An Introduction to Energy Healing
The energy field surrounds and permeates all living beings. It is the scaffolding for our physical body. Within the energy field of each person are seven major centers. Each of these centers energizes or vitalizes its related nerve center, endocrine gland, internal organ system and the circulatory system. It is within this energy field that the cause of disease appears to be located. Through training, a healing facilitator can learn to work with areas that are weak or congested within the energy field, and by use of various balancing techniques, can bring the individual's energy field to a more flowing, healthy, harmonious state.
This type of healing work is called Energy Healing. There is a subtle aspect that is not obvious until you study it in greater depth. The existence of the energy field and its use in healing has been known for thousands of years, especially in Egypt, India, and China. It is only recently, however, that modern western science has realized its significance. It has been called by various names: Vital body, bioenergy field, "L" (life) field and etheric body.
What is Energy Healing?
Through years of observation and study of many different disciplines, the members of the International Network for Energy Healing have developed a Science of Healing in the Energy Field (or Energy Healing). This has proven to be a very effective method of treatment. In a healthy person, the energy field is evenly balanced and harmonious, but where there is dis-ease, imbalance and disharmony can be felt. Healing facilitators learn to sensitize their hands and inner perception to examine the energy field in detail in order to find alterations in the flow of the energy field. The facilitator does not touch the individual, but works away from the body.
Is a client required to do anything?
A brief history is obtained prior to each treatment. The individual is treated in his/her position of comfort and is asked to relax and to be receptive. Sessions will generally last 30 to 45 minutes. Some individuals may feel nothing while others may have a sense of deep relaxation or of very subtle inner movement. Occasionally the effect of the treatment is felt immediately, but more frequently an effect is not observed until later.
Our energy field is influenced by our mental and emotional states, and working in this field may produce an effect in these aspects of our being. A facilitator learns to ask the client to have some quiet time to consider the thoughts, memories, and feelings that may come up to the surface of the mind in the days following the treatment.
How many visits does it take?
There is no rule about this. Occasionally total relief is obtained after one visit. However six to ten visits are more often required to achieve beneficial balance.
Does the patient need faith?
No, this is not 'faith' healing. Skeptics have benefited from this form of healing. Obviously, if a person is open-minded they are more likely to be responsive than one who 'resists' help. Energy healers as a group are spiritually oriented and non-sectarian. They understand that healing energies are available to all, whether or not one belongs to any religious denomination.
Does it work for everyone?
facilitators find that about 75% of those who come for help benefit considerably. Of the remainder, about 10% seem to have no benefit whatsoever while the other 15% find that while their treatment has helped, they might not see benefits for several weeks.
The historical origins of Energy Healing
In England in 1965 a small group of healers, led by a pioneering radar scientist, began to discover the significance of the human energy field. Up until this time most healers had worked through direct contact with the physical body. This research group uncovered a far more effective method of energy diagnosis and treatment. They found that they could pinpoint weak or congested areas of a client's energy field and then support the positive rebalancing of the energy flow. In turn, the more balanced energy field affected the physical body as well as the emotional and mental aspects of the individual's being. They observed that healing had occured.
In 1973 one member of this group, Brenda Johnston, was invited to lecture on the work, first in England, and then in Canada and America. She set up a series of three courses designed to introduce the student to the energetic anatomy of the energy field, bringing in related spiritual subjects and meditation. Mrs. Johnston was invited to teach these courses in many countries, including Switzerland, Germany and South Africa. It was not until the early 1980's that other teachers began to come forward from among her students to share the workload. It was then that the "International Health Research Network" was founded. In 1993 the name was changed to "International Network of Esoteric Healing", and in 2013 the name was changed again to the "International Network for Energy Healing".
The network is a group of people brought together by their common interest in holistic medicine. They believe that a true state of good health can only come about when there is a balance between the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Each network teacher has had a minimum of three years of practical experience using the Energy Healing principles followed by two to three years in a teacher-training program. The teachers meet yearly throughout the world to develop, discuss and coordinate their work. Worldwide there are over sixty teachers in the network. Courses are currently offered regularly in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, and Zimbabwe.
During the last few years many books have been written on different approaches to healing within the energy field, but the textbook upon which the International Network for Energy Healing bases much of its work is "Esoteric Healing", written by Alice A. Bailey in 1953. The founders were unaware of this book, at first, but when the connection between the practical work and the book was realized, it was found that each amplified the understanding of the other.
We recommend the following books for further information:
- "Esoteric Healing", by Alice Bailey (Lucis Trust)
- "New Age Healing", by Brenda Johnston (I.N.E.H.)
- "Esoteric Healing", A Practical Guide Based on the Teachings of the Tibetan in the Works of Alice A. Bailey by Alan Hopking