If you’re at all interested in holistic wellness or alternative medicine then surely you’ve heard of something called energy healing. From Reiki and Qigong in the Far East to Yoga in India and Quantum Healing in the West, the world is full of various methods of working with subtle energies. Even within these disciplines there can be significant differences amongs practitioners, leaving us to wonder what is energy healing anyway?
Given the diversity of practices across cultures and throughout history, it’s nearly impossible to give a single definition of energy healing, but there are a few things that all energy healing modalities have in common. In this article we’ll be talking about what those basics of energy healing are and how they are used in my particular practice. Let’s dive in!
Energy is everything and everything is energy.
Energy isn’t just this esoteric, intangible, theoretical concept. Energy exists along a spectrum from subtle to gross, that is intangible to tangible. We typically don’t think of tangible objects as energy, yet they are certainly energy. Your desk is energy, just as your thoughts are energy.
While existing as a thought, the energy is still in its phase of potentiality, still existing in the unseen, intangible realm. However, this phase of potentiality is super powerful and plants the seeds for what will be manifested in the tangible world.
Understanding the power of these subtle and unseen energies is vital to the success of any holistic practice as we cannot create sustainable, lasting change without addressing our core wounds and the root causes of our dis-ease. That is to say, we can’t truly change the tangible, gross manifestations of our lives without tending to the subtle building blocks that make up those very manifestations.
The Subtle Creates the Gross
Everything I do is centered around my signature premise: the subtle creates the gross. The subtle, intangible building blocks of the gross, tangible form are more powerful, quick, potent, and influential than the final product. The gross is heavy and takes time to create. The subtle building blocks have to come together over time to form the tangible. We spend so much time fixating on the gross – treating symptoms, trying to manipulate and control the body, fixating on our repeated poor relationship choices, etc. – when our efforts and attention need to be placed in the subtle.
True energy healing, the way I use it personally and professionally, deals with the intangibles that are creating the dysfunction and dis-ease being experienced. It involves deeply exploring the person’s inner workings to get to the root.
The cells of your physical body are constantly being replaced in a cycle of birth and death. Every day you experience the cycle of waking and sleeping. If everything is constantly being regenerated in your body and life, why would it continually be creating a state of dysfunction and dis-ease? Why do the things we suffer one day get carried over and repeated the next day? Because the subtle inputs are the same; the instructions and blueprints are the same. You have the power to change this through energy healing!
Energy healing works when we are able to turn our awareness to the subtle and discover the origin of the dysfunction and dis-ease in the physical.
Emotions, thought patterns, beliefs, habits, etc. are all part of your subtle body and are the foundation upon which your physical body and life are built. When experiencing dysfunction and dis-ease in the physical, turn your awareness to the subtle to find the origin of that input.
Strong emotions, especially shame, carry strong energetic frequencies and bring greater risk for gross dysfunction when left to fester. Shame is truly at the center of our core wounds. Feminine shame, to be more specific, impacts all of us regardless of gender identification or physical anatomy. Shame creates a freeze state in the body, which goes against the very nature of emotions and energy! Emotions are meant to be energy in motion and through working with energy healing, you can support natural flow once more. For a more in-depth look at a supportive framework for this process, check out the Four Pillars of Wholeness.
Is Energy Healing Safe?
Remember, for true, lasting, sustainable, and profound change and healing to take place, your subtle body must be addressed. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as shaking a rattle or laying hands and calling it a day. You may actually have to feel, process, and look into your own shadows. You may have to cry, stomp, moan, and scream. Energy healing is not “dangerous” or “harmful.” It may be uncomfortable, yet it’s worth it to really and finally move old energy.
Lovingly and fearlessly digging into those uncomfortable places and working with the challenges found there is often referred to as shadow work, and in my practice there really is no separation between energy healing and the shadow work I employ.
Shadow work is a process that allows you to access deep joy, purpose, and healing through your challenges and especially your core wound. These same challenges and wounds, when unattended, are the energy that is stagnant, chaotic, dysfunctional and possibly wreaking havoc in your body and life. Through energy healing and shadow work we’re able to uncover the roots of our depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma, transmuting them into wholeness.
Energy healing, like shadow work, isn’t dangerous or harmful in its purest, simplest form. That being said, recall in the beginning of this article I said that there really isn’t a cut and dry, black and white definition or practice for energy healing. Proceed with caution when seeking practitioners and always trust your gut.
Various Energy Healing Modalities
Reiki, acupuncture, chakras, yoga, Quantum Touch are all phenomenal resources! Most of these modalities are so powerful because they evoke a sense of vulnerability, shame, and discomfort in the recipient simply due to their esoteric nature in our culture. When we’re exposed to something, anything, that is outside our normal experience or that rivals long held beliefs (energy healing is “sinful,” for example), just by opening ourselves to a new way of healing, we’re defying the dysfunctional subtle building blocks and allowing them to rearrange in a new way, thus exposing their vulnerabilities.
Reiki and acupuncture come from Far East Asia, while practices like chakra balancing and yoga have their roots in India. At their core, they’re essentially operating from the same premise: the body has elaborate energy circuitry that must remain in harmony if the organism is to experience optimal health and wellbeing.
Energy healing helps to rewire the unconscious and cellular ways that dysfunction and dis-ease continue to breed. While the methods may look differently, the intentions are the same: to create pathways to wholeness in your physical body and life.
Energy Healing Resources For You:
You are your own best healer, always. There’s nothing and no one outside of you that knows what you need to create wholeness better than you. You can definitely begin to work with your own energy and come into some energy healing practices on your own.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite energy healing allies that you can use in your own journey:
- Flower Essences represent working with the energy of the plants, as opposed to physically ingesting them. Each plant has its own code that helps us to identify and destroy harmful subtle patterns and create ones that are in alignment with our version of wholeness.
- Herbs are a way of working with physical plant matter and although they more greatly influence our physical body, they can be part of the energy healing process, as well. As we’re rearranging the subtle building blocks, the physical needs support, too.
- Oils represent a middle ground between essences and herbal medicine. They can be thought of as the raw intelligence of a plant, equivalent to our own cerebral spinal fluid. The smells and potency of their medicine (a single drop is way more than enough!) work on all levels of our being simultaneously.
- Crystals are part of Mother Earth’s healing repertoire and are powerful allies in one’s energy healing journey. Much in the way plants operate, crystals provide us with their own energetic frequency to help influence desired outcomes.
My wish for you is that you befriend your energy, your internal landscape, your subtle body.
Become intimate with it and curious about it as you would a beloved. What’s there for you? What is out of alignment in your body and life and how can you find more wholeness by addressing the roots?
Your presence here is proof that you’re ready to get started. Check out my Hands-On Self-Healing Video for a guided practice in hands-on energy healing and stay tuned on for some soon to be released audio recordings!
I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am Holistic Life Coach + Catalyst + Intuitive + Writer on a mission to identify and transmute the roots of the shame story that’s running your life so you can live your fullest, most authentic incarnation in accordance with your soul’s sacred purpose. If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Core Wound Alchemy Session.