Often, I am asked how it’s possible for me to be a Christian and an energy worker. Or, I’m told that what I’m doing is evil, and NOT Christian but of the Devil. And, I’ve been told that I’m not a Christian if I engage in these modalities, these evil practices.
On the contrary, it is very Christian to do energy work. It is very Christian to do Healing Touch and to balance energy centers, energy fields, and the chakras. It’s also very Christian to meditate-deeply. I’m going to explain how Energy Work, Chakra Work, Healing Touch and Meditation are compatible with Christianity. Once any Christian understands the history of healing, they will understand how the healing modalities that I am trained to do are indeed rooted in Christian tradition.
- One-fifth of the content of the Gospels is about Jesus’ healing ministry.
- Jesus taught his disciples to heal and empowered them to go out and carry out his ministry. It is obvious that Jesus expected his disciples to continue his work.
- In all three of the synoptic Gospels, the “Call” to ministry for the Apostles and the disciples included healing. It was the mark whereby Jesus’ followers would be known.
- This disciples were with him day and night except for the times when Jesus would go off alone to be with God in prayer. When Jesus felt the disciples were ready, he sent them out with clear instructions on what to heal and how to do it.
- For Jesus, healing was a manifestation of the Father’s great love and compassion for all of us.
- Jesus was giving them actual hands-on experience to reinforce his teachings. When he was no longer with them they would be strong enough to carry on the healing work.
- There were several women among the seventy disciples-we have their names written in the scriptures-they are the ones who did not run away.
- There is no indication in the Scriptures that Jesus only did healings to catch people’s attention or that healing was only something for his first disciples to carry out. He modeled a ministry of healing touch and and commissioned his followers to go and do likewise.
- Jesus healed through:
Prayer and Touch
When he saw a need, he healed from a compassionate heart. When confronted with individuals who had been caught in “sin”, his attitude was one of compassion as he healed and restored them to the community. Jesus looked into the person’s very soul, into their heart, and brought wholeness and healing. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find Jesus asking anyone what they had done wrong before healing them. Instead, he responded with compassion and met their need.
Nearly one half of all the recorded healings in the Gospels involve touching. Prior to Pentecost, the disciples performed healing miracles even though they did not understand Jesus’ words about his coming death and resurrection. When the pouring out of the Spirit came at Pentecost, it was an event of great power and fire. All four Gospels related that the coming of the Spirit was like the sound of wind-actually, the sound of an immense amount of energy. The Spirit descended in the form of flames (powerful energy) and then it transformed all those present.
They had all learned that the source of all healing is God, and they were to be instruments through which God would then manifest wholeness and healing. In his letter to the early Church, James stated that Christian healing is not a special gift only for a few but a gift freely given to the whole community, which means it is entirely within our capabilities. In this letter, we see clearly that the early Church practiced healing that included prayer, hands-on healing and annointing that for them, was one single act.
The same Spirit who empowered Jesus in his healing ministry was now acting and working through the ministry of Peter, Stephen, Paul and the entire Christian community. The apostles and disciples were healing just as Jesus did, according the the Book of Acts. Jesus was filled with God’s Spirit, and the early Christians who were healing in his name were likewise filled with the very same Spirit.
The Church was a strong and vital healing community during those first hundred years. Healing was a natural and integral part of the work and the lives of Christians, which was a sign to them that the kingdom of God was surely at hand. It is no wonder that thousands flocked to this new religious group.
The first three centuries saw the establishment of a Christian healing community. These first Christians not only expected healing, they experienced it as part of their ordinary life. They believed that medicine of the day (herbs, plants, etc,) had been created by God and should be used. They established the first hospices to care for the homeless and the dying.
The threat of persecution and death for the Christian men and women healers increased as they became famous for their healing work. Even in those early years, a need for “conformity” in thought and action began to take root, and differences of opinion began to develop which happens whenever an institution develops.
By 313 Emperor Constantine granted religious freedom to the Christians and essentially made Christianity the state religion—rather, his version of Christianity. He destroyed Gospels that he didn’t agree with, as well as followers of those gospels. Eventually, it was not safe to be a Non-Christian because of the threat of persecution, and the church was flooded with nominal Christians. Christians in name only—not in Spirit. And the watering down of the church began.
The new “Christians” were not very interested in participating in the Christian community, which was generally a healing community. As time went by, healing became more and more formally associated with the developing liturgy of the church and moved away from individual practice in ordinary Christian life.
Healing became associated only with the baptismal rite, Eucharist, and blessed healing oil. Christians primarily looked to the sacraments for healing in body and spirit. They developed special church services for the laying-on of hands and anointing in a formal setting.
Over the next several hundred years, healing played a smaller and smaller role in church life. However, compassion healing became a chief focus of many monastic orders. Monks and nuns practiced the healing arts that included surgery, laying-on of hands, healing herbs, essential oils and other holistic treatments for the wayfarers on pilgrimage. By the 12th century, the church forbade monks from performing surgery. They were to be healers of souls only.
The inquisition happened in the 13th century, and millions of people were put to death in the name of Christianity by the Church. In 1551 the Church declared that anointing was only to be used for the dying. With this declaration, healing essentially ceased to exist as an official rite of the church.
In the 19th century, some off-shoot Pentecostal and evangelical denominations appeared that stressed healing, signs, wonders, and other gifts of the Spirit. Women healers figured prominently in many of the unorthodox religious groups in America. It was the women who were returning healing to the church.
The healing movement of the nineteenth century never took hold among mainline churches and by the early twentieth century, no major Christian church has a theology of prayer for the healing intervention of God through the gifts of the Spirit. Mainline Christian churches emphasized sin and salvation with hardly any mention of physical or spiritual healing.
Today, many people are now turning to non-traditional ways of thinking about their health and well-being. Reasons for this include:
1. Frustration with the healthcare system
2. Greater education of the population
3. Media attention
4. Greater spiritual awakening to a sense of wholeness
Science and religion have together rediscovered that what affects the spirit, affects the body and the mind; What affects the body also affects the mind and the spirit; What affects the mind, has affects on the body and spirit as well.
In 1997, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, there were 629 million complementary and alternative medicine visits made that year and only 386 million visits to primary care physicians. Multiple forms of healing modalities have sprung up around the country, many relying on the 5,000 years old knowledge from the East in their pursuit of health, holism and healing. Many Christian churches are wary of anything Eastern and some are alarmed and fearful. However, there are striking similarities between healing practices from the East and Christian healing which includes the laying-on of hands, prayer and annointing.
In my next post, I’ll start discussing the seven major Chakras- which are energy centers in the body, and how they correlate to the seven Christian sacraments.