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The Healing Benefits of Reiki
I began studying Reiki and energy healing well over ten years ago. At first, I was really skeptical. I just didn’t see how someone placing their hands on me would have ANY healing benefits, much less MANY healing benefits. But I have always been open-minded and willing to try new things.
Since that time I have learned about how the body works energetically, and how a positive mind and relaxed body can be one of the most profound healing tools one could ask for.
So how does this “laying of hands” therapy actually work?
We know from our yoga teachings that life force energy — prana — flows through us by way of the chakras and nadis, and it flows around us in our aura energy field. This “life force energy” nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in the organs and tissues of the physical body. This disruption is usually the result of negative thought patterns that diminish the strength of our life force energy, thus creating a physical manifestion of anything from a simple run-down feeling to full-blown disease.
By this laying of hands, the Reiki practitioners allow themselves to become vessels for energy to flow through their hands and create a positive life force energy that will move directly to the areas that need to be unblocked.
Some of the wonderful benefits of this therapy are that it creates a natural balance between mind, body and spirit. It also increases energy levels, relieves tension and stress, and improves focus and concentration. It creates a shift to help the body better self-heal, and it is also beneficial for relieving insomnia, reducing blood pressure, and alleviating pain. In addition, it helps the body to release toxins while supporting the immune system, and it is complementary to medical treatment.
The interesting thing about Reiki is that you do not have to be ill to experience the benefits. Reiki is a great method of preventative care. And, at the end of life, it can be a soothing way to help someone transition peacefully.
If you are still having a hard time understanding, just remember that human touch is a very important part of our well being. Take yourself back to your childhood — when you would get the flu, your mom would hold your hand, hug you, maybe lay a cool wash cloth on your forehead — and it would always make you feel better. This therapy works in a similar way, except that the Reiki practitioner is especially attuned to allow more energy to flow.
But what does science say? First off, there have been no reported negative effects from Reiki. This is easy to understand due to its non-invasive nature. Even if someone cannot be touched, Reiki is still an option because it can work without actually having to touch the recipient. Studies have also shown that patients with chronic disease have responded better to treatment, most likely due to the relaxed, rest and digestive response.
So who can benefit from Reiki? Everyone! Adults, children, pets, even trees and plants. Sending the Earth a little Reiki everyday may help it heal from the destruction of mankind.
Dr. Mikao Usui founded the healing system in the mid-1800’s with the basic concept of simple ethical principles to promote peace and harmony. Reiki is the spiritual medicine for all illnesses. It is the understanding of treating the transcendental and the physical.
The principles of Reiki are collectively written in the Reiki Creed — simple rules to live by:
Just for today, do not anger.
Just for today, do not worry.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to every living thing.