Are all Energy Healing the Same?
You have probably come across exotic-sounding terms such as “chakra,” “prana,” “aura,” and “tantra” in your course of reading books on spirituality, sex, and healing in the New Age literature section of the bookstore. But what’s the real scoop behind these exotic vocabularies that comes from the east, and due to lack of knowledge not understood in the west.
Chakra or energy center is a term used in Pranic healing, an ancient Hindu energy healing system. “Prana” means life energy. “Aura” is another terminology traced to Pranic recovery. Aura is a non-physical body that consists of energy, which exists along with our physical body; you do not see it, but is there and very alive.
The aura that covers our body is said to have seven layers of an individual’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects as manifested by energy. Studying the color and thickness of auras give ideas on the state of health of individuals. Six colors are associated with aura and interpreted into six personalities. These colors are all present in an individual, but one or two are more pronounced.
Green – ambitious achiever
Blue – spiritual peacemaker
White – unconventional chameleon
Red – activist
Orange – creative communicator
Violet – psychic
Although Tantra is popularly associated with the peculiar practice of sex and spirituality, it is another energy healing method. It comes from the word “tan,” which means to spread or expand. The concept of connectedness is a recurring theme in Tantric writings on sex and spirituality.
As a method of healing, spirituality and sex figure prominently. It is presupposed that the union of man and woman( natural State) can reach spiritual levels during orgasm by using the energy correctly, which removes the body and mind off collected impurities. These impurities being negative energies can, in turn, manifest as physical illnesses and also mental.
Unlike Pranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki originated from Japan. It is relatively younger than Pranic and Tantric healings, having been rediscovered in the early 1900s. Reiki stands for universal energy, an energy brought forth by a higher intelligence. Reiki students are taught how to tap this energy to heal physical, emotional, and mental illnesses.
Although Pranic, Tantra, and Reiki are all energy healing systems, they differ in the type of energy tapped for healing: life energy, sexual energy, and universal energy, respectively.
The concepts of the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit; the connection of individuals to all living and nonliving things around them and the universe; and how energy impacts physical, emotional, and spiritual well being are some of the salient similarities of these three healing methods.
Why Do People Turn to Energy Healing?
Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki are considered alternative methods of healing. Despite the availability and relative accessibility of modern medicine, how come more and more people are being drawn to them? Here are some possible reasons:
· Energy healing worked where modern medicine failed.
For several reasons, both explainable and unexplainable, modern medical treatment failed to heal ailments and conditions in several if not many persons. Research or data may not be able to support this statement. But for the families of the dying and the dying patient, they would take the risk of using alternative methods ranging from herbals and organics, faith healers, witch doctors, and New Age healing techniques to get well.
· People perceive modern medicine to be isolating.
Medical treatments are always focused on the disease and its causative agent, making a patient feel isolated and treated like a mere host of the disease. Although recent hospital practice developments are gradually promoting the holistic treatment of a patient, the perception persists. Unlike in energy healing, since energy and spirituality are intimately linked, the patient feels that all aspects of his health are being attended to.
· Energy healing is non-obtrusive and natural; thus, it is safer.
Repeated surgical procedures are physically and emotionally traumatic for most patients. It is a logical and attractive option for both patients and families to look for less stressful health interventions. Moreover, with the rising popularity of New Age religions, going natural is the way to go.
· Energy healing is the right way to relieve stress and heal negative energy and replace it with a positive one.
Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods, and this is an added come-on for highly stressed people. Moreover, sophisticated equipment is not required; thus, it becomes more convenient for students and future energy healing students.
The battle between alternative healing and mainstream medicine continues as both present the benefits of their approach. But in the final analysis, what matters is the restoration of good health, both physical, emotional, and mental.
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