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So how does a person go about sensing subtle energy?
People perceive energy differently. Many healers feel energy with their
hands. Some see it. Some hear it. Some just sense it, or have a
"knowing." Some feel it with their whole body. Some even smell it or
get a taste sensation.
And there is no right or wrong way, no way that is better than the others.
And in fact, healers may even sense entirely different things with the same person. Healer and teacher Alain Herriott says that there are many, many channels of information that you can tune into. So, working with the same person, you may tune into one channel, while another healer tunes into another, yielding very different kinds of information.
But is sensing subtle energy necessary for doing energy healing? Probably not. If your intention is to heal, the energy will go where it is needed. A person's innate genius for healing will use the energy where ever and however it is most needed.
Nevertheless, it can be useful to perceive energy. And I believe that we can all learn to do it.
In fact, I believe that we all perceive energy all the time! But mostly we aren't consciously aware of it. For example, maybe we meet someone and immediately like them without knowing anything about them. That's probably an energetic phenomenon. (OK, if you're single and meet someone really cute, you might like them a lot right away, but that's a different phenomenon!)
Sensing other people's energy is something we do naturally, all the time. Start paying attention to the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) feelings you get about people. Your own body is a reliable reader of energy. Perhaps some people make you feel relaxed and happy, while your stomach ties itself into knots with others. Your body is telling you about their energy!
Here is a list of ways that I have experienced energy or seen clients experience it. I think it is helpful to know that it can be perceived by various poeple in such a wide range of ways.
Explore your unique intuitive style, which will help you tune in to your native style of sensing energy as well.