What is Reiki: An Alternative Therapy for Mental and Physical Healing
A Case Study: The Reiki Therapy Cured, One of My Close Relative.
About ten years ago, one of my close relative was sick with a life threatening ailment, and multiple complications, which led to hospitalization as well.
It took her more than two months to recover from the ailment.
The whole period was traumatic for her, and after Reiki treatment, It was a second life for her.
Although, she was declared clinically fit, she did not feel well.
She was always anxious, fearful, restless, tense, and could not sleep.
The doctors said that the problem was now more mental, than physical.
The body had recovered from the illness, but the mind was still fearful.
The fear of what could have happened, made her restless and when she looked at her kids, the fear gripped her even more.
Because, during her illness her family also suffered along with her, especially the small children.
It is a normal phenomenon, that after a major and prolonged illness, the fear of what could have happened, grips the patient.
Reiki Therapy Worked And She Felt Better, And Better
Then, someone suggested her to undergo Reiki treatment, by a qualified Reiki practitioner, and it worked.
Right after the first session, she started feeling better.
She felt peaceful, and mellow and she had not felt like that, since a long time.
In the subsequent sessions, she was feeling even better.
Now, she was getting peaceful sleep, and she was relaxed and felt positive.
Reiki treatment session, source: You tube
What is Reiki Therapy all about? Is it effective?
’Reiki' denotes 'Universal Life Energy'.
In this therapy, the energy flows from the practitioner's hands, towards the body of the person, who is taking the treatment.
Then, that energy is utilized to heal the skin, organs, and the immune system.
This helps the body to get rid of the toxins.
Placing the hands upon, or just above the body, can help to remove the energy blocks. In other words, it soothes and calms the person.
This also helps to create a feeling of deep relaxation.
'Reiki' is an alternative therapy, which is now much popular to bring positive changes to mental and physical health.
It has also been found to help in the process of self discovery.
What are Reiki symbols?
Reiki Symbols are the means of focusing the attention, to connect with the specific healing frequencies. Using different symbols, boosts up the energy.
At the Master level of the Reiki therapy, the practioner has to learn as to, how to use Special Sacred Reiki Symbols and words, for the purpose of healing and protection. The Reiki symbols are named as follows:
1. CHO KU RAY or "The Power Symbol"
The main use of this Symbol is to increase Reiki power. It draws Energy from around, and focuses it where it is needed.
This is an all purpose symbol and can be used for anything, anywhere.
For example, for on the spot treatments, to cleanse negative energies, for Spiritual protection, on food, water, medicine, herbs, In sick rooms and hospitals, to seal energies after the treatment and others.
If can also be used to bring energy to self.
2. SEI HEI KI orThe mental-emotional symbol.
The purpose of this symbol is mental and emotional healing and to provide calmness to the mind. It is good for Psychic protection, Cleansing, In meditations to activate Kundalini, to balance the right and left brain, to remove addictions, for healing past traumas, to clear emotional blockages, to remove negative energies and bad vibrations, to restore emotional balance and harmony.
3. HON SHA ZE SHO NEN or The Distance Symbol :
The God in Me, greets the God in you, to promote enlightenment and peace
This is the Distant Healing Symbol and it is used to send Reiki over distance and time (past, present, future), to anyone and anything.
4. TAM-A-RA-SHA or The Balanicg Factor:
To balance and to unblock the energy chakra centres, so that the energy can flow smoothly, this symbol is used.
It also helps to reduce or dissipate the pain.
5. DAI KO MY or The Master symbol
This is the most powerful symbol in the Reiki therapy.
This symbol is used to heal the soul, because it deals with the soul, and our spiritual self. It heals the diseases, and illness, and attempts to eliminate the root cause.
It helps to provide peace and enlightenment.
Regarding Reiki training, source: You tube
"A healer's power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”
― Eric Micha'el Leventhal
What Is The Basis of Reiki as an Alternative Therapy?
- Reiki combines the utilization of the life force, which is present in all living beings. It‘s the combination of warmth, reassurance, and healing power of :human touch..
- It is also popularly called as, 'hands-on-healing technique' The universal life force is everywhere, unlimited, abundant, and available to everyone. Moreover, it is environment friendly and cost effective, suitable for everyone.
- To work as a Reiki practitioner, it is more important to be dedicated than to be greatly skilled. Since the practitioner has to use his/her specific energy to help in the healing process. Reiki fills the practitioners with vital force that fuels their own healing system, enabling it to work more efficiently to heal others.
- Healing is considered on all levels--mind, emotions, body, spirit. Because a lack of harmony on any level or a discord between levels may cause imbalance.
Reiki therapy is spiritual, but not religious:
Reiki does not belong to any particular religion. People of different faith, and culture are initiated into it, and benefit from it.
In the fast paced life, people have lost the link to their own spirituality, and therefore the connection to the "supreme or higher self" is also lost.
The loss of this natural, and also necessary link has caused many problems that people encounter everyday.
Reiki helps to reconnect with the 'Supreme' and helps in self discovery.
Nothing is so healing as the human touch.
Do you believe that alternative therapies work?
To Sum Up:
To answer the question, whether Reiki is effective as an alternative therapy--Yes, it can, and it has in many cases.
Though, it does not mean that it will be effective in every case. Faith is important for such treatments to work, by both the patient and the practitioner.
The Reiki practitioner needs to be trained and attuned by a master. Reiki practitioners have to undergo three degrees or levels of training.
Many masters and training centers are devoted for Reiki treatment training and it’s not so difficult as well.
This is a self help therapy, as one can initiate treatment to self as well.
Reiki may not make huge changes in a person’s life, but it will change him/her as a person, with positive thoughts, during stressful times in life.
Reiki also helps with insights, to meet the challenges of life and helps to lead a fulfilling life.
Remember: Alternative therapies are no substitute for medical treatments of diseases/ ailments.
More useful reads and reference links
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2015 Chitrangada Sharan