Do Reiki practitioners need to be vegetarian, or “really spiritual?”

Q: Do Reiki practitioners need to be vegetarian, or “really spiritual”?

A: Nope. That said, practicing Reiki does tend to make you keenly aware of a spiritual connection, and may change the way you feel about spirituality. Will that affect the way you live, eat, treat others? Only you can decide, but in many cases, the answer is “yes.” You begin to feel connected to all that is alive, and that connection can have a powerful impact on your life.

As far as your diet, that is totally up to you. You may feel inclined to treat your body in a more healthful way, you may find you crave sweets or fatty foods less, or even that you wish to make other changes in your lifestyle. But the Reiki energy will flow for you when you ask for it regardless.

There are those who feel that a completely vegan, raw-food diet is the best for your spiritual development. It may be, however I do not do that at this point in my life, and I am growing and working with energy every day in a strong and effective way. Perhaps at some point I may make some changes in that direction, but I trust that the energy flows for me to support what I feel guided to do.

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Alice Langholt is a parent, author and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development ( Alice is the author of the new Reiki resource, Practical Reiki TM: for balance, well-being, and vibrant health. A guide to a simple, revolutionary energy healing method, which won second place for Best Reiki Book in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. Alice maintains a local Reiki practice as an Associate at Insight Learning and Wellness Center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In addition, she has authored eBooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific curricula in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. Alice spent a year volunteering at The Cleveland Clinic offering Reiki to patients and staff, and is a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network ( She will teach Practical Reiki in Lily Dale, NY (August 2013), and gives workshops at holistic expos around the US. Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by Her husband, Evan, and their four kids know and use Reiki. As a teacher, Alice believes that close guidance and mentoring are essential elements for learning energy healing. She provides this support to each student, getting to know each and assist him or her in growing intuition and becoming confident practitioners. Receive Reiki, order pendulums, energy charged stones, and more by visiting Alice at
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4 Responses to Do Reiki practitioners need to be vegetarian, or “really spiritual?”

  1. Dana Lisa Young says:

    For health reasons, I cannot follow a strictly vegetarian or vegan diet. I need more protein than those sources can provide (and cannot tolerate/digest many vegetarian or vegan protein sources.) In cases such as mine, it may be more appropriate to remain mindful and grateful for the food sources we eat, as well as focus on eating healthy, whole foods that are farmed in a sustainable, more humane way. I have had people give me a hard time about this issue, but they are not dealing with my life or health issues either. In the end, if your choice is a mindful and non-judgmental one, I will respect it.

  2. Alice says:

    Your choice about what you eat, as well as what sort of Reiki you practice and any decisions about the exercise you do, is always your own. You don’t need to make these decisions to please anyone except yourself, and your intuitive sense of what’s best for you should always rule. You deserve respect, as does anyone else. Mindful gratitude is beautiful and elevates your life the more you incorporate it.

    Kudos. You are exactly where you should be, and an example to others.
    Blessings, Alice

  3. Thunder Wolf says:

    I’ve found that I can’t go meat-less otherwise I get really spacey, though I have to work really hard to stay grounded in general. If going into a ritual or healing that I really want to be more open I will stay off meat for a while. But I agree, I’ve found you don’t need to go meat-less to be spiritual. It’s all dependent on the person’s unique body.

    Nice Article 🙂

    • Thank you for your thoughts, Thunder Wolf! My naturepath says that meat protein is needed by the body, and she’s tried total veganism and got sick. With as much as she knows, I’ll take her word for it. Though I do try to cut down on my own meat consumption, because I just feel ethically drawn to do so. It’s not really to do with my energy work. Blessings, Alice

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