Reiki Awareness Week | What is Reiki?
This week is Reiki Awareness Week, from the 15th to the 21st of June, the aim being to raise awareness of Reiki. So lets begin at the beginning, what is Reiki?
So what is Reiki? It is an art that is passed from Master to student and there are currently a variety of different lineages, all of which stem from Mikao Usui’s influence.
Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a Japanese word consisting of two characters “Rei” and “Ki”.
The word Reiki literally translates as Spiritual Energy and is often referred to the West as ‘Universal Energy’.
It is based on the concept that everything in the universe is made up of energy and that this ‘life force energy’ that flows all around and through us. This ‘life force energy’ physically nourishes our cells, organs and glands and energetically nourishes our energy system, made up of the aura and chakras.
According to research caried out as early as 1930 by Dr. Harold Burr from Yale University in the US, disease or imbalances can be detected in the energy field before symptoms manifest. These imbalances can be altered by changing the vibrational frequency of the energy field. Although not well accepted at that time this has now been more widely recognised.
When our energy is depleted, imbalanced, or its flow is restricted by stress, injury, illness, etc., we are more susceptible to discomfort, further illness, and disease. But when our energy is restored, free-flowing, or balanced, we are more likely to feel relaxed and our body’s own innate healing abilities are ‘kick-started’.
A Scientific Explanation of Reiki
Science cannot explain everything and is reluctant to accept the validity of Reiki but double blind studies have often shown significant and accelerated improvements. Kirlian photography and aura photos also show significant changes before and after Reiki sessions.
Human beings and all living things are a single mass of energy in a vast field of energy, connected to every other thing in the world. Some healing aspects of Reiki have been shown to exist using the laws of physics and biology. The human body is electrical in nature, with electrical currents flowing through its nerves, blood, organs and cells.
It has been found that each organ has a pulsating electromagnetic field and when the organ is healthy it pulses within a certain range of frequencies. When an organ is unhealthy it moves out of the healthy range.
The scientific understanding is that every aspect of the human body, its mind and emotions are connected to and affect each other through electromagnetic induction which validates the basic concept of Holistic Medicine.
An Intelligent Energy
One of the most amazing things about Reiki is that it’s an intelligent energy, it knows which areas of the body need healing. So regardless of where a practitioner places their hands the energy will also travel to other places where it’s needed.
During a Reiki Session
During a Reiki session, the Practitioner places their hands on or over the recipient’s body, in a number of positions, thereby acting as a channel for Reiki energy. The energy then begins to move in and through the recipient’s energetic and physical systems, naturally directing itself to the source of any imbalance.
Consequently, the outcome of each individual’s Reiki session is different, since it is not determined by the Practitioner but by the system of the individual receiving the treatment.
There are now many interesting studies that validate the effectiveness of Reiki being carried out and those completed show that it enhanced the immune system, reduced blood pressure and heart rate.
It may also play some role in reducing anxiety and pain, inducing relaxation, improving fatigue and helping relieve the symptoms of depression, according to the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota (UMN).
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