How does Reiki actually work?
Research into this matter is gradually gaining speed, with much being done into the electromagnetic field of all living things, and the pathways for which this energy is transferred within the body.
Our physical bodies have a mesh of tubes made up of collagen and filled with a very fine fluid, called the myofascial system which links all parts of us, sort of like an energetic superhighway. The myofascial system carries signals in the form of tiny electrical light impulses called biophotons (literally meaning biological light) which are said to be the smallest sparks of conscious energy, carrying the very building blocks of life and allows all cells to communicate with one another.
The amazing thing is, that these biophotons have actually been photographed in a single drop of water using a somatoscope with a magnification of 30000x. What researchers found was that a single biophoton goes through a series of changes in shape, showing ancient symbols that we recognise from ancient culture and religion, starting as a single point of light, going through a series of six pointed stars and ending in the flower of life.
It clearly seems to me that our ancestors knew much more than we do now about life and left us these clues in the form of symbology—but that’s a whole other subject that I should probably not get into here.
We know now that energy, carrying messages and information, is constantly moving throughout both our electromagnetic fields and our physical body in the form of light. This light is everywhere and in everything, vibrating at different speeds as was previously mentioned, and imperceptible to the limited capabilities of our basic five senses.
The myofascial system is probably one of the most important systems in the body and also one of the most over-looked. Within us the myofascial system has seven major points where there is much more fascia than in other areas which, funnily enough, correspond to the seven main energy centres, or more commonly, chakras.
It stands to reason that if there is more fascia in these areas, more biophtons would be found here since the mesh of tubes is much thicker, creating a larger energy hot spot, so to speak. In standard Reiki treatments, it is with these areas that the practitioner will work with the most.
The Reiki practitioner’s role:
So this brings me to the purpose of the Reiki practitioner and what we actually do.
All good Reiki practitioners should make meditation part of their daily practice and should have gone through the proper attunements with a Reiki master. This facilitates a connection to higher frequencies with which they are able to channel energy through their own electromagnetic field into their crown chakra and throughout their bodies. It then travels from their heart chakra, down their arms and out of their hands into the electromagnetic field and physical body of the recipient.
To put it simply, the practitioner acts in the same way as a metal rod conducting electricity or heat energy from source to its destination and throughout.
By connecting to higher or finer frequencies of conscious energy which is all around us, and using loving intention or thought (which, as stated before, is also energy) to heal and cleanse, the Reiki practitioner is able to direct the energy to where it is most needed. But having said this, Reiki will go where it is needed regardless of where the practitioner places their hands, or in the case of distance Reiki, across any space to the desired recipient.
There are apparently now 40 scientific groups researching biophotonics and associated therapies at this present time throughout the world. Reiki is now recognised within our own NHS and is used concurrently with mainstream treatments.
The great thing about Reiki, is that it is for everyone: atheist, religious and spiritual. Belief or understanding really doesn’t matter—all we need to know (as average human beings) is that it works regardless, whether you take a scientific or a spiritual view.