Reiki or Pranic Healing?
Reiki, Pranic Healing, Laying-of-the-Hands are examples of Energy Healing Medicine. It comes from a broad category of alternative healing methods that utilize universal life force as their primary healing modality. Although some energy medicine is used as an alternative to allopathic, or Western, medicine, most methods are now used as a complement to care given by medical doctors and other traditional treatments.
Dr. Kaminsky implements Pranic Healing in sessions with patients seen at his office. People suffering with Pain, Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, and many other difficult, chronic and longstanding conditions.
In energy medicine, good health results from having the right amount of this energy flowing smoothly through the body, while health problems or ailments result from a deficiency or blockage of this energy. Energy medicine typically includes some method of increasing or stimulating the amount of life force in the body to facilitate healing. Some systems advocate drawing in the energy from a source outside the body; others teach practitioners to build up their own vital force and then use that for healing. Some incorporate self healing; others do not. Acupuncture, chi kung, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and Pranic healing are just several examples of energy medicine.
Acupuncture is probably the most well known energy medicine system today. In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into a patient’s body at certain points, along energy channels known as meridians (see “Your Energetic Anatomy” below for more on meridians). These needles unblock the flow of Life force, or chi, through the meridian points, and the balance the body‘s energy and facilitate healing. Occasionally, the acupuncturist gently rotates the needles or even sends a very low-grade electrical current through them to accelerate the healing process.
Chi kung (literal translation: “energy work”) stems from the same Oriental philosophical base as acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and internal Chinese martial arts, such as thai chi. It consists of a variety of life force-generating exercises and practices that date back thousands of years. There are many different types of chi kung, but in general, chi kung practitioners perform a prescribed set of breathing routines and physical exercises over a period of years to enable them to build up the chi n their own bodies. They then project that energy into the body of the patient to bring about healing. In Pranic Healing there is a different, more effective way to generate energy that is unique to Pranic healing.
Reiki is a Japanese hands-on energy-channeling system believed to have its origins in the esoteric practices of Tibetan monks. Reiki practitioners must be “attuned” to the universal healing energy by a Reiki master, after which they are able to draw in this life force and allow it to flow through them into the body of a person in need of healing. There are three levels of Reiki training: first degree, second degree, and third degree, or Reiki master.
Therapeutic Touch is a method of energy healing incorporating techniques from traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and laying on of hands. It was developed in the 1970s by a nurse, Dolores Krieger, Ph. D., R.N., at New York School of Nursing, and Dora Kunz, a healer and author, and is comparable to first-degree Reiki. A Therapeutic Touch practitioner does not actually touch the patient but passes his hands lightly over the patient’s body to detect and then “unruffle” – in Therapeutic Touch terminology – energetic blockages. The practitioner than directs energy into the patient to assist healing.
Pranic healing was created by a Chinese-Filipino spiritual teacher and energy master named grand master Choa Kok Sui, who spent years researching the root teachings of esoteric systems such as yoga, chi kung, Kabbalah (and ancient Jewish mystical-spiritual tradition), and many others in order to create a simple, practical, effective, ‘optimum” energy healing system that anyone could learn and use.
In his teens Grandmaster Choa was already an accomplished student of Yoga and various meditation and spiritual systems. In his twenties, he continued intensive study of higher-level esoteric practices, with a particular focus on the use of vital life force for healing. He concluded that healing, at its most basic, consists of cleansing and energizing – that is, cleaning away dirty or blocked life force energy from the aura and replenishing the aura with fresh energy. Next, Grandmaster Choa, who by this time had also established himself as a businessman and engineer, applied a rigorous scientific approach to his inquiries. He set up a number of healing clinics in the Philippines to test the effectiveness of laying on of hands, chi kung, and other energy healing systems. Each patient who came in received a particular type of energetic treatment, and the results – or lack of results – of that particular treatment for that specific element were recorded. Grandmaster Choa also had highly skilled healers with heightened sensitivity – people with ability to see vital force in the body observe the patients before and after treatment, so that he could detail the exact energetic effect of each system. These experiments were overseen by nurses and other medical professionals, as well.
These healing clinics continued for years, with Grandmaster Choa constantly testing and refining methods of cleaning out dirty energy and increasing the supply of healing energy. Finally, in 1987, Grandmaster Choa published his first book and held his first workshop in the Philippines to introduce Pranic Healing, a “best of the best” system of very specific instructions and sequences for cleansing and energizing particular parts of the body to achieve rapid healing. The system spread to the United States in 1990 and is now practiced worldwide.
Reiki vs. Pranic Healing
Pranic healing compared with other types of energy medicine.
Pranic healing is a more comprehensive and treatment-specific form of energy medicine than that two more contemporary systems, Reiki and Therapeutic Touch, and it is simpler to learn and easier to apply than the ancient, formal Chinese systems acupuncture and chi kung. Additionally, Pranic Healing includes teachings rarely found in other energy medicine systems, such as the detail use of colored pranas and the practice of energetic hygiene.
Like Reiki and Therapeutic Touch, Pranic Healing teachers practitioners feel for disturbances in the aura. But the Pranic Healing version of this tactile technique, called scanning, is more explicit and precise. For instance, Pranic Healing teachers several simple exercises that helps open and sensitize the chakras, or power centers, in the palms of ther hands. This enables Pranic Healers to detect both congestion -energetic blockage, and depletion energetic deficiency, as they move their hands over the body of a patient. Pranic Healing also includes two other hands-on techniques: sweeping, which is manually cleaning away congestion or dirty energy, and energizing, which is supplementing areas of prana insufficiency. Reiki has no comparable sweeping technique, while Therapeutic Touche’s unruffling is similar to but not as effective as sweeping. Unruffling resembles what is called in Pranic Healing distributive sweeping, or using the hand to move energy gently from one area to another. But Pranic Healing’s sweeping provides more focused, complete removal of energetic congestion, primarily because pranic healers can use several types of hand motions and sweeping.
Energizing is much more detailed in Pranic Healing than in either Reiki or Therapeutic touch, though it is simple to learn. Both Reiki and Therapeutic Touch practitioners channel energy into the body of the patient, and there are some rudimentary targeting of the energy to areas where the patient has discomfort, or where the practitioner feels an energetic disturbance. In Pranic Healing, though, for each specific health problems there is a specific sequence for cleaning and energizing particular parts of the body in particular chakras so that the prana is utilized to maximum healing effect.
While it is based upon some of the tenets that underpin both acupuncture and chi kung, Pranic Healing is easier to learn and use. As in acupuncture, Pranic Healing works with the meridians, but unlike acupuncture Pranic Healing concentrates on only the largest meridians, along which the major chakras lie. Hundreds of other, smaller meridians crisscross the body, but by performing focused energy work on the large meridians, which feed the others, pranic healers can achieve more effective results in a much shorter period of time. And of course, pranic healers, unlike acupuncturist, needn’t study for years to learn the location and path of those small at meridians and which organs and parts of the body they energize.
There are numerous chi kung schools and those many types of chi kung healing techniques. Chi kung routines, or “sets” of physical and breathing exercises, were developed by Chinese monks centuries ago to supplement their spiritual development and martial arts training, and also to facilitate physical healing. The biggest differences between chi kung and Pranic Healing lie in their energy-generation philosophies and the length of time needed to become proficient in the practice. Chi kung relies on internal generation of energy, which means that students learn techniques to help them build up and store energy within their bodies. They then tap the surplus for meditation, spiritual development, fighting, and healing. Pranic Healing, by contrast, is an external-generation system. Students are taught powerful techniques that enable them to draw an energy from outside the body and then project it into areas of deficiency for healing. Thus, pranic healers don’t have to worry about their energy battery running low. Pranic healers also don’t have to spend years learning and practicing complex physical exercises and breathing patterns to build up the level of internal energy needed to heal effectively.
Finally, missing from nearly all other energy medicine systems are two cornerstones of Pranic Healing: the methodical use of colored pranas, which focus on and greatly accelerate the healing process, and energetic hygiene, or rules and practices to keep the practitioner’s personal energy tank clean and full.
Dr. Alex Kaminsky is a practitioner of Pranic Healing and has studied advanced levels with prominent Pranic Healing Masters.