Myths and Misconceptions

Updated: Jan 19


About Reiki


Even though Reiki has become a phenomenology popular practice, a few myths and misconceptions about it continue to survive.

These wrongly accord Reiki an aura of mystique — which is completely unnecessary as Reiki is a profound but simple and transparent system. Here are a few myths and the reality.  Myth: Reiki is a Cult or Religion. 

Truth: While Reiki is certainly about spirituality, it has no connections to any religion or cult. There are no Reiki churches, Reiki priests, Reiki sermons or Reiki masses. Nor will you find a commune of Reiki initiates zealously following and giving all their money to their Reiki leaders. Reiki practitioners are not followers but independent thinkers.


Even the guiding principles that serve as the foundation of Reiki have no connection to religion. The guiding Five Reiki Principles are: Just for Today… I will live the attitude of gratitude I will live without anger I will live without worry I will live with honesty I will show Love & respect to every living thing

Myth: Reiki is Complicated New-Age Stuff

Truth: Reiki was rediscovered in Japan developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. It is thus about 70 years ahead of the New Age. It is not complicated at all. In fact, Reiki is quite straightforward and simple. Divine energy is channeled through the practitioner to the subject. There are no dress codes, mandatory meetings, secret handshakes or other complications whatsoever.

Myth: Reiki Can Cure Anything

Truth: Reiki is pure Life force that brings the subject in conducive environment to be healed. Practice of Reiki brings Mind/body in touch with the source of Life force and activates body’s own immunity reserves for healing. Technically  speaking Parasympathetic Nervous state of the body  converts to Sympathetic Nervous state with the practice of Reiki. Curing involves alleviating symptoms and treating physical concerns of  health condition. Reiki healing involves spiritual, emotional and mental unblocking at the same time re-balancing of the individual, to get to the root cause of a condition to get back on track and create an optimal environment for the body to heal. Dissolving the root cause of a condition can definitely alleviate symptoms and physical conditions.

Myth: You Only Need a Single Reiki Session for it to Work

Truth: That would be wonderful, but is not necessarily true. While some people may have experienced profound healing effects after a single session, most do not. Reiki works to promote healing, and healing is a process that needs to be carried out over a period of time to see results. It’s typically recommended that people go through at least three or four Reiki sessions to experience notable changes.

Myth:  Reiki Practitioner can get his/her desired result with healing session.

Truth: Reiki is Divine life force with it’s own intelligence.Being Divine it is pure, unbiased and know exactly How and what is required by the receiver to heal. Practitioner is only channeling life force thru him/her self, they are not using their own energy.This make the divine energy work with it’s divine intelligence which supersedes human intelligence  or human bias. This makes Reiki one of the safest therapy, as there is no intervention of  human bias or possibility to manipulate any receiver or situation using this therapy. If people continue to come to you with one of these or other Reiki myths, don’t go crazy. Instead, receive it as a blessing. After all, you’re helping them learn the real truth about Reiki, so they, in turn, can pass on the wisdom to others rather than continue to perpetuate the myths.

Dr Urvashi Puri

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