What Are Etheric Wings & What Is Causing This Sensation (Let’s Talk Energy Wings!)

Have you ever felt like you had literal wings growing from your back body? If yes, welcome to the club, you are growing etheric wings! For months I felt puzzled and I couldn’t understand the sensations that I was feeling. I really thought that I was alone in this and that can make you feel extra confused. Or perhaps this sounds absolutely crazy to you and you now think that I have finally lost it? That may also be true lol. Whatever the case may be, if you are joining me today because you’re in the same boat or if you are here out of curiosity, you’re about to learn something magical. 

In this blog post, we are talking about etheric wings or otherwise known as energy wings. Hold on tight and keep an open mind. 

etheric wings


Let’s begin by addressing the elephant in the room. What are etheric a.k.a energy wings? I’m sure that many of you who have your own set of spiritual practices know that you can experience weird bodily sensations. For example, ringing in the ears, third eye chakra vibrating (as well as your other chakras), spiritual chills and much more. However, I feel like etheric or energy wings is a sensation that isn’t experienced as often. That being said, more and more people are beginning to talk about it which makes me super excited!

Etheric wings is a symbol of your connection to the Divine. It’s a physical sensation that you will feel in your back body. This might sound absolutely bizarre if you have not experienced it yourself, however this phenomenon is absolutely real. Many people will feel a slight pressure, back & shoulder pain, a buzzing sensation that can only be explained as energy moving through the body. The development of energy wings means that you are nearing a completion or have already completed an important cycle in your life. In a way, your wings symbolise spiritual ‘upleveling’ and provide power and protection to go even further. They can also indicate and symbolise your mission on this Earth. Some souls have chosen to reincarnate and spread healing in many different forms.

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I first felt my etheric wings opening up during a very deep meditation session. At that time, I just started going through Joe Dispenza’s 4-week meditation program (check out the link below) and was doing a lot of shadow work. Of course, I felt curious because the sensation was completely new to me. It basically felt as if I had two ‘extensions’ developing alongside my shoulder blades. It’s a tingling sensation that almost feels like electric shocks or numbing cream being applied in two distinct lines. As you probably can already tell, it’s very difficult to illustrate and everyone will find different ways to explain this. 


At first, I did not give it much attention because I thought that it’s something completely random. If you are familiar with meditation and tapping into your subconscious mind, you know that weird sensations come and go. However, soon after I started noticing a pattern. Every single time I sat down to meditate I could feel those two energy currents that felt like literal wings. Some days I could feel both of them equally, some days one of the currents was stronger than the other. This is when I started to question whether it’s perhaps related to something much more powerful. Whenever the sensation weakened, I almost felt sad as if something was missing. The more I concentrated on it and almost forced it, the more it weakened. The moment I would let go, the sensation would come back. After a while I noticed that I could feel my etheric wings outside of meditation. For example, whilst reading, writing, or simply enjoying myself. That’s the moment I started researching it and realised that I have etheric wings! And I’m not alone! 


Obviously, the reason for developing etheric wings is going to be different for everybody and we are going to talk about it later in this blog post. For me personally, I feel like it was a combination of many things. I was doing a lot of energy healing, I was finally dealing with my past trauma whilst going through my second spiritual awakening. So in a way, I feel like my energy wings grew and developed because of my spiritual growth and serve as a totem of Divine protection. 

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As I already mentioned previously, there are many different reasons why you may be growing a set of energy wings. Our journeys are individual, therefore feel free to share your own experience and the reasons you believe have caused you to develop etheric wings. 

Spiritual Awakening
One of the more obvious reasons for growing energy wings is a spiritual awakening. Whether you just started going through it or have been riding this rollercoaster for a hot minute, an awakening is a powerful period in your life that can cause many unusual things.

Spiritual ‘Upleveling’
If you have completed or nearing a completion of an important cycle in your life, your etheric wings may serve as a symbol of your spiritual growth.

One of the most important functions of your etheric wings is their protective quality. They are literally an extension of your aura and have the power to guide and protect you. Perhaps you are working on releasing past trauma or are about to change your life completely, move to another country, etc. Your energy wings may come when you need protective energy most.

Symbol of Your Mission & Power
Etheric wings are also a symbol of healing powers and a higher mission on this Earth. If you are drawn to being of service, healing our planet through art or music, if you are here to raise the vibration of our planet, your wings are a symbol of that calling and power.

i feel like i have wings on my back


Apart from the sensations that we have already discussed (tingling, buzzing, numbing, and feeling energy points open up), there are some other symptoms you may experience. Some report mild shoulder pain or back pain. 

Heaviness can be felt as well. I noticed that I slouch more easily throughout the day and even during meditation and yoga, although, I am used to keeping my spine straight. I would recommend to keep practicing heart-opening asanas. Additionally, don’t forget to cleanse your etheric wings as they may weigh you down due to additional energies. Cleanse them the way you cleanse your aura. You can picture a golden or white light completely enveloping your entire being and a thick, black smoke evaporating into the air. Whatever your technique may be, use it. I have also read that flexing your wings provides cleansing as well. 

Another symptom that you may notice is vivid dreams. Remember, your wings provide you with a strong connection to the spiritual realm so you may receive active messages during your sleep. I would recommend to start a dream journal which will help you to ‘brain-dump’. 

why do i feel like i'm growing wings

Let me know if you have ever felt your etheric wings growing from your back body and what was your experience. Remember, that this sensation is absolutely real and normal. If you have no idea what it actually feels like and you haven’t grown your wings yet, be patient, everything happens in Divine timing. Energy wings or not, we are all extremely powerful beings.

Namaste. I am proud you.


  • Hi since like last month I feel these wings I even see them in my imagination as big pink angel wings, what does it mean?

    Love from Sweden 😇🇸🇪💜✨💫🌟

    • Hi, Sebastian! Thank you for stopping by 😇 I would say that the meaning has to be interpreted by you, so let the intuition guide you.:) Pink is usually associated with our heart chakra or more specifically, the upper heart chakra. You might want to look into that as it could mean that you are opening up this energy point within your subtle body♥️

      In my case, wings do change their colour depending on various circumstances, so don’t be surprised if you start seeing a different colour:)

  • Hi. I am 45 years old and going through a spiritual growth to resolve trauma. I decided to try Reiki today and went through a fire ritual. I was looking for blocks and to my surprise I discovered that I have the start of wings that have been trying to grow for a few years now but I was unaware of them. I felt some resistance as this is such a large transition in my life. I am happy I found your page. It really is spot on to my experience and I feel reassured I am not the only person experiencing this.

    • Hi, Alicia!

      Thank you for sharing your experience 🙏 you are definitely not alone haha! Continue doing all the amazing work and you will start connecting with your wings more and more. It is sort of an extension of your aura 🦋 It’s so curious how we become more aware of our subtle bodies once we tune in. Reiki is amazing as well! If it’s within your interest and budget, I would recommend looking for Reiki Level 1 training, so you would be able to continue the sessions at home. Keep in mind, that Reiki is available to us at all times even if a person is not attuned to it. Having Reiki Level 1 attunement simply means that Reiki is readily available to you whenever you need it and strengthens your connection with this life-force energy.⭐️

  • Dear Greta!
    Thank you very much for the enlightening article. It really helped me understand why my upper back, behind my heart chakra I would say, feels so cold recently at two specific spots, even though the rest of the body is warm.

    Please note that this occurred after I dreamed of my already deceased grandfather, dying again a horrific death and was even traumatised in my dream, as I was crying and was in shock, as I had seen his ‘death’ in front of me.
    Now I believe that my etheric wings probably absorbed most of the negative energy and trauma in order to protect me, as I only woke with an uneasy feeling.

    I proceeded with shaking and unfolding my wings in order to get rid of the negative energy and it worked! I feel very little cold, almost a small discomfort you could say, whereas before I was walking around in 4 layers and a blanket!

    Thank you once again for helping me deal with my awakening symptoms and not worry that I may have caught a cold from nowhere! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for sharing your story, Diana! I do very much believe that our wings are a symbol of Divine protection 🦋 and our intuition is our compass. If the sensations you’re experiencing feel right, then go with that feeling. Please share how your story unfolds in the future and if you experience anything unusual, this is such an exciting topic.🙏

  • Oh my goodness, i am so happy i had the courage to look up this topic its been happening for awhile now, but honestly who was i going to talk to about this. My family is part Vulcan … and here i am wondering if i was ” growing eings ??” What ???
    When you mentioned the flexing, i completely resonated with that. And as it is nothing ive experienced before…well it’s been confusing to say the least. But now a community of people experiencing this, i am not alone.
    Thank you for sharing your story
    Na maste

    • Hi, Lisa! It always makes me super happy to read comments and stories like yours because I keep being proven time and time again that this is happening to so many of us. Thank you for taking the time to share this with me and the community. Keep shining!☀️❤️

  • I’ve been having this sensation since I started questioning the religion I was born into (Christianity of course) and it had only gotten stronger as I’ve developed my own set of beliefs, in different gods, such as a deity I am trying to start out with named Cernunnos. I’ve never been able to explain it and chalked it up to something with the medical stuff I have. This explains a lot! I’ve always described it as “wings” so it’s great to see I’m not alone!

    • Hi, Alex! I think that having that curiosity and the need to explore will always bring us closer to our own truth. And that ultimately brings us closer to our purpose. As long as you feel like the sensation you’re feeling is a positive one (and of light!), I would trust my intuition if I were in your shoes. 🙏 You’re definitely not alone!

  • Hi.. Wow, a lot more articles about this on the internet now as opposed to about 2 to 2 1/2 years ago when i experienced mine. Their outer presence came over me instantaneously ( and as a result of a few month trauma i was dealing with, overwhelming). I’d been aware of my wings in my inner world, but never knew this gift was capable of coming to realization on my physical body. They truly served to protect me and Bless me and bring me relief in that struggle. The week(s) they emerged, the gift, sensation, I could also see other people’s etheric wings, very strongly the second day of my own. (yes i too had been feeling sensations on my shoulder blades, thought it was light workout and yoga related) . Now I feel them and sometimes see on others when i tune in; i can always expand them and shake them off, thus cleansing my ’emotional’ heaviness. This is my story. They, the wings in my awarenesses can be white, or graying, black, full and healthy, or more older, more sparse, or more graying. This is just my experience in seeing people’s angel wings. I can usually pretty easily tune into them. (also, i’m vegan, gf, organic food, and my sense of nutrition, herbs, detoxing, vitamins is pretty accurate). Glad to hear these stories. all Be Well

    • Oh, wow, Molly! Thank you for sharing your story. It always fascinates me how truly remarkable people in the spiritual community are.🙏 I can really relate to the trauma part because I feel like I developed my wings as a totem of protection above everything else. There are so many other meanings that they carry for me, however, I feel like simply put, they were a gift as you said. I love that you can see other people’s wings! That’s magical!🦋

  • I have this sensation often but one of my wings feels broken. Do you have insight as to why when I meditate I can feel it but why one of them feels not quite right?

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog post😇 Which wing feels not quite okay? Our right side is related to the masculine, our ability to give in a healthy way, and it’s also related to the future. So any issues around these areas may cause our right side to react (in spiritual and physical ways). Our left side is the feminine, the receiving side which is also related to the past. I would suggest starting here. If it’s your right side, perhaps you have fears around your future or have too little yang energy? Just food for thought. 🙏

  • Hi, I started feeling buds or starting of wings when I finally started searching and practicing witchcraft and meditating more. The first experience was fantastic, I feel like they are growing more and more everyday… the tingling and buzzing is increasing…it feels so good and I am soo glad I searched this up!! thank you for this amazing article!!

    • I’m glad that your curiosity won!😅 It amazes me every day how many messages I receive about this topic:) I have definitely made the right decision when I decided to speak up about something so out of ordinary👁 thank you for taking the time to leave a comment🙏

  • I just attended my first Reiki session and was told my wings puffed out when my energy in my shoulders was cleansed. She said it only happened one other time for her. I am researching further and found your article.

  • I had my wings, but now their gone or maybe I’m just numb to them , Feel Quite lost without them really. The feeling when I did have them was amazing . Flexing the wings or having a good stretch was good . This will sound weird but having the wings at the time felt normal . Come back wings . Please .

    • Hi, Amanda! Something that I mentioned in my blog post and something that I want to emphasize in your situation is to not force the feeling. We are dealing with very subtle energy here and we have to surrender to it. You haven’t lost your wings, I can promise you that. You simply have to find your own way to reconnect with them. Sit in meditation and accept that while you may not be able to feel them, you know that they’re there. Concentrate on your growth and I promise you, the moment you let go and almost forget about them, the sensations will come back stronger than ever. 😇

  • This helped me so much, I’ve been feeling these since my early teens, and they are almost constantly there. I see them as large black feathered wings, they mainly appear when I’m protecting others. But I noticed that they are still there even when I sleep.

    • Hi, Ren! That really makes sense as I truly feel like they are a symbol of protection. If your connection is strong enough, it really makes sense that they sort of “activate” when you are in a protective mode. That is really interesting, thank you for sharing! 😇

  • i got mine back lately, and for me its more as a tool to travel. i found out i can use them to protect me or others. but mostly i use them to travel, especially during dream time. i found out also for me the best to cleanse is by flexing them or water and like shaking it off. it is nice to see more ppl have those, and to find out what exactly are those. so thank you very much for this article

  • This is really interesting… Thank you for this!!!

    I don’t really do a lot regarding spiritual things (meditating, learning about chakras, reiki… it’s more my mom’s thing), although I have known that I’m psychic for a while. I went through a really tough year, and I started to feel them, but they’ve become more and more noticeable for me, and it’s been really hard feeling two extra appendages that no one else really believes.

    I don’t feel much in the way of tingling… is there other ways to tell if what you’re feeling is etheric wings?

    • Hi, Rani! Sorry for replying after a month 🙏 I would probably start noticing the patterns of when you feel your wings most. Is it when you are in the flow? Do you feel them most when something feels off? I usually get a pretty strong physical sensation when I meditate or write. The sensation also becomes more apparent whenever I have something on my mind or am trying to make a decision, so it kinda acts as a bell of confirmation or caution. Generally, I would simply trust my intuition. If it doesn’t feel other-worldly, then it probably isn’t. If it does feel like something spiritual, then it probably is. 🧡 that’s how I view it, anyways:)

  • Hi I’m 15 and recently started meditation and a few weeks in I felt something on my back so like a normal person I looked to SEE if something was on my back, but couldn’t see it so I continued my meditation session and started feeling it again so I just ignored it until three days later while with my dad I started to try and improve my echolocation “skill” and could’ve sworn I saw something it look a little like blood red and while I saw this my eyes wear closed, and I was in complete darkness. Well me being me I just thought that me being alone for to long was starting to make me go crazy. Then I started seeing “it/them” again. Then we went for a road trip, and I like the wind blowing in my face but can’t keep my eyes open for to long. So I had my eyes closed and then felt like there were wings flapping on my back FLAPPING. Okay sounds crazy so I started to search up this feeling and no results then I saw this and I really help as I understand a bit more of what is could be. So thank you lots

    • I am happy to see you have found this post, Frank! 😇 I think loads of people have found comfort (me included) in the comment section and the post itself. I constantly receive stories and messages from people who have gone through similar experiences, each of them being unique. So thank you for sharing yours because every story is extremely important. It proves that these things exist 🦋 or maybe we are just going insane collectively haha. By the way, I am fascinated to read more about echolocation now. 😁

  • Very interesting- thank you.
    I’ve also found the wings can be used like antenna to receive and transmit energy – a little like hand mudras, but with etheric wings.

  • Hello I had a set appear the other day and two more just came out from my sacral chakra is that even possible. However I know what 1st looks like but not the second set and I do not know what they can do yet. Help me

  • Hello Miss Soo it’s been about almost a year now since I’ve developed a habit of spiritual journey I’ve studied a lot on this because I have been getting a lot of celestial things without even knowing that I was I do have ringing in the left ear a lot even a heart beat sound in my right ear two years ago I didn’t even start doing this like back in 2020 now fast forward to 2021 at the start of 2022 because 2021 is a complete blank to me and I don’t even know why I remember sleeping and dreaming that I was in the spirit world and then waking up to December of 2021 into February of 2022 it was as if I was knocked out for three months that’s when I was going through the phase of that said journey I’ve been seeing the spirit coming into the physical realm and it was overwhelming for me that I couldn’t understand why I was seeing them cuz I don’t see spirits never had and after like three days of seeing them it just stopped all of a sudden I wasn’t seeing them anymore and as of today Im feeling like my wings have popped out and Im telling you that they are huge I kid you not so I’m beginning to understand what I am now thank you for making this website that I stumbled upon

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