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6 Spiritual Healing Modalities

Spiritual Healing is essentially all types of energy and vibrational healing. Rather than using drugs or pills as in conventional medicine, the healer administers energy and touch through a form of channeling of higher vibrational energies or manipulation of the same. It is based on the principle that we are more than just a physical body, and that most ill health begins in our energy field and manifests eventually as a disease if left untreated.

Examples of spiritual or energy healing include hands-on, contact healing, distant healing, pranic healing, crystal healing, reiki, qigong, therapeutic touch, esoteric healing, and so on. The healer is usually offering support to the one who wishes to be healed, who needs to maintain a positive attitude to get the most from it. Spiritual healers help the patient to heal themself, by allowing higher forms of energy to treat their body, or by removing blocks to energy flow.

Let's look at a quick rundown of various forms of spiritual healing and how these modalities work.


Reiki was developed by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Its practitioners use a type of hands-on healing where they place the hands-on or over the body and transfer healing energy from their palms into the patient. The practitioners have received an attunement from a Reiki master which attunes them to the highest frequency of healing energy. This energy, upon entering the body, travels to the place where most healing is needed.


Qigong is practiced in order to retain balance in the physical and energy bodies. It's a system of coordinated body posture and movement, along with breathing, and meditation that stimulates good health and spirituality. Also used in martial arts training. It is rooted in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, and is said to balance the chi or qi energy that is needed for good health. It is also good for relaxation and general body toning and exercise.

Therapeutic Touch

TT is a healing practice performed by practitioners trained to be sensitive to the receiver's energy field that surrounds the body; this means that, like reiki, no touching is necessarily required. Practitioners say they are able to feel the state of the patient's energy field and then manipulate or help in the healing of it, by removing blockages and so on. This is performed intuitively, so the practitioner must possess some skill in sensing the chi energy as it flows through the energy body.


Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on traditional Chinese medicine. It utilizes finger pressure as well as massaging with thumbs, feet, and palms. It works with the body's meridians in the same way as acupressure and is about bringing the chi flow in the body back into harmony.

Pranic Healing

Pranic Healing, developed by Filipino philanthropist, Choa Kok Sui, is yet another healing modality that works with prana or chi energy to heal ailments in the body. It is like yoga and acupuncture because it treats the energy field which in turn affects the physical body.

Crystal Healing

This form of healing uses living crystals and stones to bring specific energies to the body that promote healing or imbue the body and mind with certain traits. Crystals resonate with different chakras (energy wheels) that link the physical with the etheric body. They can help open the chakras and balance the entire system. They also transmute lower energy into higher vibrational energy, increasing health. Crystals can then be placed on different parts of the body or simply worn in jewelry or carried on the body; as long as the crystal is within the energy body.

False Claims

Many people tend to develop their own kinds of energy healing, going with what is natural for them. However, an energy healer should never make promises as to specific healing, as no healer can ever guarantee a quick fix. Be wary of healers who make grandiose claims such as disease eradication, or claim to have done this in the past, especially as these claims are always unproven. Energy healing can be very hit and miss with some treatments making no measurable difference. By experimenting, one can find out what works for them.

Unfortunately, there are healers who prey on the sick to charge huge fees,

and no relief is ever found. Just be aware that most alternative healing is a way to help the patient find more health but can never guarantee a return to complete health. Some healers act unprofessionally and pressure their clients to sign up for more and more treatments. Others take payment then might disappear for weeks on end, refusing to answer their phone. Just remember, you are not necessarily dealing with a professional when you contact a spiritual healer. Some are very good and yet some aren't. Anyone can claim to be a healer and take money, so do be sensibly skeptical.

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