Ear Coning can be understood as an ancient healing modality that was used by many cultures –Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, Aztec, Mayan, Tibetan – to cleanse the spiritual and physical body. It was originally used in conjunction with initiation practices for spiritual leaders in order to strengthen their positions as bearers of great truths and as beacons of light in the darkness.
It has also been a traditional practice with many Native American tribes for clearing the ears, the sinuses and the psyche, but Ear Coning disappeared from general usage until New Age alternative medicine practitioners rediscovered it in the last twenty years.
The technique, also known as candling, safely removes debris such as flaky skin, bacteria, parasites, small amount of wax and environmental contaminants from the ear canal. It is used today as a gentle way to stimulate the body’s circulation to the ear and upper lymph system which brings about the body’s natural healing abilities. The herbal smoke from the candling may also positively affect the sinus cavities offering a cleansing type action. The burning candle itself can warm excess ear wax in the ear canal, making it easier for the body to eliminate on its own. Tiny reflex areas just inside the opening of the ear canal are physically stimulated by the gentle pressure of the cone. Stimulating these points positively affects corresponding parts of the body and may be especially beneficial to the sinus and head area. The healing smoke has long been used to ease ear aches and “fumigate’ possible fungus and bacterial growths inside the ears.
This old therapeutic art was most probably developed with the domestication of the honeybee. Beeswax was –and still is –a key component to making the hollow cylinders used in the procedure. Today, as in times past, high quality ear candles are handmade from beeswax and unbleached cotton cloths. These specially fabricated candles are typically nine to twelve inches long and will burn for approximately ten minutes. Through a process called convection, softer waxes and toxins will be drawn out of the ear, oxidized and turned into vapors during the procedure.
There is, of course, another aspect to ear coning. Metaphysically, ear coning works to clear negative energies from the auric field and to correct the obstructed natural flow of energy. As a result, many individuals have vivid dreams or emotional release after an ear coning experience.
There are numerous paths to healing. Whether you choose ear coning or another modality, the end result will be the same. When you are ready to move to the next level, the correct method for your healing will be placed in front of you. Perhaps this ancient method will be the right approach for you.