Metaphysical healing is based on the belief that negative thoughts effect us in physical ways. Thus, many of the illnesses that strike our physical bodies may be caused by our own thoughts and emotions rather than a virus or other biological cause. It is theorized that if an illness is caused by the mental or emotional state of the patient, conventional medical treatment will only help cover the symptoms, while the root of the problem remains.
Practitioners who specialize in metaphysical healing try to locate the root source of the illness. They try to help the patient identify the negative thoughts and emotions that are causing their physical problems. Healers counsel their patients to help them understand the underlying issues so that the healing process will be successful.
The techniques that metaphysical healers use include providing the client with positive affirmations to repeat, helping the client understand how thoughts affect healing and using the hands to restore harmony to the body. Metaphysical healing also involves balancing the chakras, which are points in the body that transmit energy. Supposedly, if any of these chakras are either blocked or too open, the chakras are unbalanced, which can result in physical problems.
In addition to working with patients during their sessions, metaphysical healers give patients instruction in self-healing techniques to use in between visits. Metaphysical healing claims to be able to provide help for problems in other areas of the patient’s life as well, not just the physical. They claim to be able to help patients who are dealing with financial and relationship issues as well as emotional or mental health issues.
Although metaphysical healing sounds kooky to many people who are more familiar with conventional medicine, it does have a little a little backing from research that has been done in the medical community. It has long been established that a placebo can have the same effect in some patients as an actual treatment. This is thought to be the result of the patient’s belief that the treatment will work, demonstrating that there is some connection between a person’s thoughts and emotions and their physical well-being.