The Reiki detox is a cleansing period where your body reacts to the Reiki energy it has received. Because Reiki energy can continue to affect you for an indeterminable amount of time after receiving the energy (sometimes days, weeks, or months afterwards), the Reiki detox may happen immediately, or it may happen some time after. Some fortunate people may not feel any type of detox, clearing or cleansing at all, though this does not mean that they have not benefited from the Reiki energy.
The detox can include mild symptoms similar to a cold, with aches, chills, runny nose, maybe even a slight fever. The detox may also be more intense, bring up deeper personal, emotional and psychological issues, and trigger spiritual experiences; I have encountered all of these situations. In all circumstances, self-care is critical. Please do listen to your body and respect its needs during this cleansing period.
I am familiar with the Reiki detox in two different contexts:
My most memorable detox period occurred after my first Reiki attunement. It is a good example of how the Reiki energy can continue to affect someone long after the initial treatment or attunement.
In my case, I became suddenly and inexplicably depressed a few weeks after receiving my attunement. I woke up in the morning feeling fine and looking forward to a lazy Sunday with the kids. A couple hours later, a sudden sadness hit me, but it was not a passing or transitional mood swing: I felt as though I were grieving. If you have been depressed or grieving, you may be familiar with what I was going through. Everything-- the air, the conversations, the house, the day-- felt oppressive. I could not function. I could not breathe easily. I could barely whisper. I could not gather the energy to get up and move. I cried throughout the day, even when I was not thinking of anything in particular. I felt incredibly heavy and weighted down, particularly in the chest area.
I tried to figure out if there was a reason for the onset and swiftness of the depression. It reminded me of the depressive states I used to get in adolescence and young adulthood. I tried to throw it off. I began making dinner (by this time I had been depressed for most of the day). It was still very difficult just to find the energy to do even the simplest thing, and I was about to give up struggling with the pots and pans when my husband came home (Thank God). He immediately noticed that something was wrong and asked if I was okay. I managed to tell him, "No," before I started crying again. Then I just went to the bedroom and shut the door.
I laid down on the bed and prayed. All I said was "Please help me." I immediately drifted toward sleep and had an out-of-body experience. I saw my body lying on the bed, and I saw my legs drift off toward the ceiling. I found myself in a jungle-like setting, next to a large lagoon filled with greenish water and ducks.
There was a man a few feet away, waiting for me. He was bare-chested and barefoot, and wore a cloth draped from his waist to just above his knees. I could not see his face, but I immediately felt a strong surge of energy emanating from him. It was a very commanding, masculine energy. He told me to lay down. Honestly, I wasn't sure that I wanted to; my first thought was that the duck poop would get in my hair. But he told me to lay down again, so I laid down in the lagoon and he took hold of my ankles and began swinging me gently back and forth as I floated in the water. As he held me, he told me, "Let go. Let it go."
At this point, I sensed my chest open up in some way. I looked down and saw huge boulders fly out of my chest and soar away from me. Shortly after that, I rose out of the lagoon and saw my body lying on the bed. When I was fully embodied and fully conscious, I found that the depression that I had struggled with all day was completely gone. I felt lighter. And I could breathe again.
I haven't been depressed in that way since. Though reliving the depression wasn't enjoyable at all, I am grateful that the Reiki attunement brought this deep-rooted issue forward and cleared it from my energy. And that I had such an incredible experience. Hopefully, this example gives you an idea of what type of clearing can happen with Reiki energy. Be aware that you may have a spiritual experience that you were not expecting at all.