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Deborah - you caught my post before I deleted it!
I thought about it for a couple of minutes then decided that references to God wasn't such a good idea.
You should be aware that the rat studies are taken very seriously. Also, people should ask themselves what these studies are the basis for. Is this what people might be told when we hear "Research has shown that Reiki reduces heart rate...." in classes? It shows that we need to ask "What research?". How often does that happen in classes?
What are your views on the E.Coli testing though? THAT'S the one that made me go "I don't believe they're doing that".
It made me wonder if I showed enough empathy to my yogurt, would it make it taste better?
Deborah - I know it wasn't meant as personal. As far as the rat studies go, I find the methodology interesting (and I think others might find it interesting too) and since the one I was looking at states that it's the most rigorous test for the efficacy of Reiki, then it should be looked at and critiqued. IF the methodology was good, then that's a good thing. Everyone should be able to recognize the good from the bad, that's all I'm interested in.
Question: Were Reiki Masters employed for the administration of Reiki?
As for science and ADD/bipolar disorders etc. I think we've come a long way with those in the past 20 years through research and "good" scientific investigation, though, right? Science only allows us to exercise some control? Well, thank goodness for that, eh? Oh, and don't take that personally either- I know you were highlighting the limitations of science, it's just that since I know a lot of people that benefit from those drugs, I'm kind of glad they exist :)
Your nervous system idea is interesting though, for sure. Mr. Quantifiable might have some thoughts on that.
Where is he anyway?
I wanna know about the methodology in the (Spartan) rat study.
(Incidentally, Spartan rats could never have been used in any rat study because they would have fought TO THE DEATH before being caught by humans, and then they would have been carried home on top of their wee rat-sized shields).
You've got a PhD in Psychology and you're giving the Tsarina appointment to me?
I'm a wee bit crazy, but hey, Doc.....whatever.
Hope your friend is doing OK.
It seems pointless for me to post anything, but I wanted to agree with some things Deborah mentions.
Rats? Do rats have a will? What is their level of cognizance? Or e-coli for that matter? They're living things, yes. Hindus believe all life evolves and don't eat a cow because it might've been an ancestor. But even though I believe in reincarnation, that just seems silly to me. Anyway, I think energy work is a dance. It's not something performed on some helpless, brainless mass of cells. Of course, we could argue if rats are brainless or not. =) Intelligent on the level of survival, but...survival seems to be the lowest possible form of living.
I don't think there's "good" or "bad" living organisms. They can be perceived as bad if they cause death or destruction. But we need those as part of living too.