Healing Therapies & East/West Medicine Arts
Reiki is a complementary method of healing that goes back to Buddhist holy writings. The person who came up with this technique was a Japanese Priest by the name of Dr. Mikao Usui. It uses symbols as well as Life Force Energy. Reiki translated to English means Universal Life Force Energy that is in everything.
In order to become a Reiki Master a person goes through a transformation process, or initiation so that they can use higher forms of the Life Force Energy. From what I have heard from the Reiki Practitioners that I know, this process means that they bring into harmony many subconscious thoughts within their emotions that hinder the flow of this energy. After completing this process the person becomes a Reiki Master who can then allow the flow of the Life Force Energy for themself as well as for their client for healing.
What happens during a Reiki treatment? The healer will usually talk with the client before the session begins. Then the client lays down on a massage type of table, there is soothing music being played, and the client may be covered with a light blanket. The Practitioner usually will either lightly touch the client or has their hand directly above the part of the body that they are working with. Some healers use crystals in their healing sessions to assist in transmission of the healing energies.
Did you know that Shamans use crystals? I have read that the Cherokee and Apache, North American Indian Tribes, have used crystals for healing. It is said because of the different chemical make up of the individual crystal that they each have distinctive qualities for use in the Mystical World for harmony and healing. There is one person I know who has crystals in various places in her home including her yard for harmony, peace, and healing. Another friend has different crystals and gemstones throughout her home and even one under her bed. In more common usage you might be familiar that crystals and gemstones are matched up with zodiac signs in astrology.
Being that everything vibrates and has its own frequency it makes sense that rocks, crystals, and gemstones do also, as well as the physical body and its organs. We know that the body vibrates at a particular frequency. Take for example, when you touch something metal after rubbing your feet on a certain type of carpeting you get shocked.
Each rock, crystal, or gemstone has a unique energy also and can affect parts of the body in varied ways. Healers use crystals in different ways for various types of healing. Sometimes they are used for treating different types of ailments. They can be placed on or around the body. The healer can recommend that a special crystal should be worn, or placed in a pocket, or a purse to be carried with the person so that the vibrational frequencies can be more accessible to the person on a consistent basis.
A SHORT LIST OF COMPLEMENTARY, INTEGRATIVE,
AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Art, Astrology, Ayurvedic Medicine, Biofeedback, Bowen Technique, Chinese Tuina (Massage), Chiropractic and Osteopathic Medicine, Color Healing, Cupping, Dance, Electromagnetic Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hypnotherapy, Massage, Meditation, Mindfulness, Music Therapy, Nutrition/Diet, Qigong, Reflexology, Reiki, Shamanism, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Visualization, Western Herbal Medicine, Yoga, and many more.
Most of us are familiar with Western Medicine also known as Allopathic Medicine which is described as a method of treating a disease with medicines that assist the patient in returning to health. In treating patients, a doctor will use modern technologies such as therapies, medication, and surgery to restore the patient to good health. Doctors have responsibilities to maintain health, and can specialize in a number of different specialties; some of which are: Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Cardiology, Urology, Opthalmology, Allergy and Immunology just to name a few. The goal of western medicine is to: diagnose the disease, improve quality of life, cure a disease, prevent disease, prescribe pharmaceuticals, or recommend surgery to stop the progression of a disease. Western medicine very much pays attention to the disease itself, and its cure. Patients are told how to care for injuries, and different health conditions, and do much to see that the patient is well informed about
ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF HEALING
*Be aware: Make sure that you trust any practitioner you go to.