I began this therapy through the encouragement of a Christian friend who had a story very much like mine. Total debilitation, reliant on a caregiver, not really living. Energy work was the one modality of healing she was not willing to do, as a Christian.
After trying everything else and only continuing to get worse, through much prayer and time with God working through issues with the therapy, she finally gave it a shot. And finally, she got better.
When I visited her in my very sick state, she shared with me what God had shown her about this mode of healing.
She is currently working on a blog post about it, which I am very excited to share here. In the meantime, I will share my own thoughts, some of her sharing that struck a chord with me, and things God has brought to mind for me.
Are you ready for this? Let’s pause and pray.
God, I pray for openness, for Your Spirit to speak, for Your Truth to shine through in all things. May this post be used for Your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Oh, by the way…I forgot to warn any readers who are NOT Christians that I am going to delve into sharing from the Christian perspective, using Christian terminology, etc. This post is specifically geared toward Christians. Others are, of course, welcome to read, just be warned that it’s gonna sound “religious” to you. Hehe
Okay, totally not gonna go into the scientific aspect here. But how does this word make you feel?
As a Christian, I can tell you that I felt extremely uncomfortable with this word, because it was associated with New Age practices and practitioners.
When someone talked about the vibrational energy of eating fruit, or that they could feel good energy coming from someone, or that certain places had really good energy, or that they were sending positive thoughts and good energy…well, it really hit me the wrong way. My mind immediately snapped shut.
But is “energy” a bad thing? Let’s consider some examples, some scenarios where you have “felt” something. What is that “something” that you are feeling?
I never really had a name for it, but I now believe these are examples of feeling “energy”.
- You have a conversation with someone who you connect with on so many levels. You are excited, attracted, inspired, lifted up. You feel very good around this person.
- You have a conversation with someone who is frustrating, full of complaints, won’t listen, and is very negative. You feel depleted; very drained after interacting with this person.
- It is your birthday, and you are sitting at a table surrounded by people who love you, and they are, in unison, singing “Happy Birthday” to you, as they smile and look at you and affirm that they are happy you are alive. Your heart is pounding. It feels so warm and wonderful.
- You are downtown, walking alone. You pass a fellow who is staring at you, leering at you, you might say. Your heart is pounding. Your gut feels queasy. This does not feel safe. You speed your pace.
- You are at church and the pastor has invited members to come forward and lay hands on you and pray for you. As they do so, you get chills. You feel like you are practically buzzing as so many loving church members put their hands on you and lift you up in prayer.
- You are at the beach, or in a forest, or by a waterfall, or in a beautiful garden. It is simply breathtaking. You feel…it is indescribable. But you feel good. So good. Overwhelmed with the awesomeness of God’s creation, happy, loved, amazed. You feel lifted up.
- You watch a movie that you know you probably shouldn’t. You begin to feel uncomfortable, then downright yucky. You leave it on or turn it off, but either way, you feel guilty and less than your best. When a friend surprises you at the door, you have a hard time making eye contact.
Now that I’ve started, I could go on and on with examples of energy we encounter in daily life. Energy is not a bad thing. Energy comes from God.
But just like anything else in Creation, good things from God (like sex, for example) can get perverted and misused. It is the misuse that leaves a yucky taste in our mouth, a bad feeling in our spirits.
Consider some examples of God using energy in the Bible:
- God spoke the world into being. When He created man and woman, He breathed life into them.
- A woman touched Jesus’s clothes and was healed. Jesus knew that power had gone out from him.
- Jesus touched people to heal them. Sometimes Jesus or the disciples laid themselves on top of sick or dead people as they prayed, to heal them or bring them back to life.
- Jesus commanded his followers to eat/drink in memory of his sacrifice (“This is my body, broken for you, do this in memory of me”). There is a rich history of the power of blood and sacrifice. When believers remember Christ’s sacrifice through communion, it is a powerful, moving experience.
NAET AND ENERGY
NAET is essentially a therapy that uses energy as its modality of healing. Scary? Potentially. But there is much science around energy. How can one explain it? The body is filled with energy circuitry. The brain sends signals constantly. If our brains stop their energy work, we die.
When our brains get confused or injured, faulty signals are sent. This can result in severe consequences. This was the case for me.
When I was at my worst, I had very little sense of smell. I could not smell toxins (paint thinner, mold, various chemicals), but I could feel their effect on me. I would ask my husband what he smelled, because all I noted was that my legs were collapsing from underneath me, my head had started pounding, or my throat was feeling a burning sensation, or even swelling up.
In my first NAET treatment, I walked into a house full of “things”. I had no idea what my body was reacting to, but I was having spasms, could not sit up straight or even keep my eyes open, carry on conversation, or even walk. The practitioner put a tuning fork on my foot to “ground” me, and, though I was still in the exact same environment, my symptoms stopped. What?!
When we proceeded with muscle testing, I would feel chest pain, headaches, or total body weakness in the presence of certain vials that held mold, chemicals, fragrances, etc. I did not know what I was holding onto, but I could see the effect on my body.
It was not mystical or magical or demonic. It was a very real physical reaction to certain substances.
Can I explain how NAET works? Not exactly. Can I explain energy or the body’s energy systems? For sure, no.
My understanding is that my brain has been injured by certain toxic exposures and has been making associations (“this substance is bad”) to protect me from further harm. But it has gone too far, and is instead weakening me by becoming overly sensitive to an increasing number of substances encountered in daily living.
NAET therapy is giving my body and brain a chance to make a new association to those substances that have been weakening me. In the presence of each substance, energy channels are opened (don’t ask me how this works) and the body/brain “reset” and can now make a positive association; “make friends with” that substance.
BUT ISN’T NAET DEMONIC?
Here’s the thing. If you know me well, you know that I live my life led by the Spirit of God. When I speak up about something important, it is because God’s Spirit in my heart is pounding, telling me to speak up. When I interact with someone and pray with them on the spot, it is because God’s Spirit in my heart is pounding and telling me to pray with them.
Let's talk about energy and God's Holy Spirit.
Because of my active relationship with the Holy Spirit living in my heart, I would describe myself as being extremely sensitive to energy. I would not have called it that in the past, but upon reflection, I would now. Here are some examples:
- I have had multiple interactions with people where I have felt and seen the presence of evil/the demonic. God’s Spirit feels revolted. From even some distance away, I can feel this evil, and have no desire to interact with that person, who might look quite attractive and happy on the outside.
- I have enjoyed the presence of happy people, and then as the conversation shifted, and they shared some of their spiritual beliefs and practices, God’s Spirit in me became extremely uncomfortable.
- I once helped a disabled friend attend a certain yoga class, and felt a disgusting evil presence in there. I never wanted to go back again.
- I have experienced much spiritual darkness in my own life as part of my addiction. I recognize the regular dark night terrors I used to have, as the evil that I had allowed to take over my life.
When I am clean and free of my addiction through living God’s way, I do not experience that darkness or terror. A slight shift toward selfish living, and I get a bitter taste, a remembrance of that darkness. It sends me running to God and His righteous ways.
I share these experiences to let you know that I am extremely aware of the spiritual environment, or, for the purposes of this post, the "energy" around me.
From the time I first entered my NAET practitioner’s home office, to the writing of this post, I have never once felt spiritual darkness in there. I pray before going in that God would use this time, use this therapy for His glory, for His purposes. I pray that He would speak to and work through the hands of my practitioner. I pray during the session as well.
I feel nothing mystical or demonic about the testing or therapy. Nothing at all. I feel peaceful and loved and cared for by a practitioner who has learned to help people through an unconventional set of tools.
Now, do I accept everything that is said? Of course not! When I ask questions, sometimes I realize too late that I don’t want to hear the answers. I may hear about certain religions' use of energies, for instance, and tense up. I listen to get educated about this perspective, but I do not necessarily accept everything I hear. The Bible teaches us to test the spirits, to search the Scriptures, and to be wise and discerning.
But is this any different than my everyday life? No way! I am constantly interacting with people who have beliefs that I do not agree with. But does that mean I should not interact with them? Absolutely not. Christ modeled this for us. He hung out with people that the religious authorities shunned.
In those moments when God’s Spirit in me feels uncomfortable with the line of conversation, I can pray. I pray for the person speaking, I pray for God’s Truth to prevail, I pray for my own protection. And then I can move forward in God’s power.
It is certainly my belief that not all NAET practitioners practice in the same way. Even with the same set of tools, a person’s backgrounds and beliefs influence how they practice. I am quite certain I would walk into any number of NAET practitioners’ offices....and then walk right back out.
In my work as a caregiver, I have encountered some environments that affected me in this way. I already mentioned the yoga class.
One time I went to a “celebration” with a family, only to realize it was an Eastern religious ceremony, once I was there. Talk about uncomfortable! I stayed, because I had told the family I would come, but I did not participate. After watching my client’s behavior during that ceremony, I truly believe that the “mental illness” he was displaying was demonic possession.
Another client I helped with physical therapy exercises in the basement of his home. As I walked down the stairs, I saw all the “gods” and images everywhere. I felt an evil energy as I descended the stairs each time, and they later told me it was their home's place of worship. No wonder! I prayed for their family and for my own protection during each session of therapy in that environment.
But I have felt none of this at NAET. I know that some people believe muscle testing is demonic. I truly believe my body is having physical responses to the substances. And if a question is asked “of my body”, I ask the Holy Spirit to lead any answer.
I can see how it could be a form of idolatry, where a person could use muscle testing to make life decisions. I am very mindful of all this as we go to NAET. I make my decisions about which supplements to take based on research and trial and error in my body.
I do find it fascinating to see how my body responds to muscle testing of certain substances. If I respond with weakness for coconut water, there’s no harm in abstaining from coconut water until I get treated for the allergy.
The practitioner I see is very science-based. She is also a nurse. She can explain how certain energy channels are connected to certain organs, and blockages here and there can cause problems. I can’t explain it. But I don’t feel the need to.
As my friend shared with me before we began, God has given gifts of healing. He commanded us to lay hands on the sick. This gift has become somewhat negatively viewed in some church circles because of how it has been used for ill, yes, by members of the Christian community.
But if we, as Christians, aren’t using this gift of healing, and our members desperately need it, where are they going to get it?
I believe, as does my friend, that God can use even non-Christian practitioners to help us get well. We regularly go to doctors, therapists, and all kinds of specialists, and follow their instructions without thinking twice. We never ask who they are consulting, what their religion is, or wonder if some demonic spirit is leading them to give us certain healthcare recommendations.
I choose to use an unconventional therapy, and I truly feel like my practitioner’s hands are the hands of God. Well, not literally, but I believe that God is using her to bring about healing in my body through touch and energy work.
Do you remember the stories in the Bible? God used a donkey to get the attention of one of his children. He used a powerful pagan king to ordain His work of re-building the temple. He used a medium (spiritist) to speak for Him when no prophet was available to do so.
God is powerful enough to use anything and anybody for His divine purposes.
I don’t understand why magnets, vibration, tuning fork frequencies, lasers, or zappers (low voltage electric current) make my body feel better. But then again, I don’t understand how singing praise songs, listening to the Bible, dancing, or watching an uplifting movie make me feel better either.
They affect my body and mind energy in a positive way. They contribute to healing.
Who can pretend to understand the amazing, intricate design of the human body? Not me.
I can say that the more sick I have become, and the more healing I have experienced...the more I appreciate the amazing way God has formed our bodies. These amazing bodies self-heal, and operate a huge number of complex systems, for the most part, without us having a part in their functioning at all.
I prayed for healing. I prayed for answers. And God introduced me to my inspiring and courageous friend, and allowed me to hear her story. I knew He was directing me to follow in her footsteps by using this therapy as well.
I pray always to make sure this is still what I should be doing.
I have heard absolutely no indication from God, no hesitation whatsoever, NOTHING indicating that I should not be doing this therapy.
I have heard from many Christians who are not a fan of me doing it. I have heard from my friend that she was turned away from a position of leadership in her Christian community because she had done this therapy.
The great thing is, the Holy Spirit is my director, not any person. We are commanded that if something feels like sin to us, then we should not continue in it. And that if what we are doing causes someone else to stumble, we should not do it around them.
Thankfully, there is nothing that says “if other Christians think what you are doing is demonic, then stop doing it.” We are each accountable to the LORD for our own actions.
If you are not comfortable with the idea of NAET, don’t do it! I personally will continue to make use of this therapy until God directs otherwise. :)
Christians today are on information overload.
What we need are bottom line, real world applications of God's Truths.
In fact, Jesus said the whole reason He entered the world was "to testify to the truth" (John 18:37).
My heart's desire is to take those truths that God gives us in His Word and put them into real life applications--especially those that have to do with health and healing.
NAET happens to be a real world application of God's Truth. It works under natural law principals.
Natural Law was created by God to bring chaos and order to our world so that our pea-brained minds would not explode.
Natural Law is part of God's truth for us and it shapes the way we relate to ourselves, each other and our universe while we are here on earth.
It makes no difference if we don't quite understand how a natural law principle works. Nor does it make a difference that credit for this principle is not being given where credit is due (to God)--it will still work because God designed it to.
No one understood how gravity worked for the longest time either. But when God saw fit, he revealed some of this truth to Sir Isaac Newton (a Christian) and even more later to Albert Einstein (a devout atheist).
Indeed, it is not for us to determine how or to whom the Lord disseminates His truth on this earth. For "our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes" (Psalm 115:3).
God created the human race in His image to reveal the truth about Himself. Satan hijacks that truth. We have to remember that satan is opposed to truth in all forms, and to true education and enlightenment. His goal is to keep people in ignorance, poverty, and slavery to his bidding.
Knowing the truth can make people free, including freedom from much of satan's bondage. Part of this bondage is illness and disease. It would be just like satan to use our fear of displeasing Jesus to keep us from using healing modalities that God had intended for us all along!
It's time to put away this spirit of fear because we think something will be displeasing to Jesus on its face. If we are truly walking in the Spirit, then we are led by the Spirit and we will know how to determine truth.
But we can only do this if we approach things with an open heart and an open mind and an attitude that we ALL lack wisdom...BUT can be granted such by God, who gives generously to all without reproach, if we humbly ask and believe we have received (James 1:5).
It is not a legitimate enough argument to discredit something because of the one from whom it originated. If that were the case, we would have to denounce and disavow all the works of Albert Einstein, Ivan Pavlov, Sigmund Freud, Richard Strauss, and many others.
Would you not believe that these avowed atheists were not created by God and loved by Him and given gifts and talents and truths by Him to share with the rest of the world?
"For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike" (Matthew 5:45).
I believe that energy was created by God, and is, in fact, a reflection of God, who is divine energy.
Because the scriptures say we are created in God's image, then we too must be comprised of energy, and this has been proven unequivocally by hard science (feel free to look it up).
In fact, as science goes deeper and deeper into matter, it finds that matter is no more; only energy remains; only energy is.
If God created energy, and God created man, then both are inherently good because "everything God created is good" (1 Timothy 4:4-5). Thus, there is no reason to approach energetic healing on its face with a spirit of fear.
"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).
This does not mean that we are not to "test the spirits" (1 John 4:1), nor does it mean that we should not be "guarding our hearts" (Proverbs 4:23). For like anything, that which was intended for good can be used for evil or for purposes displeasing to God.
But just because the new age movement has chosen to take a natural law and combine it with their skewed beliefs and methodologies, it does not negate the God-designed, natural law at the heart of the process.
As Christians, if we were to denounce everything based upon the belief system of someone who developed, created or espoused it, we may as well just go live as John the Baptist in the wilderness.
I have learned not to automatically throw the baby out with the bath water and to instead approach things out of curiosity, with a sound mind (the one God gave me), while praying for wisdom and discernment and believing that God will separate out fact from fiction.
What I think becomes most difficult for me is when I'm faced with legalism from a well-intended brother or sister who hasn't really devoted the time to research or prayer on an issue...but remains convinced that what they believe is correct.
Ignorance combined with fear is exactly the way satan keeps us from the truth. And since we know that truth is freedom (John 8:2), well it's a perfect way to keep us from walking in all that is ours through Christ Jesus.
Do I think there may be a way to make a good modality like NAET even more effective by applying God's known truths to/with it? Sure do!
If you can take something like NAET, which already works because it follows natural law, and combine it with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit--THIS is what I believe will lead to the "greater works" Jesus speaks about in John 14:12 and THIS is what I believe we have been created for "at such a time as this!" (Esther 4:14)