Reiki & Meditation: A Journey to your Own Essence

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Article by Isabella Dove, Reiki Master

Using Reiki while meditating is a fascinating as well as powerful experience that enhances one fundamental value within Reiki: peaceful strength. Let’s first have a look at the benefits of meditation. Meditation is said to be an ally for life, health and overall wellbeing. Meditation improves your state of being, clarifies the mind, generates better focusing and concentration capacities and even keeps eyesight and vision healthy as it takes the strain off the eyes. Being calmer with a heart beating at a healthier pace with increased sense of balance is quite sufficient to convince a beginner to take on some meditation minutes per day. Moreover, the benefits of meditation are not just secluded to our own energy field. They also expand to our surroundings. Quantum studies are progressively presenting the impact of meditation on an environment and on the electro-magnetic fields surrounding the Earth. Bearing in mind the fact that quantum physics supports the idea that intentions and thoughts have a mass and consequently the quality of the thoughts and the intentions have far-reaching results on the quality of the mass (and not necessarily the quantity) it is possible to draw a scenario where meditation -as a practice of calming the mind and body and enhancing the quality of the thoughts and the intentions – influences an inner and as well as an outer situation. Neuroscience is eager to present results of clinical experiences on meditative practices and often comes up with studies and research reports on the benefits of meditation and its influence on the electro-magnetic vibration starting from the heart, expanding to the brain and influencing the pH of water, the energy of room or a conflict meditation issue. Meditation enhances heart-consciousness; the core of loving-kindness and through regular practice can lead to significant positive alteration of disaffected behaviors by harmonizing the waves in the brain, calming the mind and make you become more of an observer of events and subtly teaches how to then take action. When quantum physics and neuroscience collaborate under the lens of a Reiki Master or a Reiki practitioner, some powerful meditative practices can emerge with can influence magnetic force to each layer of cellular exchanges and to the center of the soul of the Universe.

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To describe the energetic influence of meditation with a Reiki self-practice and a compassionate Reiki practice for benefiting others, we can start by stating some basics principles of bio-energy. Our body is energy, and our inner system of exchanges within our body is also made of energy. The exchange can be measured as are the frequencies of the heart – ECG. Once we understand that we are made up of energy we also understand that as part of a living being we belong to a system that is also alive. The Universe is not static and we belong to it as an infinite part. Thoughts are energy too and there is a direct connection between our thoughts our consciousness and our actions. The system of connections between the body and the mind makes the reality of our life determined by our state of consciousness. As energy beings we have frequencies which can be measured and within that frequency lays our Essence, what we truly are. In consequence our ‘beingness” is a Flow of connections and bio-electrical internal and external connections. In other words we are vibrational beings in a solid mass – the body. The whole system of connections and vibrational matter, explains the power of mantras, spoken words, positive thinking and other similar expressions which directly connects the physical – psychic and spiritual flow of an individual and brings benefits to the three levels – body, mind, spiritual. It also explains that a mantra acts like a magnet as it produces an electromagnetic vibration which will eventually transform gross energy into subtle energy and have positive influence on brain cells and radiate the whole being by virtue of the o\holistic system of the body and mind. The chakras are the hubs of energy flow between all levels of connections. The chakras are connected by three canals of Nadis which are subtle nerve canals from which the Kundalini energy can be released. The endocrine system plays an important role in regulating the production of hormones along the glands positioned along the nerve canals. Having described this inter-connected holistic system of actions, thoughts, movement, intention and emotions activated by our main bio-electrical flow will further explain the powerful connection between Reiki and meditation.

Meditation is one main way to keep the flow of bioelectricity in constant harmony, there also is yoga and pranayama and Reiki. Reiki in itself is a self-meditative practice which triggers basics bio-electrical flows within the body. Associated with Second Degree Symbols meditations and master Symbols meditation, meditating and practicing Reiki at the same time, will generate a powerful healing result. Here some examples.

There are various forms of meditation which altogether can sum up about 100 benefits of even a simple 5 minutes daily practice. These benefits range from typical psychological benefits, to physical benefits and spiritual benefits such as:  building self-confidence to increased ability to solve complex problems, decrease in restless thinking, decrease in tendency to worry, attain awakening, changes in attitude towards life experiencing a sense of greater oneness, increased compassion and growing wisdom.

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There are from our knowledge, three (3) basic forms for combining Reiki and meditation. The first one stems strictly from a Reiki perspective. Some research has shown that a person administrating a Reiki treatment presents meditative-like brain waves known as theta waves. Essentially then giving and or receiving a Reiki treatment is equivalent to a deep meditative states during which deep energetic exchanges occur. In some cases and depending on the sensitivity and practice of the Reiki practitioner levels of Theta brain waves can also be reached. Theta waves are said to help open the third eye for practitioner, the etheric eye said to be the channel through which practitioner gain a form of awakening which capacitated to see auras clearly, get energetic messages from Reiki connections with persons and practitioner which is quite subtle starting from Advanced Reiki level up to Reiki Master Teacher level and beyond.

The second one is more of an intentional Reiki meditative practice which can be described as a fusion of meditation and Reiki tools as a way to deepen the practice. These examples include starting from a meditative state and play around with the symbols learned at various degrees of initiation. One quite powerful practice is to sit in meditation until comfortable then visualize the chosen symbol (i.e. harmony symbol) in front of the mind’s eye for a while until ready to visualize our whole body in the shape of the symbol. Another one is to lay down, relax and visualize the body as a quantum network with millions of connections maybe even reach to visualize the DNA and intent to visualize the body as a large Reiki symbol of its own reaching from the outer physical boundary to the deepest level of the cellular body and repeating the following statement of intent: I chose to vibrate at the frequency rate of my essence. I command the vibration to expand to its maximum and connect my soul to the energetic void within my cellular body. I command to let it flow now and forever.

The third one is to blend breathing and chanting with the use of the any of the Reiki Symbols but more so with the Master Symbol. Close the eyes, focus on the breath, then when ready  chose a symbol and starting visualizing the symbol entering from the crown chakra and passing through the spine down to the root chakra and up to second chakra out from the belly and then in again from the crown chakra. Doing this three times will cleanse the Kundalini and prepare you for a beautiful and significantly powerful vibration within your physical body by chanting the symbol as beautifully and powerfully as possible with the intent to touch every single cell of your body. Try it. It is absolutely gorgeous in terms of energetic vibration!

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Isabella Dove

Isabella Dove

Isabella Dove founded Healing Mudras a small studio acting as a hub for holistic artists and healing arts in Vientiane, Lao PDR. She practices Reiki since 1999, lived in 15 countries over 4 continents and brought Reiki as an ally to experiences several realities. After becoming a Usui Reiki Master Teacher in 2008 she travelled to Hawai’i and studied directly with William Rand, Founder & Director of the International Center for Reiki Training (US) and trained as Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher in 2010. This was a breakthrough and a further leap in the practice as Karuna® Reiki brings a firmer alignment and synchronicity with grounding bodhisattva energies. Isabella is a Certified Personal Integral Coach and teaches Reiki, Yin Yoga and DancEnergetics. Visit Healing Mudras at http://thehealingmudras.blogspot.com or http://www.linkedin.com/in/healingmudras

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