Sunday, April 29, 2018

Book Review: Hands of Light, by Barbara A. Brennan

When I signed up for energy healing school in 2010, the first book on the recommended reading list was Hands of Light. Written by a former NASA scientist-turned energy healer, it is a classic in healing circles.

The author, Barbara Ann Brennan, explores the Aura and Chakras in terms that are precise but also quite technical. As a new student, I skimmed the first few chapters and put it away. It has been sitting on my shelf for years, through several relocations, only to be consulted briefly when I had specific questions about an Aura layer or Chakra. 

When I began teaching Reiki last year I decided that it was finally time to read it, cover to cover. The book is fantastic, and while there weren't many surprises as we covered most of the themes in class, I learned a lot from it (or remembered what I had forgotten). 

Here are some of the concepts that stood out: 

1) Chakras Have Two Components: 

If we look at the body, the major chakras cross the spine at seven points, from front to back. While we can say roughly that each of the Chakras has a specific theme, for example, vision at the Brow or creative drive at the Sacral Chakra - the front and back sides of the chakras have specific roles to play. 

This information ended up being incredibly useful for me when it came to accessing Brow Chakra. The front side helps us create a vision of where we'd like to be, or what we want our life to look like. The back of the Brow tells us how to get from Point A to Point B. We need both sides to make our dreams a reality. 

I realized that I had a clear vision of what I'd like to do with my healing practice, but no idea how to get there. So I began to give myself lots of Reiki on the backside of my Brow, and a few weeks later I was introduced to a fantastic publicist who gave me dozens of great ideas, which I am now applying on my Spanish language site in Mexico City =)

Starry Chakras by Xime Chouza

2) The Chakras Are Psychic Gateways 

This I have known all along thanks to my time at The College of Psychic Studies in London. And intuitively, when I was writing my Chakra Healing & Magick book, I assigned each of the seven psychic abilities to a different chakra (there are seven along the spine).

The surprise was that Barbara Brennan's correlation of psychic abilities to chakras is very similar to what I had guesstimated for my Chakra book. She has emotional empathy at the Sacral Chakra, below the navel, taste and smells at the Throat Chakra, and physical sensations, temperature changes, chills, and feeling the presence of angels at the Root Chakra. 
3) There Is Science to Healing 

Most healers work intuitively, placing their hands where they feel drawn to in the Aura or Chakras. If a healer isn't especially clairvoyant or sensitive (they don't have to be), they may not notice anything out of the ordinary, other than tingles and temperature. 

Because Brennan is clairvoyant and scientific in her approach, she breaks the Aura and the Chakras down into specific levels, each with a function for the human body or spirit. She also illustrates mental, emotional or physical imbalances. As a roadmap for any healer, it is specific, precise and quite colorful. 


Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angel intuition and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as a healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Her passion is bringing the qualities of self-love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuitsRead her books to heal yourself.  

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