The distinction between spiritual practice and energy medicine is often blurred, as if the two were interchangeable, or even the same. They are both valuable, but they are not the same.
Done, or done to?
The most obvious difference is that we do our own spiritual practice. We have to; no one else can do it for us. Spiritual practice is essentially self-practice.
Energy medicine, however, is done to us. We receive it from an outside source.
Energy medicine techniques are subtle and varied, but they are nonetheless a form of medicine; they are interventions practiced by a therapist on someone else.
Spiritual practice is done from within. All spiritual practices, no matter what the tradition, connect with Source; that’s what makes them spiritual practices. They make
Connecting with Source, or housekeeping?
Connecting with Source changes everything. We feel, well, more connected to ourselves, and a sense of Oneness emerges.
Our systems begin to reorganize around that sense of Oneness, away from the separateness we usually identify with. We feel vibrant, at ease, more ourselves, more aware, more in touch, more connected to ourselves and others.
All that happens spontaneously from within; we aren’t trying to make it happen, it’s our response to spiritual practice.
Energy medicine techniques, however, involve treatment plans to deliberately reorganize the biofield, the subtle vibrational field said to surround and penetrate the human body.
Energy medicine techniques are like housekeeping; they sweep through areas of stagnation and restore an even flow to subtle bioenergies such as qi and prana.
That is very beneficial, and brings many of the same healing effects that accompany spiritual practice. Plus it’s truly a treat to receive treatment from someone else.
But energy medicine techniques on their own do not reconnect you to Source. It’s medicine, which means it’s an intervention that comes from outside, and from a fixing mentality, no matter how holistic the context.
Practicing energy medicine techniques consistently makes us better, healthier practitioners. Consistent spiritual practice makes us better, healthier practitioners, and keeps us aware of the Oneness of which we are all a reflection.
Where does Reiki fit into this? Let’s take a look.
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