We are Energy Explained Rationally

I usually cringe when I hear someone say, “We are energy” and then go on a cosmic tangent based on a college acid trip or pure New Age fantasy. It’s not that I don’t agree with them about the first statement. I do. I just take exception to the flights of fancy and the conclusions drawn from them.

I was dubious when I saw the headline, Scientist Photographs the Soul Leaving the Body, but by the time I’d finished watching the 50 minute interview with Russian scientist Konstantin Korotkov, I felt renewed hope for mankind. I didn’t see any actual photographs of the soul leaving the body, but I learned about energy fields from a scientist’s point of view. Much of what he said validates what many of us believe about the energy fields around us, both positive and negative, but Korotov made it so much more accessible to those who may have been made sceptical by the self-serving claims of New Age gurus or the arguments of reductionist scientists.

In the second video below, an RT reporter interviews Korotkov. In it, he says if we can create the ability within ourselves to create love and positive emotions, these emotions can be transferred to others energetically. This ties in nicely with something he said in the longer video about the group mind (my term, not his), which is able to create enormous energy that can be used for good or for evil.

Korotov finds the proof for his theories in bio-electric photography, which I think is an extension of Kirlian photography. Check out the photograph of the leaf here. It looks pretty normal until you discover that the top of the leaf is missing on the “real” leaf, but its energy field appears on its Kirlian photograph.

Okay. We are energy. Duh. Now, what do we do about it? Well, spreading those love vibes (intention) is a start, but as I discovered when I learned an energy healing technique, before healing can effectively take place, the source of the illness has to be identified first. This isn’t always easy. Whether you’re focusing on an individual’s physical or emotional illness or an “illness” that threatens humanity as a whole, you have to become as objective as possible and explore beneath your personal or collective assumptions and prejudices. I discovered this when I was trying to uncover the source of a woman’s persistent rash. She was sure it stemmed from her divorce. Upon further investigation, it appeared to have stemmed from a problem she had with her eldest son she had not yet resolved because her love for him didn’t permit her to admit to herself that she harboured a resentment against him. When we uncovered that and went through a forgiveness process, her rash, which had resisted both conventional and alternative treatments for years, vanished overnight.

On a global scale, there are still millions of Americans who can’t face the fact that they are being lied to on a daily basis by their government. It’s been going on for decades and arguably since 1776, but, in my opinion, we’re in an end game scenario today and unless everyone wakes up fast, the cancer of greed, lust for power and corruption will spread so far and so fast, it will have devastating consequences for all humanity.

Another way to look at using energy positively is to substitute the word “truth” for love and “lies” for negative emotions like greed. It’s not hard to do. When you seek the truth, you are seeking the light. When you lie, you are attempting to either hide in darkness or manipulate others for selfish gain. Either way, a lie is a negative energy and hence an illness.

When I was learning energy healing, we learned to distinguish between truth and falsehood in the body using kinesiology. A false statement would weaken the arm while a true statement would strengthen it. The technique worked amazingly well on a one-on-one basis, but failed miserably when self-diagnosis or an attempt to uncover truths or falsehoods outside the immediate energetic fields of the practitioner and client was attempted.

We already have a great tool for uncovering the lies that are told to us by the media. It’s called reason. What we have to do is set aside our cultural conditioning and look for evidence that either confirms or denies what we’re being told. Then, when we uncover the truth, we need to share it. Sharing the truth strengthens the collective energy field and can lead to positive change. On the other hand, if we keep our knowledge to ourself and just pray or meditate for peace, our positive energy isn’t going to travel very far.

We are energy. What we do with our individual energy fields is up to us, but if there’s any meaning to life at all, it must be to reflect the love that’s the ultimate source of all our energy and resist the lies whose purpose is to rob us of our life force in order to nourish those who have turned their backs on the light and have no other source of nourishment. That’s how I see it, anyway, and that’s why I’ve written these words.

More on Energy Healing

In my last blog, Energy Healing: Why Does it Work? Why Doesn’t it Work?, I suggested a couple of reasons why I thought it might not work. While I didn’t exactly get a flood of comments here, I did get one very helpful comment on Google+ from someone who has a lot more experience than I. I’ll let Steven Hollifield speak for himself before I throw in my two cents worth:

As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine for 25+ years, I agree that it doesn’t always work. Some of the problem comes from faulty diagnosis, and faulty execution of the treatment by the practitioner. But, also, the patient has to have faith in the Dr. and His/Her treatment selection. This is part of the healing placebo effect that is mostly looked upon as a negative thing here in the West. In Tibetan Medicine, The Dr. prays to the Medicine Buddha. The Dr. becomes a manifestation of the Medicine Buddha in the patients eyes. So, all healing is manifested in the patient through the Medicine Buddha. The Dr. stays out of the way and has no ego involvement.

I’ve added the bold type in a few places because those are the issues I want to comment on.

I wouldn’t even write about energy healing if I hadn’t experienced it myself, both as a patient and as a practitioner, so what follows is experiential, not theoretical:

  1. In the class I took, the instructors started out by demonstrating how kinesiology (“muscle testing”) works. By the end of the evening, I was convinced that it worked. A simple muscle testing exercise was the diagnostic tool used in the technique. Without it, the practitioner would be flying blind.
  2. Next, we were taught a reasonably complicated set of statements to use to elicit positive (true) or negative (false) responses during muscle testing.
  3. Finally, when a correct diagnosis was reached, a precise verbal forgiveness procedure would elicit healing.

Okay, that was the ritual. As Steven pointed out, the patient has to have faith in the treatment. I doubted that at first, because the subjects I used for my case studies knew I was a rank amateur, but upon reflection, I remembered how a treatment session began. First I’d do a few muscle testings, just to tune in and to get the client tuned in. Then I would receive permission from the client via their muscle testing response. That’s important, because belief or non-belief is deeper than conscious awareness.

I’m just going to briefly touch on the placebo effect. In my opinion, we’ve been thoroughly brainwashed to believe it is a minor factor in healing and even that it only works on naive if not downright stupid people. Well, I for one have had to swallow my pride for thinking I was “above” the placebo effect and am grateful for it.

Now for “the Dr. stays out of the way and has no ego involvement.” One of my first big successes was in going through the procedure and restoring flexibility to a woman’s thumb that had been fixed in place for years after being twisted back in a swimming pool accident. Not exactly curing cancer, I know, but conventional doctors had given up on it. I’m as egotistical as they come, but I vividly remember placing my doubtful, even cynical self in a box in the back of my mind for the duration of the session. It was allowed to observe, but not to interfere. In other words, I was keeping my ego out of it.

On another occasion, when another student was working on me, we got right down to the core of the issue when her ego got involved and she started in on a diagnosis without getting verification from my body through muscle testing. I could feel the connection break as she turned to the observing students and expounded her personal theories.

Then there was the time I tried the procedure on a friend during a New Year’s Eve party, but I don’t want to go into that because it’s embarrassing. Suffice it to say, no “miraculous” healings occurred that evening, though we did have a good time.

So, I think Steve Hollifield hit the nail on the head. However, I’m convinced that you don’t need to be a conscious believer for energy healing to work and you don’t need to be an egoless saint to be an effective practitioner. The brilliant thing about muscle testing, when used correctly, is that it taps in to the body’s “knowing”, which can be diametrically opposed to your conscious belief system. As I demonstrated to myself, if you can find a way to put your ego on the back burner and focus on the technique, it can work. Hoping for a positive outcome, too, is a form of ego involvement, by the way, so the important thing is to follow the ritual, whatever it is, and don’t worry about whether it’s going to work or not.

One more thing: Kinesiology always seems to go awry when people get overexcited about it and do one or both of two things:

  1. Start self-testing. It’s very easy to fool yourself that way. I think it’s virtually impossible to successfully self-test, since there’s ego-involvement from the start.
  2. Use it to test the truth or falsehood of things outside of your own energetic body or the energetic body of your client.

These are subjects I’d like to go into at a later date, but I want to mention them now, just in case some readers google muscle testing or kinesiology and run across claims that you can muscle test to, for instance, determine if a politician is telling the truth.

Later I’ll go into some more specifics about the technique I’ve alluded to here, but that’s enough for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Energy Healing: Why Does it Work? Why Doesn’t it Work?

energy healingCall it Qi, call it Chi or call it Energy: whatever you want to call it, energy healing is a popular subject these days. Some swear by it, some debunk it and some hard sell it, but everyone seems to talk about it and many people dabble in it. A few even learn how to make it work.

My first introduction to energy healing that worked was in 2004, when I was in Bali. Every day when I walked from my guesthouse to the internet cafe, I passed a shop with a big sign outside that said, “Spiritual Healing.” There was an attention grabbing poster outside that showed the energy meridians as they’ve been mapped out in Traditional Chinese Medicine. As I hobbled past the shop each day, feeling depressed because my back was giving me trouble, my first thought was, “Bullshit.” It wasn’t that I didn’t believe it could work, it was because I firmly believed that any healer who hung out a shingle in a prominent location was a fake or incompetent. I still believe that – sort of.

Fortunately, one day I decided to set my prejudices aside and give the healer a try. The first three sessions could be explained away as having a basis in the physical sciences as we know them, but on the fourth session, I not only felt the healer draw negative energy out of my body, I saw it. That led me on a quest to find out how energy healing worked.

It’s a long story and one I want to tell at a later date, but after taking a series of classes, I learned how to do energy healing myself. For awhile, I was on a roll, but with all that’s transpired in the past 5 years, I seem to have lost my mojo. Why?

I think I’ve identified two reasons why energy healing might not work:

  1. Lack of focus: I came to this conclusion originally after learning a set of rituals or protocols that worked, but that I didn’t fully believe in. Healers in different cultures follow different sets of rituals, too, but come up with similar results. What the successful ones seem to have in common is focus when they’re working.
  2. Pride: That’s pride, not ego. “I want to save the world” is an egotistical statement, but that’s more or less what motivates healers to learn their craft. When you watch the video below, notice what happens when the second healer falls victim to pride and shows off his skills. They work, but they do harm instead of good.

I’m not going to argue my case for believing energy healing works. I’m convinced of it from personal experience. I know it doesn’t work, too and that’s what’s most interesting to me. I don’t buy the line that you have to be a “spiritual” person for it to work. I’m no more or less spiritual than a wart hog, but it worked for me. I believe it worked for me because, unlike most wart hogs, I’m able to focus my mind and energy occasionally on something besides food and sex.

I’d love to hear your take on energy healing. Just do me a favour: don’t tell me it can’t work. I won’t believe you, so you’ll be wasting your breath.

Natural Healing in Cambodia

When I came to Cambodia in 2006, it was hot on the heels of having discovered that things like energy healing and herbal medicine work. Since then, I’ve become so convinced of their efficacy, they no longer seem any more “miraculous” to me than my morning caffeine fix does.  Last week I wrote about a Cambodian Natural Cancer Cure. I’m happy to report that Sopheak’s auntie came over the other day smiling and happy and looking even better than she had the week before. Her skin was a little pale, but not yellow and her eyes were sparkling.

Some time ago, I reposted a story from an old blog on my Sihanoukville Journal. Called Surrealistic Pillow, it is the story of how a cousin was cured of multiple personality disorder or spirit possession (depending on your point of view). After having witnessed the incidents, I’m inclined to think the latter was a more accurate description of her condition. The young woman is fine now. She recently held a job at our local supermarket after having spent 2 years working in Malaysia as a nanny, where she learned to speak English. Previous to her “exorcism”, she had always been plagued by bouts of possession and had never been able to hold down a job.

The traditional healer at work

A few years ago, a young girl we took to the beach broke her arm when she fell off a coconut palm. At that time, we didn’t have a doctor in town who could set bones, so we anticipated a long trip to Phnom Penh. Someone had a better idea, though. They knew of a Thai natural healer who lived in the country outside of Sihanoukville. We drove there and within an hour, he had set the bone, wrapped her arm in a herbal mixture that relieved her pain and fashioned a splint. Her arm healed in record time.

Patient smiling minutes after having her broken arm set by traditional healer

Even I have had some success as an energy healing “practitioner.” One day I bought a strong chemical floor cleaner, which my wife’s mother enthusiastically applied to the floors. She got a horrible allergic reaction to it – so bad her eyes were swollen shut. I did a meridian tapping sequence that was meant for allergies and a little other “voodoo” and lo and behold, it worked! I repeated the sequence 3 times and each time the swelling and redness were incrementally lessened.

About a year ago a small packet of Oreos caught my eye in a local market. I took them home and sat down and enjoyed them with a cup of tea. About 15 minutes late, I got a horrendous case of stomach cramps followed by several severe bouts of diarrhoea. Instead of rushing me to the doctor, Sopheak rushed down the street and pulled some bark off a tree. She boiled the bark in water, carefully boiling down the liquid from 3 tall glasses to 1. I watched some of the process in agony and then had to prolong my agony while I waited for it to cool enough to drink. Dubious about its efficacy or taste, I finally took a tentative sip. It didn’t taste bad, so I took a long swallow. The instant the liquid hit my stomach, I felt relief. By the time I finished the glass, the stomach cramps and diarrhoea were gone. She made me drink two more glasses that evening and just before bed. Even though I felt fine, she said I had to get all the bad out of my stomach. Although I think the reason for the terrible reaction was probably because the Oreos were long out of date, I nearly puke when I see them now, which is probably a good thing.

I stopped riding my bike or even walking for about six months because it caused so much pain in my right knee. A doctor had convinced me that the only cure was to go to Vietnam and get surgery. I should have been suspicious, because some herbal tablets I had taken earlier worked “miraculously”, but unfortunately I was unable to replace them and the pain gradually worsened. Finally, about 3 months ago, I got a second opinion. I went to CT clinic and got an xray and blood tests done. The doctor said it was arthritis and asked me if I wanted to take a pharmaceutical medication. When I said no, he suggested I try glucosamine. My knee felt better within 3 days and I am back on my bike again.

I believe we have been conned by the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry our entire lives. I’m sure there are natural healing con artists out there, too, but the first thing we need to do is see through the more pervasive con of what some call the medical mafia. I recommend subscribing to the Health Ranger newsletter and reading some of Mike Adams’ articles. They are real eye openers.