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What is the difference between curing and healing?

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It’s important to say right at the start Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. Reiki can be used alongside any treatment you receive from a medical professional.

While the body is designed to heal itself, we live in a world that interferes with this natural capacity. Conventional medicine treats symptoms (either emotional or physical) but not the cause. Curing is about alleviating symptoms and eliminating disease. Healing happens at a much deeper level. A Reiki practitioner’s hands become sensitive to the subtle energies of the aura, channeling energy or Ki to restore balance to the body.

The quotations below offer further explanation:

Curing consists of treating disease and eliminating symptoms. We all know people who have received cures but have not experienced healing. When this happens, the symptoms generally return.
While curing eliminates symptoms, healing transforms your life, and often, though not always, produces a physical cure. While healing, we measure success by increased well-being, a sense of newfound peace and empowerment, and a feeling of communion with all life. Its transformative experience is reflected in every aspect of life – relationships, diet, job, marriage, how you relate to your children as well as how you experience wellness and illness.
Alberto Villoldo Phd

The cure is for the disease, not for the person. And that is the difference between a cure and a healing.
One never speaks of healing a disease, only of healing a person. A cure is an end; so is a healing, but in a very different way. Healing is rather a transition, a threshold between one stage of one’s existence and the next. Thus, it is often a beginning for an element of a life story that was not there before.
Rudolph Steiner Health Center

 

What does Reiki feel like?

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What does Reiki feel like?

I had a Reiki treatment yesterday, which prompted me to write about what Reiki feels like. A Reiki practitioner is like a conduit, channeling Reiki to the client. Reiki goes where it is most needed. Sometimes people feel nothing at all, or they may experience a variety of sensations. You might have a series of treatments and have a different experience every time.

Giving a treatment, people have described to me sensations such as:

  • Like a magnet; a pulling sensation
  • A feeling of lightness, floating, being lifted up
  • Drifting in and out of sleep, an almost trance like state
  • Seeing colours and images
  • Deep relaxation
  • Legs feeling as if they were in warm water
  • Feelings of heat

Receiving a treatment, I have felt:

  • Warmth and cold not from the practitioner’s hands, a feeling at the surface of my body
  • Extra hands
  • My usual inner dialogue ceasing completely
  • Deep calm
  • Light headed
  • A sensation of sinking deep into the treatment table

Whatever you feel during or after a treatment, healing will have occurred at some level. Some people sleep better after a treatment, others may have vivid dreams.

Having had a Reiki treatment, last night I had a very refreshing sleep and today I feel a sense of calm and wellbeing. I sometimes have uncomfortably vivid dreams and my sleep last night seemed dreamless. I give myself regular self-treatments, but receiving Reiki from someone else allows me to give myself totally to the experience. Thank you Clara!