We all have heard about energy and you may have even tried some therapies that incorporate various techniques to help ‘heal’ a certain aspect of your life – from physical conditions to our emotional and mental wellbeing, and even our relationships, success and abundance. In this article, I aim to provide a simple, yet comprehensive guide to understanding energy healing modalities when it comes to your health. The following therapies are by no means a complete list of energy modalities but can offer you a great start of understanding how energy can help to improve the way you think, feel and live your life.
Energy Healing is a very broad term and comes in many different forms. But essentially, it refers to any practice that works with the subtle flow of energy throughout the body and follows the principle of the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
One of the fundamental principles of energy healing is that it focuses on the causes of the condition, rather than just treating the symptoms, in which Western medicine is predominantly based on. So when there are energy blockages within the body, the flow of energy is disrupted which may cause a condition to arise. These blockages can be a result of an accident, prolonged emotional stress, traumas, or even mental health problems.
Reiki is a type of energy healing and comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” life energy). It is a hands-on technique that involves the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to the patient and treats many physical conditions and emotional states. Reiki has grown in popularity in many countries and has also been accepted in some hospitals and medical practices. It can also be applied distantly and some practitioners will use crystals to aid and even enhance the healing result.
Pranic Healing also uses the fundamental principle that the body has the innate ability to heal itself, and utilises Prana (the Indian Sanskrit term meaning ‘life force’ or ‘vital energy’) to balance, harmonise and correct the body’s energy imbalances. This is a non-touch therapy where the practitioner is trained to scan for blockages and applies cleansing and energising techniques that are laid out in scientifically validated protocols. Therefore, every practitioner will have the same approach and method of treating patients, with the aim of obtaining consistent and expected results. Pranic Healing uses logical and scientific methods to treat all types of conditions – from cuts and bruises to headaches and all the way to severe and chronic conditions – but keep in mind that each individual is different and like all energy healing modalities, it is impossible to know exactly what outcome will be achieved and how long it will take.
If you choose to learn Pranic Healing, not only do you get to apply healing techniques to others, you can also apply this to your own health. This is done not only through the healing techniques, but also the entire system which incorporates meditation, breathing techniques, spiritual teachings and prosperity courses if you want the entire package.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes acupuncture, tai chi and herbal products and has been around for thousands of years, focusing on the meridian pathways of the body. The main underlying principle of TCM is the relationship between emotions and organs – by harbouring specific negative emotions, this will affect the associated organs within the body. For example, the lungs and large intestine relate to grief, whereas the liver and gallbladder are associated with anger, frustration and resentment.
In Acupuncture (the key component of TCM), needles are inserted into the body to stimulate nerve-rich areas of the skin surface in order to influence tissues, glands, organs, and various functions of the body. It is commonly used to treat pain, however is also known to treat all conditions of the body. Like all energy therapies, it involves the concept of an invisible life-giving force, in this case, called Qi being a Chinese medicine, and has been somewhat accepted as an alternative to Western medicine. Although there isn’t strong scientific evidence to back up the effectiveness of Acupuncture (nor any of the energy healing therapies), some Western countries have accepted this more than other complementary and alternative therapies and include it as a treatment covered by health insurance.
Another Chinese healing therapy is Qi Gong, which involves meditation, breathing techniques and movement exercises. This is also part of the more comprehensive TCM system and it is often used along with acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicines and diet. Again, this is based on the concept of Qi (which is essentially the same thing as Prana and Ki, along with the many other names it has all around the world) and translates to “vital energy cultivation” or “mastery of your energy”. Medical Qi Gong can be applied with touch or non-touch, and can address the energy imbalances within the body to treat specific conditions of the body
Theta Healing is a spiritual healing technique conducted while the client and practitioner are in a theta brainwave state – an altered consciousness where brainwaves are slowed to a deeply relaxed mode. It addresses the energy blockages that are caused by factors such as emotional repression, belief systems, fears and traumas and can improve people’s physical and emotional health, relationships as well as prosperity. The Theta brainwave state is essentially going into a deep meditative state, and so the treatment is performed while accessing your subconscious level of thoughts. When these are released and unblocked subconsciously, then healing can occur at all levels.
Crystal Healing is based on the belief that gemstones have a unique frequency and energy field. This resonance can be transferred to a person’s energy field, therefore bringing balance to the individual’s life and mind. Typically, crystals are laid onto a person’s fully clothed body, in patterns, on chakras, meridian lines or even points of pain.
Different crystals emit different energy vibrations, and they can also absorb energy, which helps to balance and normalise the energetic rhythm within the body to induce deep relaxation, alleviate pain and improve overall health – mind, body and spirit. The type of crystal (colour, shape and mineral content) will be chosen to aid in specific treatments as each has it’s own natural healing properties.
Crystal usage can also be used in other energy therapies, such as Reiki and Pranic Healing, and is meant to enhance and magnify the healing results of the practice.
Quantum Healing combines the ideas of quantum physics, meditation and Eastern medicine using the universal concept of ‘life force’ and the body’s natural ability to heal. Healing takes place at the quantum (or subatomic) level and the healer helps you to connect to your subconscious, spiritual or Higher Self. It can also incorporate breathing and body awareness exercises. A Quantum Therapist is believed to create a high-frequency life-force energy, and then be able to place this energy around an area of pain, stress, inflammation, or disease. This process is understood to amplify our body’s natural healing ability.
Never substitute any alternative or complementary therapies to replace modern scientific medicine. You must always consult with a qualified physician for any conditions or illnesses you have.
There is a far more extensive list of different types of Energy Healing modalities in the world, but I have chosen to only address a few of the more common ones. My first observation is that ALL of the energy healing therapies mentioned within this article use the existence of Qi, Ki, Prana, Life’s Force and Spiritual Energy as a basis for healing. By balancing this invisible energy within the body, it facilitates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Whether the therapy is touch, non-touch, self-healing or even distant healing, the principles remain the same.
So which one is best?
First of all, this is my opinion, and everyone who works in the energy field will of course have differing opinions. But I like to compare this to speaking different languages. If you come from China, then you’ll speak a Chinese dialect. If you are from England, your main language will be English, and keeping in mind that depending on where you are from in England, your accent will also differ. Some people will learn multiple languages, especially if their parents are of different cultures and backgrounds. So which language is best? This is not a question that has a right answer. All languages achieve the overall purpose of enabling people to communicate. The more learning you do, whether through reading or education, the greater your vocabulary and ability to convey messages more clearly and concisely.
And if you are familiar with my work, I often look at the similarities of all things, people and ideas rather than seeing just the differences. Although all energy therapies are called a different name and may use varying techniques, the fundamentals are still the same – just like the fact that all languages are effective forms of communication. I have also found in my personal curiosity and search for answers, that there is far more to our lives then what we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. This has been known for thousands of years in every culture and civilisation, and these healing techniques have all been derived from this main fundamental belief. Whether you want to call it accessing the Theta, the Quantum Field, the Higher Self, or the subconscious brain, the fact is that there is something being accessed (call it energy) that can harness the ability to move far more than material and seeable objects. And when you are trained to understand how to access and influence this energy, then healing occurs that can affect not only your health but also everything else surrounding you, including your relationships, your finances and ultimately finding more happiness and fulfilment in your life.
So if you’re looking to learn more about energy, find the method that interests you and meets the goals you want to achieve. I don’t believe there are ‘quick fixes’, but at the same time, I have witnessed quite a few ‘miraculous’ results. What’s important is to seek a qualified practitioner who is reputable, regardless of the type of therapy you choose. It is also important to look for someone to whom you can relate, or are drawn. I find it is more effective when someone knows and understands what you are going through, although keep in mind that this is not at all a prerequisite!
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