Spiritual healing has worked for me and many people I know. It is effective as a compliment or an alternative to traditional medicine. Sometimes one needs doctors, but sometimes one does not. Though I am not an expert, I can share my experience of the simple forms of healing that have healed me — with the help of teachers, practitioners, friends and the Episcopal priest at my church.
Healing through prayer is probably what most people think of as spiritual healing. There are countless other ways, but this is basic, and I owe a lot to it. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church has a simple healing service at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesdays. It is open to anyone, and I recommend it.
There are also healing techniques that are spiritual and not religious. I will mention those with which I have experience.
The first chronologically in my life is Shiatsu. Shiatsu is deep pressure along meridian lines that is a spiritual experience to give or receive. It has great healing power. A friend does Reiki, which is not pressure but an energetic vibration. Reiki has also healed me. Both are extremely comforting and relaxing.
Other healing disciplines in my experience are Emotion Code, Body Code and Biomagnetism. On Amazon, The Emotion Code is the “number one bestseller in holistic health.” It is a great book, and there are teaching videos online. This is a healing method anyone can learn on a simple level. The author of “The Emotion Code,” Dr. Bradley Nelson, is a chiropractor. He was concerned that his patients were not healing permanently. He devised this method of “releasing trapped emotions,” which did heal his patients.
Body Code is more complete and advanced. It not only releases trapped emotions, but trapped traumas, and it helps with physical health. It requires a certified practitioner, who does not need to be local. I have experienced it in person and on the telephone, and it works either way.
Biomagnetism is an especially relaxing form of healing. We have a wonderful practitioner here in Juneau. One can find her by googling “Biomagnetism, Juneau, Alaska.” I am so fortunate to have participated in her practicum. I can’t recommend this treatment enough.
One lies down for two hours while one’s energy is balanced with magnets. The practitioner knows where to put the magnets through muscle-testing. Muscle-testing and magnets are also used in Emotion Code and Body Code. Magnets are not magic. They increase circulation, and have healed my arthritis.
Spiritual healing can come out of the blue. A scratch from a stray cat put me in the hospital. They found raging high blood pressure. I healed it through diet, not pills. God saved my life through an infected cat scratch.
Another gift from the universe saved me two summers ago.
I was saved by an illusion. When the streets were wet, they appeared slippery, as if icy. It made me afraid. I realized that although healing my arthritis had changed my alignment, my feet were still crooked. I understood that I had to change my feet before the winter, or else. Happily, it worked, and I have never slipped or fallen since.
God, or spirit, works in so many ways to heal us, if we simply relax and perceive. If we try, God will give us the energy.
Page Bridges is a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. “Living Growing” is a weekly column written by different authors and submitted by local clergy and spiritual leaders.