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Reiki – Mechanisms of Healing – Part 2

May 17th, 2015

In part 1 on the discussion of the mechanisms of healing I explored the range of opinions on how Reiki works.  I want to continue this discussion by focusing on some interesting research which supports my belief that I act as a channel for universal energy when I am giving Reiki treatments.

During the 1980’s, Dr Robert Becker, Dr John Zimmerman, and Max Cade each investigated what happens whilst people perform therapies like Reiki. They found that not only do the brain wave patterns of practitioner and receiver become synchronised in the alpha state, but they pulse in unison with the earth’s magnetic field, known as the Schuman Resonance. During these moments, the biomagnetic field of the practitioner’s hands is at least 10000 times greater than normal, and not as a result of internal body current.

The synchronisation between practitioner & receiver in the alpha state allows left-right balance,  and stimulates deep relaxation and meditation. Which explains why all my clients state Reiki is very relaxing.

Toni Bunnell (1997) suggests that the linking of energy fields between practitioner and earth allows the practitioner to draw on the ‘infinite energy source’ or ‘universal energy field’ via the Schuman Resonance. Professor Paul Davies and Dr John Gribben in The Matter Myth (1991), discuss the quantum physics view of a ‘living universe’ in which everything is connected in a ‘living web of interdependence’.


Zimmerman J., ‘New technologies detect effects of healing hands’, Brain/Mind Bulletin, Vol 10, No 16. ‎Sept 30, 1985.‎

Becker, Robert O. ‘The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life’, Pub: William ‎Morrow & Co. Inc. 1985‎

Bunnell T., ‘A tentative mechanism for healing’, Positive Health, Nov/Dec 1997.‎

Cade M. & Coxhead N., ‘The Awakened Mind;Biofeedback and the Development of Higher States of ‎Awareness’, pub: Element Books, 1996 (reprint).‎

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