A comparison of Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki Energy Work.
You have probably come across many “woo-woo” sounding terms such as “chakra”, “prana”, “aura”, and “tantra” in your course of reading books on spirituality and healing in the New Age literature section of the bookstore. But what’s the real story behind these exotic vocabularies?
Pranic Healing and the Chakras.
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 term which can be traced to Pranic healing.
The 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.
Generally speaking, there are six predominant colors associated with the aura and they can be interpreted into six different personality genres. 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 typically 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, which removes the body and mind of collected impurities. These impurities are negative energies which are believed to eventually manifest as physical illnesses.
Unlike Pranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki originated in Japan. It is relatively younger than Pranic and Tantric healings having been rediscovered in the early 1900’s. Reiki literally means universal energy, an energy brought forth by Higher Intelligence. Students of Reiki are taught how to tap this energy to assist the body’s natural ability to heal itself by promoting energetic balance.
Are All Energy Healings the Same?
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 complementary or alternative methods of healing. In spite of the availability and relative accessibility of modern medicine, why are more and more people are being drawn to energy work?
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, shamanic and New Age healing techniques just to be 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. With energy healing, since energy and spirituality are intimately linked, the patient may feel that an important element of his or her overall health is being attended to instead of overlooked.
- Energy healing is non-obtrusive and natural thus it is viewed as 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 spirituality, going natural seems to be a plausible 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 complementary or alternative healing and mainstream medicine continues as both present the benefits of their approach. But in the final analysis, what truly matters is the restoration of health and well-being.
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