By Lisa Sawires
Moving forward through pain or illness can seem almost impossible. How do I get better? What is this pain really about and what can I do about it?
Feeling stuck happens to nearly everyone; if not for themselves, then in thinking of those closest to them. And those issues can easily get lodged in the body until we are really ready to take action and break free. Receiving energy work is a way to break free and mover forward.
Energy medicine in all its forms acknowledges and utilizes the idea that we are more than just bodies. In fact our bodies are but one layer in our multilayer being. Different schools and disciples have their own names for the layers, complete with desciptions of meanings. There is much literature available on the chakras, and the etheric layers.
Reiki is an energy healing modality that allows the practitioner to read the body while flowing a wonderful glowing radiance through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported physical healings and miraculous results. I beleive reiki creates such a strong sense of safety that the body simply heals itself.
Reiki is a form of spiritual healing dating back to early 20th century Japan. Created by buddhist Sensei Mikao Usui, this art is said to heal a person through the energy flowing from the palms of the practitioner. Reiki made its way to the US thanks to the work of Hawayo Takata, who was born in Hawaii from Japanese parents. Hawayo Takata tried Reiki in one of her visits to Japan, and eventually avoided three surgeries thanks to her reiki treatments.
The name Reiki literally means “spiritual/soul energy.” Practitioners believe that Reiki can help unblock the emotional or spiritual blocks that cause illness. Rather than focusing on treating the symptoms of a disease, reiki works on the causes. Through the use of universal life-energy, reiki can heal a person, even if the practitioner himself does not know what’s wrong. Reiki is intelligent energy. Another view is that reiki creates such a strong sense of safety and well being that the body heals itself in this radiance.
During a typical session, the practitioner will ask you to lie down on a table after removing your shoes and jewelry. She will then move her hands around your body, not touching or lightly resting her palms on your body. During the process, the practitioner’s hands usually become really hot, a sign that energy is flowing through them. It’s important to note that the energy received does not come from the practitioner; she is merely channeling the Universe’s energy. Some people who receive reiki experience emotions, a sense of wellbeing or peace. It is always pleasant. Some reiki practitioners intuitively read the body and speak during a session. (For example, I record sessions for clients later review). Reiki can also be practiced remotely, where the practitioner can perform a full session without actually being in the same room with the client.
Because reiki works on energy, sometimes it takes several visits before a difference can be seen or felt. Also, the results tend to be subtle, and vary from person to person. However, practitioners believe that this energy healing modality works for everyone and any condition. And because of its gentleness, it has been used in hospitals and nursing homes, on babies through seniors, for everything from cancer, and blood diseases to broken bones.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and its gentle effects always create a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Reiki’s use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
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