I have been continuing to explore how energies support healing. Considered a good reference book on energy medicine, Robert Becker’s Cross Currents: The Perils of Electropollution, the Promise of Electromedicine gives an overview both on how energy can help us heal, but also how it can make us sick. It is interesting reading.
I wanted to share with you Becker’s understanding of energy medicine which he has divided in to three categories. (p.93).
The first, which he calls “minimal-energy techniques” are those in which “no external energy is administered to the body” (examples are hypnosis and visualization). In these treatment methods only preexisting energy systems are activated.
The second, called “energy-reinforcement techniques” include those where energy is administered to the body, but in similar amounts as the body itself uses. He puts the interventions of acupuncture and homeopathy in this category.
“The third category are techniques in which energy is administered to the body in amounts greater than those that occur naturally.” These “high-energy transfer techniques” include the use of technology which directs energy to the individual.
I’ve come to believe that what we are do for those who we support in healing falls into Becker’s second category. Although he doesn’t discuss this himself, my feeling is that we are, in reality, augmenting the healing energies of those whom we hold in a healing circle. By providing the additional healing energy, those who need it can draw form it as they need.
I also believe that we who do this work provide a spiritual level of support. The prayers and the meditations strengthen the already-existing net of support that those in need can rely on.
So I have come to see that what we do provides support on at least two levels, the spiritual level and the actual physical level of energy. (This energy is probably even measurable, if we had the right instruments and the desire to do the measurements!!!)
To quote Becker again, who quoted Paracelsus as having said, “The human body is vapour materialized by sunshine mixed with the life of the stars”. (p. 19).