Energy Healing 101: Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki

Energy Healing 101: Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki

You have probably come across exotic-sounding terms such as “chakra”, “prana”, “aura”, and “tantra” in your course of reading books on spirituality, sex, and healing in the New Age literature section of the bookstore. But what’s the real scoop behind these exotic vocabularies?

Are All Energy Healings the Same?

Chakra or energy center is a term used in Pranic healing, an ancient Hindu system of energy healing. “Prana” means life energy. “Aura” is another terminology traced to Pranic healing. Aura is a non-physical body that consists of energy, which exists along with our physical body. The aura that covers our body is said to have seven layers pertaining to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual as manifested by energy. Studying the color and thickness of auras give ideas on the state of health of individuals. Six colors are associated with aura and interpreted into six personalities. These colors are all present in an individual but one or two are more pronounced.
Green – ambitious achiever
Blue – spiritual peacemaker
White – unconventional chameleon
Red – activist
Orange – creative communicator
Violet – psychic

Although Tantra is popularly associated with the peculiar practice of sex and spirituality, it is another method of energy healing. It comes from the word “tan” which means to spread or expand. The concept of connectedness is a recurring theme in Tantric writings on sex and spirituality. As a method of healing, spirituality and sex figure prominently. It is presupposed that the union of man and woman can reach spiritual levels during orgasm, which removes the body and mind off collected impurities. These impurities being negative energies can in turn manifest as physical illnesses.

Unlike Pranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki originated from Japan. It is relatively younger than Pranic and Tantric healings having been rediscovered in the early 1900’s. Reiki stands for universal energy, an energy brought forth by higher intelligence. Students of Reiki are taught how to tap this energy to heal physical, emotional, and mental illnesses.

Although Pranic, Tantra, and Reiki are all systems of energy healing, they differ in the type of energy tapped for healing: life energy, sexual energy, and universal energy respectively.

The concepts of the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit; the connection of individuals to all living and nonliving things around them and to the universe; and how energy impacts physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are some of the salient similarities of these three healing methods.

Why Do People Turn to Energy Healing?

Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki are considered alternative methods of healing. In spite of the availability and relative accessibility of modern medicine, how come more and more people are being drawned to them? Here are some possible reasons:

· Energy healing worked where modern medicine failed.

For several reasons both explainable and unexplainable, modern medical treatment failed to heal ailments and conditions in several if not many persons. Research or data may not be able to support this statement. But for the families of the dying as well as for the dying patient, they would take the risk of using alternative methods ranging from herbals and organics, faith healers, witch doctors, and New Age healing techniques just to be get well.

· People perceive modern medicine to be isolating.

Medical treatments are oftentimes focused on the disease and its causative agent, which can make a patient feel isolated and treated like a mere host of the disease. Although recent developments in hospital practice are gradually promoting the holistic treatment of a patient, the perception still persists. Unlike in energy healing, since energy and spirituality are intimately linked, the patient feels that all aspects of his health are being attended to.

· Energy healing is non-obtrusive and natural thus it is safer.

Repeated surgical procedures are physically and emotionally traumatic for most patients. It is but a logical and attractive option to both patient and families to look for less stressful health interventions. Moreover, with the rising popularity of New Age religions, going natural is the way to go.

· Energy healing is a good way of relieving stress.

Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods and this is an added come-on for highly stressed people. Moreover, sophisticated equipment is not required thus it becomes all the more convenient for students and future students of energy healing.

The battle between alternative healing and mainstream medicine continues as both present the benefits of their approach. But in the final analysis, what matters is the restoration of good health.

About Ché Palk

Born and named Che Linton Palk in Andover Hospital, Hampshire, one cold January morning 1976. Grew up in an amazing village just outside Andover called Hurstbourne Tarrant, and always still even now, though miles away, is my home. Then after 15 years we moved into Andover Town, which had massive changes not just to my social network but would lead me to reavaluate the secular world which consumed me. Not wishing to go into too much detail here,(for now), let's say I found faith. Spent many hours deciding what I believed about life's ultimate questions, Why am I here? Does life hold any purpose? Who am I? The whole God question! life was it Futile? My fialures fatal? My death final? After which I decided I needed to get out more and trance took hold of me. Been a DJ ever since. The music it matters!..
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16 Responses to Energy Healing 101: Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki

  1. Jay says:

    As to Ms Hyman’s claim of “hundreds of ‘testimonials,” as any REAL scientist knows, most testimonials are worthless, mostly written by sock puppets,” most are written by sock puppets, they’re considered worthless by the scientific community, read more about testimonials, here: if you care to find out about so called “testimonials”

  2. Zoe Katz says:

    James Hyman, best known as the “shamanic shyster” and new age narcissistic neophyte, offers shamanic colonics, “bodywork” or any other pseudoscientific unnaturalistic “method” he believes will help in separating you from your hard earned money, as opposed to himself having to “get a job”

    He is best known as the guy behind a “shamanic” smokescreen, while he hustles the poor, unsuspecting, and naive.

    Hyman has no degree in psychology, psychiatry, biology, physiology, medicine, or ANY advanced training whatsoever.

    Perhaps he is best described here:

    If you fall for this scam, don’t say you weren’t warned.

  3. Jay says:

    James and Barbara Hyman are, end of story, period, and if you would like to contact ME, I would ask you to please read this,
    If you do, feel free to, anytime, anywhere.

    Oh yea, and then there’s these too:

  4. My name is Barbara Hyman and I have worked as an assistant to James for almost the last 20 years. During that time I have seen James help to enhance the lives of thousands of people through his transformational bodywork and energy work. Robert Halprin is a worthless human being who has only hurt anyone who was every unfortunate enough to get within 3 feet of him. He has never made a single contribution to anyone, but has frittered his life away, chasing young girls, crashing expensive cars, being drugged out, and obnoxious. When we decided not to go through with a business deal with him because of his abusive nature, he threatened to ruin the solid reputation of a gifted healer, and he has tried to make good his threat through websites like this one. People should consider the source of this information, which comes all from one very sick, very disturbed person, when hundreds have taken their time to submit testimonials of James Hyman’s transformational, healing, Deep Emotional Release Bodywork and the effect it has had on their lives. James is not only a gifted and pyschic healer, he is a master bodyworker and teacher, trained in numerous advanced systems of healing work and bodywork. Most people who are fortunate enough to come across his work and avail themselves of it consider it to be some of the most transformational and healing work they have done in their lives. Both James and I are happy to take the time to explain his experience and training, as well as the results that most people experience as a result of this transformational, healing work.

  5. Rob Halprin MS PhD says:

    @ Che: No apology required. If you only knew what I have gone through with Mr. Hyman I am confident you would would understand.

    I apologize if I appeared to “crash” your thread.

    Perhaps we can communicate via e-mail in a further, more secure & confidential matter & I will be happy to espouse my experience with the “quantum theta energy healer.”

    Best regards to you, may peace be with you.

    Rob Halprin MS PhD

  6. Ché Palk says:

    cool very fair comment….. sorry just I just thought you were insinuating i was only interested in grabing cash from fools….. It is based on feelings and these are always difficult to quantify or to measure in a fair unbiased scientific experiment… and i am really pleased that you took the time to comment on my blog… as support… is welcome… and differing views as I see things from a certrain point of view it really is nice to know someone reads my blog thanks kind sir. Ché

  7. Rob Halprin MS PhD says:

    Check the Hyman’s web sites;

    The fact is that none of these views has any significant support in the scientific communities of medicine, psychology, psychiatry, chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, nor are they even considered worthy of debate. The only places you are likely to see these views advocated are in literature (& on Web sites) intended to promote the sale of these products to consumers in the notoriously credulous “alternative” health market. The Hyman’s web sites have only “testimonials” as their “proof” of the power of “quantum theta energy healing” (QTEH).

    Why Testimonials Of “Quantun Theta Energy Healing” Are Bunk!

    “Testimonials” are personal accounts of someone’s experiences with a therapy. They are generally subjective: “I felt better,” “I had more energy,” “I wasn’t as nauseated,” “The pain went away,” and so on. Testimonials are inherently selective. People are much more likely to talk about their “amazing cure” than about something that didn’t work for them. The proponents of “alternative” methods such as the Hyman’s so called “Quantum Theta Energy Healing” can, of course, pick which testimonials they use. For example, let’s suppose that if 100 people are sick, 50 of them will recover on their own even if they do nothing. So, if all 100 people use a certain therapy, half will get better even if the treatment doesn’t do anything. These people could say “I took a quantum theta energy healing session & my disease went away!” This would be completely honest, even though the therapy had done nothing for them. So, testimonials are useless for judging treatment effectiveness. For all we know, those giving the testimonial might be the only people who felt better. Or, suppose that of 100 patients trying a therapy, 10 experienced no change, 85 felt worse, and 5 felt better. The five who improved could quite honestly say that they felt better, even though nearly everyone who tried the remedy stayed the same or got worse!

  8. Rob Halprin MS PhD says:

    The New Age fascination with quantum mechanics seems to date to the mid to late 1970s and the books The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav and The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra , both of which were received poorly by the physics community, but embraced by those who needed an all-purpose explanation for their “quantum theta energy” fields; as a result, quantum theta energy healing (QTEH) is invoked by alties and woo-pushers as much as Nikola Tesla is by crackpot inventors. Popular culture movies such as The Secret and What the Bleep Do We Know? have also appealed to such concepts. Of course anyone who reads a newspaper or watches TV news knows exactly what is currently happening to the proponents of “The Secret.”The trial of James Arthur Ray, author of The Secret is currently ongoing. What unfortunate timing for those quack meisters currently pushing “quantum theta energy healing” (QTEH).

  9. Rob Halprin MS PhD says:

    @ Che Palk: I was not speaking of you, I was clearly speaking of self promoted “quantum theta energy healer” (QTEH) (pronounced cutie) James Hyman. He of the so called “quantum theta energy” field, wherever the h### that is. I have 10 years of scientific training & I have never heard of the “quantum theta energy” field. Quantum Theata Energy Healing is the description for a phenomenon where many irrational beliefs are justified by an obfuscatory reference to quantum physics. Usually this is a focus on some sort of “energy field”, “probability wave”, or “wave-particle duality” that magically turns thoughts into something tangible that can directly affect the universe. This concept is most notably pushed by James Hyman the so called “founder” of “Quantum Theta Energy Healing” (QTEH) who often presents ill-defined concepts of quantum physics as proof for all kinds of magical “healing.”
    When an idea seems too crazy to believe, the proponent often makes an appeal to quantum physics as the explanation.
    The root of the issue is an attempt to piggy-back on the success and legitimacy of science by claiming quack ideas are rooted in accepted concepts in physics, combined with utter misunderstanding of these concepts and a sense of wonder at the amazing magic these misunderstandings would imply if true.
    Proponents of quantum woo are affected by the interaction of neural-energy and their natural bozon field, which results in the creation of one moron and the decay of two neurons. The moron has a half-life of 35 years.

  10. Rob Halprin MS PhD says:

    CheapTalk ICantCopeYa…

    • Ché Palk says:

      thank you for your comment….. So remember guys and gals…….. always nice to have the views of an expert……. and open a debate for any who wish to take up arms…… as for me this blog is designed to help people explore the different avenues and ways to bring your mind soul & spirit in balance in order to develop positive attitudes, and instill the self, with confidence, to realise the answer to many of our problems are held within the self. “a professoer came and sat with a zen master. saying that “he wished to study and learn all the zen master could teach him”. The zen master did not reply straight away but instead set a cup and saucer and began to pour the professeor a cup of tea. When he reached the top he just kept pouring until the professeor could no longer restrain himself. “Can’t you see the cup is overflowing!”
      The zen master replied, “you like this cup must first empty yourself before you could understand zen!”

  11. Rob Halprin MS PhD says:


    The Hyman’s, hawkers of
    “Quantum Theta Energy Healing” purport it helps maintain or restore health & vigor. As a trained scientist with both a Masters degree & PhD it disturbs me to see crackpot, pseudoscientific mind-mush & outright lies used to promote these products to consumers whose lack of scientific
    training leaves them unprotected from this exploitation.

    Scientific Assessment

    “Quantum theta energy healing” lacks scientific credibility & has not been accepted by the scientific & medical communities as effective therapy. Plausible scientific explanation as to how it could possibly be efficacious is not to be found.

    “Quantum Theta Energy Healing” is inconsistent with scientific knowledge. There is no such thing as a human “energy field” as envisioned by the “Quantum Theta Energy Healing” practitioner. Science has the ability to detect incredibly small amounts of energy, far smaller than anyone could detect through any human senses, yet there is no evidence for such a field.

    The explanation of the efficacy of “quantum theta energy healing” or “deep emotional release bodywork” depends entirely on a particular view of the world as permeated by this “quantum theta energy” that is subject to manipulation by human thought and will. There has been no comprehensive review of “quantum theta energy healing” or “deep emotional release body work.” Our own undercover investigation concludes that the evidence is insufficient to suggest that either practice is effective treatments for any condition.

    Numerous other questions arise. How could someone detect the alleged “quantum theta energy field” with their hands? How could they manipulate it? How could changes in the field influence health? There are no known or imaginable anatomical structures that could be involved in such things. There is no logical explanation of what the “quantum theta energy field” could be, let alone answers to these questions.

    The claims of “Quantum Theta Energy Healing” (QTEH) are extraordinary claims, conflicting with scientific knowledge, and therefore require evidence of very high quality before they can be taken seriously. There are no known published studies supposedly demonstrating benefits of “Quantum Theta Energy Healing” (QTEH), and the claims of the so called “founder” and “practitioner” James Hyman are very weak in quality, and have not been repeated by independent investigators.

    Mr. Hyman the founder & practitioner claims that his training allows him to channel the “quantum theta energy” that is present in all living beings. The most obvious question is what training? From what University did you receive such training? In what field is your advanced training? What degree have you been presented, bestowed or awarded? The answer to all of the above is nothing. Nada. Bupkus. A big fat Zilch.

    We know you work hard for your money. We don’t want to see you give it away unknowingly without a more detailed explanation of the scam than you will ever get from the scammer himself.

    Robert Halprin MS PhD

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