Energy Healing, how it all began...
Today more and more frequently we hear about Energy healing, but what is it? And where is it coming from?
Let me take you to ancient China and give you a small introduction about what Chi is. Chi or Qi the vital force forming part of any living thing. It means Air, precisely material energy. The flow of this Qi is the central principle not only of the Chinese medicine but also of the Chinese martial arts.
In circa 2nd century China a medical document was issued called Huangdi Neijing that speaks about the meridian system or channel network, through which qi circulates in the human body. The Chinese believe that the cause of several illnesses was the imbalance, blockage or disruption of the movement of the qi/chi through the meridians. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), seeks to release these blockages or imbalances through physical training such as qigong, t'ai chi ch'uan or similar martial training, including acupuncture.
The Hindus recognize the same vital force which they call Prana. They also teach that yoga, Indian Medicine and Martial Arts that Prana is originating from the Sun and connecting the elements of the Universe. We can read about it in the book of Vedas.
They say that Prana is a universal energy that is responsible for all body functions.
Chakra system: about the 8th century CE Buddhist text mentions the hierarchies of inner energy centers which are called the cakka, padma, pitha. Here is short text taken from the Yoginihrdaya 53-54:
Shining, she holds the noose made of the energy of will,the hook which is energy of knowledge,the bow and arrows made of energy of action.Split into support and supported,divided into eight, bearer of weapons,arising from the cakra with eight points,she has the ninefold cakra as a throne.
It is said that the human life exists in two parallel dimension physical and non physical, the mind corresponds and interacts with the body and both are mutually effecting each other. The Chakras are the energy centers of the body (both physical and non physical). The important chakras are stated in Buddhist and Hindu texts to be arranged in a column along the spinal cord, from its base to the top of the head, connected by vertical channels. The tantric traditions sought to master them, awaken and energize them through various breathing exercises or with assistance of a teacher.
Even in Traditional Tibetian Medicine is also called Sowa-Rigpa medicine, also uses acupuncture and moxabustion to treat illnesses. Tibetians developed the 3 principles of function one of them is the rLung: the source of the body's ability to to circulate energy, physical (blood) and non physical substances (thoughs).
And finally Reiki Ryoho by Mikao Usui as this technique was developed the latest in the early 20th century. Reiki System is working on the same principles that were mentioned before. Ki is the Japanese equivalent for the Chinese Chi/Qi and the Hindu Prana. Rei means Spirit, Divine or Universal. It is practiced with hands on method but also less known with breathing, staring, tapping and massaging. The flow of Reiki helps to harmonize, energize and clear the energy centers by creating an overall feeling of emotional and physical comfort.