Negative Intentions in the Practice of Reiki (Book Excerpt)

This is an excerpt from my new book, “Learn Reiki”, which is a guidebook to the practice of the first degree of Reiki.

Because Reiki is an intelligent energy and it knows what must be healed, and how it must be healed, we – as practitioners – must learn few things about intentions, with which we channel this spiritual energy. An intention is “what we want” – I want something, so I have a specific intention – to own something, achieve something, learn something. In Reiki, the intention is “that” what we want for ourselves or another person when it comes to results of healing.


In different methods of spiritual healing, people, like psychic healers, create entire programs (sets) of intentions. They control the energy, so they take care of nearly everything during healing. In Reiki, we’re not really in control of the energy – we just channel it. Our intentions are limited. During the Reiki treatment, we can intend the following:

  1. The primary, honest intention is that we ask Reiki to heal the person in accordance with the highest good; also, we ask Reiki to help the person achieve the state of balance, harmony and health.
  2. The second intention is that we can ask Reiki to heal a specific problem – for example, a headache or specific illness or emotional issue, or to be more detailed, the source and cause of this particular health or emotional issue.

We merge these intentions together – when we begin the treatment, we ask for Reiki, we open the energy flow, so the energy can be channeled. While doing so, we can say in our mind:

I ask Reiki to heal the source of this person’s headache and act in accordance with the highest good of this person, and with the highest good of all living beings.

This is related to one of the Five Principles of Reiki that is often translated as “respect all living beings”. With this intention, we direct energy to a specific issue, but we allow it to heal the source of the problem. Reiki knows what must be healed. You don’t have to know what is the source of the problem – especially if a lot of illness can be merely symptoms of a deeper problem. But Reiki knows it, and it will act accordingly.

What’s more, our intentions need to be honest – you really need to intend to heal the person. Wishing to perform a treatment session in order to charge money is not enough. If you do not have honest intentions, you cannot perform the treatment. Such dishonest intentions happen, and it’s normal. We might feel anger towards the person, or sexual arousal; or negative emotions, for example, if the person is gay, and we do not tolerate gays. When you feel similar emotions, this leads to dishonest intentions, and the treatment cannot be successful and honest. This is the time when the intentions must be healed. Thus, don’t worry if you have these unpleasant intentions – it’s natural for most people. But it also means that becoming aware of these intentions is a perfect opportunity to do some healing work upon you.

It’s application of the rule: “first, heal yourself” – and you have many tools to do so, starting with Five Principles through meditations to self-treatment sessions. For example, if you feel angry towards the person, you may begin self-treatment sessions with the intention of healing this anger and acting in agreement with the highest good of you and the person in question.

Generally, it’s the best thing to do – whenever you have a problem of either physical or emotional nature, and you don’t know what to do, send yourself Reiki in a form of regular self-treatment sessions. Reiki will guide you and soon you will learn how to solve and heal the issues. By completing the first degree class, you receive a powerful tool that can heal everything if you only allow it to.

If you feel that your previous intentions and unpleasant emotions are healed, you can treat the person that you were unable to treat in the past. Remember, as Reiki practitioner you honestly have to wish the other person recovery, happiness, peace and harmony – because, as practitioners, this is what we promote through our life and work.

I often explain the way Reiki heals through a metaphor of stairs. Imagine simple wooden stairs – by doing self-treatment on a regular basis, working with the Five Principles and by healing yourself, you walk onto the first step on the stairs in question. Then, you are capable of healing all people who stand on the very same step. But a lot of people stands on steps above the one you’re standing on. Thus, you cannot heal them as their problems are beyond your reach. You have to continue healing yourself, so after few weeks, you can progress, and stand on the second step. Then, you will be able to heal people from that step, and the step below it. The more you work on yourself, the higher you are on these spiritual stairs – and the more people you can actually heal, because, in some way, you have done your homework, you have healed all the things from the steps you have conquered, and because you know these problems yourself, you can heal these problems in others.

Thus, you won’t be able to heal everyone at once – some people will be far beyond your reach, but there will be others, people you can truly help. By keeping the intention of honest healing in your mind, you attract people that you can heal for real, and not simple for money.

All of the above is the basic aspect of intentions in Reiki – but there is more – negative intentions are part of the healing process, and even if painful, this subject must be discussed in details. We do this because this knowledge is very important for safe and effective practice of Reiki.

Negative Intentions While Working With Reiki

Reiki itself is a powerful healing method which can do no harm – yet it is not always the case, since sometimes, in our practice, we might not send Reiki, but our own bioenergy2 – and as such, our own bioenergy contains our emotions and different sort of “programs” – beliefs, fears or even manipulative thoughts. In order to send Reiki, whole Reiki and only Reiki, you – as a practitioner – should work on healing your intentions – in order words, you need to heal the way you subconsciously think about people you’re trying to help.

Sometimes, your intention might be hidden within your subconscious mind, and even if you think you’re helping the person, your lower-self, your subconscious mind, is doing the opposite. Take a look at another example.

Let’s say your brother asks you for Reiki healing – you agree, even if you know that you’re in conflict with your brother, and for some time now, you had bad thoughts about him (like wishing him some bad stuff). Even if you pretend to have positive intentions about your brother, and even if you believe that your intentions are clear – because you might honestly wish to heal your relationship with your brother – unconsciously you might have the opposite intentions. Your lower-self, your subconscious mind, might act according to the stored programs and beliefs – and it will block your efforts to channel Reiki. Instead, it will send your own bioenergy with your programs and negative energies of aggression or even hate, or at least dislike.

Even if Reiki initiations supports us in this case – making sure that whenever we intend to send Reiki, we do send Reiki, sometimes – and I mean it, sometimes things go wrong, and instead of Reiki, we send our own bioenergy, which might carry negative programs to another person, and we might not be conscious of it. You might not be aware of this, but it might happen.

In the example above, the negative beliefs and mind patterns about the “brother” – caused by bad experiences, and conflicts from the past – created a subconscious negative intention that is far more important for energy work than your conscious mind. It’s because your subconscious mind governs the energy channels and centers, through which Reiki energy flows – and if your subconscious mind is ruled by emotions of hate and aggression, then it might close the channels to Reiki, and send bioenergy because it falsely believes that it’s the best thing to do.

Consciously, you might wish the person all the best – but subconsciously, due to past events, you might have negative thoughts, and thus, negative intentions – you’re not truly in control of these, but you’re responsible for healing them – but we’ll deal with this in just few minutes. There are two additional cases of bad intentions.

Let’s say you’re a heterosexual male, and there’s a sexy, young 19 years old girl lying on the massage table, waiting for you to give her a Reiki healing session – how do you react, hmm? I gave this example intentionally because it’s a normal, healthy and genetically-based reaction to experience sexual excitement. Now, if this would be your girlfriend, or wife, then sexual attraction is normal. But it’s not normal if you’re about to give the other person a Reiki healing session. In such case, your intention should be to heal the person without any sexual thoughts. But when you approach the girl with sexual thoughts (because you want to touch her) and without any intention of true healing, then this is a really bad intention which will block Reiki flow, and – let’s say it – it will be an unethical sexual abuse.

Finally, there’s a type of clearly bad intention:

There’s a person visiting a Reiki healer, a person that is interested in Reiki course. But the teacher, instead of initiating into Reiki practice, plugs the person into his own energetic net of donors, to drain their energy for his own benefits, and in addition, the teacher programs the person that she will never free herself from this particular teacher – this is a very negative thing to do. From a healing session perspective, when a person visits such practitioner, he is programing a new thought in the person’s mind, that this person will never go to other healers and that she will constantly return to this particular Reiki practitioner for more “healing”. Both such examples clearly shows a negative intention – a will of the practitioner to do harm.

Therefore, even if Reiki cannot do harm, the practitioner can. With all the examples above I’ve met in my Reiki practice – some of come from my personal experience, some of them were passed to me by my Reiki friends. And since there are many of such negative intentions that we store in our mind, it’s our duty – as Reiki practitioners – to identify these intentions, and to heal them, so we can become better healers.

Read more about intentions in Reiki and the ways to heal them in my book, “Learn Reiki”. Purchase it as Kindle edition or paperback on!

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