In 2016, Torsten A. Lange teamed up with the Hagalis Institute in Switzerland for a research project to gain an understanding as to whether Reiki worked independently of any potential placebo effects.
Most scientific studies focus on humans (with the interesting exception of a project involving rats, which showed that Reiki treatments significantly reduce stress hormones), and therefore might be open to the suggestion that the very fact that therapists spend time with the client could influence the perception and, therefore, the result. This is why in some newer studies, a proportion of participants receive “sham Reiki”. However, most studies cover “soft” results, such as anxiety and quality of sleep, rather than blood samples or indicators of physical healing.
For many years, Torsten had asked his Reiki students to do a “water test”: To fill two glasses with tap water, place their hands around one of them and give it Reiki for a few minutes, and then taste the difference between the two. Many students have used this with friends and family. The overwhelming feedback is that the water tastes softer, smoother, and more pleasant.
He now recreated this on site at the institute – under the supervision of its director.
(Left: Sitting at a desk at the institute.)
The Hagalis Institute analyses the quality of water – particularly bottled mineral water and the effect of water filtering systems – using a novel technology. After undergoing a process of filtering and condensation, drops of water are placed on a glass dish and allowed to dry. The residual minerals and trace elements are subsequently analysed under a microscope.
What resulted exceeded all expectation: The experiments not only confirmed the efficacy of Reiki but, in fact, opened a new chapter into the history of its use.
Straight lines, rectangular shapes, and 90 degree angles are signs that water had previously been polluted and is not coming from a natural well.
The first experiment used “simple Reiki”: Two bottles were filled with local tap water, one as a neutral sample, the other to be treated with Reiki. The Reiki treatment was timed at 60 minutes, and chosen to simulate a Reiki treatment as it’s usually applied in clinical settings.
The analysis determined the sample water as mid-quality tap water, safe for human consumption. On a scale from 1 (the best) to 6 (undrinkable and heavily polluted), it measured 3.1.
After an hour of Reiki, the quality of the water had increased to 1.9 – normally the entry level of natural spring water!
Encouraged by this result, a few weeks later we took the experiments to another level: Torsten gave the water a number of further treatments, each time focusing on a Reiki symbol, to see whether this would make any difference.
After focussing for 60 minutes on the Power Symbol, crystallisation was clearly observable throughout the entire water sample. Reiki had influenced the entire physical composition of the water.
Using the Harmony Symbol, pronounced crystallisation was found mainly at the edges of the water sample – as if it were pointing to something beyond physical existence.
Analysing the two tests, even the director of the institute concluded that the “Power experiment” seems to have employed a modality related to physical improvement, whilst the “Harmony experiment” was obviously working on a different level. It was abundantly clear: The tests had shown that Reiki worked on different vibrational levels.
However, the results using the Connection Symbol were the most fascinating: The crystals that formed were not only the largest and most refined, but also even touched and overlapped – giving almost a visual idea of the word “connection”. In this experiment, the water quality increased even further, to 1.8.
Prior to the experiments,Torsten had already researched the Eastern understanding of Tanden points (Dantien in Chinese), the main energy centres at the heart of practices like Chi Gong and Tai Chi. It was now clear that Reiki worked on the same understanding: The physical human body is connected to different vibrational levels through these non-physical centres – and the symbols offer a way to activate them. The lower Tanden is located just below the navel, the upper Tanden between the eyebrows, and the central Tanden at the level of the heart.
Based on this discovery, he created a new training program called ReikiScience, with the name not only referring to the fact that Reiki can be scientifically proven, but, and more importantly, that Reiki was a science in itself. It’s able to identify different vibrational levels in the universe: the level of form for our physical, earthly existence, the spiritual level, and the connection between all things The training included several exercises, some of which are found in this book, to align with these vibrational levels by opening the respective Tanden centres.
The training became a full weekend course (as well as a video-based online training programme) and also included an attunement which focussed on the Tanden points.
Once again, the feedback was totally unexpected: Participants noticed a difference from other Reiki attunements they’d received, including those performed at the Master level. They experienced a deep sense of peace and connection, were overwhelmed by emotions of love, and often saw themselves surrounded by the colour magenta.
Many commented that it had taken their Reiki to a new level and allowed them to feel a deeper connection as a result.
It has since become clear that the ReikiScience attunements can raise the vibrational level of the heart chakra beyond the previously connected frequency.