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Sue St. Clair doesn’t diagnose patients or prescribe medication like a doctor. But the Nashville resident knows how to heal people. For the past 13 years she’s practiced BodyTalk, a holistic healing system that addresses a person’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and physiological needs.
BodyTalk utilizes the discoveries of traditional Chinese medicine and bioenergetic psychology to understand how the body functions. Characterized as consciousness-based healing, the method involves targeting the energy fields around the body and removing the blocks — caused by physical injury or emotional pain — that can cause illness.
“It begins at a spiritual level, but it also is emotional. Everything begins with a thought,” Sue says. “The thought turns into an emotion, the emotion travels through the nervous system and then into the physical body, so where does the thought come from? It comes from the mind. The mind is a part of the soul.”
BodyTalk practitioners like Sue use neuromuscular biofeedback to learn all the information the body needs for it to do its healing. They then utilize the technique of tapping to stimulate the brain to correct broken circuits and stimulate the heart to circulate the corrected energy throughout the body.
“[After] I know that I have all the information the body needs for it to do its healing, I tap on the top of the head, basically saying to the brain, ‘Hey, wake up. You want to consider this information for healing,’” Sue says. “I tap on the heart and say, ‘Here’s new healthy information that you need to spread throughout the body, so the body can take advantage of it.’
The Baha’i writings describe this type of healing:
The other kind of healing without medicine is through the magnetic force which acts from one body to another, and becomes the cause of cure. This force also has only a slight effect. Sometimes one can benefit a sick person by placing one’s hand upon his head and upon his heart. Why? Because of the effect of magnetism, and of the mental impression made upon the sick person which causes the disease to vanish. –Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions
Magnetism characterizes the interaction between two forces of energy. And Sue says she can do this energy, or consciousness-based, healing long distance.
“The best way for me to describe it, as far as long distance energy healing, is the concept of and the understanding — and this is scientifically proven now — that there is such a thing as universal consciousness. That means all of our individual consciousnesses [are] connected to a larger consciousness,” Sue says.
This means we can also connect to each other, says Sue. “That’s where we get our information from for these scientific discoveries — new artistic kinds of things where we get inspired to do something new or different that has never been done before. It comes from universal consciousness.”
The Baha’i Writings discuss this connection between all created things in the universe:
Likewise, look into this endless universe: a universal power inevitably existeth, which encompasseth all, directing and regulating all the parts of this infinite creation; and were it not for this Director, this Co-ordinator, the universe would be flawed and deficient…Furthermore, although all created things grow and develop, yet are they subjected to influences from without. – Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha
Sue explains that the brain “is a tool that the mind uses in order to communicate in this world. The mind is an aspect of the soul, so when you are doing a body talk session, you are actually working at that higher energy level or that soul level of the person.”
The Baha’i Writings also emphasize the power of spiritual healing:
To conclude, the complete and perfect connection between the spiritual doctor and the sick person – that is, a connection of such a kind that the spiritual doctor entirely concentrates himself, and all the attention of the sick person is given to the spiritual doctor from whom he expects to realise health – causes an excitement of the nerves, and health is produced. – Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions
“Right now, it’s almost a mystical thing for us because we don’t know a lot about that way of being or doing — we’re learning,” Sue says of her BodyTalk practice. And although this type of healing still surprises many people, Sue believes in the future, “it will be a no-brainer.”
“Sometimes when I’m doing a session, I’ll break out laughing and can’t stop,” Sue says. She’s overwhelmed with “the joy, wonder, and awesomeness” of spiritual healing.
If you have any concerns or questions about your health always consult your physician for medical advice and treatment.