Vitruvian Man, by Leonardo da Vinci
The Energetic Healing Modality
Writer, poet, astrologer and wise woman Emily Jane Weston has been investigating the world of energetic healing, especially through the method of applied kinesiology. She has given us a good overview of what kinesiology is, examining the mind-body connection and discussing the concepts of emotional detoxification and cellular memory along the way. This is a good introduction to some of the ideas that underly the subject and underpin our own work with energetic healing modalities.
Kinesiology is an energetic modality that uses muscle monitoring to determine imbalances in the body and its meridians [active subtle energy channels – ed.]. Using feedback from the muscle test, these imbalances are corrected through techniques with origins in a range of modalities: from Chiropractice to Traditional Chinese Medicine to Homeopathy to Acupuncture.
Over a few sessions the kinesiologist will help the client identify a series of goals. These might be aided by reinforcements such as: nutritional supplements, stress release techniques, Bach Flower remedies, acupressure, chakra balancing, light touch, firm reflex massage, suggested lifestyle changes and more.
The kinesiology balance or correction the client receives depends on the feedback from the muscle test. So in a sense, the client's body tells the kinesiologist what it needs to return to a state of health.
So, what really happens during a session? Being in the position of the client can be a unique experience. Strange emotions can come over you when you are being treated. I have been susceptible to random uncontrollable laughter and moments of extreme grief whilst on the massage table. While your energy is being balanced you are not simply thinking of a time of stress – you are energetically there.
So, anything can happen. It is not as though you are out of control, however. You can choose to express whatever feelings you wish to during a session. It also depends on how comfortable you feel with your practitioner.
The first time I had a kinesiology session I walked out of the session feeling a bit dizzy, extremely relaxed and in a total state of euphoria. I couldn't get the smile off my face. As they say, I felt like a million bucks. Since then, my session outcomes have ranged from the gentle to the intense. Kinesiology is a bit like an emotional detox.
There are many pieces of research and much evidence to support the true healing potential of energetic modalities like kinesiology, but as a client and student practitioner, I have come to observe several defined precepts in action.
Cellular Memory – the Spirit of Ma'at
The Concept of 'Cellular Memory'
Cellular memory as illustrated by Carroll in Cellular Memory,1 is the concept that “the cells in the human body contain clues to our personalities, tastes, and histories”, independently of genetic codes or brain cells. That is, everything that has ever happened to us is recorded in the cells of our body, and remembered – like files in a computer.
Dr Bruce Lipton, PhD, is a cellular biologist who specialises in the study of cellular memory and epigenetics, or the study of heritable changes in gene function that occur without a change in the sequence of the DNA. This translates to how the environment turns genes on and off to control the behaviour of cells.
In his video: The New Biology – Where Mind and Matter Meet, Dr Lipton examines the notion that every human on the planet contains the genes for almost every disease imaginable. However Bruce estimates only five per cent of the population actually inherits genetic DNA. So, if only five per cent of people inherit genetic disease, why is illness so prevalent in our society?
Dr Lipton recently made the incredible discovery that when the protein that surrounds DNA is stripped away, the DNA is rendered virtually inactive. So what turns our DNA on? Cellular memory is the name for the concept that our thoughts and beliefs influence our cells – right down to DNA level. So, our thinking has an effect on our physical bodies.
This means that the five senses are constantly receiving information from sensory perception, and this information is transforming the subconscious mind, which is in turn creating our external reality. This occurs without our awareness. So, what information are you feeding your subconscious?
Dr Candace Pert, PhD is another biochemist interested in the concept of cellular memory. Her findings support the theory that: “every cell in our body has its own 'mind'...and if you transfer tissues from one body to another, the cells from the first body will carry memories into the second body.” 2 Study of this kind first began with heart transplant recipients.
Dr Pert explores the concept that the brain and body send messages to each other through chains of amino acids. As Kate Linton states in Knowing by Heart,3 “these amino acid chains were previously known to exist exclusively in the brain. However, Pert and her colleagues have found them in other places throughout the body.” So, the body is constantly sending messages to the brain. It can be said that kinesiology utilises the mind/body connection.
Kinesiology uses the mind/body connection to influence the body's cellular memory. Due to the mind/body connection – emotional, physical, and biochemical stresses all impact upon the health of the individual and the best way to resolve this stress is to put the body back into the energetic position it was in when the stress first appeared, and clear it.
Stress is to be defined as the sum of the biological reactions to any stimulus that disturbs the homeostasis of an organism. Kinesiology pinpoints where the stress is occurring in the body, then through balancing the energy around the stress, prompts the body to heal itself. Kinesiology therefore promotes a return to homeostasis, or optimal health.
The Healing Crisis
As Dr Ginger Chalford, PhD, emphasises in Understanding the Healing Crisis,4 once the body has begun to heal itself, it must go through an elimination process in order to return to homeostasis, or normal functioning. This is referred to as the healing crisis. In a healing crisis, every system in the body works together to eliminate waste and set the stage for regeneration.
The first point of interest here is that symptoms of the healing crisis may be at first identical to the disease it was meant to heal. Dr Chalford states: “but there is an important difference – elimination. A cleansing, purifying process is underway and stored wastes are in a free-flowing state.” The body, mind, and spirit are no longer locked.
As naturopathic physician Dr. Bruce Fife points out,5 it is called a 'healing' crisis because the body is healing itself. It is referred to as a 'crisis' because the symptoms can be dramatic and rather unpleasant. “Because the healing crisis is accompanied by unpleasant symptoms it is often mistaken as a sickness,” he says. In reality, it is just the opposite. It is a process in which the body is becoming healthy.
In Order of Highest Priority
The body always heals itself in order of highest priority, meaning the body will heal whatever it is in its best interests to heal. With regards to the physical symptoms one can go through in a crisis, they can include: skin eruptions, nausea, headache, fatigue, constipation, diarrhoea, head or chest cold, ear infections, or any other way the body uses to eliminate toxins.
This reminds me of the time I went to see a kinesiologist after having had regular bouts of laryngitis for several years. During the session I experienced some awkward and confusing emotions, and completely lost my voice. At the conclusion of the session I felt better and regained my voice again. However, the next day I woke up I found I was partially deaf and mute! This went on for a whole day, and I was concerned, but knew about the healing crisis and so was willing to wait. The next morning I woke up with my voice back, feeling better than ever and now – several years later – have not lost my voice since.
The time of the average healing crisis is around three days, but it can last a week or more. The person experiencing this process should be reminded that they must work with the body, not against it. They should also be cautioned that one crisis is not always enough for a complete cure. As Dr Chalford point out – it has taken time to develop a chronically diseased state; therefore a person may have to go through cycles of healing crises. There is no guarantee that a single session of kinesiology will heal a chronic disease.
Keeping this in mind, a typical kinesiology session can be a powerful therapeutic intervention that can produce some amazing results. The most empowering aspect of this modality is the potential for people to heal themselves. Without medicines or hospitals or doctors, but with their own energy. Over the time I have studied kinesiology, I have witnessed some magical events. And I think it's important for everyone to believe in magic – something that will remove us from the mundane and take us to the extraordinary.
We need to keep believing.
In part two of this article, Emily Weston discusses the energetic nature of the healing communication, the Hundredth Monkey Theory and the Etheric Body. She also looks at the history of Kinesiology. Click here to read part two.
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1. Cellular Memory, Carroll, Robert Todd, The Skeptics Dictionary, Nov. 12, 2002
2. Why do we feel the way we feel?, Pert, Candace,
The Seer – 3 December, 2002.
3. Knowing By Heart: Cellular Memory in Heart Transplants,
Linton, Kate Ruth,
Montgomery College Student Journal of Science & Mathematics,
Volume 2, September, 2003
4. Understanding the Healing Crisis,
Chalford, Ginger PhD
5. The Healing Crisis,
By Bruce Fife,
Piccadilly Books Ltd, 1997
6. ICPKP Database Mode Books,
ICPKP Basic Kinesiology Programme:
Dewe, Dr Bruce MD and Joan MA