“Energy Medicine Part 2: The Science of Self-Healing”May 10, 2020
3 questions to ask yourself during this ‘healing crisis’.
“All healing is first the healing of the energy of the heart.” adapted from Carl Townsend
As I covered in Part 1, energy medicine is a holistic health approach started by Donna Eden in the 1960s. Energy medicine focuses on aligning the body’s internal energy systems to control and promote the growth of organs, cells, and tissues.
Donna’s work has inspired many others, like Dr Beverly Rubik (PhD), who ultimately attracted me to the field. Dr Rubik takes a scientific approach to energy medicine, as she studies how the energetics of living systems impact their underlying biology.
More specifically, she is involved in biofield science, an emerging discipline that aims to explain what impact energy medicine and other healing practices have on our bodies from a biophysical perspective.
The term “biofield” was coined in 1992 by Dr Rubik along with a group of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners. Over the next three decades, biofield studies continued to gain momentum, as people recognized these other forms of healing can’t be ignored.
“As I understand the concept of qi (or ki, as it’s called in Japanese), it’s not just energy. It’s really intelligent energy, with consciousness attached to it.” Dr Beverly Rubik
In her Global Advances in Health and Medicine paper, Dr Rubik describes clearly how medicine is changing in the modern world. Conventional biomedicine is creating more space for integrative forms of healing, like energy medicine. Experts realize more and more that good health care is much more than solving isolated issues.
We are transitioning away from treating illnesses to treating people. And alternative forms of healing play a major role in helping us get there!
In her work, Dr Rubik has found that all living things do, in fact, have both internal and external biofields. Our biofields interact with and influence those of other organisms. We can also nourish our energy fields by eating well and drinking high-energy water.
Dr Rubik has opened my eyes to the unseen forces that impact our holistic health in tangible ways. Being “healthy” is much more than taking the right medications and addressing issues when they arise. It’s about investing in ourselves daily, recognizing that other people, circumstances, intention, and energies all contribute to wellness.
“Tai Chi & Qigong teaches us to connect with the body in a way that helps us experience the reality of our energetic being.” Gary Collins
I began practising qigong, an ancient Chinese exercise and healing system over 20 years ago, then discovered the multi-faceted nature of holistic health. Qigong engages mind, body, and spirit through coordinated movements and focused breathing. When practising qigong, the individual moves gracefully and effortlessly, always allowing energy to flow freely throughout the body.
Qigong, along with Tai Chi and yoga, is gaining attention in the medical field for its health benefits. All three of these active meditations have been shown, not only to increase muscle tone and flexibility, but also to enhance respiratory strength, vitality, and self-healing. Additionally, these ancient practices all emphasize the importance of managing energy, or “life force.”
It’s no surprise to me that these types of activities are becoming more relevant in modern culture! We recognize now that western medicine is incomplete when it speaks solely in molecular and chemical processes. And as depression, anxiety, and mental health issues arise during this crisis, it’s clear that medications are not the panacea we hoped they would be.
With that in mind, I wanted to share a few questions to help you evaluate your health.
“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature and the field, with an open mind.” adapted from Paracelsus
- What does being “healthy” mean to you?
First, I want you to think about how you define being “healthy.”
- Does being healthy simply mean you aren’t sick?
- Does your definition only encompass physical health?
- Does being healthy mean, you are the best version of yourself?
Reflecting on this question can help you sift through your beliefs about health and wellness. I want to encourage you all to believe that being healthy is much more than not being ill – it’s a state of optimal vitality for mind, body, and spirit that is attainable!
2. When you don’t feel well, what is your first response?
How we respond when we don’t feel well is a straightforward indicator of what we deem to be effective therapies. If your initial reaction is to run to the medicine cabinet or call a doctor, you likely lean heavily towards biomedical remedies.
If you resort to more natural solutions, like extended sleep, self-healing practices, and energy management, you trust more in the body’s ability to heal naturally.
While neither approach is wrong, it’s important to realize that both are necessary. Maintaining our holistic health often involves a combination of professional biomedicine and self-healing.
3. Do you practice holistic health?
For some of you, the concepts of holistic health and energy medicine may seem a bit foreign or perhaps even silly. Before you discount a major approach to healing, try a few simple exercises.
Spend some time meditating, focus on conscious breathing or learn Tai Chi and Qigong from me in the following weeks. Even these simple, low-commitment activities can yield positive results that will help you discover an entirely new way of thinking about your health!
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha
Be strong, healthy and clear in your next decisions about this COVID crisis. Let’s have a chat!