Reiki. The word may provoke or intrigue you, anger or excite you. It may arouse suspicion or cause you confusion. So much controversy, drama, and fuss exist around this simple yet powerful treatment.
Reiki originated in Japan as a technique to reduce stress and promote physical and emotional well-being. It is simple to learn and practice on yourself or others. It is not a religion or cult, nor is it witchcraft or black magic. For some it is a spiritual experience but still, it's roots are in science.
Reiki is based on the principle that our energy transfers and moves. This is not a “new age” idea. It has been known for some time that our bodies are made up of energy and surrounded by an electromagnetic field. (Google quantum theory)
Many cultures have named this energy; Chi, Qi or Ki, prana, spirit or vital life force energy. If this energy that flows through us should become stagnant, depleted, or blocked in any way, then our immune system weakens and we may become physically or emotionally ill. Okay, so far so good.
So how does it work? During a series of attunements (levels 1-3) by a Reiki master, the practitioner is introduced to the hand positions and symbols used. Visualizing the symbols during the treatment strengthens the power of the Reiki energy. Hand positions sometimes corresponds to the chakras (see part 1 of this blog). Through energy transference, the power of Reiki works to heal disturbances in the chakras of the receiver. Hmmm, still with me?
Depending on the participants and atmosphere, a Reiki treatment can take on a mystical feeling or a more grounded quality. The number of nurses training in Reiki is on the rise. The western medical community recognizes the positive effects these healing sessions can have on patients. Many hospitals are now offering it as an alternative/ complementary therapy. I figured I would throw this in for those that prefer the validation of mainstream thinkers!
There's nothing like personal experience to make a true believer of someone. In part 3 of this series, I will share my Reiki story. It is what convinced me that this is a real thing and it sparked my desire to use this healing technique with my own clients.