West Virginia probably isn’t the first place most people would associate with a grassroots energy healing technique. Yet, in the 1980’s, West Virginia is where Kolaimni was founded.
Before I continue, I must disclaim that I am no expert in this technique, nor am I certified in it. While I have had the fortune to learn some about it from elders in my community, I have little experience with the practice in comparison.
Kolaimni is a New Age energy healing or lightworking tradition established in the 1980’s by Mechi Garza. She taught this tradition free of charge, having stated that it should also be practiced without monetary gain. Mechi wrote in her book that she learned this technique from an Atlantian being known as Lothar. The mantra practitioners use to align with the vibrations of Light this tradition uses is “peace, purity, and obedience”.
I know, this might already sound more Age-y than some are comfortable with. From what I gather, The Atlantian lore isn’t the point so much as the vibrations and intention are. Even still, I understand completely that “purity and obedience” can rub some people the wrong way. It was off-putting to me until I considered the intention behind the words. To clarify, “purity” is in reference to one’s intentions being good, practicing Kolaimni to help others and not for the gain. “Obedience” means allowing the light/ energy to guide you as you work the healing.
The practice of Kolaimni involves massage-like movements over the body without actually touching the person who is receiving the healing. The healer will make these movements, stopping at the chakras as they go, until they are finished. The practice of Kolaimni is said to benefit both the healer and the person requesting the healing. It is meant to ease whatever ailment the person needs healed, even if the person themself isn’t aware of the issue. Kolaimni can be worked both in person and via distance healing, though it does require consent. It can be applied for both physical and mental/ emotional issues. A healer is also able to practice on themself should the need arise.
Even if Kolaimni doesn’t vibe with you, per se, it could be a good start for those looking for training to get a basic feel for energy work. Reiki classes, unless you know the right people, can often be expensive. Of course, books can be purchased about almost any manner of energy work for those who don’t feel a need for a teacher. In the case of Kolaimni, it is highly recommended to find a certified teacher. While books are out there, they are not always necessary with a teacher, as the practice is the most important part of learning. The downside to Kolaimni being lesser known is that it may be more difficult to find classes depending on where you live. I will also mention that the books available have recently skyrocketed in price – I was lucky to have gotten my copy of book one when I did.
As previously mentioned, I had the opportunity to begin learning about Kolaimni. It was an exciting prospect for me, almost as if I was catching a glimpse of something I had once lost. The group I practiced with got some hands on experience with the technique and I hope to continue practicing with others as clinics become available. If the opportunity to take another class arises again, I also hope to be able to take it. (It already has, but life happens. I am sure more will come.)
While I find the technique useful as-is, the experience has also aided me in adapting a technique that better suits my personal practice when doing energy work for myself. To be clear, what I ended up doing in my own adaptation is not Kolaimni. I can not condone adapting the practice and calling the new version by the same name. However, it is interesting to me how easily one technique can lend inspiration to create something new.