To Heal or Not To Heal

“The universal human journey is one of becoming conscious of our power and how to use that power.” ~ Carolyn Myss

To Heal or Not to HealEnergy healing is a healing technique that works to balance the energy field (sometimes called “chi,” “aura,” or “life force”) around the body to eliminate and remove the imbalances that may be preventing the individual from living the life that they want to live.  These energy healers focus on how the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of the body are interconnected to maintain wellness or holistic health. Unlike traditional medical care which is only concerned with the illness or part of the body that is not healthy, energy healers strive to focus on the whole person.  When one part of the body or mind is not working properly, the whole person is affected.  Energy healers strive to
achieve holistic health by helping the patient achieve unlimited and unimpeded free flow of energy through their body, mind and spirit.

There are many traditions and methods of energy healing being practiced to include Reiki, Healing Touch, Ama Deus, Karuna Ki, Qigong, Therapeutic Touch, Pranic, and Tantra.  Most come from aboriginal, shamanistic and Asian traditions with thousands of years of use. My wife and I are currently learning the modality called Healing Touch which uses a technique of gentle hand movements to help re-pattern energy fields in order to maintain health or accelerate healing.  Developed in 1980 by Janet Mentgen for use by nurses and other health care professionals, Healing Touch has spread internationally and is being taught in universities, medical and nursing schools. Today over 30,000 hospital nurses
use Healing Touch to assist with chronic pain, post-operative recovery, migraines, cancer and depression.

Energy healers believe that though the body has the intrinsic ability to establish, maintain, and restore health, but that the healing process can be hindered by energy field blockages or imbalances that occur because of stress, medications or illness.  In these situations, the practitioner focuses to rebalance and realign energy flow in order to place the person in an optimal state for healing to occur.   Physicians and healers do not heal; they only provide environmental changes that facilitate the natural healing power of each human being.   According to Deepak Chopra “We have a pharmacy inside us that is absolutely exquisite. It makes the right medicine, for the precise time, for the right target organ – with no side effects.”  Healing Touch does not attempt to cure anything but instead works to complement conventional medical care or other alternative treatments including massage, guided imagery, music therapy, acupressure, biofeedback, or psychotherapy.

“With great power comes great responsibility.” ~ Spiderman

HT practitioners are taught that we must always get the permission of the person you are trying to heal just as doctors must have permission before operating on a patient.  Because most energy healing techniques are not limited by distance and can be performed remotely, a practitioner might be tempted to perform healing on a sick friend or neighbor, or on a person they read about in the news, without first getting their permission.  What is wrong with that?  Who wouldn’t want to feel better?

Consider the following story:  A young man, who we will call Henry, complains to his friend that he had a severe headache and plans to stay home to try to make himself feel better.  You heard about Henry through a mutual friend and as a recent student of a healing modality, you decide to do some long-distance energy work without consulting Henry first.  Suddenly Henry begins to feel better so he decides to go out to a party.   On his way, he has a car accident and is severely injured.

Was your healing a good thing or a bad thing?  Though your actions did not cause him to have the injury, you nevertheless inserted yourself into this chain of events without permission and may well have to share responsibility with the results.  What is at issue is that you inserted yourself into his life story without his knowledge or permission.

What about the practitioner who strives to extend the life of a terminally ill friend without their permission?  These actions may very well be contrary to the friend’s wishes as it might prolong their suffering or they may be prevented from obtaining release from their pain.

There are many theosophical thoughts as to why there is sickness in the world: some believe it is to teach us, some believe it is so that we can appreciate health, some say that it is karmic debt, etc.  Is healing always in the best interest of the patient?  This question can only be answered within the framework of the inquirer’s belief system.  Before Healing Touch practitioner begin their sessions, they get permission from their patients and establish an intent to attain the “highest good.”  They do not assume they know what that
is.  Healing can have unknown consequences.   It is not for the healer to judge what is best for them; that would violate the person’s free will.

Everyone has the power to heal without formal training.  We know that a friend’s smile can work wonders for lifting our spirits. Friendship, a kind word, a friendly hello and a warm hug are all powerful healing techniques.  Formal training does allow us to learn and practice even more healing techniques that can be utilized.   When we use energy healing directed at the emotional or spiritual plane, we may not manifest changes on the physical level as in a cure, but that does not mean that healing has not occurred or that the perfect outcome has not resulted.  You can feel rewarded that you have assisted that individual
along on their life purpose.  As an apprentice energy healer, I look forward to honoring and supporting each individual’s unique journey.


About Sam Shryock

I am a resident of Kansas City metro area and have practiced Pagan Spirituality since 2007. I am a third-degree Wiccan with the Correllian-Nativist tradition, the local coordinator for Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, and the host of the monthly Kansas Coffee Coven. I currently work full-time in the Computer Industry. I am a retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and have a Masters Degree in Computer Resource and Information Management. Most importantly I am a proud husband, father, and grandfather.
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