In Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, a chakra (Sanskrit: Cakra, Pali : Cakka, Tamil: chakra ) is thought to be an energy point or node in the subtle body. Chakras are believed to be part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such, are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels called nadi. Nadi are believed to be channels in the subtle body through which the life force (prana) (non-physical) or vital energy (non-physical) moves. Various scriptural texts and teachings present a different number of chakras. It’s believed that there are many chakras in the subtle human body, according to the tantric texts, but there are seven chakras that are considered to be the most important ones.
In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the practitioner asks the recipient to lie down, usually on a massage table, and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn during the treatment.
The practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment, that is usually carried out without any unnecessary talking.
The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing their hands on the recipient in various positions. However, practitioners may use a non-touching technique, where the hands are held a few centimeters away from the recipient’s body, for some or all of the positions.
The hands are usually kept still for 3 to 5 minutes before moving to the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually give a general coverage of the head, the front and back of the torso, the knees and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions are used, with the whole treatment lasting 45 to 90 minutes.
Some practitioners use a fixed set of hand positions. Others use their intuition to guide them as to where treatment is needed, sometimes starting the treatment with a “scan” of the recipient to find such areas. The intuitive approach might also lead to individual positions being treated for much shorter or longer periods of time.
It is reported that the recipient often feels warmth or tingling in the area being treated, even when a non-touching approach is being used. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment,, although emotional releases can also occur.
A series of three or more treatments, typically at intervals of 1 to 7 days, is usually recommended if a chronic condition is being addressed. Regular treatments, on an on-going basis, can be used with the aim of maintaining well-being. The interval between such treatments is typically in the range of 1 to 4 weeks, except in the case of self-treatment when a daily practice is common.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is said to emanate from divine source, regulated by divine intelligence, and it is this universal intelligence of life-force energy which knows infinitely more than our conscious ego selves, and how to work. This Japanese word is derived from rei meaning “free passage” or “Higher Intelligence,” and Ki, meaning “life force energy” (the equivalent of “Chi” in Chinese).
The Human Energy System
We are alive because our life force energy, or Ki, is flowing through us. Ki flows around us in an energy field called the aura, through the energy centers of our system called chakras, and within the physical body through pathways called meridians.
The human aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds the physical body. Have you ever had someone get too close to you that you did not want to be there? It is uncomfortable, and we say “they are in my space”. They are in your aura. It is divided into seven layers and normally extends two to three feet out from the body. Many people believe that all illness begins first in the aura and may exist there for many years before reaching the physical body. Any blockage or imbalance in the energy of the aura may eventually lead to physical, emotional or mental illness.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel”. There are seven main charkas in the human energy system. They spin in a clockwise motion, like a vortex or funnel, emanating out both the front and back of our bodies. They have been recognized by native cultures all over the world for thousands of years. Chakras send energy out from the core of the body, and they assimilate energy from outside that enters the core. Chakras can be open or closed, excessive or deficient, or any of the various stages in between. The fundamental theory of the Chakra System is that the chakras need to be in balance with each other. There should be an even flow of energy through all of the chakras, neither favoring nor avoiding any particular one. Any imbalance in one end of the system is likely to create an imbalance in the other.
Ki circulates within the physical body along meridians, similar to the blood, nerve and lymphatic circuits. The meridians control the workings of the main organs and systems of the body. For each organ to maintain a perfect state of health, the Ki energy must be able to flow freely along the meridian.
Path To Healing
Reiki is both a path to awareness and openness to the divine, but also a path for healing and wholeness of the Human Energy System. It represents a form of spiritual healing that involves the transfer of universal life energy from the practitioner to the recipient. By opening a path to one’s spiritual source, the energy in your body is corrected and adjusted to a healthy state.
In order for Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for his or her healing and take part in it. A sense of peace and well-being enables you to make healthy changes in your life. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands” and uses specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. When a life force energy is low or out of balance, a person is susceptible to sickness and/or stress; if a life energy force is high, a person is apt to be happy and healthy.
While most western medicine focuses on the symptoms of disease, or the effects of energetic imbalances, energy healing addresses the root causes, going directly to what is creating the disease, stress and discomfort. Therefore, Reiki harmonizes on all levels: body, mind and spirit.
Reiki addresses the whole person, encouraging the release of all tension, stress, panic-attacks, negative-thinking, repressed negative thoughts, sadness, depression, fear, anger and anxiety, effectively restoring emotional balance, peace and vitality. Reiki also provides effective pain relief from acute conditions, although relief from some chronic conditions may take longer. Any time a condition becomes chronic, the entire body is involved in the healing process on all levels.
Treatments may be given sitting in a chair or lying on a table, while the client remains fully clothed. Treatments often feel like a wonderful loving, glowing radiance that flows through and around the client. What one experiences from a Reiki treatment can vary from person to person, but whatever the experience, at it’s simplest level, deep relaxation is usually felt by all, leaving one feeling refreshed, feeling lighter, and having a more positive balanced outlook on life.
Reiki is the energy of love. Reiki is unconditional love, healing and acceptance. Reiki is seeing the divine in all. Reiki may enhance your own personal beliefs. And while the Reiki ideals are similar to the golden rule, and the concept of loving/honoring thy neighbor as thyself, Reiki is not a religion. It merely holds to the universal ideals that promote peace and harmony in ourselves, with others and with mother earth. Reiki is healing that is restorative balance and good health.