Not normally discussed, but the average person in Australia will consider that healing and health on the physical body involves:
· A physical cause (including microorganisms) – in other words, something that can be witnessed visually or through technological methods (e.g. microscopes, lab tests, X-rays, MRIs, etc)
· Something physical needs to be applied (either force/manipulation or something taken intravenously, injected or oral/cavity administration)
· The application must be done on the physical body itself, in some way and in real time
· The application has usually been known to create an effect on the physical body/psyche of others, either through historical anecdotes or research testing
And in most cases, this remains to be true.
And then there are those ‘other’ cases.
I’m the type to quietly scoff at things that seem outrageous and that I haven’t experienced or witnessed myself.
But, operating in the world of kinesiology, intuition and particularly medical intuition pushes my engineering-trained logic mind to the wayside. (And in fact, stimulates my curiosity).
I love the colourful concepts of auras and chakras, but I can’t ‘see’ them except through the imagination.
I use tuning forks for sound therapy, occasionally use magnets for pain relief, use my hands to transmit healing energy or move energy or support chakras – but I can’t ‘see’ the energetic effects from it. I can feel what I ‘feel’, tune into how it might feel and listen to reports from clients regarding pain relief or changes in symptoms. Sometimes the effects are clear to see – most of the time I rely on the client’s honest feedback.
I believe I can feel what other people feel when I hone in on them as they speak to me. Or what feelings they are suppressing. But, I can only rely on their feedback and sharing to determine whether I was on track. I’m not a pushy person, except in rare circumstances – so I believe I don’t influence their feedback.
I have experienced using someone as a ‘surrogate’ for another person in healing bodywork (especially kinesiology). I have experienced using my own body as a ‘surrogate’, sometimes feeling to a lesser extent their ailment. I have experienced having the same or mirror symptoms (to a lesser extent) while working on them.
I have sent and received distant healing energy. I have used a toy to apply distant energy healing and ‘feel’ on the toy problems in the body I’m intending work on. People have reported that symptoms have reduced or that what was ‘felt’ was correct.
I have seen ‘instant’ healing or resolve of symptoms due to non-conformist techniques such as emotional crying, energy figure 8 tracing in the aura, pulling eye muscles in different directions to reinforce ‘programmes’ installed into the body and telling people things that their organs are saying.
I have experienced events that spark a learning for myself, only to find it extremely relevant for a client days later.
These are all exciting and amazing things to experience – but leads to an obvious question… Why? How?
Or even, are they real? They were very real to me – I lived them.
IS THERE SOMETHING THAT OUR MAINSTREAM HEALING IS MISSING?
I am fascinated by our mainstream medical system. The extent that we can now determine what is inside of us and/or unseeable, how it works and the massive resources/support available to find an answer and treatment amazes me. So many people are kept alive because of these resources, with a lot of it freely available.
A small part of me that considered applying for post-graduate medicine after my engineering degree is disappointed that I didn’t explore that path. A much larger part of me is grateful that I didn’t.
The stubbornness of our mainstream medical system that won’t look beyond what can be diagnosed or prescription prescribed, fails us.
As does the sense of powerlessness for people as they might wait weeks or months for a diagnosis, which is all the instruction they are given – ‘your health is our problem, not your own... but if we can't find anything, then it's your problem’. Of diagnosis that indicate that there is nothing they can do but minimise the effects of the impending doom of a ‘worst case’ scenario.
And so, while there is great achievement in the medical system – there remains many limitations.
Limitations that are only just being explored – due to new research fields and concepts like epigenetics and bio-plasticity. But not yet fully acknowledging energetic and emotional causes.
All my previous events before don’t fit in this medical model.
Am I wrong? Or is the model wrong?
WHAT IS REAL? WHAT IS NOT?
The limitations in the medical model is not the fault of the medical system – it is the outcome of our collective consciousness reflected as reality. For now.
Some might say that all my experiences are in my imagination. And I will probably agree. But, we are probably not agreeing on the same thing.
Those that say it’s my imagination (a psychosomatic type disease, perhaps) is operating from a world view that we are separate, and that we cannot mentally influence a reality in health. This basically denies the idea of a placebo effect (Placebo refers to any medical treatment that is inert and the placebo effect refers to changes in symptoms with the inert treatment that cannot cause a change).
And perhaps (and I’m not claiming this to be true – this is my theory that I’m toying with), our imaginations are fuelling everything. Not only that, our combined imaginations are creating a world view and a reality, filtering what we accept to be ‘true’.
I say imagination – but I don’t mean your conscious thoughts and imagination, as such. If it were true, as my intuition teacher once pointed out, the world and our instantaneous reality would be very chaotic and fluid.
I meant as per the Kybalion principle of ‘The universe is mental’.
Perhaps, as more readily postulated by quantum physics, the world is a concept of our minds – or the collective subconscious mind.
The world, as we perceive it, is physically determined through the filters of our senses and sensory neurons, transmitted to our brains and internal reality (a previous blog highlighted how our sense may not be as reliable as they seem). Our emotions and thoughts are perceived as a response to an imposed definition, and not necessarily reality – but feeling very real.
If we were to drop the concept that our reality is as concrete as we are illusioned to believe (i.e. that we are separate) then the concept of surrogacy, distant healing and even placebos suddenly don’t seem an impossibility.
The concepts of psychic and intuitive no longer appear elusive or for a select few.
Our physical bodies are then considered more fluid than we realise, and susceptible to our own suggestions.
Healing does not have to be confined with a physical treatment for a physical symptom – just like massage, breath-work or even acupuncture can bring up emotional release and healing, so too can it happen vice versa. Just the hearing of our truth and what’s hidden beneath the surface of our consciousness can bring on changes to the physical body.
From this model, the idea of a placebo effect is not looked down upon as the ineffective baseline, but an avenue of possibility to take the responsibility of healing into your own hands. Techniques such as hypnosis and its derivatives look to tap into this. Our society no longer turning its nose down on a perceived figment of our imagination. The nocebo effect might even be taken seriously and doctors instructed to stop giving out 'death sentences'.
One theory of the placebo effect is the response from the brain to an imagined scenario as it would to an actual scenario, and therefore the placebo may assist the brain in remembering a time before the symptoms start. This can bring on a change in physiology – called ‘remembered wellness’. Much like a computer resetting to a previous date.
And further onto this – we could even move beyond the concept of linear time, but this is a little bit too out-there, even for this blog…
A change of perspective in humanity occurred – from the sun revolving around the earth as it appears to us on earth, to the earth revolving around the sun (albeit only about 75% of us, as some recent surveys suggest - though may be more due to poor reading comprehension). Galileo even died for postulating such an 'absurd' idea (and probably more so for name-calling).
So too may there be many more shifts in perspective to occur for us as a collective humanity – perhaps healing surrogacy, distant healing and placebo will be viewed and applied very differently in future.
Or perhaps we can just leave these things in the category of the unexplainable.