Reiki and Energy Healing – What you should know before you go
One step forward, two steps back
Human progress has, ironically enough always been cyclical. We often take the knowledge and wisdom we have grown up with for granted, distance ourselves from it, only to realize that something is lacking and eventually come back full circle to that very knowledge. History stands testament to this fact. Science, technology and Western Medicine are just discovering what ancient healing practices have known for centuries! The concept of the mind and body not being two separate entities but one interconnected eco system through which vital energies flow is something people in the field of research and medicine are still grappling with.
Reiki – The Ancient Healing Technique
Reiki is an ancient Japanese practice that been used through the ages for spiritual, mental and physical well-being. The word Reiki comes from “Rei” which translates to “Wisdom of the Higher Power” and “ki” which means “life force energy”. Thus, the word Reiki means “spiritually guided life force energy”. What is interesting is that the concept of the Japanese “ki” is very similar to the Chinese “qi” (Pronounced chi) and Indian “prana” and related to the philosophy of chakras and chakra healing. That’s why Reiki healing may also be referred to as “Prana Healing” by some or even simply energy healing.
The main idea is to bring balance so that the life force can move freely through the physical body. This harmony of the body and energy is what promotes health and well-being.
How does it work?
Reiki Healing is usually done one-on-one and is administered by a trained Reiki practitioner. In a session, the practitioner channels the life force through his or her hands to the person receiving it. The energy then flows through the client and charges or heals them. This aids the body in releasing stress and tension by creating deep relaxation. Because of this, Reiki promotes healing and health.
According to the International Center for Reiki Training’s website, “The Reiki system of healing is a technique for transmitting [this] subtle energy to yourself and others through the hands into the human energy system. Reiki restores energy balance and vitality by relieving the physical and emotional effects of unreleased stress. It gently and effectively opens blocked meridians, nadas and chakras, and clears the energy bodies, leaving one feeling relaxed and at peace.”
How do I know it’s working?
Reiki works at a spiritual level but several users report feeling immediate and even long-term relief of physical symptoms. Psychologists have known for a long time that a lot of mental stress, anxiety, and tension is stored in your body. During a Reiki session, the practitioner channels their healing energy to the client and in this process, the receiver is not a passive participant! Just relaxing and being in a state of stillness and calm can be a task for some but once it is achieved, it can help the clients become aware of their thoughts and their bodies. Eventually, the practitioner and the client will become ‘attuned’ with one another so that the energy can flow and heal the client.
Letting go of the stress stored in one’s body can help alleviate mood swings, improve health and even boost immunity. These might seem like small things that so many of us take for granted. But we do not realize that mood swings, poor immunity, and symptoms of stress also play a huge role in clinical depression and anxiety disorders.
Therefore, when you engage in a healing process of the mind, body, and soul at the same time, the results are very different from simply trying to suppress the symptoms.
In addition to this, reiki, and the subsequent deep relaxation that follows can stop the body’s ‘fight and flight mechanisms’ and activate instead the ‘rest and digest’ mechanisms that allow the person to eat, digest and sleep better.
Ok. So it works. Is reiki really for me?
The short answer – Yes! Reiki is for everyone regardless of your background or illness. People use reiki healing as regularly or as occasionally as they want. Some people use it to focus on reduction of physical pain, some people use it for attunement and healing at a larger level. In this world that is so focused on breaking down things to the tiniest component and analyzing it, a practice that integrates all the parts of a person and recognizes the importance of the whole is like going back to all the ancient wisdom and reclaiming it.
The idea is that if you have realized that the current Western model of medicine and ‘curing’ still lacks something very essential, you are absolutely right. To be able to work on the harmony between one’s mind, body and soul and use the life force energy to activate that is nothing short of inspiring.
Dealing with emotional pain and trauma, growing spiritually and finding fulfillment are all essential parts of being well and healthy! Reiki allows us to access all of these things at once; and in the case of anxiety or depression, the effects can be much more holistic as compared to conventional psychotherapy.
Where can I find a trusted source to experience Reiki
It is always prudent to be cautious and make sure that someone isn’t swindling you in the name of energy or pranic healing! Luckily there has been a rise in awareness for different healing practices.
We at Illuminations Well-Being Center offer consultations and sessions for Reiki and energy healing in Dubai with trained Reiki professionals who are masters in their fields. You can come in to know more and experience first-hand what a session might feel like!
To learn more, please book a free consultation with our qualified Reiki Master!