Using Energy Healing to Super-Charge Your Recovery Rate

Energy healing is the conscious application of thought to the self-healing process. The human body has incredible restorative powers.

We've all seen a movie or t.v. show in which a person flies an airplane into a mountain, or drives a car into a tree and, against amazing odds, learns to walk again. Some of these stories are fiction, but many are based on real situations and real people.

So when I recently read a story about a man who, after a 19-year coma-like state, awoke, and the doctors who were keeping track of his brain tissue noted that certain parts of his brain on its own, were growing, using energy and adjusting axons and various electrical connections, I realized that our bodies already know what our human knowledge is catching up to: that health is our natural state and that energy healing is the basis of our recovery.

The man in this story, Terry Wallis of Big Flat, Arkansas, went into this coma-like state after his truck went over a cliff. Did he believe before his accident in his healing ability? What did he know about healing prior to going deep into his mind for so long?

Also, apparently there was a television in his room. Did people keep programs on, while he was listening from that far away place, which supported the idea of his recovery?

Unfortunately I don't have the answers to these questions. Wallis' recovery may not even have been consciously driven. But we already know that to regain health, the mind doesn't always need to be involved consciously.

When a person gets a cold, she expects to get well again. In fact, the people around her expect her to get well also. There is a cultural expectation that the cold will not be fatal and that she will, in a short period of time, regain her health and take up her bed and walk again.

So, if a cold is so temporary, and someone like Terry Wallis can recover from a coma, unexpectedly, what else can be healed?

And then there's Dermot O'Connor, author of The Healing Code (published June 2006 by Hodder Mobius, UK) who, eight years ago, cured himself of multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a disease centered in the brain with often tragic, neurological deterioration; O'Connor healed himself of a very aggressive form of the disease using a combination of alternative therapies and Chinese medicine (and no allopathic medication traditionally prescribed in the US for MS patients).

So here we have an accident victim in a coma-like state and a person diagnosed with a disease. Both problems center in the brain. Both patients healed in a way that baffled their doctors.

What if people were taught more about energy healing and alternative healing methods while they are healthy so that they have an innate belief that health is indeed their natural state, and that if there is injury or illness (such as stroke, or MS) recovery is expected even if the illness or injury involves the brain itself.

Energy healing is the introduction of conscious thought to the already present fact of the dominant power of health and healing.

There are many different kinds of energy healing, which is a general term describing a group of what are currently alternative or complementary healing modalities.

Energy healing relies on some combination of thought with varying degrees of physical manipulation, if any is used at all.

Here is a short introduction to a few different choices of energy healing modalities:

Faith healing/prayer healing

Sometimes called "laying on of hands", these terms are typically used by Christians as expression of faith that prayer and faith will heal disease or injury. There are various forms of faith healing, and some believe that energy flows from God through the healer to the patient. Others believe that the healer is simply asking God to heal the patient and lays on hands as part of this intense prayer-based healing.

Reiki

Reiki (English pronunciation: Ray-kee) is a form of spiritual healing believed by its practitioners to be powerful treatment for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual diseases. Originated by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th century, Dr. Usui was looking for healing for himself, found it and brought it to millions. He lived in Japan at the time. According to his followers, Dr. Usui received the ability of 'healing without energy depletion' after three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama. The Reiki technique is similar to the laying on of hands, in which the practitioner acts as a channel for spiritually guided life force energy ("Ki" in Japanese) — flowing through their palms to heal specific parts of the body. Advanced Reiki also uses special symbols.

Meditation

While there are countless methods of meditation available to learn, perhaps the greatest benefit of meditation is a focused and calm feeling to the practitioner. For the purposes of energy healing, meditation can include visualization, counting breaths, walking, silence, music, candles or darkness. There is no one correct way to meditate. Overall, the benefits of meditation include greater focus, clarity and ability to access intuition. Some people who meditate experience communications (with various explanations as to the source of those communications) and other paranormal phenomenon. For the purposes of healing, these experiences may be a distraction.

Visualization

Probably the most famous book on visualization is Shakti Gawain's Creative Visualization, in which the reader learns to picture a desired outcome of any situation. Very much like imagination many played with as children, successful visualization (visualization that ends in a desired manifestation, improved health or removal of symptoms, for example) includes an emotional component in which the person visualizing includes the feeling of the desired outcome with the imagined scene.

Affirmations

One of the essentials of energy healing is the use of affirmations. Reprogramming the mind begins with using different words and ideas both with oneself and with others. Learning how to use affirmations for the best outcome can take some practice, but people who use affirmations successfully swear by them to make health and emotional changes in their lives, as well as material changes.

EFT

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a healing tool that is credited with healing or at least relieving many psychological and physical conditions, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, addictions, stress and phobias. The practice uses a combination of affirmations, self-talk and tapping simultaneously on a series of 12 specific points on the body that correspond to meridians used in Chinese medicine. EFT's basic premise is that negative emotions are caused by disturbances in the body's "energy field," and that tapping on the meridians while thinking of a negative emotion alters the body's energy field, restoring it to "balance."

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating needles into energy meridians on the body. According to acupunctural teachings this will restore health and well-being. Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China and is most commonly associated with Traditional Chinese medicine. This method of healing has been used with great success with patients experiencing pain. It is based on the body's electrical system, as are many other energy healing methods. Because of the human body's extensive nervous system, with miles upon miles of nerves running throughout the body, sometimes acupuncture's processes defy logic. Energy meridians in the body are frequently connected to other energy meridians that Western thought doesn't connect logically. A treatment for a head injury, for example, may involve a part of the foot. Traditional Chinese medicine, however, uses a system of patterns which have successfully diagnosed, categorized and treated illness for thousands of years.

Acupressure

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique based on the same premise as acupuncture. This energy healing method involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or other ways, on different energy meridians on the surface of the body. As with Acupuncture, acupressure is a system of patterns, body "types", balancing chi (energy), yin and yang. Some applications of acupressure can be self-induced.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative health care profession which focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, their effects on the nervous system and general health. Chiropractors believe that these misalignments, or subluxations, interfere with the body's self-regulating mechanisms via the nervous system resulting in bodily dysfunction. While a chiropractor may specialize in treating low back problems or sports injuries, it is frequently the case that the practice also includes a combination of treatments, including nutrition and supplementation, exercise, Eastern practices, or other alternative energy healing modalities. The chiropractic doctor is generally a holistic practitioner, although that is not true 100% of the time. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Frequently, chiropractic can identify signs of other organic abnormalities, such as cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases and refer these patients to medical physicians for specialized or concomitant care.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy, from the Greek words, hómoios (similar) and páthos (suffering), is a system of alternative medicine that treats "like with like". This method of healing introduces the smallest possible dilution of a substance to a person to effect cure. The choice of substance is made by what the substance would do to a healthy person. If the substance would cause the symptom (or the disease) then that is the substance chosen for treatment. The strange part about homeopathy is that the doses are so small; doses are frequently so small that they cannot be identified in the water they are ingested in! This method of healing truly is based on energy.

Traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine is a range of traditional medical practices used in China that developed during several thousand years. As with many older systems of healing, traditional Chinese medicine seeks balance through a holistic approach. Using patterns and correlating those patterns within and outside of the body, the patient actively participates in healing by using a number of philosophical frameworks including the Theory of Yin-yang, the Five Elements, the human body Meridian system, Zang Fu theory, and others. Internal and external environments work together.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda, an Indian medicine and study of patterns of energy, translates approximately as the "Science of Life". Ayurveda deals with the measures of healthy living, along with therapeutic measures that relate to physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony. Ayurveda is also one among the few traditional systems to medicine involving surgery.As with traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda makes connections about patterns of energy and categorizes body types, seasons, geographies, temperatures, tastes and more to create balance in a body.

Of course, there are many more methods of energy healing. Each of these methods uses the following forms of energy to heal the body: thought, feeling, physical adjustment, organic matter/substances, hot, cold, direction, environment and more. Each is a form of energy and each can introduce a change in momentum of the health of the patient. Each also requires conscious participation by the patient for success, which may be part, at least, of the basis of healing.

Read about these complementary therapies as other ways of alterantive healing.

Each of these methods of healing has a long history of success stories. Choose the one that seems best to you as you search to improve your health.

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