So I'm not really typical as a Wiccan when it comes to these sorts of things. Sometimes I find there are grey areas, and then there are moments like these where I see things as being much more black and white.
My position on any form of healing is that, whilst it can physically make the endorphins run wild, it is best reserved for psychological work rather than physiological. Even then, when you feel that unwell by the activity of your mind and you can't bear it any longer, see a psychologist: that is what they are for. New Age healing, which I have experienced myself, is wonderful for the psychology and can be incredibly uplifting and invigorating, and if you receive images or feelings from it, you still have to be proactive about what you have discovered. I am saddened to see people attempting to use it to physically heal people with their hands or their minds, particularly when they are terminally ill. It is sad to see that the potential for healing is abused by people who:
- Charge a lot of money for it
- Are so convinced that their healing works that they may disregard crucial symptoms of a serious illness (not that they're trained to really detect them)
- Have no actual scientific qualifications of any kind yet charge more than a doctor and probably as much as a psychologist.
- Make claims that HIV can be reversed when it's impossible, which is completely revolting and misguiding and again, draws in people to believe that if they spend their money with these people that they will be healed
This kind of thing racks my brain, like healers who claim that their practice will alter your DNA... which as we all know is impossible. At this particular event that I went to, it was proposed to me that I would be so fortunate as to have my DNA altered - but what for was not clear. It was thrown out there just to make the event seem incredible when all we were ultimately doing was allowing ourselves a group psychological healing - is that not enough? Is it not joyous enough to share that moment with others at the end of a working week by letting go together, singing together and just having a nice time?
Meditation, however, can help to prevent a range of things happening to your body by reducing stress and the chemicals your body then produces which can affect your mind, heart and general wellbeing. It reduces your risk of heart disease by half if you meditate two times a day for twenty minutes and there is certainly no harm in connecting with your truth. Go here to read my article on how to achieve a sincere balance from your practice, which is really common sense for any lay person (well, except for the more religious parts anyway!).
It is interesting to see how people cross the line within spirituality like this, like those who practice cold reading if you remember the post I put up about that featuring the fantastic episode of Bullshit by Penn and Teller. Don't you think it is interesting how when that line is crossed, there is a lot of money to be found on the other side?
video via Derren Brown Blog