Enlightened people who want to explore alternative paths towards healing and wellness oftentimes stumble into terms that can be confusing – such as Reiki and spiritual healing. While both are alternative modes of treatment, both harness the energies, and both depends on a healer who serves as channel, there are main differences between the two.

“We look at them as brothers or sisters of the same family. They carry shared genetic characteristics, but they also have their own unique qualities as well,” said Cathrine Moller, a Canada-based healer who practices both Reiki and Spiritual healing.

Where they learn the technique?

Reiki practitioners need to undergo a special training with certification. In those trainings, they learn the various philosophies, techniques and rituals which are part of the practice. On the other hand, spiritual healers are oftentimes intuitive who consider it as a gift to become instruments of healing. They don’t really have to go through training – it is as if they are handed a special tool for them to do spiritual healing.

How they connect with energies?

Reiki practitioners undergo a 'connection ritual' to establish a strong and consistent connection to the source. Spiritual healers have their own way of accessing this energy. In other words, Reiki practitioners go through a prescribed process of connecting with energies while spiritual healers follow their personal process based on their experience and inspiration.
Attunement is achieved by both.

What are their beliefs?

Most spiritual healers have other esoteric beliefs like moving to an astral plane or channeling via other medium. These beliefs are not imposed on the patient but might be talked about. Reiki is based on ancient Oriental philosophies which a patient should understand and accept.

How do they treat?

Again, Reiki has a prescribed process which involves a patient lying down. Spiritual healers do not have a prescribed form but will follow the circumstances and need of the moment.

Reiki also uses symbols as part of healing, used both in the connection rituals (‘attunements’), and used when treating patients in order to give more conscious control of the energy they are working. Spiritual healers are not known to use symbols.

Author's Bio: 

Cathrine Margit Moller was born and raised in Denmark
She began her career in radio and television, and worked in that capacity until moving to Canada in 1998.

For the past twenty-six years, she has pursued a career in the healing arts at the same time, focusing on alternative health care and healing. By training under some of the leading wellness experts in the world, Cathrine keeps escalating her quest toward personal excellence, so she can offer you the best of the healing arts. This has included studies in Denmark, the U.S., Canada, and England, studying under leading experts in alternative medicine.

Her background in hypnotherapy is extensive. In 1999, she was certified Hypnotist by the 'National Guild of Hypnotists' and certified Master Hypnotist at the 'Ontario Hypnosis Centre' in 2000. Her work in hypnosis and hypnotherapy is diverse, and includes clinical use of hypnosis designed to empower her clients in areas ranging from the stresses and problems of their everyday lives, to past life regressions, and Self-Hypnosis training. She has also been certified as a hypnocoach by Dr. Lisa Halpin.
Her expertise also includes Somatic Healing, Reconnective Healing, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), NGH, and Reiki, all of which offer powerful but simple solutions to a range of physical and emotional issues. She also offers NLP, which offers additional access to identifying self-limiting behaviors. These techniques are discussed at more length elsewhere on this site.

Her Personal Mission Statement
Cathrine sees people as incredible beings of infinite potential, whom she can empower and guide toward fulfilling on their goals and their dreams. As an Intuitive, Cathrine knows the Universe and trusts it to steer her in the right direction. Her goal is to help people, and enable them to find their full potential, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Her greatest joy is in seeing a person evolve into all they can become, on every level.

She looks for the miracles in everyday life, and uses them to connect strongly to the forces that enable her to tap into the forces that have shaped a person’s life. As an intuitive, she uses her abilities to uncover the old and unproductive patterns that keep people “stuck,” working with them to purge the unproductive patterns that entrap them.

Cathrine’s own life has had personal challenges that have informed and transformed her, the most significant being when she was diagnosed with apparent MS. Rather than regarding this as a limitation, she has embraced it and used for personal transformation. Working with it in her personal practice, she has not only brought herself back to good health, but has used it to inform and illuminate her life’s path