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There’s a lot more to energy healing than channeling energy. But when someone tells you they’re sending healing energy, what exactly are they doing? I mean, “Healing energy” doesn’t explain how healing works any more than “Healing medicine” tells the pharmacy what to give you.
This is going to be a bit of speculation — most of what I’m saying in this post, I’d need to collaborate with researchers to verify. Nothing I’m saying is a promise to deliver particular results. That said, let’s discuss my best guess on what’s going on.
Energy healing is complex, and there may be things I’ve missed. But in my experience, healing energy (like Reiki) seems to do three things:
- Numbs nerves, making you feel better quickly.
- Slightly accelerates cellular growth, which helps speed recovery for many (but not all) problems.
- Balances the person’s overall energy. (See note at bottom.)
I think of healing energy like ibuprofen: Got a bruise, cut or general inflammation? Bring on the healing energy. Got a cold? Balancing your energy may help. General fatigue? Sure.
But what about epilepsy? None of those effects seems like the right approach.
Auto-immune diseases, like chronic hives? It might help with today’s outbreak, but I’d want something more intricate to help with the underlying problem.
Ibuprofen is great for many things. And generic healing energy is great for many things, too. But there are lots of things it’s not great for. And increasing the amount of energy doesn’t help, any more than taking a triple dose of Tylenol will help with hives.
I don’t have the answers for most of those problems, either. But I can tell you this: The answer’s not in getting better at channeling energy. It’s in creating a better technique based on a knowledge of modern medicine.
Balances Their Energy?
This part was too technical for the main post, but it’s important to explain. “Balances their energy” is a lot like saying “healing energy”: It sounds good, but it doesn’t really add to your understanding.
Here’s the gist: Your cells seem to respond to the energy around them. That’s the whole basis of energy healing. But beyond responding to healing energy, your cells also respond to energy made by other parts of your body.
If something is dramatically wrong with one part of your body, it will produce energy that interferes with the energy around other cells in your body. That’s what “unbalanced” means, most of the time. I wouldn’t expect unbalanced energy to cause serious problems, but I could totally see it making you feel tired, slightly nauseous, or other mild conditions.
When the healer balances your energy, they drain off the energy from that unhealthy tissue and replace it with energy like healthy tissue makes. You feel better, because the unhealthy energy is no longer disturbing the other parts of your body. But it only lasts until the unhealthy tissue builds more unhealthy energy.
I’m all for energy balancing if it helps people feel better. But we need to remember the difference between feeling better and genuine, deep healing.
Update: Lisa found some randomized controlled medical research that provide evidence that energy healing is good at reducing pain short-term, but not at reducing pain long-term or healing serious underlying conditions, which is basically what I’m saying in this post.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.