Understanding Reiki Energy
Author: Anissa Picard RMT, CEOLD, CMGC, MI
Reiki Master Teacher/Certified End-of-Life Doula/Certified Grief Coach/Meditation Instructor/Speaker
Reiki is a Japanese word that means Universal Life Force Energy. In our times, we know Reiki to be a Japanese hands-on healing method discovered by Mikao Usui in 1922, but in fact Reiki has been around for thousands of years spanning the globe under different guises. There were even other styles of Reiki being used in Japan before Usui’s “discovery”. After one of his students, Hawaya Takata, brought it to the West, Reiki became widely known as a Japanese healing method discovered by Mikao Usui.
In all cultures, there is an unseen energy force that animates everything that exists. Some call this Chi, or Ki, some say Prana, Mana, or Baraka, even the Holy Spirit. This energy is limitless and is abundant in nature! Its purpose is to provide the energy needed to sustain our physical reality here on Earth. It supplies energy to all of our bodies: the physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional. This life force energy is directly connected to our quality of life. It has been a part of many cultures over many, many years and has evolved into different forms of energy healing. But in essence, there is only ONE energy source that animates all and heals all. It emanates from the air we breathe, the ground we tread upon, and the celestial heavens above.
Reiki is everywhere and exists in everyone. In order to become a true healer, you must accomplish two things. First you must let go of your ego, which in turn will allow you to heal yourself. Releasing your ego allows the Reiki energy to circulate better throughout your body. There are things which will deplete your Reiki energy or enhance it. Drugs, too much alcohol, poor diet, poor breathing, negative psychic activity, poor exercise, lack of sleep will surely deplete your life force. In order to keep your Ki at a high level, you must work on yourself. Eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis, getting adequate sleep, meditating, practicing yoga, and doing breathing exercises are also tools to help you stay energized and healthy. You must be the one to do the work. Know thyself.
The chakras, which are the main energy centers located in the astral body along the spine, allow the Reiki to flow freely and be distributed correctly to the many organs of the human body when they are in alignment. There are many modalities to create this alignment. One way is by having a Reiki session by a Reiki healer or in fact, any hands-on healer. The chakra energy will be attracted to the life force energy which balances the chakras. Another way is through meditation. When you have the ability to rest your mind in that ‘void’, you become truly egoless. The longer you stay in this state, the more relaxed you are, the more focused your breathing is, the more healing can be done through the alignment of the chakras. Using sound meditation works wonders as well, whether it is by using crystal bowls, tuning forks or your own voice. Chakra energy will meet sound energy and balance itself out. When someone has arrived at aligning themselves, they find beauty in everyone and everything. They feel happier and healthier!
Personally, I have experienced the Life Force Energy as an intelligent energy source. I may be somewhere and suddenly my hands will start to tingle and I turn the corner and someone is lying on the ground. The Reiki energy channels itself when needed. My hands were turned on by this intelligence, not myself. This intelligence gives us life and wants us to have good lives and be happy. We just need to step out of the way and allow the flow to occur! So many of us are sabotaging our own healing, our own happiness, by searching and desiring, wanting things to be different than they are. When we are in a state of acceptance and gratitude, we allow this energy to flow through us and magical things happen! Yes, miracles occur, because that’s what a miracle is, an acceptance of our Creator to express Itself through us.
“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” – From the poem An Essay on Criticism, by Alexander Pope
The importance of forgiveness is immense. Whenever we are stuck in the mud of anger, resentment, blame, or guilt, we deeply suffer, as well as people around us. Although these feelings are not negative per se, they are conveyors of some vital messages to our conscious being. If neglected, they will severely undermine our health and overall well-being.
To forgive means to release anger and resentment, lastingly.
So, together with love, forgiveness is the ultimate healing tool on Earth. It liberates us directly from these unpleasant feelings, while, indirectly, it heals many diseases caused by them.
To forgive means to release anger and resentment, lastingly.
Also, it does not involve excusing or condoning the person’s actions. Forgiveness does not deny crime, atrocity, or injustice. However, it clears up our hearts and minds, making the path to justice completely smooth. It brings relief from pain and injury.
Forgiveness does not necessarily lead to reconciliation, nor we have to feel obliged to reconcile with the person we are forgiving. Nevertheless, if we truly forgive the person, some sort of reconciliation with them is likely to spontaneously occur, sooner or later.
True forgiveness cannot be achieved from a lofty, righteous position. This implies feeling superior upon the other person, which could easily turn into disdain. And that would be very dangerous for our spiritual growth.
How to forgive?
Of course, to us ordinary mortals, forgiveness is not easy at all. The feelings that we intend to release are usually deeply rooted and most often for a long time present in our psyche. Anyway, if we want to continue with our personal development and spiritual growth, we must reintegrate these feelings with the rest of our being. Therefore, forgiveness should be done step-by-step, thoroughly, with true dedication and honesty.
Imagine trying to live without air. Now imagine something worse. ― Amy Reed, Clean
Almost all of us have one or more friends who have suffered from addictions. Whether it be drugs, alcohol, or something else, those are often very sad stories full of extreme hardships and adversities, not only for those who are direct victims of the addiction but to their whole families and friends.
What can we do about it?
Apparently, as individuals, we cannot do much, but every honest contribution to this battle is still extremely valuable when we consider the harshness of the consequences of these behaviors.
However, the joint approach is vital in this field. We must unite our efforts if we really want to make a change on the global level.
But what are we fighting against? What or who are our enemies? Can we fight them outwardly or is that an inner battle? What are our goals in that battle, and do we have the tools for achieving them?
And finally, should we talk about fighting or inner transformation?
What is an Addiction?
First, we have to be clear what is an addiction per se. We can define it as a compulsive behavior which is expressed through seeking and using various substances or engaging in various activities that are often detrimental to one’s psychological or physiological health.
In accordance with that, we can say that there are two basic types of addictions:
We are all aware of the gravity of substance addictions. But we must not underestimate the seriousness of the behavioral addictions too, as all compulsive behaviors are deeply engraved into the neurological structure of our brains and have strong habitual forces behind them.
All compulsive behaviors are deeply engraved into the neurological structure of our brains and have strong habitual forces behind them.
In order to get a deeper understanding of those forces and why people are so prone to relapses of old addictions, we should take a look on numerous invisible background energies.
Spiritual View on Addictions
The highest states of Being (Peace, Joy, and Love) have their degraded forms: Love in its degraded form is infatuation or obsession; Peace in its degraded form is drugs and alcohol; Joy in its degraded forms is sensual bodily pleasures. Through addictive substances or behaviors, people are actually trying to achieve, at least temporarily, these highest states of Being. Sadly, by using the wrong means and while having many misconceptions and limited views on reality.
Addictions are entities that are conscious to some extent and are very cunning.
But there is another aspect of this problem, which is often hidden from our knowledge. These addictions are entities that are conscious to some extent and are very cunning. Here’s how.
Like attracts like. Positive energies or things attract energies or things of their kind, and the same stands for negative energies. Pertaining to human personality, negative energies and experiences tend also to coalesce into an ever-bigger energetic entity. We call these entities morphogenetic (morphic) fields or pendulums. And yes, there are such fields linked to every addiction. They exist and grow in individuals, groups, or even in the whole humanity, on a collective level. They are living beings, with some level of self-consciousness and even intelligence. Normally, we are not aware of their existence at all, due to our severely limited perception of reality.
Energies and experiences tend to coalesce into an ever-bigger energetic entity. We call these entities morphogenetic (morphic) fields or pendulums. And yes, there are such fields linked to every addiction.
The morphic fields have a strong tendency to survive and grow. They feed on energies of their similar kind. When they are “hungry” (with low energy level), to get enough “food”, these entities will always try to induce positive or negative psychological states or external events (depending on their own nature), as they feed themselves with the same sorts of energies.
In this case, we must deal with addictions. Obviously, they have very “negatively” oriented energies in their background.
What’s very important, we must not directly fight negative morphic fields, as that will only give them an additional momentum, and that’s the reason why we can call them pendulums.
One of the ways to stop the pendulum’s swinging is to be present during its activity and consciously ignore generated negativity, something like being transparent. If we were persistent each time in this, that specific morphic field will finally abandon our individual life.
There are countless types of morphic fields. For example, there are morphic fields of every family, a group of people, sports clubs, societies, organizations, companies, countries, nations, state administration, schools, religions, animal species, specific human behaviors, emotions of all kinds, diseases, and so forth. So, there are also very strong morphic fields of addictions, too.
As said before, they are cunning and seductive in their striving to achieve their goals. They often induce specific accidents and stressful situations or use people in the person’s surroundings and even his or her friends to incite the addictive behavior or to re-establish it again.
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