What is energy healing?

Energy healing derives from the Eastern-based understanding that any problem, be it emotional, mental, physical, relational, behavioural or spiritual can be addressed at its source; our energy system.

Energy can be described as vitality, soul, spirit or ‘life-force’. More psychologically-minded people might term it as ‘affect’ or felt-sense about how we experience things.

Different traditions have different maps for what constitutes our energy system. In Traditional Chinese medicine energy, known as ‘chi’ or ‘qi’, is conducted through meridian lines and acupressure points in the body. In Indian traditions, energy is ‘prana’, conducted through energy channels known as chakras, in the physical and subtle bodies. The latter is also known as the ‘bio-field’ or aura, which most traditions agree contains the blueprint of our soul’s journey or consciousness.

Energy is best understood and engaged with a non-analytic sense; through embodied awareness and physicality, via our senses and sensory awareness, through feelings, sensations, images, colour, metaphor and story.

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Most Western energy healing methods derive from Reiki – a healing methodology that originated in Japan. Reiki helps to realign the energy system of a client by conducting energy through the practitioner’s hands. The practitioner or healer raises their own connection to an energetic vibration and channels it with intention on behalf of the client.

In the west, energy healing has also translated into the rapidly growing field of energy psychology, which combines psychological principles with Eastern-based understanding. For instance, therapies such as Emotional Freedom Technique and Advanced Integrative Therapy utilise both meridian and chakra centres when addressing emotional issues.

There are numerous maps of understanding, be it science, holistic therapy or psychology, which try to formulate the notion of energy into something we can grasp intellectually. However, I believe energy is best understood and engaged with experientially. By this I mean in a non-analytic sense; through embodied awareness and physicality, via our senses and sensory awareness, through feelings, sensations, images, colour, metaphor and story.

We often need to ‘think’ to make sense of our experiences. But we equally need to ‘feel’ to allow our energy system the space to find its equilibrium. Our energy also responds to conscious enquiry and intention and these two things work together for our integration. When we are in conscious communication with our energy, we have greater agency over the quality of our lives.

Although I am trained as an energy healer via traditional methods, I see myself more as an energy facilitator. Everyone has an energy system that is intelligent and knows how to heal, integrate and realign itself, with a little help.