When I was taught beginning Reiki I was specifically told that shielding was not necessary because I was working as a channel for Reiki, and my energy and the client’s energy would never mingle.
Since then, I have heard this same message from other Reiki teachers around the globe. Shielding isn’t needed if you hold yourself in perfect trust, if you are using Reiki correctly. It isn’t needed because Reiki protects you.
Of course, this is if the subject is even brought up. Too many people with little to no experience working with energy, healing or otherwise, go to a weekend course which takes them from Reiki 0 to Reiki 2 in the space of a few short hours. There isn’t time to learn about shielding, whether it’s being told to use it or not.
They come out still knowing nothing about energy or grounding, but attuned to channel 100 megawatts of Reiki. They’re also told nothing about healing crisis, or the Reiki cleanse which can happen. And when that all hits, from two (or 3) levels of attunements all in one go, well it can be a harsh lesson.
So, getting back on to my original topic. Do you need to shield when doing energy healing work such as Reiki? Or do you only need to shield when doing energy work other than Reiki?
If you are using Reiki with pure intentions. If you call upon your Reiki guides to protect you, if you have or use guides. If you maintain your self in a perfect state of whatever. Then, the recipient’s energy will not touch you.
Fair enough, and if you have been able to reach that state of enlightenment and whatever in your spiritual and Healing path, I’m very glad for you. I’ve not reached that state. That’s right, 20 years working with Energy and I am not an enlightened being holding myself in perfect trust. I don’t want to be that person.
Do I believe that Reiki uses me as a channel, a straw if you will, to move itself from point A to point B? Yes.
Do I believe that my energies will never merge with the recipient of Reiki healing? Personal experience tells me that the answer is No.
Perhaps because I am empathic, perhaps for a reason not yet identified, when I do energy healing work on another I feel where the problem lies within my own body first. If you have a headache, when I start working I will get a headache. If you have stomach cramps, I will get stomach cramps. If you are feeling angry, I will get angry. That is me taking in the other person’s energy.If I don’t shield, these sensations get stronger.
Generally, these feelings are fleeting, and once I have finished the work the sensation within me goes away. One time though, it didn’t.
Early on in my Reiki work though, before I started shielding, I was given one of what I call life’s lessons. (sometimes known as a smack upside the back of the head by the Gods). I had been using Reiki routinely as a part of my nursing practice, and was asked by a co-worker if I would use Reiki to help her patient sleep as she couldn’t give him anything medicinally. He had heart trouble and was in the critical care unit after having had a heart attack.
So, I spoke to him briefly about what I was doing, and made sure he was okay with proceeding. I then gave Reiki with the intention of bringing a restful sleep for him through the remainder of the night.
When I left the room 20 or 30 minutes later I immediately had to ground myself because it felt as though my feet were not touching the floor as I walked.
Two nights later, I noticed some pain and stiffness in my hands and wrists while I was working. Over the course of the night, this pain and stiffness spread into my elbows. By the time I returned home from work that morning my arms were so stiff and painful that I could not lift them above elbow level.
I contacted my GP, went in for blood tests. They ruled out lupus, and decided I had rheumatoid arthritis. No previous history, no previous flare ups. But here I was, not even 30 years old, and I was told that I had arthritis.
It has never gone away.
I’ve never again had a flare up that severe. But I did see a rheumatologist last year to get some suggestions on treating the pain because the anti-inflammatory drugs I was taking weren’t working. He found no evidence of rheumatoid arthritis! He found no signs of any arthritic changes at all in my hands. But the fact remains that I am in constant pain in my hands to this day.
All because I didn’t shield.
I have two levels of shielding that I use when doing energy healing work.
The first is for when I do light work. (Light as in not heavy) To shield, I see a stream of light coming down from above and swirling round me from head to toe. This light may be white, but it equally may be each colour of the rainbow, from red to violet. I can then reach out through this shielding light to work with the recipient.
The second shielding method is for when I am doing icky work. Extractions and psychic surgery type work. Or when I sense there is a heavy duty problem I am going to have to deal with once I start the Healing work.
In these situations, I visualise the person I am working on inside a biosafety cabinet. I then put on my shielding and reach my hands into specially built gloves that extend into the biosafety cabinet, and give myself one more layer of protection.
Bit of overkill? Maybe. But I’ve already been bitten once.
- Breaking All the Rules (thoughtsonreiki.wordpress.com)
- Ask Me About Reiki (jameswells.wordpress.com)
- Why I Am Not Seeking Enlightenment
- Don’t Call Me Enlightened, part 2