The healing facilitated by a Subtle Energy Medicine Practitioner takes a holistic approach that looks beyond the physical to manipulate the subtle energy systems (chakras, auric bodies, meridians) where the cause of disease can be located. Trauma, emotional and mental stress, false belief systems, physical distress, environmental stress, and other blocks to our personal growth can be stored in the energy fields of our bodies, impacting our ability to function at our full potential.
The healing process clears blocks in the energy field, repairing and rebalancing the energy so that the body can move to its optimal level of balance from where it is able to access its inherent ability to heal itself. In so doing healing opens our consciousness to the areas we need to work through and heal to bring our lives into balance and maintain health and harmony. Healing practitioners facilitate the healing process but do not cause it.
The Process of Healing
Healing is a reversal of the process involved in becoming ill, and at the same time an awakening to one’s true nature and the meaning of life. It involves an expansion of consciousness and a new understanding of who we are and why we are here. Regardless of whether our focus in healing is on the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level, all levels are invariably touched by the process, and none can be separated out from the rest. Healing inevitably touches the deeper self, which is vast, powerful and mysterious.
Healing is in part about opening ourselves to unlikely and unlimited possibilities which some would call miracles. Understanding the limitless possibilities for healing in itself facilitates healing, as it helps release the fear and despair that are often at the root of what must be overcome for healing to occur.
Healing can happen on many different levels and sometimes our healing is not what we expect. We need to be open to the gifts which life is always ready to give us. Although we are created beings, we are also co-creators. At times we may elect to take on a condition to learn about it, or to transmute it and heal it for self or others. For what happens to each individual affects everyone. It may be that a physical problem heals, but it may also stay awhile to teach us something. Sometimes a health challenge is a doorway to a deeper healing, a cry from deep within for attention to some part of us that has been unloved and feels separated from the whole. The deepest healing always involves a change in attitude and may require us to revisit, reframe or reprocess old physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances.
In my personal development and experience with clients some common themes have emerged and which are central to our human experience no matter our individual backgrounds. It is these themes, which I have called “States” which I explore here from both a personal and a philosophical perspective.
The Nine States
Most of us are driven by our emotions. These include fear, longing, physical desires, anger, resentment and guilt, among others. Emotional healing requires both detachment from our emotions and involves letting go of all that is not conducive to a positive emotional environment. This can mean a change in one’s relationships, one’s family situation, work or even location. Some situations are clearly damaging and negative from an emotional viewpoint and will block healing.
At a mental level healing involves taking full responsibility for oneself, committing to oneself and to happiness and health, and releasing any habit, behaviour, job, persons, attitudes or emotions that are blocking healing. It also involves power, responsibility, discipline, desire, allowing, surrender, a spiritual perspective, grace, love and forgiveness of self and others.
One of the most damaging attitudes if one wants to heal is that of feeling like a victim. It is extremely disempowering. Yet recognising and reclaiming one’s power is central to the path of healing. Power implies responsibility or the ability to respond. The healing process requires above all taking full responsibility for everything in one’s life and this is very empowering. If you created a mess you can un-create it. At times we give away our power and then we delude ourselves that someone or something did it to us or we may use our power to create limitations.
Responsibility is the ability to respond appropriately to a person or situation. Challenges and responsibilities are an honour. They indicate that spiritually one is responsible for greater things. Our responsibility is to empower and strengthen others and encourage them to carry their own responsibilities. I am responsible for myself and my own pathways and allow others to be responsible for theirs.
If misunderstood, taking full responsibility can cause extreme guilt, remorse and self-blame. Much of this comes from old attitudes about a harsh, judgmental God or from other harsh authority figures that have become internalised. Guilt is always false because one does not ever know all the facts about a situation. Responsibility, however, does not mean sombreness and heaviness. Excessive seriousness always impairs the healing process. One can be committed without being overly serious. The phrase used in the Bible is to be “in the world but not of it”. Taking responsibility also does not mean not accepting help. We are here to help one another awaken, and thus to heal. Taking full responsibility means respecting the sovereignty of each individual and the ability of each to make choices.
The word discipline is derived from the same root as the word disciple. Discipline is not so much a harsh striving to achieve a goal, as it is the honing of one’s skill in an area. Discipline may be simply learning to follow one’s intuition, instead of being distracted. Healing often involves developing discipline. Forces that controlled the body and emotions often have to be brought under conscious control. Regimens that retrain the body and brain may have to be pursued. This may be as simple as following a diet and doing some exercise, or it may involve years of working through emotional traumas and physical imbalances in the body and mind.
Desire is the motivating force for everything. A strong desire for healing, no matter how it is felt, is essential as our desires create our lives.
Allowing is an important aspect of the healing process and is the process of receiving healing. It is to be contrasted with striving, which is an ego activity. Allowing presumes the answers and the solutions are present, but must be allowed or received into one’s life. This is very different from the concept of striving, which presumes a chaotic, hostile world in which one must carve out a tiny island of health and happiness.
Surrender is an often misunderstood aspect of the healing process. One does not surrender to an illness, though one must often allow symptoms to play out as part of the healing. One surrenders to the higher will and must come to the understanding that God’s will is better than anything our egos can come up with. Eventually we surrender it all – our fears, feelings of smallness, symptoms and even the ego’s feelings of despair.
Healing is an act of surrender. It does not depend on what you know, or what you understand, or even what you believe. Healing depends on what you do. To begin with we must accept what is by identifying the root cause of our dis-ease, take responsibility for our unconscious reactions to it and then resolve and release the associated emotional charge. Once we have surrendered we must trust that the body-mind can and will heal once we get out of our own way. Developing an attitude of gratitude is beneficial as is focusing on our desired future. Within every challenging situation is the gift of a lesson. Our task is to learn the lesson and appreciate what it has taught us. At the end of the day we don’t live to heal a disease, we heal to live a life.
Healing is the personal experience of the transcendence of suffering. There is harmony between mind, body and spirit when what you know, and what you say, and what you feel are in balance. With harmony comes health: therefore spirituality is an important aspect of healing. The discovery of meaning in the illness experience helps patients reconcile their distress and leads to a transcendence of suffering. This process may be described as things finally falling into place. Kubler-Ross associated suffering with the development of spirituality and noted: “Nothing is a faster teacher than suffering. The more we suffer, the earlier the spiritual quadrant opens and matures.”
Compassion, empathy, mercy, unconditional love and forgiveness are divine qualities which confer grace. Forgiveness is a divine quality which dissolves and transmutes negative blocks. It results in emotional, attitudinal and physical healing taking place for both the giver and the receiver. Grace allows healing to occur because the high-frequency vibrations of love transmute the lower vibrations of pain and fear.
There are only two basic emotions here on earth: one is fear and the other is love. When you resist your chosen experiences through fear, you create blocks in your mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. This eventually causes physical disease. Love is a high-frequency energy which keeps your body clear and flowing. All manifestations of fear such as unexpressed grief, hurt, anger or jealousy are of a low vibration which blocks the flow. Healing takes place when high-frequency energy flows through the body, transmuting the stuck energy which caused the disease. Healing takes place because light transmutes the lower vibrations of ill health.
Some say that only love heals. Love is the essence of what we are and the force that keeps us going. Healers serve only to remind us of our wholeness. When we love ourselves enough, negative energy patterns disappear and the body heals.
We are each powerful, mysterious, complex, multi-dimensional human beings, no matter how frail and dysfunctional the body or mind may be. Healing is both the process and the result of coming into a more wholesome relationship with ourselves, and ultimately requires a shift in how we feel and think. There is an innate oneness of body, mind and spirit. There is also a oneness or collective consciousness shared by all beings. Healing is about taking full and complete responsibility for all of one’s creations. We are each our own healer: Subtle Energy Medicine may facilitate healing but ultimately life or love heals.