Differences between Reiki and Spiritual Healing

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Apr 07, 2011

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Differences between Reiki and Spiritual Healing

Reiki is one of the ancient healing arts, which involves laying-on of hands. A very important healing practice, it helps individuals to strike a balance of the energy within. Reiki helps to balance the mind, emotional stature, spiritual and physical energies that exist within the body.


However, the methods of Reiki must not be substituted for traditional medical treatment and care. Reiki directly heals by spreading positive energy to wherever it is needed. Eventually, the regular practice of Reiki can help in harmonising the body, mind and spirit.

Almost all the mystics who preach different cultures claim that a form of energy, which is affected and evoked by thought, surrounds the physical universe. The Reiki method of healing is flexible, ever evolving and relaxing. It leaves a wonderfully calming effect on the mind as well as the body. The benefits of Reiki treatment are not only restricted to the one receiving it but also to the one giving it. In Reiki treatment, energy seems to be aware of where it is supposed to go and what the object requires from it. Therefore, it is often termed as an intelligent energy. The energy is not derived from the practitioner but she/he is the channel for the healing energy.

What differentiates Reiki treatment from spiritual healing?

  • In the Reiki healing practice, the healer does not have any power within himself or herself to help initiate the healing but s/he acts as a potential channel for the energy to travel to the object that needs healing. On the other hand in spiritual healing, the person who is practicing the method has certain powers within herself or himself through which the other individual is given treatment. A spiritual healer is someone, who with his own powers and some from God executes a positive healing session.
  • Spiritual healers have a higher scope of being vulnerable to the energies surrounding them. While performing the healing method/s, s/he might be influenced by the energies surrounding the one who is being healed. This is because spiritual healers have to open themselves to the energies. On the other hand, the Reiki practitioners are covered by a protective shell that keeps them from being influenced by any energy flowing outside.
  • Reiki is not only about certain energies but it is a unique system of healing as well as spiritual development. Reiki falls into a particular system within the universe while spiritual healing is a part of the universe itself. It does not fall under another system within the universe. It may be a form of healing that has come from some place in the universe while the Reiki method of healing comes exclusively from the Reiki system.


Although healing traditions behind all healing methods, be it Reiki or spiritual healing, are the same, only the teaching and the techniques are likely to be different in their approach that lead to spiritual development.




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