The Role of Faith in Energy HealingThere are two important aspects of faith. Faith in myself and faith in spirit.
To have faith is to believe, to trust and to have allegiance without any necessary proof that the devotion is rational. When I have faith in myself, I am supporting and believing in my own highest good and my Godliness, even if my current situation is not feeling good. When I am in resistance, when I am sad, lonely or scared, I am tempted to lose faith in myself, in my goodness and in my resilience to respond with my current emotions. With faith, I know that my love for myself is not conditional. This faith in myself is directly related to faith in the divine, in spirit. The faith in myself rests in the embrace of a greater faith. This greater faith is beyond my personhood; it is universal, all encompassing, without the confines of time or space.
Fowler (1981) suggests that we "look for something to love that loves us, something to value that gives us value, something to honor and respect that has the power to sustain our being" (p. 5). My belief in divine presence reminds me to look for the perfection in life as it is, without the necessity to engage my personal will. My faith helps me to see the light, to know that enlightenment is always available, that it is in fact, simply a perspective. When I am not feeling confident about circumstances in my life, or about myself personally, it is my faith in the divine that re-ignites my vibrance for life. Spirit is always accessible, My sense of faith in the spirit brings with it a sense of confidence, safety and quiet comfort with myself, the world, the universe, and the greater plan. I look to my inner self as well as the divine as sources of love, honor and respect and as resources that value my uniqueness.
Faith is gracious. Faith is merciful. It needs no form, no definition or name. Faith is a feeling, a connection, and an untouchable yet palpable relationship. Faith demands trust, for without trust in my belief, there is not reliability. Where there is doubt, skepticism or cynicism, there is not faith. This definition of faith can be helpful in understanding some of the dynamics of energy healing.
"Faith forms a way of seeing our everyday life in relation to holistic images of what we may call the ultimate environment. Human action always involves responses and initiatives. We shape our actions (our responses and initiatives) in accordance with what we see to be patterns of action and meaning" (Fowler, 1981, p. 24). Healing through the Human Energy Field relies on the healer's faith in her non-ordinary perceptions. The healer has developed the capability of high sense perception in order to see, hear, or otherwise sense, beyond the outer manifestation of matter. While the outer body is visible in its material form with what is considered 'normal' vision, the healer can 'see' inside or through the body with 'high sense' vision. She can also sense the non-physical energetic patterns of the consciousness systems within the body; this allows access to the consciousness of the past as well as the present. The aura, which is the electro-magnetic field surrounding the body, and other energetic systems are available for evaluation and adjustments through the healer's higher, non physical, senses. It is, in part, her belief in the existence of energy and her faith in her ability to sense expanded states of being that facilitate her competence. Faith informs the healer's way of seeing. Faith shapes her beliefs into actions and allows her to respond to the patterns of meaning she brings to her healership. Her actions as a healer are shaped by her meaning of energy, healing, and non-physical reality.
Energy healers have faith that human beings are inherently good and that divine forces support our greatest good if our intention is aligned with this goodness. When a healer resonates with her faith in divine love and her faith in the non-separation between humans and divinity, there is an automatic invitation to share that vibration with others. Using intention to create change on the metaphysical level is an act of faith. The healer is not acting from a desire to control or power over a client, but she is trusting in the healing potential of the individual, the goodness of divine love and confidence in herself.
In the article "Life Maps", Keen and Fowler state: "And grace happens in those moments when my controls are swept away or when I surrender and yield myself to a power beyond my control" (p.112). They go on to surmise, "To trust is to believe that in some unknown sense everything in the world is connected and benevolent" (p.113). When a healer is able to access her highest good, it is quite automatically transmitted through this benevolent connection to the intended recipient. Surrender to the healing power of the divine is as essential as the belief in benevolence and unity. These are, in fact, the foundations of metaphysical healing.
The metaphysics of energy healing is not easily understood by quantitative science. The effects of healing are not easily measurable in Newtonian standards. Trust in what is not commonly seen or understood cognitively, is an underpinning of the transpersonal realms and energy healing.
References:Fowler, J. (1981). Stages of Faith, The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning. New York: Harper Collins.
Fowler, J., & Keen, S. Body/Faith: Trust, Dissolution & Grace. In Life Maps: Conversation on the Journey of Faith. (pp. 102 - 129). Waco, Texas: Word Books, Publishers.
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