For those not keen to take the beaten path, here are two options with growing opportunities in the health and wellness sector A pranic healer on the finer nuances of the trade.
Gauri Sethi had a successful garment export business for 20 years.Yet she continued to feel a sense of emptiness. In her bid to find solace, she chanced upon the concept of pranic healing and today, she has shut down her business to focus solely on spreading the word about pranic healing.
“Pranic healing is a form of energy healing which employs a no-drug-no-touch approach,” explains Sethi, who is a practitioner-cum-trainer.According to Sethi, the therapy works on the principle of energy management where any stress or illness is due to congestion within the body.The point of congestion is then identified, decongested and new energy is induced in that area, she adds.
The healing system has been developed and promoted by Choa Kok Sui who also founded the Institute for Inner Studies (IIS) located in Manila which promotes pranic healing learning. According to Sethi, the premise of the system is that prana (energy) can heal the body by manipulation of the person’s energy field.
“There is a standardised process throughout the world and all healers are expected to follow the rules to the T.Nobody can issue certificates or claim to be a healer unless they have approvals from IIS,” she says. “Anybody who can read or write can become a healer at any point in life; it can either be a full-time profession or a part-time hobby.”
There is a five-level training, each lasting two days. “In the first stage, one learns how to heal oneself and others while in the last stage, one becomes a full-fledged Arhatic yogi, learning an advanced form of yoga,” explains Sethi.”The workshops are hands-on with learners practicing in the presence of their teachers.”
During the training, learners are exposed to biology as well as topics such as science of the soul. “A healing mechanism like this is a scientific examination of spirituality,” claims Sethi. After training, practising healers can focus on distant healing, stress healing, relationship healing, etc.
Those wanting to pursue this as a career option can conduct paid healing sessions.According to Sethi, fresh learners can command Rs 500 per session while advanced healers can charge nearly Rs 1000 per session. “We also try to offer free or subsidised services to those who may not be able to afford the services otherwise,” she adds.
She says that those who go with an open mind, without any expectations, are most likely to learn the trade fast.”To do well, one does not need a fancy set up. If one has a two-room set and wants to have a separate healing room and meditation room, that’s fine. But a one-room set is equally fine,” she says. “Apart from practising healing, many take up teaching as well.”
One of the reasons for the rise of alternative healing therapies, according to Sethi, is people’s inability to find relief in mainstream medical processes and the need for spirituality. “Everybody needs spirituality -which is different from religion -but in a better package,” she says.”Often, people resort to healing therapies when they are given a final no from the doctors, which is why I deal with ailments ranging from common cold to cancer.”