I’m striving to mainstream energy healing, such as Reiki, by stripping away the mysticism and offer everyday practicality.
Simply put: energy healing works.
Energy healing is called different things in different cultures:
- Shamanism, the most ancient version, originated in Siberia and then spread into Tibet and North & South America.
- Pranic healing began in India. Around the 1970s, Filipino man Choa Kok Sui revitalized the practice, increasing its global awareness.
- Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life (Rei) energy (ki). Mikao Usui developed the practice and began teaching it in 1922.
I want to bring energy healing into the modern age. To do this, I feel the need to do two things: 1) prove its scientific validity, and 2) piece together the disparaging and scattered pieces of the practice.
The scientific validity of energy healing
The National Institute of Health (NIH) shares lists of two forms of research on energy healing (mainly Reiki) via PubMed:
According to the Cleveland Clinic, 900 hospitals across the United States have begun implementing Reiki, mainly due to its proven effects at increasing traditional medical treatments’ efficacy and outcomes.
From my own practice, I’ve seen energy healing have the most positive effects on reducing stress, anxiety, pain, and depression.
There are a plethora of studies that validate the usefulness of energy healing in treating these conditions:
- UCLA and The University of Minnesota highlight several studies showcasing the helpfulness of energy healing and Reiki in treating stress, anxiety, pain, and depression.
- A 2015 study showed cancer patients reporting reduced signs of pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
- Another 2015 study showed lowered pain, anxiety, and breathing rate for women that had cetacean sections.
- Patients suffering from herniated disks reported reduced back pain in a 2018 study.
- In 2016, a randomized group of patients with HIV-related symptoms showed Reiki offering more significant reductions in pain, anxiety, and depression.
Here is something I find fascinating: effective energy healing doesn’t have to be localized.
Studies show that energy healing and Reiki are effective from remote distances.
In the cancer study above, Reiki energy healers provided treatment to the patients from a remote distance.
Larry Dossey, MD, highlighted this phenomenon in his book Healing Words. Dossey articulated his findings via many thoroughly researched studies, showcasing healing done remotely, including globe-spanning distances.
Bringing together all the pieces
Not only do we call energy healing different names, but the providers in each modality have widely different practices. Often, well-meaning practitioners frighten off clients that could genuinely benefit from energy healing.
Nefarious and mystic language needs to be practical and useful, representing everyday and modern talk.
We need to standardize the current haphazard implementations. We need to implement what works and dust away the unnecessary elements of the show.
We do a disservice to people, and their potential healing, by using archaic, mystic, and mysterious phraseology. Saying things such as “clearing blocked chakras” or “cutting ancestral cords” can be scary and intimidating to the uninitiated.
We know two things: first, our physical bodies are, scientifically speaking, mostly energy (99.99% energy). Second, modern science shows that we can manipulate our energy to increase healing (see studies above).
Let’s strip away the superfluous and stick with what we know works.
Introducing the AGAPE method of energy healing
Agape is a Greek word representing the highest form of love, or unconditional love. The Christian faith understands agape as God’s love. This terminology is not unlike other energy healing modalities that draw their influences from “source” or “universal consciousness.”
Bottom line: love heals.
“Raising your vibration” is another phrase that can overwhelm or confuse people. This phrase assumes everyone knows and agrees with the sentiment that we are energy, as well as knowing the energy is vibrational.
Instead, we heal through love; we suffer through fear, shame, and guilt.
In my energy healing business, Evolved Energy Healing, we use an acronym to standardize the process. We’ve seen this having equal success through video and phone sessions, as we have in in-person sessions.
The steps of the session via the acronym AGAPE is as follows:
A — acknowledge and allow
G — grounding
A — attention
P — peaceful transition
E — energy flow
This method is a combination of several energy healing modalities, along with yoga nidra and vipassana meditation.
The process begins by acknowledging and allowing the presence of any issues, pains, or emotions. When we hide or suppress these things, they get worse. At this stage, we also use this moment to acknowledge and allow the greater power, source, or God, to meet us and help us face the issues, pains, and emotions.
With this realization, we move into a grounding exercise, drawing energy from the source. Visualizing life energy coming from the earth and up through our bodies is an excellent technique.
We are sure to focus our attention. As a provider, it is vital to focus on the client, keeping unconditional love at the forefront. As a self-healer, loving energy needs to stay focused on yourself.
From there, we follow the peaceful transition of energy through the body. Many believe we have energy centers within us, similar to our bodily systems (endocrine, nervous, digestive, etc.) Continuing to visualize drawing energy from the earth, we gently allow it to flow up into the rest of our body.
By this point, the person receiving the healing will feel a positive difference. The next step is to allow the energy to flow, meaning taking a moment to sit within the energy movement, letting it do the work.
Energy healing, such as Reiki or the others, is not voodoo or snake oil. There is no trickery involved. No belief or religious affiliation is required.
The largest hurdle to energy healing is overcoming our analytical minds in understanding the variety of ancient and mystical practices. Once we begin to allow, which is quite a simple practice, then the natural or source energy can do its work.
Having a certified practitioner certainly has its benefits, but self-practice is undoubtedly doable.