Have you ever given a treatment to someone who didn’t have the usual response?
She fidgeted continually, or kept her eyes open as you placed your hands. Halfway through the session, she was still staring at the ceiling, and you wondered what’s the point of continuing.
Or maybe you have a client who enjoys her Reiki treatments, but isn’t getting the relief she was looking for. She’s sleeping better, feeling happier, but those headaches keep coming on…
Perhaps it’s your own self-treatment that isn’t doing it for you the way it used to.
Have you ever felt like throwing up your Reiki hands, asking, “Why? Why isn’t my Reiki treatment working?”
Is it even possible that Reiki treatment is not working, or are we just not getting the results we have come to expect? We see some responses so frequently that we may think they are necessary–changes in breathing, softening of the facial muscles, light snoring. Yet we know that each person’s system responds in her own way, according to the wisdom of her own self-healing mechanisms.
Remove the cause
Hawayo Takata* repeatedly said, “Remove the cause and you will remove the effect.”
Do we know what it will take to “remove the cause,” what any individual’s path of healing will be? Can we know what exactly it will take for an individual’s system to go from its current level of health to greater health? Of course we cannot.
Obstacles to cure
Sometimes the client is doing something that aggravates the situation. This is obvious when someone is undergoing invasive medical treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. In this situation, we understand that we are up against the current assault as well as the deeper imbalance, and we expect that Reiki treatment will be needed long after the medical therapies stop.
But sometimes the aggravating factors — known as obstacles to cure — aren’t so obvious. The person might be actively doing things that weaken her health and well-being. It might be something she’s eating — or not eating — or the schedule she’s keeping, or even something less obvious like sleeping near electrical outlets, or in a room that’s not dark and cold enough, or wearing synthetic fabrics. Most often it’s a combination of influences that are slowing the obvious results.
Slow and steady wins the race
This is where consistency really makes a difference. Even when there are factors that dilute the experience of the benefits, Reiki practice still brings awareness. Over time, the person receiving Reiki treatment usually comes to suspect what in her life is aggravating the situation, what changes may be needed. Since Reiki practice changes consciousness, over time, people naturally gravitate toward more health-promoting habits.
When you feel frustrated by your results, take inventory. What else has changed? How do you feel about your life, your relationships, your job–yourself? And remember, lasting benefits come with consistent treatment, over time.
* Hawayo Takata and her Reiki master, Chujiro Hayashi, brought Reiki practice from Japan to Hawaii in the 1930s.
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