What is Reiki?
Whilst Reiki healing has been around for thousands of years the "system" known today was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century after three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama. Energy flows through the hands, drawn from Universal energy to the recipient in such a way that the giver's energy is not depleted. The therapist keys into the universal energy, not necessarily their own individual energy. This universal energy is seen as intelligent and will heal the patient's energy field without an exact diagnosis. Treatment can be used on people, on yourself and on pets. The system often uses "attunement" where people are attuned, so they may also give this type of healing. Often symbols are used to help key into certain aspects of this healing art.
There are no special qualifications required to be a Reiki practitioner. One of the hallmarks of Reiki practice is its simplicity. It can be learned in about ten hours of in-person training, generally offered in group class formats, and doesn't require knowledge.
How does Reiki work?Reiki can be carried out almost anywhere. The patient will sit in a relaxing and chair or lie on a table. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient’s preference.
The practitioner will place their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the body for between 2 and 5 minutes. If a specific injury needs healing, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound. While the practitioner has their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy occurs. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing.
When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.
Benefits of ReikiIn its simplest form, Reiki can be just a couple of minutes or so of pure relaxation. The patient can simply clear their heads and release any tension and stress of the day. The energy transferred from the practitioner may just make the patient feel peaceful and relaxed.
The feeling of relaxation can help with insomnia. It may help you to sleep better. And it's not unusual for patients to fall asleep during a Reiki session.
Reiki balances your internal body levels to return to a near-natural state. This means that your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, circulation, and other bodily systems will improve. This normal balance will allow your body to heal itself from within. This means Reiki does not necessarily heal any one particular problem but rather heals everything all over the body.
There is a lot to be said for being in a calm and relaxed state. You do not necessarily need to be treated by a practitioner but rather use this treatment as a self-care tool for yourself. It can help with -
- Mental Clarity
- Spiritual Growth
- Reduction of Joint Stiffness
- Healing of Wounds
- Detoxification of the Body
- Clear Emotional Blockages
- Reverse Negative Conditioning
- Promote Positivity
Is Crystal Healing the Same as Reiki?Crystal healing is not Reiki healing. However, it uses the same principle. Crystal healing is simply using gemstones to balance energies to become more attuned to the mind and body. Like Reiki healing, there is no evidence to show that it works other than thousands of people worldwide reporting positive healing benefits. Crystal healing can simply be wearing a piece of crystal jewellery to touch the skin or carrying a worry stone to hold in hand. It works well with an affirmation of intention to achieve a particular goal or simply for protection, for example, when travelling.
When crystal healing is combined with Reiki, it is like hitting the healing overdrive switch. Crystals have natural energy of their own. You don’t have to do anything to get a crystal to work other than place it near you. However, suppose you do add your intent and your energy. In that case, your crystals will work better because they’ll pick up your intention and magnify it. And if Reiki is the energy that is flowing through you, then your crystals will collect the Reiki, multiply its effect, and focus its objective.
Emotional benefitsAs well as promoting feelings of clarity and calm in the world which can sometimes feel chaotic, amethyst can help those who are experiencing sensations of loss. By centring and stabilising the emotions, the stone aids recovery. It empowers the individual, enabling him or her to feel soothed, grounded and comforted. In times of uncertainty and change, its divine properties support wearers, freeing them from unnecessary fear of the unknown.
Spiritualists consider that amethyst pacifies people who may sometimes be prone to anger. As it dissipates rage, it taps into the individual's natural reserves of inspiration, promoting focus and a sense of calm. In turn, this precious gem enables creative ideas and solutions to come through, clearing away mental cobwebs. It fosters transformation while nurturing courage, along with the fortitude that is necessary to make difficult decisions.
For all the above reasons, amethyst is a great choice to benefit family dynamics and personal relationships.
Metaphysical propertiesAmethyst activates the third eye, recognised in eastern doctrines as the spiritual hub of each person. Thus, it brings about enlightenment – in contrast to blocked perceptions that might otherwise cause anxiety, depression or cynicism. Instead, the stone's sacred energy allows the third eye to tap into one's natural and acquired wisdom.
As a talisman of success, the violet stone enables the imagination to sparkle and the intuition to function correctly, thus guiding the wearer through life. According to experienced wearers, amethyst's powers promote empathy.
Significantly, the gem tends to ensure that the wearer remains grounded and connected to his or her own spiritual journey, instead of getting lost in other people's problems. In this way, one can reduce the risk of suffering sadness, compassion fatigue and unwelcome burnout.
Locating the stone in a room where there is tension can help to bring about healing and tranquillity, whether in an office or a home. When used to good effect in the workplace, it promotes concentration and inspiration while reducing procrastination. As an ideal complement to Yin energy, Feng Shui practitioners cite amethyst for its ability to dissipate negativity and transform it into positive vibrations.
Usefully, amethyst is ideal for meditation. It helps practitioners to enter into a deeper state of relaxation. When held in the left hand, it reduces tension and brings healing. Conversely, in the right hand, the crystal radiates its energy into the local surroundings to benefit the working or living environment.
The zodiac: amethyst meaningIn terms of the zodiac, amethyst is the birthstone for Aquarius, the water bearers in this world. Its purple hue denotes the month of February and the chilly winds at the end of winter. It looks ahead to light, calm and love in early spring.
Typically, Aquarians enjoy respect for their deep insight, intellect and assertiveness. Usefully, the stone helps people born under this sign to maintain good communication with others – and, importantly, not to overanalyse.
Also linked with the planet of Uranus and the mythical god of the sky and heavens, amethyst embraces personal freedom.
Amethyst JewelleryAmethyst is simple to wear as jewellery. Your choices include attractively polished bangles, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.
It also works well as a worry stone, pressed against the skin to absorb its vibrations and benefit from the potent healing properties.
To this day, amethyst so remains popular with Buddhists in Tibet. In the past, devotees included Catherine the Great, who beautified herself with the stone. The Ancient Egyptians used it to adorn mummified bodies to protect souls as they passed into the afterlife.
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Colours and PropertiesColour-wise, the possibilities range from the deepest hues of purple to a pastel shade of violet, to complement the blue of a summer sky.
Nowadays, there are amethyst mines in most continents, from Siberia's freezing plains through Canada to the Americas and Brazil's tropical rainforests. Some southern African countries and Indian mines also produce rough stone. In Europe, the French version is light pink and known as Rose de France or lavender amethyst. It enjoyed wide popularity in England during the eighteenth century.
For a poetic depiction of amethyst, we could find little better than reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson's eloquent poem I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose. In its first two stanzas, she uses slanting rhyme to paint a beautifully vivid picture of dawn. Fittingly, the first eight lines mention the colour of amethyst as they contrast daybreak with the silhouette of steeples and hills, with birdsong to accompany the sunrise.
Like most poets and prose writers, Dickinson wrote about what intrigued her. Known to be a keen observer, she often used images to probe the wonders of nature as well as self-identity, love and immortality.
SummarySo, there you have it. Amethyst's multiple properties help one to find serenity, stability and strength in a sometimes complicated world. It supports the cleansing and detoxification of the body while boosting clear thinking. Finally, this semi-precious stone promotes change as and when necessary, through clear vision and illumination.
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