Reiki, Science, and Medicine

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Welcome to the Reiki Blog Hop! A group of Reiki practitioners from around the world are all writing on the same topic, and linking to each other so you can hop around from blog to blog, reading all the different stories they have to share! Karen Sealey of The Pure & Blessed Way offered us the topic of Reiki, Science, and Medicine. Karen (who you also know from the Tarot BlogHop) suggested that, following on our last Reiki Blog Hop topic on spirituality, we ask, “How does Reiki mesh with, augment, replace, or fulfill your medical needs?”


Reiki, Science, and Medicine

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting with a cup of hot herbal tea and a alpaca wool scarf around my neck. I’m sick. I slept in, stayed home, and am trying to take it easy. So anything following about how great Reiki is should be taken with a grain (or five) of aspirin.

That said, I do think Reiki is fabulous and everyone in the world should learn it. Its benefits include preventive care, increased awareness of yourself, stronger intuition, and lower stress. And when used when you’re already sick, it helps to alleviate symptoms, make you feel better, and reduce the duration of the illness. And to get it you don’t need to make a doctor’s appointment, pay a co-pay, or stop by the grocery store. It’s as easy as breathing.

Reiki is preventive. Right up there with eating right and getting enough exercise, daily self-Reiki and/or meditation are so easy to do and provide an enormous ROI. The comfort and beauty of Reiki’s spiritual energy brings us back to center where we are whole.

Reiki leads to increased presence and awareness–both of body and mind. This helps to catch things early. Reiki helps you to be more tuned into your body which can help with things like better alignment and posture, which can help reduce muscle strain. It clues you in earlier as to when pushing through has crossed the line into overdoing it, so you can stop before you damage yourself. It also helps to avoid potential problems by being more aware of the environment. And it’s very grounding which helps to keep us on our feet and off the (covered in ice) ground. I used to have some ankle and knee problems years ago before I learned Reiki. Sometimes it was painful to walk up or down stairs. Once I learned Reiki, I would send energy through my legs and feet as I was climbing stairs, which greatly reduced the pain. Soon afterwards I became aware that I frequently sat with my feet wrapped around the legs of chairs, twisting my ankles and knees at odd angles. I stopped doing this and the problems went away. Pretty simple. That’s the point!

The Reiki precepts help us to be more aware of our mental state so we can maintain psychological equilibrium.

Reiki increases our intuition to tell us when something is serious or not. We’ve all seen those TV hospital dramas where someone is in a high state of agitation, convinced their symptoms spell doom. Invariably the doctor does some variation of “take two aspirin and stop reading WebMD.” And the corollary scene where the harried mom doesn’t bother to bring her kid in because “kids are sick all the time,” whereas in TV Land the kid has some kind of horrible disease that needs immediate treatment. When we are sick, or someone we love is sick, we waver between not wanting to be perceived as the former and being fearful of being the latter. Reiki seems to have a built-in triage function in which we can more clearly and dispassionately look at the situation and know when to act and when to play it cool.

The positive attitude that Reiki practitioners have leads to low stress, which is relaxing and conducive to maintaining health. High stress leads to fearing the worst which can bring about more challenging outcomes. Low stress combined with increased presence leads to more efficiency and productivity, which makes life easier and is much easier on your health!

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Joy Vernon has been studying energetic and esoteric modalities for more than twenty years and has been practicing Reiki since 2003. She is a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher in the traditional Japanese Usui Reiki Ryôhô lineage through the International House of Reiki, first learning this lineage in 2008 and later studying under the IHR Founder Frans Stiene in 2015. She is also a certified Komyo Reiki Shihan (Teacher) and studied under Komyo Reiki Kai Founder Hyakuten Inamoto in 2011 and 2013. She leads the Denver Traditional Reiki Meetup and is a member of Shibumi International Reiki Association and the Healing Touch Professional Association. Joy is also a Certified Professional Tarot Reader. For more information, please see her website.

© 2016 by Joy Vernon. All rights reserved.

Joy Vernon
Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit

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  1. Oh No! Nothing worse than feeling blech… You know its so true what your saying here and its living proof that even Reiki peoples get hit with the odd thing that knocks them off their game, but thing is it shows that we’re just as human and prone to these things.

    I love the frank and directness of your honesty towards reiki and yeah I do think that as many people as possible should be introduced to it 🙂

  2. Thanks, Joy! I love that whole paragraph that leads to Reiki as being a kind of triage function… those are thoughts that I’ve had wafting unspoken vaguely in the ether but never managed to land and grab hold of and yes it sums things up perfectly 🙂 I’m also smiling at the feet wrapped around chair legs! Mr S who although doesn’t like a complete Reiki session does ask me to place my hands on his head every so often if he’s injured himself at work as it will trigger a recall of what action caused the pain. Reiki does seem to be pretty good at switching on the light-bulb for the a-ha! 🙂

    • I love that! Byosen reikan ho, finding the source of the disease–so much more helpful than treating the symptoms, and if all it takes is laying hands on someone’s head so they recognize where the problem is…how can it get any better than that?

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