Reiki: Alternative Medicine real Practice or Business?

Reiki Healing is what?

Reiki is one of the fastest growing Alternative Medicine techniques around the world and Reiki healing is seen as having a real positive effect on clients' health. Unfortunately for some Practitioners or Masters it is just a business to make money. And when making money comes first problems arise every time.

Reiki, a new Alternative Medicine technique?


The history of Reiki begins in 1922 when a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, discovered this spiritual healing practice after a period of meditation on Mount Kurama. But this is not really true.

The concept of a Universal Life Force, the common translation of Reiki, dates back to the beginning of civilization: Greeks had Pneuma, Romans had Spiritus, Indians have Prana, Chinese have Qi or Chi, Catholics have the Holy Spirit, Native Americans have the Great Spirit and Japanese have Reiki. Plus Jedi Knights have the Force.

As you can see nothing new under the sun. Moreover every European King of the past was said to have the ability to cure diseases through the "laying on of hands" and there is also Jesus Christ's ability to heal. Throughout the East there are many techniques of increasing health through energy and a lot of them through the hands of a Practitioner. That is to say that the Universal Life Energy concept has been always present in human history, as much as the ability to heal with this energy. So Reiki healing is not something really new under the Sun.

So, what's the catch with Reiki Healing?

What makes Reiki so popular? Here are some of the reasons:

  1. One day training: no need to study for years (for the first level).
  2. Simple concept: energy is everywhere and can be used to heal.
  3. Simple technique: just put your hands where the energy needs to go.
  4. Simple Organization: three levels to reach.
  5. Low fees to learn: at least for the first level.
  6. High self esteem: you can become a "Master".
  7. Magic: you learn secret symbols to use to deal better with energy
  8. It works: maybe you don't heal but usually everyone feels better after a treatment.

I've studied Reiki, so I'm a Practitioner, I don't use the term Master, and on the basis of my further studies in Hypnosis I know Reiki Healing can work, and I'm going to tell you why soon. At the same time I agree that it's also a business, and I'll tell you why soon too.

Short yet interesting Chi use video.

Another interesting one.

Reiki as an Alternative Medicine Practice

Does Reiki Healing exists?

From a spiritual/religious point of view the idea that everything that exists is connected is pretty acceptable. China and India have an history far longer than the West, can they be wrong after all these years studying Chi or Prana? And in the West we have the Holy Spirit which is more or less the same thing.

Looking at the concept of Reiki from a kind of scientific point of view Albert Einstein in his Mass-Energy Equivalence concept stated that everything that has a mass has an energy, so everything that exists has an energy. Moreover everything has also an electric charge so that Reiki could be also considered a kind of electricity. The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy is never wasted but always transformed, so energy is always moving and transforming and changing. Then the idea that everything in this Universe is linked together in some ways becomes pretty right or acceptable.

But we can't see Reiki: well we can't also see radio waves but we can nevertheless use our cell phone or WiFi connection, right? And we have also that microwaves oven.

My own opinion on Reiki Healing:

I can't be sure about it existence but I've seen some demonstrations on animals and something seemed to happen, animals can't be influenced by beliefs so at least a change in Practitioner's hands temperature happens, if this is really the Universal Energy is another thing. And as a healing techniques on human beings there are many proofs that it works, and there are even some clinics beginning to test its real effects. I don't have any stone-carved certainty or proof but there are many scientific theories much more airy-fairy than the Reiki theory, so I'm pretty positively sided.

What I'm sure is that Reiki can heal the Practitioner, and this is for two reasons:

  1. The Law of Expectation: whatever you believe you can achieve, or whatever you expect deeply is probable to happen.
  2. Reiki can be a road to use our Inner Powers, the Powers of our Subconscious Mind.

That is we are entering into the field of Hypnosis and its powers.

So, how can it be that disregarding its real existance Reiki works?

Reiki healing as Self Treatment.

During a self session of Reiki the Practitioner must deeply relax (a kind of induction) and feel the healing energy coming from the Universe inside his body and feel it flowing throughout his body healing everything (suggestion).

Reiki Healing as Treatment to others.

During the session the client must deeply relax (induction), and listening to the soothing voice of the Practitioner feel the healing energy flow throughout his body (suggestion).

Conclusion: Yes Reiki Healing works. Maybe not really as it is commonly thought but it works nevertheless. Medicine too uses the Placebo Effect (based on the Law of Expectation) every day with astonishing results.

Be it a real healing life energy or a good self hypnosis technique Reiki can work.

Reiki not for Healing but for Business

There are many good Reiki "Masters" around, but not all "Masters" are good.

Now I'm going to give you some points to ponder, so you can decide if all this secrecy and business around Reiki and its healing ability is justified or not.

  1. Attunements: usually there are three levels of Reiki (but some schools have many more), each with an increasing cost, some third level attunement (the so called "Master" level) depending on the school can cost several thousands (?) dollars. Reality: Usui attuned himself, never created a "Master" level and I guess he would have never asked for so much money. The first level of Reiki is more than enough. And you can even attune yourself without spending a penny.
  2. Symbols: three symbols at the second level and one Master symbol at the third level. These symbols are usually kept secrets. And you have to pay to get attuned to them and to be able to use them. Reality: symbols are useless, they are common knowledge in Japan or in the East and are useful just as a way to focus. The same job can be done using the symbols on a Playstation pad: cross, triangle, square and circle, and they are free to learn too. And the fact that the symbols existed before Reiki appearing in the West is highly debated. That is they probably are a modern invention.
  3. There are schools with more than three levels and more than four symbols. Obviously each level has a fee.
  4. Levels are for receiving and being able to use different, more powerful frequencies of Reiki, you also learn how to direct better the energy flow. Reality: if Reiki is the Universal Life Energy then there is one Energy, it's universal, and if it's an intelligent energy which can do no harm and it's able to go directly where it's most needed then there is no need to learn how, if ever, to direct it.
  5. Some "Masters" use this levels thing in order to bring people swiftly and gradually toward paying a lot of money to be able to call themselves "Master". Don't do that.
  6. Before anything, either a treatment or a course, check if the "Master" treats clients consistently or just runs courses. A course can be worth 10-20 clients going down to money.

Conclusion: keep your money in your pockets and if you really want to go to a Reiki "Master" than find a serious one and never pay more than 100 bucks for the first level , in my opinion they are more than enough.

Usui Wish for Reiki

Mikao Usui said that the beauty of Reiki is that it is available to anyone so that every human being can live a better, healthier life. I think he would have been quite disgusted by all the business that has grown around Reiki which has nothing to do with healing.

Is there really someone who thinks that a man like him would have accepted someone asking for thousands dollars to be a "Master". I don't think so.

Even only from my Hypnosis point of view Reiki is a great technique for healing, relaxing, feeling better and even increase health, but not as a get rich quick scheme.

Conclusion and Self Hypnosis Suggestion

Reiki is a healing technique and also a big business, nevertheless it's a good tool to be healthier. It's bad name is due to some people's behaviour, but it would be a pity to disregard Reiki Healing ability because some elements use it to make big money on people's suffering.

Be wise, be skeptic and think twice before giving your money. There are many good Reiki teachers around.

I hope you liked reading this article, and if you are one of those who believe in the existence of a Universal Life Force but cannot afford to learn Reiki this is for you.

  1. Buy a good book on Reiki, there are many around and some of them even free on the web.
  2. Read my hub on Self Hypnosis Induction.
  3. Read my hub on writing Suggestions.
  4. Substitute as needed the speech with your subconscious: something like "I know that there is a Universal Life Energy interconnecting everything on this Universe and I know that I can connect with it and be able to heal myself and others with it. This would lead to a better life...."
  5. Arrived at the Suggestion point use these suggestions: I can connect with the Universal Life Energy and be able to use it to heal myself and others. I want to be connected with the Universal Life Energy and be able to use it to heal myself and others. From now on I am (permanently) connected with the Universal Life Energy and I'm able to use it to heal myself and others.
  6. Always remember to keep Reiki simple, as it is. No need for symbols or any strange stuff.

Thanks for reading this article on Reiki Healing, please leave a comment and if you like it rate it and share.

Have a wonderful day!


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Susana S 7 years ago

Nice article hypno - rated up :) I think Reiki is real. I've been doing it for about 12 years and have had some incredible healing experiences.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

That's incredible, you see, we have something else in common. That's great. I agree with you, it's a great tool, and it's a nice "world view" too. I'm glad you liked it. :)

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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Very good article, Hypnodude. Self-hypnosis is a wonderful thing, and I have no doubt that a good Reiki Master would be able to help themselves very effectively. I firmly believe that there is a power for good in the Universe, that can perhaps be chanelled through Reiki, or any other healing ceremony for that matter. I've seen how effective healing can be at first hand, and I've also seen some amazing transformations through hypnosis.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Amanda, thank you very much. I'm sure too that we have the power to heal within ourselves, maybe it doesn't work all the times, but when I feel sick I'm usually able to be well again pretty soon. The idea of an energy, electricity, or vibration, or spirit universally flowing makes sense, I forgot to add Taoism concept of Tao. :) And I'm very interested in the discoveries science will do the years to come. Maybe one day scientists will even discover that Tesla was right with his theories of energy freely flowing around and inside us. I think it would be interesting if you write a hub on your experiences with healing and hypnosis. Anyhow even if Reiki works because it's similar to Self Hypnosis its theory is fascinating. Thanks for your kind comment.

I wasn't sure if this hub was well organized and to the point, sometimes I go out of the topic. :)

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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY

hynodude-thoroughly enjoyed this Hub. I often wonder what if science and religion could come a little closer together. . what amazing things could and would be discovered.. I do believe in being able to direct energy.. task at hand is always to learn from the bad energy and replace it with positive, good and 'light' energy or at least learn how to balance them.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks wavegirl, I'm happy you like it. Einstein once said that Science without religion is lame, Religion without science is blind. I think he was pretty right. They are like the Yin and Yang, different yet complementary. And I agree with you balance is compulsory, everywhere and in everything. Religion/Beliefs needs Reason, Science needs to recognize that it has limits too. Have a great weekend!

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tipperary 7 years ago

Wow! i have heard of reiki before but never understood what it was, thanks for the information. Sounds great!

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Interesting... I've heard the name "Reiki" but didn't have a clue about it until reading your Hub. It's very intriguing. Maybe it could be an alternative to medicine for people. Very enlightening. Thanks.

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Ps. Congrats on 100 Fans/Followers. I made a mental note to congratulate and forgot - a lot of Reiki in my head.


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

I've always wondered about reiki but have been scared to try it. My friend said in a session he was lying down and random thoughts kept popping into his head and then leaving. At one stage he thought he was aware of three men in hawaiian shirts in the room - apparently they were some sort of spirit guides. Another story I heard was after someone went to a session, they started seeing a little green monster and other creatures that are normally invisible. Kinda freaked me out a bit! But I really enjoyed reading more about it in this hub! Thanks

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Green Lotus 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

HypnoD I commend you on your wonderful, creative hub. You've taken a much talked about (or should I say "preached" about subject and have given it a practical twist. I say this humbly since I also have a Hub on Reiki and am one of those Reiki "masters";(although I do not charge for services and I regularly treat myself and others). I love the way you tie hypnosis into the equation too and bring up the fact that Usui would be shocked (as would other religious figures) at the modern interpretation and practice of their teachings.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

Hi hypno, thanks so much for this one, I heard it before but now I learned more from this hub of yours. It is easy to understand, orderly and methodical, love your style, Thank you, Maita

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi tipperary, thank you very much, I'm glad you like it.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Lady_E, thanks a lot, two months ago I'd have never thought to have such an incredible result. Thanks to all good hubbers who write informative hubs and give good advices:) Reiki is a great alternative, it has only been filled with a lot of legends, fables and rubbish. I've even read about people being able to transform metal into gold and other similar stuff. I had to try to clarify a little the matter. :)

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Marco, there are a lot of stories about Reiki, some are true and some are not. It's quite common that after reaching the first level of Reiki a lot of bottled up feelings, emotions and thoughts gets free, it's a normal "reaction", I don't know if really because the energy cleans the body of all the rubbish or because keeping in touch with our inner self for the first time we become aware of a lot of things that we bottled up. Some people are comfortable in looking at our inner mirror, some accept it and go on, some do not. I haven't had any physical reaction but a lot of stuff came to light, only that I accepted it, "digested" it and went on. What I haven't really understood is why few "Masters" advise students that beside a physical reaction there can be a mental one. But there are a lot of similar stories even in hypnosis with people reacting in strange ways. The level of suggestibility of the person must also be taken into account: as an example if I'm highly suggestible and the teacher says that during the so called attunement to Reiki some people see spirits and some start shaking their body I could easily follow these instructions and do one or both of them. For what I've seen Reiki is quite safe, but it's all in the hands of the teacher. And a little in the hands of the student, his beliefs, his relationship with his inner self, his previous life experiences, what kind of feelings he's bottled up... But the most common reaction after an attunement is a smile on the face.

But if you want to try by yourself there is either my procedure or the one on the Grassroot Reiki Group on the net, it could be a good story for a hub.

Thanks again for your kind comment mate.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Green Lotus, I'm glad you appreciated it and even more glad that we agree.:) I've nothing against Masters, only that it seems to me a term too resounding, I prefer the term Practitioner, or at most Teacher. But that's a personal idea. And I see nothing wrong in asking for an honest fee in exchange for a service, be it a course or a treatment. I just hate to see a good message twisted in a money making business on the skin of suffering people. And all that stuff added just to make Reiki a middle way between Magic, Religion and Phylosophy. Reiki is a good tool, easy to learn, easy to practice and easy to use. And it should remain so, but of course there can't be a lot of money involved then. Just to add another rant Usui never talked about Chakras :)

I'm glad we are compeers.:) And now I'll go reading your hub. Have a great day!

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Maita, I thought it to be a little messed up but it seems I'm wrong :) Thanks for your kind words and I'm glad I've been useful. Happy weekend!

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Madison22 7 years ago from NYC

Hypnodude, thank you for such an easy to read and understand article on Reiki. It certainly sparked my interest. Rate up!

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Madison, thanks to you for commenting. I'm glad you liked it. :)

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CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting take on Reiki, Hypnodude. Unfortunately it does attract a lot of get-rich-quick merchants because it is relatively easy to get the certificate. People need to check out the practitioner they intend to go and see, and if they don't feel comfortable go and find someone else.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

You said it right CMHypno, as much as the web is full of "secret underground techniques" for hypnosis. It's really bad to see that kind of things ruining good tools and giving them bad names. Especially because we (hypnotherapists) know how much good they can do. I'm glad you liked it, thanks for your comment.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Thank you for sharing such great advice concerning Reiki, hypnodude. I really like your practical approach to Reiki, its benefits, and especially its commonalities in accordance with similar or same methods used in other nations and cultures. I especially liked this line:

Unfortunately it is. There are many good "Masters" around, but not all "Masters" are good.

Excellent work my friend! Thank you so much for sharing this. You are certainly gaining star power here at HP! Keep it going!

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Teresa Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

I have heard about this. I will be re-reading this again and absorb what this is all really about. I am very much interested about this. Thank you for sharing. More power.

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

I agree with all that you had to say, I went to one Reiki attunement and feel that is sufficient. I also agree about the symbols. The energy is very real and truly healing and learning to tap into and utilize this resource is not done through expensive classes. The hands are an energy vortex but the mind directs and determines what the vortex accompishes and the signals it sends out. Another excellent article, I rated it up and highly recommend it. Sue

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi dohn, well, Ihave a lot of friendly hubbers that with great hubs and sound advices are keeping me in the right road :) I'm happy you liked it. Thank you very much.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Teresa, I'm glad you find it interesting. Reiki is a beautiful good/great tool, it just has a kind of undeserved bad name. Thanks for your comment. :)

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Sue, you are being very kind with me. :) Thanks for your appreciation, I'm happy that you agree with me. And I agree with what you say. :) Thanks for appreciating so much.

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Great info here Hypno,

I am actually surprised at the amount of people who have not heard of Reiki in any detail though. My Sister swears by it, and is adamant that even if you 'don't' believe, it still works. She also says you can actually 'feel' the heat flowing into you when the Reiki is taking place. My Sister is as healthier skeptic as I am, and if she has experienced this (aged 45 now), then I believe her. I have only tried Reiki once, (from a Reiki Master who my Sister knows), and have to confess I left feeling incredibly relaxed, so I guess the purpose of the appointment, (to reduce my stress), did work.

I do believe now, but need to know any Reiki Healer I ever go to is a "Master" or at least has a good reputation amongst former patients.

Fab Hub. :)

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi misty, thanks very much, I'm really glad you liked it. Being an intelligent skeptic I think is the right way to go, that is looking for real proofs of what is being affirmed without being blind about new things. And I agree with you that positive word of mouth is the only reliable source of informations, well, that's true for everything regarding health, not only for the holistic side of it :). I'm not completely sure why Reiki really works but as you said it does. And that's the important thing. :) Thanks for your kind words misty.

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Any time Hypno, as so many people don't believe in Reiki, yet there is no real reason to doubt it is very likely it does work based on the fact there is so little of the brain we actually use, and who really knows what we are capable of therefore? I too have seen impressive results on a dog I used to own who had a knee problem, and that was just in about 20 minutes of treatment.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

You know, if it works because it's a self hypnosis-like procedure (it is indeed) it's fine; if it works because it really gives access to Universal Life Force(Energy) it's fine too (it's fantastic really). As a matter of fact animals can't be hypnotized, not in the sense we can, so as you rightly said if they receive benefits what's the reason? That's why I included those videos, as they raise interesting questions. :)

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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Hypnodude: About 12 years ago when I didn't know what Reiki was, one morning I had a weird dream of symbols that were being giving to me in circular like objects; I shared my dream in detail in a spiritual forum without knowing what it was about, and an online friend who was a member of the forum was thrilled, as she was a Reiki healer, and had sent me Reiki the evening before without my knowing this. This was a confirmation for everyone, and my introduction to what Reiki is!

Superb hub!

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

This is very interesting VioletSun, very interesting. It seems that either you, or your friends, or both have Psychic abilities. I mean beside her sending Reiki what's interesting is that you saw symbols without knowing anything about them. Seems like a kind of telepathic connection. Thanks for sharing this. And for your kind words. :)

You could write a hub on experiments like this one, it would be very interesting to read. The more we study the matter the more we get to know it.

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi azizzii, you are definitely right. Thanks for your contribution and appreciation.

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Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Hi there, mio carissimo amico...

I really like this hub for several reasons: a)It is unbiased and recognizes the existence of the true REIKI b)The importance of what Usui Sensei taught and wanted c)There is nothing more effective against "money-takers" than true exposure. Regarding the symbols, it is a matter of concept. I believe strongly in the power of the OM symbol(though it is Sanskrit) Let the chips fall where they may... Energy is there for everyone! I had Reiki books and performed hand healing on my mom, partner and sister, and it worked! I haven`t practiced in a long while, but for me Chi, Qi, Prana, Ki, Energy are the same thing. Moreover, Pure Energy is NEUTRAL and it is qualified accordingly by the practitioner.

Great Hub!

Two thumbs up!

warm regards and blessings,


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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Al, thank you very much. About the symbols what I've always find interesting is that usually what is said is first to learn them and then that it doesn't matters much if they are drawn or visualized correctly as it's the intent what matters most. If this is true what's the meaning of learning and using them?

If it exists energy is energy, even if we can call it in 1000 different ways. Well, as a matter of fact there are hundreds of different Reiki schools (????) Each with its own particular vibration. I think that taking a simple thing and transforming it into a complicate one is just for business purposes. And I agree with you that what makes the difference is the Practitioner. Energy healing is common practice in the East, maybe one day someone will be able to fix all this.

Thanks again for your appreciation.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

I came across this again hypno while reading about Chinese culture, Yin and Yang etc, so I came back and read it again, I am interested in it, Thank you, Maita

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

I'm happy about this Maita, and your last hub on Chinese numbers is simply great. Thanks for coming back again. Everything is connected, in some ways. :) Have a great weekend!

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mbwalz 7 years ago from Maine

Hi Hyno, I have just taken the 1st level and am now practicing as much as I can. My teacher was not expensive and very down to earth. I had had reiki with her before asking for her to teach me.

During my practicing, I've had some amazing experiences. I feel this form of healing is my calling and unites my non-religious spiritual beliefs with my desire to help people heal in a holistic way that pharmaceuticals just can't do.

I am very scientifically oriented and had my doubts about the attunement. I had no idea what to expect but was amazed at the experience. I discover new things everytime I practice.

Thank you for the hub!

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy Author

Hi mbwalz, I'm happy that you've found a good teacher. It's the fundamental requirement to have a good experience with Reiki. As a philosophy it's pretty beautiful, and the idea that everything is connected has also some scientific theories or explanations behind. Beside the movie Avatar I mean. It would be interesting if you write a hub on your experience with Reiki. Thanks for commenting and have a great day!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Hypno, I link it to my reiki hub, Maita

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Maita, I've done the same.:) Have a great weekend!

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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

hypnodude, like a lot of the above commenters I have not heard of Reiki. I like to learn something everyday and this is my 'today' learn :-) I am a big believer in the power of the mind and I'm convinced that we have a long way to go in discovering it's full potential.

Thumbs up on this Hub, great information :-)

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Agvulpes, thank you very much for your kind comment. Actually I learn a lot of new things from your hubs too, and I agree that our mind is simply amazing. Thanks for visiting. :)

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

When i read your hub about Reiki I think of animals. It's known that they can sense our energy, fear, etc. People who work with dogs will especially confirm this. Also if you go into a situation with an animal with good expectations already in place, it saves you a lot of grief like when training a dog. I used to raise rabbits and they are highly sensitive and reflect your energy to you when you are around them. Their gestures mirror how you feel inside without saying a word. Since this is all instinctual to animals, and humans aren't as in touch with their instincts, I think it would take a lot of training for someone to practice Reiki effectively.

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hi izettl, actually when you get attuned, or you attune yourself, to Reiki, that's just the beginning. Like every other ability it takes time and application. But it's true that animal can sense energy much better than human beings can. As a matter of fact it's the best proof that using Reiki something happens. I had a dog that when pampered remained there liking it, but after some seconds of Reiki he would stand up and go somewhere else. My cats instead adore it. It depends from the animal, but they show that there is something that we cannot see. You should also find interesting my hub on Nami Reiki Self Attunement.

Thanks for your always sound comment. :)

Rosita Tanza 6 years ago

Dr. Mikao Usui would have never charged anyone a single coin for attunements nor healing. Reiki is a FREE gift, and as such, it should always be offered for free. It has become a business, indeed. It has strayed from the original teachings of Dr. Usui. This is a gift that's meant for everyone to have, not just a few.

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Rosita, thanks for coming. Actually I can understand Reiki Practitioners who ask for a fee for their services, each one of us has bills to pay. What I don't honestly like is when I see people exploited, especially when they are suffering and so are easier to scam. I don't know, probably Dr. Usui had other means to feed his family and pay his bills, and so he was able to do everything for free. But as you rightly said this cannot be a reason to exploit others, and again Reiki should be for everyone. But I can somehow more or less understand that if someone payed 10.000$ to become a "Master" then trying to earn back some bucks it's natural.

Thanks again for your kind comment.

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Reiki Healing 6 years ago

Reiki is wonderful, its like coconut butter: tastes good with everything.

My wife and I use massage and Reiki together and have a wonderful time with our clients. Reiki Ranch as we know it has been wonderful for relaxation and teaching reiki. the healing we see in the many people use/practise reiki is truly wonderful. many folks have health crashs or issues in their lives after the attunment process and find they feel lost and stop with it all togerther. hope and faith is a click away. "thank the internet for hub pages.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks for your kind comment Reiki Healing, I'm glad you liked the article.

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jmansson 6 years ago

When I was attuned to second degree many moons ago and Reiki was still in it's toddler hood in this country I was told by my teacher (who had paid the 10,000 for her master level attunement but charged only 400 for her students) that there was a person who after the first attunement decided she knew it all, gathered info from other reiki practioners, wrote a couple of good books on the subject and set about teaching. I'm a bit more on the spiritual side of this so that bothered me. My teacher said that they were being asked to reattune her students as we found them for no fee. I filed that in good to know for later on and later on years later on in fact after becoming a teacher a friend, more of an acquaintance at the time, told me of her unsatisfactory attunement to reiki in a class for massage therapists which focused mainly on how to charge. She had herself reattuned by a yoga instructor who only charged her half price. We talked and I realized that the first was a student of a student of a student of somenone not truly attuned so I reattuned my acquaintance at no fee. Time has passed, we are now friends and she still uses reiki.

I believe people should be paid a reasonable fee for giving treatments and in fact should be able to make a living at this but when it comes as a part of a marketing for massage therapists or just get a certificate and a table and you're good to go I see a problem. I've seen the results.

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

And you are certainly right jmansson, the making of Reiki a business is ruining it, because big money comes from attunements, and little from sessions. But how can someone be a teacher if he's not a Practitioner? All the excuses used to ask money, from the exchange of energy thing to paying for the time, etc., etc., are more or less rubbish. As you correctly said no one works for nothing and if someone provides a service then a reasonable fee must be paid.

I don't think that any Reiki treatment should be paid more than 100 dollars, or euros or pounds even if given by a Super-Mega-Iper-Master-Teacher; anything more in my opinion is too much, and this is true for every kind of treatment or alternative therapy. Two clients a day makes 200 bucks a day, which I think is more than enough for every therapist. As for attunements I think that at every level 200 bucks per person are again enough, at the end if Reiki is simple, easy to use and available to everyone then there are not so many things to be learned.

Thanks for such and extended and interesting comment. :)

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msorensson 6 years ago

I love that you put in the business/money part to it, as it is. Thank you.

I did try to go to meeting sessions to learn Reiki, but it did not feel quite right to me the way they were charging the students. Basic instinct.

Now I am friends with a Reiki Master who does it just like you said it should be done.

What is the effect of healing on the Master doing the healing?

My friend tells me that when she does it, sometimes she feels really bad after doing distant healing to some vomiting and feeling dizzy, and at other times, she feels good. What does this all mean?

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Well msorensson, it seems that there is something wrong with her Reiki session, probably she's too much empathic, that is she "absorbs" the negative feelings of clients. Now, I'm still not certain about distant healing, not that I'm saying it doesn't work or exists, at the end most religions are based on some forms of distant healing or help, receiving energy from far away. But I simply don't have enough proofs supporting the effectiveness of sending Reiki from distance.

Having said that I think she would probably benefit, and she knows how to do it, from focusing her attention on grounding (basically linking to the Earth through feet to discharge any unwanted energy or feeling...) before doing a Reiki treatment. I've never experienced any negative feeling while doing Reiki but could it be that the illness of patients "hit" her sensitivity? Usually Reiki is considered pretty safe and healthy for both Practitioner and client, and this is one of the reasons why Reiki is spreading so much.

If you like Reiki rest assured that you'll find the right teacher, basic instinct works also on the positive side. :) And if your friend likes it feel free to tell her to send me an email so maybe we can talk a little.

Thanks for such a comment very much appreciated. And I hope everything will go well for your friends. :)

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msorensson 6 years ago

Thank you!! I will!! She lives in Japan and would like to travel back to Europe sometime. I will email you from hubpages so we can connect and then I will connect you with her directly.

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

That's great msorensson, I'm glad if I can be of help. Have a wonderful day!

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suny51 6 years ago

hypnodude,as I said I am getting to learn the art and its finer points all over again,its not as simple as it sounds besides these ancient Asian arts were kept so secret that it took real concentration to lean them and so were these divided

into levels,I shall come again and try to learn more about it.Thank you.

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thank you Suny, I'm glad you liked it. To be honest, in my humble opinion, Reiki is much more simple than it is said to be. Human beings make it complicated for various reasons. I'll write other articles on Reiki soon though. :) Have a great day and thanks for your kind comment.

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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Learning more and more about Reiki. As you stated 'nothing new under the sun.' however, certain techniques and/or procedures work better for some than for others, all employing the universal life force, as you stated. Voted-up/rated!

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Perfectly summarized Support Med, in my humble opinion there is one way to "heal" with Universal Energy, some simple and some complicated. But there are so many because some techniques work for some people and some others for others. Being that we humans are all equal but all different it makes sense.

Thanks for the voting/rating, as usual. :)

learn Reiki 6 years ago

It can be both. Why not make an extra little money by helping people.

Dinah Cohen 6 years ago

Hi there,

I like your reference to Usui.

I was trained in 1979 by Barbara Brown (one of Takata's own students).

I am so sad at what has happened to Reiki over the past 30 years.

I would like to add the powerful word simplicity to this post.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks Dinah and learnReiki for your kind comments. I agree that it's pretty sad what Reiki has become in the last period, anyway I believe its true essence will always come out. Even if many "Masters" are into money a lot of them are truly into helping others.

Wonderful holidays to everyone!

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AliciaC 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I’ve been curious about Reiki for a long time, although I have never experienced a Reiki session. Your hub was very interesting. Whether Reiki involves self hypnosis or connection with a universal life force, it’s great that it works.

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Paws For Peace 6 years ago

Hypnodude, I agree there many Masters/Teachers out there over charging for classes, attunements and services for Reiki. It makes it bad for the ones trying to help. I was attuned for the third level in 2007. I only paid 60.00 for each level and have never charged a fee my what I do.

I focus on the dogs, cats and horses at the shelter I work at. It doesn't take long for the animals to respond to the energy. They are more accepting of it, (especially the cats). I have noticed the reactions from abused and feral to calm and relaxed during and after a session.


Annette 5 years ago

Very good article thank you.

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AVailuu 2 years ago from Augusta, Ga

My opinion is that Reikki is a very holistic approach to stress relief. My good friend is a practitioner, and I was her subject several times. We would go to an open park and relax in the grass while she would practice her energy work on me. By the end of each session I always felt relaxed and centered, which rarely happens for me. I don't have a mystical opinion, or medical opinion for that matter, but I can say from my own testimony that Reikki can be a powerful experience, whether it's spiritually connected or a placebo.

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