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What is energy healing?

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Until now, most have called energy healing ‘alternativeor ‘complementary’, and consider it to be optional. Others would call it essential. Now the mainstream is waking up to its importance. So what is it? And what kind is right for you?

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” –Nikola Tesla

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that everything is energy, and most people these days, tend to agree, but if you were asked to explain this belief, could you? Who do you know who really, honestly, lives a life based on this?

The vast majority of us tends to put the practical aspects of life first: our studies, careers, mortgages, and then, if there’s room, we make time for our energetic lives. Mostly, this is after hours ; separately from the practical demands of life (in the same way most of us maintain our spiritual life ).

Is it any wonder we don’t know how to integrate our physical reality, the material world, with our beliefs or interest in the energetic aspect of the world, when we’re not taught this at school, and when our friends, society and our parents aren’t modelling it by example? Most of us learn this stuff by need or accident, or through our search for truth, and personal development, after our official education has concluded.

No surprise then that biomedical science (whichmodern medicineand medical treatment is based on) has, until recently, ignored energy healing. But this is changing, at least in academic circles:

“Energy Medicine is on the frontiers of science and technology where ancient and modern knowledge intersect. An emerging field, it provides foundational science and theory for a range of different diagnostic and therapeutic practices in both conventional and complementary medicine. To explore ‘Energy Medicine’, one must utilise scientific exploration carried out across a multifaceted scientific bandwidth including detailed work from the fields of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics and Quantum Physics.” Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT Training 2013)

So what is energy – and what is its relationship to matter?

Putting religious debate aside for a moment, it is generally scientifically agreed that the ‘big bang’ was the cataclysmic birth of the universe, in which energy exploded outward at the speed of light, and that this energy subsequently condensed into matter; implying that matter – our physical reality, including our bodies – is composed of energy.

In a 1905 statement introducing his ‘Special Theory of Relativity’, Albert Einstein explained “mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing”.

You could say that matter is a function or manifestation of energy, and that they are interdependent and inseparable aspects of the one whole. This is where it gets very very interesting. You see, when we really get into science, especially biophysics and quantum physics, we find it confirms what the yogis, saints and sages have said for millennia; that the physical world, and all matter within it, is a vibrational phenomenon, where energy vibrating at different frequencies, results in different aspects of physical appearance.

For instance, if you take a solid like ice, the atoms in it are moving slowly (you could say at a low vibration); whereas when you heat that ice, the atoms move faster and faster (higher vibration), until, with enough heat (energy) applied, you get steam. The same applies to metal, which, when heated, melts.

Energy vibrates and appears as matter

So energy vibrates, and the level it vibrates at determines its density, which determines how it may be perceived, sensed, or how it appears.

“All physical matters are composed of vibration.”Dr. Max Planck

Although most frequencies exist outside of the human range of normal sensory perception (i.e. most frequencies are paranormal or extrasensory ), all can be perceived as both colours and sounds. For instance, there are seven colours in a rainbow – right? And in most modern music there are seven notes in the musical scale. It may interest you that the colour blue can also be heard as the note D, which vibrates at 587 Hz.

You probably know that when a sound becomes very high, we cease to hear it, and eventually dogs, mice or bats don’t hear it either. What is mind-blowing is that if that sound (vibration) keeps on vibrating higher and higher, it will eventually become visible as a colour.

So, what does this mean? Matter is energy. Energy and matter are different vibrations and manifestations of the same thing. When energy vibrates at a very high level, it is light.

“frequencies of vibrating energy are roughly one-hundred times more efficient in relaying information within a biological system than physical signals, such as hormones, neurotransmitters and other growth factors.”(Dr. Bruce Lipton Ph.D 2008, citing a 1974 discovery by Dr. Colin W.F. McClare, Ph.D, Oxford University biophysicist)

How does this apply to health, healing and well-being?

In energy healing, the work is done with the energy body (a.k.a. etheric body and/or subtle body). This work may be directed at working with the vital life force (AKAchi, qi, ki, prana, ruach,etc.), which may be accessed through energy centres (chakras), energy channels (meridians) and energy points (acupuncture points / nadis).

Others work with the energy surrounding the body, and some with the auric field. At this point the energy becomes so subtle, and the vibration so high that it becomes debatable whether we are working with energy or light or consciousness /spirit. Perhaps all? Either way, the work appears to remain highly effective, and there is plenty of evidence which suggests its ability to efficiently treat underlying causes of diseases, dysfunctions, discomforts and disabilities.

Energy healing qualifications

Unfortunately, a search for government accredited courses (training.gov.au), ‘energy healing’ only yielded two courses; and ‘Energy Medicine’ yielded one, for a course that ceased being accredited in 2013. [Fortunately there are some advertised in this feature. Ed.]

Nonetheless, as you can see in this magazine and on most public notice boards, energy healers and energy healing modalities abound. These are generally taught by non-government-accredited tertiary bodies; some are taught directly by master to student; others as components or modules of other government accredited holistic or ‘complementary’ health courses.

Perhaps due to this lack of government recognition, there are several professional associations which seek to standardise and regulate the holistic health industry, and provide members with benefits such as professional indemnity insurance.

‘Gifted’ and self-taught energy healers

We can only guesstimate the number of practitioners in the community with gifts that have been bestowed or developed by years of practice or ‘by grace’, as opposed to formal education. Even Reiki, one of the most recognised /popular forms of energy healing, stems from a founder – Dr. Mikao Usui – who supposedly received the Reiki system of healing by way of grace, during an intense 21-day Shugendō retreat on a mountain, involving fasting and meditation.

Why is energy healing popular?

Generally, because it honours the whole person, is gentle, is effective, empowering, affordable; and may heal the underlying cause, rather than just treating or curing the symptom.

Hmmmm.. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? I know.. it’s another whole topic, a pandora’s box, which we won’t delve into here, but wouldn’t it be nice if the public health sector supported therapies that relieve the symptom, and which may actually heal the underlying cause, and, because they are preventative, may save Australian taxpayers billions.

[Instead, the government is, perhaps duplicitously, embarking on a process of undermining these complementary therapies. See the article elsewhere in this issue, ‘Corrupt Government review rules there is no evidence to support the efficacy of natural therapies’, by two lawyers, Graeme Little & Charles Kovess. Ed.]

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.” – Albert Einstein, in a letter to a grieving father who’d lost his son, February 12, 1950.

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A few recognised energy healing modalities:

(This is an introductory guide only  – please don’t shoot the messenger if we’ve forgotten your modality, have omitted detail, etc. 😉 )

  • Access bars (energy healing via touch to the head)
  • Acupressure/acupuncture (‘TCM’; accessing the energy meridians by touch or needles)
  • Alexander technique (energetic rebalancing through postural adjustment)
  • Aromatherapy (energy and vibrational healing via smell, application and/or ingestion)
  • Aura-Soma (colour and/ or plant, oil and gem essence therapy)
  • Ayurveda (balancing the patient’s doshas or ‘humours’ through herbs and food)
  • Bio energetics (energy healing, by connecting with and channelling life force)
  • Body harmony (hands on conscious touch through body work)
  • Bowen therapy (myofascial trauma and tension release through bodywork)
  • Colour therapy (coloured light applied to acupuncture points or chakras)
  • Chiron (clearing with hands; repairing and strengthening the etheric pattern)
  • Core cellular healing (connecting with source by way of ‘living prayer’)
  • Core energetics (hands-on and bodywork to release emotional-energetic blocks)
  • Craniosacral therapy (bodywork that aligns energy and the body’s structural integrity)
  • Crystal healing (applying crystals to energy centres of body, meditation etc)
  • EFT ( emotional release by influencing the energy meridians by touch)
  • EMF Balancing Technique (an eclectic13-step energy balancing technique)
  • Essences (homeopathic flower essences, vibrational gem elixirs etc)
  • Feldenkrais (movement therapy, influencing energy through posture and breathing )
  • Healing touch (hands-on energy healing)
  • HeartMath (heart attunement, which engages the parasympathetic response)
  • Holotropic breathwork and/or pranayama
  • Ho’opono pono (forgiveness by way of ‘to make right more right’)
  • Horstmann technique(bodywork that releases physical, emotional and mental blockages)
  • Hypnoenergetics (energy healing by way of hypnosis)
  • Ignite Your Spirit therapy (‘IYS’ is energy healing combined with spiritual counselling)
  • Kinesiology (accessing innate healing energy and bio-feedback)
  • Lomilomi (traditional Hawaiian form of massage and healing)
  • Magnetic therapy (using static magnetic fields to treat energy imbalances)
  • Music therapy (healing by sound vibration/ sound energy)
  • Network chiropractic (activates the body’s own self healing mechanisms, facilitating inner alignment)
  • Polarity therapy (healing through bodywork, polarity diet, polarity yoga)
  • Pranic healing (energy healing, by connecting with and channelling life force)
  • Private subconscious-mind healing (PsH, a somatic therapy, which is extremely effective, because it allows the body to do the healing)
  • Qigong (flowing qi/ chi/ ki/ prana / life energy for health benefit)
  • Quantum healing (quantum leaping /jumping to wellness/ new states of being)
  • Quantum healing hypnosis technique (‘QHHT’ is a mix of hypnosis and energetic trauma release)
  • Quantum resonance technique (‘QRT’ a reconnective whole-being resonance technique)
  • Quantum touch (focus, amplifying and directing vital life energy)
  • Reconnective healing (a resonance technique of reconnecting with wholeness)
  • Reiki (energy healing, by connecting with and channelling life force)
  • Shamanism (trance, divination and energy healing – some through spirits)
  • Sound healing (application of sound healing by way of energy frequencies)
  • TFT (Thought field therapy – tapping acupuncture points to treat energy blocks)
  • Therapeutic touch (“TT” is hands-on or -off energy healing)
  • Theta healing (a co-meditative technique with client and practitioner the theta brainwave state)
  • TRE (tension, stress and trauma release by way of ‘therapeutic tremoring’)

There are also various forms of faith healing, divination, spirit healing which may be ethnic, pagan, spiritual and religious, some involving herbs, incense, hallucinogens, and/or plant medicines.

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