By Emily Matweow
Traditional Chinese medicine was first documented in 100 BC, but was known to exist even earlier. Chinese doctors viewed the body as an “energy system”. Their science of life therefore became the study of how energy flows in the body. When there was no energy flowing, they said that the body was dead.
When the energy flow became blocked or imbalanced, specific sorts of physical or emotional conditions appeared (which Western doctors call “symptoms” or “diseases”). In such a situation, Chinese doctors performed an energy intervention aimed at removing the blockages to proper energy flow and/or balancing one’s energy flow. To do this, they often inserted small needles at certain energy flow points. The needles provided either negatively charged, or positively charged, energy (yin or yang energy) to that point. In addition, the physician often prescribed specific herbs or foods to be ingested, based upon their yin or yang nature, to further balance the energies. When successful, the physical and/or emotional ailments (the original signs of imbalance) disappeared. The patient was said to be “healed”.
As the Chinese philosophy of medicine spread throughout Asia, its applications became modified by the cultures it came in contact with. For example, in Japan, the Chinese energy flow points in some cases were massaged by hand instead of inserting needles (called “shiatsu”).
Through the ages many different forms of energy healing have evolved.
Energy Healers in North America
Modern day energy healers come from a wide range of disciplines, utilizing many healing modalities. Traditional Western medicine politely refers to these approaches to healing as “complimentary medicine”, thereby conferring a vague plausibility to both the modality and the practitioner.
In all fairness, Western medicine’s approach to studying the science of life by dissecting cadavers (dead bodies – no energy flowing) makes them great “mechanics”. However, it has made it impossible for them to see the same flow of life energy that Chinese medicine is based upon, making western doctors poor “electricians”.
Can we expect a traditional western doctor (mechanic) to refer a patient to an energy worker (electrician)? Maybe, but highly unlikely, simply because mechanics have not been trained to recognize conditions that are best treated by an energy intervention. Will an energy worker refer a client to a mechanic? Probably, only because they know the limits of what their specific energy modality can accomplish. They also know what mechanics are capable of.
Frustration and disappointment can occur if one goes to a mechanic to solve an electrical problem, or goes to an electrician to solve a mechanical problem.
In such an environment, it would be most beneficial for individuals to take more “personal responsibility” for their own health and well-being. Just like eating a clean diet and getting regular exercise is necessary to maintain the physical body, it is equally important to have a regular program to maintain the health of one’s energy body.
How the Energy Body Impacts Physical Body Health
There are several aspects to our energy bodies. You may have heard about our body’s “aura”, “cellular vibration” frequencies, astral body, “mind” or “consciousness”, “soul”, etc. It takes varying amounts of skill to interact with the different aspects of our energy body. The simplest of these various aspects of our energy bodies to work with that has the most immediate impact on the physical body is the seven “chakras”. These seven energy centers are arranged vertically in the middle of our body, starting with the tailbone area and proceeding upwards to the top of the head. Each chakra vibrates at their own frequency, generating a unique color – red (at the bottom), orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet (at the top).
When the vibration frequency of a particular chakra slips from the range it is to normally operate in, dysfunction and dis-ease appear. Imagine the chakra as a light bulb being on a dimmer switch. As the energy lessens, the light bulb shines less brightly. Those physical body areas related to the dimming chakra energy start to “dim” as well. We use the word “degeneration”. Another word we use for the same phenomenon is “aging”.
When we turn up the energy on a dimmed chakra light bulb, then more light shines on those parts of the body that previously were deprived of that energy. Whatever degeneration was underway, now stops and goes back to normal (i.e. reverses the degeneration process). You could call it “anti-aging”, which could also mean slowing down the rate of aging). Or you could call it “rejuvenation”, which means there is an apparent reversal of the look of aging because the area is being “repaired” or “restored” to how it was before the chakra energy was dimmed.
Chakra frequencies can be slowed-down or sped-up. The chakra’s otherwise smoothly cycling energy could become disrupted and start wobbling on its axis. Whatever the source of the disruption, the result is always the same – a degeneration of our physical body manifesting as pre-mature, age-related ailments.
About Emily Matweow
I believe people have the ability to reach a place where all things are possible.
A place where becoming the best you were designed to be means letting go and embodying the everyday magic that is your birthright.
My own magical transformation came suddenly, in 1990, when I was diagnosed with an incurable disease and told I’d be hearing and vision impaired – lucky if only a paraplegic. Today, I’m an avid deep-water photographer, a classically trained pianist, I engage in competitive Latin dancing, and amongst other things, am getting better with each canvas I paint!
I’m living proof that what others said was impossible for me – was not true.
My journey to wellness evoked a deep desire to help people have profound healing experiences. I have committed my life to helping people break-through their healing crises and their limiting beliefs to live the full potential of their lives.