Reiki Question & Answer
To help people who are still a little unsure what Reiki is and its benefits, we sat down with our Reiki Master Lisa Dee for a question and answer session.
Where does Reiki come from?
The knowledge that unseen energy flows through all living things and has a direct impact on health quality is part of the wisdom of world cultures for millennia. Many ancient cultures including the Japanese, Chinese, Indians, Hindu, and Egyptians embraced the belief that life energy flowed through the body deeply affecting our bodies, minds, and emotions. Much scientific research verifies the reality of “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. This research verifies that energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body and that disruptions or imbalances in its flow correlate to physical and emotional illnesses. Reiki addresses these imbalances to support your health and well-being.
What can be treated with Reiki?
Reiki has had a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like headaches or stomachaches, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments can also be reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and, in some cases, people have experienced complete healing, which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced “miracles,” miracles cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction along with improvement in one’s physical, mental and spiritual outlook are what most experience.
Is Reiki a Religion?
Absolutely not! It is spiritual in nature but not religious. The recipient does not have to believe in anything other than that our bodies have the innate ability to heal.
What can one expect from a Reiki treatment with you?
Before a client comes to a session, he/she should know that the less I know about the condition to be treated, the better. I work from a health model, where I contemplate each client as whole and complete, and thus not focusing on origins of the condition nor in diagnoses. There is no diagnosis or condition that cannot be treated using Reiki. Therefore, the less I know about the condition, the better because talking about illness or lack, empowers those conditions and my goal is to empower health. The client can simply tell me if they want to treat a physical condition, a mental condition, or a life condition (lack of prosperity, lack of love, marital or couple’s issues, parent-child issues, or anything else) without getting into much detail. The way I work is based on the conviction that as I make contact with the Reiki (Universal Life Force), the Reiki does the healing layer by layer and therefore, the client and I don’t need to spend precious time talking about symptoms, when our time can be used receiving Reiki, which will bring about the healing, instead. After the session, we will spend time processing what happened and I will give the client feedback, as well as hearing the client’s feedback for a meaningful summary of the session that the client can take with him/her. Reiki has certainly heightened my 6th sense, and, more often than not, I am able to share insight of helpful thoughts and ideas that pertain to the client while I am in a “Reiki state of mind.”
Why should someone come you for a Reiki session?
While I can’t promise how healing will occur because our contact with Reiki is what produces the benefits described. Reiki will always be beneficial, never harmful. A session is generally extremely relaxing, it relieves everyday stress and toxins, and brings about healing on all levels gradually, in a way our bodies can tolerate it.
You specialize in Reiki and metaphysical healing. What inspired you to pursue this path of medicine?
After I was diagnosed with an illness and then frustrated by conventional medicine, I had the happy accident of discovering Reiki. Receiving regular treatments from a Reiki Master Healer dramatically improved my health and mental outlook. It transformed my life in ways I never could have imagined. I felt called to study Reiki myself, and to share this gentle yet powerful, healing modality with others. I also incorporate Therapy of The Soul™ type of healing, which was also introduced to me via my Reiki Master Healer. This method is based on Eastern and Western Mystical practices of healing. I have seen within myself, my clients and students change that can happen exponentially beyond all of our expectations.
Why do you think so many people are turning to alternative therapies as a form of treatment?
In these current times, people want to feel empowered and learn new ways to transform negative thought patterns into positive ones that will help them obtain a healthier life. For me, traditional medicine has it place and I am all for it. However, medicine have side-effects. It does not necessarily get to the “root” cause of the condition, and it does not allow for growth and change.
Reiki, metaphysical healing and holistic nutrition were key tools that changed me completely. I was not familiar with any of the above until I was forced by illness to look further into ways to help myself out of my challenge, even if it was not considered the conventional. Needless to say, years later, I am pleased to see that alternative treatment (Reiki in particular) is more mainstream and even recognized by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine as energy medicine and is used widely in hospitals (such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York- Presbyterian, Beth Israel, Johns Hopkins, etc.), clinics and spas.
Has there been any studies in the uses of Reiki?
As I mentioned before, Reiki is actively being used throughout the world in an ever growing number of hospitals and mental health centers. Reiki is NOT a substitute for medicine and other health care treatments. Reiki is recognized in today’s health field as a complementary approach along with Western medical treatments, psychological counseling, and other traditional treatments. Reiki is known to enhance medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side effects, improve healing time, and promote a positive outlook. Reiki is also used to offer support and to reduce the discomforts of pregnancy and childbirth.
A 2007 study by the National Health Interview Survey indicated that 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year.
According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% (or over 800 American hospitals) offered Reiki as part of its hospital services.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, one of the leading cardiovascular surgeons in the United States, was an early pioneer of the use of Reiki in hospitals. Dr. Oz has allowed the use of Reiki during open heart surgeries and heart transplant operations at the New York-Presbyterian in New York City. He has also promoted Reiki on his own television show as well as on the Oprah Winfrey show. According to Dr. Oz, “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals.”
That wraps up our Q&A session with Lisa. If you have additional questions about Reiki, please feel free to post them here for Lisa.