Understanding energy work

Energy sensitivity

Everything in this world is energy, from the Earth and all sentient beings inhabiting it to distant stars and galaxies. And everything is connected through various processes of energy exchange. Almost all interactions we humans are capable of in our day-to-day life are a result of electromagnetic interactions. Apart from feeling Earth’s gravity, the other three fundamental forces of nature generally affect us on scales we are not equipped to perceive.

Humans, like other animals, are sensitive to different forms of energy in more ways than we currently understand. Some people sense it more acutely than others. For example, we may walk into a room and immediately read the energetic situation present there. We may sense if a loved one at a distance is troubled or hurt, or even the shared energy of global events.

Since everything is energy, internal states such as emotions, thought forms, and physiological states come with energetic signatures, too. To some extent, we can get a glimpse of these through EEG and EKG. Most of us relate the ability to sense energy only to intense emotional states present in ourselves or in another person. But we may just as well perceive the energetic signature of someone’s physical conditions, or their current mental state. With practice, we can learn to discriminate these perceptions and begin to understand the difference.

Why do some of us perceive energy more easily than others? We don’t know yet, but I’ll offer several possibilities. First, I find it interesting how the scientific research of the highly sensitive personality trait (HSP, see Elaine Aaron et. al.) suggests that the nervous system of some people is differently wired and more easily triggered (or perhaps fine-tuned) to the energy inside and around them. I do not believe there is something mystically special about those of us who sense energy. Rather, alongside possible genetic predispositions, we are likely shaped by our internal and external environment to retain and develop a capacity of perception that we all innately have access to. 

The nervous system is a miraculous invention of nature. It constantly rewires itself according to the circumstances around it, and importantly, to how equipped we are to respond mentally-emotionally to events that happen within and around us. Whether we feel safe or unsafe, calm or stressed, the nervous system constantly responds.

Sensing energy brings a large influx of information, including both the “positive” and “negative” emotional energy of other people. I think it’s possible that most of us have desensitized ourselves from our innate energy sensing capability early on, in order to protect ourselves from the pain of others (in particular caretakers). I do know from my own experience that when we choose to heal old emotional wounds, the nervous system can return to increased sensitivity; to sense energy even after many years of “energetic numbness”. It also seems possible (and not contradictory to the previous suggestion as it may appear at different times) that some of us have a hyper-tuned sensitivity to energy as a result of early emotional trauma; in other words an energy hypervigilance. Many people I’ve talked with who consider themselves empaths, also have difficulties setting boundaries. This commonly seems to be a result of narcissism-co-dependency dynamics in childhood.

Wherever we fall on the HSP spectrum, we are affected by the energy around us. In my experience, working with energy can powerfully aid anyone’s internal healing processes. Learning to feel safe in our environment and within ourselves is key, because it allows us to handle the larger amount of information that sensing energy brings on without sensory overload and overwhelm. The more we can trust that our sensitivity can be something beautiful and useful, the more we can consciously develop it through practice. Thus the spectrum of physical, emotional and mental experience accessible to us is expanded, enriching our present moment experience. With intentional conscious effort, our sensitivity can deepen our sense of aliveness, joy, and love. And honestly – isn’t this what we all desire in life?


Deep healing creates integration

Energy healing works directly with the energetic aspect of our being. Quite like a river can be blocked by forest debris from a winter storm, our personal energy can be blocked by physical and mental-emotional trauma. As the body, mind and energy are so tightly connected, working consciously with our personal energy will also benefit both body and mind. In fact, most of us are drawn to energy healing only once we have tried many other venues of healing and still feel that something is missing; we may find that missing key within energy work.

If the only thing keeping us stuck is our energy, and other aspects of ourselves are ready for change, doing energy work can give instant and significant results. However, the more common case is that all the aspects of our being – body, mind and energy – need to adjust in incremental and inter-connected steps. This means that energy work is just one part of your way to healing, and to get to the root causes of what you are struggling with, you need to work on all levels.

Many lightworkers tend to focus only on the ‘light aspect’ in the healing process; meaning to consciously put our focus to see ourselves and another in our most healthy and aligned version. This has a valid and very important place in healing. However, I tend to see the healing process as ‘shadow and light work’; approaching deep healing more as a full integration of the human being. 

Normally we look for treatments for our body from a place of fear, as if the body is our enemy. Unconsciously we do the same with unwanted emotions and thoughts. Even in energy healing, we often want to be ‘fixed’; rescued from ourselves. I approach healing differently – focusing on the entirety of our being from a loving perspective – allowing everything to be embraced as it is. This in turn allows the blockages from suppressed trauma to come to light and be released.

I work to fully integrate all the parts that are hurting; giving a safe space for every emotion no matter how painful, terrifying or shameful, to be released from their hiding place in the unconscious. This safe space of unconditional presence ensures a full integration of all the parts of your being, so that you may approach a sense of unity within without suppressing the painful parts of yourself. The pain – both physical, emotional and mental, is thus allowed to transform, losing its energetic hold over you. All the energy you’ve spent suppressing it will be released, causing you to feel lighter, less anxious, more free and having more energy.

Please remember that the healing is non-linear. Every act you take in the direction of self-integration is an expression of self-love, and they do accumulate (on that, you’ll just have to trust me). However, once you heal one layer of your being, a deeper one may unfold. This is the human journey. Rest assured that every time you truly release a layer, it gets easier to be present with yourself even when you’re working with the next deeper one. The more self-acceptance you develop this way, the easier it gets.


The power to heal ourselves and others

Just as there are many people in the world, all with unique needs and preferences, there are a many healing modalities you might choose from. Some modalities will work better for you, some will work better for others.

For me, one thing that drew me to Reiki is its emphasis that energy healing is available to everyone, inherently by nature. Our bodies are created to self-heal. When were you last sent home from the doctor with “this will heal by itself”? Although we may experience energy in different ways, we all instinctively self-soothe: perhaps by placing a hand over an area that hurts, or a mother blowing gently on her child’s wound. This placing loving awareness on the hurting place, being present with it, is the quality of awareness that we need to let the body self-heal. The depth of awareness decides the depth of healing – that is what a skilled Reiki practitioner can help you with.

You may still wonder: yes, one’s own body can self heal, but how precisely might we be able to help heal others? You may think of the healing benefit of simply feeling supported; being given loving care and attention. This point is valid, important, and also not controversial in science today. However, there is much more depth to skillful energy practice.

Research is providing increasing evidence that the bio-magnetic energy field emanating from the heart and brain of one person affects another – even at a distance. This is especially pronounced with a skilled practitioner of energy, whose hands have been shown to produce a significantly larger bio-magnetic reading in the theta-alpha range associated with physical healing.

The energy transfer is generally understood as an example of the entrainment effect; the scientifically well-known tendency for two oscillating bodies to lock into phase so that they vibrate in harmony. The more strongly vibrating body tends to influence the more weakly or disorganized vibrating body. In Reiki, the recipient chooses on a conscious or unconscious level what energy is needed to bring the body-mind-energy system into balance, and begins to resonate with that “new” energy with the help of the practitioner.

Although research is now catching up, it is important to remember that just like meditation, energy work is an experiential practice. Its effectiveness works beyond our normal cognition, and trying to control the outcome will likely result in disappointment. All we can do is to give it a try, without expectations, and then evaluate from our own experience.

In my own practise I have seen enough significant, sometimes remarkable physical manifestations of energy work that I completely trust the process. However, for you to gain the most from your session it is important that you not only stay open-minded and receptive during the session, but also integrate what you have learnt from it in the days, weeks and months after. Ultimately, Reiki is a tool to understand your own body-mind-energy-spirit connection. Anything you sense, or that I pick up for you during a session is meant as a key to more profound understanding of yourself. It’s your choice to unlock the door and walk through. It is your responsibility to allow your experience to teach you, and then to embody that wisdom.

Deep healing requires inner work. Allowing your experience to be fully felt; acceptance; compassion; inner and outer expansion; all this comes through learning to love the parts of ourselves that never received unconditional love in the formative years of our lives. A skilled Reiki practitioner is able to hold space for all wounds to be seen, acknowledged and loved so that you may safely do the same. 


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