Times, Thursday, Page 1 (Health Science, Section B). |
An Ancient Approach to Healing
wonderful overview of Reiki as a healing art which quotes from and uses illustrations
from my book!).
"As described in Reiki: The Healer's Touch, by Elizabeth
Severino, reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning "vital life force
energy directed by universal spiritual guidance" - - the energy of living.
Reiki is closely related to Indian medicine in
that it focuses on seven major energy centers, known as "chakras."
Like its Eastern cousins and other forms of alternative medicine, its basis is
not grounded in experiments you can look up in scientific journals and replicate.
Its unique aspect is in how its history can be traced. Though its origins date
back more than 2,500 years to Sanskrit writings from Tibet, the book explains,
it was Mikao Usui, a Christian monk, who earned his doctorate at the University
of Chicago, who rediscovered this forgotten healing discipline in the late 1800s.
The Japanese native's reiki technique is known as the Usui System of Natural Healing."
The article goes on to describe techniques
of Reiki and opinions on the effectiveness of Reiki treatments according to various
health professionals and Reiki clients.
Reproduced with permission. This
article was first published on July 18, 1996,
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