Brian Kagen pick: “Reiki” from wikipedia.com

“Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui. After three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama, in Japan, Usui claimed to receive the ability of “healing without energy depletion”. A portion of the practice, tenohira or palm healing, is used as a form of complementary and alternative medicine. Tenohira is a technique whereby practitioners believe they are moving “healing energy” (a form of ki) through the palms.

There is no scientific evidence for either the existence of ki or any mechanism for its manipulation, and a systematic review of randomized clinical trials conducted in 2008 did not support the efficacy of reiki or its recommendation for use in the treatment of any condition.”

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  1. “No evidence” does not and can not constitute evidence of any kind. Lack of evidence proves IGNORANCE, nothing else.

    Where an effect exists, there must necessarily be a cause.

    True science is in finding the facts, not in ignoring them or making pet biases and unproven theories fit to a preconception.

    Unfortunately variously bigoted and biased interests keep using this decontextualised notion of “no evidence” in order to avoid or refute the finding of real evidence and to avoid doing real research. Or because lies are making them money dishonestly at someone’s expense.

    What is generically called “ki” by the less than informed may be a concatenation and combination of various natural and fully measurable phenomena, some known and others yet to be discovered.

    It is easier to ridicule than to investigate but it is not as profitable.

    A frog in a barrel likes to imagine he knows it all but is laughed at by those outside the barrel because he’s trapped and in his own parochial limitations.

    As for the much touted “scientific evidence” this is a non-phrase used to confuse the confused by the even more confused.

    Show me the Royal Society Peer Revived Papers on the subject or shut up.

    In fact, the jury is still out on the subject of ki because all the evidence is not in, since we as a species lack the equipment to measure fully 98% of existence. THAT IS THE FACT FULLY PROVEN BY REAL SCIENCE!

    The word “science” does not refer to a political bias. It refers to KNOWING as referenced by its origins as intended in the Latin “SCIRE=to know.”

    What do any of us really know?

    We are born in ignorance, mostly live in a state of perplexed superstitious beliefs and die ignominiously and are forgotten as the Universe churns on.

    Arrogance is not a luxury a blind species such as us can afford.

    Winston Churchill correctly said:
    “…man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.”

    Such is the naïveté of know-it-alls.

    Hubristic, sapiential authritarianism does not answer questions. It creates problems.

    Real science, real discovery and real knowing has always been persecuted by the mad, the greedy and the superstitious but in the end is vindicated.

    Just about everything touted as “impossible” has become possible and the curve is for ever increasing expansion.

    In 1969, the year we went to the moon and were feeling quite superior, the “impossible” included such things as personal computers, microwave ovens, VCRs, cell phones, and most of the toys we now take for granted.

    Thomas Watson Sr., the founder of IBM, once said, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

    Before him someone said, “Computers are impossible and the fabrication of science fiction..”

    If you are reading this it is on an “impossible” technology that “will never catch on,” so you are either dead, dreaming, have just walked through the looking glass (where’s Alice) or it’s not really happening at all and you are just imagining it all. Take your pick.

    Otherwise its real. Simply accept it and learn more ion the subject to the extent possible.

    Not so long ago they burnt at the stake anyone who broke the sheep/lemming mold of following the herd, who refused to blindly imbibe and believe pure bs, and who questioned shutting up and overworking for an insufficient stipend.

    Nothing much has changed. Only the methods for keeping people ignorant. So much so the majority make ignorance the preferred choice. Sadly.

    There are two choices. Stay ignorant or start noticing and thinking.

    But that’s a personal choice.

    A long list here:

  2. As for Reiki, so called derived from “rei” and “ki” it may be nothing more than pre-existing natural functions being exploited by some, using a “new” label for whatever reason, in either a sincere and possibly misguided belief, or simply, what else but the accumulation of money the god of today’s world.
    That does not mean that the baby should be thrown out with the bathwater or that laying of hands is the sole repository of other vested interests who would like to rule the world using mythical figures who maybe never existed but were purported to have used such methods.
    Most ancient mythical figures used laying of hands and there may be a limited merit, that of comforting, if nothing else for a simian species who, whilst craving touch and warmth mostly go out of their way to instead cause each other pain and live in denial of the simplicity of nurturing through touch or close proximity.
    A good simple shiatsu massage gets good results.
    As for “generating warmth,” and “feelings of wellbeing” ever noticed the dojo windows in winter after a heavy session? And how you feel? There is nothing mysterious about that. The human body does generate heat naturally. And exercise or anything that promotes circulation of both blood and chi also promotes feelings of wellbeing.
    Ki is real. Also it’s not.
    Something is real.
    Some ideas ‘about ki’ are clouded and confused.

  3. Hey, I’m from California: if it feels good, it must be. But seriously folks, placebo effect is alive and well. There are feedback loops in our system which are poorly understood. The mind DOES have a pretty well proven effect on our health. Optimistic people are healthier. Happier people are healthier. Hypochondriacs and depressives are less healthy. Exercise improves health in a non-linear fashion. It also improves mental health. So, having said all that, even witch doctors can do a service, IF the patient believes. It’s a bit like Peter Pan. And anybody who has been around a dojo a while will have seen and experienced basic “laying on of hands”. It’s in Scriptures, too. Did it really MAKE you better? Or did it “just” feel good?

  4. Albert Simonson says:

    I dunno. Saw an episode of House recently (rerun) in which a many of the passengers develop rashes, nausea, fever. Turns out that they made themselves sick because they thought that there was a contagious disease onboard. This has a valid medical diagnosis, ” Mass Delusional Hysteria. Seems that the same sort of effects to the body in a positive manner are called “Hogwash”. I dunno.

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