Every time I see “sending thoughts/energy/prayers/etc.” on social media, I cringe.
It’s not that I don’t believe in the power of energy healing, because I do. “One 2013 study found that 10 minutes of energy healing was as effective as physical therapy in improving the range of motion in people with mobility problems.” (NYDailyNews) and “The most recent data analyzed (during 2008-9) shows strong evidence that Reiki is indeed responsible for a positive biological response in both humans and animals. The strongest evidence (rated “excellent” in the Process) was reported in the most carefully controlled of all experiments; none other than laboratory rats. In both 2006 and 2008 stressed-out lab rats received Reiki treatments and they all showed significantly reduced stress, anxiety and depression responses. “Sham” or bogus Reiki treatments were given to the placebo group and they showed no reduction in stress, anxiety or depression.” (UCLAHealth)
It’s not that I don’t want to help my fellow humans, because I definitely do! I volunteer in the Community in several capacities, whenever I am able.
It isn’t even the mental image of a line of multi-colored, animated bears standing together with rainbows shooting out of their tummies at the big baddie – because it really does create that image!
No, my biggest issue is my lack of faith in people. We all have our judgements on humanity, and I usually feel pretty positive about the entire species. I’m also realistic, though. How many of those individuals are actually stopping what they’re doing, closing their eyes, taking a deep breath, and concentrating on that energy/healing/prayer request? I doubt it’s many. Perhaps more than average in pagan circles, but I don’t think I’ll even go that far.
For those that do stop, does anyone do it for longer than a few quick seconds? Does your energy even leave the room if you spent a total of about 15 seconds on this request? Samantha from Integrated Wellness had an amazing description of this process, “Thoughts are energy; the more we think a thought, the more energy we give to it, and the vibrationally denser it becomes. A thought given a continuous amount of energy will eventually precipitate through the inter-penetrating layers of frequencies of the body’s energy field until it manifests in our lives, landing in the denser world of “3D” reality, or that which we generally know with our five senses.” (Integrated Wellness) If the thought isn’t dense enough (or vibrating frequently enough) to become reality, then what are you even doing?
And what about ongoing issues? Does anyone stop later in the day and ‘send’ again? How about adding this person/situation to nightly prayers? Without ongoing support, most battles are lost – prisoners re-offend without a support group, armies fail invasions without a solid supply line… you get the idea. I guess what I’m asking is “What good is your one-off thought doing, if you aren’t willing to do the Work to dig-in and fight with this person?” I’m talking day-in and day-out, for the length of their battle with cancer or grieving the death of a loved one. I just doubt that this is the reality because we all have our own lives to lead and battles to fight and yoking yourself in with someone else’s experience, to truly energetically support them, is a huge undertaking.
A friend of mine recently had a cancer scare and she received an outpouring of support on Facebook. Some of that probably falls under my skepticism category, but another friend of ours had gone the extra mile and lit a healing candle for her, keeping it lit & tended through the weeks of tests and procedures. When the announcement was made that she was cancer free, our friend posted that it was great timing, since the candle had burned out the night before. Now that is digging in and supporting someone’s healing.
Which brings me to the most frustrating point: why even post your reply, really? If you’ve done the thing, you’ve done it. You shouldn’t need to write confirmation of it on Facebook. The receiver will know it is working because they’ll be buoyed up by energetic support, regardless of seeing comments on their thread. Right? Obviously that’s not true. We comment to express sympathy, concern, possibly some post for the aspect of ‘look I did the thing look at how great I am’, and the receiver gets a constant barrage of notices that they’re receiving this so-called support. Perhaps, at that point, it’s the placebo effect: the receiver believes it is working because of the outpouring of statements claiming support. Who knows?
Another really great scientific study is “The Efficacy Of “Distant Healing”: A Systemic Review of Randomized Trials”, which you can find here: http://www.deanradin.com/evidence/Astin2000.pdf. I didn’t end up quoting it, but if anyone is ever doubting you, just toss this bad boy out there.
To end, it seems to go without saying that, even though energy healing is real (duh, we all knew that), it does require time & effort. Perhaps this brief snippet will serve as a reminder to us all (me included!) when we next see an energy request online. Let’s put our energy where our posts are! (Ok, that sounded dumb, but you get the gist)