Reiki is a healing technique in which the practitioner channels energy into a client (to clear chakras/unblock chakras/promote flow of energy/healing)
As a healer, whether in Reiki, shamanic, energetic or another modality, we accept our unique relationship to the greater energies of the universe. We can call it Spirit, God, but you can call it any name that resonates more with you.
Reiki flows more easily when our ego is "not present," when we can tap into the feeling of being just a channel of energy, when we get out of the way! The same is true for shamanic healing.
There are some differences between traditional Reiki and shamanic healing. In traditional Reiki, we call upon source energy (God / the Universe) for healing. In contrast, shamanic foundations are based on a non-hierarchical view that all life, not just human life, has consciousness. In shamanism, we believe (because we can experience it, see it and feel it) that we can tap into Nature Spirits (river, sky, wind, plants, etc.) to call upon them to do the healing. Because of its connection to nature and the spirits, Shamanic Reiki often achieves a more intimate and more "targeted" type of healing.
In studying traditional Reiki, you will discover that most schools of Reiki prescribe very specific hand positions and symbols, not to be deviated from. In the practice of Shamanic Reiki, we go into a much more intimate and intuitive direction.
We invite you to open your heart and let your intuition guide you.
When opening to this spirit though, we trust our intuition even when we’re intuiting something contradictory to what others, such as our families, teachers, friends, culture, may be telling us.
As we open our hearts, our intuition grows and takes us where it will. The spirit world infuses the shaman with the power, wisdom and energy to effect change and promote healing in this world.
While we may have important physical teachers in this reality, our most important relationship is to the spirit, and the guidance we’re offered. As with traditional Reiki, the intelligence that infuses life empowers the shaman to transmute disease and harmonize imbalance. But in Shamanism we can remove negative energies (entities) while in traditional Reiki we only channel in Light which we use to clear blockages.
My experience with shamanic healing is that most of the time it can be much more powerful to be able to do extraction, or to call a specific Spirit (like a river for example) to move a certain block.
In Shamanic Reiki, we learn to call upon ALL Spirits of Nature. This includes the air we breathe and the winds that cleanse our planet; the waters we drink and that flow over the earth’s body; the fire from the sun that warms us and the fire of stars, volcanoes, and deep recesses of the earth; the earth herself and the plants, animals, rocks, minerals, and trees; as well as ancestral, human, and other spirits.
The ability to heal comes from the elements and helping spirits. Indigenous shamans would tell you they simply channel or open access to spiritual energies to benefit others. It is not the shaman, but their spiritual connection, that performs the powerful healing. Shamanic practitioners are merely the intermediaries, accessing the spirit world on behalf of others, themselves, future generations and the earth.
We ask spirit to guide us and channel through us so we can accomplish the greatest good.