By Karen MacEwan, Peaceful Healing
What exactly is holistic healing, healing with Energy? Energy work is not new-age healing. Quite the contrary! Healing with energy has been practiced for thousands of years. Reiki, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Crystal Therapy, Chakra Healing, Pranic Healing are a few examples of the many modalities available to choose from. What they all have in common is that they are all working with/drawing from Universal Energy.
With the introduction of modern medicine in the past couple centuries, healing with energy experienced a decline. What we are now experiencing in the last couple decades is a resurgence of energy workers, the benefits of healing from natural sources, a renewed recognition for the value these modalities offer towards healing.
To be sure there is no misunderstanding with what I am saying; it is my belief that energy work and modern medicine both play an integral role towards healing. I do not believe modern medicine should be replaced by energy work, or vice versa, to not disclaim the benefit of either but instead to recognize the value of utilizing both energy work and modern medicine to attain healing – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Energy work and modern medicine compliment each other.
It is my belief that dis-ease has three components that contribute to someone’s suffering: (1) physical, (2) emotional or (3) both physical and emotional. Those times where medical intervention has successfully repaired the body, yet pain remains is an indication to me that there is an element of emotional healing that requires attention.
It is always interesting to work with people who are skeptical and then hear about their experiences after a session. Here are a few excerpts from clients who posted reviews on my Facebook page, Peaceful Healing with Karen:
“I have to admit, that I went into my session with much skepticism. I have always been very hesitant to just put my faith in the unknown … In some ways it’s hard to explain exactly what did happen, but perhaps the end result is the most beneficial component that I could express. I felt completely relaxed, my mind was able to settle down and not be running 100 miles a minute, and perhaps most of all I was able to deal with some self enlightenment and a course of direction that I wanted to take.”
“As I laid there relaxing and willing to give it a shot thinking nothing would happen, I was not prepared for what did happen. And I have to say I am likely the BIGGEST skeptic there is!!! I was in shock and now a believer. But what was to come as to the effects of how I was to feel in the days to come was even better!”
“I also had the opportunity to experience Bars. Very different to this skeptic. I can say that I felt very relaxed, confused about my feelings and wondering what the heck…. Well the calm and understanding came later as I replayed the session in my head later.. Wow how insightful.”
People want proof that the treatments are beneficial. As a practitioner, I wanted to document what the benefits actually are.
During the months of March and April 2016 I conducted a study with 5 volunteers – 2 women, 3 men. One was known to me; 4 were strangers. The intent of the study was to document the healing benefits of Access Bars sessions, but not limited to.
Access Bars is body process accessing 32 points on the head that trigger different areas in your psyche that allows you to release ‘stuff’. I compare this body process to defragging your computer or to resetting an overloaded breaker in a breaker box. Other modalities I practice that were also utilized during this study were Nine Star Ki, an astrology based on nature; Face Reading, used in Ancient Chinese medicine; Crystal Therapy, utilizing crystals and gems; Reiki, ancient Japanese healing practice; and Aromatherapy.
Each participant received 5 1-hour sessions in a 4 week period. An entry questionnaire was completed prior to their first session; an exit questionnaire was completed approximately 3 weeks past their last session.
The entry and exit questionnaires are identical with 50 descriptors for the participant to choose from, rating from 1(low) to 5(high) how that particular descriptor negatively impacted their life. The descriptors that were not applicable to them were simply marked as N/A.
The descriptors are as follows: Anxiety, loneliness, numbness, denial, sadness, shame, sick a lot, fear, anger, feeling stuck, trouble connecting with others, depression, irritable, lack of focus, marital problems, control issues, easily startled, overly vigilant about safety, career issues, memory loss, trouble relaxing, indecision, grief, volatile, guilt, insomnia, brain fog, bad dreams, flashbacks, lack of direction, aggression towards others, disconnected, physical pain, worry, trust issues, avoidance, lethargic, feeling lost, muscle tension, vulnerability, isolation, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, overly alert, restlessness, low self-esteem, fear of intimacy, alcohol/drug abuse, feeling pressured, mood swings.
The chart below represents a breakdown of the data collected from each of the participant’s comparison of their Entry to their Exit questionnaires. This shows the improvement, in their opinion, in relation to the descriptors they chose.
Example: Client A related with 14 of the 50 descriptors, showing 20% improvement in 5 chosen descriptors, 40% in 2 descriptors, 60% in 4 descriptors, 80% in 2 descriptors. 0% with 1 descriptor.
CHOSEN OUT OF 50
Questionnaires were also completed between sessions 1 through 4 to gauge when they experienced improvement. Each of the participants experienced positive change after their first session with the commonality being that they felt calmer and experiencing less brain fog. Some continued to experience continual improvement, some maintained throughout. Some who experienced trauma in their life during the 4-week period of treatments experienced both improvement and decline between sessions.
Participants were asked about their experiences during their sessions and what benefits they felt they received. The following are quotes or key words they used:
- “Very relaxing.” (This was reported from all participants)
- “First time in 30 years I was able to lie down and go right to sleep.”
- “Pleasant experience.” (during sessions)
- “Enjoyed Aromatherapy.”
- “Calmer within self.”
- Improved relationship.
- “Not going down that ‘bad’ road.”
- “More awareness of my surroundings and energy level.”
- “Getting more control back.”
- “Less pressure.”
- “Validating self-awareness of capabilities.”
- “Feels like de-toxing, letting emotions out.”
- “Not on emotional rollercoaster.”
- “More aware of inner self.”
- “Absolutely worthwhile.”
- An opportunity to ‘share’ (talk) openly.
- So relaxed after a session they felt like Jello.
- “Awareness of others.”
- “A feeling of being transformed.”
Although this study was done based on the modalities that I work with, please remember that each ‘Lightworker’ provides a different version of the same thing – accessing Universal Energy to provide healing – Mentally, Emotionally, Physically or Spiritually – bringing peace, harmony and balance to your life.
In closing, I would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to the Nutana Legion for permitting me to occupy space in their building in order to conduct the study. And to the volunteers who graciously agreed to participate, the study would not be a success without your in-put. I can’t thank you enough.
Wishing you peace, harmony & balance.
Karen MacEwan, Peaceful Healing