What Is Reiki / Energy Healing?

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What is Energy Healing?

There are various different modalities of Energy Healing and these include, but are not limited to Reiki, Spiritual Healing and Emotional Freedom Technique, known as EFT, Prayer, Acupuncture and Massage.

The objective of Energy Healing is to re-establish equilibrium within the human energy system through touch, enabling the energy field to restore health within body/mind/spirit.

Energy healing is used in all ancient cultures throughout the globe. Energy healing taps into the universal life force energy that flows through every living thing in the universe which is known as Prana (India), Chi/Qi (China) and Mana (Polynesia). and Ki (Japan).

Although energy healing may seem unbeleivable to some, there is mounting scientific evidence that our energy systems effect us and can be influenced by many things.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is Universal Life Energy, is natural, profoundly and completely powerful and a safe method of spiritual, physical, emotional and body healing and self-improvement. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness in body, mind and spirit and always creates a beneficial effect, promoting physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. It works in combination with all other medical or corrective systems to relieve side effects and promote recovery, health and healing. It works quicker than most ‘hands on’ treatments and the results can often be instant too

Reiki, pronounced ‘ray key’, is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. 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”.

Reiki is not a religion and one is free to continue to choose and make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious or spiritual practices.  Reiki is spiritual in nature, reconnects one to Universal Consciousness and has no dogma, nor is it dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.

How does Reiki work?

Reiki is a non-invasive hands-on gentle technique, compliments conventional medical healthcare and can be used in collaboration to relieve side effects. It is usually administered by “laying on hands”. If one’s “life force energy” is low, we are more prone to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

What can I expect during my first session?

Reiki Healing sessions create a deep sense of peace, calm, and joy as well as a feeling of deep relaxation. The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat or warmth in the practitioner’s hands, but sometimes the practitioner’s hands feel refreshingly cool or even cold. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner’s hands are placed and feelings of lightness and weightlessness.

Clients comment how uplifting they find the experience of Reiki to be. Some patients report they recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, concurrently aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.  Clients may have visions and experience colors in this relaxed and healing state.

Reiki is cumulative and clients who don’t notice much the first time usually have increasingly deeper experiences with further sessions. Further to the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that carry on to unfold as the day goes on, maybe improved digestion, a sense of being more centered and poised and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night. Relationships miraculously improve, demonstrating the oneness and one mind of all.

What kind of problems can Reiki help with?

Reiki supports healing with any condition whatsoever, for example, virtually every known illness and injury including serious problems like, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, insomnia, chronic digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, improving circulation, skin problems, cuts, bruises, broken bones, headache, insomnia, impotence, lack of confidence, etc. Reiki is pure Unconditional Cosmic Love.

It works alongside other therapies and Reiki will improve the results of any medical treatment or procedure, acting to reduce negative side effects, shorten healing time, reduce, manage or eliminate pain, reduce stress, and help create optimism and wellbeing.

Reiki, being Universal Life Energy is completely powerful, has no boundaries, is unlimited healing energy and can be sent as distant healing to anyone and anywhere across the universe and can be sent to experiences both past and present and future.

How do I know that I need energetic healing or balancing?

When one acquires an injury, becomes unwell or under duress or stress, the natural flow of energy between the energy centres of your body become congested. Since we are integrated beings, of mind, body, and spirit, the congested flow of energy negatively impacts both the way one feels and the body’s ability to heal itself.  Some of the results of imbalances in the energy system lead to experiences such as, lethargy, negativity, pain, anxiety, depression, etc. The whole system then requires rebalancing and reenergizing to restore the equilibrium and unleash the body’s own powers to create health.

How often do I need to receive a Reiki treatment?

There are layers of imbalances within the system. While some energy medicine disciplines suggest that one treatment is enough, most suggest a number of sessions to work through layers of imbalanced energies. The level of healing you want to acheive is up to you, but the more sessions you have the deeper you will be able to heal and grow. Atma will be able to give you specific recommendations of how often it might help for you to come in for sessions.

How is a Reiki treatment given?

In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the client. The client is usually resting on a massage table but treatments can also be shared while the client is seated. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her or his hands on or near the client’s body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the client’s needs.

How does Reiki work?

Universal life force flows within and through our physical body through channels called chakras, meridians and nadis.  The energy also flows around us in a field called the auric field.  This life force nourishes our entire systems and when this is interrupted or disrupted, it reduces the energy flow through the pathways.  Negative feelings and emotions attach themselves to the energy field, interfering with the life force in a negative way.

Reiki heals by freely moving through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. Reiki healing energy flows through the distressed areas of mind, body and spirit within the energetic field with its positive powered energy. It unblocks, stabilizes and replenishes the field, thus allowing the universal life force to revitalize and heal.

In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

Can a Reiki practitioner’s field of energy be depleted?

Since Reiki is guided by Higher Supreme Intelligence and is a channelled healing, the Reiki practitioner’s energies are never exhausted. In fact, the Reiki consciousness considers both practitioner and client to be in need of healing, so both receive treatment, knowing exactly where to go. Because of this, giving a treatment always increases one’s energy and leaves one surrounded with loving feelings of health and well-being.

Does one have to stop seeing a medical doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?

No. Reiki works in alliance with medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is suggested that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve and enhance medical results.

 

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Katherine Maslen

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Hey, I’m Katherine Maslen, naturopath, nutritionist, host of The Shift podcast, author and renegade for health.
Since completing 2 bachelor degrees in health science over 12 years ago, I’ve been helping peeps just like you to be their best through awesome health. I’ve spent most of this time one on one in clinical practice – in the trenches with my clients to navigate them through the minefield that is imperfect health.

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