Does Energy Healing Work?
Whether you recognize it or not, you have entered into an energetic era, helping to expand your consciousness and redefine your understanding of your soul. You are awakening to know yourself even more as a multisensory being, releasing the beliefs of having only five-senses.
In fact, you are a latticework of energies and systems, remarkably complex, exquisitely coordinated, and entirely unique. There are invisible energies that shape the way you feel, the way you think, and the way you live. Using your own energy systems, such as your meridians (your body's energy pathways), chakras (your body’s energy centers), and aura (your body’s energy atmosphere), you can optimize your body’s natural capacities to heal itself and stay healthy. You can manage your energies to more effectively meet stress, reduce anxiety, and free yourself from ailments. In addition, you can apply what you learn for yourself to benefit family members and other loved ones.
The Path To Healing Begins With You
The first practitioner of energy medicine is you, the one that inhabits the body being cared for. Healing isn't just for times of great pain or strife. It is something that can be done to create feelings of peace, relaxation, and well-being every single day. And, more importantly, everyone possesses the power to be their own healer.
Everyone has the ability to learn, expand, and use extra sensory perception to feel better in their body, thoughts, and spirit. Everyone can use energy to create more of the life that they are wanting—they only need to learn how to align with their higher self and tune into their energy, so that they can unlock their abilities. These tools help with every aspect of your life and there is no better time to give them to yourself. Chances are you're already intuitive and picking up more foreign energy than you think.
When you learn how to replenish, strengthen your field, release (thoughts, events and people), be in present time, and use energy to start creating—life gets easier, more fun, and more manageable. When you learn how to heal your energy body, your aura, chakras, and other energetic components of your field, you feel better, you're more healthy, and your mind is more at ease.
How Does Energy Healing Work?
Energy healing, or energy medicine, is based on the ancient concept that there is a vital force, an underlying flow of energy, both within the physical body and extending from it. The body's entire energy system is referred to as the energy field, the energetic body, the biofield, or the subtle body—all interchangeable terms.
This system of energy is the template from which the physical body grows, and it guides the body's function. I like to think of the physical body as a tree and the energy body as the deep rich earth in which the tree grows. The condition and nutrients of the soil affects the tree's growth and health. While factors other than the soil (such as disease, overnight temperatures, or poor indirect sunlight) might impact the health of the tree, the overall reach and thickness of its roots, as well as its health and growth, relies on and has a symbiotic relationship with the soil.
The flow of energy through the energetic body can be compared to the flow of water in a creek, which dumps into a river and eventually finds its way out to the sea. If a dam is built anywhere along that river (an energy block forms), or if a huge rain dumps extra water into the river (there is an enormous influx of energy), the water will overflow to create new streams. If there is drought, or a shortage of water (energy), the smaller, shallower tributaries will dry up. Our goal in energy healing is to keep the water (the energy) flowing smoothly throughout your system by clearing the main river way and the tributaries and dredging any silt that builds up, so to speak.
What is the anatomy of the energy body? That depends on how the healer was taught. Different healers perceive, see, and describe the energy body differently, according to how they were trained.
In Western culture today, the most commonly known paradigms are from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which includes the meridians; the chakra system and aura from India; and the matrix described in several shamanic traditions.
How we are taught healing affects both how we see and hold the healing and how we perceive the energy field. This is a key point to keep in mind, as it can be quite confusing for a beginner to understand why different energy healers may have such different and varied explanations and therapies for the same energetic dynamics happening in one individual.
The energetic body is the underlying flow of energy that assists and supports the body's normal functioning. The energetic body is in constant flow and movement. We can assist the health of the energetic body and the flow of energy by opening energy channels and allowing sluggish or stagnant energy to flow in its natural patterns. Illness, symptoms, and energy blocks all occur in an effort to bring an energy pattern back to its natural flow.
It is important to stress that healing is the restoration of the underlying flow in the body. Healing is the unwinding of energy blocks; healing is redemption of a wound that has been inflicted or an illness that has appeared; healing is the movement of the energetic body back toward wholeness, back toward its original pattern, albeit with imperfection or scars, and most often with change.
Energy healing means keeping the energy body as clear as possible and the energy flowing through it in a healthy way. A healthy body adapts—this is the body's ability to move energy naturally in response to an influx of energy or a block that occurs due to trauma or illness. A healthy energy body will promote health, increase your vitality, and also help prevent disease and illness from developing.
If you are already healthy then using energy healing techniques to restore and maintain energetic balance will enable you to see what is occurring in your energy body, as you become more aware of the energy flow.
If you have had surgery or are sick or injured, working with your energetic body can help you speed up healing in your physical body. If you are experiencing pain or a chronic illness, you will notice that using energy healing on yourself over time will begin to move blocks in your body and begin your journey back to energy balance and adaptation.
The Energy Healing I Practice
Reiki, a renowned ancient wellness practice with roots in Japan, uses soothing vibrations, usually generated from the hands, to release emotional blockages and relax the body. This proven and honored technique is a natural way to strengthen your immune system, lower stress levels, and relieve physical and emotional pain. With expert guidance, anyone can tap into their inner healer and cultivate a Reiki practice that rejuvenates their mind, body, and spirit.
When I first found Reiki, I approached it, as well as other energetic modalities, as an open-minded skeptic. Yet, there was no denying after my first session how different I felt afterwards—relaxed on every level, my mind free of nagging thoughts, my heart light and uplifted, and my body energetically buzzing.
When I became attuned to Reiki level I, I remember wondering if I was really feeling and sensing in my hands and body, or if everyone around me in class was “making things up.” As a recovering Atheist, my trust in the universe, divine, unseen, or anything but the unscientific truth had to be restored and repaired. That took some time to heal and process, and as I began to integrate my lessons, my Reiki became stronger and my belief in helping others grew at the same intensity.
At many stages throughout my spiritual growth in most recent years, and in each modality I’ve studied (Shamanism, Reiki, Clairvoyant Training) I’ve had to re-develop trust in my intuitive abilities, since they stem from identifying my psychic senses, as well as using my imagination (or pineal gland) in different ways. I’ve also had to release blocks, resistance, and disbelief surrounding “could it really be this simple?” or “why didn’t anyone teach me this before?” These are a few common beliefs which stand in most people’s ways of believing or practicing in the “unseen.”
When you practice energy healing, really what you are learning is how to speak the language of energy. Everything has an energetic component: our physical surroundings, our emotions, our thoughts, other people. Everything! You’re already dealing with this energetic world. What I teach my Reiki students are the tools that make management of that field (and thus your life) easier, more fun, and exciting.
The Power Of Taking Responsibility
To live more fully, you must live in constant partnership with your body’s energy systems. Your energy system thrives on the intelligence that animates millions of processes in your body every second. More often than not, your body's intelligence is operating outside of its scope of competence due to being bombarded by incoming stress, and having a consistent relationship to being constantly stuck in fight or flight.
Being in this mode of fight or flight over a length of time can create serious health problems ranging from digestive to hormonal to more. No matter how you got there, the solution is often the same—find ways to deeply and truly relax. Not just in the body, but also in the mind.
This is how Reiki can be a complimentary practice to regular medical or psychological treatment, while also improving and accelerating your results. When a person receives Reiki, the God-Conscious part of the energy assesses where the person has blocks and then directs the healing energy, usually to the block that is nearest the hands. However, sometimes it will go to the block that is most important, even if it is far away from the hands. The Reiki energy then works with the negative thoughts and feelings that are blocking one’s natural flow of energy and heals them as well.
This can happen in a number of ways: by flowing to the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy, Reiki raises the vibration in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. Once your energy is flowing naturally, the physical organs and tissues are then able to complete their healing process.
Try to find proof that energy healing doesn’t work. There are even more testimonials that energy healing practices actually do work—such as moving breath (or prana) through breathwork and yoga, clearing your energy through intuitive meditation, reiki, or traditional Chinese medicine. All contribute to a healthier lifestyle, helping us to deal with the stresses of life in a more effective way. This explains energy healing’s growing popularity, as well as the fact that therapies, including Reiki and acupuncture are now offered alongside traditional western treatments.
Just as there are many forms of energy healing there are many energy healers in the world. It is important to find one that you feel comfortable with, that is aligned with your highest good, and works with a modality of healing that you resonate with. If you are interested in learning more about energy healing and the services I offer please reach out to me, or view all of my offerings here. I am confident that I can help you feel and be the divine individual you are meant to be, and scheduling a 15 minute connection call with me is a great place to start!
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Soul Liberation & Embodiment Guide
Andrea Firpo is a Psychic Cheerleader who is focused on soul liberation and embodiment. Combining her psychic and intuitive abilities with her educational background of trauma psychology, she connects women to their own inner wisdom and self-love. By bringing awareness in the body, mind, and spirit around the deep conditioning of emotional trauma, Andrea identifies underlying patterns that undermine her clients’ self-worth. Through simple yet powerful healing tools, Andrea empowers her clients to achieve energetic balance through healthy boundaries, promoting incredible paradigm shifts in their lives.
Andrea is also an author who has contributed to the anthologies, Dreamweavers, Ceremonies, and the recent #1 Amazon International Bestseller, The Art & Truth of Transformation for Women. As a show host and producer, she highlights the stories and lessons of remarkable women overcoming traumatic events in her podcast, "Brilliance through Resilience." She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon and works with clients internationally.