Ancient Energetic Healing Systems & Wisdoms
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Reiki & Spiritual healing: Subtle energy
The traditional system of Reiki began in 1922 with Dr Mikau Usui during an intensive fasting experience where he acquired his healing abilities naturally, in addition to having a profound and enlightening awakening. Mikau Usui meditated and fasted on a mountain near his Buddhist monastery and temple in Japan. He did this for 21 days, elevating his consciousness to new heights and receiving healing gifts from Spirit.
The Japanese word ‘reiki’ can be translated as ‘universal life energy’ and is also known as chi, prana, vital life force or source energy. The the Usui System is a way of working with reiki for healing of self and others. The word healing is used in the sense of regaining harmony and wholeness on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual planes of consciousness. We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things; when this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well-being. Reiki is a holistic system of health and spiritual illumination.
'Reiki De- Mystified,' published by the National UK Reiki Federation's Magazine, Resonance, written by Grace Gabriella Puskas:
A reiki attunement is a process of empowerment that opens your heart, crown and third eye chakras, in addition to your palm chakras, allowing you to channel healing energy more powerfully and effectively. Channelling reiki energy for self or others clears any energy blockages, built up tensions or disharmony from the body's chakra system and meridians, allowing prana, the vital life force, and spirit to flow freely through all the body's systems. In addition to aligning the chakras for health and harmony, it also balances the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. Reiki benefits range anywhere from helping your body boost your immune system and eliminating re occurring repetitive ailments such as your common cold, to increasing your psychic awareness and connecting you more to your spirit self, allowing for greater compassion, awareness, empathy, love, and harmonious exchanges and communications with others.
Physical Benefits of Reiki
*Assists your Immune system to help heal illness and disease. Any disease is a 'dis-ease' of your body being in disunity with itself.
*Helps your nervous system so you can deal with stress, tension or problems as they arise with calmness and from a state of higher awareness rather than from over-reactive emotions (Reiki helping with the nervous system is a prime example of how the mind, body and spirit are designed to work in harmony and cannot be separated from one another).
*Reiki increases vital life force energy to the cells of your body, actively altering DNA which is responsible for all your bodies programming and the messages received. Essentially, on a very physical level, reiki re-programmes DNA which in turn affects ones entire way of being, from thoughts to emotions and mood, and to where we choose to direct our awareness based on the physical signals and messages we are receiving.
Emotional & Mental Benefits of Reiki
*Reiki assists in balancing emotions, intense or overwhelming feelings, and negative or detrimental thought patterns and repetitive destructive cycles of thinking.
* Reiki can therefore help you with problem solving, relieving stress, living life with a state of inner peace and tranquillity. It can increase mindfulness, greater awareness and perception, make you more receptive to receiving experiences aligned with greater joy and peace, assist in maintaining health and balance of all the body's systems, and can lead to greater levels of creative expression, learning, vitality, emotional maturity and communication with others that is harmonious and healthy.
*On an emotional and mental level, reiki allows us to become less reactive and respond from a place of cooperation, oneness/mutual respect, reason, logic, intellect, compassion, consideration and unity, rather than from a place of upset, despair, anger, frustration, irrationality, spite, ego or separation. Instead of responding to people and situations with uncontrolled and destructive emotions or mental responses, we communicate from a place of peace, harmony and oneness, which in turn decreases stress and improves physical health and well being. Just through the affects reiki energy has on the mental and emotional planes of consciousness, we can begin to see a considerable improvement in re- occurring physical health problems, ailments and dis-eases.
Spiritual Benefits of Reiki
This area is rather broad and the list of spiritual experiences and benefits one can receive from reiki is Infinite. Spirit is complex (yet so paradoxically simple) as some things and energetic states in the universe cannot be measured from our human understanding of time and space, which is linear and likes to 'put everything into boxes,' or separated categories. The human mind likes to rationalise, categorise, separate and conclude something as being 'this or that,' however in reality, most natural phenomena and different frequency and vibrational states exist beyond that in which our current mind state perceives and defines in.
In this respect, connecting to Reiki energy opens our minds, our hearts and our neural pathways to new possibilities and experiences that exist beyond (yet in harmony with) the very physical and three dimensional reality we are used to residing in. In essence, reiki aligns us more with our spirit, the natural world, and our heart centre, due to the understandings and greater awareness that all is One, interconnected, and just as our bodies are designed to achieve homeostasis (a state of natural equilibrium), so is our planet as a living organism and the universe and existence as a whole. Reiki therefore allows us to bring healing and wholeness not only to ourselves, but to our beautiful planet and world as we perceive it. Our thoughts (mental body), emotions (emotional body), actions (physical body) and spiritual state/ vibration (spiritual body) all ripple out and effect not only our internal environments but our outer world, and therefore the whole of existence that comes with it. We create our reality, and connecting with and receiving Reiki can bring many beautiful benefits that allow us to reside in a state of health, balance, peace, vitality, love, and higher awareness.
(Some) Spiritual benefits of reiki...
*Third eye opening- able to perceive subtle energy and energetic thought forms (telepathy) and emotional state of others (highly developed empathy) that transcends the physical senses.
*Astral encounters, travel, and receiving wisdom, insight, images, symbols or visions through the realms. Connecting to reiki energy increases your ability to access other dimensions, where ancient wisdoms, archetypes, symbolism and learnings through thought and image projections are rich.
*A rich dream world- you may start to receive profound lessons, insights and wisdoms through your subconscious in dream states.
*Reiki and working with subtle energy states can allow one to see auras and feel the vibratory state of each individual chakra, in addition to sensing and knowing the emotional, mental, physical or spiritual health and overall wellbeing of a person.
*Intuition (listening to your inner knowing and trusting your higher self), self expression, communication your truth, seeing beyond illusions, and becoming your own authority and power all greatly develop with reiki energy.
*Creative expression & 'channelling' higher knowledge/power. Channelling is, in essence, tuning in to certain frequencies and vibrational states of being. Our brains our transmitters and receivers, and there are many dimensions and vibratory states of being. Connecting with reiki energy can open you up to an entire new reality and world of experience through connection to the spirit realms. The possibilities are endless.
*Reiki can connect heart with higher self/your 'super-consciousness'- otherwise known as God/Source/Spirit. This is in simple reality perceiving in a state of awareness that is connected, seeing all as One, without ego or judgement, and living from a higher truth; a reality free from stress, negativity, disunity, and seeing how everything exists (or is designed to exist) in its ideal form, or perfect vibratory state.
Every living organism has its ideal Blueprint, its highest state of existence; it's perfect health. Living in alignment with heart and higher self/ the higher mind can harmonise one with this ideal form. In this state of being, we begin to see the light and love within everyone and every situation, allowing us to reflect compassion, wisdom, understanding, empathy and love to those we meet.
Just as all physical matter is energy moving at different vibratory frequencies, the Crystal and Mineral Kingdom embody specific energies that, when harnessed and connected with, change the vibratory state of our cells and our consciousness. Science has shown that every living thing, from each cell in our body to our bodies as a whole, have an electro magnetic energy field. Particles interact with other particles and energy (consciousness) is constantly shifting. By consciously connecting with crystals, we can allow our energetic field to interact with the electro magnetic field of the crystal to receive the many positive effects that gems can bring.
Crystal therapy has been used since the beginning of time, and now we see more and more people taking a natural interest in crystals and recognising, whether consciously or unconsciously, the positive impact they can have in our lives for health and well being. When we accept and fully embrace that all physical matter is energy, affected by the mind, we can tap into very powerful and ancient subtle energies, using our intention and higher awareness to engage with the healing and transformative energies the crystals are willing to provide.
Our planet is a conscious living organism and, naturally, exists in a state of equilibrium and balance. It is only us, through the mind, that can close us off from receiving the powerful effects nature wishes to give. Just as an energy circuit needs to be fully connected with no disruptions, our mind and subsequently the cells in our body have nerve responses, our mind sending electrical messages to our body's cells. When we allow the full circuit, if we open ourselves to receive the energy the crystal wishes to give, then we can experience the powerful benefits crystal therapy wishes to give us for holistic health and well being.
(General) Guide to Crystal therapy
Although each crystal has its own specific energy, just as each herb and flower have their own characteristics unique to their species, we can use colours as a guide to how the crystal kingdom can help us. Science has suggested that we can only see a small array of the whole colour spectrum, and that each colour vibrates at its own unique frequency. Well, the same applies to crystals. All crystals, as all living organisms, begin life as simple and complex shapes, growing and evolving to embody certain colours and genetic coding. We can therefore use the colours of gems as a coding system for how they can help us.
Red, Brown, Black- for the Root/ Base Chakra. These gems ground us, connect us to the earth and bring qualities such as stability, security, survival, trust, protection and a sense of belonging.
Orange- for the Sacral Chakra. Orange crystals bring feelings of warmth, emotional calm and connection, optimism and joy. Aids creative expression and relates to sexuality, pleasure, intimacy, sharing and sensations.
Yellow- for the Solar Plexus Chakra. Yellow gems are happy, 'sunny;' can bring confidence and self empowerment. Yellow relates to will, personal power, purpose, autonomy, energy and self-esteem.
Green- for the Heart Chakra. Green crystals increase feelings of love, kindness, compassion, connection, and can reduce fears, anxieties, worry some or depression states. They are cleansing, unifying and balancing.
Blue- for the Throat Chakra. Blues are perfect for communication, freedom of expression, being able to express ones truth openly, and can give a light and airy feeling. They can be very calming and balancing, peaceful and cleansing.
Indigo or Violet- for the Third Eye Chakra. Indigo/ violet aids intuition, perception, higher awareness ,and brings peace and clarity of mind. They relate to dream states and meditation; wisdom, insight, imagination, spiritual awareness, vision and individual consciousness.
Violet, White, Gold- Crown Chakra colours bring union, enlightenment, knowledge, spirituality, understanding, self-realization, connection, fulfilment, completion, and relate to mysticism, universal consciousness and higher awareness.
© Grace Gabriella Puskas: REIKI MASTER TEACHER, CRYSTAL & SHAMANIC HEALER; HERBALIST, DREAM THERAPIST, & HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER
All physical form has a spirit, a spiritual or ethereal energy permeating through it. There are many various elements to Shamanism however the main element to recognise is that that life on Earth is an interplay of subtle energies and that which we may consider a very 'physical reality' is actually rooted in a 'non-physical' world.
The intention of the shaman is to tune in to spirit and the subtle energies at play to bring harmony and health, restore any disease (the self being at 'dis-ease' with its self) and connect us back to our inner nature and best possible vibration alignment (our best possible reality).
Physical life is a complex interplay of mind, emotions, feelings, impressions and thoughts, and it is suggested that the self consists of a mental body, emotional body, physical body and spiritual body, the latter consisting of all the subtler states of being such as the astral body, spiritual planes, and other dimensions/ planes of consciousness. The shamans intention is to assist in the healing and restoration of dis-ease by travelling to the spirit world and find the root cause, whether that may be an emotional block age, a wound, a memory, a trauma, an unforgiveness, or a distorted thought pattern. There are many routes to the same source, to the spirit self, and each shamanic practitioner will have their own roots and specialised ways to assist in the healing process, always with the pure intention of opening themselves up as a Channel for the benefit of another's journey.
Ways to connect to the spiritual world or spirit self for healing and restoration:-
*The crystal kingdom
*Transcendental meditation/ trance states
*Spirit animal contact
*Guides/ spiritual helpers
*Divine healing abilities/ self healing or healing others (ethereal energy)