There are several forms of energy healing.
In the Western tradition, it is commonly known as spiritual healing and in the east traditions such as chakra meditations and Reiki healing are popular forms.
With spiritual healing, the healer acts as a channel for universal healing energy, with the aim of restoring balance within an individual. It is a form of complimentary healing which can be used for a wide range of problems which people have, be they physical, mental or emotional. It does not require any particular religious or spiritual beliefs for it to be effective.
The chakras are energy centres which correspond to the centre line of the body, running up from the base of the spine, to the top of the head and beyond. There are seven associated with the body, and several more associated with soul and spirit. Each centre has a particular flavour or emphasis, and they each have corresponding colors and sounds associated with their vibration. They are not just physical, but also have emotional and mental qualities.
The basic aims of chakra meditations are to unblock individual chakras, enhance their radiance and allow the free flow of energy between them.
Reiki healing has become very popular in the west in the last 10 or 15 years. The modern form of reiki was developed by a Japanese gentleman called Mikao Usui. During his meditation, he realised that a vital life force (Qi) which runs through us all, could be harnessed and used for healing purposes and self-realization.
All of these forms of energy healing and meditations can be learnt and applied quite easily, to assist ourselves, friends and family.
It is important to note that energy healing is not a substitute for appropriate medical care.
For those of you who are interested in learning more, the following resources will help.
To learn reiki in the comfort of your own home:
One of the classic books on spiritual healing is by Barbara Ann Brennan:
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