Psychology Today Article -- Energy Healing: Gathering energy for self-healing and increased vitality
I am an energy healing practitioner and I teach energy healing to clients and groups. I think it's super important that we understand how energy flows in our bodies and that we can, on our own, shift and release energy to feel less stress and support our overall health and well-being.
Happy to see this addressed in a wonderful Psychology Today blog by Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. Real Healing
I recent interviewed Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson, a Family Medicine doctor trained in Integrative Medicine who is also an energy healer. I learned a lot from our conversation which you can hear by going to http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1888/the-vital-life-awakening-your-full....
Energy healing or energy medicine is something that's used in conventional medicine when we do MRI's or other types of scanning and many other procedures. We just don't call it that. In complementary and alternative medicine, energy healing includes Reiki, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Healing Touch and many other modalities. Acupuncture is also a form of energy healing. Disease results from an imbalance or blockage in our body's vital energy. By removing the blockage or stimulating the flow of energy, our body can naturally heal itself. Dr. Chiasson described depression, for example as a disconnection of the energy body from our physical body. In her work with depression, she tries to "ground" a person's energy lower in the body in order to heal the depression. Energy healing is not always immediate and often is enhanced by self-healing techniques of energy medicine including toe tapping and others which she describes in her DVD: "Energy Healing for Beginners" (www.soundstrue.com).
I also found it interesting that Dr. Chiasson says that the energy in our bodies is not ours. It comes from the earth's magnetic field in her opinion. Blocked energy can result in chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia or chronic pelvic pain. It's as if there is a lot of energy trying to flow through the body but the channels are blocked and energy gets stuck. The place you feel the pain may not actually be the source of the blockage. For example, elbow pain may result from inflammation or blocked energy in the shoulder. Addictions may show up in the energy body as an excess of anxiety.
There are simple techniques such as just putting your hands on a part of your body that feels in pain or uncomfortable. Automatically, you may find that your hands "turn on" - they may become warm or tingly or even cold. This is healing energy and you can direct it to any part of your body that needs healing or to increase your level of energy during the day when you feel tired.
Dr. Chiasson says we are born with a supply or yolk sack of energy that we use up by about age 40. After that, we need to gather more energy through daily exercise, being in nature, listening to healing music. We also need to be aware of the stagnation of energy or blocks to our energy body that eventually may cause disease. The disease will first manifest in our energy body and then in the physical body oftentimes.
Simple exercises in energy healing can restore normal energy flow in the body and facilitate healing. This is healing on a deeper level.
Sharing a wonderful article from the super informative site Verywell Mind on Energy Healing for Depression. Take a look at this substantive piece by Carol Tuttle, MRET.
ALSO check out the link at the end of this page from the MindBodyGreen site: WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENERGY HEALING.
Let me first give you my simplified definition of depression. Depression is a state of feeling “bad” most of or all the time. It is the experience of being in a vibration of very low, uncomfortable energy that has little or no relief.
At the finest levels of our being, our quantum self, we are all energy. Subtle energies that are unseen to the eye (by most people) vibrate within us and around us constantly. Depression is a very uncomfortable energy state to exist in. The reason it is so uncomfortable is because it contradicts the truth of who we are and who God created us to be. God created us to be in a state of high joy vibration energy.
The good news about depression is it is not who you really are. Your depression is not your identity it is your experience. It is an energy experience that has taken a hold of your life. Since it is not your identity, you can change it. It will require doing some energy work and clearing of the limiting beliefs, both conscious and subconscious to allow you to feel better.
Your subconscious limiting beliefs held within your being feed the negative energy you are experiencing. Your conscious negative thoughts continue to feed the negative energy. Most people suffering from depression have a tendency towards negative thinking. They assume that if they feel bad, they must be bad. You are always free to choose whatever thought you want. Even if you are processing some uncomfortable negative energy, you are always free to think a positive thought. It is appropriate when a lot of emotion is coming up to say to yourself “I am clearing this negative energy. It is no longer serving me to experience this in my life.”
When We Need Depression
I have worked with numerous clients that have a hidden motivation or need for their depression. We need our illness when we believe it is keeping us safe from something we fear. Many people come into this world at birth with hesitation and anxiety. They start their life wanting to leave it. As adults they are still not really wanting to be here. They have a perception that the world is not a safe place and there is not enough love for them. Depression becomes a good friend that is always there when they need it. It sticks by them and keeps them safe from the unpredictable risks in the world. Some common deeper beliefs held in the subconscious and conscious mind are:
If you have been depressed for a long time, your body is now believing that is what being alive feels like. Without the depression, your body may think it is going to die. With the use of your mind and your faith, you can retrain your body to operate at a higher frequency of energy so it can once again know itself in light and truth.
Birth and DepressionConsider the possibility that the origin of a lot of your depression is connected with your birth. If your mother was anxious, depressed, worried, troubled during your gestation, you took on all that energy in the earliest formation of you. Most people are walking around still carrying and trying to process out their birth energy. If you had a complicated gestation or delivery you were hit from the very beginning with some big negatives that were imprinted in your psyche. For more information on this phenomena see “Birth Leaves an Imprint that Starts our Life as a Struggle” in my book "Remembering Wholeness: A Personal Handbook for Thriving in the 21st Century.”
Your Dead Ancestors May Be Keeping You DepressedFrom personal experience and working with hundreds of clients, I have come to the conclusion that there is a generational pattern of depression for most people. You can trace depression back in my family line for several generations. I believe most people who are dealing with painful life experiences are playing a role in healing their generations and breaking family patterns. If your great-grandma never addressed her negative emotions and they never were cleared, that energy and information has been passed on to you in the genetics of your family. You can clear what your body holds at a cellular level so you can heal yourself and clear the pattern of depression from your family.
A process to clear your generational depression:
Imagine yourself standing in the light with a higher power (Christ, angels, God, spirit, etc.), Ask your generations that have lived before you to come into the light. Imagine all these people in the light with you. Ask your higher self of all the depression you have experienced, how much of it is generational and how much is your own. You will get two numbers that equal 100%. For most people the generational percent is over 50% and their part is less than 50%. It is usually 70-30, 80-20. Tell your ancestors you are choosing to clear this pattern from the family. Draw a picture of a garbage can on a sketchpad. Place the pattern of depression in the garbage can with all the negative beliefs and emotions that you have experienced with it into the garbage can also. When it is all in the garbage can, enlarge the picture of the garbage can as big as you can imagine it. Look at it as an observer and say “Its just energy. I am not in the picture. I am the one looking at the picture.” Now create a blowtorch and set your picture on fire and watch it burn into ashes.
Take the ashes and spread them on the ground. Watch beautiful flowers grow up through the ashes returning life-giving energy to you and your ancestors. Imagine every cell in your body being filled with life giving energy. How does that feel? Imagine your ancestors cheering for you and congratulating you for your choice to clear this pattern.
Yes, You Can Heal
I believe that whatever we are challenged by in our lives, God gave us the mechanism within us to heal it. There is literally a blueprint for healing held in your DNA that has all the information your mind and body needs to heal. I believe that we created illness to teach us the capacity we have to exist in difficult states and to turn us to a higher power to seek help. Calling upon Christ energy or the energy of the heavens activates the healing powers that lay dormant within us. As you put your attention on light and truth, light and truth awakens within you. Don’t wait until you feel better to think well. Your mind is a higher power than your emotions and your mind can raise the vibration of your emotional state as you clear away the lies and illusions you carry and call forth the truth of who god created you to be. You can create whatever you want with your life. The god I believe in did not cast us down here to live in a state of despair to die in that state. I believe he guaranteed our ability to succeed by endowing us with all that we need to create success.
For most people being depressed is familiar. Feeling good is not. Often we choose what is familiar over what feels good because we know how to exist there and it feels safe. I believe we live at a time on the planet where it is becoming increasingly more difficult to stay depressed. It will require more work to stay in depression than heal it. The real challenge for us as humans is no longer “how much can we suffer?” It is “how much joy can we hold and how long can we hold it?” Consider the possibility you chose into and created your experience of depression just to see yourself overcome it. As big as you have known depression is as big as you can now know joy. Chose to become one of God’s miracles and clear and heal what is no longer serving you. God bless you, I know you can do it.
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