by Laurelle Gaia, ReikiClasses.com
SEDONA, AZ (December 4, 2009) – Whether you are a long time resident of Sedona, or a new visitor to this beautiful city, you have likely noticed many signs touting, chakra balancing, healings, Reiki, massage, readings, etc.
No one knows precisely why healers are drawn to offer their services here. Perhaps it is simply the healing spirit of the land that has been honored as sacred by the indigenous people for eons. Perhaps it is because it is rare to find so many like-minded people living in community. Regardless of the reason, many healers make their homes in Sedona.
Some in the community embrace us, some don’t understand us, and some are afraid of us. I have always found that knowledge is the antidote to fear. All of these are my reasons for writing this article.
As a practitioner of spiritual, energetic, and complementary healing for over 25 years and a 9 year resident of Sedona, I would like to address some misconceptions and concerns that I have discovered throughout the years.
Spiritual healing is not a religion. Spiritual healing can benefit people from all religions, or no religion at all. Having taught spiritual healing classes for years, I have instructed or provided sessions for people who are Agnostic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sufi, Muslim, Sikh, etc. Exploring spiritual healing can help dissolve the walls that create separation among people. It can help us understand one another better.
Spiritual and/or energy healing are not a replacement or an alternative to other forms of medical treatment, they are complementary. Although miracles do occur, spiritual healing practices are primarily meant to be supportive enhancements to other forms of treatment. For example, many people who undergo chemotherapy find that, Reiki and other forms of spiritual healing, which promote deep relaxation, help to boost their immune system. Reiki specifically can help to neutralize the toxic effects of medication and help to harmonize it more with a client’s body. All of this helps to reduce the toxic side effects and consequently promotes a stronger sense of wellbeing.
Reiki is becoming so widely accepted that many hospitals have embraced it as a treatment form. For further information on this, please visit www.ReikiInHospitals.org.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has become quite well known for promoting health and wellness on the Oprah show, and now his own television program, was one of the first cardiologists to bring energy healing practitioners into the operating room, and welcome them as participants in post surgery recovery process.
Healing can be defined as a process which leads to a sense of wholeness and inner peace. The healing I speak of here is related to, yet different from “curing”. As human beings, we are so much more than our physical bodies. We can also see ourselves as a beautiful expression of spirituality in physical form. Our bodies are a blend of spiritual, mental, emotional and physical energy in continuous interplay.
The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is directly related to health quality has been part of the wisdom of world cultures for millennia. Modern day scientific experiments have verified the existence of this “life force energy”, and medical science is beginning to recognize the role this energy plays in the functioning of the immune system and the healing process.
Reiki (ray-key) is a multi-faceted spiritual energy that can be used to help us with meditation practices, spiritual growth, and activation of the Divine healing power within us. Reiki is a tool to help us develop “wellness consciousness” and help us be more in tune with our body.
Reiki is usually considered to be a “hands-on healing technique.” This is one application, but it is so much more. Mikao Usui discovered this healing art in Japan in the late 1800s. The Japanese Kanji characters that represent the word Reiki can be translated to mean; Rei = Spiritually guided or wisdom of God and Ki = Life force energy. It can also be translated as Rei=Holy and Ki =Spirit.
There are many forms of healing energy and Reiki is one of many healing rays. Reiki is unique in that it is truly guided by the Divine heart and the Divine mind. This energy is infinitely wise and knows precisely what one needs to relax, release stress, and activate the healing power within.
All forms of healing whether traditional, complementary or alternative have an impact on the human subtle energy system. Each method also carries a unique vibrational frequency and consequently will create different effects. A beautiful characteristic of Reiki is that it has the ability to harmonize energies that may normally be incompatible and can create the best possible outcome. Therefore Reiki enhances anything we do.
Many people are practicing techniques to improve their health such as meditation, exercise and improved diet. As this is done, a deeper awareness often develops concerning the flow of subtle energies in and around the body and the connection between these subtle energies and one’s health. This developing awareness validates the ancient idea that strong life force energy contributes to good health. Conversely a diminished supply of life force energy can contribute to illness. The existence of life force energy, and the necessity for it to flow freely in and around one’s body to maintain health, has been studied and acknowledged by health care practitioners and scientists.
Our body is composed not only of physical elements such as muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, organs, glands, etc.; it also has a subtle energy system through which life force energy flows. This subtle energy system is composed of energy ‘bodies’ which surround our physical body and assist us in processing our thoughts and emotions.
The energy bodies have energy centers called chakras, which work somewhat like valves that allow life force to circulate through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. We also have energy meridians and nadas. These are like rivers, or streams, which carry our life force energy throughout our physical body, to nourish us and assist in balancing our body’s systems and functions.
Our physical body is alive because of the ‘life force energy’ that is flowing through it. If our life force is low or blocked, we are more likely to become ill, but if it is high and free flowing, we more easily maintain health and a feeling of well-being. One thing that disrupts and weakens the flow of life force energy is stress. Stress is often caused by conflicting thoughts and feelings that get lodged in one’s subtle energy system. These include fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, etc. Medical research has determined that continual stress can block the body’s natural ability to repair, regenerate and protect itself.
The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75%-95% of all visits to doctors are the results of reaction to stress. The effects of unreleased stress range from minor aches to major health concerns, such as heart disease, digestive disorders, respiratory and skin problems.
Stress can also activate our fears and cause our life force energy to diminish. When this happens we weaken our ability to respond to fear appropriately and to transform it.
Reiki is a technique that aids the body in releasing stress and tension by creating deep relaxation. Because of this, Reiki promotes healing and health.
The Reiki system is comprised of techniques for transmitting this subtle energy to yourself and others through the hands, eyes or chakras into the human subtle energy system. Reiki restores energy balance and vitality by relieving the physical and emotional effects of unreleased stress. It gently and effectively opens blocked meridians, nadas and chakras, and clears the energy bodies, leaving one feeling relaxed and at peace.
Reiki is truly “Limitless Love”. There is nothing that Divine Love cannot heal, and Reiki is a form of Divine Love that can be learned by anyone and used to help themselves, others and the planet.
A treatment feels like warm, gentle sunshine, which flows through you, surrounds you and brings comfort. Reiki treats one’s body, emotions, mind and spirit as a whole. Reiki is powerful, yet wonderfully gentle and nurturing. During a treatment, the recipient remains fully clothed. Reiki supports any medical, or supplemental healing methods a client may be using and is of growing interest to chiropractors, medical doctors, physiotherapists, psychotherapists, psychologists and hypnotherapists.
Anyone can learn to tap into an unlimited supply of ‘life force energy’ to improve health and enhance the quality of life by learning Reiki, or by receiving treatments from a Reiki Practitioner or Master.
Yes, Sedona may soon be recognized as the Spiritual Healing Capital of the World. Currently, thousands of people from all over the world come to Sedona every year, specifically to learn the art of practicing Reiki, or to participate in healing sessions with one of the many reputable resident practitioners.
Many Reiki practitioners reside in Sedona, among the places you can find reputable, well trained practitioners are the Reiki Center of Sedona at Peace Place, 355 Jordan Road in Uptown (928-203-7755), Empire Nails in Basha’s shopping center, and The Healing Garden on Hwy 89A.
If you would like to learn the art of Reiki, to help yourself and others, classes are held by Licensed, experienced, Reiki Master Teachers every month at the Reiki Center of Sedona. For information please visit ReikiClasses.com or call 928-204-1216.
Laurelle Gaia is a published author and Director of Teacher Licensing for the International Center for Reiki Training. Laurelle and her husband Michael Baird are members of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and operate Infinite Light Healing Studies Center, Peace Place Gifts and the Reiki Center of Sedona, all of which are located at Peace Place; 355 Jordan Road.