Do alcohol or drugs affect Reiki energy?

Q: Do alcohol or drugs affect Reiki energy?

A: No. They do, however affect your ability to sense the energy strongly and make intuitive decisions with a clear mind. Just as your common sense and judgment are affected by the use of such substances, your decision making process is affected also. Would you go to a doctor or alternative health practitioner for a treatment if that person had had a few drinks at a party first? If not, why would you treat someone with Reiki if you’ve had a few?

An exception is that if there is an emergency, you could provide Reiki energy and trust that it would work to assist the victim until paramedics could arrive.

So the energy will still flow, but 1) you may not sense it with the same intensity or nuances as you would if you were grounded and clear, and 2) you might not use your common sense regarding communicating about the energy as you would otherwise.

Regarding the first item, sensing the energy, you may feel some sensations that are part of the reaction to the alcohol or drugs, and think they are the energy. Or more likely, you may not be able to feel the same subtle energetic sensations of the Reiki because they will be masked by the effects of what you imbibed.

For instance, regarding the second item above, common sense, if you sense during a healing session that the person you are sharing Reiki with has a blocked second chakra, you may or may not choose to discuss with the person what this could relate to. The second chakra being blocked could relate to an issue with sexuality, for instance (as well as many others). A Reiki practitioner needs to be sensitive and use good judgment when sharing intuitive information and communicating with the client. Any substance which affects one’s ability to make sensitive and sensible choices may also impair one’s sense of judgment over these decisions. You wouldn’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or make that person uncomfortable by losing your professional boundaries due to being chemically impaired.

So yes, the Reiki will still work if you’ve had alcohol or drugs. The question really is: should YOU?


About Reiki Awakening

Alice Langholt is a parent, author and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development ( Alice is the author of the new Reiki resource, Practical Reiki TM: for balance, well-being, and vibrant health. A guide to a simple, revolutionary energy healing method, which won second place for Best Reiki Book in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. Alice maintains a local Reiki practice as an Associate at Insight Learning and Wellness Center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In addition, she has authored eBooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific curricula in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. Alice spent a year volunteering at The Cleveland Clinic offering Reiki to patients and staff, and is a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network ( She will teach Practical Reiki in Lily Dale, NY (August 2013), and gives workshops at holistic expos around the US. Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by Her husband, Evan, and their four kids know and use Reiki. As a teacher, Alice believes that close guidance and mentoring are essential elements for learning energy healing. She provides this support to each student, getting to know each and assist him or her in growing intuition and becoming confident practitioners. Receive Reiki, order pendulums, energy charged stones, and more by visiting Alice at
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6 Responses to Do alcohol or drugs affect Reiki energy?

  1. A Reiki practitioner under the influence of drugs or alcohol working on people under the same influence — at a party, for instance — has the potential to pick up a lot of junk from those present because the healthy boundaries of the aura are weakened for all concerned. And, as you’ve said, the intuitive and energetic sensitivity is impaired as well.

    • Yes, Linda, and thank you for adding this important bit of information. Alcohol and drugs weaken the auric boundaries, which can make it easier for entities to get into our energy space. Being fully present helps us maintain strong energetic boundaries. Good point. Blessings, Alice

  2. Oliver says:

    If you do psychedelics I can promise you that you are going to feel A LOT more than you usually can.

    • Well, Oliver, I think that psychedelics would bring about some confusion over whether the sensations were energetic ones or chemically-induced. Giving Reiki sober helps assure that there’s no conflict or misunderstanding. It’s pure intuition.

  3. Bernadette Hartel says:

    There is a lady who smokes pot on a regular basis and practices Reimi on people…she made a comment one day about me…I was very offended as this lady doesn’t know me but that didn’t stop her from hugging me also…I don’t like strange people touching me …then telling me I don’t know how to hug….I believe this woman is seriously delusional and should help herself and her screwed up family instead of sticking her nose in others to business …unfortunately there are too many people abusing what Reimi is meant to be and then robbing people of all their money by charging exorbitant fees and making promises of miracle healings….but I guess this is allowed…I myself prefer to rely heavily on god and not some people who think they have life’s answer……so there you go I am sure there are good honest Reimi healers out there but it only takes a few drug using Reimi healings to ruin it for everyone else…

    • Bernadette, thank you for your comment. There are a number of things to address here. I’ll try to respond to the important points. First, it’s Reiki, not “Reimi”. Just noting that you spelled the word incorrectly throughout your comment.
      Second, there are many people in the world. Not one person can represent all of any group of people. There are dishonest clergy as well as honest clergy. There are dishonest businesspeople as well as honest businesspeople. There are sincere Reiki practitioners as well as those who are making poor decisions. You encountered one person who you didn’t connect with. So, that doesn’t mean Reiki is bad. It means that you might benefit from finding a different practitioner who understands and respects your personal space boundaries, as well as verbal ones. If you went to a doctor and didn’t like the advice, or the way the doctor dressed, or his attitude, does that mean you shouldn’t try a different doctor? Does that mean that this doctor gives medicine a bad name or ruins medicine for everyone else? Not really, right? I personally am a person who offers my client a hug, and I’m also fine if they don’t want a hug. Most do, though. I don’t charge huge fees, but there are other practitioners who charge less, and who charge more. I believe that people should choose a practitioner that they feel comfortable with – personally and professionally. Blessings.

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