Spirituality and Healing Touch
How you can take responsibility for your self-management through spirituality and Healing Touch.
Spirituality is the “aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.”1
Spirituality is a framework, or an umbrella term (see Figure), to define a set of experiences (empiricist, humanist, atheistic, agnostic, theistic, religious, etc.) that are very personal to each individual.2
Meditation is perhaps a more secular or neo-sacred approach to prayer and/or alternative to this process. Practicing short meditation exercises is a great way to break away from pain, and it may also reduce anxiety, depression, psoriasis, sleep trouble, and elevated blood pressure.3 The following is a list of steps to practice mindful meditation at home:
- Find a quiet place to practice—this should be someplace where there are few distractions
- Commit to a set amount of time—turn off your phone and let others know
- Sit in a comfortable position—close your eyes but make sure you remain alert
- Notice your breathing—breathe slowly and naturally
- Notice if your mind wanders—your mind will wonder but don’t judge
- Return your attention to your breath—notice how you inhale and exhale
- Assume a passive attitude—let go of any worries about doing this right
- Continue for 10-20 minutes—try to glance at a clock rather than setting a timer
Healing Touch is based on the assumption that all human beings have the natural ability to heal and enhance healing in others. It is believed that human beings are an open energy system composed of layers of energy that are in constant interaction with self, others, and the environment.
Therefore, illness is considered an imbalance in the patient’s energy field (aura). Auras have four layers of elements, including the etheric (physical double); emotional (lower emotional aspects); mental (thought processes and mental ideas); and intuitive and spiritual (higher levels of consciousness).
Energy therapies focus on removing energy congestion that forms in our energy tracts and energy centers (chakras). There are seven main chakras, including the crown, brow, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, and root (see Figure below).
Chakras are linked together and govern the endocrine system that in turn regulates the aging process. The tracts create a system of energy channels within us through which all energy moves throughout our body.