Can you receive too much Reiki energy?

Q: Can you receive too much Reiki energy?

Overflowing, by artist Elizabeth Polfus

A: No. A person only receives as much as needed, regardless how many treatments he or she gets. Think if yourself as a glass with a certain amount of liquid or, in this case, energy inside. You receive Reiki, which brings the level of energy up to the top. What happens to any more energy that would flow? It would spill over and wash away.

The energy strives to bring you into balance. Balance happens when you have received the energy you need, where you need it. Balance occurs on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. We are integrated beings so all systems affect each other. So when pain is decreased, the emotional balance increases too – we feel more positive. When positive emotional energy is received and negative is released, not only do we feel happier, our physical health improves. And the opportunity to experience the soothing effects of the healing helps us place our attention on our intuition, which also benefits by helping us feel spiritually connected – knowing that we are connected to All That Is helps us feel supported and comforted.

Sometimes people feel a little spacey after Reiki treatments. Other times a person may experience some physical or emotional effects after Reiki which indicate that shifts and clearing are going on as a part of the healing process. These are not “overdoses” on Reiki, but instead are changes for the better. Think of these changes, called “clearing symptoms” as a detox, similar to doing a dietary detox program. Healing involves changes, and these changes are often present after Reiki healings.

So the bottom line is: no harm comes from receiving Reiki, and one cannot receive too much Reiki energy during a treatment.

I welcome your questions for the Reiki Question and Answer of the Day blog, or comments below.

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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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2 Responses to Can you receive too much Reiki energy?

  1. Kyle says:

    I received reiki 7 years ago during a very severe depression. I released too much of myself, my emotions, what was in my heart. To this day, i feel no emotion, i am like dead and feel no spirit. No depression either just nothing. My life has changed dramatically and i no longer experience life in the same way or am the same person. This experience wrecked me and my life

    • Dear Kyle,

      I am sorry for your situation. Please know that it wasn’t the Reiki that caused this shift in you. The Reiki allowed you to be spiritually open, but you chose (in some way – subconsciously) to separate from your true emotions, perhaps for the purpose of self-protection (as in not being ready to deal with the root cause of the severe depression). Reiki would actually help you heal this and come back to merge with your conscious self. I’d also recommend something called Soul Retrieval. You can google that and find out more.

      Good luck and blessings to you. Thank you for writing.


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