Thursday, September 30, 2010

Reiki Healing Becoming More Popular

Reiki is becoming a more and more widely accepted form of alternative medicine. More studies are being conducted proving the healing benefits of Reiki. Still there are a few I come across who have never heard of this form of healing and ask me to explain how it works.

The best definition I find is from Reiki.org which states that, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's ‘life force energy’ is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means ‘God's Wisdom or the Higher Power’ and Ki which is ‘life force energy’. So Reiki is actually ‘spiritually guided life force energy.’"


How Does Reiki Work?

Essentially, I have learned to center myself in such a way that I focus my energy to facilitate the healing in others either through gentle touch and/or with meditation. Sounds crazy, I know, especially because growing up I was such a realist and I chose to create and live in a “black and white” kind of world. I never had any room for gray area and dismissed anything that I couldn’t easily explain. The reality is that living like that was cold and virtually void of emotion.

Slowly, I began to understand the whole picture. Through Feng Shui, I learned about chi (or energy) in your home and the importance of recognizing the various areas of your life. I understood the importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment that promotes a prosperous, abundant, healthy and whole life. My home environment is one avenue I discovered as a direct link to how I feel. Feeling is your connection to chi. Chi can vibrate high, happy and positive or it can be low.

Reiki for me is a technique to raise your chi or energy and helps you connect to “God’s wisdom” so that you achieve your desires (from clarity for decision making, to reduced stress, to healing). Reiki naturally knows what to do to help you even when you are not sure – it is God’s wisdom, after all. With that, there is only good that comes of it.


Thinking Outside of the Box


Reiki Healing Room located in my home.
My blog is about bringing things to light that promote increased quality of life. Energy healing like Reiki is one of them. As with anything, your actions, your requests and taking an active role in your health decisions aid in the power of change. More and more hospitals offer Reiki or at least allow patients to bring in Reiki practitioners to aid in their healing (especially before and after surgery or chemotherapy treatments).

If you want more facts – the data is out there. You can start with these useful sites:

A)  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/o/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD006535/abstract.html.
B)  http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/reikin24.html

Reiki Masters across the country are thrilled that the famous Dr. Oz bravely introduced Reiki as his #1 recommendation for alternative medicine.[1]  He uses Reiki with his patients. “Heart surgeon, Dr Mehmet Oz, has worked with Julie Motz who used Reiki on his patients. These patients had received heart transplants and had experienced open-heart surgery. She treated 11 patients in total and none of them had the usual post-operative depression. The bypass patients had no post-operative pain or leg weakness and the transplant patients experienced no organ rejection. Julie Motz has written about this experience in her book, ‘Hands of Life'.” [2]

Dr. Oz is doing more than just Reiki, he is leading the way to integrated medicine and proving that alternative medicines are quite effective. Together with his wife, Lisa Oz, who is a writer, producer and Reiki Master, have been using alternative methods for years. Information about Dr. Oz and his experiments were published in the New York Times back in 1995.[3]

I would never recommend substituting Reiki with traditional medicine. However, I believe that Reiki is an excellent complement when you are seeking healing or simply stress reduction. Get out there and try energy healing. Be easy with yourself and follow your instinct. Feel good about what you are doing and know that it is a loving act you deserve.

Oh, and you don’t have to be sick to try it. God’s wisdom is good any time.



[1] http://reikidigest.blogspot.com/2010/01/try-reiki-dr-oz-tells-millions-on-tv.html
[2] http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/scientific-studies-on-reiki-38454.html#ixzz10h2mflWK
[3] http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/30/magazine/the-experiments-of-dr-oz.html?pagewanted=all

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was very informative way of explaining the Reiki process.
I was just told of this and was asked to research it a bit. Thank you-here's to my energy and soul healing.

Maria Flynn said...

To Anonymous: Feel free to ask any questions along the way. Blessings to you and your journey.

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