Recently I’ve noticed several articles about a scientific study that appears to show how meditation and yoga work on the molecular level of human biology. The authors of the study suggest that what they call mind-body interventions actually change DNA in ways that can prevent cancer and depression, and counteract the aging process.
I wasn’t sure what a mind-body intervention (MBI) was, so I looked it up. MBIs are practices that “employ a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms,” according to the US National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Okay. It’s a fancy phase to encompass yoga and meditation, as well as Reiki, Qigong, Tai Chi, and the like.
For many us involved with what we usually call energy healing, MBIs have long been associated with relaxation, increased tolerance for stress, general good health, and often seemingly miraculous healing. No proof is needed to validate direct experience.
Still, I was drawn to this particular study. It was a simple but elegant linkage of science and spirit, even if the authors might not see it that way. They linked the practice of MBIs to changes observed at the molecular level. Specifically they examined how MBIs act relative to genes that express inflammation as a result of stress.
It’s clear to me as a Reiki practitioner that Reiki reduces harmful stress—pure and simple. That stress is related to inflammation is no big surprise. I was curious where they would take this.
Heres the basics: The sympathetic nervous system initiates the fight-or-flight response when triggered by a real or a perceived threat (stress). This sets off an increase in the production of a molecule called nuclear factor kappa B, which in turn activates genes to produce proteins called cytokines. Cytokines cause inflammation in cells. If this stress-inflammation thing persists several undesirable conditions and diseases can arise.
People practicing MBIs reduce the production of nuclear factor kappa B and cytokines, thus they inhibit or eliminate harmful inflammation. For our cells MBIs have the opposite effect of chronic stress.
The implications for preventing and treating inflammation-based disease is palpable. If inflammation can be reduced by gentle noninvasive low-tech means, the opportunities for improved health are, well, endless.
The authors suggest additional research before “widely integrating MBIs in healthcare.”
For those of us who experience the benefits of MBIs (my favorite new acronym) daily, it’s affirming that conventional medical research is catching on. For those who could heal more swiftly and effectively by bringing MBIs into their healthcare, making these services widely available is medically compassionate at the very least.
Cited: Buric I, Farias M, Jong J, Mee C and Brazil IA (2017) What Is the Molecular Signature of Mind–Body Interventions? A Systematic Review of Gene Expression Changes Induced by Meditation and Related Practices. Front. Immunol. 8:670. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.00670
Deborah O'Brien and I have just completed a two-year case study that explores the use of Holy Fire Reiki and other energy healing approaches in managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease--and reversing the progression of the disorder.
I was the happy client! I now consider myself a healthy, vibrant person who occasionally encounters symptoms of Parkinson's.
We are delighted to share Parkinson's Disease and Human Energy Systems with you. Just click the name to access the PDF. (It's a large file and might take awhile to load.) The study includes specific descriptions of many of the techniques used and the results observed.
People with Parkinson's, their caregivers, family, and friends are welcome to contact us to discuss how Holy Fire Reiki could be helpful for each unique situation.
We are humbled by the success we've witnessed, and we sincerely wish to be of service.
You might also be interested in my article that was published in Reiki News Magazine: Parkinson's Disease: An Opportunity for Reiki Healing.
By Deborah O'Brien
Intuition is that part of us that holds knowing in our heart. By cultivating intuition we connect with wisdom. Wisdom itself comes with direct personal experience; events of our lives and the way we relate to them provide the soul lessons that unveil wisdom.
Reiki is not a belief system that can be intellectually understood. It is not a spiritual practice that requires us to follow beliefs prescribed by others. It is our unique personal path that leads to wisdom, guides compassionate action, and returns us to source.
Energy healing with Reiki connects us to the source of all love, creation, knowledge, and wisdom. Its perfection appears as we honor it as sacred, as we continuously nurture our relationship with the divine. We humbly invite intuitive guidance, and ego steps aside to allow the highest healing.
We witness amazing transformations when we approach the practice of energy healing with innocence, with no attachment to a pre-determined outcome. Reiki has its own consciousness; it knows the precise needs of each human being. The practitioner is the intuitive director that channels Reiki’s healing energy.
The more we practice Reiki the more we recognize and honor intuitive guidance. In a session this can reveal where to place our hands on a person’s body for optimal healing. Or which symbolic energy keys to use to unlock particular frequencies of energy. Or what combinations of our available skills would be most helpful for our client.
Practitioners of Reiki can encourage intuitive grace with regular practice: with meditation to purify our mind; with a healthy diet and lifestyle to purify our body; with kindness and compassion to purify our heart; and with regular self-healing to purify our connection to source.
May our sincere and loving effort serve the highest good for each and all.
Peter is a writer, an environmental activist and a musician. He has served as an elected county commissioner in Oregon. He came to Reiki as spiritual energy manifested a reversal of symptoms and healing from Parkinson’s Disease, a condition that he struggled with for 13 years.
Deborah is a Holy Fire II Usui Karuna® Reiki Master, an Energy Healer, a Holistic Alternative Psychology Master, and a certified Health and Life Coach.