Updated: Dec 9, 2019
We have all heard them... those nasty Reiki Myths you hear like: "it is witch craft" or "it is satanic" or "there is always a catch" or "just another bunch of hooey" or "it's all a lot of BS".... ""it is a scam to take your money" ... well before you pass judgment on something you have absolutely no knowledge of, please read on .... then go try a session and see for yourself ....
Reiki is both a scientific process as well as a spiritual one.
On the science side is quantum physics which teaches us that we are more than what we see; that we are 99% energy and only 1% matter (it's actually less than 1 % but I'm just rounding for simplicity). We know through measuring, an average person waking up is about 250 hertz. When the person opens up to negative emotions (sadness, grief, anger, worry, etc.) their hertz drop significantly, on a sliding scale all the way down to 25 hertz. When the person opens up to positive emotions like joy, love, happiness, bliss, forgiveness, etc. their hertz reading raises incredibly, reaching as high as 700 - 800 hertz. We all have met one of those super happy - super bubbly - high vibe people. They are vibrating to such high positive emotions they are emitting a high vibe of 700 - 800 hertz.
We can't see the other 99% but we can sure feel it. When someone creepy walks in the room and you get a weird "vibe" then your hair stands up on end. That is you picking up on someone else's negative energy vibration. Their hertz reading would be much lower than yours, and you would be able to sense that. Or when someone super happy comes along on a day when you are super gloomy, and just being near them makes you happy. That is you picking up on their higher vibration (hertz reading) than you have. You would be drawn to that as your body's energy systems naturally gravitate to higher vibrational sources (forests, beaches, creeks, streams, waterfalls, nature in general, barefoot on mother earth, etc.)
Keeping your hertz reading high allows you to experience all the positive emotions, the positive healing vibrations for a healthy balance. Disease, degeneration and sickness all live in the lower vibrations, below 200 hertz. The more one can avoid those lower vibrations the better one will feel. Reiki helps to keep the energy pathways flowing, removing physical and emotional energy blocks. This aids in maintaining a higher vibration, just as a state of being.
When performing Reiki the practitioner is capturing the negative charge from the grounding of mother earth, concentrating on pulling that negative energy charge up through their feet, along their legs, up their spine and out their hands. It is a seriously concentrated effort to visualize and move that energy through the body and out the hands. Most practitioners get extremely hot to the point they are sweating. Their palms may be warm, but their fingers are cold. There are physiological processes that occur to the practitioner during the channeling process, including that their hands emit 7 - 10 hertz all on their own.
At the same time that the energy is flowing up from mother earth up, the practitioner is also concentrating on capturing the positive charge from our atmosphere. This is done through the crown of the head, down the neck and along the arms flowing out through the hands. The practitioner becomes like a charged battery, capturing negative and positive charges, and acting as a conduit for the energy to flow. The client's body is attracted to that energy and absorbs it where it needs it the most. The combined negative and positive charge is what helps to bring the body back into balance. Think about it ... we are electric. Our heart is electric. Our brain is electric. Our meridians, neurons, neurites - all electric. We measure our wellness with electrical medical equipment (ECG, EEG, CAT, etc.)
Some practitioners will combine meridian sweeping or tracing to help ensure your meridians are running in the right direction. This is a magnetic process, which helps to activate neurons and neurites, ensuring your energy systems are fully open.
Interested in more science?
Peer Reviewed Double Blind Studies
CNN Video Report on Reiki in Hospitals
Reports & Endorsements from The Mayo Clinic
Numerous studies & reports on how Reiki helps the body heal itself
On the spiritual side (not to be confused with religious side), the practitioner connects with mother earth, their angels, guides, ascended masters (wise people like Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Usui Reiki Masters, etc. ), helpers (passed on ancestors) and for some God or The Creator.
When performing Reiki there are several spiritual processes that some practitioners practice.
The practitioner ensures the client is comfortable, grounded and relaxed.
Before the treatment begins the practitioner says a little prayer to their angels, guides, ascended masters, helpers and if the person so chooses the Creator or God as well. In this prayer they are calling on all those that can step forward at this point in time, to help the practitioner be the best channel for capturing the Reiki energy for the client's Highest and Greatest Good. The practitioner may also call upon the client's angels, guides, ascended masters and helpers to help the client be the best Reiki recipient they can be for their Highest and Greatest Good. This is called the intention; and it sets the tone and intention for the healing session. The practitioner can add additional intentions for the client like ".... for the client's Highest and Greatest Good, with special consideration for the client's sore knee". However the Reiki energy that is captured and channeled by the practitioner is absorbed by the client's body, where the body needs it the most. Sometimes the client will have a sore knee; but Reiki helped the client heal their broken heart instead that day.
Once the practitioner is ready they start to draw ancient Japanese symbols either in their own hands or over the client's body. These ancient symbols have strong intentions associated with them and help the practitioner focus and amplify their own intention and channeling abilities.
During the Reiki treatment the practitioner is communicating with their angel and guides, calling on extra support when needed or taking direction as given. This is also known as intuition! Everyone has it; everyone can hear it, you just have to listen! As each position changes additional Reiki symbols may need to be drawn for additional support.
The practitioner can touch all positions on the client's body; or just some of the positions (back of head, knees, shins, feet); or not touch any of the positions and just do the entire Reiki treatment 4 - 6 inches above the body. I personally like doing a combination, but find when my hands are above the client's body versus on top of it, I can feel the energy flowing better.
After the session is over the aura is swept and the client is clear and connected.
Reasons To Try Reiki:
Reiki is a COMPLIMENTARY modality for healing that can be safely used in conjunction with western medicine. It is NOT an alternative therapy at all !!!!
When we go to the Doctor we are tending to our "matter", our body that ails us. Who do we turn to for our energy needs? When we need to activate and align our meridians, clear and balance our chakras, sweep our auras, tap our own meridians, flush our lymphatic system and help us learn how to heal our own energy "woes"; who can we turn to?
We focus so much on the tangible; what we can see, feel and touch; but we spend almost no time in our lives to focus on our energy needs. We don't spend any time even learning what our energy needs even are!! I was just as guilty of this as anyone. I got caught up in the job, in the rat race, in making money to pay for things I didn't really even need, to impress people I didn't even like, just to avoid judgment and ridicule.