It is believed that Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist monk, climbed a holy mountain in the late nineteenth century after an extensive research into ancient scriptures. He fasted, meditated on sacred symbols and mantras, and suddenly on the twenty-first day, had an epiphany, where he found himself surrounded by a beam of light in the forehead. At that moment, he was spiritually awakened and discovered the miraculous healing technique, which he called Rei Ki, with Rei meaning ‘Universal’ and Ki meaning ‘life force’. Since then, millions of people around the world swear by this 100-year-old healing technique.
Kamlesh Jain, a Reiki trainer and holistic healer based out of Bahrain, got introduced to Reiki in 2002, when she was suffering from severe spondylitis and nothing was working for her. She recovered in a week’s time with Reiki’s powerful healing energy and since then, she decided to commit herself to spread knowledge about this healing. She explains, “Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, in order to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.”
Here’s how it works.
Reiki is based on the pre-scientific belief that an unseen ‘life force energy (prana) animates the living. “When this energy is low, one is more likely to feel sick and unhappy and if it is high, one may feel healthy and happy,” says Kamlesh Jain. Another Reiki healer, Jai Madaan, who has been practicing this technique for almost 14 years now, says, “Reiki removes blocks to the flow of energy in our body and facilitates balance and support on all levels that can help to cure stress, discomforts and even chronic diseases.”
The practitioner places her/his hands on or near a person’s body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Then, the transfer of Reiki energy from the practitioner to patient takes place to restore and balance natural life force energy within the body. When Reiki begins, a person tends to achieve a unique physical and emotional balance. However, it shouldn’t be confused with the manipulation of a person’s subconscious mind. “Reiki is not related to any type of black magic, hypnotism or necromancy. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki,” affirms Kamlesh Jain.
Willingness is necessary
Even though ‘belief’ has nothing to do with Reiki, it will work whether or not you believe in it; yet willingness to heal is necessary. When a person’s willingness to heal is strong, the results are hard to deny.
It’s simple – when a person is resistant to the Reiki energy, he will not let the Reiki in. Similarly, a partially receptive person will only receive whatever he is willing to receive. Such is the case with conventional medicine too; a patient’s recovery is often attributed to his attitude and his will to get better.
The website of the International Center For Reiki Training is loaded with testimonials by people, who are believed to have benefitted immensely by this healing technique. Jai Madaan says, “Reiki has shown miraculous results on all forms of illness and negative conditions. Through Reiki, the side effects of regular medical treatments have also been condensed or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, postoperative pain and other ailments. Reiki is believed to have also improved the healing rate of patients.” She further adds that Reiki has the potential to cure headaches, stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flus, tension, anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, etc.
Likewise, Kamlesh Jain asserts that various first stage cancer patients have been treated; arthritis patients have shown more mobility; and patients diagnosed with diabetes have also shown marked improvement.
However, there’s a catch!
Science is pretty hazy regarding the efficacy of Reiki and there are no substantial studies to back up this therapy. Perhaps this is the reason why Reiki has failed to garner mainstream attention in comparison to other alternate therapies such as acupuncture.
An article by The Guardian suggests that patients, those suffering from cancer especially, should not be deprived of the more effective treatments that conventional medical care offers. “Simply administering a placebo like Reiki would deprive patients of the specific treatment effect. The allegedly caring approach of some enthusiasts of alternative medicine would therefore rob patients of benefits that they need and deserve,” reports the website.