By Deborah Dixon, Reiki Master Teacher
Our energy is scattered when our thoughts and emotions are moving from the past to the future and constantly reacting to the stimuli around us. We lose the feeling of wholeness that we crave — that feeling of peace we somehow know is our birthright. Many of us have not experienced a sense of wholeness and inner peace for a long time. It might even seem unattainable — an almost mythic state we know exists but cannot reach. Modern people overwhelmingly experience malaise, and anxiety disorders are now the most prevalent mental disorders in the United States. We can see our mental and emotional states from a mind-body perspective as part of the subtle energies that are a counterpart to our physical states. Energetically speaking — a feeling of peace equates to a centered, calm, and free-flowing energy field.
The stress-reduction technique of Reiki uses the power of our intrinsically perfect animating life force to center our energy body and engage the parasympathetic nervous system. Reiki energy invigorates our energy flow, removing obstacles caused by mental, emotional, and physical disruptions. It hits the reset button, allowing space to recover.
Reiki is popularly portrayed as being given by a professional practitioner while the client lies on a massage table. Reiki, however, is a fundamentally personal practice that focuses on self-transformation. Self-treatments are the bedrock of the practice for both the professional and the private practitioner. A self-practice involves laying one’s hands on the body daily or as often as possible. When contact is made for any extended time, the movement and balancing taking place can often be felt tangibly and intuitively. Results blossom when Reiki is done regularly, as with all practices. As with our breath, our hands are always with us, imbued with the power of our life force. The more our hands are laid on ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our animals, and our plants, the more vibrant we become with free-flowing energy, and the more Reiki we can take into the world.
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