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What is Intuitive Healing?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Intuitive healing is an alternative healing practice that relies on the use of the five senses to locate and correct imbalances in the energy flow within the body. Sometime referred to as insight healing, the practice does not require any type of invasive procedure. In some cases, the specific technique does not even involve touching the patient. While controversial, there are a number of people who claim to receive relief from the various forms of intuition healing.

While intuitive healing methods vary, the underlying premise is for the practitioner to make use of his or her senses to determine what type of energy blockage or imbalance is causing the patient distress. In some cases, the healer may attempt to tap into the energy flow of the patient by observing the aura of the individual. Blockages in the flow of energy through the body would alter the color of the aura at those points, allowing the healer to identify where the problem is located.

Other methods call for the healer to use the hands to scan the body until the healer’s energy detects a break or interruption in the energy flow of the patient. With this approach to intuitive healing, the hands never actually touch the patient; rather, they hover an inch or so above the body. This is usually considered enough to create a connection and allow the intuitive healer to tap into the energy of the patient and visualize with the mind’s eye what is happening to that flow of energy.

Once the imbalance or blockage is isolated, intuitive healers normally initiate processes that involve the active participation of the patient. Many intuitive healing disciplines are based on the understanding that the individual has the inherent ability to utilize the combination of physical, mental, and spiritual resources to overcome illness. With intuitive healing, the practitioner acts as a facilitator, joining his or her energy to that of the patient, effectively supporting the patient in the task of tapping into those resources and initiating the healing.

Visualization and focused thinking are often key components in the intuitive healing process. With the assistance of the practitioner, the patient is helped to visualize the blockage and slowly begin to break that blockage down. This may be accomplished by envisioning that the blockage is being dismantled piece by piece, or that the blockage is subjected to healing light and slowly begins to melt away. Whatever the imagery used, the end result is the energy path is clear of any obstruction once again, and the body will soon be back in balance.

It is interesting to note that the practitioner and the patient do not have to be in the same physical location for intuitive healing to function. By utilizing a process known as thoughts healing, the practitioner may be on the phone with the patient, and use visualization to assist the patient in using positive thoughts to break down the energy block. The key is not physical proximity, but the disciplined direction of thought that allows the resources of the body to restore a proper energy balance.

Intuitive healing is said to work with many different types of ailments. People suffering with depression, anxiety, and other emotional or mental disorders may find relief through these methods. Others have claimed a remission of physical issues such as back pain, stiffness in the joints, or even the disappearance of a growth or tumor. While there is not currently any supporting evidence from traditional medical research on the efficacy of any of the several forms of intuitive healing, many people use this approach along with herbal or nuclear medicine in order to heal from various ailments.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including The Health Board, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By Qohe1et — On Feb 21, 2011


This is true, but I think that most professional yoga practitioners and intuitive healers recognize this, and are looking for the way to operate which is best for their patients and fellow practitioners. Negative energy is normally avoided.

By BigBloom — On Feb 19, 2011


I think this is dangerous ground to be treading on, there is so much negative power in the spiritual world, that to go into a trance state without realizing this is naive. You could be inviting negative spirits to harass or inflict your mind if you are not careful. Just like when you go to sleep, you want to try to avoid nightmares, when you go into a state of "spiritual focus," you should also be cautious to avoid negative side effects.

By Armas1313 — On Feb 17, 2011

Chakra healing and yoga meditation work well for healing on a deep level. They start from the ground up, positioning the soul and the body to a united state of peace and focus, and they begin to affect the mind and the processes of the conscious mind in ways which channel good and positive energy from the surrounding environment.

By BostonIrish — On Feb 14, 2011

I think that usage of the five senses would not be called intuitive healing. Intuitive healing makes use of something outside of the five senses, a sense of intuition, or a deep "gut feeling" as some may call it. This involves usage of deeper senses to channel pain and healing power for the sake of an afflicted person. These healings have been deemed miraculous because they are beyond our ability to comprehend using mere logical thinking.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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