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Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Science Behind Reiki

Independent research by Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. John Zimmerman during the 1980's investigated what happens while people practice therapies like Reiki. They found that not only do the brain wave patterns of practitioner and receiver become synchronised in the alpha state, characteristic of deep relaxation and meditation, but they pulse in unison with the earth's magnetic field, known as the Schuman Resonance. During these moments, the biomagnetic field of the practitioners' hands is at least 1000 times greater than normal, and not as a result of internal body current.

Toni Bunnell (1997) suggests that the linking of energy fields between practitioner and earth allows the practitioner to draw on the 'infinite energy source' or 'universal energy field' via the Schuman Resonance. Prof. Paul Davies and Dr. John Gribben in The Matter Myth (1991), discuss the quantum physics view of a 'living universe' in which everything is connected in a 'living web of interdependence'. All of this supports the subjective experience of 'oneness' and 'expanded consciousness' related by those who regularly receive or self-treat with Reiki

Zimmerman (1990) in the USA and Seto (1992) in Japan further investigated the large pulsating biomagnetic field that is emitted from the hands of energy practitioners while they work. They discovered that the pulses are in the same frequencies as brain waves, and sweep up and down from 0.3 - 30 Hz, focusing mostly in 7 - 8 Hz, alpha state. Independent medical research has shown that this range of frequencies will stimulate healing in the body, with specific frequencies being suitable for different tissues. For example, 2 Hz encourages nerve regeneration, 7Hz bone growth, 10Hz ligament mending, and 15 Hz capillary formation.

Physiotherapy equipment based on these principles has been designed to aid soft tissue regeneration, and ultra sound technology is commonly used to clear clogged arteries and disintegrate kidney stones. Also, it has been known for many years that placing an electrical coil around a fracture that refuses to mend will stimulate bone growth and repair.

Becker explains that 'brain waves' are not confined to the brain but travel throughout the body via the perineural system, the sheaths of connective tissue surrounding all nerves. During treatment, these waves begin as relatively weak pulses in the thalamus of the practitioner's brain, and gather cumulative strength as they flow to the peripheral nerves of the body including the hands. The same effect is mirrored in the person receiving treatment, and Becker suggests that it is this system more than any other, that regulates injury repair and system rebalance. This highlights one of the special features of Reiki (and similar therapies) - that both practitioner and client receive the benefits of a treatment, which makes it very efficient.

It is interesting to note that Dr. Becker carried out his study on world-wide array of cross-cultural subjects, and no matter what their belief systems or customs, or how opposed to each other their customs were, all tested the same. Part of Reiki's growing popularity is that it does not impose a set of beliefs, and can therefore be used by people of any background and faith, or none at all. This neutrality makes it particularly appropriate to a medical or prison setting.

Author: Tamisha Sabrina-UK Reiki Federation Source

Comment from Reiki Retreat:
What really drew my attention to this article was that the study was conducted by Dr. Robert Becker, one of the leading authorities on topics related to geopathic stress and EMFs. Just this week I received the book I ordered by Dr. Becker entitled The Body Electric, which had been on my list for a few years, but I neglected to get around to it. Since this is my 3rd encounter with Dr. Robert Becker's work in less than one week, I guess I need to pay attention to the message the universe is sending and get moving on reading the book.

I find the information in this article fascinating! When giving a Reiki session to another individual, frequently what occures is the receipant and I will have the same insightful information coming to us during the session. When this happens, I am always in awe, thinking of the million thoughts, or images which could possibly be created, and ask how did both of us zero in on the same one? This article begins to provide me with some of the reasons why this happens.

I hope some of you Reiki practitioners who may be reading this will jump in and share you thoughts on this topic

1 comment:

IZZY B said...

I also find this interesting, I have done Reiki for some time now, and looking for the answers to it all the time. Thank you Dr Robert Becker.