“Her eyelids twitched slightly, yes, she heard “forgive” and “bear puke” and she was fractious enough to anger up over such things even now. Heal, Cinnabar. He repeated the words inside his head, but he knew, was coming to know, that brute force would never bring the sun.
“He was just thinking, just reasoning, looking for pinpoint control through a proper sequence of words when, truth be told, he needed to be nothing, hollow, what was it Grandfather’s old friend said, yes, a hollow bone, free of logic and self.” –Malcolm Campbell in “The Sun Singer”
Robert Adams, the main character in my novel “The Sun Singer” faces the same problems many of us do when the first attempt to use various healing methods such as Reiki and other contact methods or absent (at a distance) such as Rosicrucian and Silva techniques. He’s trying brute force, supposing that if he could think or speak loud enough and with passion enough, he’ll save Cinnabar, a woung woman just injured in a mountain battle.
Brute force doesn’t work whether one is “using” the power of God, as understood by organised religion, or “the cosmic” or “the Universe” with or without the assistance of angels or spirirtual guides. Reiki practitioners usually do not concentrate on the specific organ, bone, system, or condition that may be causing a person’s illness. We are told that the energy the energy knows where it needs to go. This idea is a good beginning for many healing methods.
In the novel, Robert fortunately remembers his avatar grandfather’s words. He remembers that ”directing” the energy usually is ineffective. Instead, “he needed to be nothing, hollow, what was it Grandfather’s old friend said, yes, a hollow bone, free of logic and self.”
Since hollow bone was a term used by the famous Sioux holy man Fools Crow, Grandfather Elliott traveled in good company! In relation to healing, Fools Crow used the term hollow bone in the same sense that others use the term channel or tube to indicate that while healing, a higher power flows through them to the person being healed. In his book Fools Crow Wisdom and Power, author Thomas E. Mails writes that prior to healing, Fools Crow first went through a ritual to remove all the stumbling blocks within himself that might impede the flow of energy.
“I saw myself as a hollow bone that is all shiny on the inside and empty,” said Fools Crow. “I looked around inside me to see if any obstacles or junk were left, and there were none. I knew then that I was ready to serve Wakan-Tanka well, and I held up my hands to offer my thanksgiving and to tell him how happy I was. Immediately, I could feel the power come into me.”
This necessary stepping back to allow the flow of energy was what Robert had to do to successfully call the Sun on Cinnabar’s behalf. This “stepping back” works well, for me, with Kabbalistic, Rosicrucian, and Silva Method approaches to healing as well as with Reiki.
Ego, logical thought, and passion only clog up the channel of one’s self being offered to the one in need.