1. Spirituality involves the recognition and acceptance of a God beyond our own intelligence and with whom we can have a relationship. God can provide an experience of inspiration, joy, security, peace of mind, and guidance that goes beyond what is possible in the absence of the conviction that such a power exists.
2. spiritual healing occurs when energy is transmitted to the person who needs it. The treatment works on the body, mind and spirit, which are seen as one unit that must harmonize for good health. If a separate healer is involved, the healer will place the hand on the person being treated to channel the energy from the Higher Source. The spiritual healing can help mental and emotional problems and physical conditions such as a frozen shoulder.
What is spiritual healing?
3. Spiritual Healing is about living with and being in love with your life. The channeling of healing energy from its spiritual source to someone who needs it is called spiritual healing. The channel is usually a person, whom we call a healer, and the healing energy is usually transferred to the patient through the healer’s hands. The healing does not come from the healer, but through him. On the other hand, you don’t need a healer to take advantage of spiritual healing. You can pray. A full treatmnet of prayer and healing is found elsewhere.
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4. The word “spiritual” refers to the divine nature of the energy, which healers agree comes from one external, invisible intelligent source. The healing energy from this source is available to all. Healers see the body mind and spirit as one interdependent unit and believe all three must work in harmony to maintain positive health. Any problem – be it a broken leg or depression needs the power of healing to restore the balance of the whole person. It is felt that sickness often starts in the mind, or at the deeper level of the spirit, and it is often here that healing begins.
Spiritual Healing History
5. The word ‘healing’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘healan’ which connotes both the body and the spiritual element of the human being as the things to be healed. We have always had the power to heal ourselves. It is instinctive to use our hands to comfort those in pain or distress. In ancient times there was no division between body, mind and spirit, so that energy was understood as a force which permeated this trinity. With the development of science and the shift away from spirituality the health professionals separated the three parts and focussed their attention on the more physical, material body. The second development was the outlawing of healing outside the Cristian Church, and the systematic execution of lay healers and psychics. Healing only becoming legal again in 1951 The centuries of such persecution has been so powerful that even today there is much ignorance and fear surrounding our Healing birthright. The Legacy of these historical events has been that medicine and healthcare have evolved without a spiritual base. However during the last 20 years people become less satisfied with the scientific explanations of their existence and begun their own spiritual searching.
New Age and The Dawning of a New Era
6. New Age is a loose term that includes everything from self improvement programs to awareness of mind-body connections. The movement is growing by leaps and bounds. Time magazine reported that in 1996, about 44 million Americans identified with the healing movement. It is estimated that Americans alone spend about $1.5 billion annually on books about spirituality and religion. About 42 percent of Americans have sought out alternative health care. So, there is no doubt that the movement is catching on.
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“There is a hunger for being connected with a divine force. The hunger is not just for philosophy, but for experience,”
says James Redfield, author of ‘Celestial Prophecy’
7. “The consciousness I am describing – the perception of synchronisticity, mysterious coincidences – represent great opportunities to grow. That process works whether you are a brain surgeon or sacking groceries. Consciousness has the ability to break cycles of poverty.”
Spirituality vs. Religion
8. Spirituality can be seen as being distinct from religion. Different world religions have proposed various doctrines and belief systems about the nature of a God and humanity’s relationship with it. Spirituality, on the other hand, refers to the common experience behind these various points of view. It is an experience involving an awareness of and relationship with something that transcends your personal self as well as the human order of things. This “something” has been given various names (“God” being the most popular in Western Society) and defined in ways that are too numerous to count. We call it simply as the God. You can choose to define what that means for yourself in whatever way feels most appropriate. Your own sense of a God can be as abstract as “cosmic consciousness” or as down-to-earth as the beauty of the ocean or mountains. Even if you regard yourself an agnostic or atheist, you may get a sense of inspiration from taking a walk in the forest or contemplating a beautiful sunset. Or a small child’s smile may give you a special sense of joy. Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard University and author of ‘Relaxation Response’ conducted scientific experiments to determine efficacy of prayer or mantra.
Benson believed that there is no magic to the mantra. He taught people to meditate using the word one or any other phrase they felt comfortable. He studied Christians and Jews who pray regularly. He asked Catholics to use their mantra phrases such as, “Hail Mary, full of grace” or use the Jesus Prayer. Jews used the peace greeting, “Shalom” or “Echad,” meaning one. Protestants used the first line of the Lord’s Prayer, “Our father, who art in heaven,” or “Lord is my shepherd,” the opening of the twenty-third psalm. Initially, all these mantras worked equally well in invoking the relaxation response and stimulating the healthful physiological changes in the body as a result of it. But Benson also found that those who used the word one or similar simple phrases that had no particular spiritual meaning did not stick with the program whereas those who used prayers continued because of their belief. It has also been scientifically shown that to be effective, the person using the prayer of mantra has to have an unqualified faith that it will work. This is described by the scientists as intrinsic belief, characterized by profound spiritual commitment, devotion and quest for a truly transformed life. Thus, religious component in the spirituality is certainly very useful, and in fact may be needed, before the full benefits of spiritual healing can be realized.
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9. There is much healing and benefit to be obtained by cultivating your spiritual life. A personal spiritual commitment is the most important ingredient. Spiritual awareness and growth can effect a transformation in your whole being. It can help you to develop a basic trust and faith that is unshakable. Scientists call this intrinsic belief.
10. Many have experienced major turnarounds in their condition as a result of cultivating their spirituality. They feel that developing a relationship with their God provided the moral support, courage, hope, and faith for them to follow through with their personal recovery program. It provided them with a sense that they are not alone in the universe, and that there is a source of guidance and support that is available at times of confusion and discouragement.
Specific Benefits of Developing Your Spirituality
11. Edmund Bourne, author of ‘The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook,’ has described a number of benefits to spirituality as it applies to healing emotional problems. Dr. Burke has personal experience of his patients benefiting from a deep spirituality. He has listed a number of benefits that are gained through spirituality. These are:
a. Security and Safety. Through developing a connection with God, you gain security through the conviction that you are not all alone in the universe, even at those times when you feel temporarily separated from other people. You feel increasingly safe as you come to believe that there is a source you can always turn to in times of difficulty. As the twenty third psalm says, “God is my shepherd,” he will take care of me and won’t let me get into trouble if I trust him. There is much security to be gained through the understanding that there is no problem or difficulty that cannot be resolved through the help of God.
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b. Peace of Mind. Peace of mind is the result of feeling a deep, abiding sense of security and safety. The more reliance and trust you develop in God, the easier it becomes to deal without fear or worry with the inevitable challenges life brings. It is not that you give up your self or your will to such a power; rather you simply learn that you can “let go” and turn to God when you feel stuck with a problem in living and don’t know how to proceed. Learning how to let go when solutions to problems aren’t immediately apparent can go a long way toward reducing worry and anxiety in your life. Peace of mind is what develops in the absence of such anxiety.
c. Self-Confidence. As you develop a relationship with God, you come to realize that he has created you and hence he has found something good in you. You are part of the universe. You’re good, lovable, and worthy of respect just by virtue of the fact that you’re God’s creation. This realization can improve the way you look at yourself and will help you to improve your ego and what you think of yourself. You are still inherently good and worthwhile. Your own judgments of yourself, however negative, do not ultimately count if you are a creation of the universe as much as everything else. As one person put it: “God doesn’t make junk.”
d. The Capacity To Give and Receive Unconditional Love. The most fundamental characteristic of God is that it offers you an experience of unconditional love. This is a kind of love which differs from romantic love or even ordinary friendship. It entails an absolute caring for the welfare of another without any preconditions. That is, no matter how another person appears or acts, you have compassion and care for them without judgment. As you develop a deeper connection with God, you come to experience greater degrees of unconditional love in your life. You feel your heart opening more easily to people and their concerns. You feel freer of judgment toward them or of making comparisons among them. Unconditional love shows up both in your increased capacity to give love to others and to experience more of it coming into your life. You begin to experience less fear and more joy in your life and help to inspire others to experience their own capacity for unconditional love. This kind of love also manifests itself through the experience of having everything you need in your life to get on with what you want to do.
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e. Guidance. Developing a relationship with God will provide you with guidance for making decisions and solving problems. God has a universal wisdom that goes beyond what you can accomplish through your own intellect. In traditional religions this has been referred to as the “divine intelligence.” Through connecting with God, you can draw upon this greater wisdom to help you resolve all kinds of difficulties. By learning to ask God for guidance, you’ll be surprised to find that every sincere request sooner or later is answered. And the quality of that answer generally exceeds what you could have figured out through your own conscious intellect or will. Here, God is like your co-pilot. God is always available in the instant of need to those who have made a habit of waiting quietly before Him for insight and guidance.
12. Follow these guidelines for an effective relationship with God:
a. Be quiet, patient, and open before God
b. Be confident that he will communicate his wishes and help you execute them.
c. Do not tempt God or make terms with Him. Gandhi said, “Not until we have reduced ourselves to nothingness, can we conquer the evil in us. God demands nothing less than complete self-surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having. And when a man thus loses himself, he immediately finds himself in the service of all that lives. It becomes his delight and his recreation.”
d. Be willing to accept what God provides. He knows best. “Thy will, not mine, be done.” Have full trust in the wisdom of God.
e. Ask for God’s help. Do not instruct him on what to do.
f. Let God speak to you through his Word. Read spiritual and religious books such as the Bible and learn about the rules of victorious living.
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13. These are some of the characteristics that define a close relationship with God. All of them can significantly contribute to your personal healing process. The extent and sincerity of your commitment will determine the degree of personal healing you experience.
14. Outside Help: Healing Practitioners, Intercessory Prayers, etc.
a. Healers. Healers believe that everyone has a healing mechanism that flows as an energy force around the body, mind and spirit to keep them in perfect order. Unfortunately, stress, an inadequate diet, a negative attitude and other adverse factors can block our healing mechanism so that it cannot function correctly and we get ill. Spiritual healing provides the energy needed to crank our own healing mechanism back into action. When a healer lays his hand on you, he acts as a conductor or channel for the healing energy which he believes has the “intelligence” to go where it is needed. Healers say that all of us have the power to heal, if we choose to develop it. However, some do seem to have a healing gift. Healing does not always work at a physical level; the illness may remain but the ability to cope with it improves. Sometimes it does not work at all. This may be because the sick person “blocks” the healing forces – some people subconsciously prefer to be ill. It may also be because we “need” to remain ill. Healing is not just about living well, but also dying well. People healed when they are dying may die more peacefully. Typically, to begin the treatment the healer will attune with the healing energy.
Then he may scan your body, with his hands hovering just above you. This scanning is to take a reading of your body’s energy levels and to locate areas of low or blocked energy where healing is needed. How long the healer spends on each area is determined by your body’s needs. Generally, the session lasts about an hour. All healers work in this way, but some employ additional healing tools such as visualization, past lives therapy, aura healing or they may concentrate on using the “chakras” the seven main energy centers of the body. During the treatment you may feel heat coming from the healer’s hands, although some people feel a draught, a tingling sensation, pins and needles, or a feeling of fight-headedness. Afterwards, most people say they feel relaxed and peaceful, although you might feel thirsty or sleepy. Leave a few days or a week between sessions to give the healing time to work.
b. Intercessory Prayers. Many Christians ask saints and others to intercede on their behalf. People pray for others. Your chance of healing can be improved substantially if you can get others to pray for you. The scientific evidence for the efficacy of such prayers is described elsewhere.
Which problems can Spiritual Healing help?
15. Spiritual healing can help with any problem, mental, physical or emotional. Healers are especially effective for musculo-skeletal problems. such as frozen shoulders, stiff necks and bad knees.
The indigenous peoples of the Americas believed that the healing process should be holistic. Healing rituals included family members, in some cases the community. Dreams were analyzed and the important of cleaning toxins from the body through bathing, fasting, herbs, and colon cleansing were practiced. Prayers to higher powers were routine and preparation for the service that was enacted in an exact way, sometimes took the Medicine Man or Woman hours, or even days of preparation. The tribal healer took extra time to assure that he was as physically clean and spiritually reverent. Prayers often took the form of music, chanting, drumming, or dancing.
They interpreted signs in their environment. The Medicine Man or Woman, were prophetic and by watching the happenings in their community, the actions of birds and animals, and nature’s climatic movement and changes— forecast both success and possible hard times to come. The Maya, were experts in astronomy and often used sun and moon cycles and eclipses, and the movement of Venus to plan their activities. Prayers and requests for help were offered to higher deities and powers routinely. Protection was asked against evil forces thought to be coming from both inside (bad person) and outside the community. They understood the concept that all things, including vegetable and mineral, had a vibrational force. Animals were respected and only killed for food, then sometimes, asking for the animal spirit to be sent back to the animal kingdom.
EUROPEANS DIDN’T BATHE
In North America, before the government put them in reservations and gave them white flour rations, Native Americans practiced eating natural fruits and grains, and respected the buffalo and natural game available for meat. In other words, they had an organic diet, natural to their environment and plentiful. Europeans coming to the Americas thought taking baths make you sick, and didn’t use soap. They brought with them the diseases that wiped out, by some estimates, 94% of the population of central Mexico and 87% of the indigenous peoples in the Americas overall.
The eastern spiritual philosophy involved recognizing a higher power and
communicated with the Divine through meditation and prayer. The importance
of taking pilgrimages, following rules of spiritual leaders and fasting brought one closer to the Divine Source. All creatures were considered sacred and esteemed as part of God’s creations.
RIGHT THOUGHTS AND RIGHT ACTIONS
Gautama Buddha, after experimenting, found that taking the middle road in spiritual practices was the most desirable. The spoken word was to be direct but hurt no one; thoughts were to be positive; Right actions were taken to accomplish the task at hand; a vocation was important, but again to harm no one. Both the eastern and western philosophies recognized the importance of thought. It could be used for positive or negative purposes with great power. In some cases INTENT of the person was more important that the actual deed. Purity of intention, even in error, was not held against the person.
THE UNSEEN WORLD
Both ancient Eastern and Western spiritual practices recognized the unseen world and forces that are prevalent but unaccepted by the “civilized” Western cultures. This includes the presence of angels, and energies both positive and negative that surround us in our environments. This included the DIVINE PRESENCE that is encompassing and always available. Lower level entities, negative earth lines and “earthbounds” that have not risen to higher levels inhabit the planet. There was an awareness that some people are “addicted” to their former life and relationships and have remained on earth until their angel guides them to their appropriate level.
LIFE AFTER DEATH
The Eastern religions, as has great men of all cultures, believes that the soul does not die but continues to live on allowing for expanded soul growth and enlightenment resulting in the eventual shedding of the physical body. The North American Indians did not have a specific theory of transmigration but respected their descendants and had a prolific mythic organization about the formation of the world and the future.
ETHICAL PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUAL HEALING (REIKI)
• Just for today do not worry
• Just for today do not anger
• Honour your parents, teachers and elders
• Earn your living honestly
• Show gratitude to everything
(Dr. Mikao Usui)
Views of REIKI professionals
Shifa is Allah’s domain and practitioner must never claim of curing a patient.
Word “healer” (the one who heals) refers to Allah. We are just Reiki “practitioners”.
Doctors cannot be replaced and only they can advise to reduce or discontinue a medication.
Reiki is a Complimentary Medicine and NOT a substitute for medical treatment, therapy or counselling.
Reiki helps other healing/treatment methods.
1. Introduction. Ailments and cures are as old as history of mankind and since then man has strived hard to discover and develop various methodologies for removal of problem/disease. In all ages unofficial healers have obtained remarkable results in cases where authorized medical skill had failed. Today one such healing method is known as Reiki, which comes from ancient Tibetan text and is thousands of years old. Bible witnesses Hazrat Isa (Jesus) healing the patients by placing his hands on them. With the development of other healing/curing methods, Reiki became less popular, until Dr. Mikao Usui re-discovered it in late 1800. Today Reiki is famous all over the world and some of the European hospitals are employing Certified Reiki Masters as their staff. Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of hands-on healing that increases energy level, reduces pain, induces deep relaxation and a general feeling of well-being. Reiki attunement enables a healer to attract Reiki energy for a powerful and life-changing experience.
2. What Does Reiki Mean. REI means universal and refers to spiritual energy. KI means vital life force, which flows through. So REIKI (pronounced Ray-Key) means Universal Life Force Energy.
3. Reiki is Natural. All humans emanate energy from their hands round the clock. In fact, “hand” is a Greek word and it means “Point-of-Energy”. Ever noticed the lessening of pain when hands are placed where it hurts! In old times, it was considered that only priests or holy people could heal the sick but now it has been established that all humans have inherent healing ability, yet some of us are born healers and can create wonders with Reiki.
4. From Where Does Reiki Energy Originates. Reiki is universal energy and does not originate from within our body as commonly thought. Laboratory experiments have showed that the energy enters the practitioner’s body at the head, and exits through the hands. That is why despite of giving Reiki treatment for hours, practitioner does not fall sick.
5. What is so Special About Reiki
a. Always available.
b. Beneficial to all.
c. Can be given anywhere anytime (in any situation).
d. Can be given to living things (humans, plants & animals).
e. Can be given to patients while they are asleep.
f. Easily learned and simple to use.
g. Have fast healing/recovery.
h. Laboratory test before the treatment is not mandatory.
i. Minimum dependence on medicine.
j. Practitioner needs not to have any special knowledge of medicine etc.
k. Practitioner needs not to be an intelligent or literate person.
l. Reiki does not interfere with any religion or certain beliefs, so anyone can receive a Reiki treatment.
m. Anything destructive or evil cannot be done with Reiki because it comes from love and good intent.
6. Uses of Reiki Treatment
a. Reiki is not used for diagnosing illness; rather it helps the practitioner to understand if a body is in a state of balance or otherwise. Nevertheless, Reiki energy can find the cause(s) of sickness.
b. Reiki is very effective against chronic and severe diseases (few Reiki sessions may remove years old complaint).
c. Reiki helps in removing stress and pain and makes the patient feel fresh and energized.
d. It relaxes the patient completely (sleeping is common during session).
e. It enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
f. It blends well with other healing modalities e.g. Allopathy, Homeopathy, Herbal, Physiotherapy, Psychotherapy, Colour therapy, Bioenergetics, Breath work, etc and assists the healing process.
g. When a person has received enough Reiki energy, it will stop automatically. Hence giving too much Reiki or causing harm due to excess Reiki is not possible.
h. It is activated, directed and applied to promote maintenance of wellness.
i. It is capable of healing all living things as it works at very fundamental levels i.e. atomic and subatomic (electrons, protons) levels.
j. Practitioner gets a sense of achievement and satisfaction.
k. With practice, Reiki energy flowing through practitioner’s hands becomes stronger.
l. Once attuned, Reiki energy remains available with healer forever, even if he/she chooses not to use it again.
7. When Not To Give Reiki
a. Reiki should never be given during an operation.
b. Reiki neutralizes anaesthesia quickly, so do not give/receive Reiki before surgery or dental work.
c. Do not apply Reiki on broken bone until a Doctor has set them.
d. Do not apply Reiki on a severed limb until it has been re-attached. The energy can seal off veins and nerves making it hard to re-attach the limb. However, other body parts such as the adrenals may be treated for shock.
8. Various Options for Giving Reiki Treatment
a. Physical. In this method, hands may be placed on either place:-
(1). Problem area.
(2). Opposite side (in case of stomach pain, place hands on back).
(3). Head – allowing the energy to search and locate its destination.
b. Indirect. In this method energy is stored in any of the following item, which is then used by the patient later on:-
(6). Food etc. (place hands near or over it and any negativity attached to the food will be removed by a short treatment)
9. Misconceptions About Reiki
a Magical Powers. Reiki is not something magical which delivers miracle overnight.
b. Eliminating Root Cause. Reiki is not famous for removing symptoms rather it attempts to eliminate the problem from its root.
c. Over Dosage of Reiki Energy. One of the attractive features of Reiki is that practitioner/patient need not to worry about the dosage of healing. Whenever required dose is received, patient’s body will automatically stop the in-take of energy, so there is no question of over dosage.