There is an old Chinese curse which runs ‘May you live in interesting times’! We are certainly there at the moment and all the indication is that things could get very ‘interesting’ before they get better. Although we talk a lot about individual energy there is a universal energy that is unfolding too. This is the big picture referred to in the title of this post. Our own search is intimately bound up with the the world’s current situation. At a micro and macro level the same process is going on.
If you are interested in Energy Healing at all levels then you need to understand what is happening at a global level. This article really gives a flavour of what is going on and may help you to get a grasp on what is happening worldwide at the moment…..
Energy Healing has been practised by all cultures at all times throughout history. It might in fact be our oldest form of healing and perhaps is a throw back to a time when the human race was much more in touch with its true nature. Somehow, something became lost as humans developed into modern man; with our scientific world view and technological superiority we believe that we have mastered all knowledge, leaving no room for the beliefs of this older spirituality. Like our childhood beliefs in Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy we believe we have grown beyond such a ‘simple’ understanding of our world.
This is a classic case of ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’ and completely disenfranchises us from our connection to the source of all existence. If the programme we our running in our brain doesn’t allow for the possibility of energy healing then no amount of evidence or personal testimonies will convince us otherwise. So, perhaps the first prerequisite as we explore energy healing courses online is to have an open mind.
Developing the Correct Mindset
Our starting point on this is the acceptance of 3 basic possibilities:
That solid matter and energy are two aspects of the same fundamental energetic fabric of our universe.
That we exist in, come from and will return to this same energetic source energy
That we can control and direct this underlying universal energy through our focused intention.
Modern Quantum Physics seems to be saying exactly this. Particles can exist either as a wave or a particle (solid or energy), can communicate with other particles instantly across vast distances (possible only if they are not ‘separate’ in any way but part of the same vast energy matrix), and appear to be at the mercy of our conscious attention (scientist now realise that the act of observing our world seems to effect matter in some fundamental way).
If we accept that reality is in fact far ‘stranger’ then our high school science would generally have us believe then we are in a better place mentally and emotionally for considering the merits of energy healing.
Beware the Charlatans
A word of warning though; when you’re looking for energy healing courses online remember that not all courses are created equal! Either driven by ego or the desire for financial gain there are a lot of charlatans out there. Spotting these is actually easier than you might think. Firstly, use your intuitive feelings about the words you are reading and the images you are seeing. Intuition is a valuable skill and comes to us from outside our conscious ‘thinking’ mind. In itself, it is never wrong and our ability to capture its guidance can be greatly improved by paying attention to its quiet voice within. Like any personal skill, the more we use it the more reliable it becomes. One of our guiding principles is the simple command to ‘Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for all things’. There is a part of you that will recognise whether you are being conned or not; go with that feeling.
Look also at the price. Does it seem reasonable to you or somewhat extortionate? A worker is always worth their wages – even healers have to feed their families and pay their mortgage! However, we have seen many so called ‘energy healers’ who seem to prey on the vulnerability and need of the person coming to them and charge fees that can politely be described as ‘somewhat high’.
Many courses seem also to rely on the magical healing skills of the individual selling the course. It is as though they are the sole holders of some secret knowledge or skill, but will of course share that with you for a price. We see this a lot in one of the healing modalities that we work with, Reiki. There are Reiki levels to be worked through, secret symbols to be learned and special Attunements to be undergone. Of course, only the Reiki Master can teach you this knowledge and attune you to the power of the universe. Nonsense! We are all part of the energy matrix that makes up reality and we don’t specifically need to do anything special to tap into it, except perhaps to give ourselves permission to accept its existence.
Your Truth Lies Within
The truth is that no one can heal you – you can only heal yourself. All any healer can do is to lead you to a realisation of this one simple fact. They may open your mind to things you have forgotten and help you to experience what is freely available to you at all times – connection and energy – but that is it. Once you start to recognise this for yourself you are on the road to being healed. Healing is often no more than a clearing of your own thinking processes, effectively rebooting your mind and body to a more natural and harmonious way of operating.
A good online healing course will take you through the process that allows you to direct your own healing but it cannot do the healing for you. It is vital that you understand this. If you do not then you are simply setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. Hopefully, armed with this information you are better placed to make a judgement about the online energy healing courses you are looking at. Remember: develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything; of course that includes our words too!
Thanks for stopping by. Remember, whatever course you eventually choose there is no magic outside of our own self. All healing stems from within. If you are interested in taking this further our online Reiki course will be available by the end of March 2017. Please sign up to our monthly newsletter ‘Confessions of a Misguided Monk‘ for notification of when it is available or email me directly at email@example.com. Please, keep in touch. Share a comment or questions and I will get back to you. Click here to read The Big Idea – it may help you to understand more about our healing philosophy.
It is one thing going to a Reiki therapist to receive a ‘hands on’ treatment where you are able to tell them your problem and directly experience the energy work that they do with you. We are so used to visiting healers of all kinds; whether it be the doctors, dentist or a chiropractor, we recognise that this face to face contact seems an almost essential prerequisite for healing to take place.
It is quite another to consider that the same level of healing can occur without any direct contact between the healer and the patient. It seems counter-intuitive that healing could actually take place from a distance and yet this is exactly what many Reiki practitioners claim to be able to do. This, of course, raises a very serious question: Does Reiki distance healing work?
The Strange World of Quantum Physics
To understand how this might be possible we need to explore the view of ‘reality’ that comes from modern science, particularly Quantum Physics. For those of us schooled in the standard Newtonian world view, this new paradigm can certainly come as something of a shock. Just as Alice found her world got stranger the further down the rabbit hole she went, so a quantum understanding can challenge pretty well everything that we accept as ‘normal’.
When we drill down to the smallest sub-atomic levels it seems as though the solid matter of everyday experience may actually not be solid at all. Quantum energy, the energy of atomic and sub-atomic particles, seems to behave almost magically, existing as both a wave and a particle, depending on whether it is observed or not. It seems as though there is something about consciousness that may directly effect this quantum energy.
At this level ‘solid matter’ may be much more of a myth that we commonly recognise. It seems as though matter may in fact come into existence out of a field or matrix of energy that lies behind all existence. This search for a ‘unified field theory’ is currently the Holy Grail of many scientists and projects like the Large Hadron Collider in Europe are part of this search for a model that can explain how all the energies in our universe interact.
Quantum Science and Spiritual Teachings
It is at this point that the message of science and many of the great spiritual teachers from the past seem to merge together. The existence of this field of energy implies that the energies of everyone and everything is in fact connected as we all appear out of the same source. In essence, nothing is ‘separate’ at all. This is just an illusion brought on by an incomplete understanding of how reality works.
Everything is energy! This of course includes our body and our consciousness. Research shows that we have fields of energy emanating from our bodies that expand beyond the limit of our physical body. All these energy fields contain information and when we tap into the unified field of energetic information, our bodies sometimes receive information as non-local intuitions.
Intuition – Tapping the Energy Field
Have you ever been sitting in a pub or a restaurant and known that someone was staring at you? When you instinctively look up, sure enough there they are. How did you know this with so much certainty?
Soldiers in battle often dive for cover a split second before a bullet smacks into the wall they were standing against moments before. How did they know they were in danger? Is it possible that under the heightened stresses of battle they are more open to communication from the field of energy than they would normally be? Clearly something has happened; instances of such events are too common to be put down to luck.
When we understand that consciousness is not confined to our body but extends into the energy matrix that is the real ‘reality’, these, and many other paranormal experiences, become much easier to connect. By aligning the energy of our consciousness with the energy of the unified field, we can have access to abilities that are actually perfectly natural yet border on the miraculous to the uninitiated.
The Illusion of Distance
This returns us directly to our question, does Reiki distance healing work? The truth is that there is no distance or separation, because we are all part of the same energy field and the ‘healing’ is to recognise this simple fact. By focusing our intent on another, whether they are with us or not, we open them up to possibilities that they may not previously have considered. Once they too recognise their own fundamental connection to source energy, healing in the full sense of the word will follow.
Experienced Reiki practitioners will have recognised their own connection to this source energy and will have helped many others obtain the same insight. It is the focused attention and will of the practitioner that facilitates the healing changes in the recipient. They ‘healer’ leads until the ‘patient’ is able to take full responsibility for their own healing.
Does Reiki distance healing work? Why not try it with an open mind and experience Reiki for yourself.
Thanks for stopping by, I wish you all the best as you research your own path to health. Please, keep in touch. Share a comment or questions and I will get back to you. Click here to read The Big Idea – it may help you to understand our healing philosophy.
There is a lot of truth in this short video. It is very easy to become so involved in our own ‘development’ that we lose sight of the bigger picture. Without compassion we are nothing. In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu said:
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world
…… an important message to remember! Enjoy the video.
Our thanks to the wonderful animation work of Tom Long.
One of my favourite films is called ‘The Silent Flute’. Based on a script idea originally penned by Bruce Lee is tells the story of Cord (The Seeker) as he works through many trials and challenges on his path towards enlightenment. As a piece of cinema it probably isn’t the greatest film ever made but as a modern day parable it’s a very interesting piece of work. It’s one of those films that will resonate powerfully with certain people but leave others quite cold; a bit like Marmite, you’ll either love it or hate it!
Here’s the ‘Spoiler Alert’! At the end of the movie Cord visits a secret island where he is shown the book within which is supposedly written all the secrets of life, the universe and all that. His search is complete, he has mastered all the tasks he has faced and is about to discover the secret to enlightenment. In anticipation he opens the book only to find that each page contains a mirror reflecting his own image back to him!
There are many nuances of understanding to this imagery (and to the film as a whole, so please do watch it) but one thing is a clear takeaway message; the answer to all life’s mysteries lies within each of us. Turn your attention within and you will discover the true source of everything; including who you really are through a realisation of your true self!
Herein lies the problem though. Either by default or design our world teaches us to look outwards for answers and never inward. Humans are basically lazy and it is a lot easier to take on someone else’s view of how the world is, rather than to really think deeply about things and figure it out for ourselves. That involves real effort and means we might have to change pretty well everything that we have previously taken as ‘truth’! It means taking on board the possibility that the world is not as we have been taught by our parents, or by our teachers at school, or by our religious institutions, or by our politicians and leaders.
This is a hard path to tread. It takes courage and perseverance to follow; you very quickly realise that you are on your own, something of a lone wolf! The majority of people are just not interested in anything that would disturb their view of reality – however shitty that reality is for them! Henry David Thoreau said in Walden, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” So true, yet what an indictment on the world that we live in!
This process of separating people from their true nature seems to be accelerating too. There is a social media meme that sums it up beautifully:
So many Selfies, no knowledge of Self.
As a society we seem to have become obsessed with external images rather than the substance behind that image. The further we move away from connecting with our true nature the more shallow and uncaring we seem to become. In a world that has the ability to feed, clothe and home everyone on this planet we see divisions of wealth that are, quiet frankly, obscene.
Does it have to be like this? Of course not! But it does require that people take on their own personal quest by looking inward and really examining everything they find. A bit like a computer reboot, it may well be necessary to assume that everything you have been told is false and start again.
Some 30 years ago my instructor gave me a card with a short verse on. This was a teaching specifically aimed at me and designed to correct a tendency I had. I thanked him of course and then carried on doing exactly what I had been doing – clearly I wasn’t ready for that particular jump in my thinking just yet. It is only in recent years that the full impact of his words have become internalised and have now become my default thinking (most of the time anyway!). I share these words with you now in the hope that you’re quicker on the uptake than I was and you can find your own answers and understand how we are are all fundamentally connected.
The message Sensei had for me was:
Do not look for in others what you can only find in yourself.