Have you ever visualized energy, felt tingling, and wondered, “Am I really feeling energy or just imagining things?”

I definitely have. Most of my students have too. Because the truth is, it’s easy to feel tingling due to placebo, imagination, or hyperventilating. (Ever notice how most energy tutorials start with telling you to breathe deeply?)

Not only that, but energy doesn’t feel like tingling to many people. It can feel like heat, a light touch, or other sensations. When teachers tell you to feel tingling, they may make it harder for you to really feel energy.

That’s why I always play energy games with my students. One person receives the energy, and wears a blindfold. The sender doesn’t tell them where the energy is going, they just send it, and the receiver has to feel it, without the aid of expectations or placebo. It’s key to learning to feel energy, and to knowing you’ve felt energy and not just imagined it.

Out of those games, and many other tests like them, I’ve developed techniques for reliably feeling energy, not just imagining sensations. The first of those techniques is below.

This post builds on How to create energy visualizations that actually work.

Energy, Emotions, and Expectations

The word energy has many meanings:

A smiling, excited person has a “happy energy.” Here, “energy” refers to emotion or vibe.

After a day filled with calls and interruptions, a person might say their “energy was pulled in a dozen directions.” Here, “energy” refers to attention.

When I talk about energy, I’m referring to the chi, or subtle energy, produced by living tissue. We’re learning to recognize that subtle energy, and later, to differentiate between the different energies produced by tissue that’s healthy, inflamed, arthritic, or in some other state.

Students sometimes expect to learn to feel a person’s emotions, or that their skill with recognizing emotions will let them sense chi. Those are wonderful skills, but they are largely unrelated to sensing chi. And pretty much everyone has to start at the beginning when learning to sense chi.

More on the many meanings of energy.

The Key to Sensing Energy

When you feel a person’s energy, what you’re really feeling is the impact that their chi has on your chi. You want to notice the change in your chi caused by their chi.

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 like trying to hear a single musician, a soloist. And, just like the other instruments have to become quiet to allow the soloist to be heard, you must quiet your own energy in order to sense the energy of your client (or your friend in the energy games).

That’s the key: Quiet your own energy so you can sense someone else’s.

What specifically does quiet energy mean? Quiet energy is steady, smooth, and calm. It’s flexible and responsive, not rigid or tense. It can move, but slowly and gently. Above all, quiet energy listens and responds.

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 slows down or pauses. Maybe the movements become smaller. Maybe the edges become soft. Maybe something else.

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.

Read more about how quiet energy really works, and how to visualize it.

Using the Visualization to Quiet Your Energy

For now, start by building some energy throughout your body using the earlier visualization. This engages your energy, and gives you enough energy that you’ll notice when it becomes quiet.

(Later, you’ll learn to quiet your energy without building it first.)

Once you’ve built some energy, bring your awareness to your stomach. Using your new visualization, imagine that energy becoming quiet. Notice how it feels to make your energy quiet in your stomach.

Then bring your awareness to your head, your arms, and other areas of your body, one at a time. For each area, use your visualization to quiet your energy there. Again, notice how it feels to quiet your energy in each area.

Take a few breaths to notice how it feels to have your energy quiet throughout your body, 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.

Read 5 more tips on quieting your energy.

Join me live every Sunday

Every Sunday at 11am Pacific, I geek out about energy on my live stream, Ask an Energy Scientist.

This weekend, I’ll talk about how to really sense energy. Bring your questions, or just drop in and listen.

Just join my Facebook group, Energy Healing Lab, and you’ll get a notification when it starts.

Looking forward to talking with you!


  1. Julie Donnellan January 7, 2023 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I’d love to hear more of your articles

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