Kinesiology, the Energetic Healing Modality
Kinesiology [part two]
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, or Touch For Health. Looking at the Hundredth Monkey Theory, the Etheric Body and surrogate testing, she finds that kinesiology is unique not only because it can catalyse huge changes in the individual, but because of the fascinating theories and conclusions that can be drawn from its study. This article continues on from Part 1 by outlining the major precepts of modern kinesiology practice.
The Hundredth Monkey theory is a concept that is relevant to kinesiology. As Ken Keyes Jr says in his book, The Hundredth Monkey, the Japanese Snow Monkey (Macaca Fuscata) was being observed by scientists on the island of Koshima. The scientists would drop raw sweet potatoes on the ground and the monkeys would eat them without washing the sand off. Then one day in 1952 the scientists witnessed an 18-month-old female by the name of Imo take her potato and wash it in a nearby stream before eating it. This caught on and as Ken points out “by 1958 all the monkeys on the island were washing their potatoes to clean them.”
By autumn 1958 the scientists made a surprising discovery – not only were all the monkeys on Koshima washing their food, but so were all the monkeys on neighbouring island Takasakiyama as well! The islands were not within visible sight of each other, so how could they have copied the other monkeys?
Japanese Snow Monkeys
And so it became the Hundredth Monkey Theory – the concept that when a critical number achieves an awareness, this awareness is passed to the rest of the community. So how is it communicated? Energetically is the only answer. This is also giving name to the notion of universal consciousness, or global consciousness.
The notion of energetic awareness is an important concept in kinesiology. It is similar to the sociological idea of the tipping point. Tipping points are “the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.” Gladwell defines a tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” Malcolm Gladwell's book of the same name attempts to explain the 'mysterious' sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states, “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do.” Why? Because they are all made of the same stuff.
(Right now, as you are reading this article, you yourself are becoming a part of a tipping point. You are communicating your awareness to others simply through reading. Incredible, isn't it?)
When working with inherited energetic imbalances such as diseases or chronic conditions practitioners of kinesiology have discovered that when balancing the energy of one family member, it has a flow-on or “tipping point” effect for three generations up and down the family tree. For example, if I suffer from inherited asthma, and I work on balancing this inherited energetic blockage, not only will I benefit but other sufferers in my family three generations above and below me will also benefit.
This echoes the philosophy espoused in the Bible in Exodus 34:5-8 – when the Lord passes in front of Moses and tells him: “I do not leave the guilty unpunished. I punish the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the 3rd and 4th generation.” To me, this speaks not of religion, but of energetic medicine. This could be interpreted to mean the individual's fears and personal traumas are passed onto their offspring if they are not healed.
Religion often has the effect of causing divides between people along ethnic, cultural and gendered lines – when in fact we are all different facets of the same glittering diamond. And that glittering diamond is energy or consciousness, if you like.
Surrogate testing is a method kinesiologists use when someone can't physically participate in the session, or when a part of the body isn't able to function like it should. When testing on a surrogate person, permission must first be sought from the person being balanced. The client being balanced then touches the surrogate person whilst the surrogate is tested to find out where the client's chi blockages are. The client then receives the corrections, not the surrogate. Using a surrogate structure or part of the body simply involves asking the body's permission for that structure to surrogate. For example the right anterior deltoid muscle could surrogate for a broken left arm.
My first experience of surrogate testing proved beyond a doubt that this particular modality was phenomenal. I watched as my friend's (who was surrogating for me) testing arm – normally quite vague for her yes/no responses – started acting as my own, giving very defined yes/no responses as my own arm normally does. A person can be tested even if they're not physically in the room! (Permission must be given of course.) This experience for me was evidence enough of the power of what I was learning.
Etheric Energy Body
The Etheric Body
The etheric body is the term given to a layer of energy or chi surrounding the physical body. As Barbara Brennan notes in Hands of Light: “The etheric body governs the health of the physical body.” When the etheric body's energies are balanced and vital the physical body functions in a state of perfect health. When the etheric body contains energies that are sluggish, disease and ill health develop in the individual.
Health can then be viewed as the maintenance of a dynamic energy field which is flowing, and strong, giving it the capacity for regeneration. The physical body is the first line of defence and regeneration.
A much-studied example of the etheric body is the concept of phantom limb pain, where someone who has lost a limb still experiences the pain or sensation of the missing limb. This is because the etheric limb is actually still there. Another example of the etheric body is the phantom leaf effect, where a Kirlian photograph of a leaf cut in half still displays the image of the energy field of the complete, uncut leaf. Kirlian photography is generally accepted to have been discovered in 1939 by Semyon Davidovitch Kirlian, in Krasnodar in Ukraine.
We are constantly dealing with stressors from a range of sources. Stressors create energetic blockages in our etheric bodies. When the energy of subtle fields is depleted by stressors a breakdown of the physical body occurs and disease results. When the subtle fields are energised, they strengthen the physical body.
Vibrational modalities like kinesiology, reiki, homeopathy and acupuncture all provide ways to redress and rebalance the body's subtle energy system. They all incorporate techniques specifically aimed at restoring the energy in the etheric body. Kinesiology techniques for balancing the etheric body include: sound balances, colour balances, massaging neuro-emotional points, meridian tracing, flushing and walking, plus many more.
Dr George Goodheart
History of Kinesiology
Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor, is the acknowledged founder of kinesiology. In 1964 he used the model of muscle-testing to evaluate what he was doing chiropractically. Dr Goodheart found that muscles which could not 'lock', or maintain position against pressure, could be 'tonified', or locked, by stimulating certain points on the body. These correction points include Chapman's Neurolymphatic Reflex points, Bennett's Neurovascular Reflex points and Spinal Reflex technique. Goodheart also explored the subtle energy pathways or meridians, and found these too were affected by energetic imbalances. These were also incorporated into kinesiology.
As interest in muscle testing grew, Dr Goodheart brought together a group of practitioners who were interested in developing this further – and the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) was formed. As part of the foundation of expanding the application of muscle-testing, the team took on board work done by Bennet and Chapman with regard to the lymphatic and vascular systems. They also looked at the subtle energy system as used within acupuncture.
Dr John Thie, one of the original members of the team led by Dr Goodheart, recognised the need to educate the public in many of the self-help techniques within AK and developed an educational program that became known as Touch For Health (TFH). TFH is now taught and used throughout the world.
In 1977, Dr Bruce Dewe was introduced to Applied Kinesiology through a chiropractor in California. He became a Touch for Health Instructor in 1977 and a member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology in 1981. DR Dewe created a series of workshops which over time evolved into the PKP Certification ProgrammeTM. Bruce became chairman of the TFH International Faculty and helped set up the International Kinesiology College, Zürich of which he was the first President.
In 1999 he and his wife Joan founded the International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice to introduce an internationally recognised Diploma in Kinesiology. And the rest, as they say, is history!
Here ends the article. Return to Part 1 of Kinesiology, the Energetic Healing Modality.
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