A comprehensive introduction to energy therapy for people and their pets.
Debut author Buckner, an energy healer with 10 years of experience, makes a persuasive case in this book for that type of alternative therapy, in which practitioners try to change the “energetic flow” in and around the body. It allows people and animals to “self-heal,” she says, by “clearing, balancing, and replenishing [the] system” in an “instant, incremental, or transformational” manner. She repeats that energy workers don’t cure clients of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual issues—they merely facilitate healing, she says: “Healing is between the client and the universe, not the client and the practitioner. The doctor sets the broken bone, but the body knits it together.” The author cites some specific energy-therapy successes, such as an 18-month-old child who slept better after his “energy field” was “cleared”; a man who was able to sing again after an energy-clearing session and an inhalation of therapeutic oil; and a Persian cat that regained its appetite following treatments. Buckner instructs readers on how to choose a practitioner and a particular energy-healing modality, offers tips for those who want to become energy healers themselves, and generally discusses end-of-life issues. Overall, the author offers a wide-ranging introduction to energy healing, which may be particularly useful for readers unfamiliar with alternative medicine. Beyond anecdotal evidence, though, she doesn’t cite substantial science to support the therapy’s efficacy: “Research on energy modality effectiveness is difficult,” she says “because many variables in humans cannot be controlled.” Readers may also find it unclear as to whether some conditions resolve simply because of the passage of time or due to other treatments. Buckner adamantly defends her trade, although she notes that, as with more mainstream treatments, “healing is not guaranteed.” What the book does makes clear, though, is that energy therapy should be used in tandem with other options and not be considered a panacea on its own: “Do whatever is needed to repair your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health—see a physician, a counselor, a naturopath, an energy healer.”
A detailed explanation of an alternative therapy and its potential benefits.