REENA SINGH demystifies the practice of Pranic Healing. Here, you can use the air prana around you to cure and heal yourself and others
Using the air around you as a means to heal your body? Is that even possible? But before you shake your head in disbelief, think of how pranic healers work. When you learn more about their healing methods, you realise that air is a powerful healer, as is solar and ground prana. Pranic Healing uses life-giving air, ki or prana that we breathe to heal both our physical and invisible energy bodies. Our invisible energy body is the aura that surrounds all of us and pranic healing is all about healing the aura so that nothing obstructs our chakras.
Pranic healing is based on Patanjali’s yoga sutras and was developed by Chinese Grand Master Choa Kok Sui who was from the Philippines. He studied yoga, psychic phenomena and mysticism for 18 years before founding the pranic system of healing.
Prana or ki is the life energy which keeps our body alive and healthy. The healer draws in air, solar or ground prana and directs this breath of life to the patient. The patient accepts this prana through the 11 major and minor chakras.
Most people now know about the chakras, especially since interest in alternative healing methods such as pranic healing, reiki and yoga is at an all-time high. The seven major chakras include the root chakra at the bottom of the spine, the hara, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and the crown chakra at the top of the head.
That explains why sunbathing, picnicking, walking barefoot on grass, immersing oneself in water, or doing pranayama either as part of your yoga routine or even without it, feels so good. In all these forms, you are drawing in prana unconsciously, and the end result is always invigorating! As you breathe in, you should think you are drawing in life-giving prana and as you breathe out, think of it as stale air carrying away all toxins away from your body.
Pranic therapy benefits
It was Master Choa Kok Sui’s dream to spread pranic healing worldwide so that every home has at least one pranic healer. To make this happen, the World Pranic Healing Association keeps its fees low so that more and more people can benefit.
Says Radhika Sethi, who uses pranic healing techniques quite instinctively in her daily life, “Whenever I find a headache coming on, I instinctively smoothen out the stagnant, heavy air over my head as if I am combing it. Immediately, I find relief. We need to expose ourselves more regularly to nature, to draw in healthy prana and remain happy and healed.”
Energy and self-healing
Pranic healers, however, advise you not to give up your allopathic treatment even if you are practising pranic healing. The healing process gets accelerated by increasing life energy on the affected part and on the entire body. The prana now acts as the catalyst that accelerates the rate of biochemical reactions in the natural healing process. Pranic healing works on natural laws that we’ve forgotten, preoccupied as we are in the hurly burly of a mechanical lifestyle.
Choa Kok Sui’s pranic healing courses and workshops offer hope for a variety of ailments and contain logical, scientific explanations for some age-old practices such as jhaadu lagaana, a process called ‘sweeping’ in pranic healing. In this, a person’s aura is first scanned, then cleansed by literally scooping up the diseased energy and disposing of it in a bowl of salted water. Salted water dissolves diseased energy effectively — for if you flick it back in the room, the negative energy can attack you again.
In the Pranic Healing basic course, one learns about the anatomy and physiology, and how the aura relates to our chakras, the energy centres of the body that govern and control our physical, psychological, emotional and other aspects. Prana is then directed into the body through these chakras.
As you draw in prana and direct it towards your patient, you can actually feel strong sensations in your hands. That’s proof that you are drawing in prana and it is leaving your hands to flow towards the affected part that needs healing. It is a simple technique to learn, and comes in useful all the time say practitioners of pranic healing.
Reena Singh has more than 37 years’ experience in senior editorial positions in The Times of India (TOI) and Genpact. She was Deputy Editor with TOI’s spiritual newspaper, The Speaking Tree, where she spent nine years.