How Do Ayurveda and Reiki Healing Principles Converge in the Holistic Foundation of Yoga?
Ayurveda and Reiki are two natural healing systems. Even though Ayurveda utilizes herbal remedies, diet and lifestyle as a remedial measure, yet there is common foundation in approach and principles in ayurvedic medicine and energy healing based on the science of Yoga. And we will see how the underlying principles of one system can be utilized with the other system to get greater benefit and rapid enhancement in health and in healing.
Know About Reiki?
The word Reiki stands for universal life force energy. It is derived from Japanese language. The concept of life energy or cosmic energy is not new to Japanese or Christian or Indian tradition. Japanese master Mikhao Usui was the first master in Japan to propagate this science of energy healing.
All of us are living because of the functioning of this universal life energy. This energy plays the foundational role in our health and in disorders. When this energy is working properly and is in balance, we are healthy in body, peaceful and happy in mind and joyous in soul.
About Healing Energy
Reiki is cosmic vital force. All of us are connected on a deeper level with this energy. But by initiation or attunement of Reiki, we become aware of the energy and we become a conscious channel of this universal vital energy. We can now channelize energy with our awareness, intention and prayer.
Reiki initiation or attunement is done by Reiki master. The master follows the steps of attunement and the student becomes aware and attuned to universal energy.
When someone receives Reiki healing, the energy goes into his body and mind and energizes the already present vital force. Reiki energy balances and harmonizes the underlying vital energy responsible for normal and healthy functioning of body and mind.
The Three Levels Of Reiki Attunement:
Reiki attunement is completed in three levels. In the first or basic level, the student can heal himself or some one else who is physically present and the healer needs to touch the body of the person.
In second degree or advance level, the master teaches three symbols – Cho Ku Rei, Sei He ki, Hong Se Jo Se Nen. After applying these symbols or mantra of Reiki, the healer can practice distance healing. The person to be healed can be anywhere – in the same room or in another part of globe – the geographical distance doesn’t matter.
In the third level or master degree, the student is taught the master symbol – Dai ko myo. Now the student can heal with more efficacy and he becomes a Reiki master and can attune others to become Reiki healers. In some traditions, the master degree is limited to the use of master symbol and the students have to attend another attunement. This is called Reiki Grandmaster attunement.
The Concept Of Prana Or Universal Life Force In Yoga:
The foundational concept of Ayurveda as well as Yoga is that we possess three bodies – physical, astral or ethereal or energetic or pranic, and causal or ideational body – and consciousness principle or soul.
The concept of energy is very well recognized and is in the most developed form in Ayurveda and Yoga. The term ‘Prana’ is used for vital energy.
Prana or pranic energy is of two types – individual energy and cosmic energy. Individual energy (Vyasti Prana) is responsible for the life and health of our body. Cosmic energy or Universal energy (Samasti Prana) is responsible for the life and health of universe.
Ayurveda describes the working of individual energy through various channels in astral or ethereal body. These channels correspond to nerves, lymph vessels and blood vessels in physical body. Energy is stored and distributed through seven major Chakras or centers that correspond to brain, medulla oblongata, cervical, cardiac, navel, sacral and coccygeal region in spinal cord. The description of Chakras or Cerebrospinal centers are given more detail in textbooks of Yoga.
Ayurveda works primarily through five main form of Individual Prana and five sub prana in our body. These ten forms of energy are responsible for healthy functioning of all the tissues and organs. Their harmony is essential for our health and well being.
Acupressure, Acupuncture And Marma Therapy Of Ayurvedic Medicine:
Chinese Acupressure and Acupuncture system of medicine are also effective because of their activating the energy centers and energy channels.
The Marma therapy of ayurvedic medicine describes hundreds of such tender spots that are very valuable from the point of emergency medicine, acupressure, acupuncture, reiki, pranic healing and massage.
Essentially the foundation of Ayurveda, Reiki as well as any form of energy medicine is in Prana or vital force. Ayurveda and Reiki recognize the concept of energy in theory and operates for the balance of energy in practice.