The healing model I present here is based on love, expanded awareness, and the empowerment that comes from a conscious choice for change. It provides us with directions and tools for consciously evoking loving energy and intentionally transferring that energy to another person, or to a particular area of our own bodies, with tangible effects that can be sensed as well as measured in the laboratory.
While love can take many forms, its essence is relatedness. We can become aware of this relatedness or nonseparation, which always exists. We can experience and feel it as the impulse toward unity, and we can express and manifest it through our actions.
– Leonard Laskow
How to Use this Book
Healing with Love contains information and instructions for a program I call holoenergetic healing. It is intended for all readers interested in self-healing, as well as for professionals. Although I am a physician, I have written the instructions and text so that readers who have no medical background will find the material both entertaining and easy to understand. I have also drawn from my experience as a trainer of other physicians and health practitioners, providing them with the information they require to incorporate this program into their practices. In preparing this material I have intended to achieve a balance that will serve all readers, not just those in the health-care professions.
I strongly recommend that you read the entire book before you attempt to apply the program. It will be much easier for you to practice holoenergetic healing if you first have a clear picture of the scientific and intuitive aspects of the process. The step-by-step instructions are intended both as a self-healing guide and as a model that health-care professionals can incorporate into their work.
I have based the material in this book on scientific evidence and on my own clinical experience, but you will find that holoenergetic healing also draws extensively on the intuitive senses. Tools for accessing intuition and verifying information gathered in this way are described later in the book. I have found that one of the greatest assets for intuitive work is an inner guide or imaginary helper. Like a trusted friend native to a foreign country you are visiting for the first time, the inner guide can answer questions you have as you explore the territory. (Instructions for contacting your inner guide appear in the Resources section. If you are already in touch with your inner guide, he or she will be invaluable as you explore the holoenergetic healing process.)
If you are interested in further exploring the scientific research on which aspects of holoenergetic healing are based, please see appendix A, where you will find an article by Glen Rein, Ph.D., "The Scientific Basis for Healing with Subtle Energies." Rein, a neuro-chemist who has worked at Stanford University in California and at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, describes principles that I employ and develop in my own healing model.
Please note: the material in this book is not intended to take the place of appropriate medical care. For many illnesses, the healing process is a collaborative effort, involving physicians and other health-care practitioners, the patient's family, the full participation of the patient, and, of course, Nature. The best choices for our personal health care frequently involve careful consideration of all of these resources.
Healing with Love – An Introduction to Holoenergetic® Healing
Healing occurs naturally, and love heals.
We can use our thoughts, our hands, our hearts, and our higher consciousness to facilitate healing. In the following chapters, we will explore how our energies can be harnessed and amplified to bring about transformation toward health and wholeness in our lives and the lives of others.
In my twenty-five years as a physician I have developed a good sense of how illness can effectively be treated medically. However, it has become clear to me that the physician only treats; it is Nature that does the actual healing.
By this I mean that the natural impulse of life is to heal itself, to become whole again. Every time I performed surgery, I depended on my patient's own healing process to carry him or her to full recovery. Without this natural healing impulse, even the most skilled physician would be powerless to restore health to the patient.
I became interested in what healers did to help people get well before the days of surgery and antibiotics. What tools were available to them, and how did they address disease and healing? The answers varied from one culture to another, but there was a constant in all cases: the presence of someone to facilitate the natural healing processes, to focus attention on and encourage the patient toward recovery. In other words, the active ingredient was not surgery, antibiotics, or other mechanical methods. Rather, it was love: the impulse toward unity, nonseparation, and wholeness. In primitive societies, that love might have come in the form of dances, prayers, or songs offered by the patient's family, friends, and community. In our grandparents' day it might have come in the form of the well-wishing of family and friends and the supportive bedside manner of the kindly physician who made house calls.
Recent medical research has shown definite links between the intangibles we call bedside manner, love, and caring and the tangibles that we can measure, such as reduced infection, faster healing of damaged tissue, and the patient's increased energy. People who have close family and friends to support and encourage them have better recovery rates than do people who are alone in the world. These enhanced recovery rates suggest that the immune systems of patients who have close family and friends function more efficiently and effectively than do those of patients who are alone.
Intrigued with the idea that we can direct our healing capacities to affect predictable, positive results that can be replicated, I began my explorations into the realm of healing. Although at first I'd been somewhat tentative and skeptical, I quickly saw results that were medically incomprehensible yet astonishingly and undeniably effective.
In order to continue my research, I had to make a conscious choice— to trust my own experience, despite its limitations, and commit myself to finding what was true for me. I temporarily set aside what I had been taught to believe. In doing so, I recalled that some of the greatest discoveries in human history have come about because people dared temporarily to suspend beliefs that were accepted as true and irrefutable. After all, only a few hundred years ago people believed the world was flat.
This is what I have to share with you—the experiences, principles, methods, and processes that have worked for me. I present this material not as a scientist insisting on hard data but as a clinician for whom results and effectiveness are measures of truth.
1998 - Leonard Laskow