How to Heal Yourself
2 October 2006, The Telegraph - Kolkata, India
.S. Kumar, a senior manager at a Delhi-based software
development firm, was facing a tough time in office
when a recessive phase hit the software industry a few
years ago. Projects were hard to come by and human
resources had become scant, leaving the firm in a
terrible fix. But instead of fretting through
sleepless nights, Kumar, along with a few of his
colleagues, did something that many cynics were
tempted to call foolhardy — they regularly practised
several exercises in pranic healing. “In a few months’
time, our company got more projects and began to
recruit more engineers,” says Kumar. “Thanks to pranic
healing, we got an opportunity to evolve as a business
Unbelievable? That’s pranic healing for you. And
healing business ventures is about as far as it can
go. In between, of course, its followers claim it
stands to heal everything you could virtually think of
— the body, the mind, character, relations or even the
house you live in. And while you’re at it, pranic
healing, say experts, could also help you heal
This may seem to challenge the faculty of science,
which has no room for paranormal or unfounded
theories. And that, probably, is the reason why a
large section of the medical fraternity tends to view
practices such as pranic healing sceptically. “At
most, alternative therapies offer instant relaxation,
since they require patients to do deep breathing and
de-stressing exercises. It has a placebo effect on
patients who believe that these exercises are going to
cure them,” says Delhi-based psychiatrist Sameer
Parikh. “But to say that pranic healing could be a
clinical cure for a disorder such as depression and
could be as effective as medical intervention would be
stretching it too far,” he stresses.
But several doctors also say otherwise. “In the past,
processes such as Kirlian photography and aura imaging
have proved the presence of an energy field around
entities, and the fact that living beings exist within
an energy field has been given the nod by science,”
says R.K. Tuli, a qualified doctor, and currently head
of the department of holistic medicine at Indraprastha
Apollo Hospital, Delhi. “Modern medicine has its
limitations, in that it can only heal the physique,
but falls flat when it comes to emotional healing. It
is only with alternative therapy that a complete cure
can be arrived at,” adds Tuli, who’s been dabbling in
alternative therapy for more than three decades.
It was to unite the conventional with the alternative
and get the best out of both practices that the Apollo
group of hospitals founded a holistic medicine
department at its Chennai unit eight years ago.
“Subsequently, we opened similar departments in Delhi
and Hyderabad, to offer our patients a complete
wellness package,” says Anjali Bissel, spokesperson
for the group.
As a mode of alternative therapy, pranic healing came
to India about a decade ago, says Yulia Pal, trainer
at the MCKS Pranic Healing Centre in Greater Kailash,
The therapy was the brainchild of Choa Kok Sui, a
chemical engineer and businessman of Chinese descent
who grew up in the Philippines and researched
extensively on oriental forms of therapy to come up
with the concept of pranic healing. The Pranic Healing
Foundation was registered in India in 1997-98, and
currently has 16 foundations across several Indian
cities, including Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and
Bangalore, each of which runs several chapters across
the city. “In the beginning, we would give free
demonstrations and free healing sessions to people to
popularise the therapy,” recalls Pal. “In due course
of time, things picked up.”
The therapy essentially involves the treatment of
energy — called ‘chi’ or ‘ki’ — as the basis of all
existence. “All bodies in the Universe possess an
energy field around them and exude energy that is
their own into a vast medium where it mingles with
energy released by other bodies,” says Hina Goyal,
healer and head of the GMCKS Pranic Healing Centre in
Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. “Energy can be either good or
bad. And the role of a healer, under such
circumstances, is to scan the body’s energy field,
cleanse bad energies and infuse a fresh lease of good
energy which contributes to healing.”
Energy, say healers, can be scanned through nodal
points called chakras. The human body, according to
pranic healing, has 11 such chakras situated along the
central axis of the body. All a healer needs to do is
scan these points and then proceed to eliminate bad
energies. And the scanning is non-intrusive in nature
— unlike Reiki, no touch is involved.
And since there is no physical touch at work, pranic
healing doesn’t treat the distance between the healer
and the patient as a factor. “Many of my patients
reside in Dubai and Singapore, and I can treat them
sitting right here in Delhi,” says Goyal. “Having a
photograph of the person in front of me certainly
helps, since it assists in concentrating on him or
her, but that’s just about all it takes.”
But if it is really that effective, how well is pranic
healing catching on in India? Comparative figures are
provided by Annu Gupta, trainer at Y.V. Pranic Healing
Centre, Rohini, Delhi. “When I learnt pranic healing
about 10 years ago, we had training sessions once in
six months. These days, we conduct a session every
weekend,” she says. Through its years of operation,
the Pranic Healing Foundation has trained about a lakh
people in the basics of the therapy, claims Goyal.
About 1,500 learn pranic healing every year in Delhi
Today the aim of the grand master [Choa Kok Sui] is to
have a pranic healer in every household, emphasises
Goyal. If the current trend is an indication, that day
may not be too far away.
14 September 2006, Hindu Business Line - India
What is prana? Why does
this universal life force or bio-energy attract
thousands who believe in its power to heal?
Its potent call was evident in the 2,250-strong,
pan-Indian attendance during Philippines-born Grand
Master Choa Kok Sui's 54th birthday celebration at
Bangalore's Christ College auditorium on August 15.
The founder of Modern Pranic Healing and Arthatic Yoga
spent Independence Day interfacing with practitioners
during an unusual third Indian visit this year.
The gathering included practitioners from among
90,000-plus Indian pranic healers, including 12,000
based in Karnataka alone. The attendees were drawn
from 16 healing foundations across Karnataka, Kerala,
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal,
Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi. That's besides
international participants from Australia, Canada,
Dubai, France, Italy, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Master Choa's discourses drew a significant IT and BPO
On August 16, over 520 pan-Indian pranic healers met
him at Bangalore. At Kolkata, close to 1,000 people
attended Master Choa's meeting on August 21.
The spiritual guru, whose 19 books, translated into 72
languages, have been published in 72 countries, is a
big draw. He has been an annual visitor to India since
1991, when he taught an initial course at Kottayam.
This year, he also led the 7th World Pranic Healers'
Convention at Mumbai from May 12 to 14. Today,
Bangalore's M.S. Ramaiah Hospital has a Department of
Pranic Healing, while the Apollo Speciality Hospitals
in Chennai and Kolkata have pranic healing clinics.
To the uninitiated, what is pranic healing? It is an
ancient no-touch system that uses the activated energy
chakras in the human palm, known as chi in
acupuncture, ruah or breath of life in the Old
Testament, to self-repair the body. How? By
revitalising the life force in the affected being or
body part through its aura or electromagnetic field.
An effective practitioner is re-energised while
Some facts seem significant. That pranic healing is
intended to complement, not replace, allopathy. That
healers are not medical doctors, but doctors can
practice healing. That healers should not interfere
with prescribed medications or treatments. Among
participants at Bangalore, Kombli Rajagopal, 67, is
managing director of the Planetary Peace Movement,
which she co-founded with the guru in 1999. She
teaches one of his popular works on meditation at
Bangalore schools like Bishop Cotton's for Girls,
Innisfree, New Horizons, and others. "To me, pranic
healing is about a whole way of life. About positive
attitudes which regard each problem as a challenge,"
she says in a telecon.
Way back in 1994, hers was a different perspective.
Diagnosed with a major heart condition, allopathic
practitioners had given her six months to live.
But Kombli learnt pranic healing from her 18-year-old
son. "Once I healed myself, it gave me great
self-confidence in my ability to be self-sufficient,"
Challa Srishant, 23, a Hyderabad-based coffee
exporter, was another attendee. His story is as
dramatic: "Between the ages of 11 and 13, my parents
used to take me to a pranic healer in case of any
health problem. I called him a `magic doctor' because,
with a mere wave of his hands, I'd feel better. When I
turned 13, my mother asked me if I wanted to learn to
heal others. I agreed, in anticipation of learning
magic tricks! That was my introduction to
spirituality. There's been no turning back since
How does Master Choa regard the overview? Some answers
emerge from an e-mail interview with him.
When did he first feel the call of the spiritual? "At
about 12 years, I had a natural attraction to
paranormal and spiritual subjects. I graduated as a
chemical engineer, then partially followed my family's
tradition of business. Later, I shifted focus towards
my spiritual mission," he responds.
Why did the ancient practice need a new lease of life?
Master Choa says, "It could only be practised by an
elite few. My job was to develop a very effective
healing system, which ordinary people could learn in
just a short period. Anybody can practise pranic
healing now. The knowledge of being able to deal with
simple ailments is quite empowering."
His spiritual gurus included Lord Mahaguruji Mei Ling,
and his disciple Chohan Jig Mei Ling. By degrees,
Master Choa has gone on to expand consciousness in
multiple ways — including the current disciplines of
Arthatic Yoga, Crystal Healing, Pranic Self-Defence
and Superbrain Yoga.
What makes pranic healing stand apart from other
alternative medical practices? "It is faster and more
effective. It is non-invasive and does not require
physical contact with the patient. The use of colour
pranas at the advanced levels is unique; its
techniques are more scientific," he stresses.
Why do some pranic healers often experience symptoms
like vomiting, tummy upsets, heavy sweating, and so
on? Master Choa clarifies, "Some healers do not follow
the prescribed pranic healing procedure and end up
absorbing some of the negative or dirty energies from
their patients, thus causing their bodies to get sick.
But such healers probably constitute less than five
per cent of the practitioners."
Is modern pranic healing a distillation of other
existing systems such as Chinese Chi Kung, Reiki,
Christian `laying on of hands,' or the Tibetan healing
arts? He says, "Yes, you could say it is a synthesis
of the important points from each system. Healing was
an art then, not a science. Our spiritual thesis was
to develop the healing art into a fully developed
healing science. The preparatory work began when I was
a teenager. It took more than 18 years to develop
Modern Pranic Healing."
In our age of scepticism, has it been tough to find
global acceptance? "The closed-mindedness of people
has been a major obstacle. Where people are willing to
learn new things, pranic healing was easier to teach
and propagate," Master Choa states.
Does he feel our world is ready for a major shift in
consciousness? Master Choa says, "Evolution is
inexorable and continuous. There will be not just one
but most likely several more major shifts in
consciousness, over the years. Greater awareness of
energy healing systems is one such sign."
Can that be the last word? Perhaps not — until each of
us is in touch with the healing touch of prana within.
Hospital Group Chairman Healed By Pranic Healing
Dr. Pratap Reddy, the chairman of the Apollo Hospital Group in India, was cured recently by Pranic Healing. Please click the
link to read a short article on his comments.
Tamil Nadu - Chennai
What senior doctors at Apollo Hospitals could not do for their chairman, P.C. Reddy, a non-allopathic cure did. He said he was suffering from severe spondylitis and chiropractors at the hospital couldn't offer him relief.
“What cured me was pranic healing,'' he said at the recent launch of a Medical Music Therapy course at the hospital.
It was an occasion when Dr. Reddy went all gung-ho about alternative systems of medicine. His new prescription is an integrated approach to medical treatment, which will offer the patient the best of all systems.
Are the patients ready, Dr. Reddy?
The Magnetism of Pranic Healing
1 May 2005, Articulations Deccan Herald - Bangalore, India
Have you ever wondered why sometimes you take an instant liking to complete strangers and other times even a friend’s presence makes you irritated? Well, it’s all in your aura. Human aura is the bio-electromagnetic field, which contains the blueprint of the physical body. The aura contains all the information about not only your body, but your mental, emotional and spiritual states as well. And this principle is the foundation for alternative healing methods like reiki, pranic healing, chakra cleansing, etc which focus on healing a person at the aura level to bring about her physical well-being.
These methods have come a long way from being just 'the last resort', to being accepted as scientifically tested and validated ways for good health. Which means, now you can give yourself some instant reiki to get rid of that headache after a long meeting at your workplace without attracting curious glances and raised eyebrows from your colleagues!
But for those who are still skeptical about alternative healing therapies, Jim Sorden, a senior certified pranic healer based in Santa Barbara, California, has some strong evidence to prove the effectiveness of such techniques.
He was part of a study conducted in one of the hospitals in Santa Barbara, California to test the effectiveness of pranic healing. The study proved that preparing birthing rooms by using pranic healing techniques had a positive effect on the birthing process and the condition of the patient after the delivery. (The details of this study are available on the website: www.pranichealing.org)
Pranic healing is an energy-based healing technique that works on the principle that the healing process is accelerated by increasing the flow of healthy energy or the healthy 'prana' which is also known as 'chi' (pronounced 'ki').
Explaining the principle behind this thousands of years old healing system, Danny Gorgonia, one of the main teachers for the World Pranic Healing Foundation in India, says, "Prana is in abundant supply all around us. Pranic healing is all about transfer of healthy prana to the patient through a set of techniques. Much before a disease manifests in the physical body of a person, its traces are found in the etheric body or the aura. When this etheric body is treated with healthy prana, it brings about the corresponding well-being in the physical body too."
Pranic healing is not a new concept as in the ancient times, it was widely used by spiritual teachers and healers to treat the patients. But like many other ancient holistic healing systems, it was relegated to obscurity till Grand Master Choa Kok Sui reintroduced it to the modern world in his book 'The Ancient Science and Art of Pranic Healing' in 1987.
Introduced to pranic healing in 1992, Danny says this holistic healing method changed his life in a way he had never imagined. "Working as civil liberties lawyer in the Philippines, I was involved in some legal matters concerning the Pranic Healing Foundation. That was when I first came to know of pranic healing. What it did to my health really changed my whole perspective towards life. I took it up as a hobby but slowly legal profession became my hobby and pranic healing a profession," he says.
“The spiritual experiences I have had after getting initiated into pranic healing have been tremendous,” says Jim Sorden, whose most touching experience as a pranic healer was in the year 1994 when an AIDS patient came to him for healing. "Within two months the patient could walk again and within three months he was back at his work. It's been 10 years now, and he is doing well," Jim says with a sense of fulfillment.
A pranic healing student is taught to scan patient's aura, identify the problem areas and infuse fresh prana into the aura through a set of techniques, which will heal the illness at all levels.
"Pranic healing reduces stress, improves interpersonal relationships and awakens the hidden potential in every human being," says N J Reddy, an electronics engineer from IIT, Delhi, who has been practicing pranic healing for the past 11 years.
An integral part of pranic healing, twin hearts meditation is a beautiful technique where one directs love and gratitude to flow from one's heart and crown chakras, and blesses the earth. "Twin hearts meditation is a way of giving one's thanks to the mother earth. In the process the blessings one receives in return are also immense," says Nandakumar, president of the Indian Association of Pranic Healers.
The All-India Pranic Healing Foundation Trust in Bangalore coordinates the activities of various Pranic Healing Foundations set up throughout India. Anapana Wellness and Research Centre, Bangalore, the research wing of the All India Pranic Healing Trust, is a multi-specialty rejuvenating centre that combines pranic healing with other alternative therapies to treat patients.