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How My Healing Work is Different from Reiki

I was recently explaining the type of in-person healing work I do to someone who wasn't familiar with my abilities. "That sounds just like Reiki," she said. It does, I thought to myself.

I lay my hands upon the area of a person's body that needs healing and the energy starts to flow. But that is where the similarities end.

For more than a decade, I have been experiencing extraordinary changes since I underwent a transformational spiritual awakening. The effects of this process appear to allow for a tremendous amount of energy, which is healing by nature, to pass through my system into the recipient. It can be so intense, sometimes I will feel my energy centers contracting and expanding rapidly as the energy force gets pulled into my spine, pumped into my heart center, and down my arms. My entire body, especially my hands, will heat up as if I am internally on fire.

I have also found that I need to isolate my focus on the area that needs healing, both focusing my mind on the issue within the body and placing my hands closest to the source of disease to treat it.

Here is an explanation of Reiki, which comes from the official site,, and how it sounds different from my healing process:

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

The site also goes on to specify exactly how it works:

Reiki is a special kind of life force that can only be channeled by someone that has been attuned to it.

That isn't to say I may not be attuned to Reiki energy, if it is in reality a unique healing force apart from what is typically called prana or chi energy. In the '90s when interest in Reiki was building momentum, which happened to be many years before my kundalini awakened full force, out of curiosity I undertook a couple of weekend Reiki attunements that were offered alongside classes I underwent to become a hypnotherapist. I didn't feel any different after those attunements, including being able to have a positive effect on another's well-being, and therefore did not pursue that path. Instead, after experiencing my incredible back cure, I was more interested in how the mind can heal the body, especially trying to understand how the placebo effect worked and why it was so effective, so I continued exploring hypnotherapy, meditation, and energy work.

But I have no doubt my abilities have been brought about through the many years of undergoing such tremendous changes and feeling the effects of it within my entire being, as I believe the process has made me into a different kind of energy worker – one that can handle and transmit an incredible amount of vital healing energy in a relatively short amount of time. And the healing outcomes I have been able to achieve from this natural evolution of my nervous system rewiring clearly demonstrate an end result that noticeably benefits those with whom I work.

Paramahansa Yogananda's declaration, "God is in the spine!", takes on a whole new meaning when understood in the context of a spiritual awakening and the changes that result from such a process.