Does Reiki work if I can’t feel it?

Q: Does Reiki work if I can’t feel it?

A: Yes. Whether you are a practitioner who is still learning to sense the subtle sensations of the energy, or a person who is receiving a Reiki healing, once a person is attuned to Reiki, the Reiki energy is flowing.

It can be hard to believe in something you can’t feel though, so this can be difficult. I don’t want people to have to take me “on faith” and just believe rather than experience the energy. I believe that experience is our best teacher of our truth. If you feel it, it’s real for you. If you’ve experienced it, you have a frame of reference.

There can be many reasons why a person might not be aware of feeling the energy. Here are some of them:

  •  fatigue
  •  inexperience (not knowing what to expect to feel)
  • over-thinking or over-analyzing each sensation
  • health or emotional state which could mask the subtle energy sensations
  • being hot or cold, or in pain which could cause the body to just register those physical sensations overwhelming energetic ones (unless the energy is causing the pain to subside, in which case it could be recognized).
  • energetic blockages which need to be solved to process energetic sensations
  • need for energy – maybe the person has had Reiki recently and doesn’t need much at this moment
  • denial – people who think that Reiki is fake, and are determined to believe it will have a harder time recognizing it when they do.

It’s also important to note that individuals are naturally sensitive to energy in their own way, which could be not at all, or could be involving natural psychic abilities. In short…everyone’s different.

Another thing is everyone needs to become aware of his or her unique way of sensing energetic information. Usually these energetic sensitivities, called “clairs” will fall into one of four categories: visual, hearing, touch, and knowing.

If you’re visually sensitive, you may see colors, patterns, or images with your eyes closed.

If you’re audiently sensitive, you may hear music, ringing, buzzing, or vibration in your ears.

If you’re touch-sensitive, you may feel changes in temperature, tingles, waves of a magnetic or static-like feeling, pressure, lightness, or other physical responses.

And if you’re cognitively sensitive, you may just “know” that something is different.

Becoming aware of your way of sensing intuitive information will help you pay attention to those particular sensations and recognize them when they happen. Your attention will also make them feel stronger and more nuanced as you practice or just tune in. So I always try to teach my students and clients to “be aware of their clair.”

If you just don’t feel, see, hear, or sense anything, cut yourself some slack. Are you a practitioner? Practice more. And also, get feedback from those you offer energy to. Do they feel it? What do they feel when you are giving them Reiki? Let that be reassuring to you.

The more you practice, the more you’ll start to sense some patterns in the way you feel when giving Reiki. You may start to recognize a consistency and that is the energy talking to you.

If you are receiving Reiki and you don’t feel or notice anything, instead, place your awareness on how you feel in general before and afterward. What changes for you after you have your treatment? Do you notice less stress? Less pain? A more clear and positive feeling? Feel emotionally lighter? Results are more important than anything, really. Reiki is here to help you get into balance. Feeling the energy isn’t really the goal of a Reiki healing.
I hope these answers and suggestions have been useful. I welcome your comments.

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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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9 Responses to Does Reiki work if I can’t feel it?

  1. Pingback: Do your hands always get hot when giving Reiki? | Reiki Question and Answer of the Day

  2. When i am giving Reiki to another person i feel like it is actually an electric shock going through me,but not in a bad way ,my hands are almost ice cold but no one ever comments on that ,some times they say i was working at their feet ,when in fact i was working at their shoulder etc . I don’t need to explain what that feels like ,thank you for all your help and having this page .Love & Light Hilda Collins Reiki Master .

    • Hilda,

      Well put and thank you for your comment! It’s obvious you’ve learned to trust and recognize the sensations of the energy flowing. Keep sharing the light!
      Love and blessings,

  3. Mike says:

    When I send energy I use to always feel a sensation, now I barely feel anything, im worried that it is gone

    • Hi Mike,

      Thank you for your comment. It depends. Did you take a break from giving Reiki? Have you been using Reiki daily? If you have taken a break recently, then it will just take getting back into regular practice to “regain” your ground where you were.

      Sometimes, a person goes through a “transition”. This is a period that happens from time to time, which means that your energy is going through an ascension to a new level. It may take up to a few weeks, and during this time, your senses will seem diminished until you come out on the other side of it. When you are going through a transition, continue to do self healing, ground your energy often, drink plenty of water, and get some outside time. Be patient with yourself. This has happened to me a few times over the years.

      Hope this answer is helpful.

      • Mikel says:

        I didn’t even stop, this sensation that I usually feel is just gone. I still send energy but theres no sensation anymore, that’s why I worry it’s gone

      • Hi Mike,

        Two things to consider – are the people you send or give energy to feeling it? If so, then it’s about you, and I’d consider strongly that you’re in a transition phase as I described.

        If the people you are sharing Reiki with don’t feel it either, then you should probably give yourself a few weeks (in case you are in a transition period – which this still sounds like to me), and see if it gets better on its own. I’d also highly suggest receiving a Reiki session from another practitioner. Perhaps you need this. In fact, a few sessions might be a good idea. See if a “clearing” of your own energy through receiving healing will help restore your ability to sense the energy as before.

        Finally, if none of those things work, then you might want to get a re-attunement. This can be like jumper cables, and help get your energy re-started.

        Please check back and let us know how you are.

      • Mikel says:

        My friend has felt it when I wanted to see if it worked. I wanted to test it and she said she felt it.

        About this transition phase, what will change once im out of it?

        Thank you


  4. Hi Mike,

    Glad to hear that your friend felt the energy. That helps you feel confident that you haven’t “lost it” or anything (that wouldn’t happen anyway).

    Ascension phases, or transition phases are strange, but they are leading you to a higher vibration. You may be more sensitive to energy, more intuitive, or find that you are different when you come out of it. Don’t worry, just keep working on your self healing. I’d also still suggest you receive healing from another person to help you with this.

    I wrote a blog post on my other blog when this first happened to me. Here is the post: Maybe something here will help you.


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