I remember the exact day my thoughts about conventional healing shifted. I was the charge nurse on a hospital oncology unit. One day, while working on my unit and preparing to infuse another IV, I held a bag of chemotherapy tightly in my right hand. As I reached for the IV tubing with my free hand, I spotted a medical magazine on the counter nearby. On the cover, in bold print, it read, “Energy Healing has been shown to reduce the size of tumors in a recent study.” It immediately awoke my interest. What was this “Energy Healing” about and if, indeed, it reduced tumors, could we practice it in my department?
For years. I couldn’t wait for my lunch break to read the whole article. After I read the journal, I was so drawn to the research and extraordinary stories of reducing the size of tumors with the use of healing hands therapy that I wanted to learn more.
I searched for places to study this type of intervention and a month later enrolled in a class called “Therapeutic Touch” at Michigan State University. That was the beginning of a long journey of discovery into the world of healing mind, body, and spirit. A powerful and new dimension of healing was revealed to me, one I never knew existed.
In class I learned that healing with hands is the oldest method of healing known to mankind. It is approximately 5,000 years old in written history and 12,000 years old in pictorial history. It has been with us since the beginning of time and probably will never leave. It has been practiced universally by every race, religion, color, and creed for centuries. Since it is part of our divine inheritance, it is innate in all of us: A mother pats the back of her crying child, and we place our hands on our head for a headache or on our stomach for stomachache.
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