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Healing Key #6: How to Understand Energy

When we clarify confusion about “energy,” we help healing. The central part of energy healing is, of course, the energy—but this is an area often poorly understood. And for understandable reasons. For example, in China, Chi Gong (qigong) refers not to a group of breathing exercises, but to mastery of one’s chi. Why the confusion?…

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Healing Key 5: Self-Healing and a Path to Happiness

Everyone needs some knowledge of how to practice self-healing. Even your medical practitioner gives you instructions about what to do at home. Whatever your treatment, you’ll need to know what to do when you’re on your own. In terms of pain, you need something to do instead of reach for another drug – something that…

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Healing Key 4: Movement and Exercise are Crucial to Healing

Time to move from diet to other healing keys — but this is the one that makes diet and nutrition work. The most important nutrient is oxygen. A sedentary lifestyle and poor posture can combine to interfere with how much oxygen is delivered to the lungs, limit blood flow to the muscles (contributing to fatigue),…

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The Twelve Keys of Health and Healing: Keys 1-3

First, we have to distinguish between the “take something” or “do something” prescriptive drug-like approach typical of western thinking about healing and a truly comprehensive approach. Specialized pain clinics have only a 58% success rate (which includes drug therapy), because they are still just trying things in hopes of hitting “the one” that works for…

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So–What Works?

Unfortunately, the studies on alternative medicine and holistic healing are generally in a dismal state. Many are done with small samples (13 in one study), or based on subjective observation (the mice seemed less anxious), done by a group looking to show why its own modality is valid (versus independent verification), done by a researcher…

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Placebos—The Promise and the Problem

Anything that seems like a viable treatment or a drug, but doesn’t actually contain or offer specific therapeutic benefit, can work as a placebo. Interestingly, though, there can still be measureable effects. WebMD shares that research on placebos has focused on the mind/body connection. When told a fake “drug” was a stimulant, study participants exhibited…

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What *IS* Pain? You may be surprised–I know I was.

When I was in school science class, I was taught that nerves under the skin sensed pain, such as touching a hot stove, and sent the signal to the brain, which then sent back a signal to react, like pulling the hand away. But that’s not the way it happens. “We don’t have pain receptors,”…

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Are you in pain? You aren’t alone.

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans suffer chronic pain, from a wide range of injury and disease, at a cost of $600 billion annually (WebMD). The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 2/3 of these people experience pain daily with a severe impact on their quality of life, well-being, and enjoyment of life. 3/4 have…

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Seeds that don’t Heal–because we already know

Seeds create plants; we all know that — Right? If we have good seeds, we can grow plants — just like that, lush manifestations from small hard stone-like bits. Or can we? We know this. Very simple. And yet…some people have a green thumb, while others can’t keep a plant alive, let alone flourishing. Even…

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3 Mistakes in Energy for Self-Healing

Can we really live lives of continual and vibrant health? Reality is, this is already well-documented — it just is poorly studied. In modern culture, we consider this an anomaly, instead of following it as the example of what we all could be. Ironically, though, some of our own thinking and beliefs work against us…

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