Photo by Bonnie Steward/New Jersey
I was once married to a man who had healing hands. They emanated heat and energy when laid upon an ailing muscle and it was obvious that something was going on there. He considered becoming a masseur in his retirement, but abandoned that idea for some reason I no longer remember.
This was before I understood the power of touch to heal; if he’d had the same idea today I’d steer him toward Reiki or cranial-sacral methods.
What is Reiki?
“Rei” is translated as God and “ki” as the non-physical energy that flows through all living things and animates them. The word means something like “universal life energy.” So Reiki is a spiritually guided healing technique in which the therapist channels energy into the patient by touch. It’s said to activate the body’s natural healing processes, both physical and emotional. It can also be done remotely, with energy being sent over time and space.
Have I lost you?
It’s healing energy.
Reiki is an interesting treatment modality and one I’d never considered, simply because I knew so little about it. Scientists would say it’s ineffective. But if I’ve learned one thing it’s that science doesn’t explain everything. It especially doesn’t explain things that aren’t mainstream. And maybe it’s not necessary to know HOW it works, just THAT it works.
There’s plenty of evidence that these alternative healing methods can work. Socio-cultural biases and a strong belief in the scientific method color our society’s view of alternative healing techniques, when in fact, many centuries of experience in China, India and other cultures have shown the benefit of ancient treatments.
Some might say that healing effects of alternative treatments might be the result of the placebo effect, in which the patient believes he or she is getting effective treatment, so it works. If that’s so….so what? Healing is healing, for any reason, and the placebo effect itself is amazing in that the body has healed itself.
My experience of Reiki included entering a deep state of relaxation and meditating. If that, itself, caused my own relief from a compression injury to my neck and back, well–so be it. (But Reiki practitioners would say that kind of self-healing is simple life force energy, not Reiki healing.)
If I thought mainstream medicine would pay any attention, I’d be in favor of further research. But the big companies who profit from our use of pharmaceuticals wouldn’t like it if we got better without paying big bucks for drugs. Remember the military-industrial complex? I call this the medical-pharmaceutical complex. They don’t like us to get better without them. They want their hands on all our treatments.
I’d take healing hands any day over that.
Have you had an experience with alternative healing? I hope you’ll share so other readers can benefit.