International master healer in the Reiki, Karma and Pranic forms of energy. Yoga and Meditation teacher and Tarot card reader. He writes on healing disease, the mind-body connect and awareness.


Hollywood film Doctor Strange uses energy principles in film

Marvel’s latest film Doctor Strange may be ‘strange’ but there is a lot in the film which is in the realm of reality if looked at from the point of view of the mind-body space and the interplay of energies.  All of this is played out on screen by the good doctor played by Benedict Cumberbatch a superhero. All through the film, I was struck by the similarities in the concept and known energy principles, techniques of channelling energies, healing energies.

I have witnessed these being used by masters of holistic healing some of which I have learnt to as a Praanic and Reiki healer. So how much of what we saw in Doctor Strange is real and possible and how much is plain fiction I will try and demystify.

Healing the body

In the film it all begins with Stephen Strange, hands crippled in a car accident travelling to Nepal. His journey is one of faith to meet the Ancient One, The Sorcerer Supreme, Tilda Swinton in the film. This after modern medicine gives up on him.  She guides him through a session on how the mind can heal the body by talking to it all of this using healing energies. This mirrors a growing belief that where modern medicine throws its hands up holistic healers use their words and hands to guide the patient to self-healing according to set energy principles.

Astral Projection

Part of Dr Strange’s initiation by The Sorcerer Supreme is a crash course in Astral projection. Astral Projection is the ability for your consciousness to leave your physical body and travel freely. For all of us who meditate this is an everyday experience. The meditator many a time sees himself hovering over his physical body. That apart there are thousands of reports during near death experiences.

Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev sums it up very well,”There have been schools which have been fundamentally focused towards this in India – it’s called parakaya pravesha. There are certain systems of yoga where they are completely focused towards astral travel and things like this. It is possible but needs skill and caution.”

So Astral projection as shown in Doctor Strange is very much in the realm of possibility, being part of universal energy principles.

Inter-dimensional Travel and time travel

It is one thing to have a projection of yourself outside your body but quite a different realm if you travel with your physical body into a different dimension.  While travel through time and space is easy for the mind and has been described in depth in ancient texts from the Indian sub-continent it is a while before science gets its act together and  begins to teleport us to a different dimension. Till then we will leave it to Doctor Strange to explore these energy principles in the films.


Many moons ago I was shooting at a small Buddhist monastery high up in the rarified air of Ladakh in the Himalayas. Here I was introduced to an old hermit who by the accounts of my guide had been in one lightless room for over eighty years. When I was seated across him I noticed in the semi-dark stillness a book close to me move and soon to my amazement this object sliced the air and soon was in his hand.

Telekinesis certainly a possibility as much in Doctor Strange’s world as in the real world only that we do not put our mind to it or we could move mountains just using energy principles.

In fact, scientific experiments involving telekinetic abilities are reviewed in a research paper commissioned by the U.S. Air Force and written by astrophysicist Dr Eric W. Davis in 2004, titled simply “Teleportation Physics Study.”  The report details at length successful tests where humans were able to control and move or bend objects using the power of their mind.  The YouTube is overflowing with demonstrations by children and adults alike who possess the power. So, Doctor Strange, this is a possibility and a big one at that for humankind.

Energy Projection

Through the film Dr Strange projects energy symbolised by cords of fire and different figures that he conjures up in midair. As part of our basic training as Reiki healers, we were taught to make and throw energy balls with our hands to other fellow Reiki practitioners.  In fact Russian scientist “Konstantin Korotkov, and North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han have separately, through their work has proven that we are energy bodies and this energy can be transmitted from one human to another without physically touching the other person. Chakra healing and meridian manipulation that is a big fad in the West. it uses universal energy principles and  is an extension of this process of using healing energies.

 The interconnectedness of all things

What really intrigues me in the film Doctor Strange, is the interconnectedness of all things another theory that has been propounded for centuries by ancient texts across many religions. So the natural law is an extension of the universe, time moves at a constant rate and the gravity on earth is a constant. In Dr Strange, if you moved one it would affect the other. The Ancient One honestly explains it pretty well when introducing the concept of the Multiverse to Strange, and this view of the Multiverse isn’t that far off from actual scientific theory about what other dimensions or universes might be like after all. I am more inclined at this point to look at Doctor Strange more as a science fiction film that a superhero fantasy film. To me, this film is rooted firmly in holistic sciences.

Therefore by manipulating the ambient mystical energy of this universe, Dr Strange can perform a great many functions. This, in turn, insures his longevity both as a character and from the films as a franchise. Whether you consider the movie to be based on science fiction or fantasy or something in between, the fact remains that it takes a pretty interesting approach to holistic healing as well magic.

Back to the movies with Doctor Strange, Hollywood biggie, Marvel is all set to expand its superhero universe in new and interesting ways with Stephen Strange. Through his acts, he  will harness energy principles conjure up mystic arts, dabble in a little bit of magic and whip up healing energies to deliver more of them Doctor Strange films and we can’t wait to watch at the theatres.