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because that knowledge is inadequate and incomplete.
No. But it is helpful if you don't disbelieve in it. This is true of anything. For example, if you go to the doctor firmly convinced that he cannot help you, and that there is no point in taking the medicine he prescribes, he is not likely to be able to do much for you. The same is true of healers and other health practitioners. We all need cooperation. You have to be willing.
What kind of illnesses respond best to healing?
What kind of people respond best to healing?
Does this mean that people make themselves sick?
choosing to try to always please others at the expense of one's own needs (an example: the person who is always 'there for other people' but who can't let people help her, even when she needs it).
Yes. Healing always works better when the client is able to relax and feel comfortable with the healer (tension blocks energy), and when the healer can relate to the client without distancing themselves with judgements and criticisms (attitudes that create tension and block energy). The less inclined a healer is to judge and criticize people, the wider a range of people he or she can work with effectively.
What are the personal qualities of an excellent healer?
doesn't try to practice beyond his or her competence (i.e. doesn't counsel without good training in counseling skills),
practices the essential inner disciplines of meditation,
works consistently on his or her own personal and spiritual growth,
has developed enough trust in the process we call life to be able to cope with the stresses and strains of the work, and
takes care of himself through proper nutrition, exercise, rest, and recreation so that he is at his best when called upon to help others.
Are energy balancing and healing the same thing?
Are Spiritual healing, psychic healing, and faith healing all the same thing?
Psychic Healing This encompasses a wide range of healing techniques- energy balancing, laying on of hands, crystal healing, color healing, reiki, et cetera - which relax and energize the body and frequently bring about the release of blocked emotional energy. This type of healing usually brings a relief of symptoms, improvement in physical health, promotes wellness, and often helps the client with personal growth issues. Typically, progress toward physical and/or emotional wellness is a slow, fairly steady process with occasional jumps forward.
Faith Healing Something that happens when both the healer and the client truly believe that it will. Often this involves having some god or another being in favor of it. Don't misunderstand me - faith healing works. But it also has its drawbacks. The main one is that both the healer and the client must believe. If they have doubts about their own belief, the healing doesn't work because they block the transmission of energy by their disbelief. In other words, healing only requires faith if you believe it requires faith.
Emotions affect health in very important ways. And sometimes they are sneaky ways as well. Different emotions create varying conditions in the body. Hormones, endorphins, and other self-produced chemicals make the body more or less susceptible to illness.
Our internal environment becomes more or less hospitable to invaders and berserker cells depending on its chemical state. The immune system varies in efficiency as our emotions switch back and forth. Not surprisingly, emotions which feel good normally promote health and emotions that distress us suppress the immune function and create an inner environment in which illness thrives. I'm feeling too lazy just now to look up the references, but you could look them up yourself if you wish.
Issues to be addresed as soon as I have time: how healing helps the dying and much more, including your questions if you send them to me.
If you have questions on healing arts that are not answered in these pages,
This originally appeared in Otherworld Arts, March 1996