As an ordained Nithya Spiritual Healer, quite often I’ve been asked the science of energy healing and the difference between pranic healing and spiritual healing. This article is intended to offer clarity.

All emotions, both good and bad, are nothing but the effect of the engraved memories (samskaras) which we have accumulated in the past. When you are carrying too many negative samskaras, naturally the energy flow in the body will not be smooth. In particular, samskaras block the energy centers (chakras) causing physical and mental disturbances. Most of our diseases are psychosomatic. They have their roots in the mind. What we see is just the effect and so we never really understand this mind-body connection. When a particular chakra gets blocked, the part of the body near that chakra gets affected. Kirlian photography has recorded the effect of emotions on the chakras. Each of our major chakras is related to some primary emotion in us. All our emotions are just different facets of our seven primary emotions. The same basic emotion plays as anger and fear, the same emotion plays as desire and guilt. If we can understand these seven emotions, we can handle the whole spectrum of emotions that happens in us.

If an emotion is handled properly, the corresponding chakra functions well, expanding to the size of even a cartwheel! If the emotion is not handled properly, the corresponding chakra shrinks to the size of even a coat button, which causes low energy in the system. This low energy ultimately manifests as disease in the mind-body system. Several factors like childhood problems, societal conditioning, improper habits, physical and emotional injuries, or even just lack of attention, affect the energy flow through the chakras.

Ultimately, all these energy blocks are caused by the absence of awareness. When we flood awareness on the chakra, it is washed clean of negative emotions, and we start radiating positive emotions like love and compassion. Keeping the chakras clean and energized is essential not only for our physical health, but for our mental and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth as well.

Eastern medicine and healing processes have traditionally taken a holistic approach to health and healing. Energy healing, in particular, is a system of healing that treats our body, mind, emotions, thoughts and even our physical environment as unique energy vibrations from a common source. The basic understanding on which all systems of energy healing work is the universal nature of energy, and the possibility for local and non-local transmission of this energy to facilitate healing.

Energy healing is not new to us. Almost everybody these days has either heard of or encountered energy healing in some form or other. In fact, most of us practice energy healing on ourselves or others without being aware of it. When you gently rub a bruised elbow, or place your palms on your tired eyes, you are actually practicing energy healing! Energy healing is nothing but channelling the universal life-force to correct energy imbalances in our system which are the hidden cause of most of our diseases.

The findings of modern science stand testimony to the famous words of scientist and mystic Albert Einstein – ‘Everything is Energy’. The same thought was declared more than 5000 years ago in the Sanskrit text, Isha Vasya Upanishad –‘Isha vasyam idam sarvam yat kincha jagatyaam jagat’ (whatever exists in and as this world is Divine energy). Whatever we see, touch or otherwise contact in our universe is just energy vibrating at different frequencies. Trees, rocks, plants, animals and ourselves – all are nothing but diverse expressions of this energy.

Since everything is energy, all types of healing involve manipulation of energy. But what we specifically call as energy healing today is a holistic, non-invasive therapy that treats the body-mind as an energetic continuum. We are basically energy beings, so all our ailments are rooted in energy imbalances. All physical or mental tension is an indication that there is a blockage in the energy flow in our bio-energetic system. Sometimes, merely clearing these blockages is enough; the body’s natural healing abilities take care of restoring the affected part to health.

Energy healing involves a range of energy frequencies which fall into two broad categories – pranic and spiritual. Healing that uses pranic energy draws from the inexhaustible reservoir of the universal life-force, channeling it into the diseased body to facilitate healing. However, we would do well to remember that this life-force is not a superconscious energy. For instance, electricity is also energy, but it is a blind energy. Electric current does not have its own intelligence. If you fix a bulb in the socket, it will glow. If you put your hand in the socket, it will give you an electric shock, that’s all! It doesn’t know where to go or how to work.

The universal life-force is like this. Like electricity, it can do enormous good in the right hands, but if both healer and receiver are not well-protected, or if it is not channelled in the right way, this same energy can do great harm. It is not rare to hear of healers contracting the same disease that they are healing their patients of, or of ‘parasite’ receivers who continue to suck and drain the healer’s energy long after the healing session is over.

The second type of energy is spiritual energy. Here we draw from the highest frequencies of the cosmic energy. This energy is intelligent; it knows where to go and what to do. Since it is intelligent, it cannot be manipulated by us to the extent that we manipulate life-force energy. But the results it gives are always, ALWAYS for the best.

Nithya Spiritual Healing which I am initiated uses the second type of energy. Neither healer nor recipient is required to do anything except enter into restful awareness and allow the cosmic energy to heal. However, while it is possible to sensitize oneself to grosser vibrations like life-energy through practice, the subtle spiritual energy can be channelled only by an advanced being who resonates at the same frequency. That is why initiation by an enlightened master becomes essential on the path of spiritual energy healing.

We all have a highly subtle energy center which governs the flow of spiritual energy into our system. Although it is commonly known as a chakra, it might be better described as the point where all 7 chakras collapse at the moment of dissolution of the personal identity. The Ananda Gandha (‘the fragrance of bliss’) is our deepest connection to our own Being. Once initiated, the healer becomes an open channel for the healing spiritual vibrations of the master.

This energy center lies latent in almost all of us. Although it is theoretically possible to open it through self-effort, the process would be about as easy as trying to dig an oil well using a spoon! Initiation is a deeply mystical yet scientific process by which this energy center of an aspiring spiritual healer is opened by the master using a subtle but enormously powerful energy ‘drill’, and working from the inside outwards. Once initiated, the healer becomes an open channel for the healing spiritual vibrations of the master.

Entanglement is a term used in quantum theory to describe the way that particles of energy/matter can become correlated to interact with each other in predictable ways, regardless of how far apart they are. It means that the state and actions of one of these particles can influence the state and actions of the other through the process of interference.

Entanglement is the principle behind all processes involving energy transfer, whether spiritual healing, Kundalini awakening, levitation, teleportation or materialization. An enlightened being has the power to raise others into his own elevated state by the subtle pressure of his presence. When the mind of the receiver comes in touch with the no-mind (thought-free mind) of such a realised being, a process similar to entanglement happens, and thoughts subside in the mind of the receiver. Entanglement happens when the receiver is mentally in tune with the source and is open to receiving the energy as during spiritual healing. When entanglement happens at the deeper level of muscle-memory, Paramahamsa Nithyananda coins a new term ‘Entrainment’. During Kundalini awakening, entanglement can happen irrespective of the mental state of the receiver.

In essence, the spiritual healing is far more than just clearing energy blockages in the body-mind system. It is a chance to realise our own infinite potential! Namaste 😀