I need to ask her if everything is ok, if she needs help and send calming Reiki. In a few stops she met her friend who suddenly chose train instead of car that day. I don't know if it was me, Reiki or pure coincidence but she was smiling again and I felt relieved.

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