Electronic counseling is the method of connecting certified mental health professionals and patients via phone or the Internet for the therapeutic sessions to take place even at a distance. With millions of people all around the world in need of therapy, it was only a matter of time before advances in video conferencing and chat technologies disrupted the industry, offering modern-day versions of counseling services that are more convenient and affordable.
Since its inception in 2012, some have questioned its effectiveness as the element of presence, is paradoxically absent. However, researchers over the last several years, have proven E-counseling to be an effective therapeutic option. People suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc. have received treatment via e-counseling, with millions of people starting to experience happier, healthier lives.
If we have to translate the meaning of the word, it would best be Rei (soul) & Ki (energy) or vital energy/ life force.
There's never been a comprehensive list of controlled, evidence-based research that was accessible to the holistic, medical, and scientific communities. In 2005 William Lee Rand, founder, and president of the International Center for Reiki Training and a pioneer in worldwide Reiki awareness formed the Center For Reiki Research, known as The Touchstone Process. It consists of a peer review method for analyzing the current state of scientific studies done on Reiki programs in hospitals, clinics and hospice facilities throughout the United States. The process is rigorous, impartial, consistent and incorporates the best practices for scientific review.
The most recent data analyzed during 2008-9, shows strong evidence that Reiki is indeed responsible for a positive biological response in both humans and animals: stressed-out lab rats receiving Reiki showed significantly reduced stress, anxiety and depression responses. “Sham” or bogus Reiki treatments were given to the placebo group and they showed no reduction in stress, anxiety or depression. Testing in humans performed between 1993 and 2006, showed Reiki treatments were positive in controlling pain levels. There were some “confounding variables”, however, the placebo Reiki treatments in this experiment were by contrast ineffective in controlling pain.
Reiki consist of hand imposition, touching or not, for this very same reason, Reiki can be done at a distance, with the subject laying as if he were in a session, and the practitioner visualizing the subject as to gather impressions and projecting healing energy onto the subject and directing it with the intention. The energy has an intelligence of its own, as it flows, it tends to gravitate towards were's most needed. Like pouring water on an uneven surface, it will level the field regardless of there it's poured. Some people are more sensitive than others, being Reiki a subtle technique, some feel some sensations, while others not. Even the same person would have different experiences depending on his biorhythm.
You don't HAVE energy, your ARE energy. The world of the subtle healing techniques can best be explained from the quantum world that co-exists with the Newtonian world.
In the Newtonian model, the world is pretty much like we tend to experience it, even though we know that:
- when we experience matter as solid and still, it's mostly empty space among the atoms of the molecules, that is in fact, in constant movement.
- When we perceive a color, it's actually all the colors except the one we experience, as it's the one not being absorbed by the surface, but reflected back to us.
In this way, our senses have the function of perceiving the world in a practical fashion to interact with it.
But in the quantum model, the matter goes a step further:
- it can manifest both as a particle and a wave, and the difference is the result of the observer's intention, which is called "the Observer's effect".
- another phenomenon found is that when a particle gets split and both parts are no longer physically connected, stimuli applied on one piece would affect the other piece just as well, as an etheric field of energetic connection still links them together.
In quantum mechanics, the wold gets to show its magic...
Most of the healing techniques around the globe, from different cultures and traditions, knew this before the field of Quantum Physics could explain it. This knowledge is not necessarily a belief attributed to religions. Shaman's and sages throughout history have tapped into this form of "Collective Unconscious" through trance and meditation, to access this information and apply it in the form of healing to affect change.