When Robert Adams, the protagonist in my novel The Sun Singer, was asked in the heat of battle to use a magic staff to heal a young woman named Cinnabar, I felt that even within a book labelled as fantasy, the healing technique should be based on reality.
So, I based the scene in part on techniques used by Native American healers, such as the late Fools Crow, and on those taught by the Rosicrucian Order. The point I wanted young Robert to learn was that the energy used to heal another comes from outside oneself and that the most important thing one needs to do is get out of its way.
In this same light, Reiki healers are taught that the energy “knows” what it’s supposed to do. When doing a Reiki healing, the practitioner actually interferes with the process if s/he tries to imagine (or direct) the energy to do a specific thing.
I’m wondering, though, how many of you have experienced a non-traditional healing, whether it was called faith healing or psychic healing or absent healing. If so, was it helpful to you? What did it feel like?
Likewise, if you have also worked as a healer, I would be interested in hearing your story, how you were drawn to it, whether you were taught by a person or a book, and how and when you use the process to help another.
My use of it began with the Rosicrucian-inspired “techniques” that were part of the training within a Silva Method course. I was also a member of the Rosicrucian Order for years and have received Reiki levls I and II training. My story is basically that I’m no good at it more often than not, but have had occasional results.
What are your experiences?
I have always fought a battle within myself between using logic to solve problems and using intuition to solve them.
Needless to say, both have their uses. Whether it’s writing computer code or repairing a Lycoming aircraft engine, perhaps intuition and experience lead one to the right place and then logic takes over with the details.
While my intuition works very well when I let it, I often jump to the “safe domain” of logic more often than I should. Intuition brings me so many “ifs” and “maybes” and shades of grey and symbols, that I keep NOT wanting to put my trust in it.
I have plenty of evidence that intuition works, for when I “don’t care” about something, I tend to think up and/or blurt out all sorts of things that turn out later to be true. But can I use this ability, one that all of us have, to find my car keys or a publisher for my new novel? Naah, I go running back to logic again.
I wonder: do you fight this fight or do you just naturally use logic where logic serves best and use intuition where intuition serves best?
My intuition tells me it’s time to put my name on this blog. Since Round Tables are often associated with the Joseph Campbell Foundation, I couldn’t call it “Campbell’s Round Table,” so I’ve changed the title to “Malcolm’s Round Table.”
My first novel, The Sun Singer, was published in 2004 and is structured on Joseph Campbell’s (no relation) heropath scheme for myths and mythic stories. It’s a mountain adventure story with a mix of magical realism and fantasy aimed at both adults and young adults. The novel takes its name from the famous Sun Singer statue at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois. The action scenes are set in Glacier Park Montana though, for the sake of fantasy fiction, I mention few real place names. My intention, though, was to make the magic as real as I knew how. The main character, Robert Adams, begins the novel running (like me) away from his psychic abilities.