Energy Work: Healing for Body, Mind and Spirit
by Alexandra Windsong September 9, 2008, Revised October 2009
©2008, 2009 Alexandra Windsong, All Rights Reserved.
Many people have heard the term energy work at some point. But what exactly is it? And how does energy work actually work? And why would anyone want or need to get energy work?
Energy healing modalities such as intuitive energy healing and Reiki, often referred to as energy work, involve the transfer and direction of universal life force energy to help clear, strengthen and balance one's energy field and energy pathways to facilitate, support and speed the healing processes. Sounds good as a sound-byte but what exactly does it mean? What is the energy field, why is it important and what does it have to do with our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being? And how does clearing, balancing and strengthening this "energy field" affect our health and well-being? So again, the question remains, how does energy work, work?
Let's break it down.
We are energy and we are surrounded by energy. Everything in the universe is energy at it's most basic level, and so are we. Within this sea of energy, each of us has our own unique energy field, our own unique energy pattern or vibration. This energy field is very complex. However, for our purposes we shall break it down into two simple components.
First there is the part of the energy field which is created by you. Created by your thoughts, your emotions, your actions, your beliefs, your experiences. Created by the electrochemical processes occurring within your physical body all the time. Created by your very existence. This part of your energy field emanates from you and surrounds you and is often referred to as the aura (the chakras are also a part of this energy field). The second component of your energy field is the universal life force energy flowing through and around you and your energy field.
There are many layers or "bodies" within this energy field and many energy pathways as well. Each layer of your energy field is typically associated with an aspect of yourself, for example, the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. There are also many pathways within this energy field along which energy flows, connecting the different layers or energy bodies to each other. To help us better understand why this flow of energy is important and how it relates to our health and well-being, let's first take a look at what happens in our physical bodies.
One of the first concepts we learn in high school biology is the concept of homeostasis - maintaining a state of balance. It is amazing how many of the body's systems are involved or in maintaining balance: the right temperature, the right balance of electrolytes, the correct balance of hormones, etc. In addition many systems are designed to prevent the build up of wastes and toxins to help ensure the balance and healthy functioning of the body.
The human body is designed to be in a certain state of balance in order to function properly. And this state of balance is associated with the overall wellness or health of the individual. It is not something we have to think about or make happen, it is programmed into the body's very nature to be so. However, problems arise when the body's ability to maintain this homeostasis is disrupted in same way. This disruption can be in the form of something that impacts the body directly from outside itself, dropping a hammer on your foot for example. It can also occur when an essential nutrient or something else that the body needs to function correctly is not provided. Or it can
be more indirect, the stress our lifestyles or our emotions can put on our bodies, interfering with our body's ability to repair and maintain itself. Furthermore, a problem in one part of the body eventually has an impact on every other part.
The same concepts hold true on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels in that balance is innate. These aspects of ourselves know where balanced is. It is when we are blocked in some way or are impacted by what is around us that we lose our balance.
Just as blood flows through your circulatory system, bringing nutrients to cells and removing harmful wastes, universal life force energy travels along the pathways of your energy systems. This life force energy not only nourishes and supports every cell of your body, it provides "nourishment" and support to you on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. Each of these aspects of your being are intimately connected to each other and a problem in one can have an affect on the others. When the flow of life force energy within your energy field is disrupted, blocked, or out of balance, the healthy functioning of this energy field is impaired. This impairment can then manifest as mental, emotional, physical or spiritual issues within your life.
Our energies respond and are affected by the energies around us and in our environment. They can also be affected by our experiences and our life circumstances. Most importantly they are affected by our responses to the "outside" influences in our lives. Every thought, every emotion, that we have has an energy to it that affects our energy field. Every belief that we have has an energy pattern that our affects our energy field. Just as toxins can build up in our blood stream eventually poisoning the entire system if the body's systems of elimination are blocked, so our energy fields can become a toxic wasteland if we hold on to emotions, thoughts, and energy patterns whose time is past. So, our energy field is affected by us and it is affected by our environment (if we allow it to be).
Energy therapies such as Reiki and Intuitive Energy Healing, help to restore the healthy balance of the energy field and its associated energy pathways, clearing blockages and addressing imbalances, thereby facilitating health and wellness, keeping the healthy flow of energy moving through your energy field. Energy work can also help release energy patterns that interfere with the healthy functioning of one's energy systems.
Many people find energy work to be a beneficial tool for chronic and acute pain; mental clarity; relaxation and stress management; depression and anxiety; spiritual growth and connection; an enhanced sense of inner peace and well-being; release of unwanted patterns and energies, improved immunity, recovery from surgery; chronic or acute illness; support during times of transition or challenge; life purpose and direction; healing from abuse, trauma and neglect; grief; and minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Both Reiki and Intuitive Energy Healing are safe non-invasive energy healing techniques that are safe for children, adults and animals. During a healing session, the practitioner places their hands lightly on, or slightly off, the body to channel and direct the flow of universal life force energy for the recipient, clearing blockages, restoring balance and 'charging' the system with additional universal life force energy, not unlike charging a battery. The goal is to restore the healthy functioning of the energy field and thus promote and facilitate healing for body, mind and spirit.
A gifted healer and intuitive, Alexandra has been an energy worker since the early 1990's, and has been teaching Reiki and Intuitive Energy Healing since 1995.
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