Invisivle Force

After a 10-year gap, I recently caught up with a friend I’ve known for 30 years. As our conversations shifted from the banal to the philosophical, we realised we were on opposite ends of the spectrum when we broached the topic of God.

As an atheist, my friend does not believe in God or any other higher force. I, and other holistic health practitioners, often draw upon energy from Source, (God), to assist us in our work. Theta Healing practitioners, for example, communicate directly with Source as they conduct their healing sessions.


An Inside Job


A spiritual practitioner will advise you to connect with your “higher self”, that invisible part of yourself who, they say, is actually the presence of God within you.


An energy healer will tell you they are not the ones doing the healing, that it is the client themselves who is doing the work. A Craniosacral Therapist calls upon the client’s “inner physician” to help guide their sessions. The expression “inner healer” is widely used in the holistic arts to refer to the body’s innate healing abilities.


As we continued our discussion, my friend proclaimed: “I don’t believe that there is a greater force than me that is going to intervene on my behalf or protect me.” If God is within us, need we look outside ourselves for salvation?


Who Are You Waiting For?


Many spiritual teachers would agree, in part, with my friend’s statement. They believe we are that greater force, that we are the ones who will save ourselves. The popular adage in the spiritual community, “we are the ones we have been waiting for,” is a testament to the belief that we hold a spark of God within us; and if we connect with our higher self, we connect with Source and thus with God.


Know Thyself


The conversation with my friend took place at the end of a month-long spiritual tour where I received initiation rites that assist the recipient to awaken their inner knowledge and expand their consciousness.


Aristotle stated, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” My friend and I are on different paths as we take steps to expand our consciousness. Hopefully, it will not be another 10 years before our paths cross again, but until they do we will continue to seek wisdom.


Karen Gay, A-Roaming Bodyworker, is a holistic health practitioner practicing in Hanoi. For information on the types of services provided, visit

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A true global citizen, Karen has lived and travelled overseas for more than 20 years. Her current journey has led her down the rabbit hole. She's not sure she'll resurface. You can follow her on and


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