The idea that something could be wrong with our “energy” that may lead to or be causing physical or emotional issues has recently worked its way from a crazy, new agey idea to a more common, mainstream belief. This idea is not new at all. In fact, indigenous cultures all over the world have practiced various forms of “energy” healing, probably since the beginning of man.
This healing power is not something exclusive, that only certain people have. Think about what you do when you hurt yourself. Say, for instance, you just hit your thumb with a hammer. What is your first initial reaction?
Most likely, you would gasp (getting extra oxygen into your bloodstream for healing) and you would hold your injured thumb with your other hand. This is a completely normal reaction, and shows that the ability to heal our energy bodies is hardwired into our brains. By holding our injured thumb with our other hand, we are unconsciously focusing energy on the injured part which encourages the healing process to begin. Everybody has an innate ability to heal themselves and others!
Scientists have proven that our bodies are made up of energy. The atoms that make up our bodies, when broken down into their base components, are pure energy. Further, scientists are beginning to discover that energy is shaped and affected by our intention. Quantum physics is starting to explore the reality that our thoughts and intentions have an effect on the reality of our lives. You can Google “Quantum Physics,” “Intention” and “Manifestation” to read about this relatively new field of research.
So, how does energy healing work, then? You have an energy field surrounding your body. Some people call this the “Aura”. Some people feel that it is the electromagnetic field that surrounds your body which is the sum of the electrical and energetic reactions taking place in your body between your atoms and cells. Some cultures believe that this field helps you to interact with the fields of all other people and things that you come into contact with, including the earth.
When you have a disease, injury or illness, energy healers generally believe that it is reflected in your energy field. It could start as an energy imbalance from emotional or spiritual disturbance and work its way into the physical realm, manifesting as symptoms in your body. It could also come as a result of a physical injury that happens, which by its nature, interrupts the energy flow in your body.
Physical healing can be greatly improved by balancing this energy and helping the client regain a strong connection with the Earth. Just like blood and oxygen encourage faster healing in the body, so can a proper flow of healthy, balanced energy.
Energy healing can also be related to resonance. When you hit a tuning fork near another tuning fork, the tuning fork that is not hit will begin to vibrate in response to the vibration of the tuning fork that has struck. This is called resonance So, how does this influence energy healing techniques?
The healer, or the person facilitating the energy healing session acts as the tuning fork, so to speak, to bring in a stronger, healthier vibration. The client is like the tuning fork that is not struck initially, but the clients resonant frequency will rise to meet the higher frequency that the healer is bringing in to the session.
There are many forms of energy healing throughout the world; both indigenous traditions and those that have come forth more recently in history. Reiki healing is a well known form of energy healing from Japan that was discovered in about 1930.
My training in energy work is in an energy healing technique called Healing Hands. This technique, though similar to Reiki healing, comes from Native American traditions from North America that was discovered about 10,000 years ago.
A Healing Hands treatment consists of the healer placing their hands over parts of the clients body. It can be done while the client is in any position. The intent of the therapist is to remain open so that they can be a “hollow bone” for the client to receive whatever energy they need for their healing and well being. No clothing needs to be removed by the client and this ceremony can ever work over great distances; the healer and the client do not even need to be near each other!
While science is beginning to learn about why various energy healing techniques work, these explanations are new teachings to a treatment modality that has been practiced for thousands of years. Because these traditions existed long before the science that explains them, they rely on faith that the client will get whatever energy they need from the treatment (the explanations that are coming forth now are just icing on the cake!) This simplicity makes this an extremely elegant form of energy work and makes it very accessible and easy to learn.
Learning this type of healing work is empowering, as every person can learn to offer healing to those around them and the world at large. Because I believe that we are all connected in many ways, I believe that increasing the amount of healing energy in the world helps strengthen “Mitakwe Oyasin” or all my relations, a Native American term referring to those connections that bind us all. When you help to facilitate wellness for an individual, the whole Earth and all those on Her are strengthened as well.
Healing Hands can be easily learned by beginners or those already experienced in the healing arts. Your initiation (receiving sacred symbols) is done in a ceremonial attitude with the entire group participating. Healing Hands can be offered on its own or incorporated into other types of healing work such as massage, nursing, crystal work, etc. Healing Hands workshops are being taught all over the world as these ancient traditions come forth into the modern world.
I am available to teach Healing Hands workshops worldwide! For more information about hosting a workshop, go to the Stone Medicine website or please feel free to contact me at Shanna@creaturecomfortsbodywork.com