How I Discovered the Healing Power of Gentle Energy Touch

by Barbara Savin

Energy healing is a gift I knew about from an early age, yet only fully explored when my body needed healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I grew up in Coney Island in Brooklyn, and my Grandma Jenny would always do healings on my sister and me.

We would sit quietly in a chair and grandma would ask for God’s healing energy for us. She would begin at the top of our head, and in a slow sweeping motion, clear our energy and send it to either God or Mother Earth with love. Then she would lay her hands on our shoulder asking God to keep us healthy and safe. We would always feel heat and/or tingling coming from her hands and my sister and I thought grandma had magical powers. There were occasions where she would burn cloves and clear us with the smoke instead of using her healing hands. I remember grandma always saying to us: “Think positive and trust in God’s healing and always protect your energy. Always put God’s healing light around you to protect you from negativity. Never allow anyone’s words to bring you down. . . allow those words to fall to the ground.” We were never sick and would always say, “Grandma, please stop doing healing so we can get sick and stay home from school!” But she never listened. She just continued to heal and clear us.

It is May 1966, just days away from my graduation from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn. I have been looking forward to this day for years. I am graduating with honors and receiving the Mayor’s Award. I am picturing my Grandma Jenny sitting in the audience. I can imagine the pride on her face as I stand up when my name is called to receive this award. I am so excited; I plan to get a job right after graduation and buy her anything she wants. I love my grandma with all my heart. And then, I find out the worst news of my young life. At two o’clock in the morning, our family receives a phone call telling us that Grandma Jenny has died.

How I Discovered the Healing Power of Gentle Energy Touch

How could this be? She was only sixty-four. She was supposed to be alive to celebrate my most important day, and now she was gone. The news broke my heart; I felt so angry with God. Why did he take this woman who loved me so much? Why did he take her before my important day? My time with her was just beginning. I felt that this was so unfair, and the more I wept for her, the more I lost my faith and trust in God.

About two weeks later, graduation now behind me, I was alone at home when I heard a voice calling out to me. I thought this must be my imagination; only grandma called me “Babasita,” and that’s what I was hearing. I got up from the chair and began walking to the foyer. There, I saw a white cloud and heard again, softly but clearly, “Babasita.”

I said, “Grandma, Grandma, is that you?”

And she replied, “Yes, Babasita, everything is okay. Don’t be so angry, Babasita.” The closer I got to the cloud, the more clearly I could see her.

I became frightened and ran to the phone to call my mother, who was away visiting her brother. Over the phone, my mom told me I was hearing Grandma’s voice because I missed her so much. I was supposed to believe that my grief had created this entire episode. My mom and I never spoke about this again—nor any other “unnatural” experiences I had, including my ability to do healings just like my grandma.

Angry about my grandma’s death, I decided I would no longer do healings and stopped helping two of my close friends who had never made fun of my ability. I simply said to them: “I am sorry but I do not believe in God’s healing anymore.” Also, when I saw spirits or heard a voiceless voice, I would say, “You are not real, go away, and stop speaking to me. Leave me alone.” This, I thought, was my way of punishing God. However, as the years went on, my body began to break down. I was constantly sick, always stressed, working at a job I disliked plus raising two children. One day my niece Stefanie happened to see a flyer mentioning a Reiki healing circle. Neither of us knew what Reiki was, but since we were both in poor shape physically and emotionally, we decided to go to the healing circle in Staten Island.

The atmosphere there was wonderful. Everyone sang songs of love, and it was so calm and peaceful. The practitioners did Reiki work on us, and the feeling was like nothing I had experienced except with my grandma and her healings. I sat and cried and instantly knew that I had to take this up again.

From that moment on, I knew that energy healing was what I needed to do; it felt so natural to me. For the first time I understood the need to help myself heal from within. I remained focused and did self-healings at least twice a day for a month. I could feel changes even though my body pain had gotten worse. I recognized I hated and loved myself at the same time. I was going through a lot spiritually, and I realized I hadn’t forgiven my grandma as thoroughly as I thought I had. I knew I still needed to work on that part of myself. Most importantly, I had to begin loving myself for who I am at my core: a healer.

And while I also knew in my heart that I was a healer, I found it difficult to express that to others. Remember that this was 1960s New York. I recalled how my grandma would always say, “Shush, don’t tell anyone about my healings because they’ll put us away in a crazy hospital.” I knew I had intuitive abilities and was able to feel people’s energies, and I often saw or sensed spirits, but I was so afraid that people would think I was crazy if I talked about it. Meanwhile, my body was crying out for healing and for me to allow my passion and purpose to come forward. This was not an easy task, and I will say that it did not happen overnight. It took time and patience.

Barbara E. Savin is an inspirational author and speaker, Gentle Energy Touch specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Reiki Master/Teacher, and Certified Pranic Healer. In 2007, Barbara became a consultant at California Health & Longevity Institute, located on-site at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and holds the position of Clinical Hypnotherapist and Energy Healing Specialist at CHLI. Barbara provides energy healing sessions, clinical and medical hypnosis for individuals, corporations, groups, celebrities, directors, producers, and guests of R4.0 of The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu. April of 2016, she will be teaching energy healing at the New York Open Center, New York. Visit her at


A Conversation with Alberto Villoldo

Enjoy this conversation with Alberto Villoldo, PhD about energy healing and his book, A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing.

Isn’t spirituality completely different from scientific fact?

Science is relatively new, while spirituality is very ancient. I discovered that what the spiritual traditions did was put an archaic language to what we describe today as neuroscience. However, what they refer to as “enlightenment” is optimal brain function—the ability to create psychosomatic health. Many people however, associate the term “enlightenment” with organized religion when in reality it’s available to all people of any belief.

What is a Luminous Body or Luminous Energy Field? Does everybody have one?

Yes, everyone has a Luminous Energy Field (LEF). The Luminous Energy Body/Field is an invisible matrix that informs the anatomy of the body. It contains a template of how we live, how we age, and how we might die.

When there is no imprint for disease in the LEF, recovery from illness happens quickly. By the same token, imprints for diseases can depress the immune system, and prolong recovery time during an illness. The good news is: When we erase the negative imprint that caused the onset of illness, the immune system can rapidly eradicate the disease.

The Luminous Energy Field is a reservoir of vital force— a sea of living energy as indispensable to our health as the oxygen and nutrients carried by the bloodstream. When the vital reserves in the LEF are depleted through illness, environmental pollutants or stress, we suffer disease. We can safeguard our health and vitality and extend our active, healthy years by replenishing this essential fuel.

How can people who don’t practice shamanic work get more in touch with their Luminous Body—and what are some of the benefits of that?

Detoxifying the body of toxins, heavy metals and negative perspectives will help prepare the brain for the healing of the light body. Many of these toxins are held in our fat cells – and the human brain is 75% fat. In the west we live with excessive
levels of stress, which cause the body to produce high levels of cortisol and adrenaline both of which negatively impact us and keep the body in a permanent state of fight or flight. With the dietary recommendations provided in One Spirit Medicine, any one of us can prepare to make a shamanic journey.

How can a shaman tell if something is “off” in a client’s LEF? Can anyone learn to see this?

Shamans learn to assess the quality of the LEF through a variety of techniques such as muscle testing, using a pendulum to check the chakras and tracking the client’s light body.who is knowledgeable and educated about natural remedies, for there are possible interactions with drugs. But when used properly, natural medicines are quite safe.

How would someone know if they need “energy healing”?

It is commonplace that when a person is in need and ready for healing of the light body, a shaman will appear in their lives. Signs of an energetic imbalance can range from physical to emotional distress or discomfort.

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., is a psychologist, medical anthropologist, and prolific author who has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the US and Europe in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. In 2011 Villoldo produced the documentary Amazonia: Healing with Sacred Plants that focuses on the sacred plants of the Peru’s Amazon region, including the use of ayahuasca. He is the author of several books including Shaman, Healer, Sage. Visit him at