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The use of healing touch in religion today as compared to its use in documented history.
Reiki, energy healing, is not a religion. Most religions around the world include a form of healing by touch as part of their beliefs and practices. But Reiki, in itself, is a science and is based on Universal Life Force, free of religious doctrines and particular practices of each one.
Universal Life Force is the energy
that gives all forms of life the energy to exist!In documented
history, ancient peoples healed themselves and others. It is
natural and available to all of us because we are living human
beings sustained by this force. We can learn the science of using
this energy to heal ourselves and others, wisely, compassionately
It is my impression that many modern-day Christians and Jews, and perhaps followers of other religions as well, seem to view the mind, body, and soul as separate compartments. One goes to church for spiritual healing and to a medical doctor for physical healing. And for the most part, doctors have a very hands-off approach, usually noting symptoms and issuing prescriptions as the go-to method of treatment.
However, all the major religions seem to have some foundation in healing touch, with the miracles of Jesus perhaps the most prominent for predominantly Judeo-Christian westerners. It’s interesting that exalted leaders like Mohammed and Jesus gained their notoriety and also left the world an enduring legacy based in part on their abilities to heal the sick—spiritually, mentally, and physically—yet today, people are wary of healing touch.
The pervasiveness of Eastern-derived practices such as yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and massage therapy in recent years seems to indicate that westerners are becoming more open to the idea of the body-mind connection, although most teachers and practitioners are careful to exclude religion from the picture. The spiritual is often left to the side for the students and clients to figure out on their own. While this suits the interests of the typical independent American, it also leaves a big gap in the overall healing—we miss much of the benefit by neglecting the spiritual.
The challenge, then, for modern-day
healers is first gaining the acceptance of the ailing person
regarding touch as a viable method, and then somehow integrating the
spiritual benefit without alienating the independently religious or
Reiki is an energy healing modality and a healing of intention. This type of laying-on-of-hands healing has been used effectively throughout history. It is very mainstream and a primary method of healing in many countries. Unfortunately in the USA healthcare is dominated by the pharmaceuticals. Fortunately many healthcare professional are discovering the effectiveness of Reiki so it is growing in popularity here as well.
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