How Reiki Works: A Guide for Newbies & Skeptics

If you’re reading this, you might be new to reiki or distance healing. Or you’re the type inclined to question any idea or concept in front of you. Or both.

Whatever case, you’re wise to do your research!

Any healing modality you bring into your life should be done so with intention.

While I’m not here to sell you on the spiritual side of reiki (your faith and beliefs are ultimately your own), I’m happy to share the theory behind it, resources for your continued exploration, and some of what you can expect.

How Reiki Works (in Plain English)

You and I and everything else are composed of atoms (and on subatomic level, we are almost 100% empty space). Atoms are traditionally broken down into three particles: the proton, the neutron, and the electron, and these three can be further broken down into even smaller bits and pieces.

Whenever systems interact on a particle level, the interaction creates correlations between them. Action in one place instantly influences action in another place, regardless of the distance between them. It could be an inch or it could be millions of light years, it makes no difference. This is called quantum entanglement and implies that information between particles must travel at faster than the speed of light or even instantaneously.

How is this information exchange occurring?

No one really knows.

But what we do know is that entangled particles remain connected so that actions performed on one affect the other, even when separated by vast distances. Einstein was really bothered by this concept (it goes against his General Theory of Relativity) and called it “spooky action at a distance.”

Particles react to their observer. How does this relate to us though? I think the better question is how doesn’t it relate to us?

At one point, if the Big Bang Theory is correct, all matter was connected before exploding outwards and expanding into what is now our Universe.

Everything that makes up everything, including living creatures like you and me, was once jammed into the initial singularity of the big bang.  As it exploded outwards, it became separated by space but remained entangled. All this matter can affect other matter as a result, despite being separated by distance.

Ever have a day where it seems like everyone is in a crazy mood, driving like maniacs, and throwing tantrums?

We’re all entangled.

Energy and mass are manifestations of the same thing – mass is just very tightly packed energy.

We all have mass, meaning living creatures are not just machines; we’re complex energy fields that interface with physical and cellular systems. There’s something special that flows through us; although we can’t yet measure it, we know it is there.

Reiki is one form of energy medicine that focuses on rebalancing energy fields to help regulate not only energetic systems but physical systems as well.

It’s simply the transfer of energy from one system to another.

Research & Insights to to Consider

Clinical research hasn’t yet been able to understand reiki by scientific technique, but consider this: experts are still attempting to figure out how anesthesia and antidepressants work. Hell, aspirin was distributed for more than 70 years before we understood how it was used.

That said, I trust and rely on the following sources when in comes to the studies of Reiki and energy healing:

Center For Reiki Research  Membership is FREE!

Effect of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Adults

Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study

Benefits of Reiki Therapy for a Severely Neutropenic Patient

Effects of Distant Reiki On Pain, Anxiety and Fatigue in Oncology Patients

What to Expect

A reiki session involves the practitioner placing his or her hands at specific points, or chakras, on or above the body and directing universal life force energy to facilitate general health and well-being through modification of the energy field.

These are the researched benefits of reiki:

  • Helps to achieve meditative states
  • Promotes personal awareness and spiritual connection
  • Fosters natural self-healing and balances the energies of the body
  • Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
  • Relieves pain and discomfort
  • Lowers blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate
  • Reduces bleeding
  • Raises red blood cell count
  • Helps insomnia

Sometimes people don’t feel anything whether they’re getting the healing in person or from a distance. This is totally normal!

Energy healing works whether you’re aware of it or not. You may not notice huge changes right away, but there may be subtle changes that go unnoticed until later on. At a minimum, it allows you to deeply relax and get into a meditative state.

If you are the type of person who tends to be “in your head” and has a hard time overcoming feelings of overwhelm, you’ll love this meditative state.

Feel like reiki and personalized spiritual guidance might be the next step in your healing?

Check out my distance healing package to learn more about my approach!

  • Healing Reiki
    Posted at 08:17h, 12 November

    Hi there. Thanks a lot! Love your blog!

    • Eryn Bradbury
      Posted at 00:09h, 13 November

      Hi! So glad you are enjoying my blog! Thanks so much for the support. Let me know if there’s something specific you’d like me to write about! 🙂

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