by David Maginley
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man who thought a great deal, Said "Although pain isn't real,
When I sit on a pin and it punctures my skin I dislike what I
fancy I feel."
is pain? What is health? Is there a growing agreement between
healing as experienced in the spiritual and medical fields? The
research is extensive in this fascinating and controversial realm.
Through research, in fact, the scientists of our day are climbing
to the mountain top, to behold with new eyes what the mystics
have seen all along. I'd like to invite you to also climb to the
mountain top to explore the realms of scientific research and
spiritual healing. Perhaps you, too, will behold the exciting
vision of who you are with new eyes.
healing has been a fundamental aspect of all world religions.
It is a universal human potential which has found renewed interest
not in only in the religious field, but the medical as well. Reiki,
Qi Gong, Reflexology, Acupuncture, and Therapeutic Touch are all
expressions of the healing nature of life energy. It is Therapeutic
Touch that has found most acceptance in the medical field, not
so much because it is so effective, but because it is a nursing
modality, developed by Dr. Deloris Kreiger and Dora Kunz in 1975.
Krieger was a professor of Nursing in New York, and through her
pioneering efforts has influenced the path of nurse healing on
thousands of hospitals throughout the world. In the medical arena,
energy healing must stand up to rigorous scrutiny. Even under
this pressure, it is exciting to see developments. In order to
grasp the scientific basis of energy medicine, we have to shift
our understanding of reality itself.
touch (TT) is the most extensively researched complimentary healing
modality to date. Because it is a nursing technique, developed
by nurses for nurses, and because it is non-invasive, thereby
not needing the permission or consultation of attending physicians,
it has become the most widely used energy treatment in the world.
TT is part of standard training and medical care in England, and
most parts of Europe. While commonly used, it is not commonly
perspective of human beings has shifted in the last century. Most
of western medicine is based on the concept that human beings
are bio-mechanisms, that is, we are complex machines. This an
outgrowth of the Newtonian model of physics that sees the world
as a grand clockwork. Healing in this model is a bio-mechanical
intervention. The most simplistic of these, while not being simple,
is surgery. You go in and take out the bad stuff, (the tumor or
a blockage in the artery). This is not an easy procedure, but
it is simplistic in how it takes a carpentry approach. We've become
very sophisticated wherein we can replace kidneys, livers, hearts,
lungs. We're making replacement organs, lens implants, heart valves,
Dacron grafts. Quite a bevy of spare parts at our disposal. But
this is a rough, invasive approach.
healing operates on an energetic model, one that addresses consciousness,
before mechanics. Consciousness itself is a spiritual energy.
It pervades all the cells of the body. There are different levels
of consciousness, so we have to distinguish them. We have an inherent
cellular consciousness that is particular to the job it is to
do within the organ - a nerve cell, a fat cell, a muscle cell,
a liver cell. Going up, we have an organ consciousness, specific
to each organ. While a kidney cell is relatively stupid or limited,
the organ consciousness can orchestrate the subroutines within
the body, not just within the organ. It has the ability to network,
if you will, with the body. The heart is the organ credited most
powerfully with consciousness, and indeed research seems to show
it's real. The Institute of Heart Math is investigating the connection
between the heart and the brain, and they've discovered the heart
is in fact a separate seat of consciousness. There is an acoustic
link between the heart and the brain, standing acoustical waves,
electrical pathways strengthened during meditation. There really
is an influence of the heart on the immune functioning, and much
of this has to do with our centering on the heart and our ability
to express love.
interesting application of this awareness can be found at Columbia
University in New York. Dr. Menoit Oz allows Therapeutic Touch
practitioners to be present in heart transplants, in the OR, and
before hand with patients. They address the donor heart as if
it had its own specific level of consciousness, preparing it for
it's new home, and they found in such cased the risk of rejection
is significantly reduced, as is the need for immunosuppressant
drugs. Love itself is the most powerful energy of consciousness,
and carries with it its own intelligence and awareness of what
healing needs to be done.
we use this bio-informational model, as opposed to a bio-mechanical
model of the body, we can see disease as information distortion.
Just as we use a computer program to correct misinformation generated
by a virus on a hard drive, energy healing of illness may be purging
incorrect bio-information from the body and replacing it with
balanced or correct information. Homeopathy may be an example
of this, wherein a particular natural substance is purified and
diluted, then introduced to the body. It may be a process of removing
the gross molecular aspects and leaving only the information.
TT be a form of introducing bio-information, an energetic restructuring
of the body's life energy field? There's always been allot of
controversy on how it works, but the basic teaching is that its
a life energy transfer, like a battery getting a boost. It encourages
healing by reducing anxiety and stress, which inhibits the healing
process. In addition to just transferring this life energy, you
may be increasing Chi energy. Remember that this is a life force
all around us. In the Christian tradition, the apostle Paul expressed
to the Romans in the temple courtyard of their gods, in Acts 17:24-28
"The God who made the world and all that is in it, the Lord
of heaven and earth, does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human
hands, nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything.
Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.
He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface
of the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries
of their regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps
grope for him and find him, though indeed he is not far from any
one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being,'
as even some of your poets have said, ‘For we too are his
offspring.' This is energy that is not simply static, but restorative,
intelligent, even creative and loving.
is Love", instructs Jesus. And its interesting to note that
the effectiveness of a TT treatment depends more on the compassionate
intent of the practitioner than their beliefs, or even the beliefs
of the patient receiving treatment.
Cade in England conducted a fascinating study of the relationship
between healer and patient using a device called the Mind Mirror,
doing non contact TT. The mind mirror does a real-time E.G. power
spectra analysis. Lets say someone is in an Alpha brain wave in
meditation or healing, and the machine shows right and left hemisphere
brain waves simultaneously. Cade found those in a healing meditation
produce a brain wave never before seen in human beings before.
He called it a State 5 pattern (waves are usually Alpha, Beta,
Gamma and Delta). It wasn't just one peak of brain wave, but three
peaks, not only in the Alpha Theta range, but one in the very
slow Delta range and one in the rapid Beta range. This triple
curve has to date been found only to be dominant in master yogis
and those who are more continuously in deep meditation (the kind
where they seem able to endure extreme pain).
so interesting is that when the healer and patient are in the
process of TT, their brain wave rhythms sync up, a resonance also
of heart rate, synaptic rhythm, body rhythms, and breathing. One
of the areas of the synchronization is in the range of 7.8 cycles
per second, which interestingly enough is the dominant resonance
frequency of the Earth's magnetic field. It is the Schumann resonance.
Earth's field is not fixed, it is a background magnetic wave,
and we are tied into this magnetic field. It's a synchronizing
signal to all life on Earth that influences hibernation cycles,
migration navigation, plant growth... in fact, NASA found they
had to incorporate this resonance into the equipment on the Space
Shuttle to promote the health and well being of the astronauts
while they were outside the magnetic field generated from the
ionosphere to ground level. In healing, a frequency window opens
between a healer and patient, a Schumann resonance. When both
are oscillating their brain waves around the 7.8 cycles per second
there is maximal transfer of energy. Is the healer then acting
as a conduit for this subtle energy? Life force energy itself
has it's own frequency characteristics. These could ride on the
7.8 cycle carrier wave as higher harmonics which carry information,
bio-information, which stimulated the body's natural healing ability.
clearly shows that TT practitioners are able to raise hemoglobin
levels in their patients. This is to the amazement of oncologists
who have their patients on bone marrow suppressive chemotherapy
agents and hemoglobin levels keep rising instead of dropping as
they would expect. There's quite a bit of TT research going on
in Canadian hospitals to raise hemoglobin levels for bone marrow
example, in Effects of therapeutic touch on biochemical and mood
indicators in women, Lafreniere-KD; Mutus-B; Cameron-S; Tannous-M;
Giannotti-M; Abu-Zahra-H; Laukkanen-E, in the Journal-of-Alternative-and-Complementary-Medicine
(J-ALTERN-COMPLEMENT-MED) 1999 Aug; 5(4): 367-70 (12 ref), the
authors note: "Previous research has shown therapeutic touch
(TT) to be effective in reducing anxiety and discomfort and promoting
relaxation. The present investigation experimentally evaluated
the effects of TT on biochemical indicators and moods in a sample
of 41 healthy female volunteers. Participants were randomly assigned
to either an experimental group who received TT or to a control
group who did not receive TT. Pretest and posttest urine samples
were collected, and personality and mood inventories were administered
across three consecutive monthly sessions. Results indicated that
mood disturbance in the experimental group decreased significantly
over the course of the three sessions, while the control group
increased in mood disturbance over time. Specifically, experimental
group participants showed significant reductions in tension, confusion,
and anxiety and a significant increase in vigor across sessions.
Analyses of the biochemical data indicated that TT produced a
significant decrease in levels of nitric oxide in the experimental
group by the third TT session. The results of the present investigation
have important implications for reducing symptom distress in cancer
patients undergoing chemotherapy."
of the ways TT might to this is in the transfer of energy to the
kidneys, which filter poisons such as nitric oxide. The kidney
produces a hormone called arithropoetin, EPO, that has now been
created with recombinant DNA technology. The healing energy seems
to stimulate EPO, which stimulates kidney filtration and hemoglobin
production. Now hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the body,
has an iron atom at it's centre. Iron has magnetic properties.
If the life force is a subtle magnetic energy, it may increase
the life force carrying capacity of the blood, like holding a
of studies confirmed healing energy has similar qualities as high
frequency magnetic fields. It stimulated plant growth, accelerate
enzyme activity. Both magnetic fields and healing energy changed
the surface tension of water, stimulating hydrogen bonding. The
membrane is measured with infrared spectroscopy. One can also
take saturated copper chloride crystals and add it to water, and
the color of the water will change when it is treated by a healer
or intense magnetic fields.
when we measure magnetic fields during the experiments, we detect
nothing. The force needed to create these effects has to be 5000-10,000
times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field. This is likely
due to the fact that these instruments are designed in and the
observations made from the positive side of the space/time curve.
Now healing energy also has this negative entropy property. Enzymes
were damages with ultraviolet light, the DNA helixes would begin
to unwind. Yet healing energy resulted in the helixes recoiling
and then accelerating the enzyme production rate and emitting
bioluminescence in the infrared range.
itself seems to be an information emitter and receiver, using
light to communicate information to other helical coils and other
cells. We really are beings of light!
energy seems to have this inherent biological wisdom. It knows
what to do. It preferentially stimulates certain enzymes while
ignoring or inhibiting others, always to the effect of stimulating
the cell to carry out repairs and increase metabolism. So this
is really pure life energy that stimulates enzyme repair.
a healer, you also create ripple effects that affect the local
environment. One of the things the Heart Math institute looked
at were distinct difference in heart rate variability during different
emotional states. Those in a discordant agitated state of mind
produces an erratic signal. Those who maintain compassion in their
heart centre produced a sinusoidal frequency distribution that
is the same mathematical proportion as Phi, or the golden mean
proportion ratio, which is an interesting proportionality constant
in Renaissance architecture, the DNA helix, the most stable structures
of nature. They also found that when individuals held this love
energy in meditation, they could affect other field rhythms. Daniel
Winter, a researcher with Heart Math, actually hooked up a tree
outside the lab to a physiograph and was motoring the field rhythms.
Trees seem to act as an antenna for the local geomagnetic rhythms
of the earth as well. The person in the meditative healing state
of unconditional love would enter this sinusoidal heart rhythm,
and the tree outside would also enter the same rhythm. There was
an effect at a distance, a harmony.
healer working with TT may actually generate a re-patterning of
geometric and etheric fields around them. When healers work in
teams, the effects are exponential, not additive. Group meditation
classes in South Africa synchronized with a dramatic drop in crime
rate and the rate rose again when the conferences were over. Larry
Dossey has looked at group prayer, with patients who had heart
attacks. The groups that were prayed for had fewer complications
in need for respirators , medications, pulmonary edema... there
was a dramatic difference between the prayed for group and the
control group. This was a double blind experiment where the pray-ers
did not know the condition or location of the people, only their
names, and the patients did not know they were part of the experiment,
and the doctors is not know who was in what group. Prayer as an
act of conscious intention is an example of non local mind at
more information on medical studies and Therapeutic Touch, access
these online databases and input as your search criteria "Therapeutic
Touch". BioMedNet (http://research.bmn.com) will give you
access to multiple databases. A search on MedLine will yield 317
studies. 329 studies on Therapeutic Touch can be accessed in PubMed's
online database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov:80/entrez/query.fcgi?CMD=&DB=PubMed),
and over 800 studies are available through the CINAHL database
from 1982 to 2000.
visit ISSSEEM, The International Society for the Study of Subtle
Energies and Energy Medicine for the latest research in the area
of energy medicine by the world's leading scientists. Its an exciting
and wondrous vision we are beholding, a return to the mountain
top to realize what was within all along.
Maginley is a Lutheran minister serving in Lower Sackville at
Peace Lutheran Church, where he runs a Therapeutic Touch clinic
monthly, and incorporates it in the worship experience. David
is also the chaplain for the Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Center
in Halifax, on the hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant
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