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Do-It-Yourself HealingHow to be your own shaman.
I wrote my book, Be Your Own Shaman for one simple reason: I want you to know that you can experience healing. You can learn how to heal yourself, and even help others heal.
It’s true. Actual, bona fide healings happen right now in the 21st century. Cancer vanishes. Arthritis goes away. A lifetime filled with deep, dark, soul-crushing depression suddenly lifts. I have personally taken part in healings that were astonishingly dramatic. While these healings may seem miraculous, it’s good to keep in mind that a miracle is simply something for which we don’t yet have an explanation . . . but that isn’t to say that one doesn’t exist.
Medical doctors aren’t comfortable with the word miracles. Instead, they refer to them as “spontaneous remissions” while shaking their collective heads in wonder. They think in terms of curing the symptoms of a disease through pharmaceuticals and surgeries, rather than going deeper to heal the condition that caused the affliction to begin with. Take diabetes, for example. Doctors will help you manage it, but they do not have a cure. Diabetes can, however, be cured with energy medicine. All disease can. In fact, the “miracles” of energy medicine are not limited to physical healing. It can heal what ails us in every area of our lives.
I’m sure you have something you want to heal. We all do. Your health, your weight, your finances, a relationship—or even the lack of one. And maybe you not only want to heal the parts of your life that are dysfunctional, but you are also intrigued, as I was, by the idea of being able to help others. The fascinating thing is that these two goals, healing yourself and healing others, are inextricably linked: in the process of learning to facilitate healing in others, you yourself become healed. It’s actually impossible for you to study energy medicine without experiencing positive change yourself.
Energy as Medicine
What is energy medicine? It’s a dynamic process that merges, as the name implies, two very powerful things: energy and medicine. Even though we can’t usually see it, energy is all around us, existing in a variety of wavelengths and frequencies. It includes cosmic radiation, x-rays, radio waves, infrared waves, and a more subtle form that permeates the entire universe and comprises everything within it, including you and me. This is the foundation of energy medicine. This force, upon which our universe runs, is intelligent, alive, and the source of all life. In this infinite field of potential, creativity knows no bounds and anything is possible. Inexhaustible, it has no beginning and no end.
The ancients knew all about this conscious and creative energy: how it penetrates all space, flows from one object to another, and connects a thing to everything else. We call this field of all possibilities the universal energy field, or simply the unified field.
Ironically, what seers took for granted thousands of years ago, our present-day scientists are only beginning to understand. Today’s researchers are on the brink of being able to use scientific instruments to record the unified field. It’s likely that modern science will soon discover that the energy that constitutes the unified field is a much finer substance than anything previously known.
Until then, this magnificent force—invisible to most of the human race—will likely remain a mystery. However, with training and practice, it can be accessed. In fact, I’ve learned almost all of what I know about this field experientially—that is, while in prayer, in meditation, and conducting energy in the practice of healing. The unified field holds every fact and facet of the universe, from the beginning of time through the present and into the limitless future, along with the energy that can be harnessed to effect change, including that which happens at the cellular level of the human body.
For our purposes, then, energy medicine is the employment of this inexhaustible field as a factor to treat disease—that’s what medicine means. In this Divine application, energy is the medicine. And in connecting to this universal field—attracting, conducting, and transmitting its energy to effect healing in yourself and others—you become the healer. You become a shaman.
While this kind of medicine in its various forms dates back to the dawn of human history, it is also as new as the most innovative medical technology in the most modern hospital on Earth. Energy medicine is completely natural; extremely safe; and, in my opinion, the most exciting new area available to study, perfect, and practice as a career. But above all, it is an incredibly powerful way to heal your own life.