A powerful change has occurred within the field of Energy Healing over the past forty years with the integration of psychotherapy into models of the human energy field as the vehicle of personal transformation. In many ways, these psychotherapeutic models have supplanted tprevious ones based on either Theosophy or the more traditional approaches such as Kabbalistic or esoteric Christian metaphysical systems. But while much of psychotherapy has many decades of research and scholarship behind it therapy’s approach to growth has been attuned to the Western social agendas rather than cross-cultural hidden or esoteric truths. Some healers have attempted to integrate Eastern spiritual principles into psychotherapy but the lack of exposure most people have had to Asia perspective limits their efforts. So, it has been the Western approach to psychotherapy, with its emphasis on revealing unconscious motivators and healing trauma, as well as a stress on communication honesty, that has come to dominate the modern Energy Healing skill set.
While these three factors are important, the developmental underpinnings of the more sophisticated esoteric models of spiritual development of the past remain unknown to most people. Some healers even discount the need for any esoteric study, stressing only a spontaneous (and non-intellectual) act of healing. Many healers will say that all is needed is the correct intention/symbols/prayers, etc, and a healing force will automatically flow through them into the client.
But if we are truly to evolve Energy Healing towards its potential I would suggest building upon the new addition of Western psychotherapy while also reaching back towards the wisdom traditions of the past. Only one part of the human brain works with the rational or social norms; the other is deeply moved by symbolic reality in alignment with greater spiritual forces. Psychology speaks to the conscious mind, while esoteric healing speaks to the intuitive. Then we will find ourselves with a full spectrum approach to energy healing.
But we must also address the current and pressing problems of our present-day generation: denial of any obvious truth, and the passivity of opposition towards increasingly restrictive social change. At its core, Energy Healing, as a spiritual development tool, seeks to reveal the truth about ourselves and about the world. But I believe it offers far more than a simple pranic flow from our hands, more than sharing the knowledge of spiritual or personal development, and even more than the release from trauma in our bodies. It can also awaken us out of the disingenuous dreams foisted upon us by others, whether it is via our family heritage systems, or worldly corporate actions that affect our lives. These are the new enchantments: modern day “spells” cast upon us. We must awaken from them, and into ourselves, and not thoughtlessly embrace any agenda. And when we do awaken, our energy healing work can offer not only relief from suffering but also assistance in helping to evolve the client to a new level of awareness. Energy healing is not just about taking away pain; it is about taking away the ability of others to implement their hidden agendas upon our life force. It is about coming to truly live our own lives, rather than a life defined by others. It is all about our personal evolution.
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