Energy healing is a buzzword these days, thanks to some renowned celebs who recently disclosed their love for crystals and their healing abilities. In the last few years, there has been a growing trend towards more traditional healing methods, as more and more people reap the benefits of energetic healing modalities such as crystal healing, Reiki, pranic energy healing and kinesiology.
Interestingly, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that these energy-based practices have been a part of human life for millennia. Many ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Mayans and Aztecs, relied on crystals as an important part of their culture. One example of this is the discovery of Egyptian mummies being entombed with Carnelian and Lapis Lazuli to be accessed in the afterlife. Another example is the widespread use of stones such as Turquoise and Quartz in ancient South American jewellery and head attire, which was believed to bring protection and strength to the wearer. However in modern day Western culture, we regard most energetic healing modalities (including crystal therapy) to be alternative treatments that can help one in healing physically, mentally, and spiritually.
In this crystal healing: the complete practitioner's guide, we will explore the different types of energy healing practitioners and explore crystal healing in a little more depth.
A human body is home to a field of energy, which also surrounds the body. The ancient Chinese understand this to be qi, which is commonly associated with practices like Acupuncture and martial arts. The Yogis in the Indian subcontinent explain the human energy system through the chakras.
Although this energy might have many names, one thing is certain: its role in maintaining overall health and wellness is vital. A person’s energy field is very active and absorbs, reflects, and deflects others’ energy constantly. It is also very reactive to the environment and lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, sleep and toxicity. When our energy system is in a state of stress, it can lead to energetic imbalance or blockage, which can cause ill-health and physical symptoms.
The good news is that just like our physical body can heal, so too can our energy system, with the appropriate treatments and support. Today, the practice of energy healing is incorporated into the treatment plan outlined by many renowned hospitals and health facilities around the world.
Types of Energy Healing
There are many types of energetic healing modalities that can help to support and heal on all levels. The most common include:
Reiki has gained a mass following in recent years and is now possibly the most popular and sought-after energetic healing modality in the world. Although there are various different lineages of Reiki (I myself am an ‘Usui’ Reiki Practitioner), the practice is very similar. In most situations, the client lies down, fully clothed, on a massage table. Then a practitioner places their hands on the individual’s body at specific energy points to channel life-force energy directly into the client. The heat that can be felt emanating from a Reiki Practitioner’s hands can be quite intense and powerful!
Crystal healing incorporates the elements of the earth, colour therapy, the chakra system and vibrational healing. In a crystal healing session, the Crystal Healer will place crystals on and around the client’s body at specific energy points. The energetic healing properties of the stones, combined with the vibrational energy field of the client, work together to bring a state of balance, calmness and healing.
An experienced Crystal Therapist may also work with crystal wands and pendulums to direct the flow of energy and target specific symptoms and blockages in the client’s body with more effect.
While not yet as popular as Reiki, Crystal Healing is quickly gaining traction and is becoming highly sought-after by leading wellness retreats, spas and healing centres around the world.
Crystal energy healing courses are becoming more popular too, and as a specialist in training certified crystal healers, I have seen a huge increase in crystal healing courses available online and at select educational institutes.
With the help of the internet and globalisation, distance healing has also become widely popular. Many energetic healing modalities, such as Reiki and Crystal Healing, can be applied to a distance situation, because it is understood that energy is not confined to physical space and can be transferred remotely through the ether (the space between molecules).
In a distance healing session, an individual decides when he/she wants to receive the treatment. Here, the person lies in a comfortable position and gets ready for an energy healing season. After that, a practitioner sends healing intentions to the person. The practitioner might use tools such as crystals, geometric grids, proxy dolls, ritual, meditation and symbology. This can also be performed via live video (such as skype).
What Type of Energy Healing You Should Try
Choosing the right energy healing practitioner or course can be a difficult decision. Always seek out reputable organisations and work with someone who offers both skill and experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about how your practitioner works and make sure educational organisations are accredited and certified. Use your intuition and always trust your gut about what feels right!