A History of Healing

“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.”

Albert Szent-Györgyi (1937 Nobel Prize Winner)

Definition of Bio Energy by Mietek Wirkus

“The phenomenon called life has two components: the first is biochemical, while the other pertains to energy. Energy animates matter by penetrating it. Its withdrawal from the body signals clinical death, i.e. when EEG and EKG can no longer be detected. Clinical death initiates the process of decomposing the body into the smallest biochemical particles.

We are all built from these two components -biochemical matter and energy. The energy that animates the bodies of humans and animals is known as bioenergy - the energy of life. This force surrounds every cell like a miniature wire, providing a blueprint for the physical body and also serving as a medium for the flow of information throughout the body. Bioenergy also extends outside of the physical body creating low frequency electromagnetic fields around us (as well as other subtle energy fields not yet recognized by science). In a larger context, bioenergy is an inseparable component of the Universal Energy.

A Bioenergy practitioner can detect these fields, as well as energy flows in the body. Everything that happens to the physical body is reflected in its energy flows and vice versa.  By returning these flows and fields to normal, the bioenergy practitioner should be able to restore the balance between biochemical and bioenergy component resulting in the improvement of health.“

Across Cultures and Centuries

We all know that stories describing unusual healings go back as far as human existence. They have been passed· from generation to generation, in all cultures and on every continent. At the onset of medical studies, students are merely taught that medicine originated in Greece, and that the Greeks were the primary source of medical knowledge.

The obvious fact that the very first medical beliefs go back thousands of years to the period of glory of ancient Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Mesopotamia, India, China, Mexico and Peru has been kept in silence. It is not true that we do not possess any information about the medicine of those early years. Archaeology, anthropology and sailor stories, as well as the accounts of merchants, missionaries and the first pilgrims from Europe, provided us with much valuable information about complicated medical procedures that were successfully performed hundreds and thousands of years ago. Now, more and more medical books are being translated from languages and dialects distant from ours, both geographically and culturally, in which we can discover an abundance of medical practices based on the close bonds people had with the nature.

There has always been a broad understand that physical well-being is closely associated with psychological health, emotional balance and spiritual values, and that wellness is a reflection of the environment in which one lives.

Many ancient and even contemporary medical practices, based on unfamiliar views of life and death, are so difficult for us to understand that we reject them a priori (i.e. in advance), despite the existence of documents and other evidence indicating that people have performed such practices everywhere throughout history. Positive results, meaning physical, emotional and mental health, were also interpreted differently, depending on the level of knowledge, belief system and understanding of the nature of the world. Since these practices do not parallel our world view, we cannot explain them on the basis of what we have learned at schools and universities, and so we choose the easiest way out - we deny them. This attitude is especially prevalent among people who call themselves "scientists," even though ignoring such a phenomenon goes against the very nature of the scientific method. One of these ancient practices is called laying on of hands, or what has been most often described as healing by transferring energy.

In the past laying on of hands by ordinary people was often severely restricted or even forbidden. A close look at the cultures involved shows that the more structured the society, the more limitations were imposed in that regard, and that in many cases the society the laying on of hands was restricted to privileged groups.

In ancient Egypt, for example, healing could only be performed by Pharaoh, meaning the highest priest and God in one person, or by other priests who were chosen by him.  Interesting information about laying on of hands for the purpose of eliminating pain can be found in papyrus from Ebers, dated at 1550 B.C.  In Babylon and Mesopotamia, healing was also the province of the king and the highest priesthood.  In ancient Greece, Pythagoras, a physician, mathematician, philosopher, astrologer who lived in the sixth century B.C., considered healing to be his most notable duty. He described the 'pneuma' or the energy connected with the process as manifesting around the body as an aura of light. One hundred years later, the celebrated doctor, Hippocrates claimed that perceptions of warmth and tingling, which accompany laying on of hands and the process of sending energy, lead to the disappearance of pain. He even instructed doctors in the application of energy, so we can presume that doctors in ancient Greece already knew of this practice.

In some European countries, "God's touch" was reserved only for the king, while in others such a healing method could also be performed by monks. Later on, many of these monks were elevated to sainthood. There were periods in medieval Europe when healing was performed by the so-called "mead people" heal those who were ill by serving as channels for God. Some of them were considered "untouchable" because they served as mediums or channels of God’s energy. The Bible contains numerous descriptions of miraculous healings originating from the belief in laying on of hands. Christ the Healer and his apostles such healings on many occasions.

According to some non-Christian traditions, such as Taoism (China), Buddhism (Tibet) and Hinduism (India), the process of healing is associated with the belief in the power of the Omnipotent Spirit of the Universe, penetrating all of creation. Each of us is a carrier of an element of this Spirit. Those of us who have more of this spiritual element can help others rise to a higher level of consciousness.

From Taoism comes that which is known regarding Far Eastern methods of using chi (meaning energy) for martial arts as well as healing. Initially, only monks in the monasteries were familiar with the concept of chi.  Their days were filled with prayers, meditations and other peaceful and simple activities, because they believed that only such an environment would help them maintain chi, and thereby facilitate contact with the Omnipotent Spirit of the Universe. Farmers from the neighbourhood provided them with food and were repaid with prayers. When robbers began attacking villages and temples some of the monks decided to sacrifice their monastic way of living and undertook active forms of defence in order to protect themselves from the unwanted attackers. During battles, these monks were hard to conquer as they used the skill of concentrating energy against their opponents. This discovery initiated the schools of martial arts, which were initially geared toward defence (1), although eventually these schools also taught the skill of using concentrated energy for offensive purposes. Another use of energy was in the healing of wounded warriors. During battle, as is well known, one often gets injured. To speed up the healing process, a new group of people was formed: the so-called chi gong masters, who were capable of using energy to heal the wounds. The ability of these legendary chi gong masters to heal physical as well as psychological distress made them famous throughout the ages. Today in China, their new official name is the people of special function. Energy emitted from their hands is used to restore a person's proper energetic balance, restoring wholeness on every level (not only on the level of the physical body).

(1) Legend has it that defence skills were developed in Shaolin Monastery following the visit of Bodhidharma, an Indian monk credited as founder of Zen, who upon his arrival at the temple noticed the poor health of the monks. To improve their health, Bodhidharma taught them a series of energy­based exercises. Over time, as the temple grew, acquiring a high level of visibility that attracted thieves, the energy-based exercises were adapted into a defence discipline, which in turn were developed into offensive skills.

On both American continents laying on of hands has long been practiced by native shamans. They would heal the sick using the touch of their hands and herbs. These healings would take place only during the portion of the month when the moon was growing, restricting to the minimum any kind of healing activity when the moon was getting smaller. (On all continents in the ancient times herbs were collected only at the time of the waxing moon.)

As a part of their curative rituals, both Australian aborigines and African shamans would dance almost to a state of unconsciousness moving their hands around diseased areas of the body, asking their ancestors for help in healing. Both cultures used musical instruments to create certain vibrations, which, according to their beliefs, accelerated the process of healing. In addition, the aborigines would paint points and lines on their bodies, which reflect the meridians (pathways on which energy travels) used by the Chinese in acupuncture!

For thousands of years, people of many different cultures and belief systems have drawn halos and auras around the heads and figures of persons possessing "special powers" -among them the powers of healing. One would be mistaken to think that they were painted only around the Christian saints, although they commonly accompany Mary, the mother of Jesus, and other important Christian figures in most of the old paintings. Christ the Healer was typically portrayed not only with halo and aura but often also with glowing rays beaming from His hands. The Old Testament frequently mentions the presence of light surrounding a variety of figures. In India and Tibet, luminous aura can be seen in pictures of yogis, Buddhist monks and a whole pantheon of gods and goddesses. Buddha has been depicted not only with an aura surrounding his body, but with all attributes of a person who is fully developed energetically, meaning with all chakras (energy centers) portrayed.

Artistically crowned heads of kings, priests and meritorious warriors, as well as the American Indian chief’s headdress, all symbolize such a halo.  Hindu mystics and Tibetans would call this a fully developed crown chakra, or a thousand petaled chakra.

Unfortunately, over the centuries these depictions of the human energy field have lost their primary meaning.  In his book Future Science, John White lists ninety-seven different cultures in which the aura was described in ninety-seven different ways. Despite the differences, every description referred to the manifestation of a gleaming light or glow.  The halo, aura and later all their imitations symbolized uniqueness and divinity, distinguishing the person who possessed them from those who did not. However there is a principal difference between a halo and other forms of crowning of the head. The halo was used to signify a person's virtue and good deeds, and in all cultures was an unmistakable sign of spiritual development. With crowns and other head decorations the issue was often quite different. The crown did initially indicate a loving heart, kindness, forgiveness, wisdom and sensibility, which was associated with a high level of spiritual development.

In many of these ancient traditions, the basic meaning of the word "energy" was and still is the primordial life force or life energy. This energy fills and surrounds all human beings as well as the environment. According to this view of the universe, the life force animates matter and creates life; in other words, life is created when energy penetrates inanimate matter.

In ancient Greece, this life force was known as pneuma. Paracelsus named it archaeus.  In India the Sanskrit terms are prana and shakhti, with prana meaning universal energy and shakhti a more personal form that flows through human beings and is divided into the flows of nadi and bindu. Prana is believed to be able to change its level of vibration and transform into shakhti, and vice versa. In Tibet, this energy is called ca, lung and tikle. In ancient Egypt it was called ka.   In China, the name was chi or ki, depending on the region of the country. From this latter term originate, among others, Tai Chi and Chi Gong, which constitute meditative, kinetic practices based on energy flow. As mentioned, people who are able to regulate and correct the energy flow are known as Chi Gong masters.

In Japan, life energy is called ki. Its flows are utilized by Aikido, a school of defensive martial art, as well as by the school of active martial arts known as Karate. In the United States the best-known Japanese tradition of healing with energy is called Reiki.

Hebrew texts describe this force as manna. In humans manna is said to have three levels, which also reflect three aspects of the soul - nefesh, ruah and neshamah.  In Hawaii, this energy is called mana and ka, and, as in India, cosmic ka at the level of the human body becomes transformed into more than one aspect: mana, mana mana and loa energy. Mana or Ka is used in healing and self-regulating practices. Masters of energy in Hawaii are called Kahunas.

In Latin American countries, shamans are working with an energy called sha. Shaman comes directly from the word "shams," which means "sun" in the ancient Egyptian, Hebrew and Arabic languages. The sun was worshiped in many ancient cultures as a bringer of energy to the Earth.

Modem names for this life energy include od or odyle (Karl von Reichenbach), orgon (Wilhelm Reich), bioenergy (Prof. Zdenek Rejdak of Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic). One more term -bioplasm --has been introduced in the former Soviet Union ever since Kirlian started to experiment with photography, an activity that is still continued by many scientists who research this topic.

Today's popular techniques, such as the polarity approach of Dr. Randolph Stone and the cranial-sacral work of Dr. John Upledger a methods based on the concept of energy flow and energy fields, are more and more frequently being offered in physician's offices. The Therapeutic Touch method, an energy work system developed by Professor Dolores Krieger and Quantum Touch by Bob Rasmusson are popular among nurses in the United States, as in many other countries. Bioenergy, already quite well known in Europe, is also spreading in the United States. The Far East's martial arts (the practice of movement and energy) such as aikido, tai chi, kung fu and karate, are known all over the world. Acupressure and massage shiatsu, both of which are based on the pressure of energy points on the body, are setting records of popularity in spas and beauty salons. Chi gong escaped the Chinese restrictions and now flourishes in both the East and in the West.

Should these approaches be regarded as medical practices? According to the contemporary definition of medical practice, the answer is no. Do they have therapeutic benefits? Judging by the results, they certainly do. Gradually, it is becoming obvious that conventional medicine is missing something here.

Holistic and vibrational medicine of the future will undoubtedly benefit from our experiences with such methods. In light of new discoveries, they are likely to be given a fresh interpretation which, unlike in the past, would not place them in the category of witchcraft or superstition.

For the purpose of clarity, the term energy medicine is not meant to refer to the branch of technical medicine associated with the physiological results produced in electrostatic, electromagnetic, magneo-static or acoustic fields, as they are used in electrocardiograms, encephalograms, ultrasounds, tomography, magnetic resonance images, x-rays and others. However, the mere fact that we use these equipment only confirms the existence of these fields.

Most contemporary physicists agree that there is only one basic form of energy in the universe, from which everything has emerged, and continues to emerge. This viewpoint, at least so far as the theory of fields relativity is concerned, is in full agreement with the occult way of looking at energy. The majority of scientists do not even want to touch the subject of spiritual energy, though many of them agree that the world we live in, from planets, stars and suns to solar systems and galaxies, is in a state of constant vibration. Furthermore, the Earth and all living beings on it, down to cellular levels, are in a similar state of vibration. This vibration indicates the energetic nature of the universe.

According to this understanding, every physical being, including humans, is also an energy being. It is apparent that many of our ancient civilizations knew this long ago. This systematic knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation in Tibet, China, India, and the entire Far East. As a valuable part of the tradition, this knowledge continues to be used and practiced today, as it gains popularity in other parts of the globe. There is no doubt that some of this expansion in recent years is due to the rapid development of scientific research indicating and validating the electromagnetic nature of life on Earth.

New research developments pertaining to the human brain, brain receptors, and brainwaves measured in different states of consciousness, are revealing the incredible potential of self-regulatory techniques, including self-healing. We have slowly begun to realize the great truth, which was erased during the reductionism era, that true healing of any ailment in most cases requires much more than just surgery or taking pills. We are learning to pay close attention to the whole body, even when a problem occurs only in one part of it. We are finding that keeping the body in motion, through exercising, walking, better breathing, and spending more time outdoors in nature, makes us feel better. We also realize that what we eat and how we eat has a great influence on our general health. We are taking vitamins and experimenting with minerals, occasional fasting, and a more balanced diet and weight loss programs. With this new approach we find that our entire body feels better, not just a part of it or a particular organ. We have finally begun to accept the simple fact that there is no separation between our organs and functions in other parts of the body. The body needs to be regarded and treated as a whole system, which is not complete unless we include its invisible components: our emotional, mental and spiritual levels. The idea that our emotions can "kill us or heal us," and that they can immensely influence our physical health, is no longer questionable. We also know beyond a doubt that our emotions are regulated by another invisible, though inseparable reality - our thoughts. Both our thoughts and intentions originate on the mental level. Intentions constitute the link between our mental and spiritual levels. The level of our consciousness determines the quality of our intentions, while at the same time our intentions and the actions that follow them reveal the level of our consciousness.

Our potential for self-healing, immeasurable and inexplicable by science until now, is definitely related to our higher, non-physical levels of functioning. Our will to be well and the decision to survive often prolong or even save our lives, despite dire statistics and medical prognoses. The representatives of allopathic medicine often witness cases of what are known as "spontaneous remissions" or "unexpected healings." In most such cases, these individuals prefer to hide behind a smoke screen of "misdiagnosis" rather than admit that something miraculous has taken place, for what the medicine they practice has no explanation to offer. Our ability of self-healing is rarely mentioned, and the possibility of being healed by a healer is still ridiculed by most traditional physicians. The concept of healing at a distance is considered especially laughable. It does not fit the old paradigm at all, but this scepticism is now being severely challenged by science itself.

What do we do with the results of research set up according to scientific criteria (e.g. the double blind), which shows positive changes in subject's health when a healer's presence is involved? A growing number of studies of this kind are producing some extremely provocative results. One of many such examples is a study published in The Western Journal of Medicine, Volume 169, number 5, in which healers sent energy Yatld prayers from a distance to advanced AIDS patients in the San Francisco bay area. These healers and patients never met or spoke with each other, even on the phone; yet, everyone had to admit that the difference between the control group and the others was striking.

Those who uphold the traditional Western approach to education would simply describe this outcome as a phenomenon, indicating that it is a one time, unexplainable event. It simply does not fit their paradigm. Members of any Far Eastern culture, on the other hand, would not be surprised by these results. They would recognize that energy had been transferred from a distance on the mental level in the form of prayer. In these traditions the correct flows of energy both inside and outside our bodies are considered indispensable attributes of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Persons interested in this subject should refer to four volumes on healing research, written by Dr. Daniel Benor. The hard evidence regarding numerous studies done on this subject, and the countries in which these studies were conducted, is already in print.

In the West, the recently emerging concept of holistic energy medicine or vibrational medicine is based on the assumption that a human being and its surrounding environment is composed of many forms of the same energy --from the very dense to the very subtle.  In a larger context, Bioenergy fits perfectly into this new model of medicine. It is a form of art, as medicine was at one time, that regards each human being as an individual and deals with the whole person rather than specific aliments. Just as an art, bioenergy is based on the vision, creativity and intuition. Although it has certain rules, it demands free thinking. It takes years of education and practice before an artist or a healer is recognized.

In the Chinese system of energy work called Chi Gong the flow of energy on internal and external levels can be sluggish, congested, weak or blocked, as a result of broken bones, injured or damaged joints, cut or damaged nerves, poor blood circulation, damaged or unclean skin, and so on. A diet that is overly acidic or alkaline (in Chinese terminology, too much yin or yang) can also contribute to the imbalance of energy.  We are also affected by stressful situations, when the nervous system is unable to deal with the stress level adequately, and electrical signals from the brain are interfering with the energy flow.

When the energy flow in the body is blocked, weak or congested, we are dealing with an incorrect flow of information.  As we know, neurotransmitters constantly supply information from the brain to each cell, and also carry information back from the cells to the brain. This constant "chattering" in the form of an exchange of information happening within our bodies occurs below the surface of conscious awareness and is biochemical and electrical in nature. Disturbances in one 'conduit' invariably lead to disturbances in another. If this situation continues longer, the entire information system becomes disturbed in the area where the problem occurs. Cells lose their ability to communicate with each other, as well as with their headquarters in the brain. Disturbances affecting the flow of information inside the body have the same effect as disturbances of information in any other organized system -the creation of chaos, which causes disintegration of the system. In this case chaos often manifests as illness. Thus, an illness can be caused by the disturbed flow of energy in the body.

The body ‘matrix’ can be thought of as a structure that is either liquid or crystalline.  Within this matrix, there are innumerable tiny tubules, running throughout the body. These tubules are collectively known as the cytoskeleton.  They are actually microfilaments that can be seen at the subcellular level and are part of a new emerging view of the body function in molecular biology.  The size of a microfilament is 4-6 nanometers (picture an average marble and note its size: a marble is to the Earth as a nanometer is to a meter). This microfilaments are in each of your cells: trafficking proteins to specific destinations, moving organelles throughout the cell in an orderly manner, and even transporting the mRNA molecules from the nucleus to specific areas for translation. It was traditionally thought that this group of microfilaments, or the cytoskeleton, only placed a small role in maintaining cell integrity, cell division, and cytoplasmic streaming, but recently scientists have begun to recognize that the cytoskeleton is also involved in cell signalling, metabolism, and molecular transport.

Ideally, the body is in a constant state of melting and reorganizing; this maintains its health.  Health problems in the form of energy blockages manifest as an inhibition of the flow through the cytoskeleton.  This can be caused by anything from an emotional situation to a physical injury.  Tension and / or stress are some of the major factors that inhibit this flow, causing compression in the body’s system.  The belief in medical circles now is that about 80 percent of all illness is stress related, and the newest research is starting to show that this number is closer to 95 percent.

Every therapist (massage practitioner, chiropractor, etc.) who touches the body with the intention to help is already involved in energy work, regardless of whether this is his desire, or even awareness. Don't we feel great after having a massage, which removes blocked energy from stiff joints, and helps to move it faster through the blood, nerves and skin? We can move more easily, we feel warm and relaxed, and our skin feels fresh. There is a great deal of evidence that massage was the foundation of preventive medicine in all ancient cultures. Descriptions have been found on papyruses, old drawings, ancient paintings and old medical books. Other important forms of ancient energy healing practices include aromatherapy (use of fragrant oils); hydrotherapy (bathing to cleanse the skin and enhance blood circulation); acupressure (pressing the ends of the nerves to free blocked energy); acupuncture (using needles to stimulate the energy flow through the nerves); energy practice (using chi, pneuma, prana etc.); and herbology, using herbs.

Since the above modalities were first practiced, medicine has developed tremendously, bringing innumerable new solutions and prolonging many lives. At the same time, the main focus has shifted from prevention to merely curing the symptoms. The development of chemical pharmacology has replaced the use of herbs and other natural methods. "Pill psychology" as a constant solution has replaced the search for the true source of the problem. The side effects and the toxicity of many drugs have been shown to produce adverse consequences. The development of narrow specializations leads to quicker diagnosis, but allows many specialists to forget that they are dealing with an entire human being and not just one organ in a patient's body. In extreme cases computers instead of physicians provide diagnoses and even treatment protocols, such as drugs, on the basis of statistics. In such cases a doctor requires only encyclopaedic medical knowledge and computer training. As a result, the role of the doctor is transformed from that of an artist to a mere craftsman, while the patient is "reduced" to a single organ or illness. Doesn't this sound like the final triumph of reductionism? The only problem is that no one is really happy, with the exception of large pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Many physicians complain that their work has become boring and overloaded with bureaucratic duties. In the meantime patients are frustrated by impersonal contacts with their doctors, who do not understand the multidimensional nature of each patient. With a constant rise in the cost of medical help and drugs, it is no wonder that an interest in alternative healing methods is on the rise which should more accurately be defined as complementary rather than alternative. A careful look reveals that all of these methods have been practiced in the past, although today they may have contemporary names. All have a common goal: to eliminate incorrect flows of energy in the body, thereby maintaining the correct flow of information in living systems in order to promote health and vitality. When practiced correctly they produce no side effects or toxic reactions – freeing the flow of information in the place where the original blockage occurred, without creating new sources of blockage.

Since energy medicine and people who have healing abilities are hot topics these days, a certain amount of confusion is unavoidable. The main problem in understanding these concepts is probably the lack of a proper vocabulary in Western languages to differentiate between levels of energy. Simply speaking, even the word "energy" itself is overused. It may refer to flows of vitality or life force through our physical body, the so-called "internal energy levels," or to the "external energy levels" of emotions, mind, intuition and spiritual awareness.

Much of our knowledge about energy as an essential life force comes from China, India and Tibet. The traditions of these regions base their medicine, psychology and understanding of human functions largely on energy systems. Indian and Tibetan traditions recognize the chakras, meaning spinning wheels in Sanskrit, as important energy centers located outside the physical body and connected energetically with certain body organs (mainly glands).

Whenever a person's energy is blocked, congested or weak, we are dealing with an incorrect flow of "information" throughout the system. Because neurotransmitters supply all the cells of the body·with information from the brain, and also carry information from the cells into the brain, the transmission of this information has biochemical as well as electrical characteristics.

The basis is an assumption that all living organisms, including humans, are surrounded by universal energy. While we are constantly bathed in this ocean of energy, at the same time every living object has its own individual energy blueprint. Every interaction between living beings includes an exchange of energy, whether we desire this or not, or are aware of it or not. We can learn much more about ourselves when we become more conscious of this entire process. 

The Etheric Body or Thermal Field

The first energy field beyond the physical body is called the etheric field (a Tibetan term) or the etheric body (according to the Hindu mystics). For most people this field is invisible.  The etheric body looks like an outline of a human physical body, radiating about two to three inches outward from it.

All living organisms on earth have an energy blueprint - the etheric body. The etheric body is often called the master builder, or the matrix of the physical body. Its structure resembles icy fern fronds painted on a window by the winter frost.

Each part of the physical body is strongly connected with its equivalent in the etheric body. There is an etheric liver, heart, etc. Even if a particular organ is removed from the physical body, the etheric replica of that organ still exists.

Many shamans in South America refer to the etheric body as the "double body" or "double physical," because it looks like an extra large replica of the physical body. The Aborigines in Australia have another name for the same field. They call it a "shadow body," a body that is inseparable from the physical form. Some scientists, such as Dr. Saxton Burr in his book, A Blueprint for Immortality, regard the etheric a pattern for the physical body. Our recently developed energy science often refers to this level as the thermal field, because it can be detected by infrared camera. This term can be found in contemporary books about energy medicine and was probably first introduced by a group of scientists from the Soviet Academy of Science in Moscow, who gave a very interesting statement several years ago about the radio-thermal radiation of human organs. According to this statement, there is a proof that every organ in the human body radiates on a different wavelength. Organs that are located close to the body's surface have a short wavelength of vibration, while organs that are located deeper inside the body have a longer wavelength. Computer image signals coming from different degrees of the body's depth were found to provide, in effect, a very interesting picture of the thermal field. However, the most interesting finding happened by 'accident' when someone drew a line connecting the ends of the rays of these vibrating organs. Can you guess what shape appeared? Exactly the same shape that had been described by yogis and others as the etheric body.

Regardless of which term we decide to use, whether it be the etheric body, thermal field, double body, shadow body, or blueprint or matrix of the physical body, all describe the glowing first layer of energy that surrounds and penetrates the body, including all original limbs and organs.

The Astral Body or Electromagnetic Field

The astral body (according to yogis and Hindu mystics), or the astral field (the term used in Tibet), surrounds the etheric body, often penetrating it. In Africa, South America and China, this body is called the emotional field. Some healers call it the aura (an ancient Greek term), while researchers refer to it as a low frequency electromagnetic field.

The astral level of energy is a subtler, more mobile field with a higher frequency than the etheric level. Aborigines call it the investigating field because it is curious, moves quickly and investigates everything and everyone around us. The astral field brings us warnings, confirmations and first impressions and is involved in every emotional situation in our lives. It assumes the perfect shape of a large cocoon only when we are able to master our emotions and keep them calm. That is why a reading on this field can be done correctly only when the subject is in a deep, emotionless and meditative state.

The ideal human astral body looks like a big eggshell or cocoon surrounding the physical and etheric body or like a dome when we sit with our legs crossed. Our emotions and strong desires can distort their shape and create imbalance, weakness and congestion in the chakras.

Physics tells us that every warm-blooded being, as well as every substance warmed to the Earth's temperature, becomes a source of electromagnetic radiation, with maximum intensity in the central part of the infrared spectrum. This means that every living human being creates his or her own electromagnetic field. We also learn from physics that every closed electrical current, even when weak, creates its own electromagnetic field. The ancient science of acupuncture, which after thousands of years of existence in China has finally been recognized in the West, instructs us about the energy flow through the physical body by means of the meridian system. We also know that diagnostic measurements such as the EKG and EEG are possible thanks to the existence of energy inside the body. Since this energy flows in closed currents, there is no doubt that we create an electromagnetic field. If we attempted to draw such a field only by using principles of physics, it would look like the shape of the astral body around our physical body. 

The Mental Body

The next body after the astral is known as the mental body and the main chakra on this level is called the "Third Eye." This term originated with Indian mystics, who for hundreds of years have recognized that this chakra has special functions in foreseeing the future, other intuitive processes, meditation and prayer. The yogis call this center the "ajna." For the ancient Egyptians it was "the door to the future," while the Tibetans called it "the gate to consciousness."

A most fascinating recent discovery related to the third eye and crown chakras was made in 1992 at the California Institute of Technology. In a new study conducted by geo-biologist, J. Kirschvink, it was found that the average human brain contains about seven billion microscopic magnets, weighing a total of one-millionth of an ounce. These tiny biological bar magnets are made from crystals of the iron mineral magnetite. The crystals are strongly magnetic, unlike other iron compounds in the body. For the scientific community, this discovery again raised the question of whether humans, like many animals, might have a magnetic navigational sense. It also raised the issue of whether electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, might increase the risk of certain cancers.

How could people from ancient cultures have known that the strongest energy within the human body and around it is located in the area of the brain? How did they discover that there are special centers in the brain, such as the pineal gland, that transfer energy between the brain and the higher mind? We know, for example, that the fourth century philosopher, Herophilus, called the pineal gland a "sphincter of thought." Descartes, who in his reductionist view of the world was also looking for a place in the brain where the mind was located, referred to the pineal gland as the "seat of the soul."

For quite a long time, western medicine did not recognize the pineal gland as having any particular importance. Recently, however, scientists are changing their minds, and finally admitting that the pineal gland may play the role of master gland in our system. It may even be the key to longevity. There is more and more evidence that pineal activity is regulated by changes in environmental lighting as well as the earth's electromagnetic field (Schumann Resonance).

In developing the third eye, we not only become more aware of the flows and fields of subtle energies, but we begin to realize that we are only small parts of a much greater whole, and that any sense of separation is just an illusion. We are one with the Universe. The mental level is the highest level of energy on which a human being can operate in order to help another. It is higher in frequency than the astral level, and much higher than the etheric level.

Healing is an art that assists in the restoration of health on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels by correcting energy flows.

Healing is a non-invasive method that may be performed for any illness, stress or injury as a healing practice that has no known side effects and is complementary to all other therapeutic practices.

Every single individual is capable of learning the art of energy practice to restore health and wellbeing to themselves and others.