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Skeptics often ask why there are no published medical studies on magick healing (beyond studies of Qi healers and Healing Touch nurses), and why no one has won Randi’s million-dollar challenge.
Usually, the question is pejorative. But occasionally, it’s an honest question, sometimes from a mage: If you believe magick can produce amazing results worthy of research and publication, how do you square that with the lack of publications?
I’ve wondered that myself. Because I’m a skeptic, too. Skepticism — requiring evidence before you believe something — is healthy, and something magick needs more of.
I have a solid answer now. I didn’t see it until I thought seriously about magick businesses. But now that I have, it’s obvious.
Published research — the kind that earns wide respect — is a huge undertaking. For energy healing, it requires board approval, subjects, funding, and dozens and dozens of healing sessions. You’re on that project for 2-5 years.
In other words, it’s something you do for business reasons, not because you think it’s cool.
Now, a solo-healing business doesn’t need anything at that level. A blog, a book, a few testimonials and you’re off.
So why publish? Publicity. But that’s only valuable if your business is ready for the customers that publicity will bring. Which means dozens of healers performing thousands of healing sessions a year, probably. I’d like to do that someday, but I’d need techniques simple and reliable enough to program into the ethereal software, and people trained to use it. And I’m not there yet.
Even then, publishing might not be worthwhile. By the time you’re good enough at energy healing to build that company, you’re good enough to make a reputation and bring in clients all on your own. You’d have to weigh the value of publications against the time required, and against the potential competitors (both legit and frauds) that publicity would bring.
There’s one more consideration: Some types of magick are more useful if no one knows you can do them. Gambling on greyhound races comes to mind, along with things like mind reading. It is to the mage’s benefit to keep them secret.
But there’s an implicit assumption in all this: Amazing, easily-demonstrable magick is hard. (Which it is.) If it were easy, it wouldn’t take much to start a large energy healing company, and there would be so many people gambling with magick that you couldn’t keep it a secret. My reasoning only works if amazing magick is hard.
So, next time someone says how easy it is to do something amazing with magick, you have my blessing to ask them why there are no publications.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.