Energy healing is a holistic practice that focuses on the energy that flows through our bodies. From ancient times, it has been used for healing and spiritual purposes. There are many different types of energy healing such as Reiki, chakra balancing, crystal therapy etc. but what exactly is the difference between them? I will try to answer this question in this blog post.
Chakra or energy center is a term used in Pranic healing, an ancient Hindu system of energy healing. Prana means life energy.
Aura is another terminology traced to Pranic healing. Aura is a non-physical body that consists of energy, which exists along with our physical body. The aura that covers our body is said to have seven layers pertaining to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual as manifested by energy.
Studying the colour and thickness of auras gives ideas on the state of health of individuals. Six colours are associated with aura and interpreted into six personalities. These colours are all present in an individual but one or two are more pronounced.
Green: Ambitious achiever
Blue: Spiritual peacemaker
White: Unconventional chameleon
Orange: Creative communicator
Although Tantra is popularly associated with the practice of sex and spirituality, it is another method of energy healing. 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 two people can reach spiritual levels during orgasm, which removes the body and mind from collected impurities. These impurities, being negative energies, can in turn manifest as physical illnesses.
Unlike Puranic 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 higher intelligence. Students of Reiki are taught how to tap this energy to heal physical, emotional, and mental illnesses.
Is All Energy Healing the Same?
Although Pranic, Tantra, and Reiki are all systems of energy healing, 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 to 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. In spite of 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 can fail to heal ailments and conditions in some, if not many people.
People perceive modern medicine to be isolating.
Medical treatments are oftentimes focused on the disease and its causative agent, which can make a patient feel isolated and treated like a mere host of the disease. Although recent developments in hospital practice are gradually promoting the holistic treatment of a patient, the perception still 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 but a logical and attractive option to both patients and families to look for less stressful health interventions.
Energy healing is a good way of relieving stress.
Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods and this is an added benefit for highly stressed people. Moreover, sophisticated equipment is not required thus it becomes all the more convenient for students and future students of energy healing.
Alternative healing and mainstream medicine both present benefits to their approach. And in the final analysis, what matters is the restoration of good health.