I wrote a piece not too long ago for a spirituality site What Ya Think about Reiki. However a friend came across a yahoo contributors article that another friend had shared with her talking about it as “nonsense”. So I wanted to expound on it a bit.
Reiki is the Japanese way of channelling energy. Pure and simple. It is not someone with magic “connections” it is not someone that casts a spell, truly there is no “magic”. It is one way of doing something that many people are very capable of doing. Most likely your mother did it with you when you were a child and fell or hurt yourself, only you didn’t call it Reiki, you called it love and comfort, a mother’s determination and drive, or a father’s for that matter, take the place of Reiki steps in channelling energy especially if it is a critical or urgent issue. It is not unlike a person being able to lift a car or heavy object off of their trapped child.
All over the world there are people that channel energy or a life force that can be used to heal. Reiki is not the energy. In my experience Reiki is the method. One way to get yourself into a place that you can allow the energy to flow through and be directed to a specific person, place, situation or any biologic for that matter.
For this next comment I may get my hand or head slapped but…would you doubt Jesus? I’m guessing this guy that wrote the article might, at least if he came face to face with Him today. Why? Because He healed people with an unseen force and energy? Throughout Biblical history there have been people who could heal with energy, who could attune to the spirit of life or creation and God, who show us that thought and energy is tangible. I won’t even begin to list the examples here because anyone acquainted with the Bible knows of these examples.
He is incorrect in saying that thought and energy have not been documented. Visual rehearsal is proof of that. Sleep patterns and electrical currents through the brain are proof of that. Increase in temperature is proof of that. I could list dozens of examples in that regard. Has it been measured as it pertains directly to Reiki I am sure it has. In response to this gentleman’s use of “The website, Quackwatch, where Barry Beyerstein lists several reasons why people get taken in by healing practices that are nothing but outright fraud (www.quackwatch.com)” I guess that is the bottom line right there. His grouping it together with “faith” healers indicates to me that his faith in anything unseen is limited. That is a sad place to be. I can’t imagine my life without my faith in God.
As you have bad doctors and good doctors so you will have good practitioners of Reiki and bad. That does not lend itself to all of Reiki being fraudulent. At least no more than a bad doctor makes “all of medicine bosh” that would be a false statement.
Reiki is the channelling of energy yes, but then we are all energy. The best way I can explain Reiki in simple terms is like playing golf. You focus all your attention on one little ball and getting it to where you want it to go.
When I was first introduced to Reiki it was in the early 1990’s. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who were very energy conscious. They recognized it as tangible and didn’t reject it because they could not see it. But then it was a group of people with great faith, in God and things unseen.
Originally before the dawn of the internet, Reiki was very expensive to learn and very secretive. Not a mere $100 course as this gentleman cited in his article. The originators of Reiki did not want it falling into the hands of those who did not take it seriously. Somewhat like medicine. Don’t fool yourself people, you can get an online course in medicine, along with a diploma.
Reiki origins are traceable. The steps are sound. I generally do not reprint symbols used for meditative focus for Reiki or steps for it because it is something that should be taken seriously. The same as a surgeon would not put out a step by step guide to do brain surgery. It just is not the wise thing to do. Being a Reiki practitioner takes practice, it takes time, and it takes dedication.
Reiki – to me– is the steps that you follow to get yourself to the place of being open to focus that energy to another being or any other biologic.
I have had many instances where people who outwardly say yes they want to try Reiki and have blockages. Many of these blockages are religious blocks. Because energy is a tangible thing a person receiving Reiki has to be open to it. Much like medicine. The medicine can’t work if you don’t take it. I have also had people say they don’t believe in it, been hobbling along and then after having the energy channelled through Reiki be able to walk without a hitch. The reaction, “I don’t know how you do that!”my reaction is, “I don’t.” It is as much about the person receiving the energy as the person channelling it.
This individual wonders why so many people gravitate towards it? It is because as a species we are gravitating to a higher level of consciousness. We are gravitating to a higher level of spirituality, faith, and understanding that “just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean we should reject it”. Quantum Physicists have always thought this way as have most of the great inventors of the world. Christians and those who are faithful to their own religion have always known this.
So take it or leave it. No one forces it upon people as a matter of fact that is in direct opposition to the principals of Reiki. Telling a person that it has worked for that it doesn’t work is obviously a waste of energy. Trying to tell someone who rejects it that it does work is about the same waste of energy. The only way to know if it is right for you is to try it.
I recommend that you do read this gentleman’s article. If for no other reason than to start asking questions yourself. This is how we learn. The link to his article is: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/228486/reiki_is_it_spiritual_healing_or_fraud.html?cat=68
In addition on that page you will find links to other articles about Reiki and energy, learn, ask questions and discover it for yourself.