Do I Do Energy Work?

{For several years, Bill hosted "Massage Moment", a radio spot nestled within Lionville Natural Pharmacy owner Ben Briggs' Saturday morning radio show, Health Focus on WCOJ. These 3-to-4-minute gems covered topics ranging from stress to common bio-mechanical injuries, to answering questions such as 'should I get massage before or after chiropractic?'

Listen to the audio here, aired originally in 2007.}

Someone asked me the other day if I do 'energy work'.

Quite frankly, I didn't quite know how to answer them. Not because I don't know what it is that I do ... but because I have no idea what people mean by 'energy' anymore.

It's become a term so overused within the holistic health movement that I don't think anyone has a clear understanding of what it is they're describing.

Feng shui 'experts' have us rearranging our furniture to redirect 'energy' around the room; Reiki 'masters' clam to be channeling 'universal energy' through themselves to their clients; yoga instructors, guide their students through meditation rituals in the hope of balancing 'energy chakras' within the body.

And my personal favorite: these guys that show up at holistic health expos with their aura simulation cameras, charging people $20 a pop for a photo with blotchy colors around it, which is supposed to be their 'energy field'! (I can assure you that the only 'energy' being transferred in these situations is from your wallet to theirs!)

So, here's a few energy guidelines for consideration:

First of all, 'energy' is not a substance! Or, better put, it is not an entity. It's not something that you can store in a box, or cup in your hand. Neither is it some huge cosmic cloud that dominates the universe.

Simply put ... energy is a law.

It is a law that governs actions and reactions. As such, it is expressed in terms of potential or kinetic, and measured in terms of force, momentum, or precision. It plays a role in the production of heat, speed, light, or any number of transactions involving material interface. But it is not a substance in and of itself!

For example, when you unplug an electrical cord from a wall outlet, do you need to shake the excess energy out of the cord before you can safely touch the metal prongs? Of course not! When you unplug the cord from the wall, the flow of copper electrons stops. There's no additional substance in the cord. Just copper atoms behaving according to the laws of energy.

Another thing to keep in mind about energy is this: It is neither omnipresent, omniscient, nor omnipotent! These are attributes reserved for Deity, and should not be applied to energy (or the universe, for that matter!). Only the Creator is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent.

Neither should the term 'energy' be used interchangeably with the term 'spirit'.

A person's energy is not the same as their spirit. Mixing these two terms leads only to confusion and, quite frankly, a weak philosophy of healing. Energy, like we said, is a LAW. Spirit, on the other hand, is that part of your being breathed into you by the Creator, accounting for one third of your SOUL - beyond, not subject to - the laws of Time, Mass, and Energy.

So.... do I do energy work? Sure! But not the kind you might think!

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