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Reiki is practiced by people of all persuasions. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists and agnostics are all able to receive the benefits of Reiki because it is not tied to any particular religion or philosophy. Once you have it, you have it for life, and can use it in any way you see fit. You do not need to belong to any group or association. You can choose to join an association if you wish for the purpose of receiving information and meeting people of like interests.There are no gurus in Reiki although a few people have set themselves up as such. Reiki Masters are normal human beings who are trained to initiate people. They have normal human traits, strengths and weaknesses.

Reiki is so gentle, but powerful and effective also. It addresses not only the symptom but also the cause of disease. Reiki treatment enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki treatment releases blocked energy and bring relief of pain and symptoms in the mind, body and emotions. This life-force energy is not inert or lifeless. It is an active, intelligent and conscious energy. Reiki energy has an innate intelligence and goes wherever needed in the body and energy field. You can give Reiki treatments to yourself, family, friends, animals, plants and even machines and can be used for world events.

During energy healing, the healer conducts universal life energy into the patient, allowing the overall health of the energy field to be enhanced. Though Reiki flows through the practitioner but is not generated by the practitioner and does not deplete the Reiki practitioners own energy supplies. The practitioner is the catalyst that assists the patient’s own life-force energies to absorb the correct frequencies required.

Reiki does not often confer an instant miraculous cure of any condition. It helps to correct body’s disturbed energy pattern, restores energetic balance and repair things like blockages and tears in the energy field, which create disease and unhappiness. This can take time. Patient often gets great advantage from a single treatment but chronic disease may require consistent treatment for certain period of time.

When we start experiencing the symptoms of an illness, we often fall into the trap of thinking that it is something that just happened to us. This is very far from the truth in most illnesses. The condition will often have existed for years before it finally manifests as a symptom. A heart condition is there for many years gradually developing until it finally starts to give symptoms. Physics tells us that energy exists and moves first – matter follows. There is usually a disturbance in the energy systems of the body first. This eventually starts to bring about the physical changes that eventually become the `disease’.

Our body is composed entirely of energy at different levels of vibration. The slowest vibrations make up the bones. The higher vibrations go through the spectrum of the muscles, organs and blood until we arrive at even higher vibrations that make up our energy system (chi [Qi], prana, ki etc.).

Many things can cause disharmony in the energy system. Emotional disturbances and traumas, mental aberrations, environmental influences, trauma, diet, injuries etc. can all contribute. Once this energy system is thrown into disharmony, it starts to manifest changes in the body/mind. These changes eventually lead to disease as we recognize it.

The average disease process develops through an accumulation of predisposing factors. There is rarely just one cause for the disease. It is usually a heterogeneous mixture of many different factors.

When we visit the doctor for a diagnosis we should remember that the diagnosis is usually only a label. The labels – stomach ulcer, hepatitis, nephritis, fibrositis, etc., are not explanations of the cause of the disease. They are descriptions of the end result of the various causes. How we are treated is going to depend upon the training (indoctrination) of the doctor treating you. He/she will decide on a “cause” to focus on according to his/her area of expertise.

One metaphor we like to use is that of an iceberg. We know that the greatest part of an iceberg floats under the water. The tip that protrudes out of the water is not a good indication of how much lies below. The symptom is similar to the tip of the iceberg; the causes of the disease are the main body of the iceberg which is hidden. Two people can have the same `tip’ (symptom) and yet have a vastly different array and number of causes. That is why two people with the same symptom can have vastly different healing times.

Two people can be suffering from stomach ulcers. One person may have the ulcer simply because of a change of cultural environment. He may move to Thailand with his job and eat an excess of hot, spicy Thai food that his stomach is not used to. The treatment would be simple and the results quick, especially if he reduced his intake of spicy food until his stomach got used to them.

The other patient with a stomach ulcer may have gone through a divorce a few years ago and spent two years living as a bachelor, cooking for himself, worrying about money, and divorce proceedings, and may also have injured his upper back. Here we have a variety of factors that can contribute to the stomach ulcer. Worry is known to stimulate the vagus nerve, which supplies the stomach, and thus causes excess acid secretions in the stomach. A back problem can affect the sympathetic nerve supply to the stomach and contribute to an imbalance in the nerve supply to the stomach, again resulting in excess acid secretions. In addition to these factors the diet is a problem. All this means his `iceberg’ is much bigger and the stomach ulcer will probably take much longer to heal because of the accumulation of causes.

In each of these cases, the patient could receive very good treatment from different specialists; a chiropractor, a dietitian or psychologist for stress management. Probably each could attain a result because when anything reasonably constructive is done to the body, symptomatic relief often results. The problem is that very often the whole body of the `iceberg’ has not been addressed and the symptom will eventually return or manifest as another similar symptom because not all the causes have been dealt with.

A diagnosis is usually only a label. A description of the end result of the various causes. Not an explanation of the cause of disease.

The great thing about Reiki is that it doesn’t specifically treat the symptom. Because Reiki is a harmonizing energy, it treats the whole complex of the body. As it pours into the body and interacts with it, the Reiki will systematically start harmonizing the whole body of the iceberg. When the stomach has finally cleared up with Reiki treatments, it means that the condition has gone because the underlying causes have been harmonized, and not just because the symptom has been relieved or masked (such as with antacids).

Even with apparently simple things like sports injuries, we often find that there are underlying predisposing factors such as high stress levels or being run down. It has been established that if the body is over stressed or run down it is more easily injured. When Reiki treats the injury, it is also treating the stress and thus enhancing vitality.

Each disease can be seen as a particular combination of disharmonious frequencies. It appears that Reiki polarizes in the body as the mirror image or harmonic of the diseased frequencies. This would effectively tend to neutralize the disharmony in the same way that frequency therapies like homeopathy work. The difference is that in homeopathy the practitioner has to diagnose the disharmony and choose the appropriate frequency (medicine) with which to harmonize it. Reiki doesn’t need diagnosis because it follows its own laws of harmonics and gravitates to the frequencies of predominant disharmony. Simply put – one does not need diagnosis because the Reiki does its’ own.

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