Esoteric healing is based on Alice Bailey's Ageless Wisdom teachings, as relayed by her Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul. Esoteric healing is explained in brief in the following passage by Alice Bailey: "Esoteric healing is a simple matter in comparison with the intricate and complex detail anent the human mechanism and its diseases with which the modern physician has to cope. The spiritual healer concerns himself with the area in which the disease is to be found, with its controlling etheric center and its higher correspondence, and with the three energies coming from the soul which are responsible for producing the point or points of friction. The remainder of his work involves the use the creative imagination, the power to visualize and a knowledge of scientific thinking, based upon the fundamental and universal law that "energy follows thought." This visualization and this scientific thinking do not (where healing is concerned) involve the construction of thoughtforms. It involves the ability to move and direct energy currents".
Esoteric healers base their work on Bailey's five-volume series, Treatise on the Seven Rays, and particularly on the fourth book in the series, Esoteric Healing,. The word "esoteric" has the meaning in the context of esoteric healing of not only as working from within the whole person as body, soul and spirit, but also as healing from inner causes (of consciousness).
The most prevalent method of practice of esoteric healing today was originally researched by a pioneer radar scientist, Dr Rex Riant, in 1965. He developed a method of scanning the human energy field. In Russia about this time it was called the L-Wave (L for Life). It is also known as the aura, the subtle body, the etheric body, the energy body. One of Riant's pupils Brenda Selby-Johnston began teaching the method and structured her course from corroborative information found in the books by Alice A. Bailey. The basic method of Selby-Johnston's teaching method still continues today (although greatly amplified). Until this time most healers had worked through contact with the physical body (the laying on of hands), but this research group claimed they had discovered a far more effective method of energy diagnosis and treatment. They claimed that they could pinpoint weak or congested areas of the field and then re-charge or re-direct the energy flow. In turn, they claimed, the energy field affected the physical body as well as the more subtle levels of the individual's being, and healing took place.
Esoteric Healing is a branch of healing and spiritual healing that emphasizes the spiritual growth and advancement of a human being. This, as it were, increases the rate of progress of the melioristic cosmos (see meliorism); it also agrees with the theory of teleology. And faith is not a necessity to practice esoteric healing; what is required is an understanding of Alice A. Bailey's extensive writings. It is a branch of healing that emphasizes that its primary work is with the soul of the patient or client, and that it is this, Bailey claims, that ultimately influences and affects the personality and body; it is claimed by Bailey to be the highest form of creative work. However, esoteric healing can also be employed for sick animals, plants, groups, businesses, cities, nations, the planet, viz. virtually anything that is deemed to have become disharmonious, dis-eased, can be given esoteric healing.
There is no regulatory body preventing anyone setting themselves up as an esoteric healer. However, if the practitioner has MINEH or FINEH after their name they are to be regarded as having done the training under the auspices of the International Network of Esoteric Healing (INEH) and are paid up members or fellows of the organization. The training with the International Network of Esoteric Healing (which is a registered charity [No. 1032492] in the UK) is three years and is conducted by trained INEH teachers. The Network has for over twenty five years published a biannual journal about its research and activities in different countries.
There are a number of bodies involved in the research and development of esoteric healing, including the International Network of Esoteric Healing (with significant branches in USA, UK, Germany and Holland), Institute for Bioenergy Studies run by Dr Barbara Briner D.O.; The Seven Ray Institute; Claregate College founded by Dr Douglas Baker MRCS LRCP (esoteric healing has three stages of study in Lessons 2, 6 and 13 of a 24 lesson course).
Esoteric healing, as described by Alice Bailey, considers disease to be the result of the deflection of soul energy passing through the mental energies (causing mental diseases), or emotional (astral) energies (causing emotional diseases) or physical energies (causing physical illness). This is regarded as the misappropriation of soul energy and which can be correctly aligned by the soul of the person via appropriate meditation techniques or by an esoteric healer. But, according to the standards of the INEH, healing may only be given by an esoteric healing practitioner or group of esoteric healers if it is asked for by the individual. To give healing to children the INEH requires their parents or guardian to give permission. Nevertheless, according to Alice Bailey, true healing only occurs when the soul of the patient permits it.
Esoteric healing recognizes many levels of energy as taught by theosophy and other branches of esotericism. Seven types of energy are said to reveal what Life is. These are known as the seven rays, or seven levels of consciousness. Esoteric healing regards an understanding of the seven rays as imperative as the seven rays are said to be specifically and uniquely related to the constitution of each human being (physical body [ray seven], emotional (astral) body [ray six], mental body or intellect and abstract mind [ray five], intuition [ray four], spiritual activity [ray three], and the two highest levels (monadic/pure love [ray two] and divine/pure will or power [ray one]) (see Alice Bailey for constitution of man).
They are believed to be downgraded by the chakras or energy centers on the different levels of consciousness until they reach the physical organism where the energy becomes visible by manifesting as the seven endocrine glands, viz. the adrenals (base chakra), the gonads (sacral chakra), pancreas (solar plexus chakra), thymus gland (heart chakra), thyroid gland (throat chakra), pituitary gland (ajna chakra or center between the eyebrows) and the pineal gland (head or crown chakra). Esoteric healing practitioners are trained to work with these energy types using their mind, ajna center and hands.
Esoteric healing requires the practitioner to have a basic knowledge of the organs and systems and glands of the human organism. Bailey did not regard physiology as important to know by the esoteric healer. However, Bailey did hope that in the future esoteric healing would be readily practiced in the surgeries of trained medical doctors or at least that the healer would work in collaboration with doctors. To start in the training as an esoteric healer so as to become sensitive to what is called "subtle energy" and be able to interpret it as a form of diagnosis, regular meditation and practical mental exercises using certain triangles is regarded as essential. Esoteric healing treatment is deemed to be based on this form of diagnosis. And just as disease can be cured by the addition of good nutrition and extra vitamins and minerals in the diet, so esoteric healing emphasizes what it calls the vitalization of the patient before an esoteric healing treatment. Esoteric healing claims that it can be used in the treatment of all diseases. Its effects have not been scrutinized by a scientific trial. Its action according to some journalists may be listed as coming under the umbrella of the placebo effect.
The subtle energies are said to be directed by the esoteric healer's thinking mind via a principle called by Bailey "energy follows thought", and "thought is energy" to different locations or levels of consciousness of the client's energy body; it is said that by being sensitive to these energies, so-called blocks or energy resistance areas, can be changed, released, stimulated, relaxed or balanced by the esoteric healer's contact, "though the ordinary, ameliorative, medical or surgical methods will not be withheld". It is to be regarded as a specific form of telepathy. This is referred to as Magnetic Healing. It regards the inter-relation of the subtle energy bodies with themselves and with other energy bodies in the seven tier system of consciousness including the physical organism itself as living and functioning due to the triangular connections existing between them. Therefore there is said to be thousands of these triangles. The healer only works with very few in a healing. An estimated 500 triangles are referred to by Bailey, mainly in her books on Esoteric Healing and Esoteric Astrology. This Magnetic Healing method is regarded as one of rebalancing the energies of the client in a particular area of the sevenfold energy system of their total organism. Triangles usually but not always involve a major center (one of the chakras connected to an endocrine gland), a minor center (of which there are said to be 49) and a minute center (of which there are said to be hundreds). Minute centers are similar to the system of acupuncture points. The primary purpose of magnetic healing is to affect the physical body of the client.
The other method of esoteric healing is called Radiatory Healing. The purpose is of this method is primarily to affect the soul of the client. In the training given by the INEH these two methods are integrated as one system of healing so as to afford the client an holistic treatment of body and soul.
An esoteric healing treatment is regarded as having five stages: A. Alignment (the healer connects with her soul) (linking the Magnetic and Radiatory methods) and attunement (the healer connects with the soul of the patient). B. Diagnosis (the healer objectively assesses the health and balance of the centers). C. Vitalization (here the healer using certain thought-linking techniques with triangles is deemed to empower the energetic environment in the bodies of the patient to prepare them for the healing treatment). D. Esoteric healing treatment (this is the main stage of activity in the esoteric healing method). E. Closing the esoteric healing treatment.
It is usual that during the treatment the esoteric healer does not touch the physical body of the patient, i.e. the esoteric healer is said to be working in the energy fields outside the physical body therefore no physical contact is deemed necessary. Treatments with esoteric healing can be given by a single healer or a group of healers in situ or remotely, called distance healing or absent healing. Distance healing (the patient is not present) is regarded as effective as healing with the patient who is present with the healer; Bailey states that distance is no barrier since energy follows thought.
Fees for esoteric healing are not regulated; usually fees are termed voluntary contributions. Some form of fee is stated by Bailey as necessary as an "exchange of energy takes place", and "a worker deserves his pay". Money is regarded by Bailey as a form of energy itself, where "he who gives, receives, to give again". However, in another reference Bailey states that as healing uses spiritual or divine energy which is free to all and therefore not for sale. Thus a charge for money for giving healing is regarded as inappropriate; therefore some esoteric healers work on a voluntary basis.