History of energy healing


The Western world calls energy healing “non-traditional” medicine yet it is the most traditional medicine there is. An understanding of the underlying energy of the body was first documented five thousand years ago in the Upanishads, a text written in India, as well as in the original writings of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Worldwide, ninety-four cultures are known to have a concept depicting the intrinsic energy of the body.


Notably, energy medicine was commonly used in the West as late as the 1800’s. Its influence, however, had already begun to fade. The concept of a vital force underlying us all was slowly forgotten as people began to separate out illnesses and diseases in terms of the body’s organs (heart, lung, liver, etc.). Science became the discipline on which everything was based. This was both an advancement and a loss.


Scientific advances have undoubtedly contributed greatly to our health and that of animals, yet this focus on the body’s organ systems has brought about a myopic view of health. We see the body in terms of parts and we visit a different "parts" specialist for each health issue, as if our bodies were a car we could fix in pieces.


We are just now, as a society, beginning to rekindle our interest in and appreciation of ancient wisdom. We are sensing there is more to our health than the mechanistic view that has prevailed for a mere hundred plus years. We are realizing the effects that mental, emotional and spiritual issues or traumas can have on our physical bodies. When we get away from our electronic devices and the busyness of modern life, we catch glimpses of what it feels like to be in our bodies, in synchronicity with the rhythms within, such as our breathing and digestion, and the rhythms outside, such as the ocean waves and the migratory patterns of birds. Some of us have also been reawakened to the underlying flow of energy inside and surrounding the body.



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