Energy medicine is far more than a system for healing people.

The Concept

Dramatic shifts in medicine and healing are happening all around us now.  Our society has shown respect for the holistic movement and energetic medicine by its growing interest in learning more about this field and choosing to engage in alternative healing methods for diseases.


When we look at ourselves these days, it seems unwise not to acknowledge that we are residing in an age when the energetics not just of the body but of all of life our reshaping our world.  The electronic age represents our coming to rely upon energetic rather than vocal or written communication.  We are moving at a pace that is racing to keep up with the speed of thought – and thought drives the human body.  Energetic medicine recognizes the power of our thoughts and of this world we are now residing in.


Your energy body is the subtle counterpart of your physical body, and it is more responsive than your physical body to many kinds of influences.  Because the energy body holds the blueprint of the physical body’s health, it is the focus of energy medicine.  Treatments that affect your energy body reverberate throughout your entire system.


Balance is a pivotal concept within energy medicine, just as homeostasis is a pivotal concept within biology.  All systems move toward an energetic balance, a state of internal stability and harmony with other energies.  At the same time, every expenditure of effort and every interaction with the environment upsets this balance.  You are always moving toward balance and always disturbing that balance in living and adapting.  When one of your body’s energy systems is chronically out of balance, or when several systems are not in harmony with one another, your body does not work as well.  Your energy body is always adjusting the energies available to it to restore its balance.  Everyone’s energy field shifts from one moment to another.  Several facts of modern life make it more difficult than perhaps ever before in history for your body to maintain the energetic balances that best preserve and nurture it, ranging from our multiple and highly refined psychological stresses to our immersion in polluted air, processed foods, and artificial electromagnetic energy.  Balance them by dissolving energies that are stagnant, boosting those that are faint, and dispersing or sedating those that are excessive.


Energy medicine is the best term I know for describing the growing number of approaches where an understanding of the body as a system of energies is being applied for promoting healing, health, and well-being.  Energy medicine is the art and science of fostering physical, psychological, and spiritual health and vitality.  It combines a rational knowledge and intuitive understanding of the energies in the body and in the environment.  The Cherokee call anything that is healing “medicine”.  I began to realize that it is wrong for Western doctors to have the patent on the word “medicine”.


Energy medicine is safe, natural, and accessible, and it is beginning to change the face of healthcare.  According to Richard Gerber, M.D.: “The ultimate approach to healing will be to remove the abnormalities at the subtle-energy level which led to the manifestation of illness in the first place.”  Norm Shealy, M.D., founding president of the American Holistic Medical Association, has flatly stated that “energy medicine is the future of all medicine.”  This emerging approach is actually both contemporary and ancient.  According to Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel laureate in Medicine: “In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.”


The return of energy medicine is one of the most significant cultural developments of the day, for the return of energy medicine is a return to personal authority for health care, a return to the legacy of our ancestors in harmonizing with the forces of nature, and a return to practices that are natural, friendly, and familiar to the body, mind, and soul.  Although still a fringe area within medicine (even impressive research has generally not yet been reported in mainstream medical journals), energy medicine has reached a healthy scientific adolescence.  Its rite of passage into American medicine occurred in 1992 when the National Institutes of Health established the Office of Alternative Medicine.


The nine energy systems include: the meridians, the chakra, the aura, the electrics, the Celtic Weave, the basic grid, the five rhythms, the triple warmer, and radiant circuit.  These energies form the foundation of your health.  They are the body’s fuel and its atmosphere.  The techniques of energy medicine are gentler, more organic, less intrusive, and they lend themselves to back-home use rather than being confined to the treatment setting.  You will be focusing on ways of meeting your body’s inevitable illnesses more effectively, relieving pain, and creating external and internal energy fields that optimize your health and happiness.  Self-care techniques are particularly important in energy medicine.  While a powerful healer can on occasion effect a one-session cure, a good energy session almost invariably begins a process that requires ongoing support for a time if long standing patterns are to be corrected.


While our culture does little to help us look more closely, energy really is all there is.  Even matter, as Einstein’s elegant formula shows, is congealed energy.  When you watch a log burning in a fireplace, you are seeing the congealed energy that is the log transform into the roaring energy that is the flame.  The flame could then be transformed into mechanical energy, where it might propel a locomotive or run a generator.  That generator might, in turn, produce electrical energy.  Perhaps, as Einstein believed, there is only a single energy, “a unified field,” but if so, it has countless faces.


Your energies are, in fact, so distinctive, and they so potently regulate your physical body, that you begin to look like your energy body just as surely as two people who share a life for fifty years sometimes begin to resemble each other.  As your energy field pulses through your body, it gradually adds its complexion to the physical structure that was determined by your genes.  Matter follows energy.  If you want to age well, energy well.  Your body’s health reflects the health, integrity, and flow in your energy body.  Keeping your energy body vibrant keeps your physical body vibrant.