WOW | Coffee Break
Joy of healing
Perhaps once again old shoots are beginning to sprout as ancient traditions make a comeback on the contemporary scene. In this fast paced and often stressed way of living, more and more people are looking to go back to their roots – to the quiet life, to alternative healing practices and natural living.
Energy healing is one such practice that in the contemporary space offers remedy for all sorts of modern woes from dating dramas, work stress, family trauma and physical maladies like headaches.
In this edition of Coffee Break, Rojina Adhikari talks to modern day healers: Madhu Todi, Prerana Shah and Pranab Pande who help explain the knowledge of our ancient traditions and their place in the new world.
When did you first feel the healing energy within yourself?
Madhu: For more than six months, I had been suffering from a severe back pain. Then one day I decided to pay a visit to a healer friend. To my surprise, I was healed in just one sitting. Amazed with the result, I started taking pranic healing classes at Master Choa Kuk Sui School of pranic healing. I was astounded by the scientific and professional approach to energy healing, and after a few months I gave up being a full time English professor to become a professional pranic healer.
Prerana: Although I don’t remember when I first realised the healing energy within myself, I have always believed that we all have healing energy within us.
Pranab: At the age of 18 I felt this healing energy within me. I feel lucky that I am able to assist those who need healing.
How would you define energy healing?
Madhu: With the use of Prana or chi, the energy that animates life, one learns to assist the body to regain health, and accelerates its healing process. The energy healing is an ancient science and art where we use the chi energy in various forms like the sun, air, earth and various breathing techniques. Through these means, we can heal at all levels be it physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual. It is not that we heal only humans as this kind of healing may be done for animals and plants as well.
Prerana: Everything is energy;. Healing can happen in different forms. Whatever makes you and your soul happy is energy healing. It could be your pets, it could be kind words, it could be just a loving touch or a smile, it could be a dish made with love, it could be a walk in nature, it could be a swim, and it could be just sending you intentional healing thoughts.
Pranab: There are a lot of ways to define energy healing. My way of energy healing provides an effective means to rebalance the mind, body and soul, thus allowing the person or situation to move back to its natural state.
What are the forms of energy healing?
Madhu: In pranic healing, we treat physical, emotional, financial and even spiritual ailments. Broadly we can divide energy healing into four levels. In the first level, we heal physical ailments through cleansing, energising and stabilising the projected prana.
In the second level we make use of advanced techniques and colours and in the third level, we use special colours of Praná to cure psychological ailments. Then on the fourth level, we use crystals to focus chi energy on the patients. My area of expertise is crystal healing and psychotherapy healing. I believe the major problem in our human bodies is because of our emotions.
Prerana: Love is a very powerful healing energy. My form of healing comprises of love and good intention.
Pranab: There are more than a hundred different forms of energy healing. As a healer, I simply serve others and repair their mind, body and spirit by channelling positive energy. I am faithful and obedient to the rituals in meditation and prayers to my divine Matta and I transfer the healing energy as her mediator through my hands or through prayers. It depends on the situation and circumstance. For me, it is purely the blessing of Matta who allows me to provide healing to individuals. I didn’t have to learn about this, it came to me naturally.
How does healing help people to become healthy?
Madhu: The approach of energy healing is a wholesome approach. We don’t just focus on healing the physical aspect of the human system. What this means is that when a patient comes with physical ailments we just don’t heal his physical body. We give the subject psychotherapy healing for the emotions connected to the problem. For example, if someone comes with a migraine, this disease is triggered by stress and irritation so we heal those emotional ailments first. So our system is more preventive in nature rather than just curative.
Prerana: We have four bodies: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. If there is an imbalance in any of these bodies we feel that we are not well and we have a disease. So, when you are ready for healing, I would advise you to figure out which one of your body is in not at ease and thus creating the disease. Once we have figured that out it’s easier to heal yourself holistically.
Pranab: When the mind is free and cleansed of negativity, its effect clearly manifests on physical health. The mind is so powerful; it can actually heal or destroy one’s well being, so it is extremely important to be able to heal both the mind and body to save your soul.
How do you see spiritual healing in Nepal?
Madhu: I see a bright future for healing in Nepal. Pranic healing has expanded, from one now we have six professional pranic healing centers in Kathmandu and Dhangadi. In the near future, we also have plans to open our services in Biratnagar, Pokhara and Birgunj. Our mission is to create a healthy, wealthy and positive society in Nepal. Right now we have already produced 700 or more of first level Pranic healers. So the future of energy healing is bright, where the people of Nepal will be able to cure their families and friends with drug-free energy healing.
Prerana: I truly feel that we have started taking our culture and traditions for granted. The chanting of mantras, the traditional Nepali dhoop, simple eating habits, the beautiful nature, the traditional herbs, the organic farming, traditional shamans, the roots of Hindu tradition all reflect healing, which I feel has been neglected by the younger generation. However, I have met a few wise and awakened youths who understands the value of spiritual healing. It’s ingrained in our culture but we haven’t realised it.
Pranab: In Nepal, many practitioners seek spiritual healing as their income and many of them do this as service to people. Spiritual healing is extremely powerful yet many people do not understand this.
What are some of the misconceptions about energy healing?
Madhu: There are few who believe that energy healing is based on religion, sect or even that it is a non professional art built on faith. Whereas energy healing introduced by Master Choa Kuk Sui is purely based on the science of energy and uses the law of nature and universal truth.
Prerana: Many believe that it is a form of witchcraft and some sort of black magic. Holistic healing techniques can be easily overshadowed even though people have used complementary and holistic medicine for thousands of years.
Pranab: One does not have to be spiritual to receive energy healing. S/he just needs to have an open mind for maximum benefits. If one is under immense stress, anxious, or physically drained an energy healing session can help to relax and feel more balanced. Just as one takes a shower and cleans their surrounding daily, energy healing can be great means of cleaning blockages in the body and the environment one lives in and around.
How popular has energy healing become over the years?
Madhu: Energy healing has existed since ancient times, but modernity led us to start focusing more on our external forces to heal our bodies, which has led to people getting more unhealthy and unbalanced.
People from all backgrounds like astrologers, doctors, teachers, students, housewives are taking trainings in energy healing and we can synthesise this field with different professional skills.
Now, finally, I see that people have started looking for a more natural healing system and improve our immune system so that we live a more balanced and healthy life.
Prerana: It has always been and will always be very popular in Nepal!
Pranab: Extremely popular, as this world is getting more and more negative with stressful lifestyles and radiation build up with the use of new technologies such as cell phones, the internet and other gadgets. One is consuming immense toxins and the power of thought process is depleting. Health wise there are huge problems. When unable to get medical prognosis people seek various forms of energy healing to detox the mind, body and soul.
Could you share some tips which are beneficial for making your day better and more energetic?
Madhu: As nature is a true healer, you can begin with an everyday 20-minute nature walk. You can take salt baths to maintain your energy levels and stay more positive. Meditation is also a great healer for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Prerana: Be grateful and loving. Practice ahimsa!
Pranab: Absolutely, there are a lot of tips which people can follow in their life like meditation and reciting daily prayers as per as your religion and beliefs. Use belpatra for tea, moringa and other herbs as daily supplement. Return to a natural lifestyle, follow what your ancestors did in their old age. Don’t forget to smile and be happy and give others happiness.