So lets start with the basics, some definitions of what kind of energy we will be working with, and some other important terms that will be essential in understanding this discussion.
Energy is the capacity of a physical system to perform work. Energy exists in several forms such as heat, kinetic or mechanical energy, light, potential energy, electrical, or other forms.
Energy is a property or characteristic (or trait or aspect?) of matter that makes things happen, or, in the case of stored or potential energy, has the "potential" to make things happen.
1 a : dynamic quality b : the capacity of acting or being active c : a usually positive spiritual force
2 : vigorous exertion of power : effort
3 : a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system and usually regarded as the capacity for doing work
4 : usable power (as heat or electricity); also : the resources for producing such power
Prana is the notion of a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings and vital energy.
Prana is the life force or vital energy, which permeates the body and is especially concentrated along the midline in the chakras.
Prana is the life sustaining energy centered in the human brain; the first of the five airs of Ayurvedic philosophy; the life force governing inspiration and the conscious intellect.
Chi is the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health.
Qi, which is another name for Chi, is the life-process or “flow” of energy that sustains living beings.
Psychic Energy is the subjective force responsible for causing change and motion in the noumenal world. Psychic energy, also called mental energy, includes such things as thinking, perceiving, and remembering.
Energy Focus is a means by which one is able to center their energy, or bring it into focus. This can be done through many methods such as meditation, physical postures and exercises, fasting, celibacy, among many other methods.
Energy Manipulation is the ability to harness and focus pranic/qi/psychic energy in order to utilize it for a singular purpose.
For information on Chakras: Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexas, Sacral, and Root, which are a pivotal part of this discussion, please refer to the seven discussions of each Chakra Here. Each of these discussions offers information to help you understand what each chakra can do, what its associated with, affirmations, and meditations and exercises to help open each chakra. So if your serious about this then I would recommend reading these. Along with this, I would also suggest you go and take the Chakra Test to see which areas you might need work in. But I will delve more in depth into this area deeper into this discussion.
Basic Types Of Pranic/Chi/Psychic Energy Manipulation
These are being offered because these are the basic tenets of energy manipulation. Everything else works symbiotically with these in one way or another.
Emotional Projection occurs when a person's thoughts and/or emotions are ascribed onto another person or people. It can also be seen as a defense mechanism which occurs when a person's own unacceptable or threatening feelings are repressed and then attributed to someone else.
Emotional Absorption occurs when one person takes in the emotional energy of another person. Depending on the person and their motivational intent, Emotional Absorption can act as a cloning mechanism or as an ability which steals away the emotional energy, leaving the other person without that emotion.
Emotional Introjection is an unconscious internalization of aspects of the world (especially aspects of persons) within the self in such a way that the internalized representation takes over the psychological functions of the external objects. It can also be defined as a psychological defense mechanism involving appropriation of an external happening and its assimilation by the personality, making it a part of the self. In basic terms, it means to take on the emotional traits of others. It can also be done physically, but we will leave that for another discussion.
Transmutation is the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another. Emotional Energy Transmutation is the ability to assist in the transmutation of emotional energy within a single person or a group of people.
Energy focus requires a basic understanding of how your own body works. The concept of Chakras and how they work within the body is equally important to the purpose of Energy Focus. Each Chakras, which are the Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexas, Sacral, and Root, are oriented to a certain part of the body. Here is a good explanations of Chakras and their importance.
Chakra (derived from the Sanskrit cakraṃ चक्रं, pronounced [ˈtʃəkrə]; Pali: chakka, Tibetan: khorlo, Malay: cakera) is a Sanskrit word that translates as wheel or disc or turning.Basically speaking, the Chakras are the center points of focus for the energies we channel. Each chakra is focused on a different energy frequency. Energies can be absorbed and projected through chakra points, as well as transmuted.
Chakra is a concept referring to wheel-like vortices which, according to traditional Indian medicine, are believed to exist in the surface of the etheric double of man. The Chakras are said to be "force centers" or whorls of energy permeating, from a point on the physical body, the layers of the subtle bodies in an ever-increasing fan-shaped formation (the fans make the shape of a love heart). Rotating vortices of subtle matter, they are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies. Seven major chakras or energy centers (also understood as wheels of light) are generally believed to exist, located within the subtle body. Practitioners of Hinduism and New Age Spirituality believe the chakras interact with the body's ductless endocrine glands and lymphatic system by feeding in good bio-energies and disposing of unwanted bio-energies.
This can be exemplified in the heart chakra which focuses more on emotional energy than anything else. Thus it is an emotional frequency or level of energy. That is also why it is so important to maintain your heart chakra when you are an Empath, because this is the seat of your gift.
To help you focus these kinds of energies one can use a number of different methods. Different cultures teach many different ways from meditation to tai chi to help focus these vital energies. So lets look at some of these methods.
Many cultures use prayer and meditation as a means of focusing this energy, by clearing the mind of all of the clutter of thought that distracts from the singular purpose of focusing energy. Often times they will spend literally hours at these practices before they believe they have achieved the point of attaining the focus they require for their purposes. Under the Chakra section of this website you will find many different methods of helping to focus these energies for each Chakra, such as affirmations, exercises, and meditations (both in method and in video form).
Many cultures abstain from things they desire for a certain period of time, in order to focus on this energy. That means abstaining from sex, drugs, alcohol, food, and drink (in general), as a means of purifying the body for the sole purpose of focusing the vital energy they need for some particular project or another, from healing to help find enlightenment.
Other cultures utilize body postures and movements, in the midst of a mild form of meditation, called Tai Chi and Yoga, in order to help focus this energy. As this is a general and limited guide, I would suggest you look up methods to practice these if you have interest in them.
Others use visualization techniques, where in they visualize focusing the energies they need to utilize for whatever purpose they have set before themselves. Here is a decent visualization that I've found works well:
Close your eyes and lay flat on your back. Allow your body to fall into a state of relaxation one might utilize for meditation. But instead of focusing on nothingness, begin to visualize your body floating. See it from head to toe. And see each chakra point as a vortex of energy allowing energy in and out of your body. See the different colors of the energy as it enters and leaves each chakra point on your body. Look for blockages, or areas where energy seems to wane instead of flowing freely.
Now visualize each chakra connecting with a line of white light. Let the line flow completely down your body, almost as though it were splitting you in two. While this is happening feel the energy pulsating from each chakra begin to grow and expand outward throughout your entire body. As this happens visualize the line of light spreading out to cover your entire body. Watch as the you that existed shatters and becomes a glowing being of light without shape and form.
In doing this you have brought all of the chakras into alignment and focused them. And from there you can focus the energies flowing through you to any port you wish to utilize, such as hands, for healing, or heart for counseling someone who is emotionally wounded.
All of these methods work to help you hone and focus the energies which already flow within you, as well as more universal energies which are flowing into you all the time through your chakra points.
These become much easier to harness, as well as less exhausting, when one has a basic understanding that all things, energy wise, are interconnected from rocks to trees to stars to humans to animals and so on. When you can draw on the energies which naturally flow around you, from literally everything around you, it makes it less necessary to draw on your own private storehouse of energy, which means you are less likely to end up burned out and exhausted, from utilizing them. So instead of drawing on your own life energy, which will be depleted, you begin to channel the energies around you and focus them toward a purpose.
Energy manipulation works on three basic principles: absorption, projection, and transmutation. Introjection, is more of a side effect or if willfully done, a symbiotic aspect of the other three.
Absorption is done when one takes in the energies of another, for whatever purpose. Projection is done when one extends their own energy outward toward another person, for whatever purpose. And transmutation, which can be said to be symbiotic with both absorption and projection, in singular and unto itself, because it is the filtering of that energy which is absorbed and the projection of that energy back into the other person, for whatever purpose.
We do not speak about intent here, because some will look to heal, while others will seek to attack and harm, and even others will be in it solely for personal gain, even if they do not seek to attack or harm. I offer no judgment about intent, only the information to help guide you along your path. Your intent is your own, and not my concern in this discussion.
To fortify yourself for these processes, it is recommended that you focus your energy for the purpose you are working toward before you attempt doing any of these. Otherwise you may end up with more than you can handle energy wise, which can be quite a shock to the body as well as the mind.
To absorb energy from a focused source, instead of from a more universal place, one must focus and engage that (for the purposes of this discussion) person. This is done on multiple levels. To help you focus on someone, you clear your mind of anything but that person. You might engage them in discussion, where there is emotion involved, which will help them focus the energies you are looking to absorb. The more emotion that is involved, the larger amount of energy they will produce.
You might also use visualization techniques to help you focus on a certain point of the body, which is producing a negative area, such as in more direct healing like hands on healing. This is done in much the same way as you did in focusing on yourself during the visualization offered above, but you substitute the other person and go from place to place, within the visualization, to find the focus points of the pain.
To project energy into another person, it is the same process, just reversed. You focus your own energy into one of their chakra points, dependent upon what you wish to achieve, and you let it flow freely, but still focused, into that person.
Again, to help this process along engaging the person focused upon in discussion and eye contact is recommended. Physical contact, though not necessary, might also help to further this practice along.
For healing purposes, such as hands on healing, one would focus ones 'white light' energy into the spot visualized that is producing negative energy. But lets look at that more in terms of transmutation.
Transmutation occurs, as we said, when one absorbs another's energy, lets say for the purposes of healing, and filters this energy through one's own focused 'white light energy' which was acquired through the earlier exercise of focusing ones own energy. It is then projected back into the other person, through a chakra point or a point that is expelling negative energy (through hands on healing of a physical ailment).
The biggest issue with transmutation is that if one acts as a filter for another person's negative energy, but has no means of releasing that energy themselves, they will retain it and it will often times manifest itself through exhaustion, burn out, depression, aggression, and/or unstable moods.
So it is wise to be in touch with a more universal energy source for which one can let it flow out of themselves, which means having a deep understanding how all things are connected energy wise. Sending it off to the universe, as its called sometimes, does not harm the universe. It just mingles and becomes part of the whole.
Here is a good technique for the release of negative energy one has acquired through the act of transmutation:
Close your eyes. Picture your chakras full of swirling energy. Imagine the heart chakra in your minds eye. The heart chakra is the base of emotion. Now imagine a flower (I prefer to picture a lotus blossom) blooming out of the core that is your heart chakra. See the flower in detail. See the center of the flower and imagine pushing out all of that negative energy. Picture black gas( no fart jokes please) being pushed out of the flower's center and dissipating into nothingness in he air.
The reason this works is because chakras are energy portals. If they can take in energy, then they can also release energy. And it can be done with any of the chakra points at which you have used the ability of transmutation.
Links To Understanding Energy Focus & Manipulation
Energy Manipulation Techniques
Beginning Energy Manipulation
Cullen's Guide To Energy Manipulation
The World Of Chi Energy (Manipulation)
Energy Healing: Buddhist Symbols
Energy Healing 4 Balance: Products
Introduction To Pranic Healing
Chakras, Ki/chi Energy, Unlocking Inner Gates
How To Focus Chi Energy
Radar Hands (Sensing Energy W/Hands)