Archive for April, 2010

On Distant Healing

Friday, April 30th, 2010

This morning I have been perusing some of the work of Dr. Valerie Hunt, based at UCLA, who has been known for three decades for her pioneering work in identifying, measuring and influencing human energy fields.  I am always inspired to remember just how long many researchers have been studying these things!

In her book, Infinite Mind:  Science of the Human Vibrations of Consciousness, in a chapter called “Healing: The Miracle of Life” Hunt says,

“There are as many effective healing techniques as there are practitioners.  Some heal remotely by thought.  Our inability to understand distant healers makes us think that they are even more remarkable than contact healers.  But remember, one’s energy can be controlled by thought.  If one successfully projects energy via a thought-field, one can transmit energy over great distances with specific intent.  First the healer must believe that he or she has the power to do so.  For the healing transaction, the healer with a strong field, focused through intent, will provide a coherent, powerful energy-field.” (p. 269).  And this powerful energy-field will affect the healing process of the person to whom it is directed.

We are all healers to the extent that we manage our thoughts which affect the quality of the healing energy we can direct to others.

I wish everyone thoughts filled with peace, joy and gratitude.  In the stressful times in which we live it is so important to cultivate these thought forms.  We then increasingly develop the capacity to provide healing energy to others.

Studies on Energy Healing: Revisiting Targ and Katra

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I have read many reports on studies that have been done where human thoughts, consciousness and/or energy (depending on how you understand or look at the process) is shown to have an impact on other people, plants, animals and biological entities.

It is because of having come across so many well-documented studies of this kind that I have come to be so firmly convinced that the power of our energy, if used intentionally, is capable of helping to support incredible levels of healing and transformation.

Here is a bit of further information on such studies.  I know that reading this subject matter truly helps to keep me focused on what is possible.

These studies are reported in Miracles of Mind: Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and Spiritual Healing, by Russell Targ and Jane Katra.

Dr. William Braud, a psychiatrist who conducted a great deal of research in the 8s and early 90s, “did remarkable experiments that reveal connections between the thoughts and mental images of an individual and activities of distant cells. . . Braud demonstrated that people were able to significantly affect the rate of hemolysis, or busting, of red blood cells in a test tube of water, situated in a distant room. The participants were able to mentally protect the cells by directing their attention to them, and by visualizing the cells remaining intact, in spite of the pressure on their membranes to rupture.” (p. 215).

Targ and Katra also report on studies by Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher and Dr. Beverley Rubick where healers were actually able to keep E. coli bacteria from dying because of exposure to tetracycline through directed thoughts of healing and protection!

If DNA, blood cells and even bacteria can be protected and healed through thoughts, (and as I’ve said, there are many respectable and replicable studies that we could refer to) then there is not one bit of doubt in my mind that complete healing on every level of our being is possible and is supported by our healing thoughts.

Thank you for continuing to send your healing thoughts, prayers and energy to those who need it.

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This morning I simply want to share a poem – one of my favorites.

Perhaps today you can read it to someone, or have them read it to you.

And you can be reminded that each and every day, your contributions of energy, love, hope, constancy, are huge contributions towards the healing which is happening on so many levels and in so many places.

Wild Geese – Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mind.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

and mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

Dr. Richard Gerber and healing energy

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Dr. Richard Gerber, who has worked on the cutting edge of explorations on non-traditional healing  hypothesizes,

“healers not only emit subtle magnetic fields that are coherent, but. . . these healing fields produce coherence in other energy fields around them, both locally and nonlocally.  That is, healers may actually increase both local and distant coherence in Earth’s magnetic field itself.  The power of this organizing effect is proportional to the energy of a given healer and to how many healers might be working together in unison.  When healing is done in a group, there is an important amplification effect that is more exponential than arithmetical in nature.  That is, two healers produce a much more powerful energy effect than if there individual energies were simply added together.  This type of healing energy is very fluid and nonlinear, something only recently understood in terms of chaos theory. . .

I suggest that if enough healers work together as a cooperative, focused , healing network of light, it would be possible to shift the coherence and vibrational state of all of Earth to a higher level.  I also suspect that this work is already being done to some degree.  However, more conscious and organized efforts are needed if major planetary healing and change are to occur.  We are all capable to learn to do healing.  Healing appears to be an innate human capacity that can be learned.”

(Vibrational Medicine, The #1 Handbook of Subtle-Energy Therapies, Third Edition, pgs. 530-532).

As we direct our energies toward the physical and spiritual healing of individuals we know and care about, we are all healers and the healing effect we generate goes far beyond the healing of our friends.  We are also participating in healing the Earth.

I understand the skepticism that some have for these ideas.  At the same time, there is a great deal of evidence to support these ideas.  Why is it a problem to take that leap of faith and believe that we all are participating in both individual and local healing as well as large-scale, humankind healing.

Gatha on Impermanence

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I find as I awake each day I cannot help but be aware of the fragility of all healthy and of all life. Part of the dynamic balance we all are trying to strike is to direct energy towards healing while also remaining aware and alive to the simple truth that just as sickness is impermanent and can pass away – so can health.

In thinking about this, I simply wanted to share today a short verse from the Plum Village Recitation book. You will recognize this as coming from the Buddhist tradition.  Plum Village is Thich Naht Hanh’s retreat center in southern France.

It is called the Gatha on Impermanence (p. 36)

“The day is now ended.

Our lives are shorter.

Now we look carefully.

What have we done?

Noble Sangha (friends in practice), with all of our heart,

let us be diligent,

engaging in the practice.

Let us live deeply,

free from our afflictions,

aware of impermanence

so that life does not

drift away without meaning.”

Enjoy this day.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Compassion

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

I think that many people are experiencing a heightened feeling of interconnectedness.  This interconnectedness also makes us feel vulnerable. While this vulnerability is not such a good feeling, it does lead to a certain kind of surrender. Sometimes I am able to surrender to spirit and allow myself to be more permeable to the wisdom and compassion of spirit.  Sometimes.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Ultimate Healing, the Power of Compassion, asserts that compassion is what is needed to healing on the individual, societal and world levels. If we can generate enough self-less compassion for others, he says, we can be healed from any illness or burden we face.

Zopa Rinpoche says, “Compassion is he source of happiness in life. It is the essential means of ensuring our own happiness and the happiness of society. Without loving kindness and compassion, there is no peace or happiness in the family, the society, the country or the world. Compassion is also the source of a healthy mind and a healthy body. Generating compassion is the most powerful way to heal ourselves and other living beings”. (p. 35).

So I urge you this day to allow yourselves to feel compassion for all living beings on earth, and to use the gifts that arise from this compassion to heal yourselves and to contribute to the healing of others.

David Spangler on Blessing

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I have recently been reading David Spangler’s book, “Blessing, the Art and the Practice”. Consequently, I have been considering that what we create together is a blessing for our entire world. We are collectively generating energy with the goal of contributing to healing on physical, emotional, and spiritual planes.

I include here something from Spangler – I find this inspirational.

“Perhaps the most common image of a blessing is that it is a force of love that passes between two people. It is a transmission of well-being, directed by a will to enhance the wholeness of another person’s life. Dr. Roberto Assagioli, the Italian psychiatrist and colleague of mine who created the psychotherapeutic system called ‘Psychosynthesis’, defined a blessing as a ‘transfer of spiritual energy’. In this, he agreed with the description of blessing given by many spiritual teachers throughout the ages.

I can certainly accept this definition, having experienced this flow of subtle energy between myself and others. It can sound mysterious, but it’s not. The idea of subtle energies and forces that pass between ourselves and the world is commonplace in many spiritual traditions. In the martial arts, a major element of training is learning to recognize and direct just such a subtle energy, called chi or qi. A person who is psychically sensitive can see and feel the transmission of an invisible force form one individual to another when a blessing is performed or, for that matter, even when someone simply directs a kind thought or feeling towards another. . .

. . .The presence that we can share in the midst of a blessing is one of profound interconnectedness, wholeness, and flow in which there are no obstructions to the manifestation of a oneness within us and between us. I think of this presence as the unobstructed world of spirit. A blessing is an invitation from one person to another to enter into and share this world. It is the opening of a door so we can enter this world together.” (p. 60-61).

Thank you to all for your work, your energy, your love, your blessings. Bless every being on this planet.

Ilya Prigogine: The End of Certainty

Monday, April 5th, 2010

We live in a world of probability, potential and possibility, but we have been conditioned to believe that our world is one of predictability and certainty.

The physicist, Ilya Prigogine, called our quantum era “the end of certainty”. If we are overlay attached to the idea that our universe is a predictable place, this might sound like a grim thought. But really it is waking up to the fact that things are much more malleable, interconnected and, therefore, uncertain than we have been brought up to believe. And also it is important to bear in mind that the uncertainty means that many more things are POSSIBLE than we had previously dared to believe.

The concept of dissipative structures, a core idea in chaos theory, is that systems are in flux and within that movement, as the movement intensifies for whatever reason, there is the tendency of a system to re-create itself, with a higher order of coherence and organization. This can occur at any level of a system which means it can apply equally someone’s physical or emotional well-being as to any of our states of consciousness and as to the crisis in the world today.

By intervening through adding our energy to the equation we can, therefore, help shift the quality and organization of any level of system. This is not a matter of faith or belief – it is simply the way that the universe is organized. What we need to do, each of us, is claim our natural ability to be involved in helping to transform those systems we are concerned with.

To quote Christophher Bache again (Dark Night, Early Dawn, pg. 178).

“Research has demonstrated that persons meditating together tend to move into collective patterns of synchronized brainwave functioning. If we extrapolate these physiological observations to the subtle level, we can imagine an ideal situation in which all the heart charkas in a room (and in a country, or on earth, I might add) could begin to move into deeper sympathetic resonance with each other until they eventually clicked into a stable pattern of integrated functioning. . . resulting in a condition known in chaos theory as ‘phase locking’. . .

I am not suggesting, of course, that this highly integrated state of energetic resonance always happens, but rather that it is always trying to happen.”

The truth that I think is important for us to see and feel is that complete healing for everyone is a distinct and real possibility, a possibility that can be aided into emergence by our contributions of energy.

Likewise, a transformation of our collective consciousness on earth to one of peace and harmony also exists as a true possibility. And we can also add our energies to increase the likelihood of that happening.

While uncertainty might seem hard to fathom, within that we are not powerless, not at all.

I offer my gratitude for what each person contributes in so many ways and on so many levels.