Originally posted by shinrai:
Has anyone had experience with Reiki? Either as practitioner or patient?
Yes, but only briefly.
I went on a short 'alternative therapies' course and we covered a different therapy each week. I was the 'guinea pig' for reiki. It did seem to have an effect - mainly a feeling of heat, yet when I felt the practising student's hands, they were very cold!
What worried me was when the teacher said that, as a practitioner, you have to welcome this ability into you, but guard against inviting in anything negative. That sounds a bit worrying, doesn't it? I prefer to think that we all have inherant abilities that we may not yet understand.
When my Dad was dying in hospital I tried it on him - with my Mum helping. My brother thought it was silly, until I tried it on him. He thought I was actually touching him - which I wasn't. His wife had to convince him and then he was quite impressed. A friend of mine is a practioner. I haven't seen her for many years, but she took it up when it really helped her with MS.
I thought I might start a thread on alternative therapies, so, as you have brought this up, I probably will.