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in Relation to Science, Consciousness, and Health
By Gloria Alvino
The science and art of medicine that was initially one, and then split into two, are now approaching reunion. The healing science that became traditional medicine and alternate medicine is slowly becoming the healing sciences. The history of this topic is extensive -- extending back thousands of years.
5000 years ago, ancient spiritual
tradition of India
spoke of a universal source of all life. The energy called prana.
This universal energy is the breath of life moves through all forms to
give them life. Yogis work with this energy with breathing techniques,
meditation, and physical exercise to produce altered
states of consciousness and longevity
In fact, there are references made to the phenomenon of the human energy field (HEF) or the aura of the body, in 97 different cultures, according to John White in his book "Future Science."
The history of medicine similarly reflects a fascination with the observation of the HEF and its study. Back in 500 B.C., the Pythagoreans believed that there is a universal energy pervading all of nature. They taught that its light could effect cures in sick patients.
In the 1100's, Liebault said that humans have an energy that can react on someone else's energy, either at a distance or close by. According to Liebault, a person can have either an unhealthy or a healthy effect on someone else -- just by being present. The HEF of one person may be harmonious, or it maye be discordant with another. The HEF of one person may be nurturing, or it may be draining to the HEF of another.
In the 1800's, Mesmer, the father of modern hypnotism, suggested that a field similar to an electromagnetic field might exist around the human body. Mesmer suggested that the power of this electromagnetic field, which he believed behaved as a fluid, might also be able to exert influence on the field of another.
In the mid-1800's, Count Von Reichenbach spent
30 years experimenting with the human energy field, which he called the
field. He found that this field showed many properties
were similar to the electromagnetic field described by James
Clark Maxwell in the early 1880's. However, Von Reichenbach also
that with the odic force, like poles attract. In other words, like
like. In his work, "Physico-physiological Researches on the Dynamics of
Magnetism, Electricity, Heat, Light, Crystallization, and Chemism, In
Relation to Vital Force", printed in New York in 1851, Von Reichenbach
showed that electropositive elements gave his subjects feelings of
and that this produced unpleasant feelings. In the reverse,
elements produced cool and agreeable feelings.
2. MODERN STUDIES OF HEF
Walter Kilner - Interest in the HEF was
in the medical community in the 1900's. In 1911. Walter Kilner, M.D.,
St. Thomas Hospital in London, reported on seeing the HEF, or aura, as
he called it. Looking through glass screens stained with dicyanin dye,
he saw a glowing mist around the body in three distinct zones:
Semyon Davidovich Kirlian - In 1939 in Krasnodar, near the Black Sea in Russia, Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, an electrician, and his wife, Valentina Kirlian, a teacher and journalist, became fascinated by the sight of a tiny flash of light which ocurred between the electrodes of an electrotherapy machine and the skin of a patient. Other Russian scientists had also noted this energy, but ignored it. The equipment and procedures they finally developed were to record on film this luminous energy emanating from the physical body -- the HEF. They invented a new type of photography, and had more than fourteen patents. The original system photographed static images of fingers or leaves. Next, they developed a special optical instrument to observe the motion of this luminous phenomenon. Now they saw the hand as either flashing, sparkling, steadily glowing, or as diminishing particles of light. They also showed the difference in the HEF of a human being harboring a disease that had not yet manifested symptoms!
Radionics - Dr. George De La Warr & Dr. Ruth Drown built instruments to detect radiation from living tissues, and developed Radionics, a system of detection, diagnosis & healing from a distance, using the human energy field. They took photographs using the patient's hair as an antenna. These photographs showed internal diseases, like tumors and cysts inside the liver, and cancers within the brain. The study of Radionics continues today in England. Reference "Biomagnetism" and "Using Sound Waves To Probe Matter" by De La Warr in England 1965 and 1967.
HEF Microscopic Studies
Dr. Wilhelm Reich, colleague of Freud,
in the early
1900's, studied the universal energy field which he called "orgone"
in his 1942 book, "The Discovery of the Orgone." He studied the changes
or imbalances in the orgone flow in relation to physical and
disease. As a psychiatrist, he used traditional methods of analysis in
combination with methods of releasing these blockages of the orgone
or Qi as Easterners would call it.
Gustave Naessens - Another more current
to consider is the work of the French microbiologist, Gustave Naessens,
now continuing his research with his wife Francoise in Canada. In his
studies, Naessens observed in the blood, tiny particles too small to
with conventional microscopic equipment. He invented a microscope which
he called the somatascope. It has a magnification of 30,000 times, and
a resolution of 150 angstroms to study these particles of dancing light.
HEF Light Emissions Studies
Bio-Energetics - Dr. John Pierrakas and Eva Pierrakas have developed a system of diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders based on visual and pendulum-derived observations of the HEF. The information from these observations combined with body psychotherapeutic methods eventually developed into Bio-Energetics. The process called Core Energetics was delineated in a publication "The Core Energetics Process", in 1977. Dr. Pierrakas work suggests that the light emissions from the human body are closely related to health. There is a need to quantify these light emissions with reliable, standardized light measuring instruments to make this available to the medical profession for clinical diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Richard Dobrin, Dr. John Pierrakos, and Barbara Brennan -- published "Instrumental Measurements of the Human Energy Field" in 1978. They measured the light level of a wave length of around 350 nanometers in a darkroom before, during, and after there were people in that room. Results show a slight increase of light when people are in it. When someone feeling exhausted and full of despair was in the room, the light value actually fell. With a colorizer they were able to show part of the auric field, or the HEF, on black and white television.
Hiroshi Motoyama - has measured low light levels coming from people who have practiced yoga for many years. He did this with a movie camera in a darkroom. Also, he studied the strength of a sender's and a receiver's energy meridians before and after treatment. Most of the time, the sender's energy level dipped and then rose again. Also, the energy at the heart chakra of the sender or healer increased after treating a patient. Refer to his publication "The Functional Relationship Between Yoga Asanas and Acupuncture Meridians" 1979 for exercises that he has developed to impact on the HEF.
Dr. Valorie Hunt - and
colleagues at UCLA,
published "A Study of Structural Neuromuscular Energy Field and
Approaches", which is a study of the effects of Rolfing on the
and the psyche. She placed electrodes on the skin to record the low
signals from the body during rolfing sessions. Rosalyn Bruyere observed
the auras and recorded her observations of both the rolfer and the
Breyere's observations were recorded on the same tape as the electronic
data. She described the color, size, and energy movements of the
and auric clouds, or HEF, involved.
HEF Electromagnetic Field Studies
Dr. Robert Becker - of Upstate Medical School. mapped a complex electrical field on the body that was shaped like the body and the central nervous system. He named this field "The Direct Current Control System" in his publication of the same name in 1962. He found that this field changes shape and strength with physiological and psychological changes. Continuing his experiments through 1979, he found particles the size of electrons moving through this field.
Dr. Zheng Ronliang of Lanzhou University in China, in "Scientific Research of Qigong", measured the Qi radiated from the human body by using a biological detector made from a leaf vein connected to a photo quantum device. He studied the Qi emissions of a Qigong master, and the energy field emanations of a clairvoyant. The energy pulses emanating from the hands of the Qigong Master are very different in nature from that of the clairvoyants. At Shanghai Atomic Nuclear Institute of Academia, Sinica, it was shown that some vital force emanations from Qigong masters seem to have a very low frequency fluctuating carrier wave. Sometimes, Qi was detected as a micro particle flow with a particle size of 60 microns in diameter, and velocity of 20-50 cm/sec.
Dr. Dejan Rakovic and Gordana
- have conducted extensive experiments in Yugoslavia studying the
nature of consciousness. Dr. Vitaliano is now in Boston, where she
the Mindwaves' Institute. Dr. Vitaliano's primary research program is
Networks, Brain Waves, and Ionic Structures: A New Biophysical Model
Conscious Systems Processing.
HEF Bioplasma Studies
Russian scientists from the Bioinformation Institute of A. S. Popov All-Union Scientific and Technical Society of Radio Technology and Electrical Communications, began a crash program on extra-sensory perception in 1965. They started to use the methods of physicists with their experiments on telepathy. The scientists of this Popov group later announced the discovery that living organisms emit vibrations at a frequency of 300 to 2,000 nanometers. They called this energy the biofield, or bioplasma. They showed that the biofield was stronger when people were more successful at transferring their bioenergy. These findings were confirmed at the Medical Sciences Academy in Moscow, and are supported by research in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.
Since the 1950's, Dr. Victor
Kazakh University in Russia has also done extensive research in HEF. He
suggests the existence of a bioplasmic energy field composed of
free protons, and free electrons. He suggests that the
energy field is a fifth state of matter. (The four states are
liquids, gases, and plasma.) Inyushin's work shows that the bioplasmic
particles are constantly renewed by chemical processes in the cells and
are in constant motion. There is a balance of positive and negative
within the bioplasma that is relatively stable. A severe shift in this
balance causes a change in the health of the patients or organism. At
same time, in a healthy being, some of this energy or bioplasma is
into space. Refer to four of his works:
HEF Studies - Conclusion
Modern science tells us that the human
not just a physical structure made of molecules; but like
everything else, is composed of energy fields. We are constantly
ebbing, and flowing, just like the sea. Scientists are learning to
these subtle changes. The human energy field is the frontier for modern
research, and the development of new diagnostic and treatment systems.
People have recognized this phenomenon in
the past. Now
we are rediscovering it. This is thus not a new phenomenon; but rather,
a new observation, a growing awareness, a new perspective, and a
interest in studying the intricacies of the unknown.
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