How To Choose Between Reiki And Integrated Energy Therapy (IET)

What you need to know about both.

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If you're thinking about taking part in any of the energy healing modalities, whether it's for your physical, emotional, or mental health, it's important to know what can work best for you.

There are many differences between these healing modalities. By far, Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) are the most well-known, especially in my practice.

Consequently, my clients often ask me which healing practices and techniques are better for particular circumstances.


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What do these 2 energy healing modalities — Reiki and IET — have in common?

Like most types of energy healing modalities, Reiki and IET both involve the channeling of universal life force energy through the practitioner, who acts as a hollow bone or clear channel.

The client receives pure life force energy, which the practitioner doesn't alter in any way.

Either modality can address a wide range of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic issues.

And, the practitioner is able to work on the past, present, or future.


How are Reiki and IET different?

From the client's perspective, there's one obvious difference between Reiki and IET energy healing modalities.

Reiki usually involves very light touch or, perhaps, none at all.

In contrast, IET calls for the practitioner to gently press on fourteen points on the body where people hold certain emotional and mental patterns — resentment, anger, fear, etc.

In other words, IET is typically hands-on while Reiki can be hands-off.

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The strengths of Reiki energy healing.

Reiki usually clears the aura more quickly than IET. In addition, it can create a more discernable and distinct connection with the future and past, including past life regressions.


Given the many different forms of Reiki — Western Usui, Traditional Usui, Sekhem-Seichim, Karuna, Holy Fire, and more — this healing energy modality collectively offers an opportunity to expand the healing capacity of any given Reiki practitioner or Reiki session as well as the experience and healing of the client.

The strengths of IET energy healing.

IET is particularly good at gently releasing trauma and emotional issues. I immediately think of IET whenever a client complains of being extremely stuck or unable to change their behavior or circumstances.

The healing process may unfold more slowly than the process during Reiki.

For example, it can take up to one month to manifest. But, in that time frame, it can create significant change in multiple areas of a client's life.


And, incredibly, clients often don't realize how bold of a transformation they've undergone.

Both energy healing modalities offer excellent support for vision work and sorting out what is the right path forward.

Yet, IET has several specific tools for this type of healing work. This includes HeartLinks, meditations, and Steps of Transformation.


Both of these modalities can even be combined together to draw out the best synergy and the greatest personal and spiritual healing for an individual's exact needs.

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Patricia Bonnard, Ph.D., ACC is a certified International Coaching Federation (ICF) leadership coach and a certified Martha Beck life coach. For more information, contact her or visit her website.