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Energy Healing 101: Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki

Written by Shereen Campbell

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Posted on April 11 2019

You have probably come across exotic-sounding terms such as “chakra”, “prana”, “aura”, and “tantra” in your course of reading books. But what’s the real scoop behind these exotic vocabularies? And most importantly can they make a difference into our lives?

So, let’s start with the basics:

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 and by studying the color and thickness of auras we can get the general idea about the state of health of a person.. Six colors are associated with aura and interpreted into six personalities.

These colors are all present in an individual but one or two are more pronounced.

  • Green – ambitious achiever

  • Blue – spiritual peacemaker

  • White – unconventional chameleon

  • Red – activist

  • Orange – creative communicator

  • Violet - psychic

Another interesting therm that you must have come by is Tantra. Although Tantra is popularly associated with the peculiar practice of sex and spirituality, it is another method of energy healing. It comes from the word “tan” which means to spread or expand. It is presupposed that the union of man and woman can reach spiritual levels during orgasm, which removes the body and mind off collected impurities. It is by the very act of connecting with each other, that is the basic of this type of healing.

Unlike Pranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki is a type of healing that originated from Japan. 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.

Although Pranic, Tantra, and Reiki are all systems of energy healing, they differ in the type of energy they use for healing. But two of the things that connect all three types of healings is the fact that:

  1. They all focus on the act of being connected

  2. They all focus on greater awareness - oneself or the Universe and how to expand that awareness.

Why Do People Turn to Energy Healing?

But after all these explanations which may seem a little strange to you, the reality is that many people nowdays turn to energy healing instead of modern medicine. And even though these short explanations of how each type of healing works might seem unbelievable and like a bunch of mumbo jumbo, they do work. More accurately they work where modern medicine failed. Once people drain every available option of modern medicine and still don’t find a cure, most of them turn to alternative medicine, ranging from herbal and organic medicines to faith healers and witch doctors.The will to live is a powerful thing, and it’s a pity that we turn to something different only when we excluded every other option.

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 patient and families to look for less stressful health interventions. Moreover, with the rising popularity of New Age religions, going natural is the way to go.

Energy healing is a good way of relieving stress.

Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods and this is an added come-on 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.

We cannot say for certain that alternative ways of healings will cure you of any disease. The best approach is to use a combination of both sometimes. That way you will treat the mind and the body. And when you are sick and tired of fighting, you will have the strength to rise above the sickness and heal yourself. It is an old saying that nothing is more important than a good health. And when you think about it, it is true. Nothing has its meaning if you cannot enjoy it yourself.

So, don’t be a skeptic, sometimes a more natural remedy, whether it is for your body or soul, is all you need.

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