Energy Healing 101: Pranic,
Tantric, and Reiki

You have probably come across exotic-sounding terms such as
“chakra”, “prana”,
“aura”, and “tantra” in your
course of reading books on spirituality, sex, and healing in the New
Age literature section of the bookstore. But what’s the real
scoop behind these exotic vocabularies?

Are All Energy Healings the Same?

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 pertaining to the physical,
emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual as manifested
by energy. Studying the color and thickness of auras give ideas on the
state of health of individuals. 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

    Red – activist

    Orange – creative communicator

    Violet – psychic

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. The concept of connectedness is a recurring theme in Tantric
writings on sex and spirituality. As a method of healing, spirituality
and sex figure prominently. 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. These impurities being negative
energies can in turn manifest as physical illnesses.

Unlike Pranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki
originated from Japan. It is relatively younger than Pranic and Tantric
healings having been rediscovered in the early 1900’s. 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 tapped for healing: life energy,
sexual energy, and universal energy respectively.

The concepts of the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit; the
connection of individuals to all living and nonliving things around
them and to the universe; and how energy impacts physical, emotional,
and spiritual well-being are some of the salient similarities of these
three healing methods.

Why Do People Turn to Energy Healing?

Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki are considered alternative methods of
healing. In spite of the availability and relative accessibility of
modern medicine, how come more and more people are being drawned to
them? Here are some possible reasons:


· Energy healing worked where modern medicine failed.

For several reasons both explainable and unexplainable, modern medical
treatment failed to heal ailments and conditions in several if not many
persons. Research or data may not be able to support this statement.
But for the families of the dying as well as for the dying patient,
they would take the risk of using alternative methods ranging from
herbals and organics, faith healers, witch doctors, and New Age healing
techniques just to be get well.

· 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

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.

The battle between alternative healing and mainstream medicine
continues as both present the benefits of their approach. But in the
final analysis, what matters is the restoration of good health.

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Diane Higgins

"Be your authentic self it's the path to success."-Psychologist Diane Higgins has authored numerous papers and has lectured extensively helping people find their authentic self, learn to be being purposeful and develop positive thinking. Diane is the author and/or editor of our Self Help Section.
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