Energy ModalitiesAugust 2, 2013
Back in a discussion of Yugas, I noted that by Yukteswar’s calculations, we have moved into the Energy age (Dwapara). Along with the discovery of electricity and atomic energy, a number of energy healing modalities have come to the forefront. In a recent article on Energy and Spirit, I touched on Rose Rosetree’s differentiation of energy modalities.
I thought going a little deeper would be a useful exercise in understanding how the field is developing. She outlines 3 classes of modalities. You can see that different modalities in different classes may target healing of the same things. But they do so from very different perspectives.
1 – Energy Medicine
Energy healing modalities where the point of entry is through the physical body. Rose mentions Reiki, Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Bio-Energetics, Qigong, Tai Chi, and Homeopathy. Acupuncture and pressure would also sit here.
A few of these techniques are research-backed and thus available in hospitals and under insurance programs in some jurisdictions, like Healing Touch. In other words, they’ve become mainstream.
But you have to be careful of loose terminology, like the popular use of “quantum”. I can also note that awhile ago I took a short course through a Spiritualist church that certified me a “Spiritual Healer”. But in this case, the technique is body-entry and pours energy into areas of apparent issue.
2 – Energy Psychology
Energy modalities that use the mind as the access point. Rose includes most regression therapy, hypnosis, EMDR, Transformational Breathwork and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in this category. And she mentions Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which I thought interesting. EFT uses physical tapping but also intentions. You have to have an intention in mind to tap for.
Adam the Dreamhealer uses visualizations and intentions for healing. That would put him here too. He recently graduated as a Naturopathic doctor, which is in another class altogether.
Obviously each class or group can include a wide range of unrelated modalities. And a given modality may include elements from other classes. And a given healer often includes multiple modalities in their toolbox.
3 – Energy Spirituality
Here we have the much more rare modalities that work with the energy fields (koshas) directly & precisely. To do that, you need much more “energetic literacy”; the ability to precisely sense and work with our energies directly. It’s much more precise than pouring energy into a dark area, doing general balancing or intentions, or trying to cover up an issue. It’s working on the causal level to resolve issues of body, emotions, and mind. This also means co-creating with the Divine. Done effectively, it can create profound, permanent healing.
In this class, Rose includes cutting cords of attachment and moving out psychic coercion, parts of her Rosetree Energy Spirituality program.
I’ve had a number of personal experiences with healing energetically but not through any formal modalities. Thus, I’ve become interested in better understanding and tools I can work with. Rose’s is the first I’ve seen that works on the levels I’ve experienced. But as yet, I’m still a bull in a china shop.
Just to be clear on the subject, Rose describes 3 Stages of Energetic Literacy.
Stage 1 is being able sense energy in general. Also an intuitive sense of “vibes” and possibly seeing a little non-physical colour.
Stage 2 is being able to tell if chakras are open or closed and make general readings about their feeling state.
Stage 3 is being able to read chakra information like a book, in fine detail.
Energy Spirituality requires Stage 3 literacy. The other techniques I’m aware of above don’t. Some techniques like EFT need no literacy. For more details on the stages, see the link above.