The term energy medicine usually refers to putative energy fields (energy that is presumed to exist). Although it can’t be measured in conventional ways, therapists or energy healers say they can see it, sense it or feel it.
Energy healing or energy medicine is based on the fundamental premise that everyone’s thoughts, emotions, beliefs and attitudes are made of energy. Therefore, if we are all infused with this life force often referred to as qi (pronounced chee), we can channel or use its power for healing.
In Chinese medicine energy is called qi; in Ayurvedic medicine it is doshas; in traditional Hindu metaphysics the word is chakras (illustrated in the photo at bottom). Therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure, reconnective healing and reiki work on these energies to restore health and well-being.
“In Chinese medicine the theory is that energy flows through 12 channels that cover your body. When you are healthy, this energy flows smoothly and your body remains in a state of balance. When you experience a physical, emotional or spiritual trauma, the energy gets disrupted, depleted or stuck,” says Tom Ingegno, a licensed acupuncturist with a masters of science in Oriental medicine and a certified animal acupuncturist in Baltimore.
Acupuncture is a form of energy medicineIf left in this state too long or if the trauma is severe enough, disease or pain manifests. “By placing needles in points along these pathways we can help restore proper flow of energy and allow the body, mind and spirit to heal itself,” says Ingegno.
“What reiki does is actually use the universal life-force in association with the qi of our own body, so it’s a combination of those two,” says Dr. Kathy Gruver, a massage therapist, reiki master and author of “Conquer your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques.”
“The great thing about reiki is I’m not using my energy, so when I put my hands on somebody, they’re not getting my bad morning, my illness, my karma; I’m a conduit. I’m a total empty vessel for the energy to flow through.”
How reiki works
To do reiki, practitioners have an attunement, which consists of a reiki master giving you reiki energy. They teach you the symbols and the hand positions and perform a ritual, which awakens your hands and allows you to perform energy healing on someone else. Gruver advises people to receive an attunement in person, never over the Internet.
“I think it’s a complete misconception that there are these special gifted people that can do it. Certainly people have gifts that are unexplainable, but reiki is not one of them; anyone can do it,” says Gruver.
During a session Gruver lays her hands on or hovers them above the part of the body she wants to heal or send energy. She also does it unconsciously when she rests her hand on her husband’s leg during a movie, for example. If he has any pain or something going on emotionally, the energy goes to where it’s needed.
The majority of people seek reiki for emotional issues, physical problems or because they are terminally ill. Reiki provides peace, comfort, healing and relaxation. Cancer patients often say it’s the only thing that helps their pain. There are some preliminary studies that suggest reiki can knit bone back together more quickly and heal wounds faster. The American Hospital Association says 15 percent of hospitals (more than 800) offer reiki in the U.S.
After a session people are relaxed. They may fall asleep, giggle or cry; it opens up many emotions. Some find it completely energizing, while others want to curl up and sleep. It’s also a powerful treatment for grief, loss and sadness.
Chakra energy centersA massage for the soul
Shani Enns, spiritual coach, energy healer and founder of www.embraceyourhumanity.com in Kansas City, grew up around energy healing. She has certificates from many modalities but says she’s practiced her own brand of energy medicine for the past 10 years.
Enns performs energy healing along with spiritual coaching and says whatever problem someone comes in with, she works to shift their beliefs, patterns and habits with both coaching and energy healing.
Some people come in with cancer, some with health problems, others with depression; many come for emotional issues. It usually goes in tandem. “People who don’t feel good physically also don’t feel good emotionally,” says Enns.
Someone once described her work as a massage for the soul.
Similar to reiki, Enns lays her hands on various parts of someone’s body such as their head, heart or belly and sends energy inward. She frequently works with entrepreneurs who are looking to manifest wealth and success in business.
During or after a session people feel buzzing, tingling, dizziness, a sense of heaviness, and may see colors, Enns says. Many feel a state of peace or nothingness. Occasionally people say they don’t feel anything other than well rested. Enns says one of the most gifted energy healers she knows doesn’t feel anything giving — or even receiving energy work. He goes on faith because his clients experience amazing effects.
Results are very individual for any type of energy work. Enns says she had a client in kidney failure who was cured and didn’t need further dialysis. She also had a client with advanced breast cancer who was comforted and benefited from pain relief. “Sometimes healing means being OK with dying,” says Enns.
There are many ways practitioners provide reiki. Some use crystals and gemstones; others play music; some chant. “If it’s too weird for you or too mainstream for you, find another practitioner,” says Gruver. Enns offers her first session free for just this reason.
Many practitioners provide distance energy work via phone or Skype, and many offer animal healing. Enns explains that practitioners of energy medicine draw energy from the endless source that the universe provides. She always comes out of energy work feeling better than before she gave it. “I feel joy, peace and bliss giving it.” People who receive energy healing often feel the same way.
Many practitioners of magic (including myself) enjoy using the energies of crystals in their practice. The energies of crystals can strengthen the effects of magical working. Crystals can be used in spellwork, meditation, ritual, divination, etc. Or you can carry them around with you throughout your day to achieve a certain result, or just to help you get through life more smoothly. I hope this list helps you find a crystal to suit your individual needs.
Quartz – A multi-purpose crystal, can be programmed for nearly anything. Enhances and strengthens the energies of any magical working. Offers protection from negativity. Can act as a substitute for any other crystal in spell work.
Amethyst – Excellent for all types of healing, both physical and emotional. Has very soothing and calming energies and is great for meditation. Protects against negativity, especially spiritual and psychic attack.
Rose Quartz – A stone of love and relationships. Wonderful for promoting self-love and for allowing one to open up to receiving love from others. Has calming and reassuring energies and is great for emotional healing. Promotes sleep and good dreams.
Citrine – Does not accumulate negative energy. A great stone for manifestation and abundance. Attracts wealth, prosperity, and success. Promotes love and happiness and soothes problems in relationships.
Tiger’s Eye – An excellent stone for protection, especially against curses and ill-wishing. Good for boosting confidence and self-worth. Helps with accomplishing goals. Enhances good luck and brings prosperity.
Agate – Promotes inner stability, self-esteem, and composure. Improves concentration and mental clarity. A protective stone, especially during travel. Enhances feelings of security and safety.
Selenite – A good stone for promoting spiritual growth. Increases awareness and intuition. Good for meditation, dispelling negativity, and promoting harmony. Increases feelings of love and inner peace.
Obsidian – Helps protect against depression, negativity, and psychic attacks. A very grounding and protective stone, especially for sensitives. Good for breaking attachments and releasing. Also good for manifestation and abundance.
Fluorite – A highly protective and stabilizing stone. Strengthens the intuition, increases insight, and heightens mental abilities. Absorbs negative energies. Protects against psychic manipulation and organizes chaotic situations. Creates calm feelings and mental clarity in chaotic situations.
Labradorite – Promotes innate magical abilities to come to the surface. Tempers negative personality aspects and brings out the best in a person. Calms an overactive mind and awakens new ideas and energies.
Bloodstone – Protects against threats and bullying, and brings strength for coping with new situations. Increases creativity and heightens the intuition. Encourages blessings and prosperity. Boosts the immune system and balances hormones.
Onyx – Absorbs negative energy and removes negativity from a person’s life. Prevents the draining of personal energy and aids in the release of negative emotions. Promotes good fortune, relaxation, and strength. Increases courage to face challenges in life.
Hematite – A good stone for grounding, stabilizing, and protecting oneself. Promotes mental organization, memory, and calming energies. Decreases emotional negativity and feelings of anxiety. Enhances willpower, confidence, and strength.
Moonstone – A protective stone, especially during travel by night. Aids in the acceptance of love and opens the heart to nurturing qualities. Increases fidelity, fertility, self-expression, and self-confidence. Soothes and calms the emotions and enhances the intuition and happiness.
Note: Crystals are not a substitute or alternative for medical attention.
Sapphire is known as the stone of wisdom and each color has its own particular wisdom. Directs and calms the mind, release unwanted thoughts, and mental tension. Bringing peace and equanimity of mind, sapphire coordinate physical, mental and spiritual sphere to establish a balance within the body.
Spinel is a beautiful crystal, associated with energy recovery, with assistance in difficult circumstances, and rejuvenation. Opens chakras and facilitates the movement of kundalini energy along the spine. Different colored spinel connect the entire spectrum of chakra. Psychologically, spinel emphasizes the positive aspects of personality. It helps to achieve acceptance and success with modesty.
Quartz boosts and enhances healing, because of its unique spiral crystal form. Its habitats are around the world. It absorbs, stores, release and regulates energy and removes blockages. When used with acupuncture needles coated Varco, the effect is amplified by ten percent. Holding crystal quartz in the hands doubles your biomagnetic field and protects against radiation.
Known as the storm stone because of its association with the element of the storm, Pitersite is pretty fresh discovery. They say it contains “keys to the kingdom of heaven.” It connects daily with spiritual awareness, reminding you that you are spiritual beings on a man-trip. Focused on a spiritual being, Pitersite has the ability to keep you grounded, but not on land, but in the ethereal body. This facilitates spiritual journey, especially with insights you need to find in this incarnation.
Moon stone is a stone with “new beginnings”. Like it’s name suggests, is strongly associated with the moon and with intuition. Like the moon, the stone is reflective and reminds us that, like moon waxes and wanes, so everything changes. Its most effective remedy is the soothing of emotions.
Fuchsite promotes access to knowledge with high practical value. This stone can channel information pertaining to the treatment of herbs and holistic medicine. Proposes download fullest moves and takes the lead on the health and well-being. Fuchsite helps you to understand the interrelationships with other people to connect with the fundamental questions of life.