This month some excellent questions have come up. Thank you so much! Here are two questions I thought might be of the most interest to everyone.
I rarely practice my Reiki... both self healing and on others. Is my chakra still open? Can I start over again to make the chakras active again?
~ Setia P.
Setia, once you have studied and been attuned to Reiki, you are always Reiki; it cannot and will not go away. There is no need to start over again, though you are always welcome to do so. And honestly, if you are out of practice as you say, it might help to reinforce the information you learned previously if you do take a Reiki class again. I would be happy to welcome you to one of my classes if you would like.
As a Reiki facilitator and, more importantly in this scenario, I feel the need to remind you that you should be doing Reiki every day. If you don’t share Reiki with anyone else, that’s okay. But you should be doing Self-Reiki as often as possible… ideally every day. As I state in my soon to be released book, “Reiki and Beyond”, you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time doing Self-Reiki; a few minutes when you are able are enough. Not ideal, but enough. Keep that energy flowing and working you’re your body, on your mind, on your spirit. We just cannot get enough pampering and every little bit of Self-Reiki will do you a world of good.
And if you would like to re-take a Reiki level I class, just let me know.
Can I do Reiki on a person with a pacemaker? My heart says nothing will go wrong with Reiki but my therapist head knows to be super careful . A friend of mine in her 40s is in definite need of assistance and her drs don't think it warrants putting anything in writing because, "Reiki isn’t a real thing anyway".
~ Amanda D.
Amanda, that’s an excellent question and the short and simple answer is no, there is no conflict between the energy of Reiki and the energy generated by a pacemaker.
But let’s take a slightly deeper look at this question.
I am thrilled that you’re concerned about this and feel the need to be certain not to hurt anyone. Remember, Reiki cannot cause harm. A person cannot even get too much Reiki as it will stop flowing when necessary.
When I have worked with clients who have pacemakers, I have felt the energy they emit. To me it felt like static over their heart. Or like turbulence for an airplane, if you will. But I’ve never felt any negativity or conflicting energies.
I certainly understand your concern and the first time I encountered a pacemaker I was a bit intimidated to place my hands on that client’s chest. I quickly got past that trepidation, however.
As I discuss in my forthcoming book, “Reiki and Beyond”, whenever you’re in doubt, double check that your intention is set for your client’s greatest and highest good. But if, for any reason, you’re uncomfortable touching a client, you are always able to “hover” over the area in question rather than make a physical contact. Don’t forget, contact is not a requirement for Reiki to flow successfully.
Also, don’t forget to work with your guides. Ask them directly if it’s okay to proceed when the client has a pacemaker, or any other issue. Listen to them; they won’t steer your wrong.