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Reassurance: this post does make sense, absolutely. And it is lovely! I can imagine it took quite a bit of courage to write and publish this. I believe that was the right thing to do, and you did it brilliantly! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this, Elizabeth.

This is so beautiful to read. Thank you.

This bit in particular really spoke to me: "Hows and whys aside, I believe there is something magical about creating space for things to happen."

Wow. When the words come together, they come together so beautifully! :)

As someone who also can't for the life of me explain how what I do works either, it's very reassuring to read your post and to notice how powerful it is to *not* know. In some ways, not knowing opens the doors for more possibilities.

For me also, it is the direct (and indirect) experiences that keeps me on my path. Witnessing the changes in the bodies and lives of my clients (and in myself as well, of course!) is a never-ending source of wonder and inspiration.

Thank you, Elizabeth!

I'm so glad you posted this. I wrote a 5,000 word paper on "the science of energy healing" in college that was full of quantum phsyics. I can't remeber a good 95% of it. =)

I love your flashlight metaphor. I guess I visualise it as little bubbles of energy [now that I think of it, they look like the cartoon blackcurrants from ribena adverts] and they giggle and join hands with my own energy :)

This is one of my favouite [possibly THE favourite] posts of yours :)


@Rose: Hey, 5% of 5000 words is more than I remember from my reading. ;) I'd like to read that paper. And I love your metaphor! So glad you shared that.

@Larisa: "In some ways, not knowing opens the doors for more possibilities." I never thought of it like this, but it seems so true! In some ways, it does seem rather constraining to me to know how something works, though I can't quite say why that is so. Thank you!

@Steph: I'm glad. As a side note, clearly I just saw Eat Pray Love because now it makes me think of where the guy in the ashram is telling her that if she clears a space in her mind, the universe will sweep in and fill it. Ha.

@Josiane: Thank you, Josiane! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

I am taking an Asian bodyworks class right now and this week the chapter was on polarity therapy. In it they talk about forgetting all that you know or think you know and just being in the moment. I have been struggling with this class because I keep wanting to know why all this works.I keep saying I just don't get it! After reading your post I think I am going to try just doing it and stop worrying about the why. Thanks!

Thank you for sharing this Elizabeth. I also struggle with explaining Reiki to people. I have feelings and opinions about how it works but, in the end, I don't really know. And that's so hard to admit when you're trying to make a living from doing Reiki! I often default to telling people that Reiki is surprisingly relaxing and when we're relaxed, our bodies are more able to heal themselves. No big promises of miracle healing or spiritual awakening. Just the kind of deep relaxation most people don't get enough of.

If it's ok, I'm going to post a link to this on my business Facebook page (True Horizon Healing).

I can't tell you how much I love this. I also use reiki. And I struggle with how to explain it to people who haven't experienced it before. Once they've had my reiki, they're hooked but until then I'm saying stuff like....universal healing energy....intuition in your body...blah blah blah...

From now on, I'm just going to point them to this post.

I can relate to so much of what you wrote and you put it so well. I practice craniosacral therapy. In the beginning it was so important to me to have a legitimate, thorough, scientific explanation because then I'd be respected as a "real" therapist. The longer I practice the less it bothers me that I don't REALLY know how/why it works & it doesn't really matter. I had to chuckle when you mentioned reading things about quantum physics that could explain & then forgetting - me too!


I'm overjoyed to have discovered your website and have spent time this morning, getting to know Atlas and reading about your Reiki work. How wonderful. What a gift, to channel your innate abilities into this field of healing and energizing! There's a Reiki practitioner in CHarbor (she's outstanding!) whom I visited for a chakra alignment. Absolutely amazing! I'm going to link to this blog for inspiration. Thank you..many blessings...

Hmmm….I think I should really try Reiki! Honestly, I'm a bit tired with my job and I think I need a vacation and enjoy a spa massage session. I've known some people who seek a holistic alternative therapy for freeing themselves from stress and for enhancing their spiritual aspects as well.

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