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Energy healing comes in many forms, as varied as the number of energy healers. You can heal with your hands, your eyes, your voice, your energy field, your full body, your intention. This page, however, will mostly focus on using your hands to heal.
Although you will want to study and practice to become proficient, this page presents a few basic hand-based energy healing techniques to get you started.
With these techniques, you should feel comfortable starting to work with simple healing and wellness issues for yourself and close family and friends. However, you should not practice outside your immediate circle (and certainly not professionally).
Always start with these intentions, and also ask the client what her or his specific intentions for the healing are. S/he does not necessarily have to share them with you.
With open palms turned toward the client's body, move your hands along the front of the body, starting about 4-5 inches away. Generally move from the feet to the head. Stay relaxed and be open and aware to sensations in your hands. You might feel buzzing, hot, cold, bumps, dips, pushing, pulling, or many other sensations. You may get intuitive information, or you may just feel drawn to particular chakras or areas of the body. Just notice--don't try to interpret or diagnose.
With your hands on the physical body or in the field, you simply hold your hands still or move them very slightly over an area where the energy feels disturbed. Your intention here should be to return the energy to balance, flow, and coherence. At some point, the energy will feel smooth or harmonious again, or you will get the sense that it's time to move on.
If it does not resolve in a reasonable length of time, it may be that the disharmony is a necessary part of a larger process of healing. In that case, release it to a higher wisdom and move on.
This is a very natural process. For example, everyone has hurt themselves and automatically placed their hand on or held the hurt place. That's an instinctive form of modulation. Reiki is another form of energy healing that relies a lot on modulation.
To do this, simply move your open palms repeatedly in a sweeping, smoothing motion through the field, approximately 6 inches to several feet above the body. Generally speaking, move your hands from above the area you are working on, to well beyond it.
A sequence that often works well is to sweep the whole field for a while, then to turn your attention to particular places that seem to need extra support (such as an area of pain or injury or a place where the energy feels disturbed), and then to end by sweeping the entire field again for a while. You can often feel the energy smooth out as you work with it.
Place your right hand (if you are right-handed) in the field above the area of pain or excess energy. Hold your left hand out and away from you, pointed toward the ground.
Hold the intention to pull the excess energy into your right hand and send it out into the earth through your left hand. You may be able to feel the flow of energy. If you feel the flow of energy slow down before the client's pain has diminished significantly, you can gently "pump" your left hand, making a gentle fist and opening it back up again several times in fast succession.
With your hands in the field above the area that seems to need this treatment, set the intention to pull the unwanted energy out of the body and/or the field. Visualize or feel it being pulled out the client's body/field and "sticking" to your hands. Every so often, flick your hands toward the earth to get rid of the energy.
If you want to treat the whole body/field, repeatedly pass your hands through the field along the whole body, in most cases moving from above the head to beyond the feet. Imagine the unwanted energy sticking to your hands. Use your hands in a rake-like fashion (with your fingers or energy-fingers acting as the tines of the rake). Every so often, flick your hands toward the earth to dispel the energy collected on your hands. Often you will feel the client's energy become very smooth. This is very similar to smoothing the field, but with a slightly different intent.
Remember to stay relaxed and amused. Hold a high intention, but don't feel the need to know or interpret anything. Just do the work and know that good will come of it, even if you can't know the exact form that good will take.
Also, be aware that if something that feels like an energetic disharmony will not resolve in a reasonable length of time, it may be that the disharmony is a necessary part of a larger process of healing. In that case, just set an intention to support the healing process, without feeling the need to "fix" it. Being humble and having a perennial "beginner's mind" is a big part of doing this work.
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