Conscious Through Energy Medicine
"If triangles had a god, he would have three sides."
Charles de Montesquieu
Caroline Myss is a leader
in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness; she links the human energetic
system with the great wisdom traditions of the world in an attempt to fuse healing with
answering the big question of all time. Though expressed in seemingly unrelated formats,
all cultures have made reference to a force within the universe that grants humans the
capacity to attain healing while creating their own reality. How does this energy field
pertain to the orthodox medical field? Skeptics question the authenticity of energetics,
particularly in terms of healing as defined as a skill versus a result of the placebo
effect. Moreover, they establish that there is no concrete laboratory evidence that such energy or ability has ever been verified under
laboratory situations. Then again as
far back as the 1700s, Anton Mesmer believed there were magnetic fields in and
around the body that could be manipulated to induce health, yet quantum
physicists continue to deliberate the existence of an electromagnetic field generated by
the bodys processes. So if science cannot find it, is it invalid?
Myss refers to herself as
a medical intuitive that can see illnesses through intuitive means of reading the energy
system. The human energy system, also known as the chakra system, is the basis of Hinduism
and Buddhism traditions. The word chakra is
Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body.
Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the
spinal column. In addition the chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness,
archetypal elements, developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and
Divine energy flows through the seven data banks that are energetically located in our
biology: they store information, they store power and they manage power. Interpreting the
energetic system can provide information related to where one is investing ones
spirit and this in turn can enable healing which is paramount to consciousness and
self-awareness; and vise versa.
Myss believes that the
bodys seven energy centres of the Hinduism and Buddhism traditions have an equal
counterpart in Western traditions: the Seven Sacraments and the Judaic Tree of
Life from the Kabbala. The Seven Sacraments are rituals that began in
the Christian church that represent the taking of vows with heaven. The Powers of the
Tree of Life are the qualities within us that we are meant to develop; they mark the
passage of power points.
Symbolically, all traditions script the passage of the human journey of one level of
empowerment to the next with the forces living within our biological nature. If we
understand and live by this simple truth, there is a good chance our entire
spiritual/biological system would be balanced. The Sacraments, the Chakras, the Tree of
Life are all variations of names for the stages through which we progress in our
maturation toward becoming conscious. For what purpose have
we been born? We are born to manage power.
religions, shamans, yogis and new age spiritualists emphasize the power of prayer as an
instrument of attaining that which we desire. Christians pray for miracles, the
shaman communicates with the heavens, yogis meditate on their chakras, Native American
people ask for help and guidance from the grandfathers and new age icons such as Caroline
Myss tap into the Devine energy. Along the same lines, Dr Wayne Dyer teaches about the Power
of Intention, the force of energy that connects all. This divine energy that pulsates
through our seven energy centres is also believed to be a force of collective
consciousness, connecting everything. Dyer describes a force of energy that we can all
utilize to co-create our own reality. In other words intention is not something you do,
but rather a force, a field of energy that exists in the universe; we are part of that
energy. Dyer explains how he came to this insight after reading Carlos Castanedas
words: Intent is a force that exists in the universe. When sorcerers (those who live
of the Source) beckon intent, it comes to them and sets up the path for attainment, which
means that sorcerers always accomplish what they set out to do. More than 20
centuries ago Patanjali said: Dormant
forces, faculties and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person
by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. What is more, we create the reality we
believe in, which implies that it is in our best interest to become aware of our thoughts
and our beliefs, to be mindful instead of reactive, to choose a positive frame with which
to create with intention.
Intention is a force in the universe and
everything and everyone is connected to this invisible force.
Although the medical
community does not recognize the existence of the human energy field, it is not completely
ignored by medical practitioners. In the Holographic Universe, Talbot presents Dr.
Shafica Karagulla, a neurologist and psychiatrist, a sceptic who changed her mind after
encountering professionals in the medical field who demonstrated the ability of higher
sense perception, or HSP, the ability to see the human energy field. Using the aura
reading the energy fields - of their patients they were able to make
accurate medical diagnoses. Most kept their abilities a secret and were reluctant to come
forward because they feared it might damage their professional reputations. In her book,
Karagulla identifies her contacts by their first names only and claims they include famous
surgeons, professors of medicine, heads of departments in hospitals and physicians.
I was continually surprised to find out how many members of the medical profession
have HSP abilities, Talbot quotes her as saying. Most of them felt uneasy
about their gifts, but finding them useful in diagnosis, they used them. They came from
many parts of the country, and although they were unknown to each other, they all reported
similar types of experiences.
skill or merely belief? According to Joe Nickell, Senior Research Fellow with the
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP),
Myss provides no proof of her alleged abilities. She intuits, of course, her
intuitive power, offers only hearsay testimonials and anecdotal evidence as support.
He goes on to say: In
contrast to objective, scientific medicine, which continues to make important
breakthroughs in identifying and treating diseases, injuries, and other illnesses,
"energy medicine" is based on mysticism and pseudoscience. Furthermore,
the evidence holds that Myss is an advocate of untested therapies such as acupuncture,
acupressure, reflexology, simple massage, the biblical "laying on of hands",
"therapeutic touch", "talk therapy," crystal healing, herbal remedies,
homeopathy, meditation, and, of course, prayer; in other words mumbo-jumbo. Myss does not
provide any scientific experiments in support of alternative treatments; instead she is
merely offering the old feel-good remedies of "spirituality," the
power of positive thinking, and the placebo effect.
Matt Nisbet, writer for
the Council for Media Integrity Alert, agrees and insists that abilities such as
Mysss claims have never been verified under laboratory situations and he cautions
this will lead to misdiagnosis. Her success as a best selling author is the latest
symptom of a public infatuated with all things alternative, mystical and spiritual. It is
estimated that Americans spend $14 billion annually on health-related therapies that have
not been scientifically validated. As the market demand for unproven alternative healing
therapies grow, Americans are at increased risk of misdiagnosis and mistreatment. Myss's
philosophy is that Our lives are made up of a series of mysteries that we are meant
to explore but that are meant to remain unsolved. Such mystery-mongering naturally
leads to occult, mystical, and magical thinking. A more enlightened view would hold that
mysteries should neither be fostered nor suppressed, but rather should be carefully
investigated in hopes of solving them. Indeed, one can see the progress of civilization as
a series of solved mysteries. This is the attitude that led to the development of the
polio vaccine and the eradication of smallpox. Energy medicine can boast of no
complete scientific rejection, the concept of special biological fields within living
things remains deeply engraved in human thinking. It is now working its way into modern
health care systems, as non-scientific alternative therapies become increasingly popular.
From acupuncture to homeopathy and therapeutic touch, the claim is made that healing can
be brought about by the proper adjustment of a person's or animal's "bioenergetic
fields." This delusion has become so
ubiquitous that it is appearing in books and journals that claim to practice scientific
According to Victor
Stenger, in the June 1998 edition of the Skeptical Brief Newsletter, prominent
physicists of the nineteenth century, William Cookes and Oliver Lodge searched for the
psychic force associated with the mysterious powers of paranormal. Believing
that it might be connected with electromagnetic aether waves that had recently
been discovered, they put it to many tests. But they were unable to find anything and the aether was found not to exist..
Victor concluded saying, Holistic
bioenergetic fields are figments of the imagination.
Nevertheless, some physicists of the twentieth century seem to have a more humble
approach to science and realize that just because we havent found something
doesnt mean it isnt there, it just means we havent found it. Fred Alan
Wolf, PhD in Physics said of science: If you study science long enough and seriously
enough and dig deeply enough, if you dont come out feeling whacko about it, you
havent understood a thing.
To expand on this, Wolf uses the example of the electron conundrum; in other words, what
happens to them when they suddenly disappear:
seems to happen is that particles appear and disappear all the time so where do they go
when theyre not here? Now that question is tricky[
] [One answer is] they go
into an alternative universe where the people in that universe are asking that same
question about those particles when they come to our universe. They say, where did they
In conclusion, our
Western scientific world maintains there is no proof for the energetic system. From the
conventional scientific perspective, alternative healing therapies remain unproven. Acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, simple massage, the
biblical "laying on of hands", "therapeutic touch", "talk
therapy," crystal healing, herbal remedies, homeopathy, meditation, and, of course,
prayer are nothing more than figments of our imagination that work in the same way as the
Must everything be submitted to scientific methods to be valid? If people are
healing due to a placebo effect, does that invalidate the healing that is taking place?
Perhaps it was the illness that was invalid in the first place? If the desired results are
attained, does it really matter that it has not been proven scientifically? If there is a
system in place that heals people and helps
people to become more caring and less afraid of each other should we reduce it and discard
it because it does not stand up to the scientific method? Based on
fifteen years of research into energy medicine; Dr.Mysss work shows how every
illness corresponds to a pattern of emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs, and
attitudes that have influenced corresponding areas of the human body. By teaching you to
see your body and spirit in a new way, [alternative medicine] provides you with the tools
for spiritual maturity and physical wholeness that will change your life.
growing tendency to define ourselves by our wounds and consequently "burden and lose our physical and
spiritual energy and open ourselves to the risk of illness," it seems that she is doing
what we need more of in this world. Myss teaches us to detach from an ego-driven life
filled with quick fixes of happiness and step into a more authentic, joyful, and
spiritually fulfilling life. Ours is a world that has fragmented the person: religion,
spirituality, physical health and psychology have been treated as separate rather than
each being an integral part of the whole. Alternative medicines tend to embrace the
ancient ways of treating the person as a whole. Caroline Mysss seven stages of power
and healing not only embrace the person as a whole, they connect the teachings of all the
great wisdom traditions, symbolic of the stages of development towards consciousness in
the infiniteness of the multiverse.
us naturally to wonder do people
, are people affecting the world of reality that
they see. You bet ya they are. Every single one of us affects the reality that we see,
even if we try to hide from that and play victim. We all are doing it."
Fred Alan Wolf,
It is not a
matter of faith.
It is a matter of
THICH NHAT HANH
leaves a lot to the imagination