Body-Mind Energy Medicine
Note: This blog entry is part of a series on psychic development. Find the index for the series here.
The foundationalprinciple of this workshop is that the body, mind, and spirit are connected in a complex relationship. If one is out of balance, the other two will become imbalanced also. The development of psychic ability is often approached as purely a mental exercise, which I think leaves out the very important contribution of our other systems.
In my experience, systems of healing that seek to treat a person in a holistic way, by treating the body, mind, and spirit together, are the most effective. I find that my body/mind/spirit picks up all kinds of junk, whether it's because I'm an empath or just human, and I've found that certain energy-medicine modalities really help me to maintain my balance. My personal regimen for the last 5+ years has beenmonthlyFive Element Acupuncture treatments, interspersed with naturopathic consultations for my food allergies. A few days ago, I had my first Zero Balancing treatment, and I loved it!
If you have the time, money, and interest, here are some energy-healing modalities that you might consider looking into:
Five Element Acupuncture is a specific discipline within the larger practice of acupuncture, and while it focuses on physical dis-ease and symptoms, it has an amazing ability to get at emotional and spiritual blocks and dis-ease also. It can be a little painful at times (the release of chi in the meridian points can beexplosive on some people, like me), so it's definitelynot for kids. A list of practitioners can be found at the link above. My practictioner is not listed, although her mentor is. If there isn'ta memberlistedfor your area, try contacting the closest one. It's a small community, so he/she would probably know if there is someone closer to you that might not be on the list.
Unlike acupuncture, Zero Balancing is done while fully clothed. The pressure points that are used feel a lot like a shiatsu massage, which is to say that it is strong pressure, but not painful. I'm still amazed at the amount of emotional stuff that I released after just one session (an introductory series of three sessions one week apart is recommended), not to mention how great my body feels. It's like the best deep tissue massage you've ever had, but without all of the rubbing and kneading. A list of practitioners is available at the link above.
Okay, hate me if you want to, but I'm not a big fan of reiki. It's my opinion that some people are born with a gift for healing people through a "laying on of hands" type of technique, and for these few, reiki can provide a useful framework for understanding and using their gift successfully. However, it's my opinion that many of those that have been officially trained and degreed in reiki aren't effective. I've had my body worked on by three people that actually were effective energy healers, and only one (a massage therapist and empath) had ever had the least bit of training in reiki. So, I like energy healers. Just make sure you have a good one. Ask for referrals from people you trust. Read reviews or testimonials online. If you leave an appointment unsure of whether your session with an energy healer was effective, it wasn't. Keep looking!
It's not medicine, but it does serve to strengthen the mind-body connection. Wikipedia says, "Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or 'asanas', purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation." Yoga brings flexibility to the strong, and strength to the flexible. It requires the body and mind to work together to perform the postures, whichincreases and improvesintegration between the two, and creates space for the processing of emotional and spiritual issues. If you already belong to a gym, give the yoga class a try. I've found that the quality of instruction varies a lot from location to location, and from one instructor to another, so if you don't like the first class you try, find another. Try to take at least four classes before you make a decision on whether it's for you or not.
Thanks for reading my soapboxspeech on mind-body healing today! If you have any suggestions or testimonials that you'd like to provide, please do so in the comments.