Reiki & COVID-19

COVID-19 – Stopping The Panic With Reiki

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is undoubtedly one of the greatest concerns of the global community right now. The World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared the outbreak as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and just tonight the Malaysian Government has declared a Restricted Movement Order from 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020 as part of a concerted effort to contain and mitigate the further spread of the disease.

To date, the COVID-19 pandemic has been detected in 135 countries worldwide with 162,711 confirmed cases. Of that number, 6,443 people have died as a result. In Malaysia, the number of confirmed cases as of 16 March 2020 stands at 553.

The question that arises for me as a Reiki healer would be whether this is the right time to receive a Reiki treatment or even to learn Reiki? Having thought about it, I realised that Reiki could actually be one of the better tools in one’s preventative healthcare arsenal when dealing with a threat like COVID-19.

As of this moment, there is no medication available to treat COVID-19 nor has a vaccine been developed. Medical care for people suffering from COVID-19 primarily involves providing medication to treat the symptoms and subsequent medical complications that result from one’s weakened immune system. The actual healing from COVID-19 is left to the body and one’s own immune system.

And this is precisely where Reiki comes into the picture!

Supporting The Immune System

There is plenty of documented studies and evidence that Reiki can significantly support one’s immune system and self healing abilities. This has been shown in studies conducted with various illnesses including cancers.

While I will not claim that Reiki can cure COVID-19, it definitely can go a long way in making the body stronger and more resistant to infections.

Alleviating The Panic

The other challenge posed by COVID-19 is the fear, stress and anxiety that it has placed on people.

This was well demonstrated earlier today when I witnessed a traffic jam heading in to and out of a 24 hour hypermarket near my house (at 12.15 am!). That was just one of the many incidences of panic buying and grocery runs that has occurred all over the world.

Reiki is well documented as having a huge positive impact on stress and anxiety to recipients of it’s healing. Reiki practitioners also have access to a variety of practices and self healing protocols that can help them cope with the stressors and the unknowns that the current situation brings about.

How A Reiki Treatment Is Done

Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. The placement of the hands should never be intrusive or inappropriate, nor should there be any pressure. In most cases, no direct contact is involved between the healer and you.

We also implement the best practices recommended by the Ministry of Health in relation to COVID-19.

Challenging Times

It is in challenging times like these that we are prompted to broaden our horizons – to look at alternative and complementary methods of healing, and even to re-look at how we understand the concept of healing.

Not long after Usui Sensei first mainstreamed the practice of Reiki, Japan was hit by a massive earthquake. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1 September 1923 resulted in more than 100,000 dead and many hundred thousands more injured and displaced. This singular event prompted Usui Sensei to accelerate the training of Reiki healers and many people realised the power of the healing energy of Reiki.

All of us are drawn to Reiki under different circumstances. My own experience came as a result of what I witnessed in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the death and devastation that I saw in Sumatra immediately after that.

It is my sincere belief that Reiki will come to you at the right time of your life’s journey and pathway. And that time might just be now.