The ancients understood disease, and the ability to heal from the perspective of the human spirit, or life-force energy.
The advancement of modern medicine saw the focus narrow down to the physical body only. The mind/body/spirit connection was disregarded - because this connection could not be seen, it was not considered scientific and was therefore discounted.
The ancients would be surprised at how the connection could be discounted as they believed the ‘life force’ permeates our entire being. In fact the connection is not limited to the body but continues past the physical body throughout the universe. The ancients taught that humans are part of an indivisible whole, something much larger than the human body.
You may have heard this force referred to as qi or prana. Einstein said "Everything is energy and beyond that is Supreme Intelligence." Einstein made this statement in relatively modern times, but this understanding of the connection to everything and everyone did not extend to the healing practices of western medicine and health care.
It is believed this connection with qi or prana not only decreases stress and anxiety, it is also responsible for the promotion of a feeling of general well being. As this life force is interwoven in the very fabric of our being, the individual cannot escape being affected by external events, and energies. It is therefore important to reach and maintain optimum health not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of all of humanity.
With this view it is considered essential when treating an individual that you consider the mind/body/spirit interaction, as well as the overall connection to the universe. If this is ignored, balance - and therefore health - cannot be achieved.
A growing number of researchers, scientist, and medical practitioners recognise the need for a more ‘holistic’ approach to patient care. The inability to see the mind/body/spirit/universe connection is becoming less of an issue, as they are able to substantiate what the ancients just ‘knew’ by measuring the body’s bioelectromagnetic fields.
We now have the science and the means to measure the effects of healing energy applied not only on humans, but on plants and animals as well. Hi-tech modern instruments are providing scientific data which validates what was considered primitive ancient practice. The science is now supporting that which was previously dismissed as primitive ancient hogwash.
Some progressive hospitals have moved from an entirely biomedical model, and and have healing practitioners on staff or engaged in patient care. Therapeutic Touch is now used in some hospitals, primarily by nurses.
Other forms of energy healing have been used in the hospitals successfully include the following:
Pranic healing which is a form of non-touch energy healing which also focuses on the ability to heal oneself.
Reiki, which translates to "universal life energy," is a Japanese form of energy healing performed by lightly placing hands on or directly above the body.
Medical Qigong which is an ancient Chinese form of energy medicine that underpins acupuncture, shiatsu and acupressure.
Theta Healing, which involves going into a theta brain-wave state.
Power Healing, which involves redirecting energy from disturbed areas of the body to the navel area.
Johrei is another Japanese form of spiritual energy healing.
These represent a small cross section of energy healing modalities available today, which all have roots in ancient times.
Hospitals are not the only place this holistic approach could work. I see endless opportunities such as the inclusion in nursing homes, dentists, birthing centres, and hospices, the possibilities only limited by our imaginations.
Imagine how different your hospital experience could be. Picture yourself waking up in a hospital, surrounded by the chemical smells and feeling stressed and lets face it more than a little scared. In fact what you would really like is a big, old fashioned hug. Next minute a kind, smiling stranger walks in to your room, and asks you would you mind if they gave you some Reiki? Already the healing has begun, before they touch your body they have touched your heart.
Deepak Chopra wrote "To promote the healing response you must get past all the grosser levels of the body-cells, tissue, organs and systems----and arrive at a junction point between mind and matter, the point where consciousness actually starts to have an effect."
The inclusion of such energy practices is in fact a return to the ancient practices which resonate with the body, mind, and soul.
I believe the ancients would just smile at us as we brag about the progress we have made, and the evidence we have gathered with our hi tech machinery and say but "it always has."