July/August 2003 Conscious Media
|Master Stephen Co|
I had been hearing reports for some time about an amazing new personality emerging on the alternative lecture circuit, Master Pranic Healer Stephen Co. Being an energy healer myself, I was quite curious about the book he co-authored with Eric Robins, M.D., entitled "Your Hands Can Heal You."
The book opens with Dr. Robins description of a hospital patient who was, as he rather colorfully put it, "circling the drain." He had multiple serious post-operative complications, any one of which would be enough to do him in. Having no alternatives to offer, his colleagues made no objection when Dr. Robbins offered to "try something different." He had just taken a course on Pranic Healing from Master Co a few months earlier and decided to try the techniques on this patient. The technique worked, the patient made a miraculous recovery, the other doctors were dumbfounded at the "spontaneous" recovery. There then followed some testimonials from people who had successfully treated or been treated for both acute and chronic conditions with Pranic Healing. (For those not familiar with the term, Pranic Healing works with the bodys own natural vital energy or "prana" to accelerate the bodys innate self-healing ability.) I have to admit that I tend to take miracle stories, even such well-documented ones, with a grain of salt, but as I read on, I experienced a growing conviction that truth and light were shining out of every page.
What followed was an unusually clear guide to energy healing that anyone can follow: what it is, how it works, how to heal yourself and others and how to cleanse, protect, heal and maintain your life force with "energetic hygiene, the practice of keeping your personal energy tank clean and full." There are some unique additions, such as the use of colored pranas. For example, to heal menstrual cramps, project light whitish-green and light whitish-orange prana into the sex chakra, but always project a pastel ring of color with a white center rather than a solid shade. Dark-colored pranas, he cautions, should only be used by very experienced healers. In short, this book is an excellent users manual for the energy body. The step-by-step instructions are well-illustrated and you are able to "feel" your own progress at each stage.
Master Co was personally trained by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, the developer of Pranic Healing. What I particularly like about his approach is that it shows us how to integrate the best spiritual practices with the most beneficial physical disciplines, most of which we probably know already. To be effective, we need a system that we will actually work into our daily schedules and time limitations. This book offers a sensible and streamlined program that includes pranic breathing, meditation, energy hygiene (including psychic protection), diet, exercise and, if you are ready for it, practices of charity. Master Co is an advocate and practitioner of tithing.
The book also contains some beautiful and powerful meditations from Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, which are also available on tape.