As countries around the globe lock down or prepare for lock-downs, it can feel like a juggernaut of bad news bearing down on us. Long-term school closures, lost income and no end of the crisis in sight can leave the strongest of us feeling low and scared.
It’s normal to feel this way. In the United States and other first-world countries, our usual insulation against global tragedy is rarely tested. We know it happens, but it happens ‘over there’. Life here continues normally.
So when it starts happening ‘OMG, here?’, it’s natural to creep towards panic. Compared to our global neighbors, we aren’t as used to our crisis-mettle being tested. So it’s normal to feel anxious, and also a good idea to take clear, cogent advice from articles like this one, from Scientic American.
Are you really worried about the novel coronavirus, to the point that it is disrupting your daily life? If you are, studies have shown that we are actually more susceptible to illness when we are afraid.
Fear represses our immune system, because fear is a fight-or-flight response, a product of the sympathetic nervous system. Immune function is governed by the parasympathetic nervous system. These two systems literally cannot work in tandem. They can’t work simultaneously. The sympathetic, or SNS, must relinquish dominance and allow the parasympathetic (PNS) to engage. This cannot happen if we steep ourselves in fear, whether culturally, communally or via the media we consume.
So how does energy work play into all of this?
First, energy modalities like Reiki, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and others work with the body to establish PNS engagement. Meaning, it kicks our immune system into gear. Engaging the PNS also replenishes white blood cell counts and allows for decreased hydrogen bonding of fluids inside the body, slowing dehydration. (It’s important to note that energy healing is not the only way to engage the PNS. Mindfulness practices of any kind – yoga, walking, meditation, even naps – can also engage our PNS and strengthen the immune system.)
Second, energy work can be done even in a quarantined or locked-down area.
Ah, distance healing. This is perhaps the hardest thing for people to wrap their minds around. It was for me when I began to train as a healer myself. The idea that someone could heal me when they weren’t even in the same state as me, let alone the same room, was completely bonkers. The idea that I could also learn to do that kind of healing was even more bonkers.
However, since energy doesn’t have to follow the same rules or parameters that physical matter does, it can operate on a quantum level. I am able to put myself into a meditative state and connect with someone’s energy no matter where they are in the world. This is called ‘distant healing’ or ‘Distance Reiki’.
You don’t have to take my word for this. Studies at Princeton University’s Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory, Stanford University, the Institute for Noetic Sciences and other esteemed labs have already demonstrated this, in experiments dating all the way back to the 1970’s.
Healing of this sort is absolutely possible, despite our logical brain’s propensity for disbelief. I’ve been doing this work continuously for 7 years, with incredible results.
This disease, with all its accompanying lock-downs and quarantines, forces us to look outside-the-box for healing measures when ironically we are stuck inside the house. The beautiful and timeless possibility of distant healing remains a completely viable option for our stress management, pain relief and immune boosting, now more than ever.
None of us know how far the illness will spread or how long it will take to return to normal. What we do know is that:
- Fear weakens the immune system,
- Energy healing boosts the immune system,
- Energy healing manages pain and stress,
- Distance healing is possible,
- Distance healing can happen even if both practitioner and client are in lock-down situations.
Employing cautious optimism (and good hand-washing!) can go a long way. I invite you to look gently and clear-eyed at the situation, without allowing yourself to be swallowed into panic’s great gullet. And if you find yourself in a fear loop, that’s okay too. There are options for your heart, and options for your healing.
To your good health,