I came across this article recently and it was too good not to share. I can’t take credit for the words, but I think it explains Reiki beautifully:
It’s a word for energy that we all wish we had more of. In today’s world, we spend most of our lives rushing around without stopping to take a breather. We try dieting, exercise, meditation, drink lots of coffee and even sodas or energy drinks just to get our vital energy up so we can face every new day. Many of us often end up suffering from various forms of mental health issues as a result of depleted life force energy. Taking time to de-stress helps to improve our depleted vital life force energy.
When none of our efforts to increase our energy or our vitality are successful, it’s time to look beyond the conventional methods of self-treatment. It’s time take a look at how energy medicine or Reiki can help to restore the vital life force energy. It’s time to look a little deeper and figure out where our energy is being drained. Finding the source of the drain requires a bit of self-reflection. Or not. Maybe you know what it is draining your energy. Maybe you suspect a specific occurrence (work) or relation (family) is what is causing that drain, yet you’re not able to remedy it by just cutting it out of your life.
Energy medicine practices like Reiki work with the chakra energy centres of the body, which play a big role in helping us to restore vitality. We become so accustomed to running on empty that we often don’t even notice our depleted vitality until we feel the fatigue and discontent with our overall physical and mental health.
Our vitality is linked directly to the endocrine system which is directly linked to the energy body. Our physical energy levels are also directly connected to our mental health. Ever notice how some days you are ready to conquer the world, and other days you just want to crawl back into bed and shut out the same world you wanted to conquer yesterday? Did you notice your mental health that day? Did you notice that even though you knew you had a long list of things to do, your emotional health was pulling you back into bed or back to the couch? Have you ever asked yourself why emotional or mental health days seem to be more of a recurring event in our society?
The energy work performed during a Reiki session specifically assists in balancing the chakra energy centres and is a great way to bring that desired vitality back into our lives by balancing our physical and mental energies. To express briefly, our chakra energy centres are all connected to each other and function together from the bottom up. When we feel stable (root), we are able to create (sacral); when we can create, we feel confident (solar plexus); when we are confident, love and harmony flow easily in our lives (heart); when we let love flow, we can communicate and express easily (throat); when our communication flows easily, our intuition is clear (third eye); and when our intuition is clear, we feel more divinely connected (crown).
Chakras and the Endocrine System
As you can see, when the vitality of life force energy is off balance in any one of these chakra energy centres, it can affect the rest of the chakras in the chain. This, in turn, creates an imbalance in our ability to handle stress and anxiety; mood swings can begin to occur; and, even sadness can invade our otherwise happy day. With time, the mental/emotional imbalance that is not treated can bring on physical manifestations of dis-ease such as headaches, unexplained fatigue, and sleeplessness just to name a few.
Regular medical check-ups and a healthy lifestyle contribute to keeping this well-oiled machine we call our bodies in shape. Receiving regular Reiki healing sessions helps to keep our energy body in shape. The physical body and the energy body work in harmony with each other. Dis-ease starts in the energy body before physical ailments begin to manifest. When you are under a prolonged period of stress, your body begins to react by first feeling anxious, then tightening of muscles in the neck or back, then finally producing intense headaches, for example.
Many peer-reviewed scientists have conducted experiments and written about the direct correlation between the physical and energy bodies. More specifically, they have been able to prove that, “…Reiki can reduce the stress response of the hearts in humans and animals.” The two main benefits reported by these studies have been the reduction of stress and the reduction of pain. “People who received weekly Reiki sessions of 30 minutes or more for a consecutive period of six weeks as part of a study reported having lasting effects for up to one year.” (“Reiki, the Scientific Evidence” (Fall 2011) Reiki News Magazine)
Reiki is a fantastic way to contribute to the health and vitality of your body, mind, and soul.
Source: Reiki Rays, Article by Reiki Master Judy Camblor