Energy work is used to help balance the systems of energy throughout the body to alleviate stress, ailments, and disease. There are different approaches through different traditions. Essentially, when one feels unbalanced either physically, emotionally, or mentally, energy work aids to restore and realign the body's subtle vibrations. There are a few different approaches when dealing with energy work.
Reiki, or energy, is called universal life force energy. It stands for the non-physical energy, which creates and maintains a balanced and healthy body, spirit and world. When this energy is blocked, there is an imbalance that often creates disease.
The ability to heal is as natural as the ability to breathe, and through Reiki, a practitioner essentially guides each person to bring healing and balance back into their awareness. The practitioner works with seven of the main energy systems in the body, called chakras. These wheels of energy start at the crown of the head and move down the spine, all the way to the feet. When there is an imbalance in these energy centres, or blockages, there is a disruption in the natural flow of energy in our bodies, which can cause an imbalance in the body and mind.
Crystals, which are mainly minerals, carry different energetic properties, or vibrations from the earth. Different minerals contain different properties. Depending on what your body might need, different crystals can work in tune with the vibrations in your body.
For example, if you're working on mending a broken heart, get a rose quartz. This stone helps balance and heal the heart, promotes compassion and love. A moonstone is a staple stone for women. It carries the feminine energy of the moon, protects and heals the female reproductive system, and helps alleviate menstrual pain.
Think of the aura as your own bubble of energy. It's your surrounding light. Imagine your aura as a light around you. If you're feeling well and having a great day, this light will shine brightly and attract others. If you aren't feeling well, or maybe in a bad mood, that light might dim. Energetically, we are affected by those around us. Your aura can be affected if you are surrounded by negativity. To cleanse your aura, you can carry or wear a clear quartz crystal, or burn sage or palo santo to rid any negativity to help brighten your aura.
Sage burning helps rid negative energy and gives you a fresh start. It cleanses the aura. Shamans use palo santo, which means "stick of the saints." Palo santo originates in South America and is one of my favourite ways to "clean" my aura, home, etc. Make sure that when you light sage or palo santo there is a window open so the negativity you are cleansing has an exit out of your home.
It’s important to understand: energy is a fundamental aspect of life. It isn’t only crystal new age stuff. To ignore the energy balance/aspects of one’s life is to ignore half of our nature.