One of basic tenets of Reiki is that it can do no harm. But what does that really mean? I see that the “New Agers” on the Reiki forums believe that Reiki is some fluffy healing modality that is all love and light. In a sense, in the big picture it is; however, healing is not so simple.
The big picture is that ultimately, it won’t do any harm because it’s all universal life force energy. But the truth is, take that life force energy and hit a big blocked chakra and there will be some repercussions. As the blocked chakra is opened by the flow of Reiki, stored up negativity, blocked energy and bad memories are released. This can cause a healing crisis. A healing crisis is a temporary worsening of symptoms prior to healing.
I remember many years ago, I took my son for a Reiki II attunement before I became a Reiki Master. He was about 10 years old. Later that afternoon, I sent him off to the hills behind our house to pick White Sage for me. Well, the next day, he woke up COVERED in poison oak. It was so bad I had to take him to the doctor. She said it was the worst case she had seen in a long time. The interesting thing was, it only lasted a couple of days. And he never got it again, though he continued to pick Sage for me. I realized later that he experienced a healing crisis that ultimately cured his poison oak allergy, however, he was pretty miserable for a couple of days.
Another student of mine ended up in the hospital with a latent intestinal problem right after her Reiki Master attunement. She recovered and was healed of the problem, but she had a couple of difficult days. Was it a healing crisis? It’s totally possible.
Another student had his Reiki II attunement and became severely depressed as his wife had just recently passed. All the suppressed mourning came out and he had to see a doctor. He moved through it and was ultimately better, but again, it was a rough few days.
My point here is that we can’t look at Reiki as some fluffy New Age rose colored modality. As Reiki Masters, we often deal deep dark issues that emerge in our students. It’s a Reiki Master’s responsibility to be available for his or her students during this period. A Master must have proper professional referrals if needed for his students. You can’t get that from an internet video. Reiki is a serious healing modality, not some abracadabra, poof! You’re healed! Healing takes time, dedication and courage to face our demons for once and for all.
It’s been my experience that the Reiki I attunement healing crisis is basically physical. The Reiki II attunement is primarily emotional and mental, though it might have physical repercussions. And the Master level is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Many of my students have reported a real connection to all-that-is during the cleanse period of the Master level.
It’s important to find a Reiki Master who is experienced in all these possibilities. And to realize that healing is WORK…there is no “McSpirit”.