What is the Difference between Reiki and Spiritual Healing and what is the Best for Me?

Shannon MacDonald

People often ask me about the differences between Reiki and Spiritual Healing and if I provide Reiki treatments during my healing sessions. As a spiritual healer who has been formally trained in Reiki, this article will provide some basic insight on the differences and commonalities between Reiki and Spiritual Healing to help you choose which is best for you.

What is Reiki and Spiritual Healing?

Spiritual Healing and Reiki are two types of holistic healing practices often used interchangeably under the broad category of energy healing. They both help reduce stress and promote relaxation, lead you to a happier and healthier state of mind, and help activate the body’s self-healing potential to create positive and lasting change. They both channel the higher energies of Divine Consciousness. This Higher Consciousness, which I also refer to as Source Energy, is something in which we are intimately connected and is our true nature.

You may have heard of other types of energy healing such as Qigong, Healing Touch, Vibrational Energy Healing, Reconnective Healing, and Quantum Healing. The list goes on, so I won’t attempt to name them all. The origins vary, and so does the training. The important thing to know is that all types of energy healing are beneficial. They can be an excellent addition to complement your current healthcare practice.

Differences and Commonalities between Reiki and Spiritual Healing

Reiki and Spiritual Healing share a common thread to utilize the body as a vessel for Source Energy to help harmonize and heal yourself and others. This, in turn, often improves emotional, physical, and mental health and wellbeing. While Reiki and Spiritual Healing share common outcomes, their origins are rooted in different teachings and techniques. They are both considered spiritually guided Life Force Energy.

     Reiki: Origins and Training

Usui Reiki originated from Japan in the early 1900s. The tradition and methods, however, are much older, dating back to thousands of years. Many consider Usui Reiki the most commonly practiced form of Reiki. A student of Reiki learns the teachings and techniques via a master level Reiki teacher. The energy of Reiki is passed on from teacher to student via “attunement.”

A traditional Reiki therapist or “purist” will work with rituals and sacred symbols when treating others. It involves the “laying of hands” in a specific and systematic fashion to help harmonize and balance the client’s energetic body to help facilitate healing. This is how I learned Reiki in 2003 when I was attuned to the Usui tradition. There have been many evolutions in teaching and new branches of Reiki since I received my training and attunement, so I can’t speak to all of them.

     Spiritual Healing: Origins and Training

Spiritual Healing has been practiced since ancient times. It is rooted in mystic traditions and teachings from various cultures and religions. If you do a quick internet search, you will find countless descriptions, practices, and techniques for Spiritual Healing and its origins. As an example, shamanic healers are considered spiritual healers.

Unlike Reiki, spiritual healers do not use symbols during healing sessions or require attunements during training. Similar to Reiki, spiritual healing is spiritually guided life force energy, and there are many branches and avenues to practice and learn.

Some spiritual healers like myself will combine their various training and experience to incorporate multiple energy healing modalities into their healing practice. I have found this to be less formal and restrictive. This allows me to be intuitively guided by Source Energy so I can be a vessel for my client’s highest healing.

Spiritual Healing: About Religion and Mediumship

Some spiritual healing practitioners, referred to as spiritualists, are associated with religious organizations. Spiritualists are mediums who utilize the forces and energies from God as they are channeled through the spirit world to help people with their healing process. Others, like myself, believe spiritual healing is not dependent on an intermediary (person in spirit) for healing to occur. While I am not opposed to help from benevolent beings in spirit, I prefer going directly to Source. I believe we all have the ability to directly connect and commune with Divine Consciousness without an intermediary to be a vessel for healing. This, however, is a personal preference. Many spiritual healers prefer to work through the spirit world, and I honor that choice.

     Reiki and Spiritual Healing: A Whole Person Approach to Healing

Reiki and Spiritual Healing treat the whole person as they help balance and harmonize the client’s energy field. This includes mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Many spiritual healers and reiki practitioners also work by distance. This means the client does not need to be in the same physical location as the practitioner to receive the benefits of the session. Results often include feelings of deep peace and relaxation, improved clarity for problems or making decisions, and physical or emotional healing. Repots of miraculous outcomes are not uncommon.

What’s Better, Reiki or Spiritual Healing?

One may ask, what is better, Reiki or Spiritual Healing? I don’t believe one modality is better than another—they are both spiritually guided. There are as many flavors, styles, and beliefs of energy healing practices as there are practitioners. An energy healing practitioner will practice the healing modality that suits them the best so they can offer the optimal experience and outcomes for their clients. I think most spiritual healers and reiki healers would agree that they work with the energy of light and love and are guided by a divine Higher Consciousness. I feel blessed to have received training in Reiki, Healing Touch, and Reconnective Healing. These have all helped me deepen and expand my practice as a spiritual healer who is intuitively guided by the Divine Within.

On a final note, one must consider that the energy of Reiki, Spiritual Healing, or any other energy healing modality is not something that was just created one day. Energy is ever existent. The law of conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed—only converted from one form of energy to another. So, consider this fact regardless of what you may hear or read about the origins of any energy healing modality. I also urge you to do your own research. Just like people, politics, and religion, there are many branches from the original source. Pay attention to your own inner guidance. You will know which one is best for you by how it makes you feel.

Schedule a Spiritual Healing Session with Me

A Spiritual Healing Session with me will give you the benefits of Reiki and Spiritual Healing. If you schedule your healing session in person in my office in Ormond Beach, Florida, you will have the opportunity to lie back in a recliner as you enjoy your session. My sessions are non-touch, but they have been described as a therapeutic massage for the soul! My clients are often surprised at how much better they feel mentally and physically after just one session. One of my clients suffering from depression and anxiety told me it felt like an “energetic reboot”, and that life felt more hopeful again. Over the years I have seen unexplained recovery and improvement from people who have suffered for years from chronic illness and injuries. I never make promises, but I do know that the body is designed to heal. It has an innate ability to do so given the proper conditions. Spiritual healing is one of the ingredients in the recipe of your lifestyle to help you feel whole again.

If you don’t live in my area, that’s not a problem. The healing energies work just as well via distant healing sessions. Click on the button below to learn more and to schedule a session for yourself or someone you love.

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