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The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”



In our series of bringing experts from different Natural Healing practices to our readers, here’s an Interview with Mr. Jagannath Shetty & Bharathi Shetty, Traditional Reiki Healers, who will complete 25 glorious of their Reiki journey this year.

1. What is the science behind Reiki healing?

According to Quantum Physics (a branch of physics related to the study of the tiniest atomic and subatomic particles), invisible Energy that we did not count or even talk about in medicine turned out to be the primary force that controls everything!
What does that mean? It means there is nothing physical at all.

And the “unified field theory” of quantum physics says (that) all perceived matter is the result of collapsing of a wave-based energy field. This means there is One Energy that creates all that is observable in the Universe. Proving this has been a significant milestone in physics.

Reiki healers have the ability to channel/ direct this Universal Energy into the receiver. Studies show that every emotion has a vibratory rate associated with it, and when we do not process/ eliminate a low vibrational emotion such as anger, fear, hatred, etc., it leads to the creation of density in our body. This density is what modern medicine labels as physical illness. Therefore, all ailments have an underlying emotional cause which is nothing but low vibrational energy. Reiki or Universal energy is a very high vibration on this energy scale. You can think of it as unconditional love. Reiki raises any low vibrational energy residing in the mind, body or spirit, and thereby works on the cause of the illness. Any blockages in the receiver’s energy pathways are cleared to allow free flow of this life-force energy which is vital for overall well-being.

2. How different it is from Chakra meditation?

It is proven now that the entire Universe is made up of energy and so are, we. We are no exception. By nature, we are energy beings. Our body is an energetic system and the Seven Chakras are Powerhouses of Energy – The Spinning Wheels of Life.

Reiki/Life Force Energy/ Ki/ Chi/ Prana that gives and sustains life is able to flow freely when all our seven chakras are balanced. And when that happens, we experience optimal health (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual).

Balancing the chakras for the free flow of life-force energy is a part of the Reiki practice but there is much more to it than just that.

Chakra meditation can only be done for self-development. Whereas, Reiki can be practiced to heal yourself and others including pets/plants, manifest your intentions, improve your home and work environments, attract abundance, strengthen troubled or attract new relationships, and so much more! Further details can be obtained from our website

3. How and when did your journey with Reiki start?

In July 1994, we were blessed with our second child, a beautiful baby girl. A few months after her birth, we noticed her lingual frenulum was stuck to its base. Doctors recommended surgery and were confident that she would grow up with a lisp despite a successful operation. Not to mention the risk involved in operating on a new-born baby.

Determined to not let our child go under the knife, we started looking for alternative therapies. That’s when a colleague at work introduced us to Reiki. We learned level one and began healing our daughter. To the doctor’s surprise, the frenulum detached without surgery! And moreover, our daughter showed no signs of a lisp whatsoever.

We went on to learn further levels and thus began the most rewarding journey of our lives.

4. What were the changes you observed at a personal level, before you started healing others?

After learning and practicing Reiki, we observed that we became very stable. Our mindset became positive and we started experiencing abundance in every area of our life. After healing our daughter and realizing that Reiki is helping us with literally everything under the sun, we soon realized the need to share this knowledge with the world. However, we were not confident to speak about it in public. But funnily enough, we used Reiki healing for that as well, and today we are where we are all thanks to it.

5. What was your most memorable treatment/ incident that further strengthened your belief in Reiki treatment?

There are many memorable incidents which motivated us on our Reiki healing and Reiki teaching journey. It is difficult to pick and choose. Hence, we’re narrating one of our very old healing experiences but we’re also leaving a link to our testimonials here for our readers.

The year was 2004. We treated an 85-year-old woman named Vasumati Ben from Ahmedabad for an ovarian cyst. She traveled to Mumbai for the healing. When she met us for the first time, she was very weak –on a liquid diet with hemoglobin levels below normal and swelling in both kidneys. We began treating her every day for an hour. Day by day she started showing improvements and slowly began consuming solid food. After 21 days of treatment, she was completely alright! Her medical reports were startling. Hemoglobin was above normal; kidneys were perfect, and the cysts had vanished too! This was purely a Reiki healing miracle.

Should you wish to learn more about the history of Reiki, Mataji Kawakami, who created Reiki Ryoho in 1914 and the Author of Reiki Healing and Its Effects (published 1919), refer to the International Center for Reiki Training.

Also refer to our write-up on Meditation and its stages, here.

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are that of the interviewee. The facts and opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of

Team Atharvan

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