A quick note on the difference between reiki and pranic healing as a practitioner. This will probably grow in the future as I become more comfortable with the pranic healing methodology.
The only real similarities I could perceive thus far were the intents to heal, and using one’s hands to do the work.
1) Reiki practitioners are tapped in to a specific healing frequency through energetic attunements with reiki masters, and use only that energy.
Pranic healers utilize environmental prana…free-floating energy (solar, ground and air), the strength and amount of which can be manipulated through meditation, arhatic yoga, and breathing exercises. Pranic healers activate their hand chakras to do the work.
2) In reiki, energy flows freely, undirected, to ‘where it is needed the most’ with little intention on the part of the user other than placing hands about different parts of the patient’s body, and tracing the handful of reiki energetic signatures.
Pranic healers are acutely aware of the roles of specific chakras, check for congestion or depletion, then clean, energize and stabalize. There are also specific guidelines for diseased conditions, prescribing treatment for specific sets of chakras.
3) Reiki seems to have no side effects or dangers for either healer or client.
Pranic healers have specific guidelines around how to modify the use of energy on specific clients (young, elderly, frail), have parts of the body they cannot work on (eyes, front heart chakra), and are deadly serious about etheric hygiene (properly handling diseased energy, cutting healer/client cords) as there could be ramifications for both healer and client.
4) Reiki healers do not remove dirty/dark/diseased energies.
Pranic healers primarily do so, and engage in both physiological as well as psychological (psychotherapeutic) work. The discarded energy is cleaned off of the hands, and neutralized in mineral salt.
Do I prefer one over the other? Absolutely not. I find myself naturally using reiki on my kids, and in spontaneous situations, whereby pranic healing seems to require more time and a set-up of proper equipment (hand washing, salt baths) for the hygiene part of it all (there are other techniques that do not involve the equipment but I won’t feel comfortable until I’ve had practice).
Reiki seems to be warm and gentle, trusting in a higher knowledge to do what is needed to do. Pranic healing requires more ‘skill’, knowledge and practice, and the practitioner is an active part of the process. It seems that there is a higher likelihood of there being a bad (and dangerous) pranic healer rather than a reiki practitioner.
Just two different tools, to be used in different situations. Reiki is like the multipurpose tool, whereas pranic healing is a box of surgical equipment.