What is a healing touch and who is the healer? Hands, Hearts, Intentions, focus on the judicious use of energy, applied with love and science equals healing and wholeness which is facilitated with the healer.
There are many traditions from ancient groups such as Maya, Hindu, Native American, Laplander and Chinese to the newly (re)discovered contemporary modalities such as Healing Touch, Terra Mater, Therapeutic Touch and Hands of Light that facilitate the healing of dis-ease.
Dis-ease can manifest cellularly, energetically, physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually in many combinations on the body or in the mind. This sometimes stimulates in the person in dis-ease to seek out a healer. The one who wants to be healed often arrives at the healers door from a path of equanimity to despair in search of an illusive wholeness after trying many approaches.What is it that the healer can facilitate? Who is the Healer?
The healer is one who has embarked upon a path that has required intention, courage, self awareness, skill levels, compassion, integrity and honesty to experience their own fears of limitation and encounter their own healing.
What does a healing session involve?
The healer listens with their whole being to the `voice’ of the body and trusts that body’s wisdom to heal. The healer centers themselves and gathers an energy into themselves and radiates it out to the healer in the form of a steady outflowing stream of radiant energy. This energy is a free circulation of force between the person to be healed, the healer, and facilitates relaxation, alleviates anxieties and promotes stimulation of the whole self to balance.
The healer must have the ability to keep the will in the background and send as a conductor the healing radiance out upon a stream of love-energy and not be invested in the outcome. The healer understands that love is energy and that it is a substance as dense as matter.
Often the recipient of this energy, while lying comfortably on a table or sitting upright in a chair fully clothed will experience body sensations. The sensations may be of temperature changes, joy, sadness, itching, unsolicited memories, see colors and shapes, deep rest or sleep. These body experiences are responses to the varieties of touch delivered by the individual healers modality and skill. The touch can be on or near the body and be very soft or deep. The session can be from 15 minutes to an hour.
Currently the NIH in The Alternative Medicine Department is finding 10 research projects in the efficacy of touch healing. There is much documented research on the benefits of therapeutic touch and it is currently being taught to nurses, physicians and physical therapists as a complement to many forms of medicine.
The reintroduction of the healer, the ancient art of a Healer’s Touch to the mainstream is timely and much needed today. The co-joining of the many strands of “care” and medicine are symbolic, necessary and evidenced in the symbol of the caduceus. Two snakes , two branches of care entwined around a staff with wings. The symbol of bright health in balance, a holistic approach to well-being.
Written by Wolf, a certified practitioner of shiatsu, Reiki, Terra Mater, cranial sacral, among other healing modalities. She can be reached at (410) 764-1405. Originally printed in the Baltimore Resources Journal, Volume 9, No. 2: Summer 1995