Should Healing Ever Be Painful?

8th August 2013

painI recently had a conversation with a friend who had just finished a session with an energy healer. My friend commented that she had experienced quite a lot of pain and discomfort in her arms and shoulders, to the point that she almost ended the session. She also experienced nausea. For her own reasons, she soldiered through the session because it was the first time she had received this particular type of healing. This form of healing was not Reiki, which is not unusual as there are many types of healing available other than Reiki. Many of them are based on similar principles, but there are sometimes important differences between them.

So should healing hurt? All the forms of healing I have received have been based on Reiki, apart from one occasion when a different approach was used. I felt pain in my Solar Plexus immediately after and for the next few days. This is the only time I have experienced any pain as a result of a healing I have received from another person. Working on myself, about four years ago I experienced some mild pain in my forearms and hands after some particularly strong sessions. What conclusions can be drawn from these experiences?

When we look at our own system, we need to be aware of how strong it is. If we push ourselves too hard in our development we can overload our system. It is like any form of training. If we push ourselves too hard then we can injure ourselves. In the case of energy work, the main risk is in damaging the nervous system and the etheric layer of energy around the physical body. It is the nervous system where the overload registers and accounts for the pain I experienced in my forearms and hands.

On the broader question of different forms of healing, my view is that some forms of healing are more mental in nature than others. By this I mean that the process and approach taken by the healer tends to center the healer’s awareness in the mental aspect of their energy system. As a result the energy that they draw through their system to the client is more on this frequency than the other frequencies of energy that we can work with in healing. Our will power and our thinking is a very different way of being than when we are in centered in our hearts. It literally feels different. Therefore if you translate that into a healing situation, the healer is working with an energy that is quite different from being in a heart centred state of consciousness. If the healer has a very strong mind or strong will-power, then the energy will be very strong but also quite dense. I suspect that this is another possible cause of experiencing discomfort and pain during a healing. Instead of energy with a very light frequency moving through the person’s system, a heavier, denser energy is being pushed through. When it encounters areas of weakness or blockages in the person’s system, such as under-developed meridian lines and nervous system in the arms, it can overload them and create physical pain.

How do we avoid these risks? When we work with ourselves, then we need to be mindful of the feedback that we receive from our system. Pins and needles in the hands and forearms, as well as pain, are a sign that the system is overloaded and you need to take a break. Rest as well as certain dietary alterations will help the system to strengthen. When we receive a healing or give one to another person, we need to be mindful of what techniques are being used. Most importantly, we need to be aware of whether we are adjusting the technique and the energy used to the needs of the person. If we have an over-whelming need to “heal” someone then this can translate into a very dense mental energy that does not serve the client. So if you ever experience physical pain when someone is giving you healing, my recommendation is to ask the healer to stop or to change their approach.

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