is reiki still working?You may learn Reiki and immediately feel confident to share Reiki with your friends and family. You are excited to share Reiki with others.

Or you may learn Reiki and are more hesitant about your Reiki practice. You are unsure of how to go about sharing Reiki with others. You may wonder if Reiki is still working when you do self-treatments.

Those who have studied with me know that learning Reiki changed my life.

had only experienced Reiki once before enrolling in Reiki Level One.  It was a short seated session. Although I felt warmth on my shoulders where the practitioner placed their hands I soon forgot about the experience.

I didn’t think about Reiki again until many months later. I recall standing in Brunswick Street bookstore, telling a friend I wanted to learn how to send “positive vibes” to the people I was caring for in The Alfred Hospital. She responded by saying “Maybe you want to learn Reiki?”

So, with little knowledge or experience of Reiki, yet following my intuition, I travelled to Mac Leod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama to enrol in a Reiki course.

I soon learnt that the system of Reiki contained a lot more for me than sending positive, healing energy to others.

I was astounded by the incredible emotional, mental and spiritual changes that I experienced during the training. I was delighted by the physical sensations taking place in my hands when I did Reiki on others. I enjoyed the feeling of peace mixed with a deep sense of joy I discovered when I did on myself.

I recall phoning my mum and telling her excitedly about what was happening: that I was loving an amazing healing technique called Reiki. As I shared some of my experiences I can still here her voice travelling down the phone line: “Sarah do you really believe this? How can that be happening?” I remember saying “Yes Mum I really believe it… it’s happening… Reiki is AMAZING”. (Fourteen years on, my conservative family are a lot more open to Reiki and the peace it creates in my life and theirs).

Yet, although my love for sharing Reiki with others and doing self treatments was as strong as ever, months later, when I started practicing in the U.K., a small voice of doubt entered my mind.

Thoughts such as “How is this working”, “Is this really working?,” “How is this working if I can’t see it”, “How and why are people feeling better?”, begun to pop into my mind.

I decided then to gently acknowledge the doubt that arose and shift my focus to 4 main things:

1. Being present to what was happening under my hands as I gave others Reiki

2. The peacefulness that came over me as I continued doing self treatments as my primary daily practice.

3. Sincere gratitude for Reiki energy.

4. The incredible emotional, spiritual. mental and physical changes that took place in those I treated and taught.

More than a decade later and having had the privilege to share Reiki with over 1000 people I have zero doubt that Reiki works!

Some who learn Reiki write or visit me saying months later saying that they are not sure if they are doing Reiki correctly. My advice is always: “Just start practicing”. I give them these tips. They often write and say thank you. That the more they practice the more connected they feel to Reiki energy.

If this resonates with you may wish to

1. Start enjoying Reiki as a daily practice.

2. Start sharing Reiki with as many people as you can.

3. Start gaining more practice by attending Reiki groups.

And soon those doubts will subside. They will be replaced by gratitude for the amazing gift that Reiki is.

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