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Hands of Light (O)

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Illustrated with many diagrams, it gives a thorough understanding of how the human energy field looks, functions, is disturbed, healed and interacts with the energy fields of others.

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With the clarity of a physicist and the compassion of a gifted healer with fifteen years of professional experience observing 5,000 clients and students, Barbara Ann Brennan presents the first in-depth study of the human energy field for people who seek happiness, health and their full potential.

Our physical bodies exist within a larger "body," a human energy field or aura, which is the vehicle through which we create our experience of reality, including health and illness. It is through this energy field that we have the power to heal ourselves.

This energy body - only recently verified by scientists, but long known to healers and mystics - is the starting point of all illness. Here, our most powerful and profound human interactions take place, the precursor and healer of all physiological and emotional disturbances.

Hands of Light is your guide to a new wholeness. It offers:

• A new paradigm for the human, in health, relationship, and disease.
• An understanding of how the human energy field looks, functions, is disturbed, healed, and interacts with friends and lovers.
• Training in the ability to see and interpret auras.
• Medically verified case studies of healing people from all walks of life with a variety of illnesses.
•  Guidelines for healing the self and others.
• The author's personal and intriguing life adventure which gives us a model for growth, courage and possibilities for expanded consciousness.


"A lucidly written and profound book; a modern classic of spirituality, one of the core texts for alternative healing, with more than 250,000 copies in Bantam print. Presents an in-depth study of the Human Energy Field, the chakras, and the subtle bodies, as well as looking at the psychic dynamics of personality types.

When I read this book it was an absolute revelation - at the time I had never read a modern New Age or esoteric book like this."


Barbara Brennan has popularized a 7 layer model of the energy field, described in her book Hands of Light. The first three layers described by Brennan can be found in Alice A. Bailey’s Esoteric Healing. Beyond these, Bailey refers to “soul energy”, which would be associated with Brennan’s spiritual layers of the field. Below is a summary of Brennan’s description of the layers:

Etheric energy body - close to the physical body (up to 2 inches from the body). An “etheric double” containing all the structures in the body and acting as a blueprint for the physical body.

Emotional energy body - extends out from the body 1-3 inches. The field in which emotional energy flows. Our subjective experience is of feelings and emotions. Observed as bright, intense blobs of color, changing and shifting with changing emotional states.

Mental energy body — extends 3-8 inches out from the body. The field in which mental energy flows. Our corresponding subjective experience is of thoughts in the form of words, sounds or images. Observed as a structured layer formed of yellow lines.

“Astral” energy body — extends 1/2-1 foot from the body and is composed of amorphous blobs of color like the emotional energy body, but infused with the rose light of love.

“Etheric Template” energy body - This forms a template or blueprint for the etheric energy body. It is like a negative with space where the forms of the body would be and density where space would be.

Celestial energy body - extends 2 - 2-/12 feet from the body, composed of beautiful, shimmering opalescent light. Associated with the more “spiritual” emotional states of unconditional love and joy.

Ketheric template — extends 2-1/2 - 3-1/2 feet from the body. Composed of fine threads of golden-silver light structuring a template for the inner energy bodies. Overall shape like an egg.


Barbara Brennan is a world-renowned spiritual leader, healer and educator. A pioneer and innovator in the field of energy consciousness, the former NASA physicist has been researching and exploring the Human Energy Field and realms of human consciousness for more than 30 years.

Barbara Brennan holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, a Doctorate of Theology, a Master's Degree in Atmospheric Physics, B.S. in Physics, and worked as a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Barbara Brennan is also a graduate of the Institute of Core Energetics and Senior Pathwork Helper.

Author Brennan, Barbara Ann
Book Type Oversized Paperback
Page Count 294 pp.
Publisher Bantam Books 1988
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