Sometimes Reiki Is the Only Answer

By Dawn Fleming

With the marvels of modern medicine, you would think that there would be a solution to every disease, illness or ailment that humans can contract, but there are not.

I have been working with Reiki for over 24 years and have had a lot of situations with clients where Reiki was the only thing that resolved their issues.

There are so many mysterious illnesses that send many people to the doctor. They have their blood analyzed and undergo many tests, yet the medical experts cannot quite put their finger on what is going on in their parent’s body. Sound familiar?

I have worked with many clients who were in car accidents. The medical world was very good in repairing their broken bones or helping to heal their wounds. However, within a few weeks or a couple of months, the client is experiencing autoimmune type symptoms. They have weakened muscles, firing nerves, irritable bowel issues, or all of these. My latest client went through visits to the emergency room, lots of blood tests and nerve testing without a diagnosis. He felt as if the doctors thought it was all in his head. Many times with people who have been in accidents, their energy field is very fragmented and just needs to be put back together with Reiki. Also I find that they are still holding the emotional energy of the accident in their body as well, and I use Karuna Reiki to release the energy blocks around the emotional issues surrounding the accident. After three sessions, my client who had this mysterious nerve pain and muscle weakness, was able to resume his normal life and go back to the gym feeling stronger without pain.

There are some medical issues where nerves are inflamed and cause many problems, such as in Bell’s Palsy or Sciatic nerve pain. The medical world in most cases has the patient ride it out or take a drug that reduces the inflammation hoping it will reduce the time the person is experiencing the condition. Reiki brings balance by unblocking the backed up energy, impacting the nerves and creates calm. My husband and I were asked to do Reiki on someone diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. She had been diagnosed three days earlier and could not move the one side of her face. The doctors did not offer any drugs and she was told that it could be one to three months before her face could return to normal. She had a plane ticket for the next day and wanted to have more function in her face before going on the trip. We worked on her, and within 30 minutes she could blink her eye and slightly move her mouth. We were all excited about what the Reiki energy did. The next morning, she had more movement. She was able to go on vacation. With further sessions upon her return, she was completely back to normal in less than three weeks.

Let’s look at eye issues. Once a patient is categorized as legally blind, the medical system does nothing more to work to restore a person’s vision. Reiki works very deeply on the energetic level and can unblock energy, restore diminished energy, and boost the energy to help any part of the body get a jumpstart on healing. I have found that if the eye has any eyesight at all, there is enough energy moving through the eye to be able to work with, helping to restore balance and eyesight. One of my clients in his 70s lost his driver license because he was considered legally blind from macular degeneration. The doctor said that is just the way it is; there’s nothing more we could do for him. After several Reiki sessions, his eyesight improved enough where his driver license was restored.

Many women are waiting later in life to start a family and a large percentage of women in their 30s or 40s seem to have problems getting pregnant. In some cases, the doctors cannot even pinpoint why they are having issues or label the situation as low hormones or a decline in egg production. They start them on hormones to prepare them to undergo IVF, a procedure that forces the ovaries to produce follicles that are then harvested, fertilized, and then placed back into the woman. This is very expensive and there is no guarantee it will work. With all of the cases I have worked on with Reiki, I see how the energy in the reproductive energy center is out of balance, and very well could be the cause for the fertility issues. Reiki can unblock the energy and restore the balance to a woman’s reproductive system. Reiki energy can also boost a woman’s energy if she is going through IUI or IVF. I am currently working with a woman who had been through two rounds of IVF with no luck. She had just turned 36. We began working in between her second and third rounds. After the second Reiki session, she produced several follicles. Her doctor was so excited. She’s in the mist of the third IVF cycle and has asked for Reiki to support the entire process. We both are very hopeful for the success of this process. 

Let’s talk about menopause. There is really no secret pill or surgery that can restore the physical and emotional balance wreaks havoc in a woman’s body. The hormones are crashing and it makes the body feel as if it has no physical energy and creates terrible mood swings that are unbearable. When I was going through menopause, I prayed for magic pill to make this all go away. I turn to my Reiki toolbox and began to use Karuna Reiki every day. It not only helped with all of the symptoms, it also helped me to focus on what I truly wanted to do and to manifest in this new phase of my life. Daily dose of Reiki allowed me to reflect on where I was and where I wanted to go. It was a marvelous calming gift that no drug can ever give me at this phase in my life.

One of my Reiki students was diagnosed with Lymphoma. She had a few enlarged nodes, which was how she noticed there was an issue. After blood work and being examined by the specialist, he said that they should just wait and see if the nodes got any bigger before doing anything about her situation. He checked her every six months. With her permission, I added her name to several online distant Reiki groups. She did Reiki for herself daily, and I was sending Reiki. She researched the right herbs to help support her body to heal and added those into her diet. Within two years, her body was healed without any prescription drugs or medical interventions.

My husband was diagnosed with reactive airways disease before we met when he was in his early 30s. His physical activity was very limited because he would get so winded. The only treatment the doctor offered was a prescription inhaler. The attitude was “learn to live with it”. We met and he discovered Reiki. After Reiki I, he began doing self Reiki, not necessarily on his lungs but on his whole body. He also was introduced to Reiki shares, which he participated in on a monthly basis. Overtime, we both noticed that he rarely used his inhaler and he was able to go Kayaking and do other activities that would have normally been too challenging for his breathing. We married and two years later he went to get life insurance. Since he had a reactive airways disease in his medical records, the insurance company asked that he go get a chest x-ray and breathing test so they could determine how bad it really was. The insurance company came back and said that the report showed that his lungs were cleared and there were no signs of any respiratory illness. We should have known he experienced a healing, based on all the things that he could now do without needing to stop and sit down.

There are so many other situations where the medical arena does not have all the answers. If they cannot find what is wrong from observing the person, through tests, or lab work, many times a person becomes a medical mystery. They continue to suffer with whatever the ailments are or they are given drugs, which makes them feel even worse. The answer to situations like this just might be Reiki because the issue just might be caused by an energy imbalance. The only thing that can restore an energetics imbalance is energy work. Reiki is a gentle yet very powerful form of energy work!

Reiki is a personal experience 

Reiki is a personal experience for each person who receives it. Some are called to Reiki to heal themselves of physical, emotional and spiritual pain, some are called to spiritual growth and development and others a call to practice Reiki as a professional business. I had no idea that I would be called to a professional Reiki practice and full-time business. It was not on my radar at all. I already had a successful business that I liked. In addition I couldn’t manage my empathy; if someone felt pain, I felt pain. If they cried, I cried. And I knew that wouldn’t be helpful for a practitioner. However, I was completely compelled by Reiki. All I knew was that I wanted to do Reiki all the time. I wanted to talk about it, give it and receive it with whomever would talk about it with me. Through a winding path, I sold my other business and I created Reiki lifestyle and a full-time Reiki practice. I would like to share the blessings I have experienced in following my professional Reiki path in case you are considering your own professional Reiki practice.

It began with a horse.

My horse Dakota became lame at five years old. I have always had horses; in fact most of my major life decision were because of my love of horses. Dakota was my life time dream horse. I spent hours with him, and when he went lame, it was very difficult for me. I asked him what had happened and he told me that he went lame to deliver me to my power to heal. And then through inner vision he showed me giving him Reiki. I didn’t believe in the effectiveness of Reiki at the time. And I knew that it was passed from one person to another through a ritual called attunement and I didn’t think that was possible. I had been taught and believed that if I wanted something, I had to work hard for it. I couldn’t comprehend that Reiki could be given to me simply by my willingness to receive it. So I procrastinated and didn’t pursue Reiki for a long time.

Then one day, a woman came into my business in downtown Portland. She told me that she was a psychic and that she had a message for me from my horse. She said that he had told me to do something and I hadn’t done it — that I needed to do it because life was coming and I was going to need it. I listened and this time I didn’t procrastinate, I received my first Reiki attunement within two weeks!

I still remember the feeling of my first attunement. I was surprised that it was so physical. A current ran from my hands to my elbows for months. The energy was actually so uncomfortable and strong that I would place my hands on the roots of our big fir tree to discharge the energy. The experienced completely expanded my belief system. I thought, “if this is real, what else is possible? What else is true?

My Reiki attunement changed my world. I finally found what I had been seeking. I realized that I had been looking for a way to discover my own inner authority and true spirituality. I was looking for a way to have a direct relationship with God without an intermediary, I believed in Gandhi’s teaching to be the change I wanted to see in the world. Reiki is a spiritual energy and practice that give me the tools I needed to accomplish my purpose and goals.

Reiki Heals Depression

One of my friends had been in an emotionally dark place for nearly a year because of failed and hurtful relationships in addition to a lack of work and income in spite of the fact that she had a college degree. She and I were out for a drink and bite to eat, and as friends do, I put my hand on her back to console her. I felt energy so strong I was actually stunned. Truthfully I hadn’t been practicing Reiki very much for quite some time at that point. Still, I felt very strongly that she needed a full session, and we did that the very next day. After her session she described her experience, and I suggested that she look into finding a Reiki Master in the area so that she could take Reiki Level I in order to do self-Reiki every day and begin to heal. Don’t you know—she actually listened! Within a week’s time, not only had she received Reiki I but also Reiki Level II during a retreat. After her four-day weekend retreat, my friend returned with a clear mind and also a new outlook on her life and her relationships and a clear focus on her future. Gone was the depressed, sad friend, gone was the deep pain and suffering. I only could see a bright, sunny and relaxed friend who had begun to heal her heart and move on in a positive direction. We both plan to take a Reiki Master course, and I have a new openness to let Reiki back into my life!

A Reiki I class created my spiritual awakening

After experiencing a traumatic panic attack in 2013, I forged an alternative path and embarked on my spiritual journey. I had to being offered a new lease on life because after suffering from severe depression on and off for several years, I never knew that by simply cherishing the simplicities of life, I could embody profound joy each present moment. The fog of depression I had grown accustomed to living in had been lifted, and I no longer desired surface level experiences or attachments because of such clarity. So, I deepened my yoga practice started meditating and taught myself affirmations. Honestly none of these practices sounds like a choice but more like a necessity to survive.

Not long after, my dear cousin Nicole reached out to me to let me know she would be taking a Reiki level one training and that I should join her. I knew little about this. “Energetic healing”? I asked. I was open to anything that would expand my consciousness, so I enthusiastically agreed. I trekked a couple of hours to her massage studio space on the New Hampshire Vermont border and dove headfirst into something I knew little about but would change me forever.

Nicole, her friend Paige and I spent several hours with Linda Kali Usui Holy fire III master teacher. Her calm, ethereal demeanor facilitated a soothing learning environment, and by the time we were beginning the attunement process, I already felt very connected to my spiritual core.

During the few weeks following my attunement, it was as if I were living in a dream simply floating through my daily life without a touch of anxiety or negativity tagging me back down to the reality that was once my life before the attunement. As soon as you have been attuned, there is no going back. It opens the door for the essence of your pure light to experience universal energy in a way that you could never have imagined. Of course, it was easy to read about this in my level one manual, but experiencing what that meant was entirely different story. I find my Claire senses were awakened in the days after my attunement.

Briefly, there are some of the Clair senses: 

Clairvoyance (clear seeing)

Clairaudience (clear hearing)

Claircognizance (clear knowing)

Clairintellect (clear thinking)

Clairemphathy (clear emotion)

Clairsentience (clear physical feeling)

I will share two experiences, one illustrating sudden Claircognizance and another, Clairsentience.

Claircognizance or clear knowing is experiencing a sudden knowing. You know it to be true in your mind’s eye, even thought you did not hear or seat. It may be a stroke of instant insight or a download. This Clair can also manifest as instincts. 

My experience was that after about five minutes in a social setting, I knew that the acquaintance I adored was in the early stages of pregnancy at that perhaps she was experiencing some health complications. After somehow knowing this information, I hesitated about my next step. What if I reach out and I’m wrong? What if she has recently suffered a miscarriage, and I will trigger her by asking? But somehow, I still knew the truth. 

Several days after the social event, I messaged her, saying I received a spiritual download of information regarding her pregnancy and that her baby would be fine despite some upsetting health concerns. She assured me I was, in fact, correct about her being pregnant and that the doctor had informed her of potential issues with her babies development, which all turned out to be a force alarm. Seven months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Clairsentience is a clear physical feeling. You actually feel the physical feelings in your body that others are experiencing. An example is if someone has a stomach ache, you feel either pain or a sensation in your stomach too. You may also feel emotional injuries were they may manifest in the body. To me this goes hand-in-hand with empathy, and I genuinely believe all Healer’s are empaths. Sensing other people’s feelings, pain, and hardship has been an essential tool guiding me in my practice as I pick up information through emotions.

For example, during my level III training, I received information regarding a loved one of the person with whom I was practicing my hand placements. I Suddenly sense she had a son, and he was somewhere far away, and he missed her greatly. Once the practice had ended, I told her I could sense she had a son and felt how he missed her. She said that yes, indeed she did, and he was away at college on the West Coast. She was thrilled to know he was thinking of her. I was also happy feeling at one with all the love between the two of them.

Although there are positive examples of how I have experienced spiritual downloads since I have completed my Reiki attunements, some instances are not as pleasant because information can come through that isn’t exactly enjoyable. Navigating these experiences without a rulebook was never something I expected when I agreed to my level one Reiki class. However, I have learned that I can take measures to prepare myself and protect my energy.

First, I can create a shield of Reiki light around me when I feel unsafe to protect my energy. This step can be taken before practicing Reiki or simply before a social event I feel might make me anxious. For example, I often shield when I am having a tough conversation at work or if I find myself in a situation out of my control that is unnerving.

Second, learning about, acquiring, and using crystals in my every day life and Reiki practice has been immensely helpful. Studying the different energetic properties of crystals and which ones can facilitate grounding, protection, and healing has been such a joy and a journey I will continue because quite simply, they’re gorgeous to have around! Keeping crystals close by has been a wonderful tool in my protection toolbox.

Several years have passed since those weeks I spent existing in the clouds in a dream like state following my first attunement. If only then I had known that the door through which I had just entered was the same door that would connect me with a true essence of my spiritual well-being – blissful and chilling experiences included. I might have been fearful, but of course, Reiki allows me to tap back into the space of uttermost peace, which I believe is a true essence of Reiki energy. I can access that peaceful place anytime I’m feeling unwell. My utmost goal as a Reiki Master is to guide others to access that peaceful place. Everyone who has been and decided to become attuned will not have the same experiences as they go forward in their practices because the Reiki energy touches us all uniquely. Still, if you have ever had a feeling to follow the course of Reiki on your spiritual path, you might find yourself walking through that very same door.

Reiki Heals Insomnia

I received a phone call from a new client who explained that she struggled with insomnia. She said she would try anything to help her to have a good night’s sleep. However because of the lack of sleep, she felt anxiety about her normal activities.

She expressed her concerns that she was in her 70s and afraid that Reiki would go against her Catholic beliefs and was looking for guidance how to move through this fear. She wondered if she was doing the right thing.

I was born and raised Catholic and attended Catholic school from kindergarten, and I explained that receiving Reiki healing will not go against her beliefs. She was guided to find my name and phone number. She felt comfortable after we spoke and booked an appointment.

It was a beautiful fall day with a crisp chill in the air during the session. The fireplace was radiating a light heat, and the music softly played in the background. While she was lying on the Reiki table to begin the session, I covered her with a light fuzzy, cozy blanket.

After the session was complete, she was still lying on the table and I asked her how the Reiki experience was and would she share her experience with me? She said, “it felt like I took a wonderful deep nap and felt an amazing warmth throughout my body and waves of soft pulsation.” Before the session, she hadn’t informed me that her left arm was causing her pain. Now she said it had felt like someone was massaging it with a cold and warm heat from the inside out.

I asked her to take her time in getting up from the table, and I would sit in the room on the couch until she was ready. Then as I walked away, we both heard a loud sound, like crashing glass on a wood floor. She asked, “what was that dear”? I said I wasn’t sure. Then, within seconds, the same sound happened again, but it came from the opposite side of the room of the original sound. She sat up on the table, and I walked over to the area where I heard the first sound. I saw a patron of Saint Jude medal on the carpet and placed it in my hand. Then, walking to the opposite side of the room where the second noise came from, I found a second medal of Saint Francis of Assisi. “ Do these two metals belong to you?” I asked. She said, “Oh yes, I never leave home without them. I always have one in each pocket. I feel they keep me safe and peaceful, but how did they get out of my pockets covered by this blanket and make such a loud sound when your room is carpeted?” I replied, “I’m sorry I cannot answer either of those questions, but have faith that everything is for the highest good.”

We both had little to say after this experience, but she paid me cash for my service. We hugged, and she went on her way. Afterwards, I thought I would never hear from this woman because of what had occurred. But I received a call, and she said, “Hello dear, I am the woman who had the two metals in my pockets. I have been sleeping like a baby every since I saw you and I would like to schedule another Reiki session with you.”

Such experiences are what I love about this beautiful gift of life force energy that knows exactly what to do and heals what is being sought.

Becoming Who You Are Meant to Be

by William Lee Rand

I was in between lives, contemplating the possibilities for my next incarnation when I found myself in a cloud high over the earth. I was a radiant light and as I moved to one end of the cloud, I went into the past, and the other end was the future, and in the middle was the present. I was free to move at will and explore and seek an understanding of the possibilities for life on earth.

Then I was a fetus in my mother’s womb. And at first, the only thing I knew was that I am. Then, gradually, awareness grew and developed into something wonderful. Love surrounded and bathed me, and this was the first and only thing I was aware of outside of my existence. I remained in this beautiful state for some time.

After a while, I became aware of a change taking place. Something was different. Being able to communicate with my mother’s spirit, I asked her what this was. She said there is a big wonderful world out there, and I was getting ready to enter it. And I asked, what is the world? She said the world is a place where there are things that you do. And I understood that to be able “to do” was an amazing gift. To my new mind, being able to understand anything was in the very beginning stages of development. And so, at that point, there were two things I knew; love and do. And while I understood love, I wondered, what would be my do?

Then I was born and out, lying in a bassinet, and the nurses were loving me. And this felt wonderful. But then something happened, both sad and puzzling. A couple of other people came into the room, and I could feel their energy, and they felt upset and unhappy about something. Right away, I knew what was wrong. They had forgotten about love. I knew that when love surrounds you, no matter what is going on, everything becomes much easier to do. When love is present, there is always an undercurrent of peace and joy no matter the task or situation with which one is involved with, and there is always a sense of optimism and a focus on positive expectations. It is only when love is not one’s dominant feeling that life becomes difficult. And I sadly realized that the importance of love is something that people in the world had forgotten.

Because of this, I knew that someone needed to help people remember about love. As I contemplated this, I felt the power of a lightning bolt run through me, aligning every cell of my being to a realization—THIS IS YOUR DO!

This is an excerpt from the complete article that appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Reiki News Magazine.