In seeking healing for myself and exploring all avenues, I re-discovered a book on my bookshelf entitled Healing with Form, Energy and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Boston, Massachusetts: Snow Lion, 2002.) [The book had first been brought to my attention in an online teaching session by Lama Tashi Dundrup of the Kauai Dharma Center. Visit]

A description of Healing with Form, Energy and Light is as follows:

[Form] In the shamanic worldview of Tibet, the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space are accessed through the raw powers of nature and through non-physical beings associated with the natural world.

[Energy] In the Tibetan tantric view, the elements are recognized as five kinds of energy in the body and are balanced with a program of yogic movements, breathing exercises, and visualizations.

[Light] In these Dzogchen teachings, the elements are understood to be the radiance of being and are accessed through pure awareness. 

Healing with Form, Energy, and Light offers the reader healing meditations and yogic practices on each of these levels.

Tenzin Rinpoche’s purpose is to strengthen our connection to the sacred aspect of the natural world and to present a guide that explains why certain practices are necessary and in what situations practices are effective or a hindrance.

This is a manual for replacing an anxious, narrow, uncomfortable identity with one that is expansive, peaceful, and capable.

And the world too is transformed from dead matter and blind processes into a sacred landscape filled with an infinite variety of living forces and beings.


The following three tabs in this section of the website come from the book:

The Spiritual Dimension

The Five Elements and Relating to the Sacred

Dzogchen – The Great Perfection

To learn more about the work of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, please visit