“It was painful,” Larry Carlson said about his throbbing tooth. But he was in Long Island, New York, while his favorite Reiki Master, Odilia Forlenza, was in Asheville. What to do?
Carlson knew there were alternatives to the surgery being recommended for the infected tooth, so he decided to ask Forlenza to send distant reiki. “Within a couple of days the pain was gone,” he says. “That was a couple of months ago. Everything seems to be 100 percent fine now.”
Many practitioners of the healing energy arts — including reiki masters, sound healers and shamanic practitioners — say they can “send” healing energy to a client anywhere in the state, country or world. In fact, the nine practitioners interviewed by Xpress report sending out healing energy to such distant places as Kazakhstan, Syria, Russia, Japan, India, South Africa, Peru, Hong Kong and Singapore — not to mention practically every state in the union.
Even practitioners sometimes scratch their heads about how it works. “I was skeptical when I learned it,” admits Forlenza, owner of Asheville’s North Carolina Reiki Training Center. “It’s a little hard for people to wrap their minds around it,” she says.
Local sound healer August Worley compares distant healing to radio waves. A former electrical engineering professor, Worley says the idea is not “woo-woo” at all, despite the funny looks people sometimes give him. “If you think of how broadcast radio works, there are two components to it — the carrier frequency and the information,” he explains.
“The first component is the transmitter frequency, which is sent out from the station with the information. So when you tune your radio to a particular radio station, your radio strips away the carrier, leaving just the information, usually voices and music. What we call ‘distance healing’ is just a different form of broadcasting specific information to a specific receiver.”
Instead of using electronics, healing energy is sent out with the practitioner’s thoughts, says Worley, and, in turn, the client tunes into it or receives it mentally. “It’s a scientific fact that there are millions of little tiny magnetite crystals in our brains,” Worley explains. Combine this with what we know about crystals vibrating on a certain magnetic frequency, he says, and people can understand how they could be “generating subtle magnetic fields corresponding to our thoughts.” Scientists can measure this activity and do so all the time in brain scan studies, he says.
Still, doesn’t that mean you have to be in the same room?
Bells theorem offers one explanation, says Peter Tamm, a local White Light Radionics practitioner. The theorem “is about nonlocal reality,” he explains. “Bell found that if you separate two biological particles of the same tissue at a distance, whatever you do to particle one automatically affects the state of particle two. It will register the impact.”
Tamm uses a Radionics Analyzer machine to measure frequencies found within the physical, emotional and spiritual body of a client; he then treats imbalances with nutritional supplements, along with either a broadcast treatment or homeopathic treatment pills. Tamm learned about the science of energy from his teacher and radionics developer Katherine Gray, a biochemist, as well as a shaman, clairvoyant and naturopath.
“Everything is interconnected; there is no separation, so really time and space are an illusion of human existence,” says Tamm. Oddly enough, he adds, it doesn’t seem to matter if the practitioner has an understanding of the science behind it in order to do it.
Jennye Johnson, owner of Heart Vibrations Healing, started sending healing energy to friends and family even before she learned about it or took classes. “I cannot tell you how; I just know that I was doing it and I know that people got better.”
She’s always believed in the power of prayer, she explains. Raised in the Methodist tradition, Johnson saw firsthand the effects of prayer. Now a Fletcher-based healing practitioner and clairvoyant, she sees energy in people, animals and places. Johnson compares the way energy travels over distances to the invisible energy circuit between phone lines.
Moreover, there is a long history behind it, she says. “Distance healing is ancient. Cultures [such as] the Chinese, Greeks, Egyptians, and Indians were doing it thousands of years ago.”
Electromagnetic fields, magnetite in the brain, the illusion of space and time: it is all a little hard to grasp for the non-physicist; even the practitioners do not argue this point. But for someone suffering emotionally, physically or spiritually, perhaps the question that matters the most is: Does it work?
“Everything is energy first,” explains Yol Swan, an Asheville intuitive coach who uses shamanic cleansing methods to help her clients. The energy is “where the disease process starts; then it shows up in the physical and emotional.” Many of her clients are empathic and struggling with depression and anxiety. They are labeled with mental illnesses, she says, “and really it is just an energy imbalance.”
Swan finds that people’s lives change after treatment. They might get out of toxic relationships, or leave a job they don’t like. “They see more clearly. We all carry emotional blinders that don’t allow us to see other possibilities and are barriers to us creating what we want,” she says.
Healing a tooth infection on Long Island is just one of many dramatic outcomes Forlenza has had using distant reiki, she says. Moreover, she may ask her email list of 125 Reiki healers — all of whom are former students — to help. “I call them my angel healers. If someone is ill, mostly gravely ill, I will send an email out to them asking them to send distance reiki. We’ve had some miraculous results from that — the power of many,” she says.
For example, a man who had a massive heart attack and was not expected to survive the afternoon recovered and was released from the hospital after she sent out a request to her group. “The doctors were baffled by it,” she says.
Kimberly Crowe, an Asheville medical intuitive with a long list of modalities in her toolkit, says she once re- enameled someone’s teeth. She laughs as she says, “I didn’t even know if I believed in that one, but it happened and they didn’t have to have dental work.” In another instance, she reports, a client with a hernia and a possible tumor did a session with her; the next day a pre-surgery ultrasound showed both of them gone, and the surgery and biopsy were cancelled.
Worley calls distant healing a specific form of prayer. Rule 101, he says, is that the person receiving the healing has to ask for it. “They have to want to be healed,” he says. “You can’t make anyone heal.”
But he adds that even when asked for, outcomes are not guaranteed: “Sometimes what they are going through, this physical reversal, may be a part of their process.” At the end of the day, he says, “You just have to put it out there and know they will get exactly what they asked for and what is right for them.”
Inner Awakened Mastery
N.C. Reiki Training Center
Heart Vibrations Healing
Yol Swan, soulguidedcoach.com
Peter Tamm, White Light Radionics firstname.lastname@example.org
August Worley, Pyadym Sound Healing Instrument, augustara.com