Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Review: The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands on Healing
The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands on Healing by William Bengston, PhD. Sounds True. 2010. www.soundstrue.com
In this book by William Bengston, a professor of sociology at St. Joseph’s College in New York – the author details different studies he conducted on a version of hands on energy healing that is done while the “healer” cycles different unrelated to the “patient” images through his/her mind that aid in drawing the focus away from what the healer is actually attempting to do.
Similar in theory to Reiki – in the aspect that it’s hands on healing – but different in practice when it comes to where the healer should be focusing.
According to Bengston, this technique works, though I’m not really sure what the benefits of it versus Reiki are, as this doesn’t get covered in this book.
I also found it interesting that the back cover comments and the author himself almost act as if hands on healing through any type of energy exchange is fairly new and that the person who created this “cycling” method is the first to perform energy healing with success.
While the book was interesting, and really quite easy to read, along with entertaining even in parts, I was disappointed that it didn’t really draw on any comparison with Reiki whatsoever, especially since Reiki is most likely the most popular, most well known type of energy healing out there.