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A Balcony View: Mental healing without the guilt trips

October 26, 2010|By Gary Huerta

Last weekend, the In Theory section of the paper asked whether miracles really take place at group healing revivals. Are people really cured? Or is the only real purpose of a revival to relieve people of their hard-earned money?

I find it difficult to believe that a large-scale revival setting could be an appropriate environment for a successful healing session. I suppose it is possible, but based on my experiences with non-traditional healing, I doubt it.

What I find odd about large-scale revivals is they seem wrapped around the notion that healing comes only to those willing to ask god for the forgiveness of one's sins. Non-believers seem to be excluded from the miracles. There doesn't seem to be much healing for the sake of positive well-being, unless you consider the infliction of guilt to be restorative. There seems to be an abundance of that sentiment.


But my point isn't to bash, rather to shine a light on other non-traditional healing methods available in our community.

Yes. Glendale is home to healers, shaman and all kinds of forward-thinking people who believe that one's physical health and spiritual salvation are not tethered to a belief in good and evil.

Much of the healing done by the people I know is called "energy work" and focuses on eliminating negative thought, which is believed to be a major source of pain and illness. Perhaps one of the larger fundamental differences between the work performed by a revival minister and that of a healer or shaman is that the latter seeks to heal by raising levels of understanding, insight and balance while the former seems more prone to use the fear of god and eternal damnation as a source of self-improvement.

One healing method is rebirthing, a meditative process that involves a breathing technique more than 1,000 years old. It seeks to clear emotional and physical trauma, stress and tension stored in the body tissues, all of which blocks the body's energy channels.

This blockage not only causes disease, but also inhibits the body's ability to access the natural flow of joy, bliss, creativity and intuition. Once the blocked energy is released, it is believed a person's energetic frequency is permanently raised to a new, higher level.

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