Your Subtle Body and Reiki
Within yogic and Hindu philosophies, the subtle body exists as an “astral body” beyond that of the physical and mental layers of being. The subtle body, also known as linga sharira in Sanskrit, is described as a melding of the mind, intellect, and ego. The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Eastern text, states that the subtle body regulates the physical, human form.
Subtle Body healing connects individuals to this level of being, which often ebbs and flows through our days without conscious awareness. In healing the Subtle Body, healing can then occur more readily in the physical body. The intrinsic connection between the two remains deeply powerful, even when experiencing pain or trauma.
Most means of healing the Subtle Body are gentle and peaceful. Minimal movement occurs unless you are working with a Somatic Therapy, and often you can recline down comfortable while the healer or teacher guides you through a given method.
Some reported benefits of Subtle Body healing include:
- Releasing old patterns and behaviors
- Increased awareness and general presence
- Shedding of karma and lingering energies
- Deepening connection to others, nature, and Spirit energy
- Recalibrated sense of self, harmony, and joy
- Awakening of healing energies within one’s self
Reiki stands strong as one of the most popular and effective methods of Subtle Body healing. As a means of energy work, Reiki offers realignment through a gentle ‘treatment’ which, when administered, shifts an individual’s life force. In doing so, blockages are removed, energy is brought into balance, and the receiver might feel a notable difference physically and subtly.
With its roots in Japanese philosophy and energetics, Reiki benefits individuals seeking stress reduction and relaxation methods. But, if you have a physical injury, you might be of benefit, too. From a holistic perspective, every layer of our being links to another. So, healing one level aids in the healing of another.
What does a typical Reiki session look like? Well, Reiki is usually administered in a one on one space. The healer, or ‘Reiki master,’ and the receiver share the space. The Reiki master will place their hands over areas of the receiver’s physical body and subtly move the receiver’s energy from there.
Benefits of Reiki
Reiki boasts numerous benefits, some of which are:
- Increased vitality
- A balanced state of being
- Sense of harmony
- Dissolution of blockages
- Release of stress and long-held tensions
- Aids in detoxification
- Boosts immune system
Such benefits might not immediately show themselves to you. Several sessions are typically necessary to achieve potent and long-lasting events, especially in more intensive and deep-rooted cases of trauma or physical illness.
Cultivating Your Practice
Becoming a Reiki master requires diligent practice and dedication to the path. Reiki appears quite simple to administer but is not taught in the usual classroom or yoga studio setting.
Instead, to become a master, one must receive the wisdom from another master within the lineage during an attunement. The attunement shares the vast life force energy with the new master so that they can tap into such prana endlessly.
Mikao Usui founded the Reiki system, so if you are thinking about receiving Reiki or becoming a master, look for a modern master who falls under Usui’s lineage.
Are you looking to explore Reiki solely for self-use? That’s an option, as well. To cultivate a personal practice, you can find valid resources online or seek out a teacher within your region. Share with them your intentions so that they understand you want to learn more than the usual client but will only be using the method on yourself.
No matter how you go about practicing or receiving Reiki, embrace its energetic, subtle ways. The magic of Reiki is ethereal in concept but rooted deep in ancient wisdom we know in our bones and being.