What is healing energy? First and foremost, energy healing is not new. Nearly every ancient culture had some form of energy healing. A form of energy healing can be found in both Eastern and Western religions. Archeological evidence suggests such healing is at least 40,000 years old. Traditionally, energy healing meant the realignment of the body’s physical energy to promote healing. Today, still relying upon the realignment of body energy, energy healing is viewed as an alternative approach to contemporary medical practices and is also viewed by many medical professionals as complementary, a descriptive phrase I prefer over the word alternative. All things are energy. This includes all plant and animal life forms. This energy is generated by the vibration of the molecular structure of these life forms. Quantum physics tells us that all things are in a constant state of movement. A wide number of things can cause a disruption of that movement resulting in illness, physical or mental. The healer’s job is to realign the patient’s energy so the body can heal itself. There are several healing approaches currently available. Among these are the following: • Reiki • Qigong • EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques and sometimes called Tapping) • Biofield Energy • Therapeutic Touch (TT) • Spiritual Healing • Faith Healing (Laying on of hands) • Yoga • Meditation • ARCH (Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing) • Visualization • Chakra Balancing • Shamanic Healing Much is being written about shamanism. Many people are taking courses in shamanic healing to become shamanic practitioners. Others are going on vision quests in South America, in Nepal or in Tibet. Please be aware that these people are not shaman. Going through training programs offered by various institutions doesn’t make one a shaman; it makes them healers. Such programs train people in energy manipulations. In actuality, this is similar to the manipulation carried on by a chiropractor. The focus here is healing practices carried out by a shaman. Like other healers, the shaman makes a determination about the patient’s conditions. He or she may do this by moving his/her hands over the individual’s body. The shaman may then use sound to realign the patient’s body energy. Drums, flute, rattles, and the human voice are the sound producing instruments used by a shaman. Their vibrations aid in the realignment of the patient’s energy. A wide variety of herbs may also be used in the form of teas, poultices, salves, ointments, or oils. Unlike many other healers, the shaman can and does travel to other realms to seek the help of the spirit world in healing his/her patient. Whatever the shaman does, it is energy based; either realigning the patient’s energy, restoring energy through the use of herbs and herbals, or transferring energy from him or from the spirit world. Two cautionary notes are appropriate at this point. Whenever you choose an alternative healing approach make sure you consult your medical physician. A second caution is that all of the alternative healing approaches are faith based. You must have faith or believe the healing approach works. ©Norman W. Wilson, PhD.