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Reiki:// Universal Life Force Energy

Written by: Hippie Trinity

To begin to understand what Reiki healing is, it's important to think about what our bodies are actually made of. We are all energy; the human body is a brilliant substantial physics system. We are made up of nothing more than vibrating energy. Humans are made up of cells, which are made of atoms, which are made of particles, and those so-called particles are just vibrating energy. We are more empty space than physical stuff; we are more vibration than mass. And so we can be vitally affected by both positive and negative energy. Our energy field can easily be changed by what may seem like minimal situations. This awareness alone can help you transform and navigate where you direct your energy.

The word Reiki is a Japanese word pronounced “Ray-Kee.” Rei, can be interpreted in a few different ways, it is said to mean higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness. Rei is the wisdom that comes from the divine or source whichever verbiage you wish to use. This life force is all knowing and understands each person and how to heal them. The word “Ki,” means the same thing as the word “Chi” in Chinese and “Prana” in Sanskrit. As long as something is alive, it has life energy flowing through and surrounding it. If your life force energy is low or blocked, you are more vulnerable to illness. It plays a big part in your emotions and growth

. Our DNA provides the unique floor plan or pattern of the physical body. It creates a matrix or energy netting that directs the form the physical body takes. The practice of a Reiki healing technique assists in clearing the auric field, aligning the chakras, helping to release stuck energy and emotion while opening up the channels through certain meridians in the body. Reiki uses a technique commonly called, “hands-on healing,” which is where life force energy is transmitted through the palms of the practitioner and into the person that is receiving the healing. When a practitioner is performing a healing session, the energy that emanates from their hands produce a significantly larger bio-magnetic reading (7-10Hz – Theta and Alpha range) than a non-practitioner. These frequencies are associated with physical healing. Contentment, relaxation, decreased feelings of stress, fear, and anxiety as well as a reduction and in some cases, elimination of physical illnesses and persistent conditions are everyday observations from clients after a Reiki session. There are countless case studies and anecdotal research verifying the effects of Reiki sessions. Reiki began with a man named Mikao Usui, who was born in Japan in 1864. Many people saw him as a monk, though there is no actual proof of this. If anything he seemed to be heavily influenced by Buddhism and Qigong. Usui was a businessman who started to become unhappy with his life. In meditation, Usui asked for something more important in life than worldly possessions. On the 21st day of that meditation, as energy rushed through

the top of his head, Usui had a flash of insight. Many would call this a glimpse of enlightenment, pure presence aligned with oneness. Documents state that Reiki began in Japan pretty quickly after this. Mikao Usui first used Reiki on himself and his family. After experiencing tremendous positive healing results from these treatments, Usui opened a clinic in 1921. He felt that he had something which would touch many lives. This brilliant healer became most famous after a violent earthquake hit Japan in 1923. It was during this time that he took his healing practice to the streets of Japan. Reiki began to spread from this tragedy, and Usui treated nearly 2,000 people. After his death in 1926, one of Miako Usui's students took his teaching notes and translated them into a book called, "The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui." Afterwards, many teachers emerged traveling to Canada, Europe, and the United States in the hopes that this healing practice would grow and spread throughout the world. To more adequately understand what is taking place when receiving a Reiki healing session, it's relevant to learn about the seven significant wheels of life force energy located in our energy body. These are called Chakras. Chakra literally means, “spinning wheel.” Beginning at the base of our spine and continuing upwards throughout our body. They are concentrations of vital life force energy within the body forming when lines of energy overlap and cross. When the chakras are in alignment, a person has been known to increase their lifespan; physical, mental and emotional health as well as overall wellbeing.

Each energy wheel is linked to organs within the body, emotional and mental attitudes, physical health or disease, colors, sounds, spiritual abilities, and many other things. Some of these associations are symbolic, and others stem from mathematical formulas. Yogis and spiritual teachers have found many ways of working with these centers of consciousness. Through Meditation, Yoga, energy healing and the practice of flow arts or dance, we can learn to connect on a personal level, with these seven chakras. At certain times we will all display symptoms of one or more chakras being out of balance. The imbalance usually means there are beliefs, energy or emotions tied to the concepts associated with that chakra that is not serving you. Many people have heard of the term, “aura,” in regards to a force-field that surrounds all living beings. The aura is a dynamic field of energy that surrounds and permeates the human body. It is in constant motion like a pulsating cloud changing from moment to moment. The physical body is merely the densest aspect of our earthly being. The aura more accurately represents who we are, and the chakras are an essential part of our auras because they connect our dense physical and our lighter auric fields together. The chakras are strong points of energy within us, and when they are healthy, vital life force energy flows through them impeccably. This creates colors that are bright and clear. The opposite occurs during energetic imbalances; the chakra colors are more dense, dark and dull. The study and practice of chakra work have been around for over two thousand years in India and even more than that in Chinese medicine. Thanks to documented records, were able to see the discovery and changing perceptions about chakras and the larger energy field surrounding human beings. It all begins at the base, also known as the Root Chakra or Muladhara. This energy wheel governs our connection to Mother Earth and our sense of security and stability. This red lotus force field directly links to our feet, legs, perineum, coccygeal plexus, rectum and large intestine. When this chakra is out of balance, symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, lower back, and sciatica may appear in the body. Energetically, when imbalanced, it can contribute to irrational fear, hoarding supplies and unhealthy attachment. To promote health and vitality in this region, you can visualize and take in bright shades of red, and you can also walk barefoot outside connecting with the earth. Foods like almonds, sweet potatoes, beets and pumpkin seeds are fantastic for working to ground down. These are just a few examples of ways that you can help bring healing into this specific area. The next one up is called the Sacral Chakra or Svadhishthana, also known as “sweetness.” The location of this chakra is in the lower abdomen or womb area of the body. It is thought to be orange, but many see it as a golden fruit-like field. This energy field governs desire, pleasure, sensuality, creativity, expression, sexuality and procreation. It's all about the sweetness of life and feeling joyful. The human urge to procreate and be close to partner is part of the dance of the sacral chakra. And you probably guessed it; this field governs the sexual organs, the ovaries or testicles. It's also linked to the uterus, bladder, kidneys, prostate and circulatory system. Some symptoms of an imbalance in this region may include, urinary tract infections, kidney illness, and a stiff back. Emotionally it can relate to addiction, out of control emotions or lack of empathy. To take charge and bring balance to this chakra yourself, you can work with practicing healthy emotional expression while also immersing yourself in salt/aroma baths. Located in the navel region is a yellow tinted energy field known as, the Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura. It guides one to have willpower, confidence, and assertiveness. When in balance, this chakra helps you wield your independence and overall personal power in the world. It will empower the physical body to take action and proceed forward on your path. This field is associated with your pancreas, working directly with the insulin levels in the body as well as the digestive system. When this chakra is imbalanced, physical symptoms may include ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders. For the energy body, signs of an imbalance may consist of anger, rage, aggressiveness and repressed emotion. To work harmoniously with this field you can, exercise, work with herbal supplements, eat more plant-based foods and possibly even connect with an Ayurveda professional. Making our way up into the chest region, we enter what is known as, the Heart Chakra or Anahata. This vibrating field is a greenish color that surrounds the heart region. This energy field rules love kindness, compassion, balance, breath, and relationships. When your heart is connected, you feel loved, cared for and you love yourself. It helps us to create a sense of calmness and overall desire to love and be loved. The organs associated with this field are of course the heart as well as the lungs, circulatory system, arms, and hands. Signs of an imbalanced heart chakra may surface as asthma and heart disease. On an emotional level, the symptoms may surface as fear of loss and lack of commitment. Some practices for balancing this energy field include immersing yourself in connection and friendship, spending time with animals or pets, working with children and the practice of deep breathing. Still with me? I hope so! I promise all of this is relevant to the practice of energy healing. Understanding how the healing can occur is an essential part of these teachings. Do you ever notice a feeling you get after singing in the shower or shouting at the top of your lungs, just for fun? That is an example of you connecting with a blue-ish grey field called the Throat Chakra or Vishuddha, located in the neck region. It is known for guiding purification, authentic truth, speech, and communication. When the throat chakra is clear and open, we are able to let things go and move on from the past. The “ether” associated with the throat chakra is akin to our astral body, and at night its believed that this etheric body leaves the physical form to dream. The organs linked to this chakra are the throat, ears, mouth, shoulders, and neck. Often when this chakra becomes blocked its believed to be poison to the body, usually feeling guilt, shame, and fear. To balance this chakra, SPEAK YOUR TRUTH! You do deserve to be heard and listened to. Sing, write, express, let go, and soon you will feel the magic of the throat chakra existing within you. This next chakra is what I like to call the observer, the part of us that can see beyond our current limitation. In the center of the forehead region between the brows is an indigo energy field called, the Third Eye Chakra or Ajna. When Ajna is aligned, it will aid in our spiritual development where overcoming duality. The Hindus believe that when the third eye is awakened, it is possible to quickly move through past karma and attachment while finding real inner peace. As we elevate our consciousness, our third eye aids in surfacing our spiritual gifts. In Western views, the third eye associated with the pineal and pituitary “master” glands. This chakra is also responsible for releasing human growth hormones throughout our lives, regulating the growth of our muscles and bone mass. The pituitary also controls water balance and the production of milk in breastfeeding women. Working closely with this chakra can elevate ones spiritual experience and awaken dormant parts of our DNA. Some of the things that cause imbalances in this energy region are ingesting fluoride on a regular basis and eating red meat excessively. To balance this chakra, you can practice guided meditations, use herbs like Monkey Flower, Rose, and Globe Mallow. Now we will make our way to the area directly above our head, known as the Crown Chakra or Sahasrara. Vibrating here is a purple energy field interpreted as an infinite amount of petals. As babies, we have what is called a "soft spot." In that specific area of the head, lays the crown chakras energy field. At its highest expression the crown represents pure awareness, enlightenment and the ability to escape the constant process of birth and death from which most of us suffer. In a more practical sense, this chakra correlates to creativity and inspiration. A person that activates this chakra perceives to be glowing and living their life fully in every single moment. An out of balance crown chakra leads to what is known as a “god complex,” which has surfaced in many gurus in this generation. In a physical sense, this chakra works with the central nervous system and cerebral cortex. When this chakra is balanced, we can have a keen understanding empathy towards our peers. This energy field is beyond, and beyond time, it is an infinite flow of limitless energy that anyone can access. You can work with this chakra by practicing gratitude for even the smallest of things in life. It's important to remember to trust and have faith in the process. The chakras I just described are the seven most known centers of moving chi energy within our fields. However, there are also additional chakras that are less known. Specialists believe that we have another spinning wheel of energy located a below our feet, connecting us to earth. The same goes for the chakra that's said to be above the crown, which connects us to the spirit world. As humans beings we are so complex, it's almost overwhelming at times to try and understand all of it. However, I do think its necessary to incorporate some of these teachings into our lives. It's clear that our current ways of doing things are not working. Traditional western medicine often puts us into categories while prescribing medications and treatment plans that often include ingesting more chemicals. If we take a step back for a moment and find out where the source of the problem is coming from, we can create a more harmonious relationship with ourselves and the planet. I sincerely believe that most illnesses first begin in the energy body and then they start to manifest in our physical bodies acting as a source of communication for us to heal. Reiki practitioners can determine which chakras in a human being are imbalanced. Once they've established this, they use this ability as a map to guide them during a session. All Reiki specialists are, of course, trained in the basic format on how to work with this white light energy. Each healer still has his or her style and techniques that they have honed in on to make it a more enjoyable experience for the client. In some cases, they will use what is called a “bio-mat," which is a heated mat that infused with thousands of amethyst or jade crystals. It will assist in the healing process by increasing the blood flow, relaxing the muscles and helping to release pain and tension. Other Reiki specialists will work with tuning forks or sound bowls tuned to each chakras specific frequency or vibration. As long as the client has no known allergies, most practitioners will work with herbs and essential oils throughout the session. Reiki healing is good for everyone; you don't have to have a specific problem arising to gift yourself with a session. We all have imbalances, even the healers. So loving yourself enough to create this experience will benefit you no matter what is happening in your life. It is an entirely pain-free, gentle, relaxing and transformative experience. The amount of openness in a persons energy field will often determine the amount of soft touch that needs to be incorporated. Just like our earth, the human body is made up of 75% water. And what travels fabulously in water? Electricity! We are electrical beings, and we can heal each other and ourselves immensely. Reiki is a love-charged and electrical energy force that we all carry within us. It's important to remember to drink plenty of water before and after the session to help the detoxification process. Our body has a natural electromagnetic frequency that it prefers to resonate with. When all levels of the body are in harmony with that frequency, communication is active. The body loses its effectiveness to heal and maintain homeostasis when the lines of communication within the body get disrupted. These disruptions occur when we store energy that is conflicting with our natural resonance. Now, let's dive into the types of things that affect our energy field and can also lead to blockages. As we now know, the physical body is electrical. What this means is, our thoughts are also creating electrical currents around us. Thoughts create emotions and emotions intertwine with that view to create the aura. Everything that you think creates you. You and your life reflect every thought and emotion that you have ever had. What remains in the aura, from our thoughts and feelings, will become dense enough to manifest in the physical body eventually. The more energy that flows through you, the better you will feel. Electricity is difficult to contain because its nature is to move. Therefore, guiding this energy to move healthily, through yoga, meditation, exercise, dance and other healing modalities will assist in clearing out the old and transforming you into a new you. Reiki allows the Universal Light Force to flow with the path of least resistance. We tend to store energy in the form of memories and beliefs, and as they accumulate around the same theme, the strong disconnect begins. Where our body once operated as a perfectly timed symphony, conflicting energy gets stored, and we have many instruments out of tune and sync. The more that you work with Reiki, the more precise, stronger and more refined you will become as a light being.

Many people wonder if animals can receive this form of treatment. The answer is, yes they can! Plants and animals will benefit from Reiki energy. However, animals are a lot more open to receiving this healing, so it is essential for a specialist to be aware of how much they are giving and how quickly this animal is responding to it. Reiki practitioners are taught to use three sacred symbols throughout a session. For these sacred symbols to actively work, a practitioner has to be attuned by a Reiki master for them to be activated. These symbols significantly enhance the treatment and also help to deepen the experience for the practice of meditation. The first of these symbols is Cho Ku Rei also known as The Power Symbol. It assists in calling upon a higher power to bring healing. This symbol can be used alone or in combination with others. Its primary function is to increase the power of the Reiki energy. It is often referred to as a light switch, inviting a power surge of Reiki energy to a treatment or to a specific area of the body where there is pain. This symbol can be activated in whatever way the healer wishes. By energetically drawing it with their finger onto the client or by saying it three times in their

head alongside the person's name. The second symbol is called Sei Hei Ki also known as The Mental/Emotional symbol. It's said to mean, “to create a new habit.” This symbol reflects gentle energy that can be used in conjunction with the power symbol. By doing so it can enter more deeply into the subconscious mind. It's especially helpful for practitioners to use when the client's mind is racing. Sometimes when a person comes for treatment, they are overwhelmed with so many thoughts that it can be challenging to focus. It's also a useful tool for strengthening memory and releasing self-destructive habits. The third symbol is, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen known as, The Distant Symbol. This specific symbol s used to send Reiki to a person that is not physically in front of the healer. The name of this symbol translates to, “The origin of all is pure consciousness.” Pure consciousness exists at the deepest level of being and at this level there is no time or space. It works on the basis that we all inherently possess this level of consciousness at our core. There are no limits to where Reiki can be sent using this symbol. Pure intentions are the basis of this entire practice. As long as the person is open to receiving this healing force of energy, they

will. There are a few different intuitive gifts that can often surface within a Reiki healer. These are ways that information may come to the individual. One of them is called Clairvoyance meaning Clear Seeing, and it applies to have visions mentally or with the physical eyes. What this means is that the healer can see the colors and auric field as it begins to open up. The next one is called Clair-sentience meaning Clear feeling and this intuitive message will come as a feeling, where the healer can sense an emotion or physical feeling that the client is experiencing. And then we have Clair-cognizance which means Clear Thinking; During this experience, a healer knows something without knowing how they know it. Pretty magical don't you think? This last prominent intuitive gift is called Clairaudience, and it means Clear Hearing. The practitioner may hear a word or a phrase in their mind or out loud about something that the client is experiencing. Some healers may experience a wide range of intuitive nudges and others may just experience one. Regardless, it's interesting to recognize how remarkable it is that we can connect with each other on such a deep level. If you are new to the understanding of these concepts, don't let them sway your decision making when it comes to having a healing session done. The Reiki practitioner will not give you any more than you can handle and it is okay to let them know that you are not interested in hearing about these types of messages. The practice of Reiki does not come from religion, and there is no dogma involved when it comes to these traditions. It is safe and frankly encouraged to everyone and anyone who wishes to embark in this form of healing. In the words of Albert Einstein, “there remains something subtle, intangible, and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.” Many people with severe illness and conditions will seek Reiki healing with the hopes of something happening almost instantaneously. In these cases, it's important to understand that if it's a deeply-rooted condition, it is going to take time to move that energy entirely out of the body. There have been many cases where a person with Parkinson's disease as well as someone suffering from lasting effects of the poliovirus, began to see a Reiki practitioner and they said to have experienced actual energetic release. Through time they documented to have improved motor function in the areas of their body that were previously having trouble. Keep in mind that this information does not constitute medical advice. Reiki can also be combined but will not interfere with any other healing modalities. It is merely an age-old technique for healing that has been passed down for thousands of years. In the distant past, our ancestors had an innate wisdom that they used to heal themselves and maintain vitality. In comparison to our own personal energy, Reiki is the energy that connects our higher self with everything around us. We can use Reiki energy to help us balance our energy and bodies. We are in a time where science is beginning to validate the existence of the energies that surround and exist within each of us. Our potential is tremendous, but to become the powerful beings we were meant to be, we need to change our focus. Reiki is not only a tool for physical healing but mental and spiritual growth as well. When Dr. Usui first formalized Reiki, he intended it to be a tool for spiritual growth. The physical healing that occurred was a side-effect of the increased awareness. Reiki can be used during accidents and emergencies, for protection while at work or in your car or while traveling. It can assist in healing and strengthening relationships and to heal past unresolved issues. Reiki energy can be used to receive inspiration, clarification and it can help with achieving goals. This healing can also be used to release blockages in a persons ability to secure prosperity and abundance. There are so many ways that Reiki healing can help us in furthering our growth and transformation. It truly has limitless potential that can only bring love and happiness into one's life. All things are infused with energy. As a species, we have been fascinated by this energy and the power it has within our own bodies as well as the world around us. This chi-energy infuses our bodies and is the intelligence that helps each cell to divide and find the purpose of becoming the trillions of cells that make up our incredible body. Science has confirmed the presence of this energy and using tools such as Kirlian photography, developed in the late 1930’s can capture visual proof of it.

In a Reiki session, the practitioner does not rely on their own personal energy. Instead, they are conduits or channels for focusing the energy from the world around them. We are born with the innate intelligence of Reiki, and it illuminates our body-mind, stimulating balance and growth. Over time, however, habits and beliefs that do not serve our highest good can hinder that flow of energy resulting in a loss of vitality leading to an imbalance. What sets Reiki apart from other forms of healing touch therapy are the attunements that the practitioner receives. These attunements open the channels in an individual, so they are in direct contact with universal life force. After an attunement, these channels are open forever. Reiki does not create new abilities in a practitioner. Instead, it opens up skills that they already had within. It's like plugging a lamp into in an outlet that already has electricity; Reiki helps the practitioner make the connection. Like turning on the light, all the practitioner needs to do to activate the energy is to place their hands on themselves or others.

I often enjoy reminding people that we are not our thoughts. Our brain is a tool created for survival and interpretation. It is an excellent servant but a horrible master. Through the practice of mindfulness, meditation, yoga, energy healing and flow arts we can learn not to identify with our thoughts. We can allow them to flow in and out of our reality without attaching to them. As we've learned throughout this piece, we are all connected and picking up each other's signals constantly. Often the thoughts that flow into our mind are not our own; they are just something that we are sensing. As we learn to become a silent observer of these streams of thought, as an alchemist does, we can transmute these thoughts and feelings into gold. As you watch your brain, it soon acts like a deer in headlights, uncertain of whats happening and unsure of what to do next. A fun practice I like to share with people is to ask yourself what your next thought is going to be. Did you try it? If so, did you notice what happened? That is what they call presence. Being present activates the essence within us, the untouchable purest form of energy that cannot be tainted by anything you've ever done or anything that has ever happened to you. So, let go of fear, let go of guilt, let go of blame and worry, let go of anger and judgment, let go of competing and comparing and remember to laugh at yourself. Remember to laugh at your ridiculous thoughts because they are not you and smile even when you don't feel like it. By doing these things, you are inviting the process of healing to take place. This is the essence of what Reiki healing teaches us. This energy is plentiful and is available to everyone. There is not a single person or organization who holds the rights to this energy. Reiki is not trademarked or patented. The only thing you need to access Reiki energy is the intention of aligning yourself with it and then the willingness to surrender your intellect so your heart can lead the way.

Every Reiki practitioner is taught to practice saying these mantras daily; these phrases can assist all of you in working to create harmony in your daily lives. “Just for today, I will not worry. Just for today, I will not be angry. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. Just for today, I will be thankful for all of my blessings. Just for today, I will do my work honestly. Just for today, I will be compassionate and forgiving. Just for today, I will find joy in even the smallest of life's gifts. Just for today, I will feel at peace.”- Dr. Usui

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