Finding Good Alternative Therapists
What you should know about Alternative Therapies
We're going to break up a person into three pieces - physical body, mental body and energetic body. In general, Medical practitioners (MP) deal with the physical body and Alternative practitioners (AP) deal with the energetic body. Interestingly, AP will work with the physical body (massage therapists, homeopaths etc) to release the toxins accumulated towards the resolution of issues with the energetic body. The mental body is held within the energetic body. When working through issues with the mental body (with psychiatrists etc) patients are actually working through toxins held in the body physically through the energetic field. If you were to speak with an ailment, it would tell you that it is a communication of something that needs to be resolved. That there is toxic energy (of one or more memories relative to a belief) that needs to be released in order to "get better". APs help you to release that energy, and the associated toxins, so that physically there will be not toxicity causing disease (note - "dis-ease"). The medical world limits itself when looking only to resolve the physical body, because that doesn't always resolve the energetic body, which is why the issue returns, and/or why patients must continue taking medicines; the issue remains. With energy work, the issue is resolved. The medical world (psychiatrists etc) can be wonderful in working with mental body in terms of working through issues, (when you resolve things mentally you are releasing the toxic energy held within the physical body) but unfortunately it can be a very slow process. Energy work releases the toxins from multiple issues in a very short time frame, rather than one at time as often occurs in psychiatric work.
The physical body is also fairly reliable in appearing in very predictable ways and different MPs will often see things the same way. The energetic body is rarely that consistent, and APs are equally varied. If you want a great example of how changing energy changes health, check out this video with Donna Eden. She's a major player in the Energy Practitioner field (she tells her story right off the bat). http://blog.timesunion.com/holistichealth/an-interview-with-donna-eden-o.... As a note, her husband, David Feinstein, is a clinical psychologist and the two of them have an excellent handle on the science of healing.
The certification process is very new in the various AP fields so that certifications are often only a paper verifying that training was given, rather than a specific curriculum standard met. At the same time, intuition can play an enormous part in working with a client. A practitioner with excellent intuition and natural abilities to heal can far exceed the abilities of someone deeply trained (a good metaphor is a baseball pitcher - you can teach anyone how to pitch, but that doesn’t mean they will be a great pitcher. Great pitching is just inherent in some people. Intuition is the same way). Thus the variation in offerings from alternative practitioners is quite wide. Given that, how do you find someone the exceptional healer?
Identifying a high-quality Alternative Practitioner
- Word of mouth – In the AP world, word really does get around. For all the directories out there, the people who are good will tell you that the bulk of their clients come through recommendations.
- Ask - How would they identify a good practitioner? It’s a great question as it shows how they think. Not all practitioners know that all alternative practices are healing energy, so if they do know it right there you have someone that has a good idea of how the energetic body works. When they answer this, see how well they understand this broad category of healers. Understanding and being able to explain it is a good start.
- Certifications – Having had documented training is wonderful, but check the organization. All fields have the high-end teachers. Anyone in that field will know who they are, and be able to explain why they studied with them…or not. You can usually verify these certifications online, but again, they are new. If you can’t verify them it could be the system in place and you may need to call the home office. Regardless, certifications mean they did attend the training and meet the minimum standard, whatever that is. Very few practitioners go through no training at all, but some take a little training then find out the rest of their own. It happens, and sometimes the better healers learned through a book.
- Testimonials - They mean a lot, and if you feel they seem genuine, they provide good information. A testimonial that says a practitioner covered a lot of ground shows just that. One where they worked on pain identifies a practitioner that is good at that, while emotional imbalances might be the specialty of another. Look at how the practitioner’s website/resume describes their work and compare that with the testimonials.
- Interview – A good practitioner tends to be a very kind, well-grounded, relatively calm person. They may have issues, but they are on top of them. Expect them to be very committed to mankind and the planet. They should be aware of their own problems and “work on” themselves regularly. Finally, the more open they are, the better. People who hide things in this field, like all fields, are suspect.
- Talk about their “intentions” – they should have a very clear “do no harm” intention, and if they don’t verbalize something like that, ask them to explain what happens when something goes wrong. With energy work, the practitioner is just a facilitator for the body to heal, so the body really won’t choose to heal incorrectly. At the same time, sometimes things get worse before they get better, so time adjusts things too. They should be able to explain this.
- Test them out – Ultimately, they either can do it or they can’t. That said, we all have specialties and limitations. They may not work with diseases or the physical body, but do well with beliefs. Some people won’t touch the topic of abuse. It varies. See what they’re good at and go with that.
- Check out their intuition – A higher intuitive ability is better. It means they can perceive more than you tell them. Ask them what their intuition looks like and how it fits into their work. More training, less intuition can still be a great healer, but if there are fewer certifications, look for more intuition. Incidentally, energy carries information, and intuition is all about the perception of the information in that energy.