Is Reiki a placebo?

Q: Is Reiki a placebo?

A: No. Reiki is real. That being said, there is something real about having the mindset of believing that something will work. But with Reiki, you don’t have to believe as much as just be open enough to try. Skepticism doesn’t affect the healing power of Reiki. In fact, skeptics are often surprised and delighted when they feel the Reiki energy working. That in itself seems to support the idea that Reiki is not a placebo.

But what is a placebo? It’s a mindset by the recipient that something will work, and often because one believes it will work, it does. That effect reinforces the fact that we are in charge of our own healing, and our belief that we can and will heal makes a difference. Our thoughts are powerful, and our intentions are directed thoughts.

Reiki is directed by intention – directed thought – and it is real, and does help. But having the expectation of healing is powerful in itself and can also support the other efforts a person is making to heal.

So think of it this way:

  • Our thoughts, intentions and expectations powerfully direct and support our reality.
  • Being open to try allows one to benefit from receiving Reiki.
  • Reiki can and will support other efforts toward healing.

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Comments and questions welcome.


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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