Updated: Jul 11
There are some basic terms and concepts, which are important to understand when embarking on a journey of energetic healing. Once you’ve identified and surrendered to the idea your body is suffering physically as a result of energetic un-wellness, you’ll want to find someone you trust to guide you through getting your energy healthy again. I think it’s important to realize at the beginning of this undertaking that healing our energy is just as much work as physical therapy and emotional therapy. It requires participation and effort from each traveler seeking their own healing. An energy healer can only facilitate the level of healing which you agree to allow and set your intention to work towards.
When you’ve decided you’d like to address what blockages and energy that isn’t serving you anymore, you’ll need a practitioner who is not only trained in the modality you feel drawn to, but who has the time and bedside manor to walk with you through the process—even between your appointments. A good mental health therapist will make herself available, with professional boundaries, to be reached by text or phone between your appointments, because she’s aware that what may come up in sessions can’t be fully unpacked and dealt with in one fifty minute session per week. Likewise, a good energy healer will have the space to allow you to check in between sessions if something you’re working on healing becomes overwhelming for you. There are many different types, or modalities, of intuitive energy healers out there. The ones I’ve had the most success with in my own life have been Reiki, homeopathy and acupuncture; so, these are the ones I’ll refer to the most in this series.
All energy healing aims to harness what is referred to as The Universal Life Force Energy. This has many names, as many, many cultures and traditions have attempted to name it, understand it and channel it over the centuries. In Mongolia they called it hiimori, windhorse, energy; in Ecuador they call this same life force Pachamama, meaning mother earth and mother time. In our culture we call this energy Reiki, but as I mentioned in my last article, I like to use a word from our own modern, Star Wars infused vocabulary and simply call it the Force.
Reiki, like any other healing practice, is taught by a teacher in levels. There are three levels a student must complete to achieve the Reiki master level, and at each level the student receives an attunement. An attunement is just as it sounds. Imagine we’re all communicating with energy on one frequency of sound, but there are others who are tuned to listen to energy on another frequency, and who are then trained to act as a translator or conduit of that energy to those who seek it. Much like studying a foreign language, the practitioners who are attuned to level one have a basic understanding of how to communicate with the Force; the practitioners who are attuned as Reiki masters, or even higher, Reiki teachers, have spent time learning how to hear and feel the Force on a deeper and broader level. A good Reiki master understands that she is not the master of the energy, but realizes instead she has been given the honor of communicating with a master force of energy. Please be cautious of anyone who claims to be able to in control of something as powerful as the universal life force. A good healer is fully aware that she’s the vessel by which the healing is conducted–a participant of course, but not the source of that energy.
Once you’ve found your match for a healer, it’s best to schedule a consultation to talk about what you’d like to work on healing. It’s here I’d like to remind you that although we all wish there were simple answers to our life long pain we could swallow like pills and be miraculously healed, I’m afraid outside of very rare occurrences, you’ll have to do some work. Maybe even a lot of work. I’ve been a seeker of my own healing since my late teens, and have often been the victim of medicinal, religious and nutritional schemes that promise a quick fix. I’ve had to face the fact, as well as you, there’s no fast way to undo damage and trauma that’s taken your lifetime, or maybe even your past lives if you believe in that, to accrue. I will say though, if it’s any comfort, you get to choose the pace. You can begin, get into it, get an idea of the level of work needed and decide how intensely you want the work to happen. And you can decide at anytime along your healing journey to take a break, ease up, slow down, or go at it a little harder when you start to see the benefits and positive results manifesting.
Spend some time before your first appointment thinking about what’s bothering you the most, whether that’s an unrelenting thought or a persistent physical symptom. The healer you’ve chosen to work with will use that information to find a starting point for your personalized healing journey. It’s always helpful to be aware of what you’re feeling and noticing. A great modern day teacher of meditation Eckhart Tolle says that noticing what you’re noticing is the first step in changing any behavior. Even the G.I. Joe cartoons of the 1980’s boasted that knowing is half the battle. Once you know it, you can’t un-know it, for better or worse.
We’ll end there for now, and in the next article talk about what your first Reiki session might look like, should you choose that method of energy healing.
Until then, may the Force be with you,
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