My head in a paper bag!

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“First do no harm …”

This opening phrase of the oath taken by physicians ought to be required of all Reiki/Energy practitioners and anyone else who dares to call him/herself a healer. I’m sure the considerations apply far beyond the healing professions, but for now let’s leave it at that: healers.

The artful dodge that places all accountability for healing on the patient (or a mysterious higher power, or both) does not excuse one from the purpose of the Hippocratic Oath. Hippocrates, honored as “the first” physician, was not a fool.

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So what harm? We’re all clear about how this applies to physicians. A surgeon slipped and my leg may be permanently numb. Much worse can and does occur. Accidentally or through incompetence. But this isn’t the full spectrum of the harm that can be done by a physician. What of deliberate harming?

We don’t like to think about that. I don’t. I need to trust my physician to be after my well being. His/her intentions must be beyond dispute, right? Like priests? Or (fill in the blank) __________? So it’s about trust? Sort of.

I think it’s about holding oneself to a higher (than normal) standard. Lots of professions, not only physicians do, and should. Like police, which almost all of us are in agreement on just now.

But why would “first do no harm” be a higher than normal standard? Because not only can people not be trusted to do no harm, in actual fact we can be trusted to do a great deal of it.

I frequently hear other energy healers and Reiki Masters allude to the claim that Reiki cannot do any harm to anyone. And I agree, to a point. Unless you can remove the human practitioner altogether I believe a lot of harm can be done by anyone who knows how to work with energy, and Reiki is working with energy, and as far as I know, although of the noblest intentions, even Reiki Masters are human.

I wouldn’t be concerned really, if it was spoken about in honest forthright terms. It’s the avoidance that concerns me and calls everything else into doubt.

In other words, the skills can be misused.

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The Pain Master

Who could it be but someone who knows pain intimately. So I figure the journeymen of pain would include athletes, soldiers, other people who have “heavy-lifting” jobs (think cherry pickers and housekeepers) and people like me, the afflicted.

It’s true I have been giving a good deal of thought to the possibilities presented by chronic pain. I say “chronic” and I mean I no longer consider it a sure thing that I’ll have another pain-free day.

A pain-free day; by this I mean I wake up pain free. It’s been over a year since the last one. On such days in the near past, I’ve been giddy, silly, gleeful. It’s magical. It would be a new lease on life if it lasted more than a day. If it even lasts that long.

So I figure this gives me credibility to talk about pain. But I’m no expert on the science of pain, I have not studied the history of pain, and I have not found a solution for pain.

I asked a few athletes if there is a way to use the pain. They said you can only ignore the pain, but you can’t use it. I was disappointed by their response. So I put it to you, my friends:

Can pain be solved? And if not, can it be used? And is ignoring it the only sane option?

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Don’t Bother Me

Bother someone else. Leave me be. There’s something important I need to think about. What was it? I felt it once or more than once. In fact I felt it several times. It is the drug I crave now.

What I look forward to is only that high. The rest are shabby substitutes, just something to help you get to the next real one. Today I’m just bereft and disconnected from my source. I’m in the dark. I’m alone.

But I know I’ll find a way because I’m always seeking it. I long for it. The bliss. The light. The peace. All this I have glimpsed.

I’ve been to the other side, but I am no shaman. I can’t seem to summon the glory at will. But I’ve felt it.

I’ve felt the fiery illumination of the Archangel Gabriel. He filled me with his golden light.

I’ve seen the Light surround someone at the moment of death, and take them Into its source.

I’ve felt the touch of heaven on my shoulder, called people back from death and held the hands of some as they crossed. I have sat with my own soul, and been content.

The only thing In life that gives me a bit of peace is when I am loving and when I am creating. At those times I feel closer to my essential self and its source.

“I’m glad we had this little talk. I feel ever so much better.”

You’re talking to yourself; this is your blog. Don’t act like a ninny.

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What Is A Leap of Faith and Is It Good For Anything?

I consider myself a spiritual person but I don’t take anything on faith. Taking something on faith would be belief without evidence. In looking at my own beliefs and how they came to be, I realized that I don’t take things on faith. What I do is I look and I think and I investigate and I keep at it until I find my answer. And then there’s no need to take anything on faith because I have established it to my own satisfaction.

Jesus admonished us to “prove all things.” The notion used to baffle me and frustrate me. For many years, seek though I did and with all my might, no answers were forthcoming.

Then one day I took a leap of faith and spoke (aloud but safely alone in my car at night) to whoever was listening. I suspended my disbelief enough to really reach out, even though I didn’t know who I was reaching out to.

When I heard the answer, a chorus of dozens shouting together, as if they have been trying to tell me but have not been heard, my mind was blown.

“My mind was blown” has been overused and its meaning narrowed so I had better say more about that.

A band of strangers answered my question about my next step in life. They were enthusiastic, committed to my highest good. Sometimes I wonder about me, but never about them.

I don’t know their names, which is my fault. Loveda wrote them down. I devalued what she gave me, but now I wish I had accepted the gift and worked with it. It was my opportunity to get to know my guides individually.

Leave it to me to make the wrong choices. But back to the topic at hand. The “leap of faith” is but the first step. The rest that follows is the proving.

Until no further proving can be done and a new leap of faith is needed.

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Three Steps To Freedom

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Let Go

Prepare at all times to have everything and everyone taken from you.

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