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5 Most Common Questions

Reiki is becoming a more popular holistic wellness approach to achieving emotional, mental and physical harmony. However, it’s mysticism is still very prominent, potentially due to the current lack of Western Science based research conducted on this healing modality. For those curious about Reiki that haven’t fully experienced it yet, let me share some insight with you on some of the answers I have to the 5 most common questions I receive about Reiki, based on my personal experience, research and training in energy medicine.

5 Most Common Questions

01. What is it?

The term Reiki is Japanese, rei - meaning “universal life” and ki - meaning “energy”. It is universal energy that flows through everything, other languages and traditions have their own words to describe this flow of energy.

In Sanskrit they say Prana, in Chinese medicine they say Qi. The practice of Reiki involves a practitioner who channels this “life force energy” from the earth, both above and below, into their palms and transfers it to a recipient. We all have this energy flowing through us. However, through the process of attunement, received during reiki trainings to become a practitioner, the person attuned amplifies their ability to channel the reiki energy.

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02. How does it work?

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There are many aspects of Reiki that are still mystical in essence. However, the physics theory of entrainement helps us to understand how this form of energy medicine works. Entrainment is when two energetic vibrations come into contact, and harmonize. Every aspect of your body vibrates at different frequencies.

The human body, its organs and its emotions have vibrational frequency set points, when they are healthy. Disease, illness, and negative emotions, vibrate at lower frequencies than the natural human vibrational set points.


Through the process of entrainment, the transference of reiki energy elevates the recipient’s vibrations, re-establishing vibrational harmony. When vibrational harmony occurs in the body during a Reiki session, recipients have expressed feeling positive shifts in emotional states, and physical pains, likely due to the energetic harmony re established from the transference of reiki energy.

03. Does it actually help you heal?

Some websites and texts have referred to Reiki sessions as “healing” sessions or treatments. It is not ethically right to promise that Reiki will heal you at a physical, mental or emotional level, although these experiences have been witnessed by Reiki recipients.

The misconception with the use of the word “heal” may have taken place do to the intention of a Reiki session to restore energetic harmony. Therefore, the “healing” that is likely being alluded to is that of one’s energy. What is really happening is vibrational restoration, or balance.

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04. Will it open Pandora's box?

Generally, what people are alluding to with this question, is their worry of Reiki’s impact on an emotional or spiritual level.

From a more mystical perspective, reiki energy has an innate knowing to it, providing you with the the energetic wisdom that your highest self, and conscious mind can handle, at the current point of your session. The reiki energy provides you with what you need most at the time of your session, it will not unhinge anything that is not ready to be released.

05. Will the practitioner 
receive my negative energy.

The Reiki practitioner is not sending or giving their energy to you, nor will they be taking on any of your energy. It is strictly the transference of a universal energy that we all have access to, with the specific intent to use it to nourish and support you where you need it most.

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The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Skylar van Rossem. Please note that Skylar van Rossem is not a dietitian, physician, pharmacist or other licensed healthcare professional. The information on this website is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health care professional. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases. Always consult with your primary care physician or licensed healthcare provider for all diagnosis and treatment of any diseases or conditions, for medications or medical advice as well as before changing your health care regimen.

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