Energy Healing

by Mary Beth Janssen

In a stressful season, refresh and restore your vital energy.

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At the deepest level of our being, we are subatomic particles whirling at lightning speed through vast open space, on the verge of becoming matter. And matter is always on the verge of becoming energy. This fluctuation of energy and matter is life’s cosmic dance.

Seven million red blood cells blink in and out of existence in our body every second. On a molecular level, your pancreas regenerates every 24 hours, your stomach every three days, your white blood cells every 10 days, your liver every six weeks. Every fiber of our being expresses a rhythm. When our internal rhythms are in tune with the rhythms of nature we experience radiant energy, vitality and joy.

Life Energy

Life is based on the biological life energy or bioenergy, also referred to as Prana, Chi, Qi, ruah, universal energy, life energy, light, electromagnetic field, force field, or energy field. Our bodies produce it in the form of electricity, heat and even radiation. There’s also substantial evidence that we can control and direct healing energy—and that it’s measurable as an increase in the emission of light and gamma rays or photons (remember, we all give off light) by the hands. Imagine if we could all learn how to direct bioenergy for our own and others’ optimal well-being. It’s totally possible!

Energy-based healing is one of the most common medical concepts in the world today, and it is gaining ground, even in some of the most conventional medical settings. Naturally, energy healing and healing touch has long been an integral part of the spa world.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda prescribe therapies that will enhance the production and flow of energy through the body’s chakra (energy) system and 72,000 nadis or meridians—energy channels within the body. It is through the chakra system and nadis that we work on raising our vibration, and affecting our energy field for the better.

Good Vibrations

You are vibrating right now, in a number of different frequencies. In the brain, these vibrations are called brain waves and their frequencies change, dependent on our state of consciousness, which includes our moods and emotions. Those who are anxious or depressed will have quite different brain wave patterns than those who are happy. Similarly, the heart also puts out its own electromagnetic field dependent on our state of consciousness. There are huge implications here for our well-being. Yes, you have a tremendous ability to affect your own healing.

PET scans can identify and measure how injured or damaged tissue vibrates at a different frequency than healthy tissue. In energy medicine, all discomfort, disease and illness is seen as a disruption, blockage, or decreased flow of energy.

Replenish Energy Flow

The goal is to replenish energy flow, release congestion, remove obstructions, and ultimately open and balance the energy pathways, which can restore order and balance in stressed, imbalanced, or diseased systems. This can be accomplished with energy healing modalities like Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Reiki, Quantum Touch and more.

Many types of energy medicine employ techniques to influence the energy field surrounding us with hands-on pressure, manipulating the body or placing the hands in or through the field, but not necessarily on the physical body. Adjunct energy healing therapies include meditation, prayer, pranayama (healing breathwork), guided imagery or visualization, biofeedback, hypnosis, acupuncture, positive affirmations, massage, yoga, tai chi, Qi Gong, chanting, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)—along with bodywork like chiropractic, osteopathy, neurostructural integration therapy (NST), and more.

Along with your own self-administered energy healing/balancing practices, seek out a trained energy healing practitioner, in the medical, spa and wellness sectors and beyond.

MARY BETH JANSSEN is a certified mind-body health educator for the Chopra Center for Well Being and author of five books. Send questions to

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