Most wellness models in our western culture teach that the body is the foundation for everything in life, that without a healthy body everything else suffers. I believe this is backwards thinking. Your body isn't the foundation of your health. Your body is the physical manifestation of your life experiences. When your life is out of balance your mind gets stressed. And when your mind is stressed your body suffers. The good news is that you can make changes in your life, at any time, that can positively affect your health.
Unfortunately our medical system doesn't teach doctors, or allow them the time needed, to counsel their patients on the things that ultimately manifest in the physical body. So we need to take this responsibility on for ourselves. How do we do that?
Ask yourself what you think might be the root to your medical condition. Think beyond the conventional answers like "I need to lose weight" or "I am depressed". These may be true, but they're the symptoms. You're looking for the underlying cause. Dig deeper: Is your marriage on the rocks? Do you hate your job? Are you lonely?
Ask yourself "What does my body need so it can heal?" Yes, maybe you need antibiotics or some professional counselling. But maybe you need to finish that novel, hire a nanny, forgive an old injustice, or end a relationship.
According to The World Health Organization, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease." In keeping with this idea of health, working to create a sense of well-being on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels is what Reiki is all about.
Many people use the terms "healing" and "curing" interchangeably but it's important to understand they do not mean the same thing. Curing means to completely eradicate an illness or disease in the physical body while healing can occur on many different levels and isn't even necessarily linked to a physical condition.
What does it mean to heal on these different levels?
Physical - healing on this level might mean eliminating an illness completely, or could simply mean alleviating the symptoms for a while , allowing time to address any underlying root causes that might be found on the emotional, mental or spiritual levels.
Emotional - emotional healing might result in calming fears or coming to acceptance of the effects of life-events such as illness, bereavement, job loss, etc.
Mental - the deep state of relaxation assists with the mental release of negative thought patterns or attitudes that might be interfering with relationships or achieving life goals.
Spiritual - healing from a spiritual level could result in a more compassionate attitude towards self, others and the natural world. Or it might assist in releasing restrictive belief systems to support greater self-expression and creativity.
It has been proven that relaxing can fundamentally change your health.
According to Mario Beauregard, author of "Brain Wars", the Harvard Medical School conducted a study which showed that more than 2200 genes were activated differently between people who practiced relaxation and people who didn't. Perhaps even more interesting, they discovered a gene that is turned on or off by stress is turned the other way during relaxation. Wow!
Relax with Reiki
Understanding that relaxation can change the way your body operates at this most fundamental level helps to explain the benefits of reiki. During a reiki treatment you achieve a state of deep relaxation, which is usually accompanied by increased energy and feelings of well-being. Well, no wonder! You're giving those stressed-out genes a chance to express themselves in a more balanced way.
There are many ways to relax and trigger the body's innate ability to heal. If you're not sure which approach is best for you, why not try reiki?
This beautiful quote is usually attributed to Chief Seattle, pictured above in the only known photo of him, taken in 1864. However the folks over at snopes tell us it was really written by Ted Perry, a screen writer, in 1971. Regardless of the author or era, these profound words remain true today, and always will.
"Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves"
I believe the opposite is also true:
Whatever we do to ourselves we do to the web
So be compassionate with yourself. Make compassion your connecting thread to the web. Weave it over, around and through everything you do for yourself.
Take time for yourself. Do the things that feed your soul. Yes, you can. In fact, you have to. It's like the flight attendant says before take off - you have to put your own oxygen mask on first, before you can help anyone else.