Human Energy Field: A Concept Analysis

J Holist Nurs. 2017 Dec;35(4):352-368. doi: 10.1177/0898010116678709. Epub 2016 Nov 23.


The human energy field (HEF) as a phenomenon of interest across disciplines has gained increased attention over the 20th and 21st centuries. However, a concern has arisen that there is a lack of evidence to support the concept of the HEF as a phenomenon of interest to professional nurses and nursing practice. Using Chinn and Kramer's method of creating conceptual meaning, a concept analysis was conducted for the purpose of developing a conceptual definition of HEF. A systematic review of the literature using the CINAHL database yielded a total of 81 articles and text sources that were determined to be relevant to the concept analysis. The HEF is defined as a luminous field of energy that comprises a person, extends beyond the physical body, and is in a continuous mutual process with the environmental energy field. It is a vital energy that is a continuous whole and is recognized by its unique pattern; it is dynamic, creative, nonlinear, unpredictable, and flows in lower and higher frequencies. The balanced HEF is characterized by flow, rhythm, symmetry, and gentle vibration.

Keywords: concept analysis; energy; energy field; nursing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Empathy
  • Helping Behavior
  • Holistic Health*
  • Holistic Nursing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Theory*
  • Philosophy, Nursing*