The study of Eastern healing traditions all involve the understanding of an interplay of invisible forces. The heart of Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Feng Shui and Kung Fu cultivates this awareness into an art form.
Working with the life force, each Eastern tradition helps heal disease by balancing energy. Western medicine is beginning to embrace these ancient concepts. Western doctors are calling the incorporation of energy healing “energy medicines.” Like the tight buds in spring, our Western mind is slowly opening and acknowledging the intangible.
Patricia Smith is a registered nurse who has worked with field energy to recover from a disabling injury, cancer and depression. Through her achievements, she became a Qi Gong teacher, therapist and energy medicine healing practitioner. Patty Baker, L.Ac licensed acupuncturist, is a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. They will address the topic of energy medicine Thursday at Way of Life as part of the health lecture series.
Ben Franklin harnessed the invisible and we all enjoy its manifestation as light and heat. Electricity is no longer thought of as voodoo. Although invisible to our eyes, we feel its pulse when we turn on a light or hear the phone ring. We harness the forces of life when we use solar and wind power.
Life’s energy is seen as something other than our body. It animates the flesh. Youth, for example, is expressed as a jubilant out pouring of energy. And the loosing of the life force we call aging.
It is as if we perceive ourselves as empty pitchers filled to the brim with water at birth and with only a little remaining at the bottom at old age. We perceive our bodies as solid, and life symbolized as the water, other than ourselves.
Physicist Barbara Brennon, energy healer and author of “Hands of Light” (a guide to healing through the human energy field), explains that our perception of life has solidified. It is “our insistence on seeing ourselves as solid objects” that needs changing. We hold to this belief based on Newtonian physics.
Although this perception has changed in the scientific world, it is just now filtering into everyday perception. As the electromagnetic phenomenon is reaching public awareness, we are beginning to acknowledge and explore the field which holds the particles called field theory.
“It is time to stop invalidating our experience that lies outside of Newtonian way of thinking broaden our framework of reality,” Brennon explains.
Berrie Siegel MD author of “Love, Medicine and Miracles” agrees with Barbara Brennan. He explains that the concept she presents when applied to health is mind expanding.
“Her concepts of the role of disease plays and how healing is achieved certainly fits in with my experience,” he said.
Rather than hocus pocus, energy healing is simply a different orientation. Eastern traditions have worked from this orientation for over 5,000 years. Why then is it taking so long for our Western minds to blossom?
As the Eastern visionary and poet Rumi recommends in his poem “The Center of the Fire”: “Break your pitcher against a rock. We don’t need any longer to haul pieces of the ocean around.” Liz Koch, .santacruzsentinel.com