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Ancient Wisdom In The New Age

Updated on March 17, 2010

Many of today's New Age practices are anything but new. Astrology, Feng Shui, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, Acupuncture, and other holistic healing methods have taken place for thousands of years.

Fast-forward, and today our physical, mental, emotional, and sexual ailments are now remedied by prescription drugs and manufactured medicine. We have pills for just about everything.

Health care is a hot topic in the United States.

It is expensive; mostly aids in the temporary relief of the symptoms, but not eliminating the root of the problem; and more often than not causes adverse reactions. Because the number of people (and animals) that are taking man-made medication is astounding, finding a solution to our health care woes is critical. The cost of medication is becoming a burden to those who depend on it; the very medicine we are taking might actually be making us sicker; and mostly everything we take has some kind of side effect.

So, what are we to do?

The answer might lie in the ancient wisdom of the past. Let's go back and take a look at some of the alternative therapy and holistic healing methods of long ago.

  • Color Therapy: Color has vibrational frequencies that can be used to assist in the body's physical healing and emotional well-being. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks built color temples that were divided into separate compartments pertaining to each color of the rainbow, where they would place those who needed physical healing or spiritual uplifting. In the late 1800's, psychologists in Europe researched the effect of color on their patients in mental hospitals. They found that hyperactive patients who were put into blue or green rooms were calmer, while depressed patients who were put in rooms with red or yellow walls were energized. The chakras in our bodies all harmonize with specific colors and, when integrated with the corresponding color, can influence the gland, organ, or tissue in the body it pertains to. (Chakras are energy points in the body) Color therapy is a form of vibrational healing, in which the energetic properties of crystals, gemstones, colored light, etc. are used. Other forms of vibrational medicine include the incorporation of plants, water, sunlight, and sound.
  • Reiki: A Japanese healing technique, many miraculous healings have been attributed to Reiki. The concept is that one will experience stress, illness, and a weakened immune system if their "life force energy" is low. In Reiki, the practitioner transfers healing and positive life force energy in the form of "qi" to their patient through the palms of their hands, usually without even touching them. Reiki is not only safe, but treats the whole person on all mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical levels. It can cure and prevent serious diseases, and is safe and effective for both humans and animals, no matter what your current state of health is.
  • Acupuncture:The Human body has pressure points along the meridians in which energy can be manipulated and diverted to a new direction, thus relieving aches and pains, sore muscles, and other physical and emotional effects of stress. In acupuncture, very fine needles are used to stimulate certain critical points, and is very important to only have acupuncture performed by a trained and reputable acupuncturist, as improper insertion of needles can result in severe injury or nerve damage. The effects of proper use of acupuncture, however, can effectively treat hundreds of ailments from allergies, depression, and headaches, to sciatica, sprains, and strokes. Drug detoxification, urinary incontinence, weight loss, anxiety, and anorexia can also benefit from acupuncture, as well as many other mental and psychosomatic illnesses. Acupuncture can assist in pain relief, as well as enhance the body's natural healing process.
  • Meditation:Some of us meditate for relaxation, but an intensely focused, powerful meditation can also aid in healing the body. Mindful concentrations and visual images of healing will direct the body to respond. This method is underestimated, as we tend to look outside of ourselves for relief; an external solution; someone or something to help us, when we just might hold the power deep within ourselves. Meditation is a way of reaching into our subconscious to find answers and solutions to our challenges. It is completely safe and can be done as often as needed.

The key to healing is to concentrate on all levels, not just the one that is indicating symptoms. The mind, body, and spirit are all related; and when one is weak, the others will react. Built-up anger and resentment over a long period of time can result in gaul-bladder issues or kidney stones. Constant worry, fear, and mental stress can result in panic attacks, racing heartbeats, nausea, colds, and sickness. On the other hand, a heightened spiritual consciousness can lead to physical healings; a positive change in mental attitudes can physically make you feel better.

The following quote is from the founder of Reiki:

"The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth"

Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind
-The founder , Usui Mikao

Aside from the medical aspect of ancient practices, there are other secret wisdoms to unlock from history.

Astrology and numerology, for example, have once been dismissed as "hocus pocus". However, many of our great leaders of the past believed in and advocated these sciences. Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Galileo and even Jesus Christ(referenced in the Bible: "..And there shall be signs in the sun, moon, and stars.") have all documented their belief in this wisdom. They can be integrated into our lives by using them as tools and guides to plan events, meetings, and projects around the most auspicious times to to enhance our success.

The Tarot has sadly been associated with phony psychics and magicians. However, it has been used as a divinatory tool by mystics and occults since the 18th century. Modern-day tarot card readers swear by its accuracy, and support the metaphysical theory that energy is everywhere and in everything, and that the Universe directs this energy through the answers in the spread of the cards.

From theI-Ching to Palm Reading, to Yoga and Tai Chi, and of course, the ancient Mayan Predictions, and so much more; there are a lot of secrets to be unlocked from the past that may help to guide us on our path to wholeness and enlightenment in the future.


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      Mystique1957 8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela


      Quite an interesting hub! I couldn´t agree with you more! These tools can be beneficial and useful when one is open-minded! Not to be considered "practices of the devil" as some religious denominations call them. Live and let live!

      Thumbs up!

      Warmest regards and infinite blessings,