Reiki... do you need it?

In 1 Corinthians it says, "your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, whom you have from God." Caring for the physical body is right and just, as it houses this most precious albeit temporary gift, I choose to call universal energy.

Universal energy, life force, spirit, soul, holy spirit, it goes by many names but whatever you call it you will find it in every living thing on earth.

Universal energy is like a river, it flows. Obstacles in a river either manmade or natural, divert the flow but won't stop it. However, if a river is dammed there ceases to be a river. Likewise, when the energy in the body stops flowing there is no life.

Some years ago I had to explain this to my three children who had just witnessed the accidental death of a pet. In the hysteria that followed the accident they ask to see their pet. I agreed, but first we had a discussion. I explained that, the part you love, the part you want to see, that part of Zach you will treasure forever, is no longer with his body and seeing what is left behind is sad.

Any one who has experienced death, knows the difference between the physical body and the energy that animates us. Any one who has experienced death, knows the value of that energy. At death, the universal energy returns to that from which it came, leaving behind only that created on earth.

Fortunately there are less dramatic ways to see universal energy in our everyday lives. For example, when a newborn baby begins to cry when taken from its mother but settles quickly when returned positive energy is being exchanged. When a friendly dog refuses to go near a certain person and no one knows why negative energy is being exchanged. Perhaps you've experienced being perfectly content until that grouchy coworker, boss, or spouse entered and suddenly you're irritable and getting angry . Maybe you were feeling lonely and received a hug that lightened your mood. And I hope at least once you've experienced people who can't stop laughing and you started laughing too even through you didn't know why.

These are just a few ways energy is transferred everyday. The important thing to know is that all energy is transferable. When we focus on someone's energy we invite the transfer of their energy. If you are receptive, and most humans are, you only need the energy introduced for it to begin transferring. This is why Reiki works.

Traditional massage targets areas of the body where we hold tension or negative energy and can relieve pain in the physical body. But while traditional massage provides temporary relief to the physical body the free flow of energy so critical to living things, soon becomes blocked again, usually but not always in the same area.

Things that can block the flow of energy in our bodies are anger, fear, stress, sickness, feeling overwhelmed or accidents that injury a part of the physical body. Our energy will continue to flow until the obstructions build and a sense of generalized anxiety becomes noticeable. Often a good nights sleep will give our energy time to right itself, but it is likely that the blockages will reoccur even quicker than before. Some people use meditation and breathing to help the flow of energy return to normal and with regular practice this is a very effective way to stay open, positive and healthy. Meditation takes work though, it is more than sitting still and it doesn't count if you fall asleep.

Then there is Reiki. A practice in which a trained practitioner prepares space for you to receive the benefits of meditation while lying comfortably on a massage table. A Reiki master understands the importance of intent and will prepare herself for a Reiki session by clearing herself of negative energy that may exist as a result of daily living and by setting her intent to share positive clean energy through breathing and touch. During a Reiki session positive energy flows freely through both the practitioner and the recipient relaxing us and crowding out the negative. The experience takes place as the Reiki practitioner places her hands very lightly on or above the recipient's body, repositioning as she makes her way around the recipient. Nothing is required of the recipient during the treatment except to turn once when requested to do so. No words are spoken during the session. A signal will be given when the session has come to an end and the recipient may rise and adjust as one would do after a traditional massage or meditation practice. People usually feel very relaxed after a session with a Reiki practitioner. They notice their breath is slower and deeper because the bodies energy is steady and smooth and once again balanced and ready to take on life's challenges. Reiki lifts up both the practitioner and the recipient and results in a peaceful harmony between the two.

People utilize a Reiki partitioner as often as they desire a reset. Some may only need it once, some may schedule regular sessions, some realize when life gets tough they need a session to help them cope with a difficult situation. Still others might study Reiki and learn how to achieve that state of balance for themselves. It is your choice. I hope you will take the opportunity to experience Reiki for yourself.

No one is filled with all positive energy or all negative energy all the time. Our energy level changes as we go through our lives and sometimes we need to clear the slate and reestablish a positive direction. A session with a trained Reiki practitioner can accomplish this. Reiki is not a religion and anyone can benefit from a Reiki session or train to be a Reiki practitioner. Reiki is an age old practice shared through the teachings of Reiki masters who've come before us and passed from generation to generation to those fortunate enough to have discovered its existence.

Rei-Universal, Ki-Energy

Mikao Usui developed reiki in the early 1900s, deriving the term from the Japanese words rei, meaning “universal,” and ki, which refers to the vital life force energy that flows through all living things. Now, reiki is used all over the world, including in hospitals and hospices, to complement other forms of health treatments.

Cleaveland clinic

Cindy is a 3rd degree Reiki Master

Trained by Michael Rishi Forrester

@ Kashi Ashram Atlanta

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