NATURAL HEALING: A brief introduction to Energy Healing

“So, what is Energy Healing exactly?” I hear you asking. Well, for most people the concept of “energy” is one which may not be a part of their conscious thinking process as we tend to deal with the things around us which are material; concrete and therefore appearing to be real. However, we are beginning to rediscover (through Quantum Physics) that all matter –seen and unseen-is made up of energy. This includes our physical bodies which are three dimensional, but also and more importantly, the invisible components of ourselves which are referred to by various names including our “spirit”, “soul” etc…. Therefore, in its simplest form Energy Healing is a method of tuning into, and healing of the person (or group or event) on the energetic level.

In fact, the concept of an all-pervasive force or energy is an ancient one, stretching from China and Japan where it is known as Chi and Ki respectively, to India where it is called Prana, to the Polynesian Islands where it is known as Mana. Similarly in Nigerian Spiritual practice the term ‘Ache’ may be applied to personal and general spiritual power or energy. As the knowledge of our energy bodies, fields or “auras” has existed throughout history, so too have methods or systems of healing which affect us on an energetic level been developed and utilized. For instance in the Hawaiian Islands we have Huna, in China developed the art of Acupuncture and Acupressure, and in India there are various forms including “Pranic Healing”. Japan’s contribution comes in the form of Reiki, a non-invasive and gentle treatment which we will explore further in upcoming articles.

Many of us have grown up in one church or the other and may have witnessed “laying on of hands” by gifted individuals with immediate results being experienced by those on the receiving end. For some of us, the experience may have been a more personal one involving one or more elder members of our families who were adept at providing relief and comfort with touch and/or prayer. In spite of this, it may be a leap for many people to really appreciate the concept of healing with energy, because this is not a tenet of our upbringing or formal education in most instances. We are also socialized to question anything involving the unseen world which is not directly tied to organized religion, and so we face conflict with our core beliefs. Furthermore, some of us may just be cynics who require concrete evidence before we indulge a notion. That is all fine if it makes you comfortable, but consider for a moment that you already are familiar with subtle energy and you even make use of it in your life on a regular basis.

“Really?” you ask. Yes, really. Let’s take a look at how the average person often engages in the subtleties of energy without even thinking about it. If you have had one or more of the following scenarios happen to you, then you have been subconsciously delving into the energetic realm:

1. You meet someone for the first time and, for some reason you cannot really explain, upon sight you decide that you either like or dislike this individual. This person has done nothing to deserve your stamp of approval/disapproval yet you have made up your mind.

2. You slam your finger/stub your toe/hit your head and your immediate response was to place your hand where it hurts.

3. You are not with your child/loved one physically yet you become keenly aware that something is wrong with them.

These three examples are just common occurrences which we may take for granted and give no further thought, even though there is no obvious way to explain what is taking place. If at any moment we decide to ponder the common theme which is that of the “unseen element”, then it becomes a little easier to entertain or even understand the theory of Life Energy or Life Force. As for healing with energy, it is simply concerned with the theory that all things are made of energy and that, as a result, all things are connected. Energy healing deals with the energetic body (or spirit) because anything which is manifest in the physical world has its origin in the subtle bodies, so it goes straight to the source.

Next time we will discuss in a little more detail the various forms of energy healing and take a closer look at Reiki which originated in Tibet and Japan.

In the meantime, there is a simple exercise which you can perform in order to begin to acquaint yourself with the energy current flowing through your body. First, sit in a relaxed manner and breathe deeply, quieting your mind. Simply rub the palms of your hands together vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds and then hold your palms a couple of inches away from each other. You should feel some sort of vibrations between your hands. Move your hands away from and toward each other and note where the feeling stops and where it begins. Allow yourself to feel the ball of energy between your palms. You can also use your mind to rotate the ball of energy and note whether you feel it turning. When you are done, you should touch your hands back against your body and let the energy flow through you. Take another deep breath and you are done!

See you next time.

Malaika Durand-Kakudji is a Usui Reiki and Sekhem/Seichim Reiki Practitioner living in Brooklyn, NY.  She received her Reiki Master (Level lll) degree in 2008 from The New York Awareness Center in Manhattan and specializes in the area of energy healing for those who have experienced deep disappointment or heartbreak.

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11 Comments

  1. tellme
    July 30, 2012

    it also says that we were created in his image and he gave man authority over the earth; Christ said that if you have faith and you command a mountain to move it will move; he also said that the power of life and death is in the tongue; look at the bible in its entity; once you’re tuned with christ and you hold him to his word( because he cannot lie)and you believe his words then you’d be suprised at the things you can accomplish.

  2. out of south city
    July 22, 2012

    if we go back to our roots, the lives that our ancient Egyptian ancestors lived, we’ll realise that this is nothing new. We have gone far from our culture because our ancestors were brought to the Western world and were forced to adopt another culture. We know that however the energy is produced, the source is the creator, however we must be careful about the laying on of hands since some individuals are not in harmony with the creation and the creator.

  3. hmm
    July 22, 2012

    Also i’m laughing hard at the last part because I used to do that as a teenager when I read a lot of books on the occult and eastern traditions. Before age 16 I had already tried meditation, levitation out of body, ki channeling etc IN ERNEST.

    That feeling you get from rubbing your palms is just the tingling feeling from the nerves being excited from friction.

    Your mind fools you into thinking that there is some kind of unseen physical presence between your palms because of this. This is how holographic pressure sense works. Also sleep paralysis takes advantage of this, which is why you have stories of succubi (women who have sex with men while they sleep). The nerves are confused to the point that they generate the sense of touch without the actual external stimuli present (it is usually a confusion with some other stimuli like rubbing against your bed).

    To end that on an interesting note I wonder what are the author’s views on sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming. I would LOVE to have a talk with them on those topics.

  4. hmm
    July 22, 2012

    [QUOTE]
    1. You meet someone for the first time and, for some reason you cannot really explain, upon sight you decide that you either like or dislike this individual. This person has done nothing to deserve your stamp of approval/disapproval yet you have made up your mind.

    2. You slam your finger/stub your toe/hit your head and your immediate response was to place your hand where it hurts.

    3. You are not with your child/loved one physically yet you become keenly aware that something is wrong with them.

    These three examples are just common occurrences which we may take for granted and give no further thought, even though there is no obvious way to explain what is taking place.
    [/QUOTE]

    That last sentence is completely false. There are purely scientific and rational ways of explaining all these phenomena.

    1. This has to do with psychology and the effect physical traits and attitude have on our perceptions of other individuals. This is why racism exists.

    2. This is nervous correlation of body parts. This is especially accurate at the tips of our feet, hands and in the head where we have the most nerve endings and receptors.

    3. The last part is simply paranoia and the rare occasions where it is actually justified are blown out of proportion to make it look like some psychic ability.

    I could go into more detail on each point but my post would get even longer and harder to read that it already is.

  5. natural living
    July 21, 2012

    i had been suffering from extreme headaches for most of my life….a from early last year to a 1 month ago i did not know what a day without a headache felt like….woke with a headache went to sleep with a headache…could not function at work or play….tried all the traditional methods of medicine…overseas for medical attention…MRI’s, CT scans , X-rays…you name it…..nothing worked…Heard about Dr Nancy from my father….she performed acupuncture and cupping on me……old chinese medical methods….Lets just say she saved my life!!….i have had one Headache in a little over 4 weeks…..I have m life back….and i feel great…..Big Up Malika..look forward to more interesting articles…Bless Up..

  6. July 21, 2012

    Three comments at this time, and I am in harmony with all three. For I am fully aware of what the writer has explained here pertaining to “energy or the healing power of Life, when we are born again of Life”.

    I am sure that I know the real name of the energy source, but I will wait for someone to mention it–for only when the “True Name” of this “energy source” is mentioned do we give God the glory–which belong to Him alone.

    However, the number three example which says: “You are not with your child/loved one physically and yet you become aware that something is wrong with them”. That was an experience in my Life, many times before– and as close to about 3 weeks ago.

    This experience has to do with my mother first, and my son just about 3 weeks ago, but it is a long story–especially about my son.

    I can only say that I have seen the power of healing through that “energy source of Life”–I know that it comes from God alone, who wants us to give Him the glory, because He shows that power of His at the most needed time in our Life.

  7. CAH-C-BRUCE
    July 21, 2012

    I agree with Anonymous. The elders had it right from the start. Somehow we went astray and lost the plot. Time to go back to our roots: bush tea and bush bath. Excellent Column DNO, you are leading the way.

    • Lord have mercy
      July 23, 2012

      the only healer I know is JESUS, he is the one who shed his blood for us. His word declares that He was wounded for our trangressions, He was bruised for our inquities, the chatisement of our sins was upon Him and with his blood we are healed. Amen

      • tellme
        July 30, 2012

        he gave the authority to you as well; look at the bible more closely

  8. Anonymous
    July 21, 2012

    give thanks for sharing… we must return to the ways of our ancestors

  9. human
    July 21, 2012

    this is interesting

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