Have you come across exotic-sounding terms such as “Chakra”, “Prana”, “Aura”, and “Tantra” in your course of reading books or articles on spirituality, sex, and healing in the so called “New Age” era? But is all of this really “New Age?” Let’s explore these exotic terms!
Chakra or energy center is a term used in Pranic healing, which is 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 is the energy field that exists around 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. Energy healers study the colors and thickness of auras, energy channels, chakras and are able to give ideas on the state of health of individuals. There are seven colors associated with aura and interpreted into seven personalities. These colors are all present in an individual but one or two are more pronounced.
Green –healing, peace, nurturing, new growth, fear, need for security, jealousy and envy, balance
Blue – spiritual, peacemaker, verbal communication, freethinking, relating to structure and organization, emphasis on business, male energies, sadness, possibilities
White – unconventional, chameleon, very high spiritual vibration, godly, divine, inspiration, seeing spiritual big picture, compassionate
Yellow- mental alertness, analytical thought, happiness, optimism, child-like, ego driven, thinking at expense of feeling
Red – life force, survival, raw passion, anger, frustration, menstruation, determination, sense of importance, feeling overwhelmed by change
Orange – creative, communicator, sensuality, physical pleasure, emotional self-expression, creativity, lacking reason, lacking self-discipline, health, vitality
Violet – psychic, wisdom, authoritative, female energies, matriarchal, sense of superiority, controlling, imagination, intuition
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 into 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 is the connection of individuals to all living and nonliving things around them and to the universe. The way energy impacts physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are some of the salient similarities of these three healing modalities.
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, more and more people are turning to alternative forms of healing and utilize these methods of finding relief.
People explore energy healing for many reasons. For several reasons both explainable and unexplainable, many times modern medical treatments have failed to heal ailments and conditions in many people. 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 a money driven system. Medical treatments are often times focused on the band aid approach of masking he symptoms opposed to targeting the cause of the illness. Although recent developments in hospital practices are gradually promoting the holistic treatment of a patients, the perception still persists. Unlike in energy healing, since energy and spirituality are intimately linked, the patient feels that all aspects of his/her health are being attended to.
Energy healing is non-obtrusive and natural thus, safer. Repeated surgical procedures are physically and emotionally traumatic for most patients. It is but a logical and attractive option for both patient and families to look for less stressful health interventions. With the rising popularity of “New Age” ideology, going natural is the way to go.
Energy healing is a good way to relieve stress. Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods and this is an added come-on for highly stressed people. 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. We must explore what nature has for us and restore good health.