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"Separation is an illusion, and the reality is that everything is One - One field of energy, appearing to be a multitude of physical things." - Ziad Mistry
As I set out to compose a 'short Facebook post' about that quote, I realised I had a lot more to say about it. This post is the result - it's about reality, energy, and intention - and how the intersection of these things can lead to a paradigm shift.
In his best selling book 'Reality Unveiled' Ziad Mistry talks extensively about the crossover between science and spirituality. This is something that has fascinated me for many years, but especially since I discovered energy healing - particularly distance healing. At first it seemed too 'woo' to be true... yet people I knew and trusted were working with it. I wanted to understand how, and whether it was scientific, or purely 'spiritual'. I now believe that it's both, and that further developments in quantum mechanics will deepen our understanding of the nature of reality, and that we'll see an increasing overlap between science and spirituality, as a result.
One thing that scientists and many ancient traditions agree on, is that we are all one field of energy. Einstein's formula E=MC² tells us that matter and energy are one and the same. Matter is energy. In Mistry's book he goes on to explain that "energy doesn't have a cut off point where it ends and another separate energy begins. Just like the waves of the ocean, it's all connected. It's all One."
Although I had been taught Einstein's formula at school, and heard about fascinating things such as the 'Butterfly Effect', it didn't mean much to me in real terms. It was Reiki that gave me a more personal understanding of the unified energy field and what that means for us as human beings. Before I tell you about that, I do have an admission. When I realised 'Distance Healing' was part of my (Level 2) practitioner training, I couldn't quite get my head around it. How on earth would I be able to give a Reiki treatment to someone who wasn't in the same place as me? I suspected this particular element might remain a 'box-ticking' exercise, and something I wouldn't offer to paying clients. And... then I tried it.
I'd been shown how to do distance healing, and I had a few willing subjects based elsewhere, so I decided to give it a go. When working with people who are in the same room, I often (physically) feel things from them - such as tension, aches, pains, and sometimes emotions or sensations linked to memories or things that are on their mind. This is a part of my experience as a sensitive (or empathic) person, and is something I'll talk about in more detail another time, but for now it's enough to say that between training sessions, I'd carried out a lot of 'practice' treatments on friends, family and acquaintances (basically anyone who would volunteer) and in this way, I'd been sensing lots of things I didn't already know about.
When I started connecting to the distant subjects, I realised the same thing was happening. When I checked in with them later, they had also all felt 'something' as I worked with their energy - some tingling, heat, or other sensations - exactly the same as the sort of things people report after in-person treatments. There didn't seem to be any difference whether they were in the room with me or not. As long as I had the intention to connect with their energy (and their permission, of course) then I could.
This not only affirmed to me that "distance" healing really does work, but that on an energetic level, there is no real distance at all. We often hear that linear time is a man-made illusion, and after trying remote healing it struck me that physical distance must be the same - if energy doesn't have a cut off or separation point, then you and I don't either - we are energy. Nikola Tesla is quoted as saying: "If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." Everything is pure energy, even if it appears as a physical form, and it can be influenced (ie the vibration can be altered) by intention.
Even if you've never experienced distance healing, it's likely that you've felt this kind of energetic connection with someone you're close to. Maybe you were thinking about your spouse at the exact time they called you, or you sent a message to your mother at the same time she sent the very same words to you (I do that all the time). These types of things are everyday occurrences and show that the energetic ties with those we love can be very strong no matter where they are in physical relation to us.
Just thinking about someone can impact them - isn't that incredible? When I truly understood this, it made me start to think about things in a different way. What if sending 'thoughts and prayers' to other people was less about asking for intervention from a deity (like something from Monty Python), and more about sending your own loving intention to them? Isn't that an interesting thought!
I've read plenty of experiments which show that such 'prayers' or intentions can produce startling results. You may have heard of the 1970s study in which 7,000 meditators, focussing on love and peace, influenced GLOBAL crime, suicide rates and accidents during a three week period. Considering how long ago this happened, you would think we'd all be doing it by now! A similar result was reported on a regional level in the 1993 Washington crime experiment.
In a carefully controlled experiment, a group of coherence-creating meditators were involved in a 53-day trial during which homicides, rapes and aggravated assaults decreased by 23.3%, when compared with the predicted rates. The statistical probability of this happening was less than 2 in 1 billion. At the end of the study, crime rates rose again. The meditators had influenced the actions of others. The World Peace Group explains that "meditation has a broadcasting effect on the surrounding population [and] is based on the understanding that consciousness is a fundamental unbounded non-localised field that connects us all".
Of course, everything is made up of energy, so these things don't just apply to people. There are dozens of YouTube videos emulating famous experiments from the 1990s where Dr Masaru Emoto exposed water to different words. The nature of the words used (whether kind, loving, or hurtful, for example) had a significant influence on the structure of the crystals formed by the different water samples when frozen. There are countless other examples show us that everything is not only connected as a single field of energy or 'consciousness' but that it can also be influenced.
So what is the point of taking about all this? How can it help us in real terms? Personally I find the implications quite mind-blowing. In her book Hands of Light, Barbara Ann Brennan says "the universe is an inseparable whole; a vast web of interacting interweaving probabilities... since we are inseparable parts of the whole, we can enter into a holistic state of being, become the whole, tap into the creative powers of the universe to instantaneously heal anyone anywhere." How awesome is that?
Ok, I know, it may seem like too much for most of us to take on but as a starting point this understanding can certainly help us to lead our lives from what I like to think of as a more intentional place. It could influence the way we speak to others. It might affect how we think about others, and also how we think about ourselves. It might encourage us to meditate, and to be more intentional with our internal thoughts and external actions. If we accept that our intentions are enough to alter reality, and if that applies to all we are connected to (which is everyone and everything) then we begin to see that we have the opportunity to influence all sorts of things for the better. Think about it...