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Reiki history, Reiki forms, Science conflicts with Reiki

Reiki Introduction

Reiki is a unique form of alternative medication that takes elements from just about every other form of alternative healing practices such as spiritual healing, chakra balancing, aromatherapy, naturopathy and homeopathy.

Reiki involves the transfer of energy from the healer to patient for enhancing body's natural ability to heal itself through balance of energy. Reiki is a holistic, natural, and energy transfer based practice that purifies the entire system on physical, mental and spiritual levels.

Reiki is a Japanese language pronunciation of two Chinese words for energy-rei and chi.

History of Reiki

A Japanese Tendai Buddhist named Mikao Usui claimed to have discovered Reiki after long meditation, fasting, and prayer. Usui wrote that by mystical revelation he had gained the knowledge and spiritual power to apply and attune others to what he called Reiki. Mikao Usui said that he had the ability to enable people to enhance their access to the energy through certain initiations. Usui taught that his attunements to Reiki enhanced and refined a person's pre-existing ability to connect with Reiki. Through such initiations, students are said to become clearer channels for Reiki, and thereby improve the quality of treatments that student (or practitioner) provides.

Reiki Energy

Reiki energy is regarded as life energy at its most effective-with the maximum vibration. This energy is thought to have an almost divine quality. It includes everything, in a world where problems and disorders are deemed to be due to the feeling of detachment from the world. Reiki does not divide energy into positive and negative forms but when a person undergoes a session of therapy, they allow the energy to be taken into themselves with beneficial effects. Essentially, those receiving Reiki energy decide subconsciously just how much of the life energy is taken in.

Reiki users often find they are more joyful, lively and their own in-built energy is enhanced-almost as if their batteries had been fully charged! Existing conflicts within the person are resolved and there is a greater vitality, leading to relaxation and a stimulation of the body. As this improvement develops, the natural processes of renewal and removal of toxins are enhanced and rendered more effective, ultimately opening up more of the body to the life energy.

Non Traditional Reiki

Many practitioners believe that Reiki is humanity's birthright. New paths were developed out of the Reiki core that fused it with New Age thinking regarding Wicca, shamanism, channeling and so forth. Also, new symbols and practices are often added. Many of these symbols emerged through practitioners who said they felt guided to expand the system in various ways. Some of the non traditional forms of Reiki are

Scientific conflicts with Reiki

Many scientists, health care workers and others dispute the effectiveness of Reiki, because studies have shown that it does not facilitate healing beyond that expected from the placebo effect. The general scientific community ascribes alleged evidence of the effectiveness of Reiki therapy to the placebo effect and a combination of post hoc reasoning and the regressive fallacy.

Doctors, academics, and consumer advocates have expressed concern when patients with serious diseases such as cancer choose Reiki as a means of treatment over trained doctors. Some doctors claim that Reiki, like many other forms of alternative medicine, is exploiting the fear and hope of people with serious illnesses for money while offering only a placebo effect.