Let’s talk about energy healing. What is it? How does it work? In this blog post, I want to share with y’all some of my experience. There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding energy work, but in essence, it is rather simple and highly transformative. Healing is heart-centered work to be experienced but it is helpful for the mind to understand the process. Maybe it freaks you out. Maybe you are a skeptic. Understandable. My goal is to simplify the explanation. Let’s see if I can pull it off..
So for me, like many, the physical yoga practice was my entry way into a more nuanced understanding of energy and mind-body connection. We start with the gross body and work inward. After years of practice, I felt more tuned and in-tune, as if I had it all figured out (how naive…). I got more involved in the yoga community and eventually I was led to energy workers and healers. I did NOT know what I was getting myself into – in that very first session, I was cracked open and my secrets, both conscious and unconscious, were revealed. Awh shit, so began a deeper journey into myself than I could have ever imagined. I did NOT have it all figured out, and this realization was not disappointing at all, on the contrary it was freeing.
So what is energy medicine/energetic healing and how does it work? You may have heard of Reiki, a healing modality from Japan that has become popular in the West in recent decades. And there are plenty of others: Past Life Regression, Chakra Healing, Intuitive Healing, VortexHealing, Rainbow Therapy, Avatar Healing, Life Force Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Accupuncture, Shamanic Healing, and the list goes on and on. Aside from the formal modalities, many healers are innately sensitive and intuitive. But really, what does this all mean?
A basic understanding of energy and the subtle body anatomy (also called the energetic body) is not necessary to receive energy work but may help you to conceptualize what is actually going on during a session. Put (very) simply, everything in the universe puts out a vibration, or frequency, expressed as energy. Emotions are also energy, which affect the energetic field (called the aura) surrounding the physical body as well as the energy pathways and systems contained within the body. All of your cumulative thoughts (and I’ve read we have upwards of 60,000 thoughts/day) stem from and influence the emotions, which have a great impact on the subtle body. The subtle anatomy consists of energy pathways (think meridians in accupuncture, although there are several other pathway systems), the chakra system, as well as others. Even the physical body is dense energy. We as human (especially in this culture) go to great lengths to suppress and repress the emotions, which causes blockages and stores throughout the body. Physical body work like massage and yoga definitely facilitate release, but the energy medicine works on the subtle level to bring to the surface a deep build up of emotion, old patterns and karmic junk so that it can be acknowledged and eventually worked through or “cleared”. This deep inner work allows us to get re-acquainted with ourselves, including the dark, ugly bits that we hide away from the world. As you move deeper and deeper inward toward your truths, the outdated habits, thoughts and patterns begin to fall away and the heart begins to open. Sometimes these shifts and releases cycle back and become more refined, sinking into consciousness at deeper levels.
As Einstein says, energy cannot be created or destroyed. Everything is energy. This is physics! My yoga teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra, believes in the next 50 years or so, someone will have invented a camera that can capture pictures of the aura. Just think, the iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel camera with 2 lenses! (I honestly don’t know what this means but I hear it takes AMAZING pictures).
So, the healer helps you to see the truth of what you’ve worked so hard to push down and away. Why would anyone want to do through this?! Some would say, what else is there to do? This is the important life stuff. And an important side note, the word healer is somewhat of a misnomer, because the healer does not heal you, rather the healer facilitates the movement of stuck energy and helps you to safely work through what comes up. You heal you. In the end, you must take responsibility for your own spiritual growth, although the healer is a great expediter!
Phew as I’m writing this blog post I’m realizing that I’m trying to unpack loads worth of information (and I will write an upcoming blog post about all of the fabulous resources on the topic for those of you curious cats). Let’s continue this conversation. Please post and comments or questions below! AND if this really interests you, try a session and see what comes up! We offer several healing modalities with skilled energy workers at Be Here Now Yoga Healing and Wellness.
Stay tuned for my next blog post. I will highlight LeRoy Malouf, a skiller energy worker with decades of experience. He developed the Energetic Wellbeing Process and he will be here SEPTEMBER 21st FOR A FREE DEMONSTRATION. NOT TO BE MISSED.