A column by Bles Carmona
For the week of June 17-23, 2015
Exploring Reiki as healing energy
Last weekend, my mother and I, along with our classmates, attended a two-day class on Reiki I, receiving the necessary training and attunements from our Reiki Master, Ms. Catherine Walters of http://www.GuidedChange.com. For those of us who have been hearing about Reiki and who wanted to know more about it, Ms. Catherine says that the best way to learn about Reiki is to experience it firsthand, like our small class did.
So what is Reiki anyway? Our teacher describes Reiki as “healing energy that restores balance through touch or intention.” The Japanese word Reiki (pronounced Ray Kee) is usually translated as “Universal Life-Force Energy.” “Rei” refers to The Universe, All-That-Is, or Divine Intelligence, while “Ki” is the life force energy or prana that flows through everything: people, plants, animals, rocks, crystals, and even inanimate objects. Reiki is actually an ancient technology which was rediscovered by a Japanese Buddhist priest, Dr. Mikao Usui. After years of study, Dr. Usui found a way to access and use this healing energy which he called Usui Reiki Ryoho or Reiki as it is commonly known. Our teacher says that Reiki can simply be defined as Love, Peace, or Tranquility.
What happens during a Reiki treatment/massage? The Reiki practitioner places her hands on your fully clothed body, lightly touching you from head to toe, holding her hands in each position for several minutes. This treatment covers the entire body and rebalances the seven centers or chakras in the physical body. These chakras or energy centers from bottom to top are the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras, an imbalance in any of which may result in illness of some sort.
In our Reiki-intensive weekend, we all got to experience Reiki for ourselves, taking turns as healer or healee, and there were as many impressions as there were individuals. When I was the one on the massage table, I would feel very warm to the point of perspiring as Ms. Catherine and my fellow classmates gently laid their healing hands on me. Afterwards, they’d say that I have that blush on my cheeks (from the heat?). When it was my turn to lay my hands on a healee, I’d feel either her warm or cool feet, warm or cool shoulders, etc. It varies per individual. The one thing that never changes is that the client gets exactly what she needs because her inner healer already knows it: love, peace, joy, harmony, tranquility, relaxation, hope, more energy, or relief from pain. At the start of the session, the practitioner usually asks what the client likes or needs to receive and then healer and healee create an intention for it. Ms. Catherine did add a note about an intention worded as “relief from pain”: the subconscious mind will latch onto the word “pain” and may not release the client from it, so it may be necessary to re-frame one’s intention in a more positive manner, for example, “healing and comfort for my lower back,” or “stronger joints.”
What conditions does Reiki treat? Practically anything. You see, Reiki restores the balance among our physical-mental-emotional-spiritual selves. It is as effective in treating a simple cold as it does cancer or depression. Since Reiki is considered as a complementary modality to any western form of treatment like surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and others, it can be used in conjunction with any of those without harm. In Ms. Catherine’s own experience, here is how she puts it, “Personally, I use Reiki to help me remain balanced and optimistic. This means I’m less likely to feel worried, stressed, depressed, or overeat, plus it eases sore muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort. I also think of Reiki as the best First Aid for it brings comfort and clarity as soon as it’s requested.”
Here are some possible uses of Reiki: deep relaxation, releasing energy blocks, cleansing, transferring of Universal Life-Force Energy (to people, animals, plants, minerals), and increasing the rate of one’s vibration. The first guideline is to give yourself Reiki every day before you offer Reiki to someone else. The second guideline is to never pressure anyone into receiving Reiki.
Here are some clarifications about Reiki: Reiki is not a religion. It is a spiritual science with a universal application, which can enhance any religious practice. Reiki is not a substitute for a doctor or conventional medical treatment. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose nor prescribe for illnesses, which includes mental or psychological afflictions. Reiki complements and supports all conventional and alternative healing arts. Reiki should never be given when someone is under a full or local anesthesia. If you feel unwell or emotionally upset, apply Reiki to yourself to return to an inner state of calm and wellbeing before working on a client. Reiki still works when you are unwell, but the energy will first go to you before going to the client. Hydration – or simply the drinking of plenty of water – is highly recommended both to the Reiki practitioner and the client. Ms. Catherine says that one should drink half our body weight in water every day. So drink up, folks! (Drink water, that is.)
That weekend and through the months preceding it, I’ve been having some trouble with my throat. It seems like the hoarseness of my voice has never really left me after my hospitalization for pneumonia in early April. Since the throat chakra is about speaking one’s truth, I realized during our Reiki I weekend with Ms. Catherine that I have a lot of unexpressed anger about certain situations in my life, such that symbolically and in actuality I “can’t speak up.” But then during one of my attunements with her, she mentioned something about “annamrita” which is the food that a mother gives to her child. She said that I gave that gift to her and thanked me for it. I don’t claim to fully understand what happens during attunements, having received a total of four during the weekend, but the attunements are supposed to get us ready to receive the Reiki energy. The 21-day clearing process is set into motion that clears old patterns and thought processes which inhibit our growth of consciousness. The process starts with the attunements and goes through each of the seven chakras three times.
Finally, here are the prime Reiki Principles: Just for today, do not anger. Just for today, do not worry. Honor your parents, teachers, and elders. Earn your living honestly. Show gratitude to every living thing. (Reiki) (Usui Shiki Ryoho)
Reference: Reiki I Course Handbook written by Catherine Walters, Reiki Instructor
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