Reiki: The Universal Healing Energy Which Heals Universally
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“Reiki energy flows through the hands of the person giving Reiki to the person receiving treatment, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process, relieving physical aches and pains, lifting depression, dissolving stress, and bringing a deep and lasting sense of peace and relaxation. In the same way that a plant takes up water, the [Reiki] energy is absorbed wherever it is needed, going straight to the source of any problem in a completely natural and nourishing way, without the need for diagnosis or interference.” (Baylis, 2004, p. 20)
Reiki (pronounced “RAY-kee”) is a Japanese word for “universal life energy”. The word is comprised of the Japanese characters Rei, which means “spirit, air, essence of creation and essence of life” and Ki, which means “power or energy that brings it into form”. Reiki is a form of healing thousands of years old, believed to have originated in Tibet, but rediscovered in the 1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese college professor, seeking the methods by which historical figures such as Jesus and Buddha healed individuals’ minds, bodies, emotions and spirit.
Reiki has roots in Chinese medicine and is not a religion, nor affiliated with any denomination or faith. None is required for it to be effective. It is used as a complement or alternative to Western medicine and is often referred to as “energy healing”, “vibrational medicine” or “biofield therapy” Reiki fits more with Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity rather than with the traditional Newtonian mechanistic medical view of the human body. Einstein posits a fourth dimension of space, time and gravity where people are considered complex bundles of atomic energy oscillating at different rates. It is with energy medicines such as Reiki, that these bundles of energy (and blocks thereto) may be manipulated and freed in order to treat, repair and replenish the physiology, psychology, emotionality and spirituality of all living things.
Reiki promotes overall wellness as it is flows from the practitioner’s hands to the client’s energy system – a transfer which has been captured with Kirlian photography, aura imaging, gas discharge visualization and via sensitive magnetometers called superconducting quantum interference devices (“SQUID”). One scientific study revealed that frequency-pulsing biomagnetic fields originating from the hands of energy healing practitioners were 1,000 times greater than the strongest human biomagnetic field.” Energy from Reiki healers’ hands has been measured in the range of 2-20 Hz, with an average of 8-10 Hz. Profound healing of tissue and psychological impacts have been measured when energy of only 8-10 Hz is applied. Thus, scientific, rather than esoteric data indeed indicates that Reiki practitioners have the ability to heal -- with only their hands and intent.
For the disbeliever, substantial evidence may not be enough; and for the believer, or healer, no evidence is needed beyond a Reiki experience.
There is additional support for the quantum mechanics and authenticity of Reiki, from the field of Physics as it relates to Zero Point Field Energy – a force that is believed to permeate the entire universe and all of its inhabitants. Physicists theorize that Zero Point Energy is a method through which remote healing, energy healing, remote viewing (used by the United States Government’s Central Intelligence Agency), and manifestation - the documented ability to change outcomes using only intentionality - occurs. In fact, studies of the measurement of such healing energy have been conducted at the University of Colorado School of Medicine using a SQUID to find magnetic fields radiating from areas near a healer. This is particularly relevant to Reiki as a healing methodology, insofar as such energy fields (like those emanated from a pulsed electromagnetic device (PEMF), have been shown to induce healing in both hard and soft tissues, including bone fractures and wounds. It is believed that low levels of electromagnetic frequency from the healer is transferred to the recipient by quantal perception of matter-dependent electric and magnetic fields.
The human, animal and plant body consists of not only the physical body (which is visible, and includes the physical structures and biochemical reactions), but also six additional bodies outside and above the physical body:
• Etheric Body
• Mental Body
• Emotional Body
• Spiritual Body
• Astral Body
• Celestial Body
These six additional bodies comprise the bioenergy field, or aura of the living organism. Within and above these bodies are spinning wheel-like vortices called “chakras” (“SHOCK-ruz”) which are ingress and egress points for the transmission of energies from the universal energy field which permeates the Universe. It is via this universal energy and through the chakras that Reiki energy enters the healer and flows from the Universe (and/or Creator), through the Reiki healer’s hands, to the client, to whichever chakras need balancing to effectuate the healing of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual issues corresponding with those chakras, or energy centers.
In order to be able to heal with Reiki a person must receive an “attunement” passed from Reiki Master to student. An attunement may be considered an “alignment of the vibrational body, such that access to primordial consciousness is ever present”. It occurs when the Reiki Master transfers healing ability to the initiate via sacred symbols, which the initiate will then use to heal. There are generally 3-4 levels of Reiki attunements (depending upon the Master teaching it): Levels I, II, III, and Master, which allows the practitioner to heal body, mind and spirit, respectively. Master level is reserved only for those who will teach Reiki and pass attunements. After receiving an attunement, all that is required from a Reiki practitioner is to place his or her hands upon or slightly above a client’s body with the intention to heal, and healing occurs. As stated by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, a Reiki Master who brought Reiki to the United States from Japan in the 1930s, and from whom all of today’s Reiki healers emanate:
“All you have to do it take your hands out, apply, and you heal. And as far as healing is concerned, you don’t worry, because you are not doing it, the energy is doing it, Reiki is doing it. If Reiki is doing it there is no mistake, you understand?”
Since Reiki emanates from God/Creator-consciousness, it is an intelligent energy, cannot harm, has no known contraindications, always heals, and always reaches the places where it is needed in the proper amounts. For this reason, Reiki is appropriate for everyone in any state of wellness (or lack thereof), from babies to pets, from plants to wild animals to the Earth, from those athletic to terminally ill, and is particularly suited for healing those who have suffered physical or emotional trauma such as acute wounds, or surgery, or those who may be aversive to hands-on touching – since with Reiki II and beyond, one can heal without touching – and over immeasurable distances since Reiki energy travels quantumly.
Once an individual is attuned to Reiki, he or she has the healing ability for life. Additionally, a Reiki practitioner never becomes depleted of energy, nor does he or she take on the negative energies of a client’s somatic, emotional or other difficulties, since the practitioner is not utilizing his or her own personal energy, but that from the Creator, or Source.
Rather than be relegated to the backrooms of New Age bookshops, Reiki is sanctioned and practiced in over 50 hospitals in the United States, including those affiliated with such respected and prestigious institutions as Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and George Washington University. According to the National Center for Contemporary and Alternative Medicine, an estimated 2 million adults have used Reiki for healing.
The goal of Reiki is to restore the bodies’ (all 7 of them) energy balance, which is believed to be the cause of disease and dis-ease. It treats the whole person. Reiki induces profound relaxation, lowering of blood pressure, normalization of blood glucose, and lowering of heart rate and pulse. It reduces pain and anxiety, and centers and settles individuals receiving Reiki energy. Changes to the autonomic nervous system are significant. There has also been documented reduction in blood urea nitrogen, increased oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood, increased immune response, and changes in electrical skin resistance. Healing and significant relief can be immediate, in stages, or over time, and can occur with or without a “healing crisis” – where there is a temporary, brief increase in symptomology (and/or emotions) before healing occurs.
However, there are far more specific results as measured in scientific studies which range from healing pre-natal, to healing pre-mortem – and while science may have a hard time measuring it – even post-mortem.
There have been a number of quantitative and qualitative studies conducted by researchers and published in well-respected, peer-reviewed medical journals as to the efficacy of Reiki healing.
Reiki has treated neonatal stress, endocrine disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome and infertility. It has been used in dental practices to reduce pain, anxiety and heal temporomandibular joint dysfunction (“TMJ”). It has been used pre- and post-surgery on the body to alleviate pain, speed healing, reduce the need for post-operative medication and reduce recovery time. Reiki has been used to heal fractured bones and other orthopedic conditions, as well as reduce seizure activities in epileptics and others with generalized seizure disorder. It has been used to successfully treat muscle and connective tissue, arthritis, and fibromyalgia and has even relieved phantom limb pain suffered by amputees. It has been used to treat cardiovascular health, as well as AIDS and its concomitant health, emotional and social difficulties. Reiki has been used effectively in treating emotional distress, depression, stress, anxiety, suicidal tendencies and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is effective at reducing generalized pain, elevated heart rate, blood pressure and other types of physiological stressors as compared with a placebo group, and has been utilized successfully in cases of back spasm, joint pain, insomnia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and mood disturbances, as well as to increase coping resources and reduce hopelessness. It has even been used with positive results as an accompaniment to psychotherapy sessions, where the client has sought help for emotional issues related to marriage and other interpersonal, financial, and environmental situations and relationships.
Reiki has also shown promising results relative to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in regard to improving attitude, emotional state, talkativeness, interpersonal interaction, energy level, physical functioning, and mental acuity, as well as in the reduction of confusion, physical pain, depression, and anxiety. Reiki has even been successfully used with cancer patients to bring healing into their often rigorous cancer protocols, seeking relief from symptoms such as pain, anxiety, fatigue, nausea, and depression, and to improve quality of life, reduce feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, slow disease progression, improve immune function and overall health, participate actively in their health care, and regain a sense of control. Reiki can also provide relief from anxiety, enhance a sense of safety and minimize side effects from conventional cancer treatment. It can reduce fatigue; improve quality of life, increase a person’s will to live, and provide the impetus for one to become more engaged in his or her own cancer treatment protocols – be they traditional or alternative.
Finally, Reiki has been used in palliative care to enhance quality of life for clients and families when death of the current physical body is near.
Reiki as universal energy healing can be used with anyone, is gentle, non-invasive, cost effective, requires no extensive training and can be readily utilized by health practitioners already in the fields of wellness, or by those simply wanting to heal (humans, animals, the earth and more), outside of a healthcare setting. Full treatments (for humans) are ideal, and can last about an hour, but can also be location-specific, providing relief in minutes. Animals need less Reiki (and full sessions may be completed in a matter of minutes, depending upon the animal’s expressed desire, as demonstrated by behavior). Physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual problems which run deep in clients, or have manifested over time may take more than one session to be healed, or healing may occur instantaneously. No instruments are required, only the practitioner’s hands, permission of the receiver (there are exceptions), and the intent to heal. There are no contraindications to Reiki healing and there are little liability concerns for the practitioner, since energy healing may be done without hands being laid directly upon an individual (as in hands above-the-body, or as in remote sessions). Finally, for Reiki to be effective requires no particular belief system or understanding of (or belief in) Reiki for its healing energy to occur.
While the widespread acceptance of Reiki remains to be seen, one thing is for certain -- Reiki is desperately needed by this planet and its inhabitants, and no amount of scientific methodology or clinical studies are required to prove or quantify this.