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Scientific Research to determine the effectiveness of Reiki
I was attuned to Reiki I on June 25, 2003. I have to admit
that I am approaching Reiki with a healthy skepticism. I hope
that it proves effective and lives up to at least half of its
hype, but other things of a similar nature have not. (Note: I
have since become convinced that Reiki is a viable method of
healing energy and now want to help determine how and to what
extent it works. 9-17-03)
To clear up any doubt, I have decided to conduct controlled
experiments to see if I can determine that Reiki is indeed
effective and if so, what factors might affect its effectiveness.
(What a sentence!) This page will serve as a menu into my
experimental research pages. Anyone who stumbles across them is
welcome to cite the research and encouraged to find a Reiki
Master/Teacher to provide them with an attunement of their own.
- Reiki is a method of channeling energy to assist in
balancing an organism to the higher order of things. The
result of this balance is frequently viewed as healing,
since imbalances usually create illnesses.
- Reiki works equally well on humans, animals and plants.
- Reiki can be sent at a distance to a recipient.
- Some say that once attuned, the hands are always emitting
Reiki energy and some say that you must have intent to
channel for the Reiki to emit.
The Experiments: Since Reiki is supposed to be useful for
plants as well as humans, you should be able to experimentally
prove the existence and efficiacy of Reiki by applying Reiki to a
group of plants while maintaining a control group of plants not
receiving direct Reiki energy. One would expect the group of
plants receiving Reiki to fare better given the same water,
nutrients and light. Sunflowers were chosen for my experiments
because they are a fast growing plant which will show measurable
growth each day. My expectation is that plants that receive Reiki
will sprout first and grow fastest.
I have decided to put my experiments on
hold until the next spring so I can transplant the plants into
the garden at the end of each experiment rather than just
composting them. I am putting together an email list of anyone
who wishes to be notified of the results/progress of the
experiments. If you want to be notified email me at email@example.com.
- Existence Test. (Terminated)
Plant 12 sunflower seeds in the same type of pot, using
potting soil from the same bag. Make sure that the
potting soil is evenly mixed by pouring from the bag and
mixing in a larger container. To prevent accidental Reiki
influence, have an assistant do the actual planting.
Arrange the pots into two groups of six each on separate
trays to contain the water. (It may be necessary to
further split the groups based on the size of water trays
available, but be sure that the split is even and that
all trays are the same.) Each day Reiki the experimental
half and ignore the other half. Record day each pot
sprouts and the height of each plant each day.
The following tests all depend on some measurable results from
the Existence Test.
- Existence Test#2. (Started Apr 26, 2004.) Plant 12 pots with two sunflower seeds each. Once
a group sprouts, divide into control group and Reiki
group and provide Reiki to group One each day to
determine if they grow differently under the influence of
- Intention Test. (Not yet
begun.) See if Reiki is always on or does it matter if
you are wanting or trying to send Reiki. This will
require that the 12 plants be divided into 3 groups of 4
each. (or you could do 3 groups of 6 each for 18 plants).
Use one group for control, one group will receive passive
Reiki (hold and touch but do not try to send Reiki), and
one group will receive intentional Reiki for the same
amount of time as group two each day.
- Penetration Test. (Not yet
begun.) To determine if some materials block Reiki
energy, interpose a sheet of the material under the trays
containing the plants to Reiki. Plant 12 sunflower seeds
as in the Existence Test and set the trays on various
types of material to see if they make a difference.
Materials to try would be aluminum, copper, steel,
plexiglass, glass, wood, etc.
- Grid Effectiveness Test. (Not yet
begun.) Some sources describe how to create a grid
pattern that will direct Reiki energy continuously. To
determine if this works, plant 12 sunflower seeds in the
same type of pt, using potting soil from the same bag.
Place half the plants within the grid and half outside
the grid. Record day each pot sprouts and the height of
each plant each day.
- The Great Tomato Test. (Completed )Split a tomato
in two, place in sealed jars and Reiki only one and see what happens.
- Test of Distant Reiki. With the positive results of the Great
Tomato Test, I am going to use it to test the effectiveness of Distant
Small Experiments of Interest
- Wart - On Feb 3, 2004, I found a small wart forming on my
right hand between the first two knuckles. I decided that
I was see what Reiki would do rather than use the doctor
or medicine approach first. I decided to just place my
left hand over the wart as much as possible as I go about
my day to see what would happen and will make notes here
as it goes. Feb 4th - The wart seems to have gotten a
ring of raised skin around it. At first, I thought the
wart was bigger and did not stick out as far (it started
1/16 inch in height and diameter), then I noticed that it
was really that this ring of skin had swelled up around
it. Feb 6th - The ring of raised skin around the wart and
the wart itself are starting to look dry and flakey. Feb
7th - Most of the dry flakes fell off except for the one
covering the wart itself. I am fighting hard not to pick
at it. Feb 9th - The final flakes have fallen off and the
wart is still there. It seems a slight bit smaller and
there is still a ring of rough skin around it. The wart
and the ring of skin seem bark-like or rough. After such
quick noticible activity once I started the intense
Reiki, I had expected more by this point. Feb 10th -
Could not take it any more. Had to pick at it. The small
wart and the ring of rough skin were not changing. When I
picked at it, the wart just fell off leaving the rough
patch of skin, which I expect to clear up over the next
several days. I wonder what implications this might give
to Cancer treatment. I have wondered and read posts that
others were wondering if giving Reiki to cancer would
cure it or to help it grow even more rampantly. I think I
have read that warts are cell growing out of bounds
because of a virus. Reiki seems to have gotten the cells
back in bounds and returned them to their balanced state,
regardless of the virus. It did not help the virus but my
skin. This could be a significant proof of methodology
and needs to be repeated. Feb 24th - Well all is not as I
hoped. The rough patch of skin turns out to have still
been the base of the wart. It is not all gone, just
diminished. Mar 1st - After more Reiki, the top of the
wart got very dried out but did not start to flake again.
It seems to have gotten smaller, but is not gone away.
Mar 5th - OK So it is definitedly getting smaller.
Yesturday it appeared flat with a small circle of
something in the middle. Now is is even flatter, almost
as thin as paper and no visible marks on the surface..
Mar 8th - I can feel it on my skin but can only just see
it. Once more, my excitement about what this might mean
Please feel free to contact me with questions about these
Page Last Updated: November 10, 2004