The process of healing via the channeling of universal energy benefits the recipient by increasing and balancing naturally occurring energy within (and around) the body. This process can occur in many forms, such as: acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, meditation, visualization, breath-work and reiki, too mention only a few.
Although reiki has grown to become a readily available, formally accepted form of healing, the process of healing using only the hands and positive intention, is not only limited to formal reiki practitioners, practicing under the formal banner of reiki. An example of this is found below, involving an energy healer who assisted a patient to overcome a greatly enlarged thyroid, and thereby overcome the need for surgery…
‘How do these seemingly miraculous events take place? What am I doing to help these people? The process I use is called laying-on of hands, faith healing or spiritual healing. It is not at all a mysterious process, but very straightforward, although many times very complicated. It is a procedure that involves re-balancing the energy field, which I call the Human Energy Field that exists around each of us. Everyone has an energy field or aura that surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body. This energy field is intimately associated with health.’ Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field. Barbara Ann Brennan. A Bantam Book (1988).
Barbara Ann Brennan, the healer quoted above, had her initial training, education, and employment in the field of psychotherapy and Atmospheric Physics, having completed her Masters Degree at the University of Wisconsin. She excelled as research scientist for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Barbara is a gifted healer, author, and teacher. She demonstrates wonderfully that subtle (yet powerful) energy therapies come in many forms, performed by many people of diverse backgrounds, and although channeling the same universal energy force, is described in many different ways.