Light Workers are healers, but not in the traditional medical sense. They heal human energy.
Energy is created throughout human bodies, emanating a field of energy called an aura. People who see and sense the subtle energy fields can help other feel better.
“We facilitate healing through prayer and healing touch, also known as laying on of hands,” said Rev. Randolph Friend.
He and Rev. Monisha Alleck are two light healers who offer their services to the community, most recently at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tahlequah.
“My experience has always been to take away pain and help people live longer,” said Friend. “I work with the energy field and chakra systems. All the different healers have different modalities. I also practice distance healing.”
According to Friend, anyone can send love and healing energy.
“The old prayer warriors in church were the quiet ones who didn’t say a lot, but their prayers sent healing energy to people,” he said.
If Friend sees a car accident, he won’t get in the way, but may stand on the side and send love, healing and compassion.
“Or, if I can even touch a finger, it lets them know you’re there and care,” he said.
He has helped friends or loved ones who are dying feel safe in the hands of God. He’s taught family members some things to do to be loving, gentle and kind when a loved one is dying.
“People don’t know how much love goes into what they do,” Friend said. “Think about food or music; you can tell if love goes into it. The food will be bright in color and music can be played with all the right notes perfectly, but without love, it isn’t as beautiful.”
Friend was a young man attending a party, giving neck rubs, when someone volunteered to help him learn about healing.
“Iris Tate taught me basic healing touch,” he said. “When her teacher, Mary Ann Geoffries, came to Sancta Sophia, I trained with her.”
He has also studied at a monastery in St. Louis.
“At each level, you receive new techniques and practices, like Qi Gong, energetic medicine,” he said.
Monisha Alleck is a transplant from California, and was ordained in 1986. She is a certified healer through the Shiloh Foundation for Healers. She was part of the healing touch community in San Diego, when it was coming of age.
“I was a pioneer in the holistic health movement. We all felt we were doing religious work. We wanted to legitimize what we were already doing and influence the medical profession, which we did,” Alleck said.
She was a student of Mary Burmeister and Jin Shin Jyutsu, which means “art of the creator through compassionate man” in Japanese. Jin Shin Jyutsu reharmonizes and balances the energy flows to release the tensions that cause various physical symptoms.
For Alleck, who had a near-death experience as a child, it has been a matter of having two accidents and healing herself. She believes she’d still be in a wheelchair if not for free-flowing energy in her body.
“I knew there was something beyond what we see; it’s called love and it’s stronger than death,” she said. “So I’ve spent the rest of my life trying to unlock things I haven’t understood.”
Growing up, Alleck knew she was Cherokee, and wanted to come to Oklahoma for many years. When she did, she realized it’s where she belongs. She was always aware of subtle energy, as she thinks many people are until they become discouraged and turn from their innate talents.
“I call myself a healer. You have to acknowledge what you’re doing,” she said. “And I’m an amma master. I work with energy pathways, which aren’t physiological, but are a vital life force. We call ourselves light workers.”
As a Christian, she heard that all Christians were healers. “This is not about beliefs; every culture has people who do this work,” Alleck said. “It’s not intellectual; you go by feelings and understand it works whether you feel it.”
The invitation to come and relax is open to the community. A blessing is given before the service begins, said Friend.
Gentle music plays in a candlelit room as the session begins. First, Alleck asks permission to touch and interact with the person, then if there are any specific needs. She uses her hands to assess the energy field around the person by caressing the space near the body, from head to toe, moving methodically, smoothing out or sweeping the air, but it’s affecting the energy field.
“I push and pull stagnant energy out of a body, open it up, and like a stream energy flows again,” she said.
More specific healing happens with Friend. He asks if there are any areas needing attention, and then begins assessing the energy field around the person much the same way as Alleck did, praying as he moved his hands.
Some people talk during a session, and others are very quiet, said Alleck.
“I like to close my eyes,” said Friend.
The next Light Worker session will be in May. Watch the Tahlequah Daily Press for the announcement.