Essential Energy Healing Techniques for People and Pets

Essential energy healing techniques for self healing and healing others are free, easy and fun to learn and use. They can be quite effective for physical concerns and stress relief. You can use them to benefit yourself, other people and your pets. 

Healing with subtle energy may seem very mysterious and 'out there', but the truth is that you can do it. Using your hands for healing is a natural ability. Children especially learn energy healing easily because they are not limited by the same beliefs that hinder adults.

Getting Started: A few essential energy healing tips

  • Approach the exercises with an attitude of play, reverence and wonder. The healing space is a space of no ego. Be patient with yourself. It's tempting to get all serious about energy healing. You may not feel anything at first or ever. You don't have to feel the energy for healing to happen. 
  •  Whether doing self-healing energy work, or gifting a session for someone else, approach it with unconditional love,  right intention, and the willingness to let the intelligent energy and the body decide where and how healing will happen in the body and in the field.
  • Take a deep centering breath at the beginning of an essential energy healing session. End the session by consciously closing the connection between the two of you. 
  • When you feel comfortable with the exercises, practice on someone else. Don't rush your learning, it is a lifelong journey of self-discovery and self healing energy work. You will discover that as you heal others, you also heal yourself.  
  • When giving healing to children and animals - let them decide how long you work on them. They will move away or get restless when they have had enough. Generally, children and animals may only may only want a few seconds or minutes of energy healing. That is enough.

The following exercises will get you started.

Feel the Energy

Feeling the energy is an essential energy healing exercise practiced at many subtle energy workshops. This exercise helps you feel the energy between your hands, and is one of the easiest way to begin sensing energy.

Step One - Rub your palms and fingertips together briskly until they start to heat up. This creates friction and sensitizes the nerve endings so the energy is easier to feel.

Step Two - Touch your five fingertip pads together lightly. Your fingers will be bent and your palms apart.

Step Three - Focus your attention softly on the space between your hands. Breathe evenly and calmly for a few breaths.

This induces a mild meditative state which slows your brain waves making it easier to sense the energy. You may feel your fingertips heating up or have a sense of energy between your hands. If not, no worries, relax and proceed to the next step.

Step Four - Stay relaxed. Keep your attention on the space between your fingers and palms.

Pull your hands apart a few inches. Then bring them back towards each other until your fingertips almost touch again, but not quite. Repeat this slowly and softly. It's almost like playing with a little accordion or slinky. Notice the feeling in your fingertips and palms. Gaze between your hands or close your eyes. You may notice a sense of resistance or pressure, like your fingertips are connected by rubber bands. You are feeling energy. That's all there is to it.

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If you don't feel anything the first few times, no worries. Many people do feel something right away, but it took me months of practice. Now I feel the energy easily. I only have to think of healing and that familiar feeling begins to build up in my hands.

The Energy Ball

The energy ball is an extension of the first exercise. Use as a self healing energy technique or for someone else.

Do the steps above for feeling the energy.
Continue to build the energy ball between your hands by pulling them a bit further apart each time until the ball is the size of a big grapefruit (more or less).

Breathe in and imagine the energy collecting in the heart chakra at the center of your chest. On the out-breath, imagine the energy going down your arms and through your hands. The sensations will probably feel stronger.

When you have this energy ball built up, offer it to an area of the body that needs it. The kidney area and the joints are good places to offer energy. For example, bring it to your aching knee. Hold it there until you sense it was received.

Clearing

Clearing is a major part of Therapeutic Touch and one of my favorite essential energy healing techniques.

Try it for soothing a minor burn, an insect bite, a wound or recent surgery, or if you need some comfort.

You may notice that pain may intensify a bit as you make the passes, but this goes away. It may also take a few minutes after you finish clearing for you to notice a difference in how you feel.

To get a feel for clearing, put your right hand lightly on the skin above your left elbow and then in one motion smooth it all the way down and off your fingers. Repeat a few times. Now try it an inch or so off the skin.

Hold your relaxed hand or hands an inch or two above the body. It's okay if you touch the skin.

Start the gentle sweeping motion a few inches before the troubled area and continue past it. With a light touch, smooth the energy field several times until you feel like it is enough. Smooth down towards the feet, or arms towards fingers and a few inches past. If you are working on the head it's best to work a bit further away.

Hands On Healing

Rub your hands together and set your intention to offer healing energy. Connect to your heart energy and the other person. Let your unconditional love and acceptance flow. flow. That is healing in and of itself.

Sandwich the affected part gently between your two hands. If this isn't possible, put your hands next to each other. It's also fine to keep your hands a few inches from the body.

Breathe into your heart area. On the out-breath gently direct the energy down your arms and through your hands. Just allow the energy to be accepted and assimilated. Keep up this breathing and sending until you feel like you are done or the person has had enough.

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For a relaxing and healing beginning and ending of your session, do some grounding. Place and hold your hands gently on your partner's feet and set the intention for grounding. Imagine and sense energy flowing out of the feet to the earth.

Some healers simply keep their hands on someone's shoulders or feet during an entire energy healing session. This works too.

Quick Exercise for Opening Energy Channels

Master Chunyi Lin offers this easy to learn essential energy healing method to break up energy blockages and open your energy channels.

Each of these simple essential energy healing techniques will take you a long way in your self healing energy work. To specifically address mental or emotional wellness, or target beliefs and subconscious programs, transformational energy healing methods such as EFT, ZPoint and other energy healing techniques for releasing emotions are helpful.

The following pages are recommended reading for  understanding the principles behind essential energy healing fundamentals ans well as additional techniques to incorporate into your self healing repertoire.


To learn essential energy healing techniques for self healing and helping others, as well as more advanced methods, a must have book is Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body's Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality by Donna Eden.

Energy healing workshops at yoga centers, healing centers or at local colleges may also be available.

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