Holistic health and healing is an integration of both contemporary medical views and alternative or complementary healing practices.
Jeri Mills, M.D. is an integrative healer who has merged Western medicine with energy healing, Reiki, shamanism, and homeopathy.
In Healing is Believing: A Journey Into Energy Healing (White Sage Press, 2013), Mills documents her real-life story as she incorporates the two ends of the medical spectrum into a comprehensive, cohesive method.
Engaging, Energetic Read on Complementary Medicine
Healing is Believing is a gentle, relatable, and easy-to-read book that introduces us to Mills’ fascinating world. Here we have a doctor, trained and specializing in contemporary medicine, who cannot resist her strong attraction to energy fields and how energy heals a body and soul. Writing with both passion and wit, Mills writes in her introduction:
Once I hear that it is possible to do something energetically ― anything from opening up the narrow pelvis of a laboring woman to parting the clouds to prevent rain from falling on a special event, even if no one has taken the time to teach me the “necessary techniques” ― when the need arises, my body/mind/spirit automatically do what is necessary to perform that healing. (14)
Mills’ intention with her extensive knowledge is to integrate the two seemingly different healing spheres into one cohesive method, with the shared goal of simply healing all those she encounters.
Personal Stories of Energy Healing
Throughout the book, Mills shares stories of the people she encounters ― in a particularly engaging way. In the prologue, we meet a man who had been living with depression since loosing many loved ones during 9/11. After admitting to Mills that he was not one for personal touch, the two embrace.
[pullquote type=”left, right”]“I stood and held him in my arms for a few minutes. He walked away with a smile on his face. The tears in his eyes had mirrored my own. We both received a healing that day.” (20)[/pullquote]
Mills also shares her personal story of developing uterine fibroids. After employing self-healing shamanic techniques, the use of a “pain puck” and anti-flammatories for years, the pain was finally too much for Mills to endure and she enlisted a surgeon’s help. Post-surgery pain was effectively managed with self-healing Reiki techniques.
Mills was surprised to learn that the 750-milligram mass that was removed from her body was not fibroids, but adenomyosis. She realized that although her shamanic techniques to banish fibroids worked, she missed the point of asking for simply healing in general:
[pullquote type=”left, left”]I made a diagnosis and had limited the energy … If only the doctor side of my brain had had the good sense to step aside and allow the healer to ask for “this or something better,” I might not have ended up on the operating table. The next time I tell my students to just step out of the way and be a golden funnel when the are performing a healing, I will have to pay attention to my own words! (123)[/pullquote]
About the Author
Jeri Mills, M.D. is a physician, veterinarian, and alternative healer whose writing has appeared in publications across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Mills also lectures and hosts workshops on the integration of Western medicine with energy healing. A former Ob-GYN, Mills is now an emergency room physician, where she integrates alternative healing into her practice.
Healing is Believing is Mills’ second publication. Her first, Tapestry of Healing: Where Reiki and Medicine Intertwine (White Sage Press, 2001), Mills recounts her discovery of energy healing and the integration of that modality into her personal and professional life.
Healing is Believing is for those of us who see the incredible potential of complementary medicine. As the true story of a healer, the integration of the Western and Eastern healing is well documented in this book.