“Can Pranic Healing be dangerous” is a question which is sometimes asked. If you search the web you can find perspectives which say that Pranic Healing is misguided and can cause more damage than good. Unfortunately most of these perspectives are based on a limited understanding of MCKS Pranic Healing and its approach.

We understand that it is human nature to fear and doubt the things that we do not understand or cannot see. For example, primitive humans feared lightning and thunder because they regarded it as the result of the wrath of gods. Once the phenomena were understood, there was no longer a reason to fear it.

Can Pranic Healing Be Dangerous

Likewise, when people hear about MCKS Pranic Healing, it is natural to have questions in one’s mind regarding its safety if one doesn’t understand how it works. Some are concerned about it “interfering with karma”, whereas others wonder if there could be any side effects on the healer or the patient on whom it is applied on.

In this article, we examine and address such questions by explaining certain important facts about Pranic Healing.

How Pranic Healing Works: Fundamental Principles

According to the teachings of Master Choa Kok Sui, Pranic Healing is based on two fundamental principles:

  • Principle of Self Recovery: This means that in general, the body is capable of healing itself at a certain rate. If a person has a cough, cold or a wound, the body can recover on it’s own within a few days, without the need of any medication.
  • Principle of Life Energy: This means that for life to exist, the body requires Prana (also known as chi, ki or life energy). The healing process can be accelerated by increasing the life energy on the affected part(s) and on the entire body.

Essentially, this means that the body is capable of healing itself using a certain quantity of prana or life energy. When the life energy in a part or organ is insufficient, then the body’s healing ability gets hampered. By providing the body with the necessary amount of life energy, it’s rate of healing increases tremendously. What we call miraculous healing is nothing more than increasing the rate of self-recovery of the body.

It can be inferred from this that at times, the body is unable to heal itself at a sufficient rate due to an imbalance or abnormality due to insufficient life energy, and Pranic Healing is simply used to normalize the life energy within the body and restore it to it’s natural state.

There is nothing paranormal or mystical about Pranic Healing. They are actually based on hidden laws of nature. According to MCKS, “Miracles are fantastic events which utilize hidden laws of nature that most people are not aware of Miracles do not break the laws of nature, they are actually based on them!”

Are energy based healing modalities safe?

While Pranic Healing is an advanced energy healing modality, It is important to note that Pranic Healing is not the only method available for harmonizing the energy processes of the body. Practices such as Hatha Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi intrinsically attempt to harmonize the energetic processes of the body to bring about good health and well-being. Intrinsically these practices also work on cleaning and strengthening the aura – which is the blueprint on which the physical body is based.

Also other forms of alternative and complementary medicine also use Prana to harmonize the energy processes of the body. These include acupuncture, acupressure and reflexology. MCKS explained this in The Ancient Art and Science of Pranic Healing (1987):

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medicine which uses needles to manipulate the vital energy within the patient’s body; thereby, curing the patient’s ailment. This is accomplished by using needles to redistribute excess prana or ki in the patient’s body to the afflicted part. Congested prana in the diseased part is redistributed to other parts of the body. Blocked meridians or bioplasmic channels are cleansed or opened by directing ki to the blocked meridian. In acupressure or in reflexology, the principle is the same as in acupuncture, except that the healer intentionally or unintentionally uses his or her own excess prana. This excess prana is directed toward the acupressure point which then goes to the meridian or bioplasmic channel and then to the afflicted part. Some acupuncturists use and direct their own ki or vital energy to the needle in order to reach the diseased part. This is done especially with patients who are very weak or depleted. I have met acupuncturists and acupressurists who are also masters of Tai Chi. They are proficient in transferring ki to their patients.

In summary there are different methods available to bring the body in its natural state of energetic harmony. While Pranic Healing is unique in its approach, its simplicity, and effectiveness; the underlying principles are similar to what is used by many other modalities.

Does Pranic Healing Interfere with Karma?

There seems to be a misguided notion that Pranic Healing may interfere with one’s karma by healing the person of their suffering before it’s time. This is a topic that possibly needs a more detailed explanation. But before that, let’s first understand how karma works.

The Law of Karma states that “as you sow, so shall you reap”. This simply means that when we produce certain thoughts, words, and actions, it comes back in similar form to us in the future. If we do good, we receive good and if we cause misery, we receive misery in life. Taking this in context of illness or disease, this means that certain illnesses may be caused due to certain past negative karma.

However, this does not mean that we do nothing about it and simply suffer. Just as some past negative karma may have caused certain health issues in our lives, our past good karma entitles us to recover and get healed from the ailment. Hence, finding solutions to get rid of suffering does not interfere with the law of karma. The law of karma is like the law of gravity. When we climb a flight of stairs, we do not “interfere” or go against the law of gravity; we simply generate the necessary force to move in the opposite direction, within the confines of the law. So it is with the law of karma. If we generate sufficient force in the opposite direction (good karma), it can help us in overcoming our negative karma, while working within the law of karma.

Just as we use conventional treatment like allopathy for our treatment, we may also use some form of alternative or complementary medicine healing treatment like homoeopathy, ayurveda, acupressure, or acupuncture to get healed. None of these interfere with Karma. It is likewise with Pranic Healing.

However, the topic of Karma has much much more to it, and since this comes up often, let’s look at it in more detail.

A deeper examination of the Law of Karma

As a topic the Law of Karma is very deep and esoteric and exists in just about every spiritual tradition in the world. In her book The Secret Doctrine, Madam Blavatsky explained that the universe is governed by certain Divine Laws which are fundamental in scope. These laws were operative even before the universe came into being… and will continue to function as long as the universe remains in manifestation, and will even go on operating when the universe ceases to exist. One such fundamental law is the Law of Karma.

According to the writings of Madam Blavatsky, these Divine Laws are enforced by a set of Divine Beings which she termed as the “Lords of Karma”. Interestingly, this concept is present in in several religions and traditions across the world. The Hindu traditions speak about the Lipikas; while the Egyptian traditions talk about “The forty ‘Assessors’ who stand in the region of Amenti”. In the Greek tradition these classes of beings are referred to as Greek goddess Nemesis and the Triform Fates… while the ancient Scandinavian Eddas represented these as beings called Norns. The theme is also present in the West in the idea of the Recording Angel (which likely had its origin in the Kabbala). There is also an account of the Recording Angels in the Book of Revelation.

While the symbolism is different in each tradition, but the fundamental concept is that the Law of Karma is enforced by some very powerful beings. The beings (the “Lords of Karma”) simply cannot be manipulated. This is what the Bible affirms when it says: “God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return.” (Galatians 6:7). Hence the Law of Karma is said to be unbreakable and exact!

Thinking from a esoteric metaphysical standpoint, It is thus near impossible for Pranic Healers, who simply manipulate Prana to harmonize the energy body, to in any way interfere with Karma. Pranic Healing cannot karmically bind either the healer or the patient in any way.

Disease and Karma

According to the teachings of Master Choa Kok sui, diseases sometimes have a Karmic factor. Books written on Edgar Cayce and his works provide a lot of information about karma in relation to disease. According to MCKS, some serious ailments are due to negative deeds, thoughts, and feelings in the present and past lives of patients. This is called negative karma. But not all serious ailments are due to negative karma.

In The Ancient Art and Science of Pranic Healing Master Choa himself clarified:

Some serious ailments are due to negative deeds, thoughts, and feelings in the present and past lives of patients. This is called negative karma. But not all serious ailments are due to negative karma. No Pranic Healer should ever turn away a patient just because he or she thinks the ailment may be due to negative karma! Very few clairvoyants can actually see with great accuracy into the past karma of a patient. Even if it is negative karma, you are not in a position to know when the negative karma has been fully worked out; therefore the patient is entitled to be healed. If the ailment is due to negative karma and it has not been worked out, then no amount of treatment can heal the patient. So the healer can in no way interfere with the negative karma of the patient.

Karma and Compassion

So why should one heal? According to MCKS this is because we need to be compassionate to others. This is the meaning of the instruction given by the Lord Christ: “Go and heal the sick” (Matthew 10:8). Specifically, the Lord Christ is said to have healed people by the thousands. There is nothing wrong about alleviating pain and suffering. It is the compassionate thing to do.

Let’s take this reasoning one step forward. We often hear of people being affected by wars, calamities, and natural disasters. If you think closely, there would definite karmic factors that cause people to be affected. So what is the compassionate thing to do in those circumstances? One needs to try and help those in need through providing humanitarian assistance and help. Not only is that the compassionate thing to do, it is also the right thing to do.

Removing the root of the problem

One of the points made is that Pranic Healing only removes the symptom of the problem – but not the root. This is also a very strange notion given that Pranic Healing attempts to do just the opposite. In Pranic Healing we clearly acknowledge that there are external and internal factors of disease.

This is what Master Choa himself says in The Ancient Art and Science of Pranic Healing while describing the external and internal factors of disease:

In the understanding of diseases, one should take into consideration the external and internal factors or the seen and unseen causes. External factors mean those physical factors which contribute to disease like germs, malnutrition, toxins, pollutants, lack of exercise, poor breathing habits, insufficient water intake, etc. Internal factors mean the emotional and bioplasmic factors which contribute to diseases, such as negative emotions, blocked meridians, pranic depletion and congestion, chakral malfunctioning, etc.


For instance, an emotional factor may lead to the weakening of the solar plexus chakra (a major energy center located at the solar plexus) and of the liver, plus an attack from the hepatitis virus or from toxins (such as carbon tetrachloride or phosphorus) will lead to a severe inflammation of the liver. The external factor is the virus or the toxin. The internal factors are the negative emotions and weakening of the solar plexus chakra and the liver that makes the liver vulnerable to viral infection. 


If the solar plexus chakra and liver are in good condition, and if the person is of higher vitality, then the probability of contracting the disease is decreased. The body’s defense mechanism or detoxifying and eliminating system would likely overcome the virus or the toxin. The application of pranic healing would cleanse, strengthen, and gradually restore the solar plexus chakra and the liver to their normal conditions.

Pranic Healing strongly focuses on the internal factors as well. A large part of internal factors are to do with harboring negative emotions. For example, a person harboring intense anger and frustration may cause severe pranic congestion around the solar plexus chakra, and heart chakra in the long run. Even if this person were to watch his or her diet, he or she would still end up with a heart problem like heart enlargement. Another example: habitual tension or stress may result in pranic congestion around the eye area and, in the long run, may result in glaucoma (do note that not all glaucomae are of emotional origin). Specifically, Pranic Psychotherapy focuses on removing the emotional causes.

Moreover, in her book Esoteric HealingAlice A Bailey (via the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul) says:

All disease is a result of inhibited Soul Life… The art of the healer consists of releasing the Soul, so it can flow through the aggregate of organisms which constitute any particular form. The true and future healing is brought about when the life of the Soul can flow without impediment and hindrance throughout every aspect of the form. It can then vitalize it.

What this means is that the greater the flow of spiritual energy (or what she calls “Soul Life”) coming into the body (flowing into the aura through the crown chakra), the faster would be the rate of healing. This is a principle which was acknowledged by MCKS and hence he stressed on the importance of spiritual development. Interestingly this quote also find’s its way in The Ancient Art and Science of Pranic Healing.

This is one of the primary reasons why MCKS emphasised that Meditation on the Twin Hearts be taught to more and more people. The Meditation on the Twin Hearts activates the crown chakra which brings down a down-pouring of a lot of spiritual energy which heals the body. Additionally, the proper practice of the Meditation on Twin Hearts is recommended as part of several protocols dealing with healing chronic physical and emotional ailments. Moreover, this is why MCKS created the Arhatic Yoga system and developed numerous workshops such as Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul and Arhatic Yoga Preparatory Level (amongst many others) to help his students become better human beings.

MCKS Pranic Healing, in addition to being a powerful healing modality, is also a bridge to Spirituality. A major purpose of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga is to teach you about spiritual liberation and how you can achieve it.

Principle of Transference of Energy

Pranic Healing uses the Principle of Transference of Energy, which means that energy flows from a higher level to a lower level. This implies that a person with a higher level of life energy can consciously transfer energy to a person who’s sick, having a lower level of life energy.

There are two approaches to transfer energy from one person to another. The first is called the water-pitcher approach, where the healer transfers part of his/her own energy to the person in need and then recharges oneself later. This approach is effective but carries a possibility of the healer getting depleted or exhausted.

In Pranic Healing, we use the second approach, called the water-pump approach. Just as a water pump directs water from one place to another, in Pranic Healing, the healer absorbs Prana or life energy from the surroundings and directs it to the patient. This ensures that the healer does not use up his/her own energy. In fact, the healer is supposed to absorb slightly more energy than he/she projects to the patient, ensuring that some surplus energy always remains with the healer. This is why it is seen that Pranic Healers who heal regularly tend to have higher levels of energy. Not only is it completely safe for the healer, it has an added benefit of increasing our life energy levels, which can help us in maintaining better health.

Energy Hygiene

Just as a medical practitioner takes care of his/her own hygiene while treating patients, practitioners of Pranic Healing also maintain “energy hygiene”. This is one of the practices unique to the Pranic Healing system, where the healer is taught certain simple techniques to ensure that no “energy contamination” takes place during the process of healing a patient. This ensures that the healer can in no way get affected by the dirty or diseased energy of the patient as long as they follow the steps taught in the Pranic Healing workshops.

Energy hygiene is one aspect that makes Pranic Healing unique as compared to other energy based modalities. Other modalities do not distinguish the concepts such as dirty energy, diseased energy, used up energy, negative thoughts, and negative emotions.

Medical and Scientific acceptance of Pranic Healing

First let’s examine the scientific acceptance of Pranic Healing. Research institutes have been set up to do in-depth and extensive research on the effectiveness of Pranic Healing. You may read about the research work at the World Pranic Healing website and the Pranic Healing Research InstitutePranic Healing has also been found to be consistent with the Laws of modern Physics based on lab experiments performed by an eminent and respected US physicist. This topic has been examined in detail in a previous article. You are encouraged to go through these source and draw your own conclusions.

As time has progressed, several medical doctors, psychologists and nurses have started using Pranic Healing as a complementary therapy in their clinics and hospitals. The general consensus is that their success rate in treating patients tends to increase substantially and the patients tend to recover faster than usual when Pranic Healing is combined with conventional medical treatment.

There are plenty of medical doctors all over the world that complement Pranic Healing with their profession. Pranic Healing has also departments in a number of hospitals worldwide including Northern California Neurosurgery and Kaiser Permanent hospitals in US, Sinai Medical Centre and Brown’s Cancer Leukemia Support Centre in Australia, as well as the Apollo hospitals all over India. In fact there are currently a great number of dentists, general surgeons, medical practitioners, specialists and nurses who use Pranic Healing effectively in their profession. You can even look up a number of testimonials from medical practitioners on our testimonials page.

Could this degree of acceptance of Pranic Healing within the medical profession have been there if Pranic Healing was a hoax or if Pranic Healing was a con job?

In addition, Pranic Healing is:

  • Approved as a complimentary therapy by the Government of Malaysia
  • Approved as a complimentary therapy by the Government of Ghana
  • Approved as a complimentary therapy by the Government of Dubai
  • Approved as a part of the curriculum for Continuous Education units for nurses, counselor, psychologist, and massage
  • therapists in several states in the USA
  • Part of the curriculum of Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Science (BNYS) under Mangalore & Dharmashala University
  • Part of the Curriculum of post-graduate course for M Sc Psychology Holistic Counseling since 2001 under Bangalore University
  • Offered as an outpatient facility in several hospitals in India. M. S. Ramaiah Medical and Teaching Hospital, Bangalore even has a Department of Pranic Healing.

Would you find this level of medical acceptance for a healing modality which is “dangerous”?

Keeping the factors discussed above in mind, it is quite clear that Pranic Healing is extremely safe (and also produces consistent results) as long as the practitioners adhere to the simple instructions given in the workshops and the books.

Evaluate the safety of Pranic Healing for Yourself

Master Choa Kok Sui often used to say “Remember, anybody can say anything! Anybody can write anything! Practice discernment or Intelligent Evaluation.” Master always urged students to validate the truth for themselves after analyzing the subject deeply and with an open and objective mind.

So how does one validate for oneself? A few suggested methods are as follows:

  • Study about the system. The books on Pranic Healing are easily available. They clearly explain the principles, approaches and techniques. For starters you may read The Ancient Art and Science of Pranic Healing.
  • Read Go through the testimonials of people who have applied the teachings in their lives. Ask people you know who have tried Pranic Healing for feedback. Try and understand if it is helping people overcome life’s challenges.
  • It is often said that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Experience healing for yourself. By experiencing healing you will see how it can help in relieving pain and suffering. If you like you can visit us at our Free Pranic Healing clinic every Friday.
  • Do a workshop. See if the teachings provided enrich your life. Experiment with the techniques. Additionally, after attending a Pranic Healing workshop, you will learn the technique of “scanning” as another method of validation. You will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of energy and the effect that healing and meditation have on your body.
  • Finally, try and practice Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga for a few months. Look at your life and its improvement to draw a better conclusion. See if it is useful. If a method can help you release your pain and suffering, remove your inner obstacles and gain happiness, good health, abundance and success it is for sure very useful.

According to MCKS, “An intelligent person is not closed-minded. He does not behave like an ostrich burying his head in the ground to avoid new ideas and developments. An intelligent person is not gullible. He does not accept ideas blindly. He studies and digests them thoroughly, then evaluates them against his reasons; he tests these new ideas and developments through experiments and his experiences. An intelligent person studies these ideas with a clear objective mind.”

Testimonials from countless people all around the world support the effectiveness of Pranic Healing and Arhatic yoga. But ultimately you are still the best person to judge its effectiveness after you start the practices. We therefore joyfully urge you to start your journey into the system today to validate the power of the teachings for yourself.

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  1. Very well explained. Thank you. Will definitely be using this to spread the teachings in New Zealand.


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