When Caroline Myss, Donna Eden, Barbara Brennan, and others talk about ‘Energy Medicine,’ they describe an energetic system based on Chakras. The Chakras are seen as energetic centers that climb from the sacrum to crown and have poetic correspondences that practitioners can use to help their clients decode trauma. Practitioners in this mode are preoccupied with clearing the client’s energy field, trusting that the physical body will follow.
Underlying this, or perhaps a piece of it, is the body’s energetic blueprint, which is an energetic template for the physical body. As Robert O. Becker demonstrated through research on how salamanders regrow limbs (described in his best-selling book, The Body Electric), our energetic blueprints encode the expression of our manifested form. This blueprint can be invoked to help speed healing, as it is in certain types of IMT and acupuncture. A fascinating example of how a practitioner might work with the blueprint would be for an acupuncturist to needle into a rolled up towel put in place of a phantom limb, trusting the energetic blueprint to carry the message to the rest of the body.
IMT, Ortho-Bionomy, Focussing, and myriad other methods use yet another mode of energy medicine for healing, one which rests on a model of the world that sees consciousness as the prima materia and not the body. In this mode, the physical and energetic bodies are probed with consciousness for places where trauma is held—and then healed through attention, which ultimately shifts consciousness. This is otherwise known as Alchemy.
To me, the third version encompasses the first two and that’s why, although I use all-of-the-above lenses when I work, I think of what I do more as Alchemy than Energy Medicine. It’s just a broader, richer way of thinking about healing. But the term Alchemy has such a long and mixed past. I’m sure that, plus the developments in popular thinking about quantum physics, is why people reach for new iterations of the age-old thing and prefer to call what they do, ‘Quantum healing,’ et al. I am wary about using those terms, though, since I’m no more versant in the new physics than what Lynn McTaggert and my husband, Charles, tell me about.
How do you describe what you do? What name for the medicine you participate in do you prefer?
Stella Osorojos Eisenstein, L.Ac.
Stella Osorojos Eisenstein, L.Ac., is a writer and acupuncturist who collects healing stories.