Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Energizing Spiritually?

I am not into most New Age* stuff, but am willing to try new things. This afternoon I spent one hour lying flat and motionless on a mat in a dimly lit room experiencing my first (and probably only) Reiki class.

Before I agreed to tag along with a friend, I had heard of Reiki but had no idea what it was. I assumed it was some kind of meditation/stress reduction/mindfulness.

At the end of class I still have little idea what Reiki is all about. Or how it works.

Singing bowl used in my Reiki class.
The leader began the class with soothing words about relaxation and meditation, gave a brief explanation of what would ensue, and played two musical instruments I did not recognize, producing calming tones. While participants lay on mats, eyes closed, she slowly made her way around the room, maneuvering her hands over and around each person’s body. I don’t know if she touched anyone, but she did not touch me. Most of the time my eyes remained closed, but occasionally opened them and glanced around the room to see what was going on. The room was quiet – intensely so.

Reiki is supposed to relax the individual and generate a feeling of peace and security. It merges mind, body, and spirit, helping to heal body and mind, minimize side effects of medicines and promote recovery. Although not a religion, Reiki works in tandem with one’s beliefs.

Reiki is all about our life force, and if in disarray due to mental or physical illness or difficult issues an individual faces, the force is disrupted, causing physical problems affecting body organs and tissues. Reiki apparently releases negative energy flowing through the body and replaces it with positive forces.

It’s not that I do not buy into Reiki, but the practical part of my brain finds it difficult to get ‘into’ the practice. My mind stays stuck on the concrete and mundane, like what will I make for lunch and should I go shopping today or tomorrow and will my tax returns be accepted by the IRS and the state...

An hour channeling my karma, lying on a mat without moving, eyes closed, I didn’t fall asleep. But could have. I admit I did not feel any different after class than before, although my friend loved it. I doubt I will return soon, but my interest in trying new things is not dampened.

In a couple of weeks we plan on trying something else new.

Tap dancing.
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*For those of us who spent the 1970s raising families, working, paying bills and engrossed in other activities and missed the debut of the New Age movement, here is a definition
Of or relating to a complex of spiritual and consciousness-raising movements originating in the 1970s and covering a range of themes from a belief in spiritualism and reincarnation to advocacy of holistic approaches to health and ecology.  

Reiki is derived from two Japanese wordsRei means, “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power”, and Ki means “life force energy.” Reiki is ‘spiritually guided life force energy.”  The International Association of Reiki Training defines Reiki as follows: …a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.


19 comments:

  1. Hmm...I think I'll stick to wine.=^..^=

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  2. The only thing I knew about reiki before this post is having a massage when my practitioner played soothing reiki chants. It was very relaxing and I ordered them to listen to for relaxation. I would rather take my yoga classes than to just lie down for an hour. :-)

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    1. I totally agree. I enjoy yoga. I find it challenging, but also relaxing and energizing at the same time.

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  3. Moving to rural Colorado soothed most of my stress. Now we heat with the sun and relax everyday!

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  4. Being from LA, I'm pretty familiar with most things New Age. I believe in us having an energy force, but if I want to pay for something relaxing, I'd rather have a massage.

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    1. A wonderful idea, and I believe more worthwhile than the reiki - although that's just me!

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  5. You will love tap dancing. I took a few classes 10 years ago and it as so much fun. But I am now late 70's and find it a little too jarring. There is a season for everything.

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  6. I've never tried reiki, but I do love meditation and soothing music. I've never done an hour-long meditation though. I might fall asleep. :-) I recently attended a sangha gathering (my layperson's definition: Buddhist church) and absolutely loved it. I think it's great that you are trying new things. I look forward to hearing about your tap dancing experience. I found your blog through Tom's Sightings. Happy Monday!

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    1. So glad you found my blog. Welcome! I think trying new things keeps us young.

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  7. I am all into meditation and spiritual development but I have never tried Reiki so maybe I don't get my flakey New Age credentials yet.

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    1. Give it a try - you might like it. But I don't think you're missing much.

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  8. Hi Meryl I've heard of Reiki but thought it was like going to a physio LOL:) a one on one rather than a class. As an aside, when I was much younger I had a dance studio and taught ballet, tap and jazz. You will love tap dancing! Have a great week.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    1. Can't wait for the tap dancing class!

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  9. My massage therapist son isn't a fan and I don't get it, but I do have several friends who swear by it. I feel the same way about floating. I wanted that to work for me, but it just gives me back pain. My husband, though, loves it and swears that he is pain free for more than 24 hours after a float.

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