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Electroacupuncture (electric acupuncture, electric acupuncture therapy, electrical acupuncture): Application of electricity to acupoints, with or without needles.

5 Elements: The 5 major elements in nature and magic. Earth, water, fire, air, and spirit that encompasses all of the other elements and is not visible.

Embodyment: Form of aura balancing and chakra healing that combines inner child work, sacred touch (a variation of CranioSacral Therapy), Toning, and other methods.

Empowerment: An individual's assertion of personal power, energy, force, and strength in all fields: spiritual, physical, mental and magical. See also Reiki Attunement.

Energy Healing/Balancing: Healing technique that involves working in the body's energy field to promote mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual healing.

Esoteric: Hidden or deeper knowledge or teachings that are possessed or understood only by a few.

ESP: Acronym for Extra Sensory Perception. It encompasses most paranormal abilities such as telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance.

Eternal life: 1. To be immortal, 2. To live with God (Eternal being one of God's names).

Etheric Body: A term sometimes used to refer to the Astral Body, but which actually refers to that vehicle or body whose density lies between that of the astral and physical bodies.

Exorcism: Any method to expel from an individual or place: 1. Satan, 2. some other demon, 3. multiple evil spirits, or 4. an offensive ghost (discarnate human). Exorcism may include commanding the alleged offender, attempts at persuasion, rituals, special prayers, spells, or symbolism.


Fallen Angels: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim legends concerning the rebellion of Satan/Lucifer/Iblis and his band against God, usually prompted by the creation of the first human being in the divine image and the command that the angels give it homage. In punishment, they are expelled from heaven.

Faith healing (spiritual healing): 1. Any method wherein one makes an appeal to God or a spirit to participate in healing others, typically a combination of prayer, meditation, and utilization of faith in God. 2. An ill-defined group of methods that encompasses absent healing, Christian Science, the laying on of hands, mesmerism, and shamanism.

Fate: The destined result of life after a sequence of fated events. Kismet, Karma, destiny are other names.

Feng Shui [pronounced: foong shway or fung shway]: Ancient Chinese art of orienting objects and towns to promote a healthy flow of chi. Its postulate is that all areas, large and small, have a distinctive energy that is guidable by rearranging objects (e.g., removing an ornament from an apartment, or adding one to a particular corner of a room). To be avoided is: clutter, dark corners, gloomy colors, low ceilings, and sharp, pointed objects. Feng Shui literally means "wind and water" and is translatable as "vital energy" or "geomancy".

Foot Reflexology: A cousin of acupuncture. It involves pressing reflex areas on the feet. These areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Foot Reflexology cleanses the mind and body and revitalizes energy. A common theory of reflexology holds that massaging certain areas of the feet restores health by breaking up and dispersing "crystals". (Sometimes also called Zone Therapy.)

Fire walking: A ritual means of demonstrating an individual's possession of extraordinary powers by appearing unharmed after walking barefoot over a series of fires or across a bed of hot coals. Fire walking serves as a religious ordeal or test.

Flower Essences: A modality that uses extracts from flowering plants in homeopathic proportions as catalysts for healing. Each liquid preparation carries the imprint of a specific plant that speaks a subtle language that works on the root causes of disease. See also Bach Flower Therapy.

Fortune telling: A form of divination in which a person attempts to predict the future using paranormal powers

Four Noble Truths: The essential teaching of early Buddhism. According to tradition, after attaining enlightenment, the Buddha proclaimed his liberating insight into the nature of existence in his first sermon through the topic of the Four Noble Truths:

  • 1. Suffering, declares the nature of all phenomena comprising ordinary unenlightened experience as suffering, impermanent, and lacking in any enduring or substantial self or essence.
  • 2. The Origin of Suffering, states that suffering has a cause, namely, craving.
  • 3. The Cessation of Suffering, asserts that despite the fact of universal suffering in a totally conditioned universe proclaimed by the first two truths, there is liberation through the Cessation of Suffering, which is the nirvana, experienced by the Buddha.
  • 4. The Path leading to the Cessation of Suffering, proclaims that this liberation is accessible to all who follow the way set forth by the Buddha.


Gall bladder: Muscular organ that serves as a reservoir for bile. It is a pear-shaped membranous sac on the under surface of the right lobe of the liver just below the lower ribs. The function of the gallbladder is to store bile, secreted by the liver. The gallbladder, when functioning normally, empties into the duodenum to aid digestion.

Gassho (Japanese): A Mudra (hand posture) seen in Bodhisattvas or lesser Buddhist personages. The Gassho Mudra is formed by placing the palms and fingers of the hands together in a prayer like position in front of the mouth - with the fingertips at a point just short of the bottom of the nose. Used in saying the Usui Reiki Principles.

Gem therapy: The wearing of precious and semiprecious stones for healing, for example, bloodstones for hemorrhages and rubies for chills.

Gemstone-Reiki Therapy: Variation of Reiki. One of the postulates of Gemstone-Reiki Therapy is that gemstones concentrate "light-filled powers" and "color vibrations" into chakras.

Geomancy: Divination by the earth. A widespread system of divination either by means of designs drawn randomly on the ground with sand, pollen, or other similar powders or by detecting, through calculations and signs, the hidden forces present in the landscape. See also Feng Shui

Grounding: Sending excess energy generated during a ritual into the earth back to the God or the Goddess from which it came.

Guardian Angel: A supernatural being that acts as a guide and protector for individuals or nations. 

Guardian Spirit: A supernatural helper.

Guru: Literally a teacher or spiritual advisor. However, in India and Tibet it means one at a very high level of consciousness. In fact, worship of Guru is done to develop devotion or adoration, because the teacher is the highest expression of God we know on Earth in our personal experience.


Halo: Light, usually in the shape of a circle, around head of a supernatural being or holy person. It a ring that forms around the brow chakra as it exits the back of the head.

Hand reflexology: Form of reflexology whose focus is the hand. It is one of the two basic modes of zone therapy.

Hatha yoga: One of the major Hindu disciplines. Akin to kundalini yoga, hatha yoga involves pranayama and the adoption of various bodily postures (asanas). The word "hatha" combines two Sanskrit words: ha, which means "the breath of the sun" (prana), and tha, "the breath of the moon" (apana).

Heart: Hollow muscular organ that pumps blood through the body. The heart, blood, and blood vessels make up the circulatory system which is responsible for distributing oxygen and nutrients to the body and carrying away carbon dioxide and other waste products. The heart is the circulatory system's power supply. It must beat ceaselessly because the body's tissues   especially the brain and the heart itself depend on a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients delivered by the flowing blood. If the heart stops pumping blood for more than a few minutes, death will result.

The human heart is shaped like an upside-down pear and is located slightly to the left of center inside the chest cavity. About the size of a closed fist, the heart is made primarily of muscle tissue that contracts rhythmically.

Hara: The vital energy center of the human body. It is located at the second chakra, (2 fingers below the navel) internally.

Healing Crisis: As you move toward better health with any natural healing system or better nutrition, a part of the healing process is that the body will begin to discard toxic residues that have built up in your body over the years. The healing process usually does not occur without repercussions. During the initial phase of healing, as your body begins to clean house, (detoxify) and your vital energy begins to repair and rebuild internal organs, you may experience headache, tiredness, flu-like symptoms, fatigue or other symptoms.

Higher Self: Non-physical, true self. The enlightened, "actual" persona of the individual as opposed to what the person seems to be or thinks they are.

Hieroglyph: A pictographic character in the ancient Egyptian writing system, invented before 3000 BC. Today almost any pictographic character.

Hinduism: The major world religion that originated from the ancient religions of India. The ancient gods (especially the triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) are commonly interpreted as representations of the various aspects of the divine (Brahman). Human beings progress to the ultimate realization of their oneness with Brahman (often called Nirvana) through Reincarnation according to the law of Karma.

Holistic Healing: A view of health care focusing on the "whole self" (body, mind and spirit) and natural or spiritual cures. The system embraces both traditional and New Age therapy.

Holistic medicine: 1. Alternative medicine. 2. Form of alternative medicine that focuses on (a) personal accountability for one's health; (b) the human body's ability to heal itself; and (c) balancing the body, mind, and "spirit" with the environment. Holistic medicine encompasses acupuncture, biofeedback, faith healing, folk medicine, meditation, megavitamin therapy, yoga and many more.

Homeopath: A physician who treats disease using minute doses of natural substances that would, in a healthy person, elicit the symptoms of the disease being treated.

Hormone: Chemical messengers produced by the adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, ovaries, testes and other glands that have far-reaching effects throughout the body. Hormones regulate everything from growth and tissue repair to metabolism, reproduction and blood pressure.

Horoscope: A chart drawn up through the art of astrology. See Astrology.

Hydromancy: Divination by liquid, especially water.

Hypothalamus: A region in the brain beneath the thalamus; consists of many aggregations of nerve cells and controls a verity of autonomic functions aimed at maintaining homeostasis.


I Ching (The Book of Changes): Traditional Chinese divination method that involves tossing three identical coins or objects six times and using the patterns they form to receive answers to personal questions from the I Ching.

Immortality: Life without death anytime in the future. Not exactly the same as eternal. Eternal means without being or end, immortal allows for a beginning.

Initiation: 1. An event, or doorway, that acts as an expansion or transformation of a person's consciousness. An initiate's consciousness has to some degree been transformed so that he now perceives reality from a higher perspective. There are many types of initiation, either of spiritual or social nature. 2. a ritual that elevates an individual to a higher office in a social or religious organization.
In the case of Reiki also used as a name for the Reiki Attunements.

Inner Self: Refers to the inner divinity from which the being and personality evolve. The Unconscious, the Subconscious and the Higher Self. 

Inner Smile (Inner Smile Meditation, "inner smile" technique): A fundamental component of the Healing Tao System. Inner Smile is a relaxation technique that allegedly increases the flow of chi. Practitioners "smile inwardly" at organs and glands.

Intention: In magic and affirmation, the focus of the mind, the sense of purpose that leads to action.

Intestine: Also called bowels, the portion of the digestive tract between the stomach and anus. In humans the intestine is divided into two major sections: the small intestine, which is about 6 m long, where the most extensive part of digestion occurs and where most food products are absorbed; and the large intestine, which has a larger diameter and is about 1.5 m long, where water is absorbed and from which solid waste material is excreted. Food and waste material are moved along the length of the intestine by rhythmic contractions of intestinal muscles; these contractions are called peristaltic movements.

Invocation: The bringing of a divine power from the exterior into a ritual or magical working through chant or prayer. An invocation is generally an acknowledgment of the deity and a request that they be present for the working.

Inward Silence: The silencing of the emotions and thoughts that disturb the effectiveness of a ritual.

Iridology (eye analysis, iridiagnosis, irido-diagnosis, iris diagnosis): Diagnostic system that states that every bodily organ corresponds to a location on the iris (the colored portion of the eye surrounding the pupil). According to iridology theory, the iris serves as a map of the body and gives warning signs of physical, mental, and spiritual problems.

Islam: A world religion based on the teachings and life of Mohammed (570-632 AD) in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia (then Persia). Islam is the second largest world religion, and has recently become the third largest religious body in America. Islam is composed of two major divisions the mainstream Sunni (the largest) and the more radical Shi'ites. The mystical tradition of sufism includes many Sunnis and some Shi'ites. The Arabic word Islam means "submission to the will of God" and a person who submits is called a Muslim. The Quran (or, Koran), the Torah, the Psalms of the Old Testament, and the Gospel of the New Testament are regarded as holy books. However, only the Quran is considered uncorrupted.



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