Are you limiting healing?
From October 2007 newsletter
Healing is about reclaiming our power, all our power. It is about recognizing ways in which we give away our inner divine power to myths, untruths, empty rituals and false beliefs, external authorities. No wonder why we end up so fearful, limited, off balance, and in pain.
One of the ways we lose our power is by using a healing technique. Yes, really. Got a problem? Run to the nearest healer or doctor or bottle. I know I used to think my healing technique could solve anything, and used it for everything. Others believe allopathic medicine can fix anything, and call at the slightest physical inconvenience.
The weakness of being an energy healer is thinking of yourself as one. You have a technique and you apply it to every imbalance or stress. You take classes and thousands of dollars later, you have a technique but don't necessarily know how to heal.
According to Dr. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, any genuine master (teacher) of a technique or tool should also teach that you do not ultimately need the technique. You may find it handy to help learn a concept or energy healing skill, but once you truly learn what the technique is doing, you can let go of it and move on into greater understanding. This is a natural progression.
For instance, consider a child learning to walk. When a child does not yet have a solid sense of balance, she will pull themselves up and "cruise" — hang on to furniture as she moves around the room. This technique helps her learn balance as she practices walking. When walking balance is finally learned, the technique is naturally dropped.
Another example: It is said that a true martial artist — one who has mastered all their fighting techniques — will never need to use them, will never actually fight. Why? By learning all the techniques of conflict, they come finally to fully understand peace. For instance, they can smell potential conflict from two blocks away and cross the street or go another way to avoid it. This is a place of tremendous power, to win before the battle even begins, to win without fighting. This is where we need to be in our everyday lives, but to get there, we must reach beyond our techniques and tools and other crutches.
Technique Focuses on The Problem
As an energy healing practitioner for over 8 years, I can say that my really fabulous technique taught me a very lot about "dis-ease" and imbalance. But in clinging to that technique (wherein lay my reputation, identity, and investment, among other things), I continued to see healing as a series of exercises to eliminate imbalances and blocks that we inevitably collect along the way in life. Does that sound familiar? Healing is fixing what's broken? Healing is eliminating the "cause" of the "illness"?
I was completely blinded to what true, natural health really was. (More on that in other articles!) Because my technique taught me to look for energy blocks, health was the absence of blocks, the absence of disease, to me. So I focused on the blocks. Whenever I found one, I reached for my technique.
It is actually the other way around.
Health is the natural state, and disease is merely the absence of health. Seeing it the way of the technique-doer gives disease all the power.
What was it the movie The Secret said? If you focus on the problem, all you get is more of the problem. So if you are anti-sickness, you send energy to sickness by focusing on it. To be effective, you need to send energy to health.
True solutions involve letting go of the problem and thinking about what you DO want, first. Let go of what is, and visualize your ideal. It's hard. We are all invested in our fascinating problems. We love to sit around and discuss them! And so our techniques and tools and other crutches like support groups keep us focused on what we do not want. And we do not heal.
When we have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. We can't even truly see what's in front of us, if we keep holding on to that hammer, that technique, tool or crutch.
So, where were we? Can't go without that healing crystal in your pocket? Negativity-cleansing rituals? Protection rituals? Light a candle? Sage your house? Use a pendulum? Knock on wood? Exude gratitude? Ask your client for permission to work? Disbelieve something until proven? Reach for the pain-killers without examining your diet or life?
Look at all your crutches. What are you so afraid of?
…Perfection? Inner Power? Peace? Health? Ourselves?
Finding True Healing
When we hang onto crutches and even rituals, Dr. Pearl says we are telling ourselves we are not good enough, not whole, that we can't do it by ourselves, or that others can hurt us.
None of this is true.
A woman I met once floored me with a story about her healing and spiritual awakening. She was horribly allergic to bee stings her whole life, yet while enjoying a rest after hiking 2 hours into the middle of nowhere, alone and without her epi-pen, she was stung on the neck by a bee. Sitting in the sunshine and listening to the birds, her first thought was, "Well, this is a beautiful day to die." But then, she reports, she suddenly realized she had a choice whether to die or not — whether to be allergic to bees or not. She chose to live. She did, and to this day, she is not allergic. And there are myriads of stories like this out there, of spontaneous healings. Why do they happen? Because they can. We have that potential within us.
By perpetuating the myth that we "need" stuff to fill in the "holes" in our being, we create them. Truly there are no gaps… until we jam a useless ritual or two in there, give it power, and create a gap. We become less than whole.
Like Eric Pearl says, our need for techniques is based on fears and feelings of inadequacy. But fear is an illusion. It is nothing, like disease is nothing, at most it is the absence of something. When you let go of your techniques, walk through your fears and come out the other side, all that is left is Love.
And that is where the healing is.
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