A number of years ago, I worked on the hands of an elderly man who had a condition diagnosed as neuropathy. His hands were swollen and he couldn’t bend his fingers. He said his hands were cold and that nothing warmed them. That they hurt all the time.
He had never experienced energy work – didn’t believe in it as anything real. His only experience was with MDs and Rxs and surgery. But he was willing to have me try. I started gently running energy, finding spots that felt disconnected and holding them with light intent until the energy moved between the spots. After about 20 minutes, he reported that his hands felt warm again. The swelling was visible less. He could flex his fingers, without pain. He was delighted and said that nothing else had given him that kind of relief. This continued after I was actively working on him. He was smiling when I left.
The next day I call to check on him. “Didn’t work,” he stated. “Didn’t work. Today my hands are still and cold again. Nope. Didn’t work.” Didn’t work??? What’s he talking about? It worked – his hands were much better when I left. One session didn’t eliminate the problem forever, but it showed that energy would work.
Then I realized – he was immersed in the AMA model of healing. He only identified something as working if the problem was resolved forever.
In working with energy, I’ve come to appreciate the fluidity of life and healing. Sure, sometimes a healer presents a pattern and the body/mind/spirit is so ready that there is an immediate and lasting effect. The first time I had a crystal healing session done on me, a strong sugar addiction I had dropped away immediately. Apparently I was very ready! After one session with me, a young woman reported breakthroughs and insights she said were more helpful than all her years of therapy. Frankly I strongly suspect that it was those years of therapy that created the fertile ground for our session. More usually, I find for myself that healing work is like drawing a pattern in a viscous fluid – draw it once, walk away, and the old habits reassert themselves. Draw it repeatedly and new flows develop.