A conventional health care graduate student asked me about the differences between Reiki and prayer. Here’s what I came up with, and I’d love to get some collective wisdom on this, so please comment–
- Like prayer, Reiki is a spiritual practice that has therapeutic benefits. (Here I would define a spiritual practice as an activity an individual uses to connect with her inner resources, her own innate spirituality.)
- Both Reiki and prayer can be practiced for oneself and/or for others.
- Neither Reiki practice nor prayer are limited to a specific belief system.
- There are a variety of “protocols” that can be used effectively to practice either Reiki or prayer.
- The overall experience of either Reiki practice or prayer is generally expressed by practitioners as being positive and uplifting.
- There is no control over the specific result of either practicing Reiki or praying.
- Prayer requires conscious engagement; you cannot really pray without being attentive to your prayer. Reiki is a comparatively passive practice than prayer, in that you simply place your hands in a series of areas of your body. You can be attentive to the experience or not, as you choose.
- Prayer is not in danger of being co-opted by conventional medicine in the way Reiki practice is.
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