The principles of holistic therapy have been around for many thousands of years. Research into Sound therapy, for example, shows us, that it was used as far back as 4000BC as a way to align the body to bring about good health. Studies show, that resonant architecture was also known to have been built at the time, to work in line with the profound effects of the healing. Forming what would have been auditory type temples, that were used by the healer priests; to treat patients in a hospital-type environment.
Sound healing wasn’t the only form of energy healing used by the ancients. The discovery of the meridian pathways by Chinese healers many thousands of years ago was also momentous. This revelation of sound, energy, and frequency, gave birth to many interlinked types of energetic healing. Many of which are still in use today. With this in mind, holistic therapy clearly has a wealth of history attached. In fact, if considered within a wider realm, there are probably many more crossovers. Such as associations linked to indigenous beliefs, religions, spirituality, as well as the ties, into quantum physics and beyond.
Ancient artifacts, architecture and, even its concurrent use; provides insight to its preeminence, even to this day. The roots of holistic therapy are still prevalent and can be seen within the emblems of a wide amount of medical organisations, throughout the world. The image of one or two snakes entwined around a staff is widely used to pay homage to the history behind, the birth of medicine. The association goes back to the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilisations, who considered snakes to be sacred and deemed their shedding skin; to be a symbol of renewal and rebirth. The icon was used by healer priests of the time, based on the belief that:
“Everything is energy & that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want & you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way”ALBERT EINSTEIN
Having the ability to not only, access these wonders of the world; but to be able to do so without having prior knowledge of their history or the specifics of how they work; could be termed a phenomenon in itself. Take Reiki for example, although it was formed in the 1900’s it has roots in many cultures, that go back as far as records began. It too uses energy healing to bring about change; yet in order to experience the practice, one does not need to be indoctrinated or show any knowledge; or understanding of how the process works. It would appear that, rather than asking us to transcend our levels of consciousness or to change the way that we live in any shape or form, the only thing that holistic healing therapies ask of us, is the ability to open our arms to possibility.
Reiki is Love, Love is wholeness,Wholeness is Balance, Balance is Well Being, Well Being is Freedom from Dis(ease)Dr Mikao Usui – Founder of the Reiki Principle
Rather than growing up with this inherent knowledge, or being made aware of its synonymous importance. Many of us, in the Western world, could be excused for thinking of healing, within the realms of the pharmaceutical industry. Without having a background or previous knowledge into energy healing; we might also be forgiven for thinking, it is all a bit “new age”, “far fetched” or “woo woo”. There are, however, many countries around the world; including the East; that have a very different perspective of this.
If we delved into the fundamental principles, behind almost all forms of medicine & healing; the inextricable link would no doubt; be in aiming to bring about homeostasis (balance). Yet, the manner in which this is sought is often convoluted and far-reaching. Based upon the history; location & culture; or on what is perceived to be the “norm”. In the Western world, things may be starting to change. With avenues beginning to open up; allowing for a wider variety of medications and healing options to “breakthrough”. Even within the mainly prescriptive West, there has been an increase in the number of medical institutions & organisations; recommending holistic healing, to work alongside “traditional” medications.
Classed as either, alternative, or complimentary; various forms of holistic and energy healing practices, are beginning to see a re-birth. With a wider amount of therapies, now becoming more readily available.
Holistic practices are beginning to be used more and more as they are generally, considered safe to use alongside, or in addition to, medical advice. The types of therapies recommended, will more than likely, vary according to the country or organisation, however, there has been a great deal of interest since within recent years in the techniques used in Reiki, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Meditation, Reflexology, and Acupressure to name but a few. This is of course great news, as many people (and animals) are now beginning to see the benefits of energy healing once again.
In addition to this, there are many other, forms of energetic work that are also beginning to see a resurgence such as, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, etc. These forms of “life force energy cultivation” have become so mainstream even in the West, that they have become for many; a fully integrated part of daily life. Other techniques such as crystal therapy and sound healing are also gaining momentum. For example, a quick online search into “study music” or “binaural beats” for example, will conclude in a fascinating array of sound healing or frequency music; which of course, takes its roots from the ancient structures of sound healing. Even the “Father of Music. AKA – The Father of Mathematics – AKA The Father of Geometry” the man they call Pythagoras; likened the process to “soul-adjustments”. To further substantiate these trends, there are many tourist hot spots, all around the world, which have seen the opening of a huge amount of crystal gift shops, which have popped up, due to their newfound popularity.
In finding ourselves within an apparent energy healing revival, with the buzzwords of “wellness” and “well being” being branded about here there and everywhere; can we still be forgiven for thinking that the “new age” principles of energy healing are “far fetched”? If we were to try them ourselves, or wanted to aid our animal friends in any way: How do we know what to choose, or where to start? Is it really something that we need to seek out, even, or is it really a question of addressing what is already within? Perhaps as the esteemed author and teacher of alternative medicines, Rachel Naomi Remen puts it… “Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are”.
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