Right now as you read these words you are most likely experiencing an illusion so strong, so powerful, that I might not be able to convince you it is not true. What is it? It’s the false idea that we live in a world of solid matter. The chair you may be sitting on appears solid; the floor you walk on appears hard. But we actually live in a world of vibrating energy and some of that energy vibrates at frequencies that make things appear solid. But as biologist Bruce Lipton points out in his interesting book The Honeymoon Effect, everything we see, everything we touch, everything we are is pure energy. To students of yoga, tai chi, chi gong, or other Eastern arts this is just old news. But to most of us the truths discovered by quantum physics have revolutionized the way we understand our world and the universe.
Working with life force energy or the human energy field, variously known as chi, ki, prana, is as old as the ancient mystic masters and as new as the field of epigenetics, as old as Tai Chi and as new as the discovery of the quantum field.
For millennia humans have sensed the significance of energy in healing, but perhaps because energy is largely invisible, Western healing arts have emphasized what can be seen and touched – chemicals and surgery.
Over the past century discoveries in quantum physics have renewed attention to energy, since all is energy. Working with energy (variously known as energy medicine, energy healing, and energy balancing) are beginning to impact conventional medical and mental health treatment. What does energy work have to offer in the treatment of addiction? To answer that I consulted Inneta Kantor, a practitioner of Energy Healing beyond Reiki: What attracted you to energy healing? “Growing up in Russia, where energy work is part of the culture, I discovered that I had a special talent for sensing energy. As a classically trained musician I used this skill in teaching my piano and vocal students with remarkable benefits as well as healing family and friends. The next step was to get formal training in Reiki.
What are the different types of energy healing?
There are numerous approaches to energy healing, some of which are listed in The Honeymoon Effect. Some approaches rely on the stimulation of energy points on the body using needles (acupuncture) or tapping (Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Body Talk). Using the hands either lightly touching or hovering over the body, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, and Reiki have documented success in healing and many nurses use these techniques daily with amazing results. Other approaches focus on the energy vortices (chakras). Still, others manipulate the human aura, the field of energy extending beyond the body. Various forms of ‘meditation’ are emphasized by some approaches. Different techniques have one common goal: to get the energy of the cells, molecules, and atoms of the body flowing smoothly and powerfully.”
How is energy healing different from psychotherapy?
“Mental health treatment today consists mostly of “psychotherapy” which primarily uses language to affect thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The other major form of mental health treatment is behavioral manipulation using rewards and penalties to affect behavior, thoughts, and feelings.
Energy work relies on the fact that all thought, emotion and behavior is ultimately regulated by energy. Picture the atoms in your body vibrating and spinning like tiny tornadoes while at the same time you are surrounded by and permeated by a sea of energy as vast as the Universe. This Universal energy interacts with your personal energy to produce everything that happens to you- your health, your emotions, your thoughts and your behavior.
Energy healing targets the interface between the Universal energy and the personal energy. The energy practitioner guides the Universal energy so it has maximum beneficial effect on the personal energy and the atoms of the body.”
What are the ADVANTAGES of energy healing?
• Energy balancing is primarily non-verbal, it is beyond language.
• Subconscious beliefs are modified automatically without effort
• The client doesn’t need to do anything to benefit
• The client doesn’t have to “believe” in the treatment for it to work
• The deepest parts of mind and spirit are affected
• It is non-invasive and non-toxic
• It is very cost effective, requiring no equipment or medications
What are the possible benefits of energy healing?
• Gets to the root of the issue(s) and contributes to the optimum functioning of every system of the body, including the cardiovascular, digestive system, nervous system, and even the visual system.
• Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension
• It accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities
• Aids better sleep
• Facilitates the breaking of addictive behavior patterns
• Helps ease physical discomfort
• Removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony
• Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins
• Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to
recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy
• Supports the immune system
• Increases vitality and postpones the aging process
• Raises the vibrational frequency of the body to stimulate the body’s self-healing ability
• Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing, and shift
Is there research evidence to support energy healing?
“There are hundreds of scientific articles on the benefits of energy healing techniques. Simply search online.”
What are the benefits of energy healing in addictions?
“The addictive process involves every level of human functioning the emotional, the mental, the behavioral, the physical, and the spiritual. Energy work impacts each of these levels rapidly and simultaneously, facilitating transformation at the deepest levels of
mind, body, and spirit. A person caught up in an addictive process needs to change his world view, his belief system, and his behavior.
Psychotherapy and 12 Step programs have dominated addiction treatment up to now and they do have their place. But it is time to step out of the box. Every patient in addiction treatment should have access to a variety of energy balancing approaches.
Dr. Doug Schooler is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Master Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy. He maintains an independent practice of psychology, The Center for Rapid Resolution Therapy, in Boca Raton, providing treatment to all ages since 1985 (www.DouglasSchooler.com). Before coming to Florida he taught psychology at Eastern Michigan University. He graduated from Queens College in 1964 and received his PhD in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1976.
Inneta Kantor is the founder of Energy Healing beyond Reiki which is based on her training in many energy balancing modalities including Reiki. She was born in Moscow, Russia and trained in classical piano and voice, performing as a soloist in Europe and the United States, arriving here in 1981. (www.douglasschooler.com/energy _healing_beyond_reiki)