Over the past three decades, America’s curiosity and interest in traditional therapies aside from conventional medicine has grown to surprising proportions. There has always been an element of American society that investigated therapies available from alternative practitioners. But so-called alternative therapies have become almost commonplace. We are accustomed to hearing about herbal supplements, vitamin therapies, acupuncture, hypnosis and various types of massage therapies. Other areas of therapy that involve more subtle approaches have also found their way into the cultural experience. We read or hear about reiki, cranio-sacral therapy, healing touch and more. When we see terms like Rolfing, Alexander technique, feng shui or primal therapy, we may know that they have something to do with therapy but not exactly what that may be.
Then there is a group of therapies that sounds so esoteric that we don’t immediately relate to them. Most of those therapies work in the subtle area of energy healing. Terms like aura fluffing, crystal therapy, chakra clearing, color therapy, raindrop therapy or zero balancing may cause the general public to scratch their heads in wonder.
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein
The Western, logical, analytical and data-driven mind struggles to understand how some therapies relate to healing. Western culture venerates the analytical mind. Far less respect is given to the power of the intuitive mind. That is unless we consider how much we idolize artists, musicians and athletes who create using that artistic, intuitive ability.
Western thinking may some day come to accept and understand some of these esoteric therapies. Institutions always lag behind the grass roots. After all, it took 4000 years for American science to begin to understand that acupuncture works. 20 years ago the establishment scoffed at ancient Chinese medicine. Now, acupuncturists and chiropractors travel with the U.S. Olympic team. World-class athletes wear magnet wristbands and do visualization techniques.
Most esoteric therapies are not based on science in the way that the Western mind understands science. But there are certain aspects of those therapies that still make sense. At least an understanding of the process involved is helpful. Here are a couple of examples.
Aura Balancing As with many esoteric therapies, aura balancing recognizes that the physical body is a manifestation of energy. There is nothing controversial about that. It’s simple physics. It should be understandable then that our field of energy extends at least a little way beyond the surface of our skin. That extended energy field is called an aura.
The theory or belief holds that in certain cases that aura can be detected and evaluated. A trained observer, for example, may be able to notice a weakness or deviation in the energy field. Even without assigning meaning to that deviation as far as any physical ailment may be concerned, it may be considered obvious that the optimal situation would be a smooth and coherent energy field.
Balancing that field of energy can be accomplished by a variety of means. Practitioners who use such techniques may include a form of healing touch in which the practitioner’s hands hover near the body without touching it. This allows the practitioner’s energy field to interact with that of the client. Another method employs the use of intent or focused awareness. Thought and visualization mobilizes the intuitive part of the mind and affects the energy field. Other methods may involve the use of crystals or geometric shapes to influence the aura.
Crystal Therapy This one gets skeptics and critics shaking their heads and clucking tongues. “What do crystals possibly have to do with healing?” they might say. The idea again begins with energy.
You might think that you would never use crystals for healing or anything else. But you’d be wrong. You already use crystals every day. Crystals have the ability to amplify, store, regulate and respond to energy fields. Or have you forgotten the quartz crystal watch on your wrist? Or the silicon chip that is the heart, soul and brain of your cell phone, automobile, solar panels or computer? Memory chips in your laptop are made from silicon. Why do you think they call it Silicon Valley? And silicon is a crystal.
It’s a fact that crystals are used with energy in many ways around us. Why should it be surprising that a crystal near or on the energy field of the body would have an affect?
Crystals have different levels of frequency resonance. Diamonds, quartz and other clear crystals carry one set of frequencies. Crystals in other colors obviously resonate at other frequencies. Crystals toward the red end of the light spectrum, such as ruby or rose quartz, are of lower frequency reflection and resonance than those at the higher or blue color.
Some crystals, just like some silicon chips, have the ability to store information permanently. These crystals are called record keepers. In the computer world they would be called ROM or read-only memory. Other crystals are better at redirecting memory or fluctuations in energy.
Just because Western science hasn’t yet learned to quantify something doesn’t mean it isn’t valid. It proves only that Western science hasn’t yet learned to quantify it. Or as the saying goes, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
We should not be so quick to dismiss healing techniques that exist outside the mainstream model of techno-pharmaceutical medicine. Though the consumer should always look askance at false promise, an open mind can be a source of health.
Heartland Healing examines various alternative forms of healing. It is provided as a source of information, not as medical advice. It is not an endorsement of any particular therapy, either by the writer or The Reader. Access past columns at www.HeartlandHealing.com