One of the unique gifts of Reiki energy medicine is that it concerns itself with the intentionality of the practitioner.
Intentions count. We have a sense of what people intend by their words and behavior, though sometimes we misinterpret. Usually we do not. Usually we can read a person’s intention by his or her tone of voice, volume, body language, and behavior.
The brusque doctor, who has five other patients to see besides you in this ten minute slot, intends to meet his schedule. The good ones intend for us to get better, but time constraints may prohibit communicating that in the modern medical word. But we can certainly tell when we are bring cared for, and when the doctor is just following the daily agenda.
I think the healing intention is why so many people come to psychotherapy, massage, Reiki, yoga, tai chi, and other health and wellness activities involving a more than cursory type of attention. It is easier to tell if our trainer/coach/sensei/therapist knows our dilemmas and has a plan for helping us. Many of these disciplines routinely incorporate intention into the work.
It may really be the thought that counts.