In recent times, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the interest and intrigue surrounding the ideas and practises of Spirituality, Yoga, Holistic Modalities, Self-Help and the like.
In the past decade alone, the burgeoning spiritual growth and self-help sections of many bookstores have made it easy to become overwhelmed by the myriad choices.
You can have a Reiki session, be re-birthed or sound healed, have your chakras realigned and be healed through hypnosis. And if you don’t have any personal issues or problems in this lifetime, then certainly someone can help you find the past life in which you did.
So what separates true recovery from faddish explorations of Self that may be fun or intriguing, but don’t always lead to authentic transformation?
As an Energy Therapist and a Spiritual Teacher, I have tried many of these options for shifting my own energy. However, I now believe that in most cases they will never lead to the ultimate shifts that most of us desire.
The fundamental problem is simple — you can find a true energy master and healer that can absolutely shift your energy, clean your aura, open your chakras or remove your blockages — but then what?
If you continue to live your life in the same way; with the same beliefs and patterns and choices… what will happen? Your energy will eventually revert back to its original state.
That doesn’t mean that the energy shifts aren’t helpful or that they can’t give you a much-needed nudge in the right direction; however, if you’re not careful, it can turn into a holistic form of taking a pharmaceutical pill.
Unless you address the underlying dysfunction and dis-ease in the body, emotions and spirit, you will either be dependent upon your energy practitioner or, you will eventually end up where you started energetically.
It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.
Hippocrates the father of modern medicine
I can speak from personal experience as well as from seeing which of my clients are really able to transform their lives, and which whom remain stuck.
For example, a client of mine developed chronic adrenal fatigue from overdoing it in their 30s. They’d see me once a month where id tone and cleanse the energy in their Aura & Chakras.
I said to her “You know if you keep spending this Qi as fast as I put it back in you, you’re never going to get better.” I explained that she needed to take a serious look at the habit of overdoing and the esteem she got from all she did. It was all connected, and authentic healing/transcendence can begin by following those connections back to its source.
The next time I saw her, she explained that she had to completely redefine how hard she could work and began to see what downtime actually looked like. This is important. The client was now playing an ACTIVE ROLE in her own recovery. We discussed various exercises and activities she could do to help maintain the energy she was creating and thus aiding recovery.
The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine
Now comes the really hard part. As she slowed down, up came the feelings and emotions — most powerfully being the fear of who she would be if she wasn’t being her version of superwoman!
Real healing comes from the powerful combination of:
1. Actually feeling your feelings.
2. Taking significant but baby steps towards a better way of being.
A lot of my work begins to become undone the moment the client steps off of the therapy couch due to the leaks created by unsteady mental processes. It’s a lot easier to have someone else shift our energy for us, just like we all want the “magic pill” that makes us thinner, richer, happier, loved and accepted.
Just because something is “new age” or holistic, doesn’t mean it’s truly healing us. We are our own best healers and I believe the most powerful healing happens when we are able to create an environment of Synergy, where all parts working together, create an outcome greater than what would be achieved by the parts working individually.
And to me, that is a beautiful thing.
Love and blessings,
Daniel – Energy Therapist – Reiki Master – Spiritual Teacher