Do I need to heal myself before I can heal others with Reiki?

Q: Do I need to heal myself before I can heal others with Reiki?

Self Healing by artist Kimberly Kirk

A: No. Once attuned, a person can offer healing to anyone, including him or herself, and should. Self healing is important, and can offer incredible benefits, both immediate and cumulative throughout one’s life. But Reiki energy will work, whether you are in need of healing yourself (and who isn’t?), or you are completely balanced.
Having said that, I would like to offer the idea that a person who is offering Reiki to others should always “walk their talk” – that is, this person should do regular self-healing, and also receive healing regularly from other Reiki practitioners. This is the way to be authentic, to be in integrity with one’s life and practice. If you are constantly telling others about the benefits of Reiki and you are not taking advantage of them yourself, you are out of balance between your life and practice.

When you’re a Reiki practitioner, you’ll find that other Reiki practitioners are usually willing to do a trade. I have several friends that I trade Reiki healings with on a regular basis, and we both benefit from the practice and the receiving.

Also, the more you practice Reiki for yourself, the more your intuition and your sense of self increases and develops. This is a wonderful side-effect of mindful regular Reiki practice. Most Reiki practitioners I know are very interested in developing their intuition further. Simple self healing and mindful practice are key for this.

We are all a work in progress. Let Reiki help you help yourself and others.

I’m here to help you get there. Contact me at


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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One Response to Do I need to heal myself before I can heal others with Reiki?

  1. I believe that self-care and working on yourself continuously is very important. That being said, I really liked this line “We are all a work in progress. Let Reiki help you help yourself and others.” Thanks for sharing.

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