“You once said you thought reiki was a scam. I was wondering if you had changed your mind.”
I have to correct you a bit. I don’t recall ever calling reiki a scam but I did say reiki didn’t impress me.
For anyone who doesn’t know what reiki is, here’s the gist of it: Reiki is a Japanese healing art that came into being only a few decades ago. Reiki is almost certainly based on very ancient ideas about “channeling” energy but the practice as we know it today is actually a fairly recent idea. In a nutshell, reiki boils down to harnessing some form of universal energy then directing that energy into some type of healing experience. Unfortunately, that’s about all you can say for sure about reiki because every major offshoot of the art has its own ideas about how and why reiki works. There’s also debate about exactly how it should be performed.
“My study of reiki left me extremely unimpressed.”
I had a very interesting (and I think, telling) experience with reiki during my studies at CCHN. As you know, if you’ve ever studied reiki, your first experience with this art begins with what reiki practitioners call an “attunement”. Unfortunately, during my attunement, I wasn’t relaxing on my sofa as my instructor requested—I was headed to the emergency room with my reiki appointment about the furthest thing from my mind. The next morning, I got an email from my instructor thanking me for “one of the most positive attunements” she had ever performed. As you can imagine, I was left a bit jaded by my experience.
Obviously, there are those who believe very much in reiki and, to be frank, much of my difficulty with it came from never being able to accept the idea of some vague “energy” just hanging around “out there” waiting to be put to work. I suppose today, I’d have to say I’m respectfully skeptical when it comes to healing modalities like reiki.