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When it comes to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the most difficult concept to grasp has been the idea of "distant healing". Once one has received their level II Reiki attunement, they have the skills needed to send what is called, "Distant Reiki". Skeptics have a problem accepting how healing can be sent to a distant location, let alone, actually bring a healing result.
As it is, most people have difficulty accepting any form of healing outside the realm of mainstream medicine, which is widely accepted in its use of pharmaceutical drugs, surgical procedures and methods of preventing pain and controlling symptoms- often actually masking symptoms, without getting to the root of the problem's cause. That is not to say that there are not some very powerful and life-saving aspects to modern medicine as we know it. Outside this form of practice, is a vast world of healing options which include some of the more well-known practices such as, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Massage, Hypnotherapy, and Energy Medicine, such as Reiki.
In the modern, Western world, we live in a materialistic, "seeing is believing" culture. In isolated pockets of indigenous culture across the planet, people live in a reality that we in the west would view as another world completely. How did people communicate throughout the ages, before the discovery and introduction of electricity, the telephone, and now, instant communication to any place on the planet via The World Wide Web? There are many religious and spirit traditions around the world which for ages have practiced some form of healing rituals through prayer and harnessing the mind's energy. Before the 20th century, there was a large percentage of indigenous people's all over the planet, with medicine men, healers and shamans who served as the core of the community, practicing spiritual, energy healing and forms of telepathy.
Well-known physician- researcher, Dr. Larry Dossey, refers to distant healing as, "non-local" healing. Larry Dossey states, “The impact of following a religious or spiritual path on health and longevity is becoming common knowledge, and is documented by nearly 1,600 studies in the rapidly developing field of the epidemiology of religion. Double-blind, controlled studies of spiritual healing are being done at major medical schools throughout the country. Five positive systematic or meta-analyses attest to the validity of distant healing."
Nonlocal healing, can be viewed from a broader scientific model based on numerous models conceptualized in the community of quantum physics, based originally on John Bell's mathematical theorem. Stated simply, the theorem holds that the reality of the universe is "non-local", meaning that all objects and events in the universe are inter-connected and react to others changes of state. Physicist, David Bohm, has developed what he calls, The Invisible Field, from working with Bell's theorem. This field holds all reality together with the property of knowing what is happening everywhere at once. Quantum physics works with the ideas that nothing is solid and everything is energy. Quantum physics would suggest when "non-local" healing is practiced from afar, there really is no distance involved.
In my previous blog post, about Body-Mind Medicine and pain. I referred to proteins in the brain called, neuropeptides, which are instantly released by specific thoughts and sent to receptors on various body organs, causing physical reactions affecting body function and health. Thoughts are transformed into chemicals instantaneously. The body-mind connection through the instant transmission of neuropeptides, produced by thoughts, creates an image for me of "Distant Reiki "- an instantaneous transmission, created and delivered from one body-mind to another's body-mind, through the invisible field. In the end, the two separate body/minds, according to quantum physics, may not be as separate as we think
1) Chopra M.D., Deepak Quantum Healing, Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. 1989.
2) Dossey, L. How Healing Happens: Exploring the Nonlocal Gap. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2002.