Energy work refers to alternative healing modalities based on
beliefs that we all have energy fields that can be affected by the thoughts or
actions of other people. Here is an overview of energy work - and
insights into Soulwork and the structure of love.
For your cognitive mind, your loving heart and your intuitive soul
I am sometimes asked what energies I use to cause,
supplement or support the rapid, powerful results that so many people experience
during our work. People often tell me that they feel or
see an energy flow between me and those people.
I believe that I know what this energy work is, but when I
try to describe it, I can get lost in abstractions. So I will
summarize what various energy workers say that they do, and then offer my own observations.
What is Energy Work?
Depression, fatigue, anxiety or unhappiness are common reactions to
relationship issues. Such reactions can decrease the body's immune
system and increase the risk of disease. These reactions also motivate
searches for inner peace.
Compared to drugs, balancing body energies may seem like a
great idea! Energy work certainly seems easier than analyzing emotions
and changing relationships. Just relax, think nice thoughts, breathe
deeply and pay. Great - if it works!
Energy workers told me that balancing body energies can empower
people to harmonize their minds, bodies and souls and they often claim
that they help people stimulate, release, clear or
unblock their body energies.
Descriptions of energies that can affect the human body can be
found in older medical and spiritual systems. Such energies were called
prana in India, mana in Hawaii, qi in China, ki
in Japan, orgone in Germany and animal magnetism in America.
Popular Forms of Energy Healing
All practitioners seemed to believe
that their modality is effective,
if not the most effective.
Acupuncture was developed in
ancient China. Practitioners told me that everything is governed by the
energies of water, wood, fire, earth and metal, and that they can affect
the flow of body energy by inserting needles into the skin to balance the
flow of a universal energy called Qi.
Animal magnetism need not mean sex appeal! The
term referred to the application of a universal magnetic fluid that
practitioners (mesmerists) could control. Research into animal magnetism
was the basis of early medical hypnosis which later emerged as psychotherapy.
Bioenergy practitioners seek to unblock body energies
restricted by suppressed emotions, which manifest as tension, pain and illness.
Bioenergy practitioners may use suggestion, exercises and breathing to allow a
universal energy called orgone to flow through a body.
Christian healing practitioners may say that
some special people can ask a universal Holy Spirit to enter other
people's bodies to promote transformation, forgiveness and health ... if those
people believe or have enough faith that this is possible.
Ho'omanamana is Hawaiian for making great energy.
Practitioners may say that they use the elements of nature, generated by breathing or
given by an ancestral spirit to replace or balance human
mana (life energy), and to kick out malignant energies left by other people.
Polarity therapy practitioners may say that nature
has positive and negative energies that must be in balance to prevent illness.
Practitioners claim to balance human energy fields to restore the mind and body,
using massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, yoga and positive thinking.
Prana is a Sanskrit word meaning invisible
vital energy. Practitioners may say that they can use prana to
balance, harmonize and transform body energies, to accelerate healing by
increasing the life force or vital energy on the affected part of the body.
Reflexology practitioners apply pressure to the
foot, holding that the foot represents a microcosm of the body and that parts
of the foot correspond to
other body parts. By pressing on certain parts, practitioners may claim to help
alleviate body problems by clearing congested energies.
Reiki is Japanese for universal energy.
It uses touch and visualizations to access a universal energy that can
restore health. Practitioners may claim to transfer this universal
energy by placing their hands on chakras, and body organs, to
balance the energies of the mind, body and spirit.
Shiatsu means finger pressure and
includes a massage rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu appears
to follow the principles of acupuncture, replacing needles with finger pressure
(acupressure) to allow body energies to move more appropriately.
Spiritual healing practitioners may ask spirits
of dead people or other energies to influence the health of other people, and
they often consider themselves to be conduits for healing energies, capable of
sending such energies to whomever they choose.
Therapeutic touch practitioners may say that
they can affect body health by intuitively assessing a person's energy field,
clearing it, and transferring their own energy to the person by holding their
hands close to the person's body.
Witchcraft practitioners may say that
everything has auras, and adepts can see illness as cloudy or discolored
areas to which they can transfer a universal
light, perhaps with the aid of gems, incense, candles or
How many universal energies are
there? I asked practitioners about their methods and the methods of
their competitors. Many people told me of their special
abilities to manipulate
various energies that can ease emotional distress and promote
Spirituality, Happiness & Love
For me, spirituality means lasting happiness. For me,
happiness is a profound experience of well-being that
can survive and grow even during difficult times. For me, happiness
includes sharing my skills with people I can love.
Yet if I claim to love someone, I am on thin
ice. The word love has so many different meanings and implications.
Important questions arise ... Am I truthful? What type of love
am I talking about? How do I want to express my love? and
What do I expect other people to do with my love?
To love someone is, I feel, very different
to falling in love. (Our brain chemistry seems to change when
we fall in love, with similar effects to psychoactive drugs
and severe emotional disturbances).
I feel more whole when I care about the happiness of other people;
especially if I have evidence that those people care about
me. When I encourage people on their life paths, and feel encouraged by them, we
may feel connected and even included in each other's lives.
Yet love is so often used to describe unhealthy behavior.
When I counsel unhappy couples, I may ask, "Why do you want to stay
together?" Often their answers are, "because I love him/her.
" If I delve deeper, I find darker answers ... fear of being alone, fear of
not supporting oneself, fear of never again enjoying sex, fear of not finding
another partner, or people bonded by negative emotions.
People who feel unloved, unlovable or incapable of loving, often distract
themselves from their emotions with television, alcohol, sex,
toys or food. In the absence of love-that-connects, they may seek people
or things that can distract them from their senseless lives. Such people
often claim that they love their distractions.
With that background, peaceful energy work from a calm
practitioner makes sense. The energy work that I experienced usually
involved gentle words, deep breathing and soft touches, in rooms of
pastel colors with scented candles, incense and fragrant herbal teas.
I felt better ... so energy work works ... doesn't it?
My questions were, "How long do such changes last?"
and "How can people access and enjoy a stable sense of
wellbeing?" And, "What is love, anyway?"
Love is Energy Work
We are careful to clarify relationship roles and responsibilities.
Adult clients, for example, are not close friends and are not children.
They are people we may accompany for a few steps of our life paths.
Real love is appropriate. Some people
seem confused between love for parents and love for partners. Some therapists
seem confused between accepting clients and romantic affairs. Acts of
kindness seem more honest than words of love.
Real love can be active or passive. For me, active love is
encouragement ... I can only encourage people with integrity if I
support their values and goals; or else I am lying. For me, passive
love is acceptance ... I can only accept people with integrity if I
know their past and present circumstances, or else I feel that I am playing games.
People communicate their love, or lack
of love, non-verbally. Postures, gestures, and voice tones communicate more than words
- and more accurately. When these messages are received, people feel love,
or lack of love, in their bodies.
Yet few people really listen.
Instead, they ask
me, "What energies are you sending?"
and "How can I do that?"
My most profound energy work starts with my dynamic
acceptance and active encouragement of people who
have goals that I can heartfully support. Only then does sharing love in relationships make sense!
This is one basis for my incredible results.
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