More on Energy Healing

In my last blog, Energy Healing: Why Does it Work? Why Doesn’t it Work?, I suggested a couple of reasons why I thought it might not work. While I didn’t exactly get a flood of comments here, I did get one very helpful comment on Google+ from someone who has a lot more experience than I. I’ll let Steven Hollifield speak for himself before I throw in my two cents worth:

As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine for 25+ years, I agree that it doesn’t always work. Some of the problem comes from faulty diagnosis, and faulty execution of the treatment by the practitioner. But, also, the patient has to have faith in the Dr. and His/Her treatment selection. This is part of the healing placebo effect that is mostly looked upon as a negative thing here in the West. In Tibetan Medicine, The Dr. prays to the Medicine Buddha. The Dr. becomes a manifestation of the Medicine Buddha in the patients eyes. So, all healing is manifested in the patient through the Medicine Buddha. The Dr. stays out of the way and has no ego involvement.

I’ve added the bold type in a few places because those are the issues I want to comment on.

I wouldn’t even write about energy healing if I hadn’t experienced it myself, both as a patient and as a practitioner, so what follows is experiential, not theoretical:

  1. In the class I took, the instructors started out by demonstrating how kinesiology (“muscle testing”) works. By the end of the evening, I was convinced that it worked. A simple muscle testing exercise was the diagnostic tool used in the technique. Without it, the practitioner would be flying blind.
  2. Next, we were taught a reasonably complicated set of statements to use to elicit positive (true) or negative (false) responses during muscle testing.
  3. Finally, when a correct diagnosis was reached, a precise verbal forgiveness procedure would elicit healing.

Okay, that was the ritual. As Steven pointed out, the patient has to have faith in the treatment. I doubted that at first, because the subjects I used for my case studies knew I was a rank amateur, but upon reflection, I remembered how a treatment session began. First I’d do a few muscle testings, just to tune in and to get the client tuned in. Then I would receive permission from the client via their muscle testing response. That’s important, because belief or non-belief is deeper than conscious awareness.

I’m just going to briefly touch on the placebo effect. In my opinion, we’ve been thoroughly brainwashed to believe it is a minor factor in healing and even that it only works on naive if not downright stupid people. Well, I for one have had to swallow my pride for thinking I was “above” the placebo effect and am grateful for it.

Now for “the Dr. stays out of the way and has no ego involvement.” One of my first big successes was in going through the procedure and restoring flexibility to a woman’s thumb that had been fixed in place for years after being twisted back in a swimming pool accident. Not exactly curing cancer, I know, but conventional doctors had given up on it. I’m as egotistical as they come, but I vividly remember placing my doubtful, even cynical self in a box in the back of my mind for the duration of the session. It was allowed to observe, but not to interfere. In other words, I was keeping my ego out of it.

On another occasion, when another student was working on me, we got right down to the core of the issue when her ego got involved and she started in on a diagnosis without getting verification from my body through muscle testing. I could feel the connection break as she turned to the observing students and expounded her personal theories.

Then there was the time I tried the procedure on a friend during a New Year’s Eve party, but I don’t want to go into that because it’s embarrassing. Suffice it to say, no “miraculous” healings occurred that evening, though we did have a good time.

So, I think Steve Hollifield hit the nail on the head. However, I’m convinced that you don’t need to be a conscious believer for energy healing to work and you don’t need to be an egoless saint to be an effective practitioner. The brilliant thing about muscle testing, when used correctly, is that it taps in to the body’s “knowing”, which can be diametrically opposed to your conscious belief system. As I demonstrated to myself, if you can find a way to put your ego on the back burner and focus on the technique, it can work. Hoping for a positive outcome, too, is a form of ego involvement, by the way, so the important thing is to follow the ritual, whatever it is, and don’t worry about whether it’s going to work or not.

One more thing: Kinesiology always seems to go awry when people get overexcited about it and do one or both of two things:

  1. Start self-testing. It’s very easy to fool yourself that way. I think it’s virtually impossible to successfully self-test, since there’s ego-involvement from the start.
  2. Use it to test the truth or falsehood of things outside of your own energetic body or the energetic body of your client.

These are subjects I’d like to go into at a later date, but I want to mention them now, just in case some readers google muscle testing or kinesiology and run across claims that you can muscle test to, for instance, determine if a politician is telling the truth.

Later I’ll go into some more specifics about the technique I’ve alluded to here, but that’s enough for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Energy Healing: Why Does it Work? Why Doesn’t it Work?

energy healingCall it Qi, call it Chi or call it Energy: whatever you want to call it, energy healing is a popular subject these days. Some swear by it, some debunk it and some hard sell it, but everyone seems to talk about it and many people dabble in it. A few even learn how to make it work.

My first introduction to energy healing that worked was in 2004, when I was in Bali. Every day when I walked from my guesthouse to the internet cafe, I passed a shop with a big sign outside that said, “Spiritual Healing.” There was an attention grabbing poster outside that showed the energy meridians as they’ve been mapped out in Traditional Chinese Medicine. As I hobbled past the shop each day, feeling depressed because my back was giving me trouble, my first thought was, “Bullshit.” It wasn’t that I didn’t believe it could work, it was because I firmly believed that any healer who hung out a shingle in a prominent location was a fake or incompetent. I still believe that – sort of.

Fortunately, one day I decided to set my prejudices aside and give the healer a try. The first three sessions could be explained away as having a basis in the physical sciences as we know them, but on the fourth session, I not only felt the healer draw negative energy out of my body, I saw it. That led me on a quest to find out how energy healing worked.

It’s a long story and one I want to tell at a later date, but after taking a series of classes, I learned how to do energy healing myself. For awhile, I was on a roll, but with all that’s transpired in the past 5 years, I seem to have lost my mojo. Why?

I think I’ve identified two reasons why energy healing might not work:

  1. Lack of focus: I came to this conclusion originally after learning a set of rituals or protocols that worked, but that I didn’t fully believe in. Healers in different cultures follow different sets of rituals, too, but come up with similar results. What the successful ones seem to have in common is focus when they’re working.
  2. Pride: That’s pride, not ego. “I want to save the world” is an egotistical statement, but that’s more or less what motivates healers to learn their craft. When you watch the video below, notice what happens when the second healer falls victim to pride and shows off his skills. They work, but they do harm instead of good.

I’m not going to argue my case for believing energy healing works. I’m convinced of it from personal experience. I know it doesn’t work, too and that’s what’s most interesting to me. I don’t buy the line that you have to be a “spiritual” person for it to work. I’m no more or less spiritual than a wart hog, but it worked for me. I believe it worked for me because, unlike most wart hogs, I’m able to focus my mind and energy occasionally on something besides food and sex.

I’d love to hear your take on energy healing. Just do me a favour: don’t tell me it can’t work. I won’t believe you, so you’ll be wasting your breath.

What is Evil? What is Good?

In my previous post, Of Mice and Men and Empathy, I wrote: “Now that I’ve removed us humans from the pinnacle of goodness, let’s take a quick look at evil, because this is where we reign supreme.” Well, I’ve kind of changed my mind.

First of all, comments here and elsewhere rightly point out that “good” and “evil” are human concepts. I agree with that to the degree that they are “concepts” but am not sure that they are limited to our species. In my illusory universe, they are inextricably linked with duality itself.

In a previous post,  David Icke vs Alfred Korzybski (22 October 2011), I came to the conclusion that, “In my opinion, the more we explore the meaning of the word love, the more liberated (or enlightened, if you prefer) we become.” Rather than repeat myself, I invite you to read that entry and decide for yourself if it makes any sense to you on any level.

In an earlier post, Thomas Campbell, William Blake and John Lennon: A Strange Symbiosis, I came to a similar conclusion. Tom Campbell is interesting to me because he is both a practising physicist and an experienced astral traveller. He has more experience in both realms than I have, yet seems to have not fallen for the the illusions of either. In his view, the acquisition of knowledge in either of those realms is beside the ultimate point. As he said when asked the rhetorical question, “You say that by eliminating fear and ego and lowering entropy, you become love?”:

Yes. Consciousness is love. Spirituality is love.

Elsewhere in the video I took this quote from, he suggests that we all have to follow our own path. That was the William Blake connection. Blake, who created a system that was in its way as complex as any, said the same thing in different words. Ditto for John Lennon. Ditto for me. Nothing else rings true for me. That probably sounds egotistical, but look at it this way:

  1. The only “reality” I am truly aware of is my own.
  2. My consciousness perceives as “real” only what I am focused on at any given “time.”
  3. When I am most conscious, I am also most expansive, least self-centred and most loving.

Anyway, evil, in my opinion at this moment, is anything that constricts consciousness. Good is anything that expands consciousness because, and I believe this to my bones, the first or original expression of consciousness is unconditional love.

Here in the realm of duality (or the Matrix), evil to me is the control system that actively and incessantly seeks to limit the experience and expression of consciousness (love). I have some theories about who is behind that, but they are still based on the opinions of others and not personal experience, observation or even research, so I’ll save that for another day.

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