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Often times when you mention energy work, including Reiki, Polarity, Chakras and Auras people's eyebrows raise and the skepticism kicks in full force. Witchery, voodoo and plain 'hooey' are what comes to most people's minds who don't understand the make up of the human body and it's relation to the rest of the world. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction & relaxation that can facilitate healing. It's based on the idea that we all have a 'life force' energy in us that animates us & promotes our wellness. When our energy is low we are more likely to feel sick and have 'dis-ease'. If our energy is high we feel healthier & happier. Now it's how and why energy work has its place in the world I would like to share. Way back when you were in elementary school you listened to your science teacher drone on about molecules and how everything is made up of chemical compounds and energy you were more than likely passing notes or doodling in your notebook. Little did you know how much insight you were being given about how this world works, including you! How about physics? Did you learn about matter? I bet they said 'matter is anything that has mass and takes up space'. I bet you they also said that matter is made of molecules and atoms that contain particles like protons and electrons. Now fast forward a few years into biology and you start studying things like cells and the basic make up of living organisms including the human body. Molecular biology and physiology discuss the make up of the human body which includes atoms, molecules, protons, electrons, neurons and all kinds of chemical processes that are a part of my new-found fascination with the human body and how it works.
Now who can argue that the human body is made up of the same atoms and molecules that everything else in the world is made of? And in addition, if matter has energetic properties then who can argue about things such as the electrical currents between the synapses of neurons in the brain? Electrical currents flow all through the body including the nervous system, the heart and circulatory system all working to regulate the body and homeostasis. In my book suggestion you'll see below there is a chapter on the scientific explaination of Reiki energy and energy work. We are of no doubt made up of buzzing energy the same as the desk I'm sitting at and the light beaming down on me through the electrical current activating the light bulb above my head. Energy is defined as the 'ability to do work'. There is potential and kinetic energy.Cars can move because gasoline is stored energy, TVs & computers run on energy and we can move, run and work because be break down food we eat into energy. Energy is always changing from potential to kinetic, called transformation energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one state to the other.
Now back to the voodoo of energy work. Now the idea behind energy work is that we can promote balance and harmony to the body by manipulating the energy fields surrounding it. If the energy field is blocked or disrupted this can promote illness and dis-ease. The fact is energy work is quite ancient and has been around for centuries. It is based on the 'life force' or 'qui' in Traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese systems of meridians maps out energy pathways that supply vital energy to our physical and subtle body. The subtle body includes the energy field surrounding it. Chakras are like energy transformers found in the body that promote health and healing. They take the life force around us and transform it into energy we need to sustain balance. The are seven chakras starting at the base of the spine and work up to the crown of the head; if they are disrupted or blocked this again can cause unbalance and dis-ease. Auras are a part of the subtle body that extend out from the physical body. They contain many levels of vibration that correlate to the different chakras of the body. Illness can start in the aura, manifesting with negative energy that starts in the subconscious mind. Ever heard of 'bad karma'? Same principle applies to being able to feel the presence of certain people, whether they have good or bad energy.
Now Reiki comes from the Japanese words 'Rei', meaning 'God or Higher Power' and 'Ki' which is life-force energy. So Reiki is 'spiritually guided life force energy'. It is the laying of hands by an attuned practitioner who acts as a channel to pass needed energy already in and around them through them and to the client in areas of dis-ease. An attunement is a process of getting 'keyed-in' to tap into this energy by a Reiki master. Reiki session can be done fully clothed or incorporated into a regular massage session. The practitioner works a series of areas throughout the body, laying their hands directly on or 'beaming' just over the surface of the body. The practitioner will move on to the next spot once they feel each area has received appropriate time for the energy it needs. Anyone can get attuned by a Reiki master, it does not require super extensive training, and once it's there, it's there forever. When I got attuned I was a bit skeptical, I had not really had good luck working with energy work thus far in my education at IMI. However in this process it was amazing the things I felt and saw! Feeling the passing of energy as tingling and heat came to the forefront for me; and I was able to see colors and auras with my eyes closed of the people in front and behind me!
This work is very subtle, and I have had success with it so far in my practice. The transfer of energy can be felt as tingling or heat, or it can be so sublte that you don't feel much of anything but the work is still done. Reiki can never do harm, it can only add energy in places where you need it or be done for an over-all feeling of balance. Be well everyone!
Nurture your mind, body and spirit~Namaste :)
Book Suggestion: The Spirit of Reiki by Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava and William Lee Rand-Lotus Press
Hello lovelies. I hope you enjoy my journey of discovering my magick and Divine Feminine along with health, wealth of spirit and evolution. I am happy to share my experiences with you to heal, love, and evolve. Namaste-Heather aka Akasha Rae