Teaching

At Rites of Spring this year, I did a Level 1 Chios(R) Energy Healing workshop, as I mentioned a week or so ago. It was a great experience. I really enjoyed working with the eight students who attended. I felt confident about my teaching, and liked seeing the students understanding the concepts and feeling the energy flow for themselves.

That reminded me of how much I used to love teaching. I was a certified special education teacher years ago. I worked as a teacher, aide, or substitute over the course of about sixteen years, working in every public school grade level at one time or another. I got out of teaching because bureaucracy and paperwork were interfering with the reason I wanted to teach in the first place: working with students. I also moved from Maine to Massachusetts, and couldn’t get my certification transferred without going back to school to get an advanced degree, something I didn’t feel inclined to do.

I tried substitute teaching after I moved, because I didn’t need certification for that, but it was only about a month after I’d had major surgery. I wasn’t physically or mentally recovered enough to deal with a day of teaching, and the experience ended up being so negative I chose not to try again.

That was the last time I really taught anything. I’ve done informal “teaching” in that sometimes I end up educating people I know in person or online about certain things, but that’s been about it until the Chios workshop.

I loved teaching that. I loved seeing the excitement of my students as they learned and practiced the techniques. I’m already planning to offer the workshop again next year, and I can’t wait.

I want to teach more. And I’m planning to. I’m taking private Chios students now (see the Chios page for more info), and I’ll be offering the workshop through some area community ed programs. I’m also putting together an 8-week class using A Story You Tell Yourself, which I’m planning to do through community ed first and then maybe in other venues, including possibly online.

I’ve known since the River Flow part of my journey began that teaching and speaking were meant to be part of my path. I’m really excited to be figuring out how!

A Bit of History

Thousands of years ago, people began to recognize the power of the human touch in healing others. In ancient civilizations in places such as China and India, scholars identified the human energy system and discovered that through touch, energy in the auras and chakras, or meridians, could be manipulated, thereby causing improved physical and emotional health. In other places, faith healing or laying on of hands has been practiced for decades or even centuries.

Whether you believe the healer is manipulating the energy alone, or a higher power of some sort is assisting, the fact that energy healing or touch healing has been practiced in one form or another for millennia indicates that people believe it works.

Energy healing, put simply, is the practice of using certain types of touch or other methods to balance the human energy system. While some methods, such as faith healing, probably wouldn’t put it quite that way, the principal is the same. Touch in and of itself can be healing for many people, partly because through touch, we share energy with one another. When the touch is done with intention, using certain techniques or methods, it can be incredibly powerful.

I was trained in Chios® Energy Healing and another modality developed by my teacher (which I’m not naming here because I don’t practice it any longer, and because as best I can tell he isn’t yet training others in it). Both are based on the chakra system: Seven major energy centers on the human body corresponding to seven aura layers that surround the body. The chakras rotate at a certain speed, while the energy field vibrates at a certain level, which is not the same for everyone.

The healing methods I learned employ certain hand placements and other techniques to repair poor functioning or damage to the chakras and aura layers. While there are other methods of healing, such as crystals or flower essences, for the next few weeks I’m going to be explaining energy healing from the perspective I learned. That isn’t to say that the way I do it is “right” or that other methods aren’t as valid. There are many ways to heal and maintain health, and all of them work and are equally valid.

Distance Healing

I was talking with someone recently about distance energy healing, and they asked how I can do healing over the Internet.

The answer is, I don’t do it over the Internet.

Most of the energy healing modalities with which I’m familiar have methods for doing healing by distance; that is, healing when the healer is in one location and the client is in a different one. The methods may differ between modalities, but the idea is similar.

As I was first taught by my instructor, energy (including light and color) is not bound by space or time. Distance healing works because the healer, acting as both conduit and director, can send the energy to the client regardless of where they are.

Energy healing modalities generally teach that the client has to be in a receptive state at the time of the session, but my instructor taught me that, because time doesn’t limit energy, it is possible for the healer to do a session at one time, but set the intention of the energy reaching the client at a different time.

When I do distance healing, I prefer that the client be in a receptive state at the time I’m doing it. Usually, that means they’re lying down, though as long as they’re sitting and relaxed, and in a place where they won’t be interrupted, it works. My personal method of doing distance sessions, although I do follow the Chios® guidelines, includes visualization.

Visualization is one of my strengths. When I visualize something, I not only see it, but I am completely immersed in it. All of my senses are engaged, even though what’s happening is literally all in my head. Using this skill in energy healing means that when I do a distance session, it’s as if I’m physically present with the client, though distance sessions still don’t take as long as in-person ones. I go through the normal sequence of an in-person session, and I often feel the client under my hands, even though it’s only a mental image.

A distance healing session isn’t as effective as one done in person. Part of the benefit of the in-person sessions is the hands-on aspect. Human touch is comforting and healing to many people, and the physical contact strengthens the flow of energy through the healer into the client’s energy system. But distance sessions are still effective and can benefit those who are unable to see a healer in person, or who have difficulty tolerating touch. If you aren’t able to get to a practitioner, consider contacting one for a distance session instead.