When someone says 'Reiki master', 'Holistic energy', 'Energy healing' or 'Signs from the universe'; I think: ''Weirdos. What a products of a hippies' imagination''. I sometimes get the urge to ask: ''What happened to you to make you so loopy?''
I mean how can you be a master in holding your hand over someone and then call it Reiki healing? Tarting it up with fancy words like: 'Concentrating the healing energy of the universe' is not going to change the fact that you charge £100 per hour of brainwashing people into thinking that magic exists!
If the above is you, read on. I'm about to do some serious translating. This blog was inspired from when I was talking with a friend who thought just like the above for anyone who mentioned the words 'holistic', 'universe' 'energy' and 'healing' in the same sentence. The way they sound together... I can't blame her really. All this 'Energy' business tends to be explained in so 'airy fairy' words that people hardly realise that they already know most of whats trying to be said! So here it is; all wishy washy phrases translated - into ENGLISH :)
This is something that everyone has experienced one way or another. Juliet Lever explains this in her article where she says: If you fall over and hurt your knee, your first instinct is to put your hand over the wound. That is the most simple way of concentrating the energy of the universe.
What is 'the energy of the universe?'
Science, recognises forms of energy that can be measured by measuring devices. If its not not detected by these devices, it doesn't exist till the day it IS detected. However, the holistic approach is simply accepting 'feeling', 'patterns', 'dreaming' etc. as means to detect other types of energy that can't be detected by scientific devices. 'The energy of the universe' or 'holistic energy' is a collective name for all other types of energy detected by these alternative means. Some of these are meridians, auric bodies, chakras and nadis - which are commonly mentioned to in yogic language or Budism.
Reiki energy healing
Just as you can concentrate sunlight,using a magnifying glass correctly, to make fire; there are a number of techniques used to concentrate holistic energy for particular purposes. Meditation is one way to do this. Reiki is another. In contrast to meditation, it is someone else (a Reiki expert) doing the work and is used to heal a lot of illnesses and imbalances. There are actually over 800 hospitals in the US that offer Reiki as a complimentary treatment to cancer patients!
Intuition and Infinite Intelligence
We have all heard about our gut instinct no doubt. It's explained as evolution's most efficient way of passing on information to future generations. Also called gut intelligence, it is survival based information inherited from our ancestors and our own lifetime. However, the less-heard-of, 'heart intelligence', also known as 'intuition', works towards non-survival information such as happiness and life goals. Napoleon Hill (author of Think and Grow Rich) explains intuition as the connecting platform to infinite intelligence - a source of all knowledge. I know, i know. It sounds a bit 'other worldly'. But we all get 'hunches' and hunches are our body's way of feeling intuition. And the few people who actually take notice of these hunches and tune into their intuition have really known to become wildly successful. Take Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Tony Robbins and Matthew Hussey as well as many more men and women!
Signs of the Universe
This is just outside of what I can explain to you logically, but I'm going to mention it anyway to those of you who made it this far as a bonus because its one hell of a cool thing! Yesterday I was feeling pretty down, during my walk along my local river. Later into the walk I stumbled upon a piece of land art with notes hung onto it. The words written on the notes were medicine for me in that moment. Encouraging, loving, supporting... They warmed my heart. Its a simple thing, and could quickly be labelled as coincidence. However, It has been recognised by a vast number of people, that the universe is constantly 'communicating' with you. This article explains what that actually means, but for now make this your experiment. Pay attention to that phrase on the stanger's t-shirt which caught your eye, or the topic of conversation that keeps on re-occuring, or that dream that you thought was quite peculiar. Look out for things you would just overlook as a coincidence and I want to hear what you come up with!
No matter how dubious you find yourself being about this whole subject, I urge you to try and understand it before judging. Like anything, you cannot judge a book by its cover. I will soon be going to Bali to do my yoga teacher training in November where I no doubt will learn more about this and will try to translate further, this language spoken behind the curtains of quantifiable science.
For now, many many warm hugs!
Alara is a WHY discovery coach, NLP practitioner, a Rite of Passage Facilitator and a Yoga/Meditation teacher. She specialises in helping business owners find and articulate their vision.