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What Is Energy Healing?

Sometimes it’s hard to wrap our brains around the idea of energy healing work. In this article, I’m going to attempt to explain my understanding of how it works. 

Often referred to as energy healing reiki, reiki treatment, pranic healing, or even shaman healing, my perspective is that all of these are different modalities of the same spiritual healing principles.

An analogy would be that we can say “love” in hundreds of different languages, but they all attempt to express the same idea. 

Through physics, we know that all matter has energy.  We also know that our bodies are made of matter

Therefore, our bodies have energy.

Once we understand this, we can begin to understand how energy healing modalities such as energy healing reiki or pranic healing can be used to help support healing. 

Often I like to use sound as a way to illustrate how energy works, because it too, is energy. Sound is invisible but we believe it to exist because we interact with it everyday. However, when there are sounds that we cannot hear, such as certain sounds that animals make, we still believe in those sounds because we have found ways to experience them through instrumentation or observation. 

Now, just because we don’t perceive any other aspects of our “self” other than what we call our body, does that automatically negate the possibility of energy associated with our body? 

Quite the opposite: just as with sound, their exists a complete field, or matrix, of energy associated with and inherently part of our physical body.

The fact that most people cannot see it does not mean it does not exist – it just means that we cannot perceive it. And just like we know there are sounds that we cannot perceive, spiritual healing modalities such as energy healing reiki, pranic healing, reiki treatment, and shaman healing are based on the understanding that there are bodily energies that exist but simply cannot be perceived by many. 

Spiritual healing modalities such as energy healing reiki treatments and shaman healing utilize this field as a way to access the “core” existence of our physical, mental, and emotional bodies. This is possible because all of those bodies (physical, mental, emotional) are all essentially energy.

The reason why energy healing modalities such as energy healing reiki, pranic healing, and shaman healing work is because there is a distinct relationship with the energetic field and the physical realm:

What happens in the physical affects the energetic


What happens in the energetic affects the physical

A true energy healer has the ability to access and alter the energy field in order to help create change on any of the physical planes, which include the mental and emotional bodies. 

Additionally, every person has the ability to alter their energy field by changing one characteristics of their bodies. For example:

  1. When we stand upright and with a confident posture, our energy field changes.
  2. When we change the way we think, we change our energy field.
  3. When we change the way we feel, we alter our energy field.

Ultimately, it is the job of a true healer to give the seeker the tools to heal and change from within, so that he or she is not dependent upon help from the outside to be a healthy and whole person. 

This is the core understanding and goal of all of our efforts through The Hopelight Healing Mission