Insights and Healing with Patrick Moore


What Is Healing Energy?

Healing Energy Appears to Flow Like Water

The Reiki tradition, at least as it has come to the States, tells that the Reiki Practitioner is not the “source” of the energy but “a channel.” This tradition states that the energy comes from the Universe, down into the top of the practitioner’s head or crown chakra, and the practitioner steers the energy out through her hands. This model is much like water flow: Firemen show up at a house fire, hook the hose up to the local hydrant. The role of the fireman is not to generate water from within himself, but to steer water that comes from a source outside himself. How accurate is this model? How helpful is this model? I will say the model brings up more questions than it answers. Given our culture’s current trend of mythbusting, and explaining away superstitions, the fire hose model of Reiki may repel more people, at this time, than it attracts. I say this, as a person who practices healing energy with recipients on my massage table, and who teaches Reiki certification processes. I readily admit the way it is traditionally taught, has some holes. I do not know if I can explain it perfectly myself, but I will offer a couple ideas I think are more plausible and useful for today’s climate. Let’s not be anachronistic, however; debunking a myth for today’s thinkers, does not mean that model did not have great meaning, purpose and even accuracy at the time it was first told.

While healing energy appears to flow from one place to another, or from one person to another, this is:

a) True, but simply an effect, like cooling is an effect of evaporation,
b) More of an illusion,
c) Actual, but only one option of many, or
d) other.

(.. You choose).

What IS Healing Energy?

I am not knowledgeable enough to tell you the nature of healing energy, the essence of it, the substance of it. I can’t even tell you with certainty whether it IS a substance or a process. Not knowing it’s true nature, however, does not prevent me from using energy for healing. Since I am using energy for healing effects, I feel it is enough for me to know energy by its effects.

That said, I will make some guesses about what healing energy IS.

Effects of Healing Energy

I will list some effects, first those that are reported most frequently, and later in the list things that are occasionally reported. I will say before you read the list that none of these effects has been validated by mainstream medicine or science.

  1. Recipient feels warmth, cozy, peaceful, taken-care-of, nurtured.
  2. Recipient somehow feels more resolved regarding his conflicts, issues, and problems, mental, emotional, spiritual, relationship and other… energy seems to have effects with intangibles, things that were not really measurable or scan-able anyway.
  3. Recipient feels like a better version of himself–he is more compassionate to others, less judging and so forth.
  4. Recipient feels more resolved with physical, physiological body symptoms. For example aches and pains, flexibility and functions like sleeping better, less anxiety and so forth. Subjective complaints.
  5. Objective, confirmed maladies are no longer present, but nobody thinks a miracle has occurred. The explanation for the thing no longer being present is, a) the tests were misread the first time, b) the scans were swapped accidentally, c) a different doctor looked and diagnosed it differently, d) miscommunications, e) misunderstandings and so forth. The new situation is: The disease never was there. When we thought there was a disease present, we were mistaken.
  6. Objective, confirmed diseases disappear. Masses are no longer present, from one accurate scan to another. Nobody attempts to explain the discrepancy. The response is generally surprise, then people go about their business.

My personal experiences as a Reiki practitioner range in zones 1-5 so far, and I have heard stories about #6.

What Could Healing Energy Be?

While I am very curious where, why and how the energy does what it does, I do my speculating while I am off-duty. While I am standing there beside a massage table with my hands hovering over a person’s body, my awareness is focused upon feeling this person’s energy and using my hands to assist the energy into a more favorable natural healthy serving configuration. If the person is having effects like 1-6, does the how and what, really matter so much? Some will answer, yes, it matters a lot! I read one famous healer, whose name everyone knows, was accused of using demonic assistance for his healing, which he found ridiculous. Why would demons heal, he asked his accusers, I imagine with a wry smile. Still, since many wonder where and how, and I am curious too, let’s ponder a bit.

From what I’ve read and heard, healing energy could be one, or all of the below, or other things I have not thought of:

  • Electromagnetic energy of a sort that simply has not been measured using current instrumentation… yet. Theoretically measurable, and the instrument for measuring it or providing it may be right around the corner. Some claim to have already found such instruments. Perhaps scientists should be working to study this so it can be better known.
  • A substance that is ethereal, spiritual stuff. This stuff can influence solid matter and measurable energy, but cannot be influenced by them so it is superior-to, or higher-than the stuff that scientists study. Has liquid-like properties that it can flow from here to there.
  • The placebo effect or hypnotic suggestion.
  • Not a substance, but a process sort of like sound is a process rather than something that exists.
  • A substance that is smaller than the smallest known subatomic particle. Whatever subatomic particles are made of, that stuff is made of something else, that is made of something else, until a basic non-reducible level is reached. Perhaps there are three levels, or many levels. Each of these levels would be quite influential upon matter and energy, especially the most basic level. Anything more basic than subatomic particles is beyond the ability of a human mind to explain adequately.
  • A personal power. Thinking of energy flow would simply be a focus of attention that symbolically directs one’s intention and visualization so that effects occur, due to one’s personal power.
  • A higher power. Thinking of energy flow would simply be a focus of attention that, like prayer, attracts the attention of powers higher than, and outside an individual person, like angels, a living organism that is the Universe, or higher. The effect then comes from the power of the angel or higher, which would be beyond individuals to explain adequately.

My personal view is that all of the above are on the table. Perhaps each of these things may be enlisted for assisting people to heal, grow, develop and become more natural. Perhaps different of these things are enlisted at different times. There may be a dozen more ways human health can be influenced for the better, that nobody has yet written about in 2018, that we’ll know a hundred years from now. I think I am not in a position, with my finite brain, to know which of these is the most accurate at any moment.

Healing Energy is Maximized When…

…when the practitioner is coming from the right place.

There are many styles, methods and techniques for directing healing energy from chakra balancing, aura cleansing, acupuncture, tai-chi, chi-gung, Reiki, shamanism, animal helpers, chanting, singing hymns, dancing & running, to angels, prayer and laying-on-hands. Some intangible healing techniques may be more effective than others. Even so, I have always stood by the following dictum that I’ve told many classes of many types:

A person using a poor technique, who is coming from the right place, will have far better effects than a person using great technique, who is coming from a different place.

What would be the right place? Here is a photo taken at the Reiki Master/Teacher training I assisted with in 2014, in Prescott Arizona with my teacher Stephen Bruno, that responds to the question.

2014-07-26-7-Elements-of-Essence-for-Reiki-MasterTeachers-Stephen-Bruno

The biggest hindrance to healing is judgment. Even the ways we think about “diagnosis” can be judgmental. We need to be very careful about judgment in many forms, if we aim to assist with healing, growth and development.

While we are truly caring for, and wanting to serve another person, we gain tremendous influence for that span of time. This loving-kindness is the most reliable and most effective approach with energy.

How is Energy Influenced or Directed?

Once one is coming from the right place, two things are most important: one’s intention for the energy and practice.

One’s intention may be quite specific for example a particular complaint or ailment. One’s intention may be very broad, for example, the person’s ultimate natural development during their natural body life, or the improvement of relationships for this person going forward. A specific intention may conflict with a general intention: for example, learning from an ailment may provide more growth than removing the ailment.

Practice includes using one’s hands to feel variations in energy surrounding a person’s body. One hand hovers at some distance above the body and scans for differences. This must be practiced with many people, with feedback from the person about accuracy, and treating some people multiple times. As with any skill, practice is very important and the more the better!

It is not enough to simply attend a Reiki workshop. You must practice many many times in order to be effective in assisting people to heal, grow spiritually and develop naturally with energy.

Following Stephen Bruno’s example, I offer that students may re-attend any workshop they’ve already attended with me, for no charge (space permitting, unless the host organization takes a fee in which case it will be a small fee to the repeating student). One past student re-attended one of my classes six times and said she got something new each time, both because I teach differently each time and because she noticed more, the more she lived and practiced. Like Stephen I place a high expectation upon Reiki Master-Teachers and I also offer them far more support ongoing, until they are teaching their own Reiki students self-sufficiently. Part of my support is sort of a coach encouraging them to practice practice practice, as any coach does. I allow my Reiki Master/Teacher students to attend my other Reiki classes as student-teachers, to teach a small portion of the class and to give the attunements, both of which are great practice they couldn’t get on their own.

Feel free to comment below or ask questions!


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July 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
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September 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Reiki Level One (Shoden) Reiki Practitioner I
Reiki (lecture, hands-on, attunement)
5 Live Hours $150.00. Special: Reiki I and II on consecutive days, 25% discount (was $400, now $300)

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Reiki Level Two (Okuden) Reiki Practitioner II
Reiki (lecture, hands-on, hands-above, attunement)
6 Live Hours $250.00. Special: Reiki I and II on consecutive days, 25% discount (was $400, now $300)

October 2018

Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28
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The Importance of Poor Performance

I wrote this in 2014 and the core message is still good so I gave it a refresh..

Before most workshops I worry that I may not perform well as a teacher. After the workshop is over, I am required to have students fill in a feedback form. Will I read them? Too often, I file these forms away, afraid to read them.

feedback form

 

A year passes. I prepare to teach the same workshop title again. Now, the purpose of the feedback forms is to improve the quality of education. So I really should dust off those feedback forms and read them before I teach the same title again. Do I brave my fear of looking back at student feedback forms and past handouts? Not in recent years. What am I so afraid of?

When I revise my handouts, or look at stories, articles and books I wrote two or more years prior, I usually gasp. I can’t believe I printed that, and handed it to people! What was I thinking? My older writing seems to expose me as arrogant or closed-minded. Because by “now” I think I am so much more enlightened. So I imagine students see me that way too, and I don’t want to look.

I might consider praying to God, or to a patron saint for teachers, asking the angels or getting a blessing from a shaman to guarantee my next teaching performance will be perfect. Wouldn’t that be nice? Resting in the certainty that I’ve got it covered?

In theory I understand that for one’s teaching to improve, there must be worse performances for it to improve from. This is the importance of poor performance. I realize that perfect teaching performances would mean the quality of teaching would never improve.

Some classes I teach, I do teach practically perfectly. As it is happening, and when it is over, I feel confident I did a great job. These times I do look at feedback forms, and I see mostly 10s. Then I feel self-satisfied. That feels good, right? Temporarily, yes, but there is a downside for me.

When I attend classes (which I must do to maintain my license just like everybody else), self-satisfied teachers really irritate me. My brain won’t let me have it both ways. Whenever I feel self-satisfied, my brain will give me a tinge of the judgment that I have applied toward those other self-satisfied teachers. Then I feel ashamed and guilty for being self-satisfied, because I judge that quality in other teachers.

Those irritating, perfect teachers demonstrate to students, Once you have “it,” like I do, you don’t need to learn any more. I see this a lot. There is an advertisement I have seen many times in massage magazines over several decades, showing a teacher doing his technique perfectly, and satisfied with his mastery. The photos of that teacher have stuck in my mind over two decades and whenever I see a new ad with that teacher I feel the irritating judgment all over again.

…As I wrote that last sentence I realize some of my photos show me being really knowledgeable, just like those aggravating photos of the other teacher. Again the shame of it! Arragh…

2004 Juneau rotator cuff

Teaching melting shoulder rotators in Juneau, Alaska 2004

In my first years teaching, I was trying, and maybe succeeding in perfectly performing the technique. Yay for me, but what about the students? My perfect demonstrations (of things that I had practiced thousands of times) made them feel they could not live up to the technique. Good for me, bad for students.

The irony I am seeing now is, my perfect performances, were at the same time poor performances. They were poor because they showed my arrogance (bad for me) and standards of knowledge and technique impossible for students to suddenly master (bad for students). So I do get to learn after all.

Some of the students from my first classes have kept in touch with me and attended again and again over the years. I wonder if they have seen my teaching improve from a self-satisfied teacher with perfect technique (all about me) to (something more useful for them)?

My poor performances become a good thing when I adjust them. Good for me, when I can be less arrogant. Good for students, when they get the message that, Yes I make mistakes, and you can too. Let’s experiment and be free to make mistakes and then let’s talk about the results because we will improve. The fact I was self-satisfied with my skills, by now is better for having happened that way

Now that I am thinking of this principle I guess it also applies to parenting and being a partner to my most favorite loved one. As I give myself permission to let it be a learning experience, I give others permission to also experiment and gain from mistakes.