“Therapeutic Touch” and Christianity
“Therapeutic touch”, as the term is used by medical professionals, does not literally mean “touching therapeutically”. It’s not like giving a hug or a massage. Therapeutic Touch is a term of art for a host of eastern spiritual practices, Reiki being the most prominent, that depend on sensing and/or harnessing a person’s “energy” or “chi.”
Practicing Therapeutic Touch is not like celebrating Christmas or Halloween - holidays that have pagan associations and origins but can be enjoyed without participating in pagan practice. Therapeutic Touch necessarily involves embracing and applying eastern monistic ideas about cosmic energy and the body. If you’re a Christian who practices therapeutic touch, please read this article from the Christian Research Journal:
Therapeutic Touch is described in the literature as a derivative of the laying-on of hands, or as an ancient mode of healing recaptured and revised.6 No actual physical contact occurs between the person doing Therapeutic Touch and its recipient, but touch is involved if one believes in an assumption foundational to its practice — people “do not stop at their skins.”What is actually touched is believed to be a person’s energy field.
Long-time practitioners of Therapeutic Touch maintain that the human body is simply a localized expression of a universal energy system. The body is built up and maintained by nourishment but penetrated and kept alive by an energy called prana (a Sanskrit word meaning “vital force”) that flows through and is transformed by energy centers in the body called chakras (Sanskrit for “circle” or “wheel”). Healthy people have an overabundance of prana; ill people have a deficit. A person with an overabundance of prana can deliberately, with conscious intent, transfer this energy to a patient. The energy flow surrounding the ill person can be perceived, that is, intuitively assessed and directed through the hands of a healer in the absence of any physical contact…see more
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