Story 1 - 2007
As a newly trained Reiki practitioner, I got to hear a lot about pharmaceuticals and their side effects.
I experienced a healing crisis right after my Reiki Level 1 class. As I made my way back home from the class, I came down with a cold and fever.
My teacher had told me that in the event of a healing crisis, I must allow the body to purge and must preferably avoid medicines. She believed medicines would interfere with the process of healing.
This was the first time I heard someone tell me not to take medication. However, since it came from my teacher, I believed there must be some validity to the advice. So I held on for a day and put up with the fever. But the symptoms worsened. I called my teacher and told her I was having a very hard time. She maintained that I must avoid pharma meds and that a native medicine remedy could help if I was extremely uncomfortable.
I purchased an over the counter native medicine pill suggested by her. However, it did not relieve my discomfort. Another day passed and I continued to feel miserable. I called my teacher again and told her I couldn’t tolerate the high fever and fatigue any more. I insisted that I must take the pharma medication I would have taken under normal circumstances.
She gave in and said I could go ahead.
I wasted no time and popped the pill. It gave me much needed relief from the burning fever and helped me feel less exhausted.
Once my temperature dropped, it automatically got easier for me to keep up with my Reiki practice and also to enjoy it. I was on 'day 3 of the 21 day cleansing process' that all practitioners must adhere to after training for any level of Reiki.
As I practised Reiki in peace and comfort, I wondered what all the fuss had been about. I couldn’t understand why medicine would interfere with my process of energy healing. Was it a fact or was it just my teacher's personal belief and bias towards pharma that she had thrust upon me?
In my experience, a high fever was not getting me anywhere in terms of being able to relax and practice Reiki. But the medicine made me comfortable enough to get back into the loop and focus on my energy work. I was wondering why there needed to be a dichotomy between the two. The medicine may have a different chemistry. But is a healing agent too.
At the end of the 21 day period, I realized that the pharma med had in no way interfered with my energy work.
In fact, by relieving my symptoms, it had helped me practice Reiki with greater ease. I emerged feeling empowered and vitalized at the end of 21 days. As I basked in the warmth of Reiki each day, I slipped into deep levels of relaxation and high levels of consciousness. I underwent a profound inner shift. I gathered the courage to make much needed changes in my life and experienced several breakthroughs, the biggest of them being manifesting a romantic relationship that was a match to my personal vibration.
Story 2 – 2009
Pharmaceutical pills gave me symptomatic relief in the year 2007. I would have recovered even if I had not popped those pills. I may have suffered my way to recovery but my life wasn’t at stake.
The year 2009 was different in that pharma literally saved my life.
I developed a life threatening condition late in pregnancy. The condition stalled the growth of my baby and she couldn’t make it into this world.
However, modern medicine managed to save my life.
As I lay in hospital with a heavy heart, grieving the loss of my baby, I felt grateful for the fact that I was still alive. I felt grateful for the scientific research that had made saving my life and the lives of many expectant mothers a possibility.
Story 3 – 2020
An energy healer friend of mine has lived with poorly managed diabetes and hypertension for a decade. Due to her bias towards pharmaceuticals, she avoided them and sought the support of native medicine instead. Unfortunately, that didn't turn out to be an effective remedy for the management of her medical conditions. Her condition worsened over the years and she recently landed in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital.
She deteriorated overnight and there was uncertainty over her ability to make it. However, doctors did the best they could and managed to help her stay alive. This to me was another miracle of pharmaceuticals. Sadly however, due to the fact that she neglected her condition for ten years, her kidneys are damaged and she now has to receive prolonged treatment to set the damage right. Nonetheless, she is grateful to be alive.And so am I.
My life experiences have helped me develop a positive relationship with pharma. I do not see pharma as ‘toxic.’ Instead, I see it as a gift to mankind and also to some other species. I do understand that pharmaceuticals have potential side effects, which can be toxic. However, since the side effects are documented and drugs are prescribed only when their benefits are greater than the risks, I have developed a very comfortable equation with them.
I do not find it strange that I am an energy healer and I look up to pharma. I do not mind if my energy healer friends find my thought process perplexing. While I honour others in the energy healing community who make different choices, this is the reality I have chosen for myself.
Being an energy healer does not mean I must heal every problem through the application of energy based practices. I understand that I am part of the physical world as much as I am part of an energy world.
While there is a huge overlap between the two worlds, they are also different in many ways.
I have an energy body that is nourished by 'chi' but my physical body still needs food to eat.
My astral body can travel millions of light years to connect with the stars but my physical body needs an auto mobile to travel a few hundred kilometres.
Since I am comfortable travelling in an auto mobile which is in no way natural or etheric, I am also comfortable taking the support of synthetic medicine when required.
While energy practices support healing on one level, medicine supports healing on another level. I do not see a dichotomy between scientific healing and energy healing any more. I believe everything has its inherent value. The choice to recognise the beauty and richness of every form of healing is ours!