Reminder for New Practitioners
Uh oh! A Recipient Does Not Feel Reiki…
Say you just performed an amazing Reiki session on a recipient. You sensed many shifts occur during the treatment and received message(s) about the shifts that would continue to occur for this individual. After ending the session, your recipient states: “I didn’t feel anything.”
New practitioners are likely to have the fear that this highlights their lack of experience, while experienced practitioners will likely smile a knowing smile.
Remember that shift happens and it does not need to be accompanied by bells and whistles. Reiki energy can be very powerful and does not need to make its presence known while healing and supporting the receiver on all levels.
In order to assist your recipient’s experience, it is a good idea to prepare them for whatever may or may not occur during a Reiki session. In your intake which should include a recipient history form, you may want to say:
“People sometimes notice physical sensations such as feeling tingling or changes in temperature, seeing colors, feeling light or heavy within the body, feeling sleepy, or relaxed. Others may not feel any sensations at all which is completely acceptable.”
At the end of the session, you can discuss what your recipient experienced. This is another chance for you to reassure him/her that the session was effective. You will also want to alert your recipient to the possibility that he/she may find it takes some time to process the session.
When the recipient returns, you want to review their intake form with them by asking about the situations that brought them in for healing. For example, if the recipient ranked their relationship with their significant other at a 9 on their intake form, you may ask, “Regarding your relationship with your significant other, if a score of 10 is impossible and a score of 0 is perfect, what number would you give your relationship now?”
The recipient may reply with an improved number. In that case you can respond with, “Great! I am so happy that has shifted since our last session. You had given it a 9 last time.” Recipients may forget when things improve (they will say-I completely forgot I had troubles with that) so this reminder is helpful in assuring them the sessions are effective.
A comprehensive intake and outtake ensures the recipient has clear expectations and an understanding of what the Reiki session can look like. As the practitioner you need to trust that the session always turns out exactly as it needs to for that recipient.
You will attract the recipients that you can help the most so if they do not feel shifts during a session, it still means the session has benefited them and is in the interest of their highest good. You also need to make sure your ego is not tricking you into believing that your results need to look a certain way. You are a powerful practitioner and your work is helping to heal the world.