Burning or Illumination?

Would you rather be a source of Burning or a source of Light in the World?heat_light

I have noticed, especially in the last couple of years (actually for longer than that, but it seems to have intensified since 2015), that the increasing political and social polarization in the United States, and the world in general, has produced a great deal of passionate heat, but very little light of reason. We see it in political ads, tweets, Congressional debates, demonstrations on the streets, Facebook posts, news commentary, etc., ad nauseum. And please note that I have NOT identified any political party, politician, commentator, or anyone else like that. The reason is, no ONE person nor group is responsible for it all. From what I have seen, in most cases members of both sides of such socio-religio-political tussles have contributed to the conflagration.

Let me give full disclosure here: I will admit that I have a hard time staying out of political and/or social debates where I have a strong opinion. It’s a part of my nature, I’m afraid, and I really, REALLY have to work at not jumping into the ring with a bag of facts, statistics, quotes, opinions, and sometimes even scriptural references, in order to knock the stuffing out of someone who (I believe) is twisting and corrupting the zeitgeist we now inhabit.

I have this problem in SPITE of the fact that I believe… I know… that adding more conflict to the mix will not help things. My logical, well-reasoned, and evidence-supported refutation of someone’s opinion has about a 0.0002% chance of changing the mind of that person. If I wanted to be snarky, I’d say something like, “Hey, if logic, facts, and reason were something that this person would accept, they wouldn’t have that opinion anyway!”

However… I do try, and I intend to make a more concentrated effort, to stop throwing fuel on the fire.

In the back of my mind, however, there is always that famous (and famously misattributed) quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.” It gnaws at the edges of my good intentions, muttering all the time, “Are we going to let this garbage go unchallenged? If they get the last word in, they will think they are correct!” And honestly, that may happen. An unchallenged assertion, no matter how foolish, may cause the person who makes it to believe they have won their case.

But, if I *do* challenge the assertion, no matter how rational and intelligent my response may be, will I then change the mind of the other person? Do I, as some random person on the Internet or at a social gathering, carry enough weight of authority to cause the other to gasp in astonishment, tear their clothes, pour ashes on their head, and fall to the ground crying, “Oh my gosh… I was wrong, wrong, WRONG!”

I doubt it. More likely, they will crow something like, “That’s YOUR opinion!” or “Fake news!” or “I expected something like that from you ____________ [whatever label they want to apply]!” I have even been threatened with physical violence for citing an unpopular FACT (not opinion).

So.  Lately, I have been trying to answer that gnawing quote (see above) with reason and compassion. Let me know what you think.

If I toss more fuel onto the fire, no matter that my fuel may be of better quality and have more substance, will that quench the fire?  No. It will not.

The quote above says, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.” My reasoning says this: “Doing something is not helpful, if the something you do is the WRONG something. Instead, I will try to do the RIGHT something.”

So, instead of pouring kerosene on the fire, I will do one of two things. One, do what you can to quench the flames, while offering your own light. How? By showing love, respect, and compassion for the other person.  There must be some fear and ignorance causing the other individual to act irrationally. Have you ever seen the actions of a dog that feels threatened when you are about to take away his food, even if that food is dry and unappealing? They will snarl, growl, perhaps lunge or snap at you… because they are convinced that their food is necessary, and it is the only food they have. How about this? Offer that same dog a cheeseburger instead of the dry kibble. Then you should be able to remove the old food. It may take two or three… or five or six… times of tossing the dog the burger, but eventually the dog realizes that you aren’t trying to take something good away from it, but rather trying to give it something better.

That means, I treat the other person with respect rather than denigrating them or calling them names. That means I will listen to their statements respectfully, and then respectfully offer my own. It means recognizing that, if they are making irrational statements, they must have a reason: fear, ignorance, being fed lies by someone they feel is authoritative, or some other reason. Most of us are not inherently irrational, but sometimes fear or anger can make us that way. And it also means admitting, even grudgingly, that they may have valid points.

Of course, the other person may wish to have no part of this. They may be so eaten up by their own cancer of ignorance, hate, bigotry, or fear that they can’t abide letting those things go. Sometimes, even the things that harm us become dear to us because they are familiar. Or, you simply may be mentally/emotionally tired of the debating, and decide it is useless.

In cases like this, where I offer reason, love, and compassion to the other person, and repeatedly get snarls and snaps in return, option two comes into play: I walk away.

If I have made an honest effort to be rational with someone… if they refuse my compassionate acceptance that they have a right to their own opinion… if facts and evidence are not making any headway… then I can’t waste my time and personal energy on trying to persuade them. As one of my relatives used to say, “Never waste your time arguing with a fool. It’s like wrestling a pig in a pigsty—you both end up filthy, and the pig enjoys it.” Besides, to engage in such fights is bad for your spiritual health as well as your mental health. It adds feelings of anger and resentment to your emotional burden.

And those are the things I intend to do. Not attack.  Not throw stones.  Rather, offer compassionate listening and acceptance, and if that is rejected outright, walk away. Some people will never be convinced that they might be wrong, and it’s a waste of time and energy to try. Doing these things is not weak, nor is it surrendering. It is conserving your own mental and emotional energy for fights you CAN win.  To return to the analogy given in the opening paragraph of this post, I believe I can create and spread much more light this way, rather than adding to the inferno of heated passions.

Pray for me, my friends.  It’s going to be a long, hard row to hoe!

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Anthony Burton, PhD, is the owner of Hillside Holistic Health, in Calhoun GA, where he does his best to help people achieve maximum health with complementary holistic therapies such as Reiki, EFT (tapping) and meditation.

Nature Is A Fantastic Medicine

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We live on a few acres out in a very rural area, and we really love it.  Sure, it’s hard work sometimes, keeping up with all the yard work and beating back the honeysuckle, but there are rewards. For instance, we love hearing the whippoorwills and owls in the evening. We enjoy seeing the turkeys strutting across the driveway, and even the coyotes howling in the evening are sort of musical. Plus, this year we have so many wild blackberries ripening that we can’t pick them all.  Luckily, the birds and other creatures are helping us with that.

And although we have tried raising apples, plums, and other fruits, the ones that seem to thrive in our soil are the blueberries.  They LOVE it, and this year has been a fantastic year for us with blueberries.  But I digress a bit.

This morning, I was out picking blueberries… again… and as I’m finishing up (not because there are no more blueberries, but because I have no idea where we will put them all), I heard a fox barking, over and over. Now, I normally hear foxes in the early evening, and this was a different sort of fox bark. It wasn’t a “Yo, baby, I’m looking for a good time!!” or “This is my neighborhood, so stay away!!” It was more like, “Hey, what the heck are you doing? Get away from me!”

Then, I heard a crash in the bushes down in the woods… then another… and a deep, barrel-chested growl followed by a “Whufff!!” There were more barks, more growls and crashing about and “Whuffs”. The whole cacophony moved toward our house, then away down deeper into the woods and toward Salacoa Creek Park. The fox sounded quite irritated, and the bear (for that’s what it was) sounded annoyed at the fox.

I took my berries into the house (because yeah, that was just what I needed… a bucket of delicious bear treats hanging on my belt!) and proceeded to arm myself before walking cautiously into the woods. The only reason I went into the woods, was because the noises had retreated a good ways off, and I wanted to see if I could find any signs of what happened. (The gun was just in case, you know?) No real luck at seeing the bear or the fox, only crushed brush and disturbed leaf mould, but it’s interesting that it happened while I was out there picking berries. Had I been in the house, I probably would not have heard the fox’s barking nor the bear’s growling and whuffing.

Why am I posting about this here?

We can wrap ourselves in polyester or denim, encase ourselves in cars or houses, or focus on our jobs or the Internet… but all that is ultimately superficial. In the end, we, too, are part of Nature, whether we like it or not. If we choose to set up the temporary barriers of houses, cars, buildings, jobs, etc., then all we are doing is harming ourselves. And it’s not just MY idea that we are harming ourselves.

The Japanese have a concept called “shinrin-yoku” or “forest bathing.”  Essentially, it means getting out in nature… specifically wooded areas… and walking through it, sitting in it, letting the fresh air and ambience of Nature permeate you and help keep you healthy.  It is a known medical practice in Japan, and doctors actually sometimes prescribe it to people instead of pharmaceuticals, if they are not already doing it for themselves.

Time Magazine article on Forest Bathing

And it isn’t just Japan where this happens. Physicians in Scotland have discovered the benefits of simply getting outdoors and being in nature, and are literally prescribing it for some of their patients.

Here’s even more evidence: in Denmark, they did a study of  more than 900,000 (!) kids to determine various factors that affect mental health, in a longitudinal study that went from 1985 thru 2013. The researchers found that “children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors.”  (From an article in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.) Think about it: a 55%  higher chance of developing some sort of psychiatric disorder, simply by being isolated from green space such as parks and forests!

Somewhat more readable and less science-y article about the study

So, here’s my sermon: I know it can be miserably hot in summer, at least here in Georgia. But it is definitely to your advantage for you regularly to spend some time out in nature. I don’t mean hustling through the woods, trying to “get it over with.”  I mean hanging out in Nature, letting your lungs fill with fresh air, exposing your body to the naturally occurring chemicals out there, instead of all the (often deleterious) man-made chemicals that leach out of carpet, plywood, plastic, and paint, and the radiation from having your cell phone jammed in your ear, or constantly cupped in your hands while you OMG! and LOL! at all your friends’ online memes. (Hey, I do some of that, too.)

Reacquaint yourself with your Mother Nature. She will appreciate it, and so will you.

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Anthony Burton, PhD, is the owner of Hillside Holistic Health, in Calhoun GA, where he does his best to help people achieve maximum health with complementary holistic therapies such as Reiki, EFT (tapping) and meditation.

 

 

 

We Are What We…

I’m sure (or at least reasonably sure) that most of us have heard someone say, “You are what you eat!” And that is quite literally true!

The protein we consume in eggs, meat, beans… the iron in broccoli, liver, spinach… the FoodFaceantioxidants in beets, tomatoes, cherries, oranges… the fats (good or bad) in bacon, avocadoes, butter, olives, walnuts… the sugar in donuts, cakes, full-strength sodas, lattes… and all the other things we bite, chew, sip, guzzle, or swallow, end up becoming part of our bodies. They make up our hair, our fingernails, our skin, our blood, our gray matter, our bones, and all our organs and glands.

My wife is a nutrition nut and has been ever since I met her. That’s NOT a put-down, because she is one of the healthiest persons I have ever known, and I have literally only known her to be sick TWICE in my life. But as someone who grew up on biscuits and sausage gravy, fried chicken and biscuits, barbecue and french fries, and gallon upon gallon of sweet iced tea, it has been difficult for me to make the transition to a healthier diet and lifestyle.

However, I have (for the most part) drastically changed what I eat, and even the quantities. At one time, when I was in my teens and twenties, I could and would go to a Pizza Inn for their Tuesday-night “All You Can Eat Pizza!” and do just that—eat all I could consume.  My body was different then. I was in the military and got more regular exercise, but it still wasn’t good for me. You see, I was establishing habits and behaviors that would haunt me later in life, after my lifestyle and metabolism changed.

And, I was putting a lot of stuff into my body that, although delicious and satisfying to my taste buds, was NOT good for my health.  It was like building a house with low-quality materials that look pretty but deteriorate rapidly over time.  And once that house is built, it’s devilishly hard to fix the structure.

Now… some of you may be puzzled about why I’m writing this.  After all, this is not news to you. You’ve had these facts preached to you by doctors, nurses, nutritionists, moms, spouses, and so on, ad nauseum. But give me a couple more minutes of your time, if you will, and you’ll learn where I’m going with this.

Holistic health is about every aspect of our health. It’s not just our bodies but also includes our minds and spirits. (If you are not someone who believes in a soul or spirit, that’s cool.  Wait a minute before you quit reading, though.)

I know when I was a kid, sometimes I was told not to listen to this or that music, or not to waste my time reading comic books. I’m not going to tell anyone here NOT to read, listen to, or watch anything. But I do want you to think about what you are mentally consuming, and what sort of mind you are building.

Caveat here: I have been a crime fiction writer. (Two published novels and numerous short stories in a variety of places.) I have edited and published crime novels and anthologies of crime fiction. I’ve read a lot of crime fiction. I have binge-watched some crime shows on TV, primarily because I enjoyed the interplay of characters and the story development.

But for the last few years, my wife and I have seen a change in our viewing and reading habits. She was never a fan of crime shows, to be honest, but now she actively avoids them. We both do, actually. And I find that much of the fiction that I once enjoyed reading (or listening to as audiobooks) has grown distasteful or disturbing to me.

Why?

I’m not going to go all “woker than thou” on you, but my wife and I both determined that we feel better when we do NOT put all that stuff into our heads.

Why would I voluntarily toss poisonous (though beautiful) castor beans into my salad? Why would I voluntarily drink stuff that is poisonous and harmful to my body, even if it tastes good?

By the same token we have decided that we don’t want to put scenes of bloodshed, cruelty, sadism, and death into our hearts and minds. At one time, I justified it by saying, “Oh, I just love to see the bad guys get it in the end! It satisfies my sense of justice!”

But I remember the first time I actually laughed out loud and fist-pumped when some criminal type got his chest blown out by a shotgun blast. When I realized what I was doing, I stopped myself. “What am I thinking? Is this person’s death something to get all happy and excited about?” is the thought that came to me at that point.

Lastly, what do you hear from those people around you?  Are they the kind of people who say cruel things, bigoted things, hateful things, mean-spirited things?  Do they run other people down? Do they gossip about people? Are they liars?

Letting all this stuff into your ears isn’t good for you, either. It creates junk in your mind… mental dust and fungus that destroys your peace of mind.  Close those windows; shut those doors. Keep it out of your mental house.

Again, I don’t think this makes me any better than anyone else, or more moral, or more enlightened. But I do believe it helps the two of us to build our minds into things that are more in alignment with what we want to accomplish in the world.

We believe that we were put here to do good in the world… to bring healing and love, even if in a small way. My daily prayer is posted on the wall of our bathroom, and the first two lines are:

May I be filled with the healing energy of the Universe.

May I be a blessing to all I meet.

How is it possible for us to do these things, if our minds and hearts are filled with hurt, with scenes of violence and killing and death? Yes, I know, life can be brutal and harsh, but that doesn’t mean we must contribute to that brutality, that harshness.

An American journalist named Germany Kent says it this way, “You become what you digest into your spirit. Whatever you think about, focus on, read about, talk about, you’re going to attract more of into your life. Make sure they’re all positive.”

Now, honestly, I still have a donut once in a great while. And I may indulge once or twice a year with a gravy biscuit. (Don’t tell my wife!) And once in a while, I will watch a show or read a book that has some violent content. But I’m careful with it, and I monitor how it makes me feel.  If I don’t like the feeling I get after watching, reading, or listening, I stop. Just like I know that I may have a very occasional donut, but if I sneak a half-dozen lemon-filled Krispy Kremes, I’m going to feel lousy later, and my blood sugar is going to spike like crazy.

All I’m asking you to do is, take a moment before you feed your mind. Ask yourself, “Is this going to lift me up, or drop me down? Is it going to make me feel better, or worse? Will this celebrate life and joy, or will it celebrate death and misery?  And in whatever case, is this what I want to put in my mind?”

It can’t hurt to stop and think about that… just as it can’t hurt to stop and think, “Do I really want that fifth slice of pepperoni pizza?”

 

 

Self-healing: Why Is It Hard For Me?

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Recently there has been much discussion going on in a Reiki practitioners’ group, about Reiki self-healing. One practitioner said how she had trouble with feeling any results from Reiki self-healing.

First of all, self-healing is something that all Reiki practitioners should do every day, religiously… and I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes forget.  Life intervenes, things happen, and suddenly it’s half-past midnight, I’m yawning and pulling up the sheets, and then I remember, “Darn… forgot to self-Reiki today!”

Now, yes, it’s OK to do self-Reiki when you are tired, and for many people it will even help them to go to sleep more quickly. But sometimes, I feel guilty about it.  I mean, I really want to focus on my self-Reiki.  It’s IMPORTANT.  And I can’t always do that if I involuntarily crash before I even realize it.

So, let me encourage you to be better than I am, and do your daily self-Reiki when you are awake enough to actually think about what you are doing.

But back to the original idea, and that is “Why is it hard to do self-Reiki?”

I love Reiki, and all it can do for us. I love the feeling of helping someone. I love the feeling of relief that happens when I allow Reiki to help myself.

However….

For me, it is easier to offer Reiki to someone else, than for myself.  And I don’t think I am alone in that.  Why, though?

Being tied to expectations – This is a classic problem, that almost everyone who has been trained in Reiki should remember. Reiki does not always do what we expect, even when the healing is actually happening. This seems to be especially true when we are applying Reiki to ourselves and our own problems. I mean, if you have horrible stomach pains, you want them to stop NOW. But the truth is, the pain may have a purpose in warning you of something more serious, such as an inflamed appendix. If the pain disappeared, likely you would go on about your business instead of having the problem seen about. And an elevated temp, aka a fever? It has a purpose, too: some parts of the body’s immune system simply function better and faster at a higher temperature, to defeat invasive viruses or bacteria. And, lest we forget, sometimes we are learning something more spiritual from the pain: patience, empathy, and so forth.

Lack of detachment – I think most of us have an easier time helping someone else with their problem, whether it is with Reiki or other things, than with helping ourselves. Think about it: isn’t it easier to give someone else advice about how to lose weight, than it is to shed those last 8 pounds left over from the holidays?  How about someone else to keep their cool and calm down, instead of controlling your own road rage over that moron in front of you who keeps weaving and has had his blinker on for the LAST FOUR MILES!!?

Seriously, though, when we are close to the problem, it is often very difficult for us to achieve the detachment we may need, in order to effectively allow the Reiki to “flow” and be effective.

Distraction by the pain – Let me tell you, when I have just smacked my fingernail with a hammer while trying to drive a nail into a two-by-four, and the stars are flying around my head while tears are coming from my eyes, it’s a little hard to focus. I think that’s true for most of us. The Reiki is still there, but our own pain can keep us from focusing our intention. Think of it this way: if you are in pain, how hard is it to do something as simple as finding the thing you are looking for on a store shelf, or get the cap off that bottle of aspirin?

Feeling stupid – Or… it may be that I feel really stupid for not paying attention, and thereby smashing my finger, and I allow that emotion of aggravation at myself come between me and allowing Reiki to work its healing. I firmly believe that a person’s emotional state can have an impact on how well or how quickly the Reiki works.

Other emotional barriers – Maybe I am aggravated at the person who left a cabinet door open, and because I was in a hurry and not paying attention, I smacked my noggin on the corner of that door.  The annoyance at whoever left it open stands between me and allowing the healing.  Or maybe I feel like the pain is unjust, and self-pity wells up. “This is the third migraine I have had this week!  When are they going to stop? Why is this happening to me?”

Anger is often a normal, natural, human reactions to pain. But we don’t have to allow it to stand between us and healing. Sometimes, we simply have to take a deep breath or three, center ourselves, and remind ourselves that emotional turmoil is not conducive to feeling better.

Chronic or acute?  Another point to remember is that, at least in my experience, if a condition or wound has been in existence for a long time (a chronic condition), it takes more time for Reiki, or for that matter, any therapeutic method, to heal and relieve that condition. But acute problems (i.e., something that has just happened, like a headache that has just cropped up unexpectedly), it’s usually easier and quicker for Reiki to have a noticeable effect. I emphasize “noticeable” because we don’t always know what is happening in the background. Healing of a condition doesn’t always equate with immediate cessation of symptoms.

As I always tell clients, I do not encourage anyone to abandon their usual medical treatment. If you are undergoing conventional treatment for a medical condition, you should always have your physician confirm results from Reiki or any other complementary treatment method.

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Dr. Anthony Burton is a Reiki Master in three different Reiki styles, a professional EFT practitioner, a certified meditation teacher, and an ordained Interfaith Minister. His Ph.D. is in Metaphysics, and his other degrees are in Literature and Education. For more information about Reiki and other complementary health issues, feel free to visit his website at www.hillside-holistic.com .

Potholes, Life, and Hot Tar

When I was little, I loved those hot summer days when the street repair guys came along by our house. They had two trucks: one that carried gravel, and another that had a big tank of hot, smoking tar. There was a guy walking behind the hot tar truck, usually with a cigarette dangling from his lip, and I thought he had the most awesome job: he had this big thing that looked potholelike a gun with a long barrel, attached to the hot tar truck with a hose. When they came to a pothole, he would point that tar gun at the hole, squeeze the trigger, and spray smoking hot tar into it. Then, a guy from the gravel truck would put a couple of shovels full of gravel into the hole, on top of the hot tar, and pat it down.  As a finishing touch, Hot Tar Guy would then spray the whole thing over with more melted tar to seal it and bond it all together.  Within a day or two, the tar had totally cooled and congealed, and the pothole was smooth… and so was the ride.

At age four, as I watched the big trucks rumble by, with the workmen filling the holes and making the road smoother and easier to travel, my Dream was to be the Hot Tar Guy when I grew up.  But life often… usually, actually… changes our early dreams.

When I graduated from high school, I joined the Navy, intending to get highly trained in nuclear energy and be a glowing success (pun intended).  But, I didn’t have the science and math background for it then, and it didn’t work out. I transferred into the electronics field, and although the math was still there, it was not quite so daunting and actually made sense.

But working with “things” was unsatisfying.  I found that I preferred interacting with people, instead of spending all my time trying to make uncooperative transmitters, radar systems, and satellite communication systems cooperate with me.

Finally, in the last couple of years of my service in the Navy, I found a job that was immensely satisfying: helping people with drug and alcohol abuse issues as the full-time Command DAPA (Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor) on the USS Yosemite. And when I got out after over 12 years of active Navy duty, my intention was to go into that sort of work as a civilian.  But it was not to be.

Becoming a civilian addiction counselor would have taken me another 3 to 6 years of education, on top of my two bachelor’s degrees and my master’s degree. Add to that the fact that the pay for such a counselor was even less than I made as a sailor (and I had a growing family to support), so that made it impractical. But the desire to help others never left me.

I spent a few years doing a variety of things as a civilian: field engineer, technical trainer, technical writer, course developer, college instructor, public school teacher, writer, publisher… and while these things paid well, they were never as satisfying as the last job I had in the Navy—helping people deal with personal issues that were disrupting their lives.

A few years back, I had an accident where I was pretty badly injured, and had occasion to experience the healing and pain relieving power of Reiki. After that, I determined to learn more about this form of energy medicine… and I did, ultimately training and qualifying as Reiki Master in three different forms of Reiki.

As I learned more about energy therapy, I also discovered EFT, or tapping, and how powerful and helpful it can be in assisting people with both emotional AND physical issues.  So, I found a great trainer for that, and became trained and certified as a professional EFT practitioner.

Now, a large part of my life is once more about helping people deal with their issues. Sometimes the issues are physical: healing from injuries or disease, dealing with the side effects of conventional medical treatment, dealing with pain.  Sometimes the issues are emotional: dealing with past traumas, conquering disabling beliefs or fears, overcoming addictions or bad habits. And sometimes, it’s a combination of things: the memories, emotions and thoughts are often major components of the physical issues, so relieving one helps the other.

Just today, I was thinking about that Hot Tar Guy… the fellow that my four-year-old self wanted to be. As I remembered those hot summer days, with the smoke and scent of the sweat and the hot tar wafting through my mind, I had to smile.  Even though I’m not a guy in a dirty white tee shirt, muscles bulging as he manhandles the hot tar gun to fill up the potholes, I’m still helping to make at least a few people’s roads smoother… helping them to clear up the potholes that may be shaking them up emotionally or physically. In life, we can’t always avoid those kinds of potholes. But we CAN often make them so they are not jarring nor painful to run over.

 

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Does Energy Matter?

Does Energy Matter?

Or more importantly, IS energy matter?  Or is matter energy?

I’m not messing with your head, seriously.  I just want you to think about something that is a very important concept: the idea (the fact, if you will) that matter and energy really are the same thing. And I REALLY want you to think about how that relates to energy therapy such as Reiki and EFT.

Let’s look at it in a top-down view.

Everything–table salt, flowers, water, cars, skin cells, air, roast turkey, ad infinitum–is composed of atoms and molecules.  Everyone probably knows this.  Some substances are complex: for example, air is composed of oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, and generally a few other substances as well: water vapor, pollution, etc. Table salt is a pretty simple molecule, composed of atoms of chlorine (a poisonous gas) and sodium (a poisonous, soft metal). In some cases, they may add a little iodine for health reasons, but let’s just consider the pure stuff for now.

Salt is a nice, easy molecule to consider, because it is so simple.  Each atom of sodium shares electrons with one atom of chlorine, in a salt molecule. (Don’t worry… no complex chemistry in this article!)

But, for a moment, let’s look at the structure of the atoms a little more closely. We usually tend to think of those atoms as little balls, or maybe little star-shaped “things”. However, if you could take the atoms and magnify them enough, you would see that the atoms really are more complex than that. Take the sodium atom, for example.  Sodium is a soft metal.  It’s poisonous.  It’s unstable; in fact, if you were to take a little pea-sized piece of pure sodium and drop it in a bathtub of water, the sodium would burst into flame in that water.

Here is an illustration of a sodium atom, but it’s far from realistic. One thing that isn’t shown here is, the nucleus is composed eleven protons and twelve neutrons, but it is accurate in that it shows eleven electrons orbiting around the nucleus.

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Simple illustration of a sodium atom

Each of those electrons, and each of those protons, is not really a solid ball, though. Instead, each is actually a little bundle of energy, in the form of an electric charge. The electrons are negative charges, and the protons are positive charges. The eleven positive charges of the protons, balance the eleven negative charges of the electrons. (Oh, the neutrons?  They have no charge, and are neutral, thus their name.)

Something else that’s very important that isn’t shown here, are the relative sizes and distances involved. Those electrons don’t travel in nice, neat little circular paths that are only a couple of electron diameters wide.  Instead, they race madly around the nucleus, frenziedly traveling at “warp speed”, in paths that (if you could see them) would look like a hazy shell, or cloud.  Now they DO stay pretty much at their own distance from the nucleus, but they are racing around the nucleus in those paths at unbelievable speed… and at relative distances from the nucleus that are impossible to illustrate here with a picture.

But you can get an idea of that with this analogy: IF the nucleus were the size of a basketball, then the first two electrons would be about the size of flies, and would be orbiting about two miles away from that basketball-sized nucleus.

The only thing holding that atom together, is energy.  And the only thing that keeps the sodium atom attached to the chlorine atom in our little salt molecule, is energy. If you could somehow, magically, take away all the energy in that molecule, it would fall apart. There would be nothing to hold the nuclei together. There would be nothing to keep the electrons in their orbits.  In fact, the electrons and protons wouldn’t exist without their energy charges—they would all be neutrons, dull and boring.

Think of it like the prom being held at a (fictional) Neils H. Bohr High School. Students are the protons and electrons who are energetically dancing with each other, and the neutrons are the dull, boring chaperones. Consider what would happen if, by some stroke of magic, all the students suddenly lost their energy, and everyone there looked alike: same age, same face, same clothes, etc. No one would be attracted to anyone else. All the students would wander around aimlessly, getting mixed up with the chaperones. The prom would break up and everyone would leave.

Simply put, without energy, matter cannot exist.  That’s because matter IS energy, made up of tiny energy packages called atoms and molecules.

So, why does this matter?

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It is important because the human body is made up of trillions of different molecules, each with its own energy charge of some sort.  Energy charges are cumulative, when they are aligned properly. Think about it: a flashlight with six D-cell batteries in it will shine brighter than a flashlight with two D-cells. Conversely, if you take one of the batteries in that flashlight and turn it backwards, the flashlight won’t work, because the electrical energy is not aligned properly.

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I worked in electronics for years.  I taught electricity and electronics at the high school level, the college level, and in the military. What if the energy gets blocked or impeded?  I’ve seen how those kinds of problems can happen with electronic or electrical equipment. Sometimes it’s because a fuse blows to protect a circuit when too much energy flows, or if there is no fuse, sometimes a wire simply will burn through. Sometimes it’s because the conductive surfaces (contacts) become corroded or dirty, and this impedes energy flow. Sometimes it’s because the position of a switch is changed.

Blown fuse

These same sorts of conditions can happen in the human body. Our body is designed to protect itself automatically at some levels. Have you ever seen someone faint when they see something that is simply too frightening?  Or how about how when people are exposed to something so horrible that their mind simply blocks out that memory? These occurrences are like blown fuses or tripped breakers: they stop energy flow to certain areas, to protect our minds.blown fuse

Dirty contacts

What about the dirty contacts? We can have emotional or mental ideas that may not totally stop the energy, but do slow it down. Maybe you have a fear of flying that doesn’t keep you from boarding an airplane, but to make it through the flight without panicking, you “self-medicate” with alcohol.  Perhaps you are a runner, and you’ve plateaued—just can’t get past that (reasonable) threshold of speed, no matter how hard you try. The fear of failure may be keeping you from getting better. Or, perhaps PTSD from a car accident, a close brush with death, or trauma during military service, keeps you from doing things that you once could do easily—like shopping in a mall, driving on the highway, or simply leaving your house.

Flipped switch

Occasionally what happens is a re-routing of energy—flipping a switch­—such as when we are in a life-threatening situation, and our body changes the path of energy flow. Imagine one of our ancestors, being faced down by a hungry saber-toothed tiger. More blood flow went to her muscles, to enable the “fight-or-flight” action, and blood went away from her digestion (for example) because the body knows that, at that point in time, it’s more important to avoid being torn apart than to digest that food. Her body may have even decided to “get rid” of the food, because it’s extra weight in the stomach and can’t be digested right away.

It’s great that, in today’s modern society, we are seldom faced with being eaten by a tiger, or run down by a rhinoceros. Unfortunately, our bodies have adapted to apply the same re-routing to modern stressful situations: being confronted by an angry boss, facing an impossible-to-meet deadline, or running late for an important appointment. Even worse, sometimes these reactions in the body tend to linger on, even after the stressful situation has passed… especially when we face several stressful situations over a short period of time. This is not good for the emotions, nor for the body.

How Energy Therapy Helps

Energy therapy (Reiki, EFT, Chios, or various other techniques) is all about working with the energies in the human body, to help the body return to health, or to maintain good health, whether that is physical health or mental/emotional health.  And don’t misunderstand—your mental and emotional health impacts your physical health.  Tension headaches, back pain, ulcers, rashes, and many other physical ailments can have their roots in emotional or mental distress.

These energy therapy methods act to restore proper balance of the energies in the body, to make sure energy flows where it should and not where it shouldn’t. By doing this, people have seen results such as:

By the way, energy therapy of any kind is NOT intended to replace nor supplant conventional medical care.  Rather, it is intended as a complementary therapy to aid in healing, alongside traditional medical practice. Sometimes energy therapy CAN work without conventional medicine. (For example, I’ve used Reiki to relieve muscle pain, headaches, and upset stomachs, without taking any medicine. For that matter, Reiki treatments to my shoulder gave me total healing, and kept me out of the operating room, for a torn rotator cuff.)  But a legitimate, ethical therapist will never tell you to abandon your physician or medicine; rather, he or she will advise you to consult with your doctor and ask him or her what would be best.

If you are interested in seeing what energy therapy can do for you, feel free to contact me, or some energy therapist closer to you.  I’ll be happy to discuss your particular needs with you, and make recommendations based on that discussion.  What do you have to lose?

Cure or Heal?

Sometimes people ask me “Does energy therapy cure/heal [insert your disease or illness of choice here]?”  I usually take a deep breath, and try to figure out how to address the verbal dichotomy that is “Cure versus Heal”, and then explain how energy therapy works.  Problematically, because most people want a short, pat answer, some view my extended explanation as an attempt to muddy the waters, or even deceive them.

First, let’s talk about what is meant by curing, and then compare that to healing.  To cure a person, means to restore a person to health, to remove the symptoms and their cause(s), and provide a full remedy of the person’s disease.  Essentially, it means returning the person to full and healthy function, with no symptoms. Also, curing someone usually refers to a disease, illness, or other condition rather than an injury.  Normally, no one speaks of curing a broken leg, or a hangnail, or a gunshot wound, or anything like that.

Then, what is healing?  From the Medical Dictionary, we have this definition: “the process of returning to health; the restoration of structure and function of injured or diseased tissues. The healing processes include blood clotting, tissue mending, scarring, and bone healing.” Also, “the process of helping someone return to health.” And from the website of the National Institute for Health, we have this definition: “the process of bringing together aspects of one’s self, body-mind-spirit, at deeper levels of inner knowing, leading toward integration and balance with each aspect having equal importance and value.”

Healing is related to curing, of course, and sometimes the two terms are confused and/or misused. But there are a few things you should remember, that are really important.

  1. No one outside ourselves can heal us.   That is because…
  2. Healing is a natural, internal process. That means our bodies heal themselves.  Our minds heal themselves.  No one external to us, heals us. Someone or something may HELP us to heal… may accelerate or assist in the healing process… may aid us in removing blockages to healing… but ultimately, we heal ourselves.
  3. Even after a cure, there is usually a need for healing of some sort.

But… aren’t you an energy healer?”puzzled look

These things may sound odd coming from someone like me… someone who is an energy therapist–a Reiki Master in multiple forms of Reiki and an EFT practitioner.  And I will admit: there was a time when I made the mistake of calling myself an energy healer.  But I stopped doing that some time back, when I realized how wrong that is.

I don’t care who is helping you with your health issues: chiropractor, surgeon, osteopath, dentist, acupuncturist, medical physician, Reiki practitioner, psychiatrist… doesn’t matter. None of those people can HEAL you.  And if one of them says they CAN heal you, you should tread carefully and keep a tight grip on your wallet.

Many people are capable of helping us heal.  A surgeon may help me by removing a malignant growth, or correcting a damaged organ, and then my body is able to focus on healing the damage. An acupuncturist may help my body to heal, by realigning and balancing the qi (chi or life energy) along the meridians, but after that my body must heal itself by properly using that energy. A dentist may remove an abscessed tooth that is poisoning my body, but after that removal it is my body that heals the removal wound and filters the toxins from my body, allowing me to return to a state of health. In all cases, it is MY body that does the healing.

“Healing after curing?”

Yes, there is very often a need for healing after curing.  Let’s say, for example, that someone is a cancer sufferer. And let’s say further that the cancer sufferer is subjected to radiation therapy that effectively kills the cancer cells, and is declared “cancer free” by their oncologist.  Great!  They are cured!

But let’s also look realistically at the aftermath of that cure.  For many people, radiation therapy is a lifesaving godsend that carries its own burden of problems. The side effects of radiation therapy are numerous and varied, and can be debilitating and discouraging. Depending on the person’s reactions to the radiation therapy, and the particular side effects, he or she may need ongoing medical treatment, or even therapeutic counseling.

If I sound like I am condemning conventional medicine, don’t think that! If I fall from a ladder and break my arm, the first place I’m going, is the closest Emergency Room!  But after they set my arm and put a cast on it, it’s up to me and my body to do the actual healing.  If I accidentally ingest a poison, I definitely want to have the help of a physician in counteracting that poison, with whatever substance they feel is best. Afterwards, my body will work hard at doing whatever is necessary to get me to one hundred percent, or as close to that as my 60-plus years will allow.

Maybe it seems like I am splitting hairs, but I don’t think so.  Words are important, and have power to set up our expectations for us. So, if someone asked me, “Hey, can Reiki cure cancer?” or even “Can Reiki heal cancer?”, I would have to say that it can’t directly cure or heal cancer, or at least that I cannot say whether it will or not.  (After all, I do believe in miracles.)

However, I do know that Reiki can help a cancer patient deal with the effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.  I do know that Reiki can help relieve pain (provide palliative care) that may sometimes accompany cancer. I know that studies have shown that people heal faster and more easily when they are relaxed and free from anxiety or stress, and Reiki is well-known as a relaxation technique and stress reliever.  And, above all, I know that Reiki… and other forms of energy therapy… can dramatically help the human body to heal itself faster and more completely.

And, I know that EFT can help overcome and heal long-standing problems such as (but not limited to) PTSD, phobias, insomnia, addictions, limiting fears and beliefs, and even physical ailments that have their roots in emotional issues.

“So, is energy therapy a placebo?”  

Some people may think that Reiki, Acupuncture, EFT, Qi Gong, or other forms of energy therapy are placebos, simply because there is no consensus among medical professionals showing that they “cure.”  However, there have been blind studies that have shown that Reiki and other forms of energy therapy have aided in the healing process of human beings.  Further, Reiki has been used to help animals heal—horses, dogs, cats, even birds—and we can’t say that animals have an agenda or a mindset that would allow any form of energy therapy to affect them as a sugar pill might affect a human being.File written by Adobe Photoshop? 4.0

Probably, if any other energy therapists read this article, there will be a few who get their backs up about what I say here.  Many people are convinced that THEY do the healing, rather than the individual healing himself or herself.

Some people say that I should give God the glory for all healing, and honestly, I can’t disagree with that.  God made us. God indwells us.  So, when I say, “We heal ourselves,” that is not shoving God out of the picture. God is in us at all times, and also is a part of our healing process.  If it makes you more comfortable to say, “God and I are responsible for my healing,” that’s fine.  I can’t fault it.

 

For further reading…

Why People Don’t Heal, and How They Can by Caroline Myss

The Energy Healing Experiments: Science Reveals Our Natural Power to Heal by Gary Schwartz, PhD

The Animal Reiki Handbook by Kathleen Prasad

Why Do Reiki Practitioners Get Sick?

Dealing with a recent health issue for myself, brought to mind this question I have heard sick persona few times from skeptics: If Reiki works, why do Reiki practitioners ever get sick? I guess, at first glance, it seems like a reasonable question.  But I’d like to meet it with a few of my own:

  • Why do people committed to aerobic exercise, ever have heart attacks?
  • Why do psychiatrists ever have any form of mental or emotional imbalance?
  • Why do the cars of good mechanics, sometimes break down?
  • Why do people who brush their teeth, occasionally get cavities?
  • Why do black belts sometimes get beaten up?
  • Why is it that, even when you make all the right choices and do all the right things, you may still fail to achieve your goals?

In other words, why would you think that any particular skill or practice is 100% protection?

The obvious answer is, it is not. People who wish to doubt the efficacy of a particular practice will sometimes point to occasional failure as a total proof of the inadequacy of that practice. But the same people who say “Reiki is hogwash, because Reiki practitioners sometimes get sick!”, would never say, “Changing your oil regularly is pointless, because sometimes cars break down anyway!” or “Training in martial arts is worthless, because sometimes a black belt will be defeated!”

Jim Fixx, the man who really put aerobic exercises such as running and jogging on the physical fitness map, was a dedicated runner. In 1977, he authored a best-selling book titled The Complete Book of Running.Fixx Book of Running

Fixx started running in 1967 at age 35. When he started, he weighed 214 pounds and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. Ten years later, when his book was published, he was 60 pounds lighter and didn’t smoke at all.

Yet, in 1982, after publishing a second and third book, Jim Fixx died of a massive heart attack… while running. Critics immediately pounced on this as proof that his theories about aerobic exercise and health were junk. But an autopsy established that Fixx had a congenitally enlarged heart, with massive damage from his years of smoking and poor diet before, and also had a genetic predisposition to heart problems (his father had died of a heart attack). The consensus was, if he had NOT started running, he would have died much earlier.

Jim Fixx was a great evangelist for aerobic exercise, even with his death from a heart attack.

Why do I mention him? Because he is a great example. First of all, Fixx was human, and had human failings that predisposed him to heart attacks. We don’t know how long he would have lived if he had not started running, but we can say with some certainty that he would have been heavier and unhealthier from smoking.

bulletproof duckReiki practitioners, just like anyone else, will sometimes make mistakes, because of their humanity. They may fail to take care of their bodies in one way or another. They may focus on helping others, and ignore their own health, thinking (mistakenly) that their Reiki attunement makes them somehow “immune” to the things that beset us all. As wonderful as Reiki can be at speeding healing, it does not make us bulletproof! And especially if we ignore our own health, for whatever reason, it is easy for us to become victims of our own humanity.

For myself, my own health issue came to a head when I had a ruptured varix in my esophagus, leading to a severe, life-threatening upper GI bleed. I won’t go into all the details, but it was a dangerous situation. What caused it?

Esophageal varices (the plural of varix) are caused when the liver does not have sufficient blood flow. This may be because of fatty liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver, an enlarged spleen, or other factors.  In my case, I had hitherto-undiagnosed fatty liver disease. It had never cropped up in any medical examination, and was lurking there, just waiting to take advantage of me.

I am grateful for conventional medical treatment, because it saved my life.  And I am also grateful for Reiki, because I have been giving myself Reiki every day since that, with the specific aim of reducing and healing the problem.  And, the Reiki has been helping to reduce the symptoms.

Now, I am 60 years old, and for many of those years I was somewhat sedentary. I’m not obese, but I’m not cheetah-sleek, either. I don’t expect to be a shining example of athleticism and good health, because that is not the foundation I laid for many years. I enjoyed too many “all you can eat” pizza buffets, and sat on my rump for too many hours when I was younger.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t do maintenance on my house now, keeping up the electrical and the plumbing, and making sure the paint looks good. (Metaphors here, folks. Stay with me.)

Reiki has helped me more times than I can count, when dealing with problems that I created for myself by earlier bad choices. And who knows? It could very well be that regular self-Reiki helped to keep off a ruptured varix for a few years… among other things. There’s no way to scientifically test it in my case… no double-blind, no control group. But as long as I can, I intend to keep giving myself Reiki. I know this: it cannot harm me.  And I am very sure it helps. What do I have to lose?

Being attuned to Reiki does not create a Superman nor a Wonder Woman. But it does give us another tool to use in establishing, and maintaining, good health for ourselves and others. I think that makes it worthwhile.

What Does Reiki Do?

Sometimes, people ask me “Exactly what does Reiki do?”  I have heard, and used, many of the standard quick answers given by energy workers: it clears negative energy, it aligns the chakras, it balances the body’s natural energy, it relaxes the body, and by so doing allows the body to heal itself.

All these are true.  But I’d like to offer another couple of phrases, that may be useful to those who are trying to understand Reiki, and those who are trying to explain it.

It’s really pretty simple: Reiki both illuminates and empowers the one who receives Reiki. That means for the person who is seeking healing (the client, perhaps), and the one who is supplying the channel for the Reiki to flow, as both are recipients of Reiki.

But what does that mean?

Illumination can mean many things, to different people.  It means, literally, to fill with light. Reiki, the universal life force energy, illuminates us. It fills us with light. That is why so many energy healers who use Reiki, call themselves “Light Workers.” It is easier to find things in a well-lit area, whether you are talking about a child playing hide-and-seek, a hunted rabbit, a spider lurking in your bedroom, or the keys you dropped when you had your hands full coming into your house.illuminated being

Bringing in Light

The illumination of Reiki helps both the practitioner and the client to reveal things that are troubling the client. Maybe it is an emotional issue that has buried itself deep within the heart, sending out tendrils of pain to different parts of the body. Maybe it is physical damage that is small and well hidden, but still causes trouble at times. Or perhaps it is stress and tension from a job, a family situation, social issues, or some other cause, that masks itself as a headache or digestive issues such as diarrhea or heartburn.

Knowledge

Illumination can also mean giving knowledge. Sometimes, the person who is seeking relief via Reiki has issues that they don’t even know about, that cause problems for them. I recall a client once who had a sore back, and didn’t know why. She had not done anything to strain it; she had a good, comfortable bed to sleep in; her shoes fit well (trust me: bad shoes CAN cause a backache!), and she had no idea why her back had begun aching two weeks before.

When I worked with her, I detected what seemed to be a problem with the energy near her heart chakra, a little above it and close to the thymus. The heart chakra deals with relationships with others, and the upper heart chakra, located near the thymus, also deals with relationships, but with those closer to us: family, spouse, children.

We talked about this, and I discovered that she recently had to take on caring for her aging and infirm mother. She loved her mother, but as we spoke, it became clear that the relationship was becoming strained—her mother was very demanding, and took up a great deal of her time. Plus, she was raising her own two children, caring for her household, and working a job to help pay the bills. She refused at first to say anything about resenting caring for her mother, but eventually she began to cry and revealed how she felt like she had so much to do, that she was losing her own identity, and beginning to dislike her mother.

After we spoke, and she admitted these things, she had to leave—she only had limited time for a Reiki session, because of her caregiving duties.  But when she stood up from the treatment table, the look on her face was priceless. “My back doesn’t hurt now!” she said.

In this case, the Reiki really didn’t “heal” her back. But it did help to reveal to her some of her own feelings, and by dealing with them, her body rid itself of the pain. Oh, she did come back a couple of times, but it was mostly for different issues, because after some more discussion later, she realized that she had to deal with her anger and resentment at carrying the burdens of caregiver, housewife, mother, and employee. It was that burden—not a heavy physical load, but an emotional load—that was causing her back pain.

Empowerment

I am not talking about the empowerment of righteous anger that may drive a protester, or the empowerment of autonomy on the job—although these are valid things. Instead, I am referring to the idea of empowering the body to heal itself.protestors

Our bodies do heal themselves. If people required university-trained physicians and surgeons to heal, the human race would have died out eons ago. I am not discounting the advantage of modern medicine—I have taken advantage of it many times.

But our tissue heals itself. Our cells regenerate. Some regenerate more slowly than others, and we can’t, like some animals, grow back a severed foot. But it does not always require pharmaceuticals or surgery to heal, when the body is given appropriate resources of rest and energy.  In fact, the average human body replaces its ENTIRE covering of skin, about every four weeks or so.

Reiki, by relaxing the body and balancing the energy flow within it (that invisible energy that so infuriates some scientists because it is nearly impossible to measure and quantify), gives your body the resources it needs to heal. Scientists have shown that relaxation can aid the body in healing and becoming healthier, in a variety of ways.

Relaxation may seem to be the opposite of empowerment, but think about it: if you were having some yard work done, and were told, “Hey, you don’t have to worry about it!  Seriously, we are going to take care of it,” by some trusted workmen, wouldn’t that empower you?  Wouldn’t you feel empowered to let go of that worry, of that task, so you could focus on other things?

Reiki also empowers us by helping to balance our own internal energy. Compare it to a shopping cart in a grocery store. Have you ever gotten one of those where the wheels on one side drag and pull?  How maddening to have to deal with that imbalance! The heavier it gets, the more groceries are in it, the more you have to strain and pull to keep from running into other shoppers, or knocking over that display of pineapples in the produce section!

When our own internal energy is out of kilter–out of balance–we often struggle to get through the day. We are required to exert more effort in one direction or another, to keep from running off the rails, whether that means drinking too much coffee (or wine!), yelling at the ones we care about, or being overcome with rage about the person who happened to be in just as much of a hurry as we were, and thus barged in ahead of us on the drive to work.

By balancing our internal energies, we are helped to find better ways to deal with the sometimes unavoidable stresses of life. We are empowered to step back in our minds and say, “Wait a minute–maybe I don’t have to make an obscene gesture at that rude driver–he could be late to work too,” or, “Maybe my angry posting on Facebook really isn’t going to do anything to change things, but only alienate my friends.”

Takeaway

Practicing Reiki or getting a Reiki session from a practitioner certainly will not make you a perfectly calm and peaceful saint, filled with the light of all understanding. You will not necessarily become a bodhisattva. But Reiki CAN be a part of finding balance and healing, as you allow the light and knowledge to come into you, and allow your body to empower itself to heal.
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Tapping-on-Hand

Wow… it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on the blog.  I can make some excuses, of course, but it’s up to you to decide whether or not you feel they are valid.

But never mind that. I have been working hard on getting my EFT certifications, Levels 1 and 2, and using the EFT/tapping to work on my own issues as well as issues for others.  I have found that I really love tapping!

It’s a great addition to my other energy work (Reiki and Chios), as it is also a form of energy work. But EFT is applied directly to the ends of the body’s energy meridians (acupoints) while verbally working on our mental, emotional, and physical issues. EFT is related to acupuncture and acupressure, but it doesn’t use needles. Reiki, Chios, and EFT work very well together as an integrated form of energy therapy.

It’s no secret that our emotions and thoughts affect how we feel.  How often have you (or perhaps someone you know) felt queasy at the approach of an important event such as a big exam, a court date, or a wedding? When I was younger, I knew one person who would throw up before every major school exam, and taking the college entrance exams put her in bed for three or four days.

But we can affect our mental and emotional states, and thus the energy in our bodies, by tapping on the acupoints while telling ourselves… our SELVES… the things we need to hear.

Think about this: EMOTION equals ENERGY IN MOTION. The emotions in our minds can cause issues for our energy flow, and that disruption in our energy flow impacts our health. Chinese and other Oriental medical practitioners have known this for centuries, but Western medicine has only begun to recognize these facts in recent years.

These issues have been especially evident in those who suffer from PTSD, whether from combat-related stress, a catastrophic event such as accident, or anything that causes the body to hit “stress overload.”

Physical problems that seem to have no connection to our emotions and thoughts have been successfully treated with EFT: menopausal hot flashes, chronic back pain, diabetes, hypertension, and other issues.  Further, mental-physical issues like addictions and cravings can be conquered through the use of EFT.

Tapping has also been found to be a very effective performance enhancer. Not an illegal enhancer like anabolic steroids or HGH (human growth hormone)Rather, EFT helps improve performance by helping to balance the energy in our body through dealing with thoughts and emotions that (knowingly or unknowingly) limit us.

EFT/tapping has been used to help with sports performance: aiding in improving golf scores, getting rid of rodeo performance fears, basketball teamwork, diving fears, and other hindrances to best performance. And not only with physical activities such as sports– EFT has helped salespersons achieve their very best and executives to rise to their full potential.

One other beautiful thing about EFT is that you don’t have to be physically present with the practitioner!  An EFT session can take place over the phone or over a computer video connection such as Skype, and still be just as effective.

If you have been struggling with some sort of limiting belief, fear, craving/addiction, or other issue, why not give EFT/tapping a chance to help?  If you don’t know of anyone close to you, who is an EFT practitioner, email me!  I’ll be happy to arrange a session with you in person, or via Skype or over the phone.  What is the risk, after all? You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

 

Anthony Burton is a trained and certified Reiki Master and EFT Practitioner who lives in NW Georgia, USA. You may contact him via email or through his website.