Reiki, Druids, Shamanism and Trance Dance: Stemming from the Mediterranean, Africa, Algeria, Morocco, Spain and Italy.
Reiki: Originating from Tibet and rediscovered by a Japanese monk. Also an Egyptian healing art a.k.a. Seichim. This magical healing art is a gift of the universe. Chakra balancing meditation, aromatherapy, naturopathy, and homeopathy. The transferring of energy from practitioner to patient. Enhancing the body's natural ability to heal itself, by balancing the energy. Holistic and natural healing of the mind, body and spirit. Rei (transcendental spirit) and ki (vital force energy). Pronounced ray-key detoxifies the system. Provides the body with renewed vitality. By placing the hands a few inches away from a patient's body. Energy flows from the hands into the body of where a particular pain or injury may lie. At times a reiki master may hold a patients head in their hands. One can place their own hands on their body's to generate healing energy. Most reiki treatments do not involve in touching. It isn't even necessary for a patient to be present. Reiki can heal one from a distance.
Sekhem Infinity Dance is another form of Reiki healing.
A very powerful healing dance. Sekhem also is spelled Seichim and SKHM. Each Reiki Master has had a different journey and experience with it.
Druids and the supernatural world: Pagan beliefs and healing dance rituals. Worshipping the old gods of pre-christian times. Nature based.
The Floral Dance: This dance took place back in the twelfth century. A group of girls gather around to perform. One young lady presents a lad with a basket of flowers, from the land and soil of Wales. Celebrating the Gorseddy Beirdd. This ceremony took place under the sun. All artists who made a difference and contributed to the Welsh culture. Members were acknowledged as Druids. A special prayer was chanted. Followed by an Archdruid, who then takes a sword from a sheath three times. Sending energy upward, asking for peace. And a reply from the assembly stated yes, there is peace.
Ecstatic Trance Dance: Druids would dress in horse skins and through a ritual dance entering into another dimension. A trance that would connect with the spirits of the wild. Dance and music were important powers. Especially at festivals and other religious rituals. Accompanied by rattles a.k.a. sistra. Along with the Irish trumpets (especially the Celtic war trumpet a.k.a. carryxes).
Sun and thunder were believed to be potent with divine powers. Certain natural springs were used for healing. Druids were mediators between the spiritual world and humans. Judges, arbitrators, negotiators, priests, prophets and even magicians. Their philosophy was often compared with the great civilizations of Egypt, Persia and India. Along with influences from Greece. Early Welsh and Irish myths. Druids were integrated into the Celtic society. Druids Egg (serpents' egg) enhanced powers by helping one win court battle's. Strong connection to the trinity. Their fixation was with the number three. Celebrating the four seasons and the four elements. Biased towards the sun. Dogs were symbols of healing throughout the Celtic world. Due the them being able to heal their own wounds, by licking them. Back in the Roman period. Two Druids challenged each other. One used his energy to cause snow to start falling. The other one's energy melted it. The goddess Epona (an object of pottery)- known as the Celtic horse goddess. Was responsible for fertility and prosperity. Trees and particularly oaks, were considered to be very sacred. Especially the mistle toe. Both were used for healing insomnia, high blood pressure and certain malignant tumors. As well as an aid to fertility.
Druidry and Wicca are distinct and separate. Considered brothers and sisters. Druids' energy is biased towards the sun. Wicca energy is biased towards lunar. But both work creating circles. Modern Druidry and new pagan. Beliefs and links to the past and present. They see themselves as successors to original healers of Caesar's time. Certain archaeological monuments are considered sacred and are still regarded as holy places. In Turkey and outside of Paphos, Cyprus. Local's still tie pieces of clothing or handkerchiefs to a tree. Which is believed to have healing properties. Rag trees have a long and wide spread tradition from medieval Ireland.
Shamanism: Shaman comes from Siberia. They are healers. Through visions they communicate with the world of gods and spirits. Their bodies can be left behind while they fly to unearthly realms. Shamans are masters of ecstasy. Rituals pervade most modern pagan movements. Their goal is to reach an ecstatic state of mind, and to link with the spiritual world. They induce a trance like state through dance, music and chanting. Often they dress up as an animal to contact the spirits of nature. Sacred shaman power is used for healing, divination and magic. The energy provided by the spirits allows special visions, also dreams.
Trance and Ecstatic Dance: Each corner of the globe has their own story to tell. And their own personnel beliefs. Some cultures perform dances, having to wear masks (generally worn by a male), so the dancer's identity is hidden. Trance dance allows the identity to change, because a spirit has entered the body. Having the power to heal one of an illness. The dancer's senses may alter. He or she may pick up on odors, sounds or certain colors. The body may feel heat or get very cold. These changes may linger on for a long time. In certain countries using drugs enhances the trance dance powers. These countries believe it helps connect and posses with someone else's soul. In order to heal that soul. Africa is one country where drugs rarely apply. On certain occasions the dancer acts out the behavior of the spirits. People believe that the dancer is truly possessed. Specific music rhythms are played. And the dancer is moving along with it. Body movements and particular steps are connected with another soul, as they journey through a healing process together. At times they may even dress up in a costume. But generally don't wear masks impersonating the spirit. Some believe that the spirits are alive in the mask. Not necessarily in the dancer.
Southern Italy: The town is Apulia. It is 1959. A terrible illness known as the tarantismo hits a local. Natives believed that this person suffered with signs of psychosomatic tendencies. The individual was bitten by a tarantella. Friends and relatives gather around in a circle at the home of the person who is very ill. The patient dances until he or she is completely exhausted. Followed by a public ceremony. Today in the present this special healing takes place every year. On June 28th (in honor of St. Peter) and on June 29th (in honor of St. Paul). In the town of Salento at St. Paul's chapel. Similar practices take place in Spain. The South of France. And some towns in Belgium and Luxembourg.