A team from Yale University studied the role of T helper cells in the body. These cells activate and ‘help’ other cells to fight dangerous pathogens such as bacteria or viruses and battle infections. Previous research suggests that a subset of these cells – known as Th17 cells – also play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases. Continue reading
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Khalil Gibran
Everyone has experienced pain at some point in their life. Maybe you are even experiencing pain right now at this time in your life. Or maybe you are in pain but don’t realize it because it is being suppressed. Whatever your current situation is, knowing how to effectively deal with emotional pain is the most important skill you can have in life.
There is nothing that prevents happiness more than pain, and there is nothing that makes you a better person more than pain can. But dealing with pain isn’t something we are taught growing up, at school, or by healthcare professionals. We are usually told to “get over it”, stop being such a baby, and get prescribed some anti-depressant medication.
Have you ever been curious about Reiki and what it could offer you? Maybe you’ve been interested in trying it out in the past but weren’t sure what was involved or whether it would be right for you. Perhaps you’ve even dismissed it as being a bit too “out there” for you!
I can relate. Reiki can appear somewhat mysterious to the newcomer and it doesn’t help matters that it is quite a difficult subject to communicate in words. (But we’ll give it a try!)
So what is Reiki?
Put simply, Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that promotes balance within our whole system – body, mind and soul. This means that although we may come to the Reiki table looking for relief from some physical ailment or emotional issue, we may find that we start to reap the benefits on many levels and in unexpected ways.
Reiki does not discriminate; it just flows through us and helps our bodies to heal themselves in whatever way is best for us at that point in time. For example, I first came to Reiki looking for relief from chronic pain caused by a spinal injury. I am now pain free, but my real healing journey has turned out to be much more profound. (But more on that in later articles.)
You don’t need to “believe” in Reiki for it to have a positive effect on your wellbeing. In fact, most people are quite skeptical about Reiki when they first see their practitioner. People are often only convinced of its efficacy when they see and feel noticeable results for themselves.
What happens in a Reiki treatment?
A Reiki session typically involves the recipient either lying on a treatment table or sitting on a chair, whilst remaining fully clothed. Treatments normally last between 60 and 90 minutes during which time the Reiki practitioner will place their hands gently on the recipient’s body, or just above the body. The practitioner will typically change the positioning of their hands several times as the treatment progresses. All the recipient has to do is relax.
A Reiki treatment is a highly individual experience depending on what is going on for the recipient. People often report feeling deeply relaxed during Reiki treatments. Some report feeling heat, coolness or tingling where the practitioner has placed their hands. Others feel their body gently moving, as if it were naturally re-adjusting itself. Fireworks or not, there is no need to get too hung up on these sensations. Everyone is different and every treatment is different. The most important thing is to pay attention to how you feel after the Reiki treatment(s).
This might be something quite dramatic, like realising you are free from pain for the first time in years or feeling like a huge emotional weight has finally been lifted off your shoulders. Or it might be something quite simple like getting a great night’s sleep or an improvement in appetite. Such observations, however big or small, can be interpreted as outward effects of your body naturally restoring balance. Being observant to such changes will help you to measure the impact of Reiki on your personal wellbeing. For more serious or persistent issues (where a series of treatments is normally required), paying attention to such changes will hopefully motivate you to continue with the full course of treatment.
Where is it used, and what are the reported benefits?
Reiki is used in a wide range of situations: in the home; in the operating room; in palliative care; even in the US military. My experience of using Reiki is almost as far-reaching, from the emergency room of my local hospital to my local post office. That is the beauty of Reiki. It is always there for us, whenever and wherever we need it. I find that empowering. It pains me to see people feeling helpless in the face of suffering, whether that suffering is their own or that of others. I don’t feel this sense of helplessness so much anymore. We can always offer Reiki, even when there are no words of comfort to be spoken or nothing we can otherwise do to help in a practical way.
Although there has not yet been any large scale research into the benefits of Reiki, small but reputable studies have reported positive outcomes. For example, studies have suggested that Reiki treatment can reduce pain and anxiety for both cancer and HIV/AIDS patients. Another study using Reiki treatment for heart attack patients has shown an increase in heart rate variability following heart attack, an important indicator of healing and increased resilience.
Reiki – Your light within
Once you have experienced the benefits of Reiki through receiving treatments from others, you may feel the pull to learn Reiki yourself. As well as being a wonderful gift to offer others, Reiki as a practice can be a powerful tool for self care and personal transformation.
For me, self care is about addressing the needs of body, mind and soul through conscious living. Reiki could be seen as one possible tool within our self–care toolkit. But I also see Reiki as a kind of over-arching support, gently guiding us towards what our body might need at any one time to restore balance and to function optimally. In this way, Reiki opens us up to our own potential for natural healing. It brings us more in tune with ourselves.
Sometimes, however, we are faced with health challenges where finding a cure is not an option. In such cases, and in the absence of miracles, should we conclude that the healing power of Reiki has fallen short?
The answer lies in how we measure healing. We may not always have the freedom to choose a cure, but we always have the freedom to choose peace. Inner peace. That, for me, is the true measure of healing – a feeling of being completely at peace with ourselves, whatever our circumstances, and of knowing our true selves. And Reiki can take us there.
“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being.” – Hafiz
For those craving a little more, here’s an excellent video that explains more about Reiki:
There are always two perspectives, two polar opposites in this dualistic universe and then like a scientific equation, there is a center where both of these seemingly completely different perspective merge into universal truth. Whether it be letting go of a person or a past experience, every single human being on this planet has experienced the feeling of loss and the consequences of expectation, of attachment. So to say that learning to let go was a necessity in life would be quite the understatement! I will be providing steps below that are not just a theory in my life but tried and tested experiences of living so raw yet gentle with myself, to be able to repeatedly free myself from situations that would otherwise burden and stifle my pure experience of happiness.
The best way to blast through one of the heaviest subjects on the planet is by making it easily understandable. I will go into how I picture the emotional components and how I visualise the energy process in your body when you lose something or someone precious to your heart.
When you have something that you love or are really fond of, without you even realise it, you are exchanging energy. Even if it is just an event in time, you have spent precious energy in that place and received the energy back. If you do not consciously move your attention and energy forward you begin to deficit in energy. When you entangle with someone, something or some place else, there is an illusion of perception when that object leaves your physical presence that you are incomplete, that you are without it.
And this fear is at the center of all of our being, the fear that you will lose the one truth in the entirety of the universe. This idea leaves emotional and spiritual hole within people. The truth is you have not lost anything but an idea or perspective and to say you have lost a piece of you although many of us have felt this is no where near the truth. This is awesome news for anyone who is ready to throw the burden of unworthiness of love off their hearts. See, It took you the observer and you the being experiencing the love in the first place. You allowed the chemical processes within to even feel and expand this energetic connect with this person, place or thing. You are the observer that gave the permission in the first place to experience the feeling of love and interconnect.
So this was the question that arose from what I believe to be spirit to break through the pain of my heart, “Do you need a person, place, or thing to be able to access that feeling of love yourself?”
Loneliness can have a serious effect on our genes and cause epigenetic changes: loneliness can alter gene expression, changing genes that regulate immune response, inflammation, and brain growth. This may also have a major effect particularly on the prefrontal cortex, which restraints impulsive and inappropriate behavior.
Since loneliness increases stress, prolonged loneliness and increased feelings of emotional isolation may cause chronic stress, which is known to disrupt the immune system.
And believe it or not, loneliness may cause heart disease! According to previous studies, loneliness increases vascular resistance, in which arteries narrow as tissues become inflamed, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood. This can wear out blood vessels, and if this prolongs, it can morph into heart disease. Psychologists have even noted that emotional isolation is ranked as a high risk factor for mortality is smoking. Continue reading
Children are born with open heart chakras, a perfect balance of loving energy that has been undisturbed, untouched and unscathed. Only to learn emotional traumas, and toils of “growing pains” in this physicality. It takes courage to come to this plane and fight the battles of this world. And yet, we are all here. We are all in this present moment learning and discovering emotional hardships on our quests to spiritual fulfillment and joy.
As it is only, by connecting back to our source of creation while here, can we experience the euphoric state of our spiritual, eternal origin.
Whether you understand it or not, all children are born with what is called Extra Sensory Abilities. Expressed or unexpressed all children have unique gifts of what would be called “spiritually awakened children”. It is only time, and improper nurture of these natural gifts that deflower our children’s natural abilities.
How can we know every child has these gifts? It is quite simple and it is because all abilities, of pychic awareness, telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, etc. simulate at the heart center. It is only be knowing your own heart that you can give these gifts to the world. Intuition is the basis of our connection to the esoteric and intuition stems from feelings that are generated by our heart centers. Continue reading