|Barbara Ann Brennan|
|Occupation||Energy Healer, teacher, author|
|Period||Late 20th Century – Early 21st Century|
|Notable works||Hands of Light|
Barbara Ann Brennan (born 19 February 1939) is an American author, physicist, spiritual healer, businesswoman and teacher working in the field of energy healing. In 2011, she was listed by the Watkins Review as the 94th most spiritually influential person in the world.
Education and early career
Brennan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1962 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and two years later received her Masters in Atmospheric Physics from the same institution. From 1970, she participated in courses at a number of uncredited institutions, offering courses in the "human energy field". She completed a two–year program in Therapeutic Counselling at the Community of the Whole Person in Washington, D.C., followed by a three-year program in Core Energetics at the Institute for Core Energetics in New York City in 1978 and a five-year program in Spiritual Healership at the Phoenicia Pathwork Center in Phoenicia, New York in 1979. She was strongly influenced by Eva and John Pierrakos, who founded a system for self-transformation called the Pathwork, drawing on the ideas of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Brennan worked with the Pierrakos, and became a Pathwork Helper and Core Energetics therapist. Brennan also took seminars with and was influenced by Rev. Rosalyn L. Bruyere. She developed her own private healing practice in 1977 and then established a training programme to teach others. Brennan has a PhD in philosophy from Greenwich University in Australia and DTh in theology from Holos University, both earned in 2001. These universities are unaccredited.
Ideas and theories
Her first book, Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field, is considered a "classic" in the field of spiritual healing, with reputedly over one million copies in print in 22 languages. Brennan claims to receive intuitive information about her clients during sessions, and to see repetitive patterns in the energy fields of her clients indicating common roots underlying their difficulties. Brennan's books contain drawings of auras and energy fields, and descriptions of how human energy fields interact with each other. She has popularized a seven-layer model of the energy field, each layer being structured of differing frequencies and kinds of energy and performing different functions. Brennan views the chakras as transformers that receive and process universal energy, as well as enabling expression and healthy functioning of the individual's own consciousness and psycho-physical make-up. She is best known for taking a methodical approach to energy healing.
Brennan has created a type of energy healing techniques that she calls "full spectrum healing" to work on the seven layers of the human energy field or auras. Brennan claims that the technique she calls spiritual surgery works on the fifth level of the human energy field using the power of a spirit surgeon.
Brennan's concept of hara
In her second book, Light Emerging, Brennan added, to her model of human subtle energies, the dimension of "intentionality" called hara . Hara holds the human body in material manifestation until the life purpose is fulfilled. When the hara is healthy, the individual acts naturally and effortlessly to fulfill his or her life purpose. The hara is the foundation for the human energy field (HEF), or aura. Because of this relationship, healing hara is considered especially powerful for healing the auric field and, thereby, the physical body.
Barbara Brennan School of Healing
In 1982, she closed her private practice in New York City and established the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, designed to train professional healers. The school is now located in Florida, and is licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education. In 2003, Brennan opened the "Barbara Brennan School of Healing Europe", originally in Mondsee, Austria which then moved to Bad Neuenahr near Bonn, Germany in 2006 and moved back to Austria to the small town of Bad Ischl in 2008. In 2007, a new branch opened in Tokyo, Japan. The Barbara Brennan School of Healing is a nonaccredited school.
- Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing through the Human Energy Field, Bantam, 1987. ISBN 978-0-553-34539-1, limited free access
- Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing, Bantam, 1993. ISBN 0-553-35456-6, limited free access
- Terms and concepts in alternative medicine
- Body Psychotherapy
- Energy (esotericism)
- Energy medicine
- Ankerberg, John; John Weldon (1996). Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs. Eugene, OR, USA: Harvest House Publishers. p. 493. ISBN 1-56507-160-3.
- Watkins Bookshop 100 most spiritually influential living people
- Angelo, Jean Marie (May–June 1993). "Healing Ourselves with Hands of Light". Yoga Journal (110): 73. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- Brennan, Barbara (1987). Hands of Light, Bantam Press at Random House, New York City. ISBN 0-553-34539-7
- Profile of Barbara Brennan by M. Alan Kazlev at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 February 2014)
- Goldner, Diane (2003). How People Heal, Hampton Roads, Newburyport. ISBN 1-57174-363-4
- Brennan's Credentials
- List of unaccredited degree suppliers maintained by Oregon Office of Degree Authorization
- Boston Public Library
- Heart of Healing – Brennan’s Seven Layer Model
- Egli, Sandra R. (2002) A Study of Equivalence in Hara Assessments Using the Brennan Healing Science Model, Holos University, 2002
- Florida Department of Education Commission For Independent Education Annual Report 2009-2010
- Nonaccredited schools offering health-related instruction