What if true relief from stress, anxiety, and depression could never be found in a pill? What if the cure for migraines, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer could never be found in drugs, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy?
What if the billions of dollars that we spend on the application of surgical and pharmaceutical cures is simply managing symptoms, while the root of our mental-emotional and physical ills evades us? What if we are failing to address the true cause?
Whether you're aware of it or not, it's likely you have a bias toward seeing everything in terms of physical cause and effect. In fact, this bias may be so ingrained, that you wonder what other possibility exists. After all, is not this what we've learned from science over the past several centuries?
What if this “reduction of everything to material causes” is simply a bias-and one that discounts the very source of mental-emotional stress and all kinds of illness? What if, instead, physical symptoms appear after they have discovered from a more primary layer of your being? What if treating this more primary layer could result in real cures?
In fact, this view is not all that far out. It has been recognized and documented for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic medicine, as well as in healing traditions such as Qigong and Reiki.
In all these disciplines it is recognized that the source of illness lies in the energetic dimension and it is communicated through to the physical within the bio-chemical, electro-magnetic, and connective tissue systems of your body.
Before you think that we're talking about placebos and pseudo-science, did you know that Reiki is now accepted as complementary treatment in more than 800 hospitals in the US alone? This is because it works.
Reiki has well-documented research showing that it improves patient sleep by 86 percent, reduces pain by 78 percent, and reduces anxiety by as much as 94 percent. In addition, it has been shown to increase speed of healing by as much as 50 percent. Pretty remark for a simple form of “energy work.”
OK so how does it work?
Reiki, Qigong, TCM, and Ayurvedic medicine begin by seeing the body as an expression of a more primary subtle energy system. Health is the result of the smooth free-flow of methyl energy through the energy body. Disease begins with the disruption of energy flow, with some blockage or tension that causes energy to become stagnant.
The cause of energy disruptions can be physical injuries which cause “emotional shock” such as a car accident or, more commonly, they are the result of tensions caused by mental stress and emotional trauma. When tension and stress overwhelm our ability to handle them well in the moment, they become stored as tension in your “energy body.” These tensions disrupt energy flow. Left unresolved, over time, this is the seed from which sickness grows-whether that is chronic anxiety, depression, migraines, digestive issues, heart attack, or cancer.
Subtle energy techniques aim to recognize, relax, and release that tension and restore the smooth flow of vital energy. This in turn enables your body's own self-healing mechanisms to come back online so your body can heal itself.
Now, this does not mean that there is never a use for drugs or surgery. These can be vital and life-saving first measures. These can manage immediate life-threatening symptoms. However, to facilitate true healing, we must work on an energetic level to restore the free flow of energy which characterizes good health.
What if you could learn to access this minority energetic layer to facilitate your own health and well-being on a daily basis? What if doing this could release layers of tension that have accumulated in your energy body over the years, dragging down your energy, mood, health, and vitality?
That is the promise of energy meditation. Whether it's through T'ai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Reiki, or another energy-based technique, this is a powerful path to release tension and stress, mental-emotional barriers, and put your body on a path of true healing. You can learn more in the Resource Box below.
Enjoy your practice!