Williams speaks to Surangani Abeyratne who practises a hands-on
healing system where a person's negativity can be removed by using
a trip to Kandy, Charmaine de Silva began throwing up repeatedly.
When her usual tablets did not give her relief, Surangani, a Reiki
practitioner friend who was travelling with her placed her hands
on Charmaine's stomach and head for a few minutes. "I gradually
felt relief and then felt different and refreshed in a way. No one
could tell that I had been quite sick en-route," says Charmaine.
belief that Reiki could heal was confirmed when one morning, she
received a call from her daughter's school. Her daughter, Seshi
had had an asthmatic attack. While she was getting ready to take
her to the doctor, Surangani who happened to be at her home spent
some time with her daughter. "I took Seshi to the doctor an
hour later only to be told that there was no trace of a wheeze.
It was a marvellous instantaneous recovery," says Chandima.
stories of healing through Reiki are told in the rest of the world
more than in Sri Lanka, where this alternative therapy is only just
becoming popular. In Sri Lanka it is relatively new. Believers feel
that it is a natural, holistic method of treatment that involves
total relaxation, stress release and self-treatment of mind, body
who was initiated into Reiki in India is one of the first Reiki
masters in Sri Lanka and today is a Reiki Grandmaster. Thus she
is allowed to initiate and induct Reiki masters. Besides healing
her family and others who wish to be healed, Surangani energises
their food and maintains a Reiki box into which written intentions
are dropped. "When the box is energised, the intentions materialise,"
says the Grandmaster.
also studied Seichem by which air, water and fire join earth energy
to do the healing. Having conducted over 50 seminars in Reiki that
give an introduction to the healing forces of the universe and how
you can utilize them for your well being and that of others, Surangani
now intends to start classes in Seichem in addition to Reiki.
Students are also taught the various Reiki symbols associated with
various ailments that have been contributed by various gurus. These
symbols are drawn on a person or air (for distance healing) with
the permission of the patient to enhance the power of healing.
the Japanese word RE-Ki, meaning universal life force or energy,
Reiki is one of the oldest forms of healing known to mankind dating
back to Lemurian times over 100,000 years ago.
has made its presence felt in North America, Europe, Australia,
Singapore, India and Japan. There are Reiki centres, cafes and clubs
in many places and even on the internet.
of the New Age School of Thought believe that Reiki (that uses cosmic
energy) is a contract between Mother Earth and God in order to heal
Mother Earth and its various life forms.
It is further
believed that the human body has seven psychic chakras or wheels,
situated at the crown, forehead, throat, heart, bottom of sternum,
under the naval and one at the base of the spine and these are gateways
of energy and life in the physical body.
is associated with glands and organs of the body that react and
respond to the energy and vibration received from Reiki. They spin
at a certain pace. For great holy men, these chakras are perfectly
aligned and spin at a faster pace as they are free of negativity.
This enables them to heal and perform miracles.
thoughts, words and deeds that are manifested through anger, hatred,
jealousy, etc., are the cause of all ailments," explains Surangani.
These negative thoughts block the chakras leading to a pain in the
body or the beginning of a disease. Disease can also be brought
about by Karma - you reap what you sow.
Louise L. Hay
in her book 'You Can Heal Your Life' writes about negative mental
thought patterns that cause most diseases. "For instance, criticism
indulged long enough, will often lead to diseases such as arthritis.
Anger turns into things that burn and infect the body. Resentment,
long held, eats and festers away, and can ultimately lead to tumours
and cancer. Guilt always seeks punishment and leads to pain. It
is so much easier to release these negative thinking patterns from
our minds when we are healthy, than to dig them out when we are
in a state of panic, and under the threat of a surgeon's knife."
Reiki is a
hands-on healing system whereby a practitioner keeps their hand
on a person and removes their negativity using cosmic energy. It
is simple to use, offering solutions to most known diseases.
deal with only the positive - "do not worry, do not anger,
honour parents, teachers and elders, earn your living honestly and
show gratitude to everything." It does not expect one to be
spiritually inclined for it to work because Reiki is an unconditional
healing energy and practitioners are only channels of this energy.
these principles can change one's life," says Surangani, "as
it makes you aware of your faults, think twice before acting, evolve
spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally that leads you
to become a better person with good health. It has nothing to do
with religion," she asserts.
deals with the aura, the invisible double of our physical body that
exists around us, although the human eye cannot see its existence.
This has seven layers corresponding to the seven colours of the
rainbow and these are associated with the physical, emotional, mental
and other aspects of the body. Through Reiki one can remove the
negativity stuck in the aura.
Reiki can also
be used to cure relationships, clear houses of negativity that comes
from bad thoughts left by people and can protect you and your loved
ones, even those living far away on a daily basis (distance healing).
In this modern
stressed out and doctors have no time, there is a definite need
for Reiki for over a period you become a calmer, happier person,