Reiki has been developing a lot since it’s (re)discovery in Japan in 1922 and to do my part in brining it more fully into our Western Post-Modern culture there are a number of myths about Reiki that I would like to bust.
1. Reiki is just hocus-pocus
Okay, science does have a hard time with anything which isn’t tangible and can’t be measured by modern instruments but that’s not quite what I mean. What I would like to clarify is that when we start to work with Reiki we don’t have to suspend our critical thinking and just ‘believe’ in it.
When we work with Reiki we develop our capacity for subtle awareness. Something that we all possess and we start to become aware of different types of chi energy directly. Our intuition starts to deepen and we begin to use more than just our mind to gauge reality. Yes, there really is a world beyond the rational mind. But we don’t need to throw out the baby with the bathwater. We still want to be able to discriminate, as long as we are not cynical. And anyway, we develop the best in a spiritual sense when we keep both feet on the ground.
2. You need to have some kind of special gift to be able to work with Reiki
Untrue! Just as we can all learn to play a musical instrument we can all learn to work with energy and become aware of our energy bodies. The only prerequisites are interest and practice.
3. There are many different kinds of Reiki (and each is better than the other)
This trend is rather confusing for people. Tera-Mai Reiki, Rainbow Reiki, Kundalini Reiki, etc. I have worked for many years with Reiki and I have received Reiki from people from many different Reiki backgrounds and I can say with confidence: There is only one Reiki, it is the same energy. Some people choose to brand it differently but that’s all. The only thing that makes a difference is the clarity and transparency of the Reiki giver themselves.
Once you start studying the real history, you find that it’s a rather controversial topic
4. Reiki is part of the ‘New Age’ spiritual movement
Disclaimer: I must admit that for quite a while I found everything that had to do with New Age spirituality very interesting. From shamanism to rebirthing and crystals to crop circles. But New Age spirituality is just one of the many forms of spirituality and although Reiki during her path from Japan to the West has been well received by the New Age movement, it did not start there and it will not end there.
5. There is an ‘official’ form of Reiki
From a Japanese perspective Reiki does not even exist outside Japan. And from the perspective of some Western Reiki organisations it’s not Reiki that is being practiced elsewhere. But just as with Yoga, once you start studying the real history, you find that it’s a rather controversial topic on which people do not always agree. All I know for sure is that Reiki is still under development (and probably always will be) and it can be practiced in any culture anywhere on Earth.
I hope I don’t come across as being too critical or opinionated, but I think that everyone should know that Reiki can be a very powerful catalyst for the development of consciousness. It is a proven tool for spiritual development but the form its takes is less important that the ways in which it can help us.
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Scientists have finally proven that our DNA has Telepathic abilities: Are we globally connected? Scientists refer to it as Genetic ‘telepathy’ and it is a completely shocking new discovery. Scientists firmly believe that have discovered a new detail about our DNA which points towards the fact that it has the ability to ‘link itself together’ when separated by distance, in other words, our DNA has the ability to communicate telepathically. But this was believed to be impossible according to many experts, but you know what they say, everything is impossible until it becomes possible. According to tests published by the Journal of Physical Chemistry intact double-strand DNA has the mysterious ability to communicate at a distance telepathically meaning that it has the ability to identify certain similarities in other DNA stands even at a distance making it possible to congregate without physical contact. In other words it means that just as friends which have similar interests hang out, tiny little bits of genetic material basically do the same congregating together."
"The next big step? How to control telepathy? According to the authors of the article that appeared in the ACS’ Journal, Geoff S. Baldwin, Sergey Leikin, John M. Seddon, and Alexi A. Kornyshev and their colleges, “Amazingly, the forces responsible for the sequence recognition can reach across more than one nanometer of water separating the surfaces of the nearest neighbor DNA.” In the experiment, researchers placed fluorescently tagged DNA strands in water without proteins or other material that could interfere with the experiment and observed it. Researchers were able to understand that identical nucleotide sequences were about twice as likely to gather together as DNA strands with different sequences."
"This incredible experiment might shed new light and help increase accuracy and efficiency of homologous recombination of genes which according to scientists, is a process that is responsible for DNA repair, evolution and genetic diversity " .
A woman in France had a long life despite the fact that a flaw had considered deadly. A few researchers have examined the case and found the explanation
Thus, recent studies have revealed the secret of a long life. If until now it was thought that genes are responsible for the quality and length of life, newest main determinant is the way we think.
Specifically, a life full of stress will only lead to serious medical problems like heart problems and even cancer. It was found that stress is the main cause of breast cancer, 160 patients analyzed, while "unexpressed anger and feelings detained" are also an important cause various cancers.
The best example of positive thinking results is Jeanne Calment who lived 122 years although disordered eating and smoking more than 100 years. She was born into a wealthy family and had no care for life.
As complex as the modern world has become, it seems unlikely that most of what surrounds us is actually the result of the ancient practice of philosophy. Everything from the structure of democratic governments to due process of law, from a physician’s Hippocratic oath to computer software, has its roots in philosophy. Sadly, philosophy as a course of study is disappearing from our nation’s colleges, yet its focus on analytical thinking and problem solving is more vitally important today than ever.
Philosophy is an academic discipline that exercises reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality and human nature. The ancient Greeks, who were among the first to practice philosophy, coined the term, which means “love of wisdom.” Those who study philosophy are called philosophers. Through the ages, philosophers have sought to answer such questions as, what is the meaning and purpose of life? How do we know what we know? Does God exist? What does it mean to possess consciousness? And, what is the value of morals?
Philosophers attempt to answer such questions through the philosophical method. The method usually begins when a philosopher examines his own beliefs and begins to doubt their validity. From his doubt, questions emerge. Before answering a question, the philosopher thoroughly analyzes it to ensure it is clearly and properly defined. This helps narrow the path to the most precise answer. Next, the philosopher proposes possible answers to the question and provides reasoned arguments to support each one. The arguments are then critiqued by other philosophers, who may give rebuttals. Through this process of criticism and judgment, known as dialectic, philosophers attempt to prove the rationality of their beliefs and discover fundamental truths.
It’s no coincidence that the philosophical method has much in common with the scientific method. Indeed, early science was known as “natural philosophy.” Philosophers like Aristotle developed the concepts of inductive and deductive reasoning that form the basis of modern scientific study. The roots of the physical sciences like physics and geology can be traced back to ancient philosophy.
Philosophy itself is generally considered a type of social science, like sociology or psychology. That’s because early philosophy was primarily concerned with describing the best way to live and organize society. From that spawned many other disciplines: economics, political science, law, linguistics, literary and art criticism, and theology—along with sociology and psychology.
Though many of philosophy’s original topics have evolved into other fields of study over time, the discipline remains rich and varied. Modern philosophy contains six main branches of thought, each with their own unique focus:
Metaphysics: the nature of reality and the universe.
Epistemology: the study of knowledge and how it is acquired.
Logic: how to develop valid arguments; includes mathematical logic.
Ethics: the study of right and wrong and how people should live.
Politics: the study of government, citizen rights and political obligations.
Aesthetics: beauty, art and artistic perception.
At first glance, it would appear that such study has little application in the real world. Yet, philosophy shapes modern existence. Unlocking the secrets of knowledge acquisition is the primary concern of passionate educators of young people around the globe. Logic forms the basis of all computer technology, as more precise programming commands increase computing speed and efficiency. Ethics plays a major role in medicine, law and foreign policy. Indeed, the hottest debates surrounding the issues of our time—abortion, capital punishment, welfare, environmentalism, torture and end-of-life care—all stem from philosophical questions.
However, the study of philosophy is not necessarily about discovering all of the answers to life’s toughest questions. Skepticism lies at the heart of philosophy. Therefore, asking a question is more fundamentally important than answering one. In philosophy, questioning a deeply held belief or social practice sets one onto the path of true understanding, and it’s this understanding that leads to meaningful personal and social change. A good philosopher recognizes the danger of accepting knowledge at face value. Social or scientific theories may be untested or contain personal bias; trusting them immediately could result in terrible consequences.
Today, philosophers can be found working in nearly every career field. Some are scientists developing ways to test household products without using animals. Some are politicians and human rights activists fighting for changes in foreign policy that will alleviate war and poverty for millions of Third World citizens. Some are economists seeking practical solutions to economic inequality. Still others are programmers working on the cutting edge of technology to develop faster and more efficient computer software.
Those who study philosophy also tend to lead fulfilling and successful lives. Some of history’s most well-known figures were philosophers: Socrates, Plato, John Locke, Friedrich Nietzsche, John Stuart Mill, Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Noam Chomsky, to name a few.
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