I was out with a friend at the weekend and the conversation evolved into a discussion about energy healing. Whilst he was happy to listen to what I had to say he didn’t seem convinced that practices such as Reiki would promote good health for any reason other than the placebo effect which prompted me to write this blog. I’m not a scientific person but this is my attempt to explain why energy healing can work from a scientific perspective……
E=mc2 is one of the most famous equations in the world but what exactly is it saying?
In E=mc2 we have E for energy and m for mass. Mass is not the same as weight but for simplicity here let’s think of it that way. Ultimately an object is not solid but instead a mass of vibrating particles and space…..which are energy! Then c is for light, which is also energy so basically this equation is saying ‘everything is energy’.
Albert Einstein stated: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” All matter, including human beings, vibrate at specific rates and are just energy in a more dense form or slower vibration.
What are the implications of this understanding then? If we are all energetic beings then the quality of the energy running through us affects the quality of how we feel, our thoughts, our behaviour…..everything! We can eat too much food, drink too much alcohol, bottle up our emotions….all of this is energy which affects everything else including our own body.
Energy (and therefore mass) can be neither created nor destroyed, it can only take a different form. Pure energy can become mass and mass can become pure energy but nothing simply materializes and before any illness or disease there is an energy bringing it into being.
Once we acknowledge that everything is energy then we can begin to understand how we have the power within us to change, transform and even heal ‘ourselves’. Einstein explained that “mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing” but he also realised this would be an “unfamiliar conception for the average mind”.
Our physical body is alive because of the ‘energy’ flowing through it and if that ‘energy’ is low we are more likely to become ill.
What is it that weakens the flow of energy? Well we can eat too much food, drink too much alcohol, bottle up our emotions…..the quality of our choices will affect the quality of our energy.
So how can Reiki and other energy healing techniques help? Well they can help the body to release stress and tension by creating deep relaxation. We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things and when this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us and we experience a sense of well-being. In essence, techniques such as Reiki work at bringing us into balance which therefore helps to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
What is Reiki? The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively, on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. Reiki is taught by Reiki Master/Teachers, who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from Master to student. Students go through a process of initiation/attunement to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves and others, not only from a healing perspective, but also as an aid to personal development and spiritual growth ( Reiki Council, 2015).
A final thought from me to finish….I have an amazing set of ‘Whispering Herb Healing Cards’ and earlier today the card I pulled out said ‘Motherwort’ ~ I have freedom in thought, integrating science with ancient wisdom ~