My First Healing
When we ask for help and open
ourselves to receive it,
we are given the guidance we request.
I first learned about energy healing by
receiving some healings.
Soon I wondered whether I could be a facilitator for healing. Echo, my horse, was my first client.
Energy healing goes by a variety of names, e.g. energy work, pranic
healing, Reiki, and hands-on-healing.
The healer acts as a channel for life force energy called prana, chi, or
The healer brings chi into her own body through her feet and
crown centers, and then sends it out through her hands into the client’s
body while intending to promote healing.
One day Echo came in from pasture with muscle spasms in her mid-back.
When I asked what had happened, she showed me the incident like
watching a movie. Two
horses had chased her. As
she ran up a slope on wet grass, her hindquarters slipped sideways and
hit the ground, twisting her back.
As a result, some vertebrae were stuck and the muscles were in
Luckily, there was a veterinarian trained in acupuncture nearby.
Acupuncture can relax the muscles, reducing the spasms.
Sometimes this allows the spine to correct itself.
times chiropractic is required.
Echo needed both and it took six months to get her to a veterinarian
trained in chiropractic.
Even with spinal adjustments, there remained a soft lump on Echo’s back
right behind the saddle area.
The veterinarians diagnosed a cyst that they said would never go away.
I observed it changing shape from time to time, but it did not
Eighteen months later, I began teaching myself about energy healing by
looking for the primary chakras in Echo’s body.
A chakra is a wheel or vortex of spinning energy shaped like a
cyclone. When working
properly, the physical body receives life force through the chakras and
sends out energies that need to leave. In humans and animals there are 7 primary chakras located
along the spine.
You can learn to feel for the presence of a chakra by bringing your
hand, palm down, in a sweeping motion towards the spine, and then
swooping it back up again.
As I moved my hand in this fashion, I began feeling different
With patience, I soon identified the locations of six of the
seven chakras along Echo’s spine.
Since I was able to feel the energy, but not see it, I kept using my
hands to feel Echo’s chakras at various distances above her body.
A chakra’s 3-dimensional appearance is like a cyclone, narrower
at the base and wider at the top.
At three inches above Echo’s back I could feel the top of each chakra
and the swirl of the energy within.
Echo’s 3rd chakra was located directly over the lump.
As I felt the top of the chakra at its widest point, I sensed
that a part of it was sticking up higher than the rest, like a funnel
within a funnel. I
remembered seeing a drawing in Barbara Brennan’s book,
Hands of Light, which illustrated what I was
feeling with my hands.
I now knew that this chakra was damaged.
I wondered, “How do you fix this?”
I was guided to “plant the root”.
So, using my imagination, I grasped the piece that was out of
place in my hand and pretended to put it back where it belonged, inside
Echo’s body. I knew that I
couldn’t literally place my physical hand into Echo’s physical body, but
I allowed myself to believe that I was doing it. Then I felt the top of the chakra again.
It felt completely normal.
Two weeks later, the lump on Echo’s back had completely disappeared,
never to return.
I was amazed, excited, and bewildered, all at the same time.
Had I actually fixed the problem?
If so, how had I known what to do?
When I shared this story with Reva, the woman who gave me healings, she
explained that all energy work is performed with the help of spirit
guides who are experts at healing.
She encouraged me to meet mine
That evening I asked to
meet my guides.
Immediately, I saw in my mind three beings.
One looked like a Caucasian male dressed in a toga.
The second looked like a Native American kachina, with a hawk’s
head. The third was an
African whose clothing kept shifting from tribesman to western suit.
Only the first one spoke to me, or he was the only one I could
hear. I asked them to work
with me and heard that they were eagerly awaiting my request for their