Behind the Books: Reiki

I like to base my books, as much as I can, on facts. Okay, given that I write paranormal fiction, there’s often a lot more legend involved than fact. But you know what I mean.

But today I thought I’d discuss something that has become a staple in my books: Reiki. In the books, we know reiki as a method of healing, but did you know it’s actually a real thing?

Funnily enough, a lot of people do. Reiki is what we call an ‘alternate medicine’. It is a technique that was developed in Japan, and the idea behind it is that life force energy flows through each of us. If we are low on life force energy, we are more likely to get sick or stressed. Reiki uses this life force energy to relax the body and heal the soul. It enhances the bodies natural healing ability.

Reiki has been becoming more and more common recently, with it becoming an accepted form of supportive treatment. I have found that it is now often offered alongside practices like acupuncture and massage, although it is even making appearances in hospitals to help work alongside modern day medicine.

Now, as far as I’m aware, there is no scientific evidence that reiki works. Which, really, isn’t all that surprising. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt, and many people find that they experience less pain and stress after reiki healing. I mean, really, it wouldn’t be so popular if it wasn’t effective. Maybe it’s real, maybe it’s a placebo – I wouldn’t know, I’ve never tried it. (Remind me to do that at some point. I’d be interested to see what that’s like.) Either way, if it’s working, then great!

You may have noticed that there’s a big difference between reiki in reality and reiki in my books. I like to call this the ‘Hollywood Factor.’ Because really, healing in books wouldn’t be nearly as fun if it didn’t heal at least some physical wounds. However, there has to be limitations too. Sure, reiki in fiction can do more than reiki in reality, but that doesn’t mean it can do everything. That would just get annoying from a writing perspective. I mean, if I can just heal anyone at any time, then there would be no danger at all. There’s a balance there between not being interesting enough (just healing stress) or being far too useful (healing every injury that ever comes along.)

Have you ever had a reiki experience? Do you swear it works, even if there’s no evidence? Or is it total rubbish? I’d be interested to hear what you think!

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