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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Mapping the Field of Subtle Energies and Biofields
This is a list of phenomena identifiable as connected to our consciousness and our light bodies in particular. Again, to put all this in perspective, our light body contains information that is many orders of magnitude greater than our physical bodies. Better it does command and control our physical bodies at the cellular level at least. Thus therapy becomes practical as this indicates.
I expect to report on each of these as well or at least plan to. Better yet do go out and experience this somehow so as to understand were it is presently at.
My own instincts inform me that much of what is here has been made far too complicated and not deliberately. The best approach is to proceed in two steps. First determine what is inducing the problem if that is possible at all. This can be done in conversation or even with diagnostic tools. Draw a conclusion and accept that you may be wrong. Then place your hands on the person and concentrate mind to mind on asking or even demanding that the light body undo the condition. I do not think we need expect anything else to work. The challenge will be to correctly identify the problem
Mapping the Field
of Subtle Energies and Biofields
Have you ever had a
Reiki session? Or practiced Qigong? These are examples of subtle
energy healing modalities. Laboratories around the world have
investigated the subjective experience of patients and healers that
transmission of energy, or righting of the body‟s energy field, is
involved in health and healing. Does such energy exist, and can we
measure it? Does it have a healing effect and if so, how it could be
used safely, effectively, and more frequently? From Reiki to Qigong
to Therapeutic Touch, most of these studies have been small and
completed in isolation, with limited funding. Because many of these
energy healing modalities and their proposed mechanisms of action
remain controversial, they are often excluded from online resources
and sets of “fact sheets,” even those dedicated to complementary
and alternative medicine, leaving the general public uninformed.
IONS, along with our esteemed collaborators, aims to change all that.
This past weekend, IONS scientists Dean Radin, Cassandra Vieten,
Arnaud DeLorme, and Garret Yount participated in an invitational
scholarly meeting hosted by IONS, The Samueli Institute, The Chopra
Foundation, and the Miraglo Foundation bringing together nearly 40
scientists from across the country who are experts in the science of
energy healing and biofields. The purpose of this meeting was to come
together to assess what we‟ve learned so far, determine what the
next steps are, and form collaborations and coalitions to advance the
field more strategically. A set of papers and some video will soon be
available from this meeting, and in the meantime, with generous
support from a private donor, we‟ve created a web resource titled
Mapping the Field of Subtle Energy Healing. This ground-breaking
online resource contains research reviews for more than 20 subtle
energy modalities. Each review gives background on the topic, details
the theory behind it, outlines the procedure or how it is performed,
and provides a review of the research that has been conducted on that
modality. This is something that patients, health professionals, and
other researchers can peruse to gain a better understanding of the
nature of these modalities and how they have been studied in a
scientific way. We hope you enjoy it, and welcome your feedback.
Speaking of biofields, this article from 2012 is some of the best
evidence yet that our minds can create changes in the field that
emanates from our bodies: Increased photon emission from the head
while imagining light in the dark is correlated with changes in
electroencephalographic power B.T. Dottaa, K.S. Sarokaa, M.A.
Persinger (Neuroscience Letters) Bókkon‟s hypothesis that photons
released from chemical processes within the brain produce biophysical
pictures during visual imagery has been supported experimentally.
Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication Demonstrated in Human Subjects
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (ScienceDaily.com) In a
first-of-its-kind study, an international team of neuroscientists and
robotics engineers has demonstrated the viability of direct
brain-to-brain communication in humans.
reference subtle energies (e.g. qi, chi, prana, etheric energy, mana,
fohat, orgone, odic force, life force, homeopathic resonance) that
are believed to underlie the workings of traditional healing
modalities. The existence of such energies is not included in today's
working scientific model, however, which explicitly accounts for just
four fundamental forces (strong and weak nuclear, electromagnetic,
and gravitational force) and neither includes an explanation for
subjective consciousness, nor any direct mental or conscious
influence on physical matter. Despite this disconnect, there is
growing acceptance of traditional healing modalities within the field
of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). While a large body
of literature exists investigating subtle energies and their effects
on health and well-being, integration of these findings into
real-world application in areas such as health care and education is
limited by a variable degree of scientific rigor in this work,
leading to a variable degree of confidence with which the results can
An important factor
impacting the quality of research in this field is the scarcity of
funding for research. The various agencies that fund health-related
research dedicate relatively few research dollars for studies of CAM
modalities compared to mainstream therapeutics. Moreover, studies of
subtle energies and energy healing modalities receive little or none
of the small portion of resources allotted for research on CAM
modalities in favor of CAM modalities for which there is a plausible
mechanism of action that could be attributed to energies described
within the current working scientific model. A robust literature
supports the efficacy of acupuncture, for example. Acupuncture
originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is based on a
theory that needling can physically influence the flow of qi in the
body. Despite this esoteric basis, acupuncture researchers enjoy a
privileged status for potential research funding because of
mainstream explanations such as the “endorphin hypothesis,” which
has been espoused as one of the mechanisms of action of acupuncture.
According to this hypothesis, needling affects cerebrospinal fluid
levels of morphine-like substances originating from within the body.
The modalities included in this web resource do not enjoy this
privileged status regarding research funding. Thus, the variable
degree of scientific rigor in this field must be considered in this
students, or patients who intend to investigate the scientific
evidence supporting subtle energies and energy healing modalities are
faced with an overwhelming task of searching and sorting through
articles, often from obscure and hard-to-find journals. A few
position papers do exist regarding these modalities but they tend to
be limited to one researcher's individual work, written from a biased
perspective, and even accompany the sales of subtle energies
products. The goal of this web resource is to remedy the situation by
providing a “lay of the land” from a neutral stance. A brief
overview of each of the major subtle energies and energy healing
modalities is provided, written from a critical outsider's
This web resource
serves as a selective literature review, highlighting the subtle
energies and energy healing modalities that have been evaluated
experimentally. Each overview comprising the resource presents a
brief description of a particular therapeutic modality or group of
modalities, including background on the origins of the modalities for
readers completely unfamiliar with them. The overviews also include a
summary of the theories that have been put forth to explain the
mechanism of action underlying the purported efficacy of each
modality. Additionally, a description of the procedures that healers
undergo when administering the treatments are presented in
layperson‟s language. Finally, results of published scientific
reports on each modality are summarized such that readers can get a
sense of the current state of the research. A bibliography is
included for the reports summarized. Readers interested in exploring
beyond the selective literature reviews are referred to a listing of
major references in the field provided by the Association for
Comprehensive Energy Psychology.
It is intended that
this resource will assist patients and health professionals to
navigate the vast field of subtle energies and energy healing
modalities for use in their personal and professional endeavors.
Additionally, the hope is that the collection of overviews will
stimulate organization and cooperation among investigators doing
research in this field. As such, the resource aims to serve as a
strategic tool for further research and hypothesis formation.
We would like to
acknowledge Richard A. Krieger, MD, FACC for supporting this project.
A brief exposure
therapy with both a somatic and cognitive elements (Church et. al,
2013), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a psychotherapeutic tool
used with the goal of relieving a variety of psychological conditions
and/or somatic symptoms (Brattberg 2008). EFT treatment can be
administered by a therapist and also taught to individuals for later
self-administration (Salas et al., 2011). Read more...
Healing Touch (HT), a
nurse-initiated biofield modality developed in the early 1980s by
Janet Mentgen, aims at balancing energy systems in the body to
initiate or accelerate the self-healing process (Hardwick, Pulido, &
Adelson, 2012; Hover-Kramer, 2002;
During her 43-year emergency and home nursing career, Janet Mentgen
(1938–2005) noticed the powerful therapeutic effects a
compassionate presence can have on critically ill patients. Through
the development of the HT program, Mentgen sought to deepen the
connection between nurses and patients, acknowledging the ability of
a caring presence to prompt another body‟s capacity to heal itself.
National data from the
General Social Survey‟s analysis from 1972 to 2006 indicates that
up to 97% of Americans pray, with some 57% reporting that they pray
at least once a day (General Social Survey, 2008). The act of praying
for the welfare of others is termed “intercessory prayer” in the
scientific literature, a term which specifies that such prayers serve
as an intercession with God's will on the behalf of others. This term
typically denotes distant healing studies conducted with prayer
agents of a Christian faith. It is important to note that different
sects within Christianity espouse different beliefs concerning the
nature of prayer, God's will, and which living creatures are worthy
of receiving benevolent attention from God (Lesniak, 2006); this must
be considered in the design of distant healing experiments. Read
The Gale Encyclopedia
of Mental Health (2012) defines Johrei (pronounced Jo-ray) as a form
of energy therapy in which a practitioner‟s channeling of spiritual
energy raises the spiritual vibrations of patients, healing them of
accumulated toxins in their physical bodies. Johrei can also be
practiced as part of daily family routines for good health and
well-being, with each individual taking turns as practitioner and
recipient (Clarke, 2000). Read more...
Laying on of
(TT) is an energy based holistic healing practice developed in the
1970s by Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., RN, a professor at New York
University‟s Division of Nursing, and Dora Kunz, an alternative
healer and psychic. (Krieger, 1979). TT is a contemporary
interpretation of Laying on of Hands (LH) outside of any particular
LH, also called imposition of hands, originated from a religious
ritual act in which a priest or other religious head would place his
palms on the top of another‟s head while reciting a prayer or
blessing. TT is a variation of this practice. Read more...
Magnet Therapy is an
alternative medicine practice in which practitioners use static
magnets on certain parts of the body to promote health and healing.
The effects of energy forces and magnetism have been studied by many
cultures dating back as early as the Roman and Greek Empires. In
addition, within the Traditional Chinese Medicine model it is
believed that qi, the energy innate in all living things, can be
affected by magnet therapy. Read more...
Based in an energetic
model, Polarity Therapy (PT) involves a holistic framework of healing
that includes an attention to lifestyle choices (i.e. diet and
exercise) as well as bodywork techniques administered by a
practitioner (Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2011). PT practitioners
aim to release blockages of life energy and to restore balance and
reinvigorate the flow of this energy within the human body, the
process of which purports to bring about relaxation, healing and
overall well-being (Roscoe, Matteson, et al. 2005). Read more...
Pranic healing (PH) is
a type of energy healing classified as “non-touch healing” that
manipulates subtle life-energy, or “prana,” in order to benefit
physical health (Tsuchiya, Motoyama, 2009). The term “prana” is a
Sanskrit word meaning a usually invisible yet vital energy that
permeates all living things (Tsuchiya, Motoyama, 2009). Synonymous
with “qi” from Traditional Chinese Medicine, the word is derived
from “pra” and “an” which mean “forth” and “ to
breathe,” respectively (Landsdowne, 1986). Read more...
The word qi is often
translated as “vital energy” and gong as “training” (Wu et
al., 1999) or “discipline” (Chan et al., 2012). Considered a form
of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), qigong is a system of
techniques to influence or cultivate the flow of qi within the body
in order to attain and/or maintain mental and physical health. Read
Quantum Touch (QT) is
a method of hands-on healing, initially developed in the late 1970s,
purported to stimulate the body‟s capacity to heal itself.
Practitioners claim that through the use of light touching, breathing
techniques, and body awareness meditations they are able to influence
the “life-force” (sometimes called qi) of the body, which
facilitates self-healing in patients (Walton, 2011). Read more...
(RH) was established by Dr. Eric Pearl, a chiropractor, in 1993.
According to Dr. Pearl, he had an ability to connect with energy and
work with it to heal people (Pearl, 2002). His technique involved
aligning the energetic field of a patient without any physical
contact. RH practitioners claim that the technique physically heals
the patient in addition to balancing emotional and mental states
(Pearl, 2002). Read more...
of applying pressure to different areas of the feet, hands and ears
to relieve pain and stress in the body (Kannathal, et. al. 2004).
Although methods overlap with massage, reflexology focuses on
stimulating precise nerve endings that correlate with internal
organs, glands and muscles (Lakasing, 2010; Kannathal, et. al. 2004).
Even though many
varying schools of Reiki exist, they all ascribe to the idea that
Reiki healing involves a transfer of a universal energy or life force
mediated by one sentient being to another (Glesner, 2002). This
ancient Tibetan practice (VanderVaart, Gijsen, de Wildt, & Koren,
2009; Vitale, 2007), reintroduced by Mikao Usui in the 20th century
and first expanded to the Western World by Hawayo Takata by the 1970s
(Glesner, 2002), is currently classified by The National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine as an energy medicine, and
explicitly as a biofield therapy (Lee, Pittler, & Ernst, 2008).
Since its development
as a therapy in Australia over 40,000 years ago, sound healing has
been used in nearly every culture to aid in the treatment of both
mental and physical illnesses and injuries, as well as to assist
individuals in the dying process (Gaynor, 1999; Halstead &
Roscoe, 2002). Though originally performed using only the yidaki, or
didgeridoo, sound healing now involves a wide array of instruments
(e.g., tuning forks, crystal bowls, drums, ultrasonic devices) as
well as human and animal vocalizations. Read more...
Spiritual and psychic
healing can be defined as purposeful intervention by one or more
people to help another living being/organism/system improve their
condition in a direct way (Jonas & Crawford, 2003). Spiritual
healing can also be understood as the personal experience of
transcending suffering (Egnew, 2005; Yawar, 2001). Shamanic healing
is a group of techniques utilised by practitioners who access the
help of spirits to heal members of their group (Krippner, 2000) and
is less „direct‟ than spiritual or psychic healing, despite
homogenous aims or outcomes. Read more...
The Tapas Acupressure
Technique (TAT), developed by acupuncturist Tapas Fleming in the late
20th century, is almost always self-administered and involves
applying pressure to various points on one‟s body while directing
one‟s thoughts to past physical, emotional, or ancestral traumas
that require healing (Elder et al., 2012; Honda et al., 2012). Read
Thought Field Therapy
(TFT) is a form of self-administered psychotherapy that uses a
combination of physical stimulation–usually a specifically ordered
range of tapping movements– of acupuncture points in conjunction
with a focused attunement to specific psychological symptoms and/or
psychological trauma (i.e. traumatic memories) (Connolly, Sakai, &
Oas, 2010). As a whole, TFT involves an integration of methods
drawing on psychology, acupuncture and applied kinesiology
(Schoninger, 2004). Read more...
Vortex Healing (VH)
can be described as a healing art and an awakening path that
transcends the domain of ego through an integrative process (“Vortex
Healing,” 2014). In VH, the term vortex refers to an energetic
structure that functions as an interface between the physical world
and a divine realm that contains pure healing energy. Read more...