Energy medicine, energy therapy, energy healing, or spiritual healing a branch of complementary and alternative medicine, holds the belief that a healer can channel healing energy into the person seeking help by different methods: hands-on, hands-off, and distant (or absent) where the patient and healer are in different locations. There are various schools of energy healing. It is known as biofield energy healing, spiritual healing, contact healing, distant healing, therapeutic touch, Reiki or Qigong. Spiritual healing is largely non-denominational: practitioners do not see traditional religious faith as a prerequisite for effecting change.
What To Expect
Much like Acupuncture, Energy Therapy is specific to working with the meridians of the body, Energy Therapy works with Chakras opening up energy blocks that to create a more fluid experience of life.
Joy’s Way, by W. Brugh Joy, Tarcher/Putnam, 1979. Captivating, insightful and a wonderful introduction to energy healing. Also enriching for those experienced in energy healing.
The Therapeutic Touch, Dolores Krieger, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1979. Excellent introduction to basic energy healing principles and practices. Krieger, with the help of Dora Kunz, developed that system now known as “Therapeutic Touch”.
The Everything Reiki Book, Phylameana lila Desy, 2003. This book lives up to its title! Excellent, comprehensive introduction to Reiki, as well as a great overview of controversies and trends for those already familiar with Reiki. Read our review.
DreamHealer: A True Story of Miracle Healings, by Adam (2006 reprint of DreamHealer: His Name is Adam, 2003). Adam is a remarkable young healer who is receiving international attention. All of his books, as well as his DVD, are excellent introductions to energy healing. All are written in a clear, easy-to-follow, straightforward way. DreamHealer 2 teaches visualizations for healing.
Energy Medicine, Donna Eden, David Feinstein, Caroline Myss. This book is a wonderful introduction to energy healing. Eden’s clear and user-friendly presentation, as well as the many exercises for self-healing make it very accessible to people new to energy medicine. She uses knowledge of the meridians which are the easiest aspect of the body’s energy system for most people to understand. Highly recommended.
Energy Healing – Intermediate & Advanced
Hands of Light: a Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field, Barbara Brennan, Bantam Books, 1988. A “must” for students of energy healing. Great illustrations of human energy field. Clear description of Energy Medicine in terms of modern science. One of the few books that details work on the higher vibrational energy bodies (see Chapter 22 on “full spectrum healing”.) Intermediate to advanced.
Wheels of Light: Chakras, Auras, and the Human Energy of the Body, Rosalyn L. Bruyere, Fireside (Simon & Schuster), 1994. Bruyere is a major contributor to the field of energy healing. This book emphasizes knowledge of the first chakra, and provides a different view than most on the chakra system. Valuable for anyone who wants more than the standard description of the chakras. Intermediate.
Esoteric Healing: a Treatise on the Seven Rays, Vol. 4, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust. Undoubtedly one of the most advanced books available as far as providing a broad perspective, depth of comprehension and esoteric knowledge. This book is an invaluable companion for anyone developing a more advanced understanding of energy healing and its relationship to spiritual development. Requires a lot of reading, re-reading and correlating knowledge from different parts of the book to gain insight into deeper and hidden meanings. Advanced.
Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust. A more advanced understanding of intuition and the aura. Advanced.
Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self, Anodea Judith, Celestial Arts, 1996. Psychology of the chakras. For detailed understanding of the developmental issues associated with the various chakras. Gives tremendous insight into the psychological issues connected with each chakra and how they are impacted by childhood experiences. Also provides suggestions for healing these issues. Highly recommended! Read our review.
Healing Touch: a Guidebook for Practitioners, 2nd edition, Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Delmar Publishers, 2000. For those interested in Healing Touch and its techniques. Intermediate for the most part, some introductory material. Excellent chapter by Janet Mentgen, founder of HT, on the role and methods of the healer.
A Practical Guide to Vibrational Medicine: Energy Healing and Spiritual Transformation, Richard Gerber, MD. Especially helpful to those seeking scientific understanding of energy healing. Scope of book is much broader than, but includes, energy healing — it looks into the entire field of Energy Medicine.
The Art of Spiritual Healing, Joel S. Goldsmith, Harper & Row, 1959. A classic on spiritual healing!
A Course in Miracles, Foundation for Inner Peace. Students of this course will find it is a teaching in spiritual healing. The “Manual for Teachers” (one of three volumes) is useful even without reading the “Text” and doing the workbook.
The Magus of Stovolos: the Extraordinary World of a Spiritual Healer, Kyriacos D. Markides, Penguin Group, 1985. Fascinating reading about a spiritual healer from Cyprus.
Daughter of Destiny, Jamie Buckingham. The only authorized biography of Kathryn Kuhlman