Have you ever wondered why some people are really successful even though they are absolute bastards? Perhaps, your boss? Or, do you have that high maintenance ‘friend’ who regularly unloads all their troubles on you and leaves you feeling totally drained? In both cases you have met someone who may well be an energy vampire! It seems that some people actually soak up energy from those around them and playing on other’s emotions is the ultimate way of generating this source of ‘food’.
This is a really interesting article on this phenomenon, providing something of the science behind it. Please read and feel free to leave your comments below.
Did it ever happen to you, when you were with a person and you felt a bad vibe, as if the person was stealing your energy? “Everything is energy” is one of the main axioms of science, and human beings are no strangers to energy transformations. An…
Reiki is a Japanese spiritual practice that promotes healing, either for yourself or for other people. The healing powers of the technique are based on the idea that there is an unseen ‘life force energy’ (what we call Universal Energy) that is the ultimate source of everything in the created universe. Not only does this energy represent the source of our existence but it also flows through each person, animating them and keeping them alive. When our life force energy is low or the flow is constricted, we get sick or feel weak. If our life force is high, we feel healthy and happy.
The name Reiki is taken from two Japanese characters that describe energy itself. The word ‘rei’, means ‘unseen’ or ‘spiritual’ and ‘ki’ which means ‘energy’ or ‘life force’. When combined it become Reiki – in English, its meaning is usually given as ‘universal life energy’.
Modern Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui who lived in Japan from 1865-1926. His story is surrounded by some myth but it seems as though he received the ability of healing after going through three weeks of fasting and meditating on top of Mount Kurama. He studied extensively many ancient healing texts, so it is very likely that Reiki is actually a ‘rediscovery’ rather than something new.
Reiki healers use a technique similar to that of laying on of hands. This action is said to promote the channelling of universal energy which flows through the palms and moves to those areas within the ‘patient’ that require balancing. It is important to understand that this healing power can be used for self-treatment as well as for treating others. Interestingly, Reiki works whether the student believes it or not.
Reiki is beautifully simple, both to learn and apply. It feels very natural. As a therapy it has proved beneficial in treating virtually every known physical, emotional, and mental disease. It also provides an ‘alternative’ approach that works well when combined with more traditional medical or therapeutic techniques; specifically, it can help to relieve the side effects of medication and promote a speedier recovery.
Reiki and the ability to use it effectively, cannot be taught in the usual sense. The skill is said to be ‘transferred’ to the student during a Reiki class. After the skill has been passed on, it allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of ‘life force energy’ that can then be used to improve health and enhance the quality of their life.
Practising Reiki also has an added beneficial effect – that of spiritual healing. However, although Reiki may be spiritual in nature, it is certainly not considered a religion. There are no set of beliefs or specific dogma that one has to adhere to to practice Reiki. That said, it does offer a pathway that helps to develop and promote harmonious living with others. Aside from practising Reiki and its principles, Mikao Usui also recommends the practise of simple ethical ideals that can lead to peace and harmony among people.
Getting to know Reiki can be very powerful. Not only does it help people become a healing channel for themselves and others, but it also promotes peace and harmonious living amongst all people.
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment below if you have and thoughts or questions about Reiki. If you would like to find out more about our way of teaching Reiki, our online course will be available by the end of March 2017. Please sign up to our mailing list to receive notification of its launch. You may find reading The Big Idea will give you more information about our teaching philosophy.
The ancient sages and spiritual masters had a fundamental message for humanity. They taught that we are all part of the same energetic whole – everything in our universe emanates from this source and was formed directly from the same substance as the source. They spoke of the oneness of all creation and the flow of source energy that animated all life.
This ‘mystical’ understanding was gradually eroded as the deterministic scientific world view, with its cause-effect dogma, gradually took over. Everything could now be explained by a simple model of ‘if A happens then B must follow’ and we became nothing more than inconsequential cogs in a massive universal machine.
What science took away with one hand it now seems to be returning with the other! It is now acknowledging that the world is far stranger we have possibly ever thought. Quantum Physics is showing us that the spiritual masters may have been right all along. Matter itself, always thought of as the very building blocks of all that exists, seems to be nothing more than swirling energy vortexes when viewed at the quantum level. Everything it seems, is nothing more than energy at different levels of ‘solidness’!
This article goes into more detail on our weird quantum world and draws some very interesting and thought provoking conclusions. Please enjoy it and leave your thoughts below.
It has been written about before, over and over again, but cannot be emphasized enough. The world of quantum physics is an eerie one, one that sheds light on the truth about our world in ways that challenge the existing framework of accepted knowledge. What we perceive as our physical material world, is really not […]
One of the great things about the Internet is starting out on a fairly random surf and suddenly coming across a site that really resonates with your own work. Finding Tracy Kolenchuk’s site ‘Healthicine‘ was definitely one such encounter. You say ‘healthicine’ as you would say ‘medicine’ and Tracy’s basic philosophy is that we should be concentrating on activities that promote health rather than taking medicines that treat only symptoms.
Somewhat incredulously, most medicines make no claim to cure! This statement certainly makes one sit up and take note so we have included a link to Tracy’s full article below. Definitely a very thought provoking read, particularly as he goes into the lack of the word ‘cure’ in modern medicine. One line in particular really stands out: Most medicines treat diseases, but do not cure. Most medicines are marketed with the mantra “learn to live with your disease”.
Read the article here and please share your thoughts on it below.
Most medicines make no claim to cure. Most medicines simply do not cure. Does this surprise you? It’s a statement easily verified, even by a novice. Let’s look at some ways to test, and prove it. First, walk over to you medicine cabinet. Take out each of the medicines.
People come to Tai Chi for many different reasons. Simply following the flowing movements of the form is an excellent way to relax and help maintain natural health. It really does make you feel good and, unlike many other fitness regimes, Tai Chi can be performed by anyone regardless of age or current physical condition.
At another level Tai Chi is a sophisticated martial art and system of self defence. Literally translated Tai Chi means ‘Supreme Ultimate Boxing’ – but it is a combat art with a difference. Unlike many of the other martial arts that rely on muscle power and physical strength Tai Chi seeks to develop and direct inner power, or Chi. This “softer’ approach should not be confused with weak or ineffectual – anyone who has felt the power of a Tai Chi master’s punch will know it is anything but soft!
One of the problems with so many martial arts today is their lack of a strong moral compass. Training the body in potentially lethal combat techniques without a corresponding development at an emotional level is like putting a loaded machine gun in the hands of a six year old and telling them to go and play in the park!
Within Tai Chi, the emphasis placed on correct body alignments, physical dynamics, and balance must be mirrored at an emotional level too. Practitioners of Tai Chi are expected to be well balanced individuals of peaceful nature and good intent. The art itself has remarkable powers of transformation. If you currently feel less than balanced, or are prone to being a little aggressive or hostile, practising Tai Chi will help you to develop a calmer and more even personality.
But the story does not end there. Tai Chi is most importantly an expression of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism. This philosophy is characterised as a way of liberation, a pathway that will lead to certain spiritual insights into the nature of all existence.
It is for each student to determine the extent of their own interest in Tai Chi. It could be a wonderful aid to improved physical and mental health or an extremely effective system of personal self-defence. But it can also be a life long pursuit for those seeking spiritual development and a real understanding of the way the universe works.
It is up to each individual to practise their Tai Chi in harmony with their own personal development. Whatever your goals the most important thing is to enjoy your Tai Chi journey!