Reiki practitioners often describe how their healing modality works as bringing Source energy (God energy, Love energy, Chi, etc.) in through their crown chakra (top of the head), down through their heart chakra, into their arms (extensions of the heart chakra), out their hands and into the body & energetic field of their client — healing, balancing and cleansing them. While this explanation is certainly valid, it is difficult for people who need a more scientific or logical explanation of how Reiki works to accept this explanation.
To view this from a logical standpoint we need to understand the electromagnetic field, the myofascial system, chakras, and biophotons. Once these are understood separately we can put them together to understand the science behind holistic energy healing.
The Electromagnetic FieldTo grasp the basic concepts of energy healing understand first that everything is made up of electromagnetic energy, or simply put, energy. All energy vibrates at different frequencies that correspond to sound, light and color. The Eastern explanation of energy refers to this energy as ‘Chi’ (pronounced Chee), the vital life force energy of the Universe, present within every living thing, whereby the Western explanation of energy within the body typically refrains from explaining what energy is but instead states that we need energy within our bodies to sustain life and that energy cannot be destroyed or eliminated from our being. Western medical science is now beginning to take a serious look at ancient Far Eastern traditions that focus on Chi, the life force energy which flows through the body pathways – known as meridians and chakras – of all living forms, in order to maintain health and wellness, energetically, mentally, physically, and emotionally. This life-force energy, or Chi, moves within, from and around our bodies through what is known as an electromagnetic field (see picture above). An electromagnetic field (also known as EMF or EM field) is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects. Humans, animals, plants, cell phones, even planet Earth has an EMF and this Chi flows from all parts in the Universe, in and throughout this EMF continually. The Institute of HeartMath is currently conducting enlightening research on the EMF and their findings on how the EMF affects and is affected by our emotions and thoughts, or intention. It is this field that energetic healers work within to bring about clearing, balancing and healing of the body.
The Myofascial SystemThe Myofascial System, which makes up 60% of your body, consists of fascial tissue (fascia). In the photo to the right you can see that fascial tissue is actually made up of tiny microtubules of callogen, similar to fiber optics, which are hollow and fluid-filled and carry information about proprioception as well as carrying your consciousness throughout your body.
This tissue is a white or clear connective tissue that supports, envelops, and connects our organs, bones, muscles, and tissue together. The fascia provides a sliding and gliding environment for muscles, suspends organs in their proper place, transmits movement from muscles to bones, and provides a supportive and movable wrapping for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles. If you ever dissected an animal in your high school biology class, you would have cut through this white, skin-like tissue to get to whatever organ, muscle or bone you were trying to find.
Fascia also conducts your energy; you might consider it an energy highway. When we send energy from our body to another body it is moving through and from the fascia. This fascia also creates our chakras or energy centers within the body. These energy centers are where the fascial tissue actually congregates in horizontal bands (see diagram to the left) creating a concentration of energetic vibration and internal power.The videos below will assist in understanding more about the myofascial system and its role in energy conduction…Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of research that has been done on living fascia but in recent years new technology and instruments have allowed scientists, researchers, and doctors to see the fascia up close in a living organism while performing its normal functions.
BiophotonsBy understanding your electromagnetic field and fascia, you can now see how this life-force energy moves throughout and around your body, both physically and energetically. However, to fully understand energetic healing we must add the variable of biophotons and their role in this fascinating process.
All living organisms emit a constant current of biophotons, which are elementary particles of light coming from a biological being. Pictured to the left are biophotons in a drop of water. These particles are emitted and direct instantaneous signals to multiple locations at once, from one part of the body to another, and to the outside world. They are stored in the DNA and their function is cellular communication. Physicists actually call these light particles the “communicators” in the body because they use your intention to direct other particles to rearrange into either a healthy or non-healthy pattern. In biology every cell in your body has over 100,000 biochemical reactions per second, all of which must be carefully timed and sequenced with each other. Research has provided evidence that this cellular dance is not random, but rather controlled by these biophotons. To further explain, science is showing us that biophotons are in control of virtually every biochemical reaction that occurs in your body through our thoughts, emotions, and intention, including supporting your body’s ability to heal, releasing old patterns or forming new supportive ones.
A direct intention manifests itself as an electric and magnetic energy producing an ordered change of photons. Our intentions operate as highly coherent frequencies capable of changing the molecular structure of matter.
In short, it is the biophotons that allow for our patterns to form and break, allow our emotions to hold a negative charge or balance into a positive experience, and allow our body to be in a state of health or dis-ease.
Taking this explanation of biophotons one step further, we’re going to look at images of biophotons in a drop of water (below). In February 2006, using a Somatoscope, which is a darkfield microscope with a magnification of 30,000x, researchers were able to observe the inside structure of biophotons for the very first time. What was discovered when focusing on a single biophoton was that in the center of this spark of light a six-pointed star was contained within a hexagonal geometric shape, as is seen appearing in photo 4. By photo 6 you can see a Merkaba form in the middle with a hexagon around the edge and by photo 9 you can see the Flower of Life form. If you connect Sacred Geometry with healing, you may come to the conclusion that at the center of the flower of life is our consciousness, the consciousness directs the photons, the photons direct our patterns and positive or negative state of being, which means – we completely control our own state of being. We are not a victim to anyone or anything, we hold all the cards and only we can heal ourselves.
For more information on Sacred Geometry, watch this great little video from our friends at Spirit Science!
Putting it all togetherReiki works when biophotons are brought in from source energy, through the fascia, into the heart and then into the hands of a practitioner or ones’ own hands. When a practitioner and a client have a shared intention or when the self has a clear intention on what is wanted the biophotons travel through the fascia of the client or self, moving into the DNA and communicate with other biophotons within the body to allow healing, clearing, balancing, etc. In other words the biophotons are directed to restructure the chemical reactions and molecular makeup of the body for health and wellness to occur.
Conducting a healing sessionAnyone can heal and everyone has the power to change the course of their physical, mental and emotional well-being. The following is an explanation of one method of conducting a healing session on others, but can easily be applied to the self. Methods vary from practitioner to practitioner and each method has value and worth. If you are not finding success with your own self-healing, seek a local energy healer who can guide you through your release.
To begin, take a few deep breaths with your client to help engage the Vagus nerve which triggers a signal within your nervous system to slow down the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and decrease cortisol, the stress hormone. Then guide them into their heart center (chakra) asking them to connect their heart to yours so that a partnership is formed while conducting the healing process. Remind the person you are working on that the practitioner is a conduit to move the energy and set the space for healing to occur—the true healer is the self.
Once hearts are connected begin by placing your hands on your client –go where you feel called to go, listening to your intuition or when releasing old emotion, place one hand on the heart and one on the solar plexus. Set an intention for the energy and ask to bring in the right energy for the client’s highest and greatest good. By setting that intention you bring in the correct arrangement of photons into your crown chakra, down through your heart, out your arms, and through your hands. What leaves your hands are biophotons that are in perfect arrangement for the client’s healing and balance. Once these particles of light enter your client’s body, they communicate with the client’s own biophotons to assist in rearranging molecules into a healthy pattern. Continue to set these intentions together as you work on various parts of the body or on particular emotional releases, moving this energy through the fascia. By doing this rearranging of molecules, energy blockages and old emotions can be released, leaving the client in a healthier, balanced state. There are particular techniques and symbols that are taught in Reiki classes and can increase frequency and direction for the healing sessions; seek a local Reiki instructor for further training to assist either yourself or others.