Whenever I teach people about the human energy field and its implications for health and consciousness, I begin with science, because everybody "believes in" science. Not everybody starts out "believing in" a field of energy which penetrates and surrounds the body. So I begin by asking people to start thinking of Albert Einstein, because he theorized that all matter is energy and everything in the universe is connected by a web of energy. This would mean that the chair that you are sitting on is composed of a lower frequency energy, which creates denser matter, and the air around you is a higher frequency energy, which creates less dense matter. The human body, which of course is different frequencies throughout, is composed of different frequencies of energy.
To illustrate Einstein’s idea that the universe is interconnected by a web of energy, I introduce the experiment by the psychologist William McDougall, performed at Harvard in 1920, which studied rats to see how quickly they could learn to escape from a maze filled with water. Not only did McDougall find that successive generations of rats learned the task more quickly, but when the experiment was repeated in Scotland and Australia, the first generation of rats, bred from a strain separate from McDougall’s rats, started at the same level of expertise as McDougall’s last generation. I mention the hundredth monkey phenomenon, where a group of monkeys in the United states where taught certain behaviors, and after a period of time, one monkey in a control group on another continent began to exhibit the learned behavior of the US monkeys, without being taught the behavior. This leads right into the morphogenic resonance theory of Robert Sheldrake, a British theoretical biologist, who theorizes that there are invisible organizing fields of energy connecting us, and if one member of the species learns a new behavior, the field of energy for that species is affected. If the behavior is repeated long enough, the entire species is affected in more and more noticeable ways. (The impact of Dr. Sheldrakes’s theory is being compared to the impact of Darwins’s theory of evolution.)
Take a moment to digest this. Not only do these ideas have huge implications for responsibility for our behavior, but they also point to an idea that we have been hearing since the 1960’s which is: "We are all connected." The way to say this when you are speaking the language of spiritual law is: "All is one." Isn’t it interesting that science and spirituality seem to be saying the same thing?
The Eastern spiritual philosophies have been saying "All Is One" for centuries. From these philosophies also come the belief that there exists an organized body of energy of appropriately different vibrations around and through the human body (remember Einstein’s theory of energy), created by the spinning movements of wheels of energy called "chakras". Translated for the Western modern mind, we think of chakras as intake-outake valves for energy, which also include computer programs to interpret our reality. The movement of the chakras create a human energy field, or "aura".
Throughout the 1900’s there have been many experiments to study, measure and map the auric field of humans, plants, and animals. What has been found are things such as: an appropriate field can sustain health in uninjured cells and stimulate healing in damaged cells; the auric field serves as a matrix or mold for material in it; and the auric field can reveal the future arrangement of material it holds.
Here is what this means. The human energy field or auric field, and its flow, reflect how we live our lives, what is healthy in our lives, what is damaged, what is being repaired, what is not, and what will manifest as disease in our bodies in the future! It reveals all our experiences up to the moment, and the perceptions we have developed from those experiences. Our energy field holds a pattern for the four levels of a human being; our body, the physical level; our feelings; the emotional level, our thoughts; the mental level, and our concept of a Higher Order; the spiritual level. To describe a human being, we cannot separate these levels from one another, just as we cannot describe a cake, by separately defining the ingredients that go into it. This concept of the four-level human is the basis of the holistic philosophy.
If our energy field and its chakras are functioning properly, that is, with enough energy and the appropriate different vibrations, with an organized structure, and a flow of energy through the field which in turn allows for the exchange of information, we are healthy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. If any of these factors (which, by the way, are the prerequisites for a shift in consciousness), are deficient, we are immediately affected on one or more of our four levels, and subsequently affected on all levels. So if we have a means to affect our energy field, we have a means to affect our body, our feelings, our thoughts and our spirituality, and any problems we have in any of those areas; in other words, we can affect our lives.
Our energy fields usually are deficient in one or more of the above-mentioned areas. The main reason for this is that we alter our energy fields in order not to feel pain. Especially as children, any of our experiences that we perceived as painful made us, usually unconsciously, alter our energy field so that we could not feel the painful feeling (rage, grief, frustration, etc.). From our experiences, we formed perceptions of "how the world works", called belief systems. The painful experiences caused us to form negative belief systems, and these translated into a re-routing of the natural, healthy flow of our energy. When these re-routings became habitual, we no longer remembered how to move our energy in the healthy, natural way.
We all have negative beliefs about life, and the challenge for us as conscious adults is to transform the beliefs into healthy ones. When a negative belief is transformed, the energy field moves back to a healthy state, and we benefit physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This is called healing and growth of consciousness. The good news is that we can affect our energy fields in order to support and encourage the transformation of negative beliefs and to move forward on our evolutionary paths. Alternative methods of healing are usually vibrational remedies which work to correct the energy vibrations in our field. We can positively affect our energy field with meditation, contemplative prayer, imagery, and physical disciplines. Healing Touch therapists, Therapeutic Touch therapists, Reiki practitioners, Barbara Brennan School of Healing healers, Robert Jaffe Energy Mastery healers, and other spiritual and psychic healers work through the human energy field directly to assist patients in opening to all aspects of themselves and thereby maintaining their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We have many avenues available to us, all of which will assist us on a hero’s journey into the depths of ourselves.
When we move forward in this way, we begin to work at a soul level. We become more self-aware and more self-accepting, and that invisible, many times indescribable, essence that we call our soul responds in an expansive way. We get in touch with our longing— what we came to this planet to do— and we are able to align our intention to have the vehicle of our human bodies carry out that longing for ourselves and for the planet.
The energy of the New Age (yes, it is a real phenomenon) has been pushing us in the direction of healing for several decades now. There are glimmers that we are beginning to remember who we truly are, which is much more than our bodies and our egos. Take a risk and step into the world of energy. (Science will be taking you there soon anyway.) You may find exactly what you have been looking for.
For further reading, consult the following: Hands of Light and Light Emerging by Barbara Brennan; Wheels of Light by Rosalyn Bruyere; The Creation of Health by Dr. Norman Shealy and Caroline Myss (and watch for Caroline Myss’ soon to be published book Anatomy of the Spirit); Vibrational Medicine by Dr. Richard Gerber; and the Global Brain Awakens by Peter Russell.
Nancy Privett is a spiritual healer and a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing’s four-year Healing Science Program. She has a healing practice in Westhampton, New York. She is founder and director of The Center for New Consciousness which offers workshops and classes in energy field medicine and consciousness education. She is editor of New Consciousness Newsletter, which can be found in libraries, health food stores and health practitioner's offices in Suffolk County.