20 Aug 2018

Whether it’s reiki or spiritual healing, we need to move forward together…

by editor-admin

In the second of Matthew Manning's social media posts, he calls for new discussion and action for the future of healing, bearing in mind – to put it simply – that healing is healing is healing. He says "Ultimately, healing is about empathy, compassion, care, understanding, energies, an open heart and good listening skills." He adds that we need to use non-esoteric language that is acceptable in medical and hospice settings. At The Healing Trust we are the sum of our members. Our members run the Trust. So we are always very open to hearing what all our members wish to say. If you are drawn to, please do share your views on this important subject. And remember there'll be a fantastic opportunity to join in and move the discussion forward at The Healing Trust AGM in London on 29th September. This article originally appeared on Matthew Mannings Facebook page on 19th August 2018.

A guest post by Matthew Manning

I was really surprised at the enormous response to my post on Thursday about an online four-hour course resulting in certification as a reiki healer. It has now been read by 6,500 people and has had almost 200 comments from you.

I've tried to respond to everyone who left a comment. As I read them I realised that some very important and valuable suggestions have been made. To keep the debate open I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you.

Healing is my life and passion and has been for 40 years. I'm completely dedicated to it. However, I feel that changes are needed to put healing generally into a position of greater respect and recognition in the coming decades long after I'm gone. My comments may ruffle some feathers but that's a small price to pay for progress!

I work quite closely with a number of doctors and consultants - if you've been a patient of mine you'll know that I use a loose healer/doctor network that I've developed over the years. Sometimes my success has less to do with my healing and much more to do with getting my patient to the right consultant!

As I wrote in my original post, I've never used any label to describe myself - other than 'healer'. I believe this has helped me gain the trust and confidence of many of the wonderful doctors I cooperate with. I'm not bound by describing myself as a 'spiritual' healer, or a 'reiki' healer (which I'm not).

So here are a few ideas I'm pondering for our future as healers:

* Whatever labels we choose to describe our work, is there a case for dropping them? We are all using the same energy even if we have different frameworks of belief or understanding of it. At end of life, possibly in a hospice, people are much more likely to reflect spiritually. At the moment a 'spiritual' healer cannot help them (because of that very word) yet a reiki healer can. Hospitals and hospices don't seem to accept the 'spiritual'.

* I feel that healing is a great deal simpler and more straightforward than many of the different organisations teach. I'm honoured to be a patron of The Healing Trust but I believe this applies as much to some of their training as it does to reiki. Perhaps some of the more esoteric teachings should be dropped. I'm certainly not convinced they are relevant. Healers wanting establishment recognition need to be able to communicate their therapy in simple easy to understand language, using words that make a bridge to the hospital or hospice. Ultimately, healing is about empathy, compassion, care, understanding, energies, an open heart and good listening skills.


  1. Hi, I, like Matthew above, just call myself a ‘Healer’. I became a Reiki Master which seemed too easy. I then trained as a Spiritual Healer with the HPAI (Healer Practitioner Association International) and found that the two methods – for they are ONLY methods – of healing gelled into one. As Matthew says our local hospice will not accept spiritual healing (because they say it ‘raises false hopes’) but will accept Reiki. The sooner all healers, regardless of what modality they trained in, are accepted for the help and comfort that they give to the living and the dying the better it will be for everyone.

    1. We completely agree with you, Paul. Learning healing methods is one thing, but good training (which can come from a variety of sources) helps us to develop, both personally and in the ability to deal wisely, kindly and appropriately with the myriad people and conditions we encounter. All such healers should be highly valued within their communities.

  2. I agree that all spiritual healing should be done with compassion. In my NFSH training I was taught that attunement is important and to always strive for attunement with the highest possible divine source of healing energy which is suitable for a particular patient. Many, but not all, Reiki Healers which I have met agree with this. For example, some have told me that they attune with a “Dr. Usui” or rely on using Reiki magical symbols bestowed on them. FYI – Clairvoyantly, I can see and decribe these symbols in their Chakras and some Reiki Masters have even asked me how to remove them, as they felt this would allow them to achieve a higher level of attunement.
    I am located in Germany and regularly cooperate with medical professionals here. Either they refer their patients to me in my practice, or I visit them and conduct the spirtual healing in their practice rooms.
    However it is also challeging here to work openly as a spiritual healer in a hospital or a hospice setting, where the established religions are well entrenched and tend to oppose it unless they are behind it. Most medical doctors in hospitals are also nervous about using methods which are not recognised as scientifically proven. They appear to be worried about incurring criticism from colleagues or disciplinary measures from their professional Body or damaging their careers.
    It appears that it is a major priority in the UK for healer members to gain access to patients in hospitals and in hospices. If the word “spiritual” is a problem, why not just call it “NFSH Healing” instead? If anyone asks what “NFSH” means one could answer with “In English it means the same as Reiki does in Japanese”.

    1. You see the issues very clearly, John, and we share your frustrations with what can sometimes seem like blinkered vision.

  3. Matthew ponders on the wisdom or otherwise of dropping the more esoteric aspects of training.
    As a HT tutor for twenty or so years, I feel that we cannot just teach ‘how to do it’ without teaching the basics of the energetic framework in which spiritual healing is rooted.
    Missing out the ”why and how’ would take us back to misunderstandings that were common when I started in 1980’s – the main one being that healers were ‘special’ , ‘gifted’ etc. and health conditions were random/bad luck. If no understanding of the ‘esoteric’ basics is taught to the healer, how can they explain healing (in plain form) if asked to do so ?
    We have spent many long years being judged by science and religion as people ‘who think they can cure others’. If healers can explain the basic nature of energy work, this offers education to those who are ignorant of the fact that we are energy beings first and foremost, which leads to explaining the energies we use in healing. This removes the misunderstanding that we are ‘doing it’, and all the implied focus on ego that it suggests.
    If opportunity arises, planting small seeds of education as to the true nature of the human species can surely be a part of a healer’s service both to an individual or ultimately to humanity in general.

  4. someone once told me that NFSH is actually yiddish for ‘soul’ !!

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