There are many different type of energy healing techniques but most, if not all of them, work on the same principles. All energy medicine approaches illness and disease holistically, that is, through the interconnections of mind, body and spirit. All work on the assumption that all living things are energy centers, the source of which is the same – the divine source. Some people define this source as God, others as the universal light, gods, goddesses; the name by which it is called is unimportant although of significance to each individual.
Understanding Energy Fields
Scientists can to some extent measure this energy field which is within us and emanates from all of us and has some common characteristics with magnetic force and electricity. This energy source is mapped as chakras (spinning centers of energy within our bodies), meridians (the pathways that connect the energy centers and along which energy flows) and the aura (an emanating field which extends outside our body).
When we are healthy, energy is in constant motion within us and around us, flowing and vibrating at the correct frequency. Blocked or stagnant energy is what causes illness and disease of mind, body and spirit and can be caused by environmental toxins and pollution, diet and stresses, fears and anxieties.
The principles of energy fields and energy flow within us has ancient roots in many different cultures and is called by many different names – Ch’i or Qi in Chinese, Mana by Polynesian races, Ki by the Japanese and Prana in India. The Hebrew, Greek, Tibetan and other nations have different words again.
Popular Types of Energy Healing Techniques
1.) Pranic healing: This form of energy healing has undergone some changes in its modern form but is based upon ancient healing arts borrowed from Tibet and China and incorporates elements of energy healing from Reiki and spiritual healing.
Through visualization and breathing the healer will identify any imbalances or blockages in the patient which are restricting energy flow and will then cleanse and re-energize these problem areas. Pranic healing is done without direct touch, instead the healer will focus and visualize to send energy to where it is needed.
Depending on the depth and intensity of the patient’s condition, healing can follow immediately after treatment or take several sessions.
2.) Jing-Qi-Sten: Working from the outside in, this energy healing method draws on universal energy to re-balance the chakras and create vibrant, healthy energy flow. The healer will ascertain any problem or problems through questioning the patient extensively and use these answers together with their own powerful intuition to get to the seat of the disease or condition.
Jing-Qi-Sten utilizes the projection of sound and colour to heal vibrational inconsistencies along with rhythmical, energy raising breathing, moving from the aura, to the chakras and then directly to the affected body part or parts. At the end of the session the healer will seal the layers of the aura in order for its new revitalization to take effect.
Jing-Qi-Shen uses both remote (without physical touch) and hands on for energy healing.
3.) Reiki: The system we know today was refined during the 1800s, drawing on the ancient wisdom and teachings of a specific Tibetan healing system. The healer, as in most energy healing, acts as a bridge between the divine source and the patient, using hand patterns which amplify powerful healing energies.
Reiki can be administered as hands on healing or remote healing where technically the patient and healer could be situated at totally opposite ends of the earth.
Unfortunately Reiki, of all the energy healing systems, seems to have received the greatest abuse at the hands of unscrupulous individuals. The increase in its popularity led to many people, with no interest in the true nature or ethics behind healing, jumping on the band-wagon to make quick and easy money. Great care is therefore needed when choosing a Reiki healer and careful selection will unearth the good and pure intentioned healers, of which there are many.
Furthermore, it has become the popular belief that you cannot train at Reiki without a ‘master’ who will ‘attune’ you as a healer. Courses for this privilege range from hundreds to literally thousands of pounds or dollars. The divine source is not the privilege of a few – it belongs to all of us. Therefore ‘attuning’ ourselves to this can be done without having to lay out an enormous amount of money. One of the most powerful Reiki healers I know, trained himself by studying symbols and practicing with a pure heart on friends and family. I have seen this man, in his 70s, quite literally cure a severe burn right in front of my eyes.
Other Popular Forms of Energy Healing Modalities
Quantum Touch – a modern energy healing system that has some similarities to Jing-Qi-Shen.
Medical Qi Gong – this has its roots in ancient Chinese healing arts.
Hands of Light – a modern system drawing on Native American healing
Crystal therapy – sometimes combined with one of the other systems or as a stand alone. Crystal healing draws on the power within various crystals to focus or amplify energy sources.
Therapeutic Touch – another modern system which draws on ancient Tibetan and Indian healing wisdom.
Jin Shin Jyutsu – a system which uses acupressure points.
There are far too many energy healing techniques to give them all a fair hearing here. The ones I have listed are not in any sort of order. Different types of energy healing will work for different people and of course it will also depend on the skill of the practitioner directing the healing.
The holistic approach of the energy healing techniques means they can be utilized for almost any condition you care to mention. As always however, it is recommended that full diagnosis for any prolonged or severe condition is obtained from a doctor before choosing which method of treatment you wish to follow.