This is a resume of a talk I recently gave to a small group of consultants and doctors at my local hospice on the work I do as an energy balancing therapist.
I’m Clare Palgrave, a volunteer complementary therapist working with energy therapy. I’ve been working here I day a week for about 2 years.
I’ve been practicing privately for about 10 years now, using energy balancing therapy, and have seen some good long-term results from it.
My background: Degree in Electronic Engineering, followed by 10 years working in BT and then Reuters managing a large international data communications network (in the days before IT came into being.)
Then I stopped work and had a family, and tried a lot of other things along the way.
I studied sustainable development at Masters level and spent several years running, as a volunteer, a sustainability group encouraging people to adopt sustainable lifestyle practices. I got burnt out and as I felt that the impact of what I had been doing was negligible, decided to look at alternative approaches.
One of the things I felt was that people were too busy, too starved for time, and too tired to contemplate making significant changes in their lifestyle, which would require thinking and possibly more time allocation. And I was aware that the modern way of life was itself unsustainable.
In parallel with all this, I had developed a meditation practice over 30 years ago, and continue to meditate daily for 30 minutes.
One of the things that I was fascinated with when reading accounts of eastern meditation masters was their belief that meditating whilst being isolated from the world could improve the state of the world, and I was constantly trying to understand that through my own practice.
Once I had given up running the sustainability group I spent some time out just idly exploring Youtube, and I came across a video showing details of a therapy known as Reconnective Healing. I read the book and found that when I tried it on my daughter, with her eyes closed, that after about 10 minutes, she felt drawn across the room as if magnetically towards me. I didn’t touch her at all.
This demonstrated to me, fairly unequivocally, that action at a distance could happen, and allowed me to comprehend the Eastern mystics’ point of view.
So I booked to learn Reconnective Healing and travelled to Hamburg to do so. It’s a hands-off approach, working in the vicinity of the client, but can also be done at a distance. I have worked with people in California over Skype.
I practiced it for five years until I was prompted to start touching people, and observed that for some people this improved the response they were able to make. So, now the energies that I flow are a combination of Reconnective Healing, the energies I was born with, and some more I have gained access to as I have developed my practice. In fact it is impossible for me to separate out some of the energies. When I flow Reconnective Healing I am aware that the energies I was born with are always there.
So what IS Energy Balancing?
It’s a name I use that takes away any cultural overlays and hopefully describes what it does, although it might seem a slightly alien concept.
Basically I move into a slightly altered state, still very aware of my surroundings, where I am able to access a wider spectrum of energies than I, or most people, normally do. Then I allow the energies to be transmitted through my body and consciousness to the recipient.
It can be done by touching people, or by standing with hands close to them or the energy can be sent over long distance. Touch is best where people are very ill or stressed, or out of contact with their larger selves. Where people are more in tune with themselves, but wish to experience a greater sense of expanded self, distance work can be very effective.
You may have heard of a variety of other names for it; Spiritual Healing, Pranic healing, energy therapy, and specific modalities such as Reiki, Reconnective Healing, EFT, Access Consciousness Bars, Quantum Touch, and countless others. Some of these focus on an individual’s own specific spectrum of energies, whilst others teach access to energies which are accessible to any who wish to connect with them.
It is something that not only CAN we all do, we all DO do to a certain extent, even though we may not be conscious of it. And each of us has their own unique blend of individual energies to contribute.
I prefer to refer to it as Energy Balancing because that is what it actually does – it balances out the energies in the body to those that most suit the recipient at the time. The result is that 98% of the time recipients experience a deep sense of peace, often like nothing they have experienced before. I believe this is because they have connected with a larger part of themselves and so they feel more whole.
That deep sense of peace often demonstrates to people something they have never experienced before – a greater sense of connection to a larger body of consciousness – what some people might call God.
So, in the work I do in the hospice, I work with inpatients, outpatients, family, the bereaved, and staff, both admin and nursing. With an inpatient I will typically spend 20 minutes with them and work with them either on the bed, or wherever they are sitting. With those who are mobile, such as staff and family I work with them on a couch in a therapy room.
If they are tense, whoever they are, I take them on a guided visualization to a favourite place of their choice and lead them into an immersion of the sense of the peace they had obtained there. This initial relaxation renders them more open to benefitting from the session.
After the session I will spend some time discussing their experience and coaching them as to how to maximize the benefit from it.
I also have a small private practice from my home where I tend to work with people who are very aware that they are not as connected as they would like, and I work with them over several months to help strengthen their connection with their larger selves.
How does it work?
We are all made up of energy, and physicists can measure some of the energy that comprises us. Quantum theory shows that in fact there are an infinite number of energies around us. We are only currently able to isolate and measure a very small portion of those energies, which we then perceive as the sum total of the physical world.
But in fact there is a very wide range of energies that contribute to our health and wellbeing. As long as we can physiologically maintain a connection to those ‘hidden’ energies we feel good and our bodies work well. But circumstances, including just ordinary day-to-day living, create a barrier to our ability to connect with those hidden energies.
Because we believe we are made up of purely the physical matter that we can measure we forget about the wider range of energy that is essential for our optimal health. Modern day medicine, both here and also to some extent in the East now, ignores the subtle energy element of our makeup and relies heavily on chemical and physical intervention. The subtle element, what some might call the spiritual element, is forgotten, because of cultural pragmatism. If you can’t measure it you can’t sell it. Or, if it smacks of God, or anything that could be associated with religion, then people feel uncomfortable because that simply isn’t rational.
There are a number of ways we can regain access to this wider range of energies.
One is to meditate – mindfulness being an example well adapted to the western mindset. This allows the mind and body to relax more deeply than it is used to, and that, over time, allows the pathways, both those we are currently aware of medically, and also those that are non identifiable at the moment, to become free to flow the forgotten energies. Mindfulness ‘opens the window’.
A second way is to spend time out in nature. Again, apart from the obvious benefits that being out in a natural environment yields, nature also acts as a physical buffer for the unseen subtle energies, which can exist there because there is much less human based influence to override the energies. This means they are much more accessible. We come to a state in nature where we begin to access these subtle energies again. That’s why, at a very simple level, patients who have a window onto a green environment get better sooner.
A third way is for someone to receive an energy infusion from an energy therapy practitioner, to kickstart their bodies into remembering the connections to energies that it had forgotten. That is what I do here.
A fourth way is to practice yoga in the way that it was originally intended in India, by paying considered internalized attention to body processes. Or any slow and internalized physical practice such as Tai Chi Chuan, though I feel Yin Yoga probably has the edge on that.
And, although not directly accessing the wider range of subtle energies, a good healthy lifestyle, good diet and staying fit, enable the more contemplative and internalized practices to be more effective.
In the next post I will talk more about how it works, a model of consciousness explaining distant ‘healing’ and more about who can benefit from it.