What it is
Reiki is the Ancient art of "laying on of hands" in order to heal. It is the use of touch to convey warmth, serenity, love, caring and healing, through the channelling of energy to enhance a person's own life force. When experiencing pain the first thing most people do is put their hands on the painful area.
The living body, animal or human, radiates warmth and energy. This energy is the live force itself. In Japan, the energy is called Ki, and it is from this word that Reiki is named. When Rei and Ki are broken down into two component parts, we can describe Reiki as: Rei, Universal, transcendental spirit, mysterious power, essence; Ki, is described as the vital, life force of the Earth, the planets, and the stars, the Heavens, These forces affect the living body's Ki. Everything alive contains and radiates Ki- it is the bio-magnetic energy of aura.
What makes Reiki different from the other healing systems is the attunement process. A person, who has been through the attunement process, has experienced a very ancient technology for fine tuning the physical and etheric bodies to a higher vibrational level. The chakras are opened to enable the person to channel, and vibrate, higher levels of life energy or Ki. Reiki is not a religion. This life force energy is the Source of Life itself.
While everything that has life, has Ki, Reiki attunement connect the recipient in an increased way to limitless Source. On reviewing the first Reiki attunement, the receiver becomes a channel or facilitator for this Universal Healing Energy. From the time of the attunement, and for the rest of their lives, all the person needs to do to connect to the healing Ki is to place their hands on themselves or others, and the energy flow automatically. This healing energy increases the life force energy of the receiver as well as the giver. Receiving an attunement is a magical gift. It does not give the receiver anything new; it opens and aligns what is already a part of them. Each degree's attunement increases the positive power of their ability to channel Ki. It is the attunements themselves that are Reiki; without this process- which can only be passed on from Master/Teacher to student -the healing system is not Reiki, but something else.
Reiki is a wonderful tool to assist one develop conscious awareness, the very key to enlightenment. Reiki shows us what we need to learn about ourselves. Once experienced, our lives can never be the same. With this ancient Tibetan attunement, you become aware of life and energy operating on all planes and dimensions within and around us. You become aware of your own true potential.
The Science of Reiki
Reiki is an energy that has only been known in the West for a few decades. It is practiced by over one million people, which, when compared to the world population, is little more than a smattering. To explain Reiki from a scientific point of view we need to discuss some scientific concepts first. Scientific validation arises in many ways. It is popular to give a rational understanding of the mechanics of some phenomena based on the logic of "sound" scientific principles. Your typical example of this is the "rational" explanation of Reiki using terms like - "subatomic matter", "unpolarized", "vortex theory", "mirror imaging" etc. These sound good and are probably the best way of appeasing the need for a rational explanation. There is however, a flaw. The mere use of physics terminology is not a scientific validation of Reiki!
This is only a rational explanation based on common, but often contradictory, terms used in physics. We will discuss later how these terms can be applied to Reiki based upon our observations.
The whole field of high-energy physics is new and pioneering. When you are explaining to a layperson, it is acceptable to use the scientific terms because we are establishing a conceptual framework for the understanding of clinical manifestations of Reiki - not to validate Reiki.
Reiki is "non-polarized" sub-atomic energy that is released as a harmonic into energy blueprints, e.g. the body, that are in a state of disharmony. Once it leaves the sub-atomic world, it must polarize because it is entering the physical, manifest world where it is acted upon by time. Because it is by nature a harmonic, it will polarize and form a "mirror image" of any disharmonious frequency in that energy blueprint, thereby restoring normal harmony and well-being. This in turn, accelerates the natural healing process of the body.
To validate and explain that definition, we must use the scientific process of clinical observation and the logical rationalization of the results. Most of the things we utilize in our every day lives are there because they work consistently. If they didn't they would be discarded.
If a new drug is tried clinically and gets good results it is used because the observed results validate it!
This is very important to understand. We cannot validate or prove Reiki with fancy scientific charts or terminology. Our validation comes from hundreds of thousands of Reiki practitioner's clinical hands -on experience, and the experience of the recipient of Reiki.
Courtesy of THE INFORMED CHOICE.
AUTHOR: Estie Mattheus.