Section 3. Spiritual healing
The human body is highly complex, and its functions can become unbalanced for various reasons. Spiritual healing aims to overcome the root causes of these problems by spiritual means.
According to us, spiritual healing is and should be part of a complete (holistic) approach to healing. Spiritual healing can work in conjunction with physical and psychological healing, in an integrating and global manner. All three approaches can help and support each other. Like well-chosen medical or psychotherapeutic therapy, spiritual healing can help us return to a well-functioning and balanced body and mind. This type of healing has the same aims as physical and psychological treatments: Get the body to function without noticeable problems. The more one improves one's functioning and well-being, the better one can realize one's goals and build life enjoyment.
At the present, acceptance of spiritual healing is still marginal in western society. In the eastern world, spiritual approaches have a long history, are well accepted by the population, and many of its aspects are widely integrated into medical and psychotherapeutic treatments. The holistic interplay between spiritual, psychological and medical concepts is far less conflictual in the East than in the West. We feel that with our ascension to the 5th dimension, the time has come for many more of us in the West to open our minds and to consider the possibilities of spiritual healing. This approach may offer perspectives that are unavailable or only partially open in traditional medical or psychological approaches.
A concrete example
We learn best from examples, and for that, authors can do little better than take their own personal histories. So let's see how spiritual healing has worked for me.
Ten years ago, I had what is commonly known as a “burn-out”1. After 30 years of non-stop intensive work in various universities, in different countries, driven by excessive personal aspirations, and hampered by inadequate social skills, I was meeting increasing opposition in my professional environment. As the years went by, pressures became ever stronger, and my mental and physical fabric was being ground up. Things eventually became unmanageable, I became unable to work, everything came to a screeching halt.
I had to take a month off from work – but this was not enough. I barely recuperated. Two years later, in the midst of a marital separation, I noticed one morning that I had lost half of my visual field. My body was literally “giving up”. I was hospitalized and thoroughly checked out. Thank goodness the condition lasted only for four hours and then cleared up. No major physical dysfunction was found and I was released a few days later.
At the same time, I was at the end of my tether. I knew that I had had two warning shots, and I wasn't keen to see a third. My medical history pointed to a potential stroke. I held on for four more years, reduced my schedule as much as possible, and then took early retirement. That was five years ago. I drew a solid line, dropped all work and took an extended holiday. Since then, I've been in recovery.
In short, I reacted just in time and narrowly passed by a more serious medical condition. The burn-out was mostly psychological (inability to deal with stress, loss of motivation, etc.), but it was accompanied by total physical exhaustion. Also, more problems were waiting in the wings. The loss of the visual field could have become wider neurological damage, there could have been a cardiac arrest – or worse.
It's taken a long time to get well. For two years I slept some 16 hours a day. Every 24 hours I had two periods awake, each about four hours long. Between I took extended siestas. Today, I still need about 9 hours of sleep. Only recently have I come out a heavy fog of continued tiredness.
The burn-out has been disastrous for my productivity. I have not accomplished much more than this website during all of these ten years. I've started a number of projects, and gave up on all of them. For example I've tried to learn to play the piano, but I wasn't able to concentrate for long periods of time, nor do the regular practice, never mind remember what I had learned.
Writing this book is hard work for me, much harder than it would have been before the burn-out. I still feel that I have the same mind as before. I have no loss of memory, I still think quickly, I still read widely, and my reaction times are comparable to what they were before the burn-out. But what has gone is the will to advance and complete a full project. This ability to carry through to the end a complex long-term project is still much weaker than what I knew in my pre-burn-out life.
(Please compare this with the update four years later2).
So what does one do with a burn-out patient? And where does the spiritual healing come in?
After the hospitalization I went through the usual medical process. The doctors tried to put me on various types of anti-depressants, but their drugs caused me much discomfort – loss of sex drive, profound inner dissatisfaction and incredible, excessive periods of sweating. After a few weeks I put all the pills into the trash.
I also had psychotherapy. The first therapist didn't understand at all what I was going through and was no help at all. The second therapist was better. We got down to the issues of my social skills and my social and professional aspirations. I saw a few things that I hadn't seen before. But after a few months, we were at the end of the line.
By that time, I was still years away from a real recovery. That's where the spiritual healing came in. I started working with my higher self. Some people call that “the inner candle”, or “the subconscious” or any of a number of other terms. No matter what you call it, the important thing is to sense it. I used the I Ching, I meditated with Hemisync recordings from the Monroe Institute, I developed my ability to work with the pendulum, and I finally added conscious dreams. I often asked questions for hours at a time, reflected on the answers and then dug further. The answers I received were approximative at first, but slowly, they became clearer, more consistent and more definite.
My inner self began to offer me solutions where the medical doctors and the psychotherapists had left off. Often these solutions were new and surprising, and they eventually led me to a self-directed form of spiritual healing.
Self-directed spiritual healing
Self-directed spiritual healing is a bit like psychotherapy, but with the crucial difference that clients find their own solutions by spiritual means. In true 5th-dimensional manner, we learn to develop our own capacities to heal ourselves. We're no longer the objects (or guinea pigs) of some external practitioner.
In psychotherapy, the therapist is the main source of inspiration, while in self-directed spiritual healing, the direction of the therapy must arise from within ourselves. A psychotherapist attempts to understand the key points of the situation and suggests and explores improvements. In self-directed spiritual healing, we go through a similar learning process. We open up to suggestions from within ourselves and we consult competent outside sources – and then we determine the most meaningful direction.
In a sense, we become shamanic students. We listen to others, we try to understand, and we are attentive to our own bodies. When a therapy makes sense, we try it. Then we supervise the effects carefully. We continue only when everything sits right.
If we work with a spiritual master, their approach may often appear esoteric. For instance, masters may direct healing energy to the patient, all while saying that they do not “heal” the patient. They typically say that they create circumstances where healing might occur, so that clients can to do their own healing through their own access to spiritual energy. Masters say that they merely help open the doors to a spiritual healing process. Then it is up to the “higher energies” and up to the clients themselves to perform the actual healing.
Down to brass tacks
I applied that to my burn-out. What did I do in my spiritual healing?
I used three approaches: First, I had a concrete, year-long spiritual healing procedure that freed me of a life-long respiratory problem. Essentially, it consisted of concentrating on the problem and on hyperventilating for 10 seconds once I was fully concentrated, supervised by a spiritual healer. This was done once a week, and it has contributed powerfully to my recovery. When I became able to breathe much more easily, I slept better and was less exhausted in the daytime. The healing of a life-long respiratory condition was indeed “miraculous” from the standpoint of traditional medicine, because no drugs were taken and because I only performed spiritual therapy all that year. This experience proved to me that spiritual healing can actually work.
Second, the spiritual Q & As let me find root causes and emotional bases of my burn-out. By asking my higher self about everything that happened before, during and after the burn-out, I found imbalances to clean out, again with spiritual procedures. I found the origins of the imbalance, and I learned what I needed to change in my life to regain health and to avoid future disasters.
Third, the spiritual Q & A directed me to non-spiritual solutions I wouldn't have considered otherwise. For example, a bit against my will, I was impelled to examine and find solutions for my nutritional imbalances. The answers from my higher self also put my nose upon some unexpected videos that showed me how to sleep even better and give a chance to my immune system to recuperate even more. Spiritual Q & As are not only good for spiritual healing, but perhaps even more powerfully, for finding effective materialist solutions.
It was a combination of all these elements that pulled me out of the mud. I'm now largely recovered, I again feel the spark of life in me, and I'm willing to return to some “real projects”. The burn-out has cost me ten years of my life, and perhaps a few more. That's a long time, but now I've regained hope, changed my perspective on healing, and let my body regain its rightful place. Now has come the time to share and to make sense out of it all – all while returning to the joy of life.
Understanding spiritual healing
If spiritual healing can do all that, how does it actually “work”?
Coming from the traditional medical and psychotherapeutic model, we naturally wish for rational explanations, or at least, for some hint of where a rational explanation might be found. Although this is not easy, some indications are emerging. Only when we begin to understand the bases of spiritual healing will be able to design more systematic tests and verifications of this type of therapy. And only that will lead to general acceptance of this form of healing in the Western mainstream.
One promising avenue of thought concentrates on a form of energy that is supposed to exist throughout the universe and that humans can harness for various feats, including spiritual (or "energy") healing3. There are indications that this energy might be related to the subatomic “zero point energy” or “dark energy” known from nuclear physics, but with the difference that this type of energy is considered to be specific to life-containing elements (vegetation, animals, humans), while zero point energy is a general physical force.
In Chinese tradition, this life-bound, invisible energy is known as “Chi” (also written “Qi”). It is postulated to inhabit all living beings, and in fact, this energy is considered to distinguish living from non-living objects. In East Indian tradition, this energy is called “prana”, and in the West we often translate this concept as “life force”. When Chi is specifically invoked in a healing, this is often called “pranic healing”.
In humans, Chi energy is believed to flow throughout the entire body and to project some distance outwards. The external projection of the Chi is the aura, which some people can see around our bodies and which can be inspected with Kirlian photography or other devices that render visible the effects of Chi energy4.
The Chi is thought to connect us with the universe. It is oriented and concentrated by actions in our current incarnation, by our karmic history and by universal sources. That is, it is thought that the Chi force can wilfully be made more powerful ("be raised") if our desire is not blocked by our karmic history, and if it provides benefits for the universe. The Chi can be weakened or blocked by parts of our karma, or if your desires are directed against universal benefits.
The Chi is thought to have immense healing power when it is “in good form”. When it is disorganized or “confused”, the Chi cannot fully exert its healing power. So our state of consciousness and what we do, think and feel has a direct effect on the Chi, and indirectly, on our ability to heal ourselves. A key function to learn in spiritual healing is to focus the Chi.
How can one develop a clear focus to direct our Chi towards healing? Off-hand, this is not easy because we have an enormously complex body with a wide variety of needs and requirements, and we operate in a very complex world.
The answer is that the heart can provide the required focus.
The heart is our body's most powerful electro-magnetic-physiological machine, and it is connected with the entire body by complex electrical and hormonal links. Heart functions underlay all conscious thought and they reach far, flexibly and intelligently into our emotions and into the subconscious abilities of the body. We can simplify the whole story and say, with the heart we can choose the direction and determine the path that the Chi uses to heal us.
The heart focus is also supported by experimental evidence. In experiments performed by Dr. Glen Rein, spiritual healers using heart-focused energy had greater success in accelerating the growth of human immune system lymphocytes than those using mental (brain) energy5.
The aim now becomes to focus the heart. A focused heart can align the whole body to the desired condition. If this focused condition aligns with the Chi condition, the Chi retains the information and keeps directing the body towards this focus. If the heart focuses on a healing, and if the proposed healing does not conflict with karmic or universal aims, the Chi attempts to help effect the healing. That would be a case of “self-directed spiritual healing”.
Let's do that with a short meditation. It'll take one minute. Go back to the one-minute meditation and add a heart focus. Here is how we would do that:
With the eyes closed, breathe normally and regularly for one minute. This calms the heart and lets it pump more regularly6. Halfway into the minute, we submit an image to the heart with a request to follow the direction shown in the image. The image could be a state of healing, or any other positive and joyful state, or whatever you want.
The heart immediately acts on your suggestion and causes reactions in your body that are congruent with the image. In addition, the Chi also takes note of the image and may contribute powerfully to the effect in the long term. Along the way, we must learn to trust what we're doing: Spiritual healing is at times instantaneous, and at other times it works with considerable delay and in ways that seem circuitous. Long-term effects may well arrive several weeks later or differently from how it was expected.
Long-term ripple effects
To sum up, spiritual healing has contributed in various ways to my recovery.
But the answers from my higher self did much more than “just“ heal my exhaustion. Through this long path I've had to become familiar with the whole field. This lets me tell you the story from a number of perspectives, which will possibly fuel further interest in this manner of therapy and hopefully evoke positive ripple effects for many that have to endure suffering.
In the next chapter we shall explore the Chi force more in detail.
[Verification: “Melkiades, do you agree with the text as it stands?” Full-heartedly. “Can I put it on Internet?” Totally agreed.]
1 Wikipedia: “Burnout is a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. Research indicates general practitioners have the highest proportion of burnout cases; according to a recent Dutch study in Psychological Reports, no less than 40% of these experienced high levels of burnout. … Many theories of burnout include negative outcomes related to burnout, including measures of job function (performance, output, etc.), health related outcomes (increases in stress hormones, coronary heart disease, circulatory issues) and mental health problems such as depression.”
2 Update 4 years later, after a complex, multi-component complementary medicine treatment (14 years post-onset): Functioning has returned to normal levels in every respect. The mental fog is gone. Full activity has returned. All externally visible symptoms have cleared up. I am now as productive as before and live a life with all-around good cheer. The intervening 4 years have clearly borne out the principles that are shown in this and the coming chapters.
3 That's why spiritual healing is often named “energy healing”.
4 These devices will be explained in the next chapter.
5 Glen Rein "The bipolar nature of healing energy", YouTube "11. Symposium der DGEIM, Vortrag Glen Rein" www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCAliE9ZuhY
6 A variety of studies suggest that the regularity of one's heart beat is a good predictor of longevity. For further information, search for articles on “Heart Rate Variability (HRV)”.
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