Without any doubt, there is a major global paradigm shift taking place in humanity’s consciousness. More individuals are having deep, spiritual and mystical experiences that cannot be explained by science, reason and logic.
Discoveries of quantum physics are pointing to possibilities that are beyond the parameters of the Newtonian-Cartesian mechanistic view of the world affecting how we view life, including our health. Over the last 30 years, there has been a dramatic shift in society’s approach in the field of health and wellness. There are more complementary and alternative treatments that have become popular and available to the public.
Western medicine, also known as conventional or allopathic medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are often considered as oppositional. This observation may not necessarily be accurate. Both views based their beliefs on different models: Newtonian for Western medicine, and Einsteinian and Quantum Physics for the CAM approach.
Western Medicine (or Conventional or Allopathic Medicine)
Classical science is based on the Newtonian model of reality that looks at our universe as a machine controlled by indisputable mathematical laws. Western medicine used this model as its foundation.
The human body is then viewed simply as an intricate mechanical structure. The only way it can be restored to its healthy state is to operate it like a machine, and replace its malfunctioning parts with bodily organs.
Allopathic doctors believe that the human’s psychological and physiological behavior depends solely on the brain and the physical body. The heart is just a mechanical pump that sends oxygen and blood to the brain and other organs of the body. The kidney merely filters blood.
With this thinking, Western medicine discovered mechanical replacements taking over the role of the weakening heart. The hemodialysis machine was also invented to filter out impurities and toxins that a failing kidney is unable to do.
These are wonderful inventions but there is a missing component in the Newtonian viewpoint of life, a principle that differentiates living from nonliving organisms, and people from machines. There is a life-force that recreates and restores the cellular components of living systems. The recognition of the existence of a vital energy or life-force is the foundation of the field of CAM. It is a concept that is not acknowledged and accepted by conventional medicine.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
“a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine”.
The U.K. Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine defines CAM as
“includes many different approaches and techniques for treating a patient. These are based on systems practised thousands of years ago and can in fact be considered as one of the original forms of medicine. They all have one aspect in common which is that they treat the patient as a whole person rather than treating a specific symptom or symptoms. CM does this by treating the life-force of the patient at their physical, mental and emotional levels.”
CAM uses Albert Einstein’s model of reality. Einstein developed the general theory of relativity concluding that mass, space and time are not absolute and separate quantities. His famous equation, E=mc2 proved that energy and matter are one. These are two different forms of the same thing, and are not separate aspects of reality. According to Einstein, matter is a form of frozen energy, and that reality is a primal energy or vibration of which we are all composed. Therefore, everything is energy.
Using Einstein’s theory, the human body is viewed as composed of frozen energy at the atomic and subatomic particle levels. The physical body is made of biochemical molecules which are a kind of vibrating energy. Because energy is vibrating at various rates at the atomic level, the human body is thus comprised of a variety of vibrating energies. CAM diagnoses and treats illnesses with the premise that the human body is an energy system, a multi-level, multidimensional energy system.
Yet, viewing the human body as an energy system is not entirely new. Conventional doctors themselves prescribe their patients to undergo annual procedures using electrocardiogram (ECG), a machine that measures the electrical energy coming from the heart. It gives the doctors information on whether the heart is functioning properly or not.
But even if the ECG machine provides a fundamental form of vibrational analysis, doctors still interpret this energetic information with the paradigm that the human body is a biomechanism, a mechanical structure, and not a vibrational-energy system.
Because CAM practitioners theorize that humans are beings of energy, they believe that energy fields surround, emanate from, and interact with the physical body and its various functions. It is from these subtle energy fields that health and illness originate.
CAM practices are often grouped into broad categories, such as:
- natural products (use of supplements);
- mind and body practice (such as acupuncture, meditation, yoga, deep-breathing exercises, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, progressive relaxation, qi gong, and tai chi);
- manipulative and body-based practices (including chiropractic and massage).
Other CAM practices include:
- movement therapy (including Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, Pilates, Rolfing Structural Integration, and Trager psychophysical integration);
- traditional healing methods;
- practices involving manipulation of various energy fields to affect health (magnet and light therapy, qi gong, Reiki, healing touch);
- whole medical systems (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy).
These practices continue to be controversial because there is no biophysical means that can convince or demonstrate the existence of these energy fields and their therapeutic effects.
The concept of life-force or subtle energy
Yet the concept of the energy field or life-force is not new. Practically every culture has acknowledged its existence and used different terminologies. It has been acknowledged long before the discovery and existence of science and Western medicine. It is now being reintroduced into mainstream consciousness as people are searching for other ways to address their health issues.
The concept dates back to more than 5,000 years ago to the Indian healing traditions. It is called prana in India, ankh in ancient Egypt, ch’i in China, gana in South America, and ki in Japan, just to name a few. The concept of life-force or subtle energy is fundamental to their holistic view of man and to the practice of healing. Central to ancient and indigenous healing traditions is the use of the life-force in the restoration of one’s healthy state. Yet Western medicine, a major contribution of modern science continues to reject the legitimacy of such practices. Why is this so?
The concept of life-force and subtle energies does not fit in the modern medicine world. Because Western medicine uses the Newtonian model of reality as the basis of its principles, which views our universe as well as the human body as a machine, Western medical practitioners then have not been educated and trained to believe that there is an invisible force or life-force energy that is directing the bodily functions.
Discoveries of Quantum Physics
Quantum Physics is aimed at understanding the fundamental properties and nature of matter and energy. Quantum theory started in 1900 with the work of Max Planck, a German physicist, which led to the conclusion that energy existed in individual units, called “quanta”, in the same way that matter does.
It deals with subatomic particles, the particles that atoms are made of. The subatomic realm is the invisible universe that is embedded in all that is around us. It is the realm that is beyond our basic senses.
Quantum Physics is showing that there are possibilities other than what the Newtonian scientific paradigm has educated us with. There is something beyond what our basic senses perceive. It provides an expanded view of the nature of reality.
Quantum Physics is not meant to replace rather encompass the Newtonian and scientific paradigm.
Terminologies – complementary, alternative, integrative medicine
Slowly though, there is an increasing awareness and acceptance of alternative and complementary medicine practices and treatments.
“Complementary medicine” refers to the use of CAM together with conventional medicine. For example, patients suffering from pain take medications as well as use acupuncture to relieve pain.
“Alternative medicine” refers to the use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. For example, rather than take a prescription or over-the-counter drug for cough, the patient takes an herbal pill.
“Integrative medicine“, also called integrated medicine, combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness.
Unfortunately, the proof of the efficacy of methods using subtle-energy in healing is reliant upon the more widely accepted methodology defined by the Newtonian paradigm. Hence, CAM practices and the role of subtle energy in health and healing are still not readily recognized by mainstream science as an effective means to bring the individual back to a state of balanced health.
Yet those of us who have experienced the Divine and how God works in mysterious ways, know and feel the reality of our experience. It may not be articulated, explained or proven through words, language or anything tangible but we know it to be true at some level. Sadly, the scope of science and Western paradigm limits truth and reality to that which can only be seen, heard, touched, smelled and tasted. Anything beyond this remains questionable.
One of the changes taking place with 2012 and the Great Shift is our ability to reawaken our abilities beyond the five basic senses. As we develop our intuition, balance our left and right brains, tap into the heart’s intelligence and move beyond our basic sensory perception, the concept of life-force and subtle energy and the role it plays in health and healing will then be better understood and eventually more widely accepted.
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