How I discovered Energetic Healing
Much like so many others who have traveled this path, it wasn’t until I discovered Energetic Healing practices that my true recovery really got going! Sure, I had done the Western Philosophy to treat mental health and chronic illness for almost 30 years and yet I was barely surviving. By the time I opened into spirituality I was barely hanging on by a thread and was open to trying ANYTHING!
After I had been in a severe car accident in 2000 that caused deep trauma to my already failing body I became so desperate as to undergo an experimental therapy for which I have much regret… not that the method itself wouldn’t have worked, however, I found the Mad Scientist of a doctor. It was such a grotesque and excruciating experience, the plunging of a rather long (huge) needle haphazardly along my spine and into soft tissue throughout my back and neck… and yes… Plunging and hunting! It was so awful that each person who experienced a session could only endure it once! They could not bear to watch me subject myself to the torture I was choosing to undergo in hopes that relief of some sort would finally be felt. Unfortunately, to deal with the trauma of the treatment itself, and the residual pain it created I was taking Vicodin, Morphine and anything else that could ease the pain. For 3 days I would be rolling in and out of consciousness… waking only long enough to get another dose of Morphine… then back off to LaLa Land!
This is just one of the completely insane approaches us desperate souls will go to to try to find relief. In addition, I began my pharmaceutical journey at the ripe age of 17 with the very now popular Prozac! However, when I was diagnosed, as a junior in high school, with severe depression the natural reaction was to immediately place me on this medication. The funny part of this experience was that at the time Prozac was an experimental drug! I was never told this and did not realize it until a couple of years later when I went to get my own health insurance; I was denied coverage for 5 years due to having taken an experimental drug. At this time some safety data had been released about the side effects and cautions of taking Prozac and the insurance companies were not covering anyone who had been anywhere near this questionable drug. And I was experiencing worse depression and other symptoms that I had not dealt with prior.
I was on and off medications for depression, anxiety and others symptoms that were the side effects I was experiencing through out my life on pharmaceuticals.
I experienced my first Energy Healing over 15 years ago with Quantum Connective Healing. I am blessed to have a brother in law, Herb, who is a phenomenal healer and Chiropractor. He knew from a very young age that his calling was to offer healing to those souls who were suffering. Dr. Herb Akers is a Chiropractor, Nutritionist, an Applied Kinesiologist and medical Intuitive. He is founder and developer of the Art of Matrix-ReGeneration, a healing approach that combines traditional healing with the understanding of quantum physics.
Yet, I was still so closed to the concepts of healing without drugs and from within myself that he eventually had to request that we stop the sessions. It was through my lack of realization and understanding of our bodies and souls co-existence that I would not allow my body to mend as it wanted to…
Fast forward several years and by now I was chronically ill and literally struggling to exist on a daily basis. My next long-term experience with energy work was through Acupuncture. It, along with allergy testing and food sensitivity information revealed led to short term relief. I was unable to keep up on the methods and modalities that were helping me because none of this was covered under my insurance. I was being placed on medical leave and my employer was unwilling to work with me. I was losing my job and going on short-term disability. I was eventually diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia. Short-term turned into Life Long. My dis-ease persisted and eventually I was on the verge of complete adrenal shut down. Thanks once again to Herb, I was pointed in the direction of Adrenal Fatigue and how to naturally heal from it. This is when my recovery really began to transform.
This was 7 years ago and although I was moving in the right direction, uncovering my truths about the part that emotions, nutrition, lifestyle and soulstyle play in our overall wellness it wasn’t until almost 2 years ago that I received my first Raindrop Technique session, began using essential oils in my healing and lifestyle arsenal, uncovered incredibly deep truths and self-compassion that I was catapulted into my Divine Wellness and began to understand my deeper reason for making it through the journey that is my Life. Once my heart and soul had opened through spiritual connection I finally became open to experiencing the life changing experiences that Energy Work can provide. This is where my Healing Journey really began and took hold…
Since then I have discovered that I am a highly intuitive Empath whose Archetype is that of Shaman. I have become a certified Reiki Master, Ordained Minister, Mind/Body/Spirit Wellness coach and advocate; I have experienced advanced healing modalities and experienced profound healing and deep understanding of my TRUTH! It was within the experiences of the spiritual connectedness and the energy work that the Lotus began to blossom from the mud and the depth and beauty of my path began unfolding before my (third) eye!
So… What is Energy Healing?
“Energetic Healing is an umbrella term for any therapy that manipulates the energy circuits in our physical or subtle bodies to regain balance and facilitate our body’s innate healing mechanisms.”
Some of the more well know therapies that fall under the heading “energetic healing” include Reiki, Reflexology, Kinesiology, Thought Field Therapy and Acupuncture. However, energetic healing also encompasses lesser known natural therapies such as: Aura and Chakra balancing; Flower and Vibrational Essences, Crystal Healing, Colour Therapy, Spiritual Healing, and other forms of bodywork. Energetic healing practitioners are usually trained in a number of modalities and will combine these in their own unique way. Many combine intuitive skills with their practical and theoretical skills.
Energetic healing takes a holistic approach that looks beyond the physical to manipulating the subtle energy systems (meridians, auric bodies, chakras, nadis) where the cause of the dis-ease can be located.
“Energy healing — tapping into the body’s own frequencies as a type of alternative medicine — is being taken seriously by health practitioners trained in both eastern and western modalities of medicine.
And science is backing up its powers: One 2013 study found that 10 minutes of energy healing was as effective as physical therapy in improving the range of motion in people with mobility problems. UCLA even has en electromyography (EMG) lab that studies electrical activity in the body.” Does energy healing really work? The Daily News puts four methods to the test.
Why Should I try Energy Work?
Well, really… why shouldn’t you?
- It releases energy blockages so you feel energetically lighter and happier.
- It accelerates the body’s natural ability to heal itself and increases vitality.
- It helps clear negative emotional and mental thought patterns.
- It clears stress and tension to allow deep relaxation.
- It can help with acute injuries, chronic health issues and relieve pain.
- Cultures have studied the body’s energy centers for thousands of years.
- You don’t have to be spiritual to benefit from energy healing.
- Energy healing is based on scientific principles.
Is Energetic Healing appropriate for children?
I certainly believe so. I have 4 Empathic children. My oldest is 19 now and was raised in a more traditional america manner, while our youngest is now 5. He is Autistic and has taught us so much about the perceptions of the world we live in.
As children, we were freely creative and intuitive: exploring, playing, making believe. When our conscious mind or ego kicked in around the age of seven to nine many of us began to lose our connection to pure imagination and to our inner voice. Where we live, our culture, family, friends, religion and even the media, all play a very important role in influencing our reality. Most of us end up, as adults, so full of other people’s ideas we lose touch with our own inner voice or Higher Self. Hidden on our bodies, in these energetic patterns caused by childhood traumas, are all the ideas we may not have completely understood but still accepted as truth. These patterns of confusion continue to attract energy or feelings which eventually have no place to go but out, expressed as hurt, anger or sickness.
Additionally, these energy modalities are practiced with our gifted children as a method of allowing their truth to be expressed and compassion to be offered through understanding, acceptance and cellular healing.
Reiki, as well as other modalities discussed are not a substitute for medical treatment. However, some of its effects may be beneficial to children and adults with ASD. Because Reiki produces no side effects and poses no risk of complications, it can be used in conjunction with medication and other therapies. Reiki’s role is as an adjunct therapy to support traditional care and is used with many symptomatic illnesses and disorders as a complementary therapy.