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When Miranda Kerr posted about her ‘energy healing’ obsession on Instagram recently, I was intrigued.
“So proud of my good friend @charliegoldsmith. This article in the new issue of @elleusa talks all about his amazing healing work. He’s phenomenal!” the model captioned an image of Goldsmith, an Australian energy healer she’s worked with many times.
Immediately, I was interested to find out what on earth this practice was all about, and how it differs to space clearing — a form of energy clearing Zoe Foster Blake raves about. It’s mainly used to clear energies in the earth and house, as well the negative energies that we generate ourselves.
So how, then, does energy healing work?
What is energy healing?
Energy healers can work in various ways, so there’s not much use in comparing one to another. However, all forms of energy healing are based on the idea that positive changes can be promoted by balancing or adjusting the flow of energy in the body.
This practise is increasingly offered as complementary therapy for pain relief and other ailments. The average cost for energy healing is around $120-$150, so there is big business to be had.
Kerr’s healer friend Charlie Goldsmith works with “hands-on healing”, where he hovers his hands over the ailment to move energies around. Despite the name, he never physically touches a patient. (Post continues after gallery.)
Other energy healers work through Chakra Healing. As chakras are a part of our energy system, many forms of energy healing incorporate some form of chakra-related work.
There’s also Reiki, which usually involves “laying on hands” — this means the practitioner’s hands are actually placed on the body of the client in specific positions that correspond to organs and energy centres. Acupuncture, therapeutic touch, healing touch, and spiritual hypnosis are other forms of energy healing.
According to Donna Kovacs, a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor, energy healer, and owner of Spiritual Healing Melbourne, the energies that healers move around can manifest for many different reasons.
“We all have an energy field around us, and within us, and the fields can be referred to as our aura. Certain things can change your energy. For example, if you have an operation, if you drink alcohol or do drugs, or suffer from any form of severe trauma, they are all things that can affect your energy field,” Kovacs says.
Charlie Goldsmith, Miranda Kerr's friend and energy healer. (Image via @mirandakerr)[/img_caption]
“If you have an energy attachment, you might might feel it years later. You can be very confused, or have fear all of a sudden — like having panic attacks — completely out of the blue when you have had nothing to trigger them. Other people may experience extreme sadness and can’t place it."
Physical symptoms like tightening in the chest can also occur, she adds.
Kovacs has more than 15 years' experience with healing methods, which she says enables her therapy to come from both a psychological and spiritual viewpoint. She works with spiritual hypnosis, and she explains that the process she uses can assist her clients to create a "doorway into higher consciousness".