"Energy healing." So many questions! Over the last 20+ years of offering and teaching Reiki, I've heard them all:
Is it for real? What does it mean? How is it possible? And this one has been popping up a lot lately: Is it Christian?
Here's my perspective:
1) Yes, it is "real." Everything is real (and not), at the same time. We create our reality...everything we see and everything that happens to us is our creation. What you see as real, I may not. Hard to believe? I know. Why in the world would we create half the things humanity is experiencing, right?
Here's why: We have been trained, or have learned, that when we create trauma, we bring out the best in ourselves. Think about it. The ravaging weather conditions, the mental health issues or the latest government antics...they all have a purpose in helping us decide what is best for us individually and as a society and then we choose what we are going to do about it.
Trauma brings out the best in us. We donate resources, manpower, time, our voices. It's time to allow the best in us to show up without the preceding trauma.
2) What does it mean? Everything is energy. Everything is made up of bouncing, vibrating atoms. These vibrations are what we operate from, whether or not you sense them or realize it.
Emotions are the strongest and most powerful vibrations, from the lowest (fear) to the highest (love). Colors are vibrations, sound is vibration. Nature is vibration. News media? Vibration.
We feel these vibrations, respond and act according to what we feel or sense.
If we are surrounded by and internalize lower vibrations, we will respond accordingly. Likewise with higher vibrations. Think about it, don't you feel better in nature or by the ocean or around funny, light-hearted people? Those are the higher vibrations.
3) How is Reiki possible? A Reiki practitioner can concentrate the higher vibrating energy that is flowing all around us and direct it for you to use for your highest good, whatever that looks like: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual balance, a renewed sense of purpose, connection to life...the list goes on. Ask someone who has truly experienced Reiki and they'll fill you in. No one really knows "how it happens," but we learn to trust the process because we see the results time and time again.
4) Lastly, is it Christian? I've been seeing a lot on the internet lately about this. Reiki is not tied to any specific religion, so you don't have to worry about it interfering with your belief system.
Here's my take on the root of this question: "Healing only comes from God. No one else can claim to heal." Reiki masters and practitioners don't heal. We are facilitators for your decision to heal. That's it. We are doing God's work on Earth (we all are, whether you realize it or not. Smiling at someone at the grocery store is doing "God's work"). That's why humanity was created~to experience heaven on earth (we botched that up pretty well though, didn't we?)
Here's a little secret around this: YOU decide your healing path. And if you want to join with God's energy to do so, so be it. If you don't, that's your choice as well. A Reiki practitioner isn't going to decide that for you.
Our job is to clear out the gunk to allow the options to come forward, it's up to you to choose the path.
Is it with God? Super! Is it with Buddha, "the universe," Spirit, Source, nature, your deceased grandma? Wonderful! It doesn't matter. Those are all higher-energy partners to help us create heaven on earth. Or it can be none of those, simply the desire to make the world a better place. That's ok too, just allow.
The world needs a little bit more energy healing, don't you think? Join us!
Want to be a part of the solution? I am not currently seeing clients (because my focus is now collaborative and not 1:1), but do have a full schedule of Reiki classes. I'd love for everyone to experience and learn Reiki and carry it into their day-to-day lives. Click "events" to see my class schedule.
Live in love,
Carrie, with a lot of Spiritual guidance!