Reiki is something I've been hearing about for a long time. I didn't know much about it. To me, it went into the same pile as aromatherapy and chakra meditation. But now that I practice both of those things (which I'd previously blown off) I figured that reiki, the Japanese art of healing pain through the power of touch, was worth looking into a little bit more.
If you're like me (and you probably are at least a little) than you've been watching True Tori. If you haven't been, than here's all you need to know. Dean McDermott cheated on his wife Tori Spelling and now they have a T.V. show wherein they try to save their marriage. This week, they visited a reiki practitioner, and I was reminded of just how much I wanted to research this stuff and see what it's all about. Is it effective, or just a celebrity indulgence?
I assumed that the practice was "ancient", but it was actually only developed in the early 1920s. It's also known as palm-healing, which serves as a pretty good definition of what exactly goes on when you go in to see a reiki practitioner. Reiki is definitely alternative medicine. It believes in the idea that the body is full of 'qi', or, energy. With reiki, the practitioner 'balances the qi' of their client using their palms.
In the west, if you go to see a reiki practitioner, don't expect them to whip out any tools. For the most part, they will just speak with you, lightly tap, touch, and blow upon your body. If you present to a reiki teacher with symptoms of depression, they will "intuit" where to place their hands in order to best heal you.
Sounds like hokum? I won't say you're wrong. There is no proof that reiki can actually cure anything. The American Cancer Society is just one group that has come out saying that while not harmful, it's not beneficial either. This isn't surprising, since it centers are 'qi', an unseen force that has not been quantified or identified.
Personally, I have found meditation to be a great resource. I think if you go into reiki with that mindset it can be useful. View the practitioner as more of a meditation guide than any sort of doctor, and it's possible you WILL leave their place feeling more balanced: Meditation has that effect on people.
Have you tried reiki? What were your results like?
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