Facts about Reiki from different perspectives
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
Reiki is an energetic technique that promotes healing. During a session, the practitioner place his hands near or lightly touching various parts of the recipient’s body, such as around the head, shoulders, stomach, legs, and feet. Most people report intense feelings of relaxation, and patients sometimes fall asleep during a session. Sessions can last from ten minutes to more than an hour, depending upon available time and the need of the receiver. Reiki was introduced to the west by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who learn it from Dr,Chujiro Hayashi, a disciple of Dr. Mikao Usui, founder of Reiki.
Since its introduction to westerners in 1937, Reiki has been the center of polemic by both the scientific and the religious community. These debates were fuel mostly by the misunderstanding and lack of actual facts. To this day 78 years later the skepticism still exists, for instance Dr. Stephen Barrett, M.D. describe Reiki a being Nonsense on his website Quackwatch. However much headway has been made, for instance some prominent scientists have and are doing studies about the therapeutic properties of Reiki and are publishing their finding in scientific publication. One of the published author Dr. James Oschman have scientifically explain how Reiki works, he states his findings base on the electromagnetism of the body and the individual electromagnetic signature of each organ. Most of the studies about this modality are geared around healings. One of those papers was published by Anne Vitale, PhD., whereby she compile research made by Schlitz and Braud, Wardell and Engebretson and others in this field. There have been some well documented studies on the effect of this Energy Healing modality on the Autonomic Nervous System. In another laboratory research, using highly accurate telemetric implant, this time conducted on white mice, the biometric data clearly shows that Reiki reduces the heart rate in both stressed and unstressed rats. Animals are excellent for these kinds of studies as they do not have a belief system that can influence the data.
The medical community is the one that have most heartedly welcomed this alternative practice. While it is not universally accepted, Reiki had been endorsed by the nursing community and have a chapter dedicated to it in the American Holistic Nursing Association. Handbook for Practice, furthermore about 20% of the hospital in the United States offers Reiki as part of their patient care services. More and more doctors are open to this unconventional care and are mentioning it to their patient as alternate to conventional treatment. One big proponent of this noninvasive healing practice is the famous Dr. Mehmet Oz. To say the least Reiki is gaining ground within the medical establishment.
Since Reiki originate from Japan has been prompting spiritual awakening in its practitioners, the largely Christian westerners have had questions pertaining to their faiths and if this therapeutic practice is compatible with their belief. Some Christian clergy leaders have been quite vocal against it and some had even forbidden their followers from being involved even in hospital settings where it is offered as part of the holistic program. Again most of the resistances are due to misinformation. First, it need to be mention, Reiki is not a religion and is not part of any religious denomination. As it a channeling of the natural or life force energy it is compatible with any religious practice, even Christianity
In fact healing with the imposition of hands or healing touch abounds in the New Testament and most of them performed by Jesus himself. Certain conservative Christians may be perturbed with the sometime “miraculous” healing that happen during Reiki session and question the rightfulness of human performing such. However one can find reassurance in John 14:12, where Jesus said “I am telling you the truth: whoever believes in me will do what I do-yes, he will do even greater things because I am going to the Father". Another practice that Christian is uneasy with is the notion of sending Reiki. Reiki is love and compassion energy and for guidance we can look at Luke 10:1-6, where the disciple were sent out and were instructed to send “peace” to the house they were to be guest, and if peace was not accepted it was to be return to them. The same is true in Reiki, when a practitioner send Reiki to another person, if that person does not want it is returned to the sender. Jesus was predominantly a healer; he healed the mind, body and spirit, there numerous account him perform healing by touching that person, he also taught his disciples how to do the same. The only difference is that Jesus never name his healing modality. As you can see other than having a foreign name Reiki is very compatible with the Christian faith. There are may nuns, and clergymen in all Christian denomination that practice Reiki.
In this brief expose I hope you can find some guidance either scientifically, medically or religiously in either to practice or receive Reiki.