Here’s the reliable way to sense energy.
Not just imagine tingling. Not just read a person’s emotions. But feel chi, blindfolded.
Sensing the chi of a client’s body is key to effective energy healing. It lets us send the right energy to the right tissue.
But it turns out, simply intending to feel chi doesn’t let you feel it. Not reliably. It turns out, there’s a technique to sensing energy.
This post will teach you that technique.
This post builds on How to create energy visualizations that actually work.
Energy, Emotions, and Expectations
Did you notice how I said chi instead of energy in the intro?
That’s because the word energy has many meanings.
A smiling and vivacious person has a “happy energy.” Someone curious and interested in new ideas has an “open energy.” Here, energy refers to emotion or vibe.
This technique will not teach you to tune in to a person’s emotions. And skill at sensing emotion will not help you with the technique in this post, which is about sensing the chi of the tissues of the body.
There’s another, subtler challenge:
Simply expecting to feel tingling is enough to create the sensation.
(The same is true for heat, a presence, and other sensations of energy.)
Say I watch a friend send energy to my hand. I expect to feel tingling. And I do feel tingling. Was it caused by the energy, my expectation, or some combination of the two?
In all my classes, we solve that by playing blindfolded energy games. They make sure we’re really feeling energy, and not just feeling what we expect to feel.
What happens when an experienced energy worker plays a blindfolded game for the first time? Often, they discover that the tingling and heat and other sensations are not, in fact, energy. Often, they discover that the sensations come from their expectations.
Then, as they learn the techniques below, they become able to really feel energy — not just feel what they expect to feel. And they become able to really sense the energy of a client’s body. Which makes them more capable as a healer.
More on the many meanings of energy.
How to Sense Energy
When you feel a person’s energy, what you’re really feeling is a change in the energy around your own body.
But most people’s energy is changing all the time. Think of your energy as a symphony, with dozens of musicians playing at once. It’s beautiful, but it’s hard to pick out a single musician.
When you listen for a client’s energy, that’s exactly what you’re trying to do: Hear a single musician. Their energy is the soloist, and you need to quiet your energy to hear them.
What specifically does quiet energy mean? Quiet energy is steady and slow. It doesn’t change on its own.
How to Visualize Quiet Energy
When you quiet your energy, you don’t eliminate or expel it, just hold it steady. Think of a placid lake, full of water but wave-less and smooth. Or think about how you can make your breath slow and silent to listen for the faintest of sounds.
Quiet energy is relaxed. Allow your energy to become quiet, don’t force it to become completely stationary.
Go back to your energy visualization. Think about what would happen in that visualization if your energy became silent and steady. Maybe the image pauses, slows down, or otherwise becomes smooth and steady.
Think about how the feelings and sounds might change. Would they become fainter? Slower? Totally different?
If you prefer, instead of modifying your previous visualization, you can create a new one to communicate quiet and stillness to your unconscious. For example, one of my students visualizes sand and sediment sinking to the bottom of her hands.
Using the Visualization to Quiet Your Energy
For now, start by building some energy in your body using the earlier visualization. This gives you more energy, making it more obvious when your energy is quiet.
(Later, you’ll just quiet your energy without building it first. But to learn to quiet your energy, start by building it.)
Once you’ve built some energy, bring your awareness to your stomach. Use your new visualization to quiet your energy there. Notice how it feels to make your energy quiet in your stomach.
Then bring your awareness to other areas of your body, one at a time, using your visualization to quiet your energy there. Include your chest, head, and arms. For each area, notice how it feels to quiet your energy there.
Bring your awareness up to your chest. Use your visualization to quiet your energy there, too. Notice how it feels to have quiet energy in your chest.
Take a few breaths to notice how it feels to have your energy quiet, then let it move and become loud again.
Practice Makes Quiet
Like most energy techniques, quieting your energy takes practice. Keep at it. Play an energy game to see how you’re doing, then practice some more. Keep going and you’ll get it.
For more, see these tips on quieting your energy.