Q&A: Do I Deserve Reiki?

Q: I have taken a couple of Reiki classes. I can’t help but feel like I don’t deserve this awesome energy. Have any of you struggled with this?

I know many who struggle with this. The dilemma happens because we have a tendency to take more than we give. Then we feel guilty about all we take, and want to take less from the universe, because life/ parents/ society didn’t teach us to give freely. We don’t reach a balance by taking less – we create a balance by giving more: that is also why charity is encouraged by saying, you get more than you give. Look at a tree – it takes air, water, soil, sun, manure, possibly a lot of care and pruning, but it gives back so much too, without really asking for anything, and without any purpose, without asking whether the one receiving deserves it. 

So, allow yourself to feel that you don’t deserve – don’t fight that feeling. But ‘do’ something about that feeling – give, share. Think of yourself not as a receiver, but as a servant if you will, or an instrument of Reiki – then you don’t see it as you getting something from the universe, but the universe trying to use you as a means to make a difference. Offer yourself to Reiki, and the dilemma will disappear.


Author of ‘Healing Through Reiki’, Ashwita learned Reiki in 1997, and started teaching it in 2006. She now incorporates other forms of energy healing, as well as hypnotherapy and past life therapy in her work. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafts, reading and painting.

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