Energy Work

Many people, when hearing the words “energy work,” will immediately feel put off as if they are delving into something mystical, or on the edge of reason. What they do not realize is that they already use energy therapy every day. Think about it — your child can't sleep, so you go into her room, sit down next to her, and gently talk to her, rubbing her back — that's energy therapy. Or, your child falls off his bike and you go to him, hold him in your arms, kiss his hurt knee and hug him until the tears are gone — that's energy therapy.

In each of those instances, you have passed your calm, loving energy to your child. That is also why you are the first person your child wants when he is hurt, you are the one he gives the harshest attitudes to, and you are the one he calls when he is scared. Your energy is what your children are seeking. It is unconditional, safe, and gives them comfort and strength.

History

In the early 1800s, Phineas Quimby was considered the intellectual father of New Thought. He posited a link between the body and mind's natural, internal powers and the ability to heal oneself. Since then many have used his basic tenets to form their own types of energy healing.

Fact

Quimby's theory: “the trouble is in the mind, for the body is only the house for the mind to dwell in. … If your mind has been deceived by some invisible enemy into a belief, you have put it into the form of a disease, with or without your knowledge. By my theory or truth I come in contact with your enemy and restore you to health and happiness.” — Page 208 of Quimby's The Complete Writings, Volume 3

What Is It and How Can It Help?

Energy therapy is a healing process that creates environments, philosophies, and therapies to support children who hurt inside. Much like acupuncture, it is done by correcting the imbalances in their internal energy. Most of the techniques are easy to learn and can be self-administered. Some examples of practices involving the use of energy to heal include:

  • Reiki and Johrei are Japanese techniques for stress reduction and relaxation that many believe can promote healing. These are based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through all people and if it is low, then you are more susceptible to feeling anxious or getting sick, and if it is high, you can attain a sense of well-being.

  • Qigong is based on the Chinese principle of “qi,” energy. It is believed that different breathing patterns, when accompanied by certain motions and postures of the body, can enhance and create a sense of balance and calm, and release emotional and physical blocks.

  • Healing touch occurs when a massage therapist identifies imbalances in your child's body and then corrects the energy. To accomplish this, the practitioner passes his hands over your child, without actually touching her.

  • Intercessory prayer involves a person or group who intervenes through prayer on behalf of another.

  • EFT, energy field therapy, or TFT, through field therapy, occurs when certain meridians on the body are touched to release an emotional or physical problem. EFT and TFT can be done anywhere and self-administered, are portable and efficient ways to calm the mind, and give a person a greater sense of control over anxious or distressing feelings.

My child was bullied at school. We have talked to him many times since the incident. He cried, we came up with a game plan for future incidences, and he seems happy again — isn't that enough?

No, because he has not released the trauma internally. It is believed that energy blocks can remain with you for years or a lifetime if they are not treated. In this belief system your child can become susceptible to disease, emotional or mental disorders, and spiritual disconnection because he is internalizing his fear.

Energy healing is a process that requires you to look beyond a symptom of illness, like the fact that your child is afraid to leave your side after a trauma, and instead look into your child's inner being to quiet her mind. The intent is to release the fear that created a blockage so your child can feel free again.

Blocks in energy are viewed as an attempt by the body and spirit to protect itself. Essentially, once your child stores the trauma or fear, she internalizes it, takes on the negative energy associated with it, and establishes a “new normal” so she can go on with life. Energy therapy can be used alone, or as a complement to any traditional or holistic treatment methods. Many believe it can reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, improve physical health and wellness, and help your child feel more content.

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