What is energy healing? | The history of energy healing | Types of energy healing | How chakras work in energy healing | How trapped emotions could cause chakra imbalance | How you can become an energy healer

In the United States alone, an estimated 54 million people ages 12 and older have abused prescription medications at least once in their lifetime. This staggering statistic highlights just how serious a risk things like prescription opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants may pose to public health. While many users initially take these common medications to aid in physical and mental health, many studies have shown that prescription drugs can actually cause the body more harm in the long run by increasing the effects of aging, causing irreversible heart and liver damage, and suppressing the immune system.

Fortunately, modern western medicine isn’t the only solution to combating mental, physical, and emotional ailments. Energy healing, for example, has been used for centuries to help people recover from illnesses, traumatic experiences, and other afflictions. In this article, you can learn everything you need to know about energy healing, including:

What is Energy Healing?

Energy healing is a broad term used to describe a variety of holistic healing techniques that use the natural mind-body connection to promote emotional and physical wellbeing. By accessing, channeling, balancing, and manipulating the body’s natural energy centers, energy healing processes may help support health.

While practices vary in methods and techniques, each is based on the idea that every aspect of the body is intimately connected, and that by connecting the subconscious and conscious, the whole body can be engaged to promote health and wellbeing. Unlike the prescription medications and invasive surgeries of conventional medical practices, energy healing combines powerful physical, mental, and spiritual aspects to enable the body’s natural healing.

The History of Energy Healing

The concept of energy healing can be traced back several thousand years to an ancient Indian spiritual tradition of universal energy called prana. Prana, or the breath of life, is based on the idea that universal energy is the basic component and source of every life form. In the third millennium B.C., the ancient Chinese people founded the belief that all matter is pulsing with vital energy they called ch’i. This universal energy is composed of two opposing forces — yin and yang — that when balanced, promote optimal physical and mental health. The common holistic practice of acupuncture, for example, is designed to help balance the yin and yang energies in the body.

Today, energy healing practitioners continue to use these and other similar ideologies to help people access conscious and subconscious energies that may promote prime mental and physical health.

Types of Energy Healing

Thanks to prehistoric roots, the types of energy healing are virtually endless. There are, however, several methods of energy healing that are prominently used by practitioners across the globe. These methods include:

Methods Based on Muscle Testing

Initially used in the 20th century to measure muscle weakness in polio patients, this practice is presently used in over 70 different techniques by more than one million practitioners worldwide. Practitioners initiate muscle testing by asking a definitive question and then gauging the positive and negative muscle response. It’s believed that a strong muscle response indicates a “yes” or positive answer, while the weak muscle response indicates a “no” answer. By querying the nervous system in this way, energetic imbalances can be found and eliminated quite efficiently.

Magnetic Energy Healing

Magnets are used to release Trapped Emotions that could be contributing to ailments. But at the same time, magnets may also increase blood flow, improve flexibility, build muscle strength, and relax and lengthen the body’s muscles and soft tissues. As outlined in The Emotion Code™, magnetic healing is typically implemented after identifying Trapped Emotions, when a practitioner passes a magnet over the Governing Meridian on the patient’s body three times. When combined with the balancing intentions of the practitioner, this increases magnetic energy movement in the body and can help to release and transform the trapped emotional energy. Because the body functions on principles of biomagnetic energy, muscle testing can be used as a means of connecting with the subconscious mind to identify the energies and emotions that may govern afflictions in the body, mind, and spirit.

Chakra Balancing

Chakra, or “wheel” in Old Sanskrit, refers to the energy life force (or prana, as mentioned above) that moves inside the human body. When balanced, the body’s seven main chakras send optimal energy levels to every connected aspect of the mind, body, and spirit. It’s believed that unbalanced chakras — or energy that’s spinning too quickly or slowly — may lead to negative effects on the body’s health. Beginning with the Root chakra, below the genitals, and ending with the Crown chakra, above the crown of the head, the chakra chart sheds light on the importance of maintaining balance within each of the seven chakras.

How Chakras Work in Energy Healing

The body’s seven main chakras are each associated with a different set of organs and systems within the body. Because the entire concept of energy healing focuses on maintaining balance and health between the mind, body, and spirit, ensuring all seven chakras are balanced is the key. It’s important to note, too, that each chakra corresponds with areas of the body that use a substantial amount of energy. The Heart chakra, for example, contains enough electromagnetic energy that it can be measured from several feet away. However, if the Heart chakra is closed or underactive, the flow of energy through the chakra is hindered, which can have a domino effect on the other energy centers of your body.

Chakras also each represent various aspects of consciousness along with parts of the physical body, so maintaining well-balanced chakras may be essential when it comes to promoting a healthy mind and spirit — both key aspects of energy healing. Because of this interconnectedness, it’s not uncommon for tension in a particular part of consciousness to ultimately result in physical symptoms. If you experience a bad relationship breakup, for example, you might feel it in your Heart chakra and could experience tension in the nerves associated with your heart. Over time, that held tension could intensify and manifest itself in outward physical symptoms that chakra healing and chakra balancing could resolve. By regularly practicing energy healing techniques like chakra healing, you can address and may potentially even reverse the symptoms of physical disease and illness.

How Trapped Emotions Could Cause Chakra Imbalance

In the holistic community, the phrase “Trapped Emotions” is commonly used to describe any unconscious emotional energies which exist as a result of intense or traumatic emotional events that have not been fully processed and released from the body or mind. When emotional energy like this becomes trapped, various organs or glands in the body could possibly become victim. Because each of the seven chakras correlates with an organ in the body, when an emotion becomes trapped in a body organ, it could interfere with the flow of energy through the chakra. The trapped energy of the Trapped Emotions may begin to cause disruption, physical discomfort, uneasiness, drastic emotional changes, and sadness. Thankfully, through energy healing methods like muscle testing and chakra balancing, these emotions can be identified, processed, and extinguished from the body, restoring a healthy, balanced chakra system.

How You Can Become an Energy Healer

By becoming a certified energy healer, you can join the thousands of other professional practitioners in helping ease others of their physical, mental, and emotional distress. Get started on your holistic wellness journey by downloading the free Emotion Code™ Starter Kit from Discover Healing. This kit gives you access to the resources so you can become familiar with the world of holistic energy healing. Included in The Emotion Code™ Starter Kit is a PDF eBook of the first 2 chapters of The Emotion Code™, Dr. Bradley Nelson’s intuitive, groundbreaking book that offers insight and guidance on how to release the energy of trapped emotional baggage and promote better wellness, abundance, and joy. The Emotion Code™ Starter Kit also includes PDFs of The Emotion Code™ flowcharts, which feature step-by-step instructions to find and release Trapped Emotions and the Heart-Wall and put you back on track to increased wellness.