Want to Learn Energy Healing? The Choices Are Limitless
Do you feel a calling to learn energy medicine or another kind of holistic energy healing? Is your intuitive sense in touch with the world around you? Have you been told you are ‘sensitive’ or empathic? If so, you might want to study healing energy, either as an enhancement to your own spiritual practice or as a potential career choice. There are an abundance of energy healing techniques when it comes to deciding to study energy healing as a career path; with so many options, it’s helpful to start with understanding what might make you a perfect fit to learn energy healing.
Signs That Energy Healing May Be Your Calling
Empathic or Sensitive Nature: If you feel overwhelmed by the world’s problems to the point of actually feeling them in your body and/or energetic field, you might have the empathic makeup of an energy healer.
Comfortable with Solitude. In order to become an effective healer, the ability to spend time alone is key. Most healing energy trainings require a commitment of self-reflection and self-awareness to one’s own issues so that the healer can truly be of service to clients. As well, due to working with others issues, self-care and meditative solitude are critical to maintaining balance and healthy boundaries.
A Call to Help. Do you find, regardless of a work or personal situation, that people come to you for advice? If you find yourself always searching for ways to help better your surroundings and positively impact those around you, your calling might be that of a healer.
Intuitive Intelligence. Are you guided by your heart, your head, or your intuition? Do you have the capacity to listen to that quiet inner voice? If your interior intelligence is attuned, you’ll be well situated to assist others in clearing energies and strengthening their intuitive ability.
If you’re certain that your desire to learn healing energy is the right path for you, then the next step is to explore the various training modalities, as well as practical matters like cost, whether the training requires you to attend in person, or if online options are available, as well as time commitment, and finally, salary and career expectations. From Reiki, to Energy Medicine, to Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as tapping, and acupuncture, what follows is an overview of where and how to begin to study healing energy.
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ENERGY MEDICINE, REIKI, EFT AND MORE: AN ABUNDANCE OF ENERGY HEALING STUDY CHOICES
Energy Healing spans a broad range of approaches, from massage, to acupuncture, Energy Medicine, Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique, and many more. But while there are dozens of choices as far as a course of healing energy study goes, all share the common goal — using one’s healing ability, through qualified training, practice, and certification, to assist in restoring a natural energetic balance and to foster health, happiness, and well-being in others. Below are a few of the most popular healing energy systems:
Energy Medicine: According to James L. Oschman, PhD, professor and author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis and Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance, “[e]nergy medicine is the diagnostic and therapeutic use of energy…basic forces that surround and interpenetrate us. Energy medicine includes a whole range of hands-on methods, hands-off methods, energy techniques, and devices.”
When we think of “energy medicine,” the first name that comes to mind is Donna Eden, considered to be the official spokesperson for this healing modality. Eden describes energy medicine as “flow, balance, and harmony [that] can be non-invasively restored and maintained within an energy system…through exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects; by focused use of the mind to move specific energies; and/or by surrounding an area with healing energies.”
Training through Eden’s Energy Medicine Innersource program is one of the extensive, with a four-year course of study that includes foundational instruction, certification classes, clinical practicums, and advanced study. Other schools include The Four Winds Shamanic Energy Medicine training program, founded by Alberto Villoldo, author, psychologist, and medical anthropologist who has studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for over 30 years, The Four Winds offers two Light Body School programs — a 300-hour residential training, as well as a six-month online course of study. As online education has gained in popularity, so have the offerings for energy medicine learning, such as the Energy Medicine University, which is the online/distance learning arm of the Academy of Intuition Medicine.
Reiki: The International Center for Reiki Training, states that the “the word reiki is made of two Japanese words — Rei which means ‘God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power’ and Ki which is ‘life force energy.’” A Japanese approach to stress reduction, Reiki is considered to be one of the most powerful and non-invasive healing approach that works to balance or align the body’s energies through a non-touch based process.
Reiki is premised on five principles: inviting happiness, dissolving anger, letting go of worry and replacing it with gratitude, devotion to one’s work, and practicing kindness. Training is offered at first, second, and master’s certificate levels, led by a certified Reiki master teacher. Below are some of the training options, both in North America and Europe.
- Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
- The Reiki School
- San Francisco Reiki School
- The International Center for Reiki Training
- Canadian Reiki Association
- International House of Reiki
Tapping, or Emotional Freedom Technique: A treatment for physical and emotional pain, tapping or EFT, is an energy healing technique that is also referred to as “psychological acupuncture” for its beneficial impact on balancing the emotions and treating stress disorders. Using the fingertips, EFT brings energetic alignment through repeated tapping on meridian points. Studies have shown that tapping has resulted in significant reductions in PTSD, as well as generalized anxiety levels.
Nick and Jessica Ortner, founders of “The Tapping Solution,” one of the most popular tapping online resources, believe that EFT can be effective for many aspects of our lives, from finances, to relationships, to overall improved health. For those already in a healing professional, the American Institute for Health Care Professionals offers continuing education certification courses in EFT. To learn more about how to become a certified tapping professional, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology offers a variety of resources.
Chinese Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese medical practice uses needles, electrical stimulation, heat, and pressure along the body’s meridians, or energetic pathways to help with pain management, stress reduction, and even nicotine and substance abuse cessation. According to the Mayo Clinic, “by inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.”
Training to become an acupuncturist is extensive, lasting up to three years, and requires at least two years toward a baccalaureate degree. In the United States, you can study this form of energy medicine at an accredited program through the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), recognized by the United States Department of Education.
ENERGY HEALING TRAINING: WHAT TO EXPECT
In making the decision to study energy healing, it’s important to do your research so that you have a complete picture of the kind of program you’re undertaking. Ask plenty of questions and use the same intuitive sensibility that led you to explore healing energy when choosing a course of study. Here are some things to consider:
- Training: Energy healing training includes a historic overview of the modality and theory, as well as the specific healing technique, and real life practicums.
- Length of Study: Depending on the healing technique, trainings can last from a few days to years, and thousands of hours.
- Costs: According to Natural Healers, “a comprehensive training program can run from $5,000 to $15,000,” but be aware that many accredited programs offer different forms of financial aid. In addition, be aware of the costs of setting up a practice, from renting space, to liability insurance, continuing education, marketing, membership fees, and other items associated with running a successful energy healing business.
- Certification: While there is no national regulation for energy healers, certain healing modalities do offer professional certification. Look into the licensing laws in your area, as they differ from state to state. If you’re already a massage or bodywork professional and are adding energy healing to your practice, stay up to date on your area’s regulations to keep yourself and your clients protected.
- Salary: What you could earn as an energy healer is very much up to where you live, whether you practice part of full-time, as well as your level of training and experience. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data says that the average massage therapist earns just under $40,000 annually, and with some energy healing practitioners charging up to $100 an hour.
For a comprehensive guide to energy medicine training programs, Study.com offers an excellent database of residential and online/distance programs, as well as energy healing career roadmap resources.
Regardless of the path you take, trust your instinct and ignite your passion in choosing to learn energy healing, for yourself and the world.