Now we know 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 and chakras through which ‘life force energy’ flows.
As we briefly dicussed earlier, our physical body is cocooned in many layers of light known as etheric bodies. In this illustration , the outer image represents the spiritual body, which has many layers. Inside the spiritual body is the next level which is the mental body. It cocoons the emotional body, which in turn surrounds the physical body. These energy ‘bodies’ assist us in processing our thoughts and emotions and responses.
The energy bodies house our chakras, enabling them to work somewhat like valves by facilitating the circulation of life force energy through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.
Our physical body also relies on the proper function of 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 get sick, but if it is high and free flowing, we more easily maintain health and a feeling of well-being. Stress and toxins disrupt and weaken the flow of ‘life force energy’. Stress is often caused by conflicting thoughts and feelings that become trapped in one’s subtle energy system. These include fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, negative self-talk, etc. Medical research has determined that continual stress can block the body’s natural ability to repair, regenerate and protect itself. Toxins take many forms, pollution in the air we breathe and the water we drink, chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics in our foods. Negative thoughts can also create toxins, and emotions that are not expressed in a healthy way can als be extremely toxic.
Reiki (ray-key) 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 word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “the Wisdom of God or the Higher Power” and Ki which means ‘life force energy.’ So Reiki means ‘spiritually guided life force energy. The Reiki system of healing is a technique for transmitting this spiritually guided life force energy to yourself and others through the hands and chakras into the 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.