Two years ago I completed my Reiki Master Teacher training. Reiki has been a journey that has quite literally transformed my life. I am a better person because of it; I view people with far more compassion, I am kinder to myself, and I have level of contentment that I had not thought possible. Yeah, really, it’s that good.
In this post, I wrote about what Reiki is, but the bigger question people want to know is, does it really work? Ask someone who’s had Reiki, and you’ll probably get an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’ The most commonly reported effect of Reiki is relaxation; which everyone needs more of! Our western society today is one that is driven by stress…we speak of needing caffeine (to speed us up), deadlines, gym, angry customers or bosses, after school stuff for the kids, not to mention paying the bills, keeping a roof over our heads and, especially in today’s economy, getting and keeping a good job. We go, go, go, nonstop from the moment we
crawl out from under the covers bounce out of bed till we drop our heads back onto our pillows late at night.
This is not normal. This is not healthy. If you think differently, you’re fooling yourself. The whole body needs to be cared for; not only the physical, but the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our life require tending and nurturing. We all need ‘down time’ or ‘me time.’ That is, we all need time to recharge and re-energize ourselves; we need to de-stress, to relax and to connect with the divine within. There are many, many paths to this, Reiki is only one.
But does it work? This is what most people want to know before they shell out hard earned cash for someone to lay hands on and say that healing energy is channeled through them. I mean, can you think of any more woo-woo statement than that?
So, can its effects be measured? In this study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Reiki was found to improve outcomes in patients after a heart attack. This article discusses how Reiki produced measurable physiologic changes associated with relaxation and stress reduction. This last article is not Reiki focused, but discusses how distant healing techniques produced statistically significant improvement in outcomes for AIDS patients.
In case you don’t follow the links, I’ll let you know that these are not blog posts, or opinion pieces in popular literature. These are clinical trials published in peer reviewed journals. Do they “prove” Reiki works? Absolutely and conclusively? No. Do they demonstrate that Reiki, and other complementary spiritual healing techniques are worthy of further study? Unequivocally, yes.
Reiki is not a magic bullet, it is an adjunct therapy. It does not ‘heal’ or ‘cure’ the recipient, but it is doing something to facilitate improved health in those who receive it. For those who are looking for a gentle, non-drug alternative to increasing their well-being, Reiki is a sound choice.
Here’s hoping you find that which helps you heal.
I really love hearing from you! Drop me a comment, tell me of your Reiki experiences, let me know what you think.
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