In the rising awareness of consciousness, we realize that there exists an invisible world within the visible. Before changes are registered in the physical body, healing takes place on these subtle realms. For this reason, as healers, it is essential that we concern ourselves not only with the physical form, but with the subtle anatomy as well. One cosmology for conceptualizing our subtle anatomy is to envision it as a type of double helix. Neither linear nor circular, the force fields of these subtle planes, or "Bodies" interpenetrate holographically, while simultaneously affecting and reflecting each other. Nothing is "higher or lower" and no one part of the system is more important than any other. The totality exists as a manifestation of the Self, perfect by design. Within this helix, heaven and earth are joined.
Health is the balance between the physical body, the force fields of the Etheric, Astral and Mental bodies and their connection to the Divine. Comprised of our blood, bones, organs etc. the physical body is dense and tangible, but no less spiritual. While many of us have come to identify ourselves with this physical vehicle, it is the Etheric body (also called the Etheric Double) that gives energy to the physical form. We nourish the Etheric body by providing it with food that is enlivened with electro-magnetic energy, clean air, good water, sunlight, positive thoughts and loving feelings. Electro-magnetic energy emanates from the plant kingdom (Mother Earth) in the form of vegetables and herbs. Minerals and more importantly rare trace minerals are assimilated through the energy of the life force of the food. It is important to eat food that is imbibed with energy for good nourishment. The majority of diseases that manifest physically have their base in the Etheric body.
The Astral, or Emotional body is intimately related to both planetary and interplanetary energetics and alignments. Simply stated, our Astral body is connected to the stars. It is for this reason that astrological configurations can so powerfully impact our emotional lives. Connected to the kidneys, and the element of water, the emotions of pleasure, pain, fear and love are all registered in this body.
The Mental body is connected to our Spiritual Will. It is through this vehicle that we carry our ego-identity and the sense of "I" that is ever evolving through the process of incarnation. The emanation of the Mental body is not the act of thinking, but rather the way that we think. It is connected to the liver and the element of fire. Because of this relationship, liver cleansing is an important procedure for developing a healthy center of egoic consciousness or will.
At this time in our history, the earth plane holds a tremendous Karma that we all bear. Our modern world is filled with contaminants and pollutants that affect us at every level. Bacteria, parasites, viruses, heavy metals, chemical poisons, drugs, radiation can all penetrate, congest and interfere with these bodies. Struggle, fear, worry, anger, and selfishness all pollute the free flow of vital energy through our subtle anatomy as well. This inner and outer pollution create blockages in our electromagnetic field, producing shock, congestion, and inflamation. Ultimately, these blockages inhibit communication between individual consciousness and the Greater Soul.
Each cell is a macrocosm of our subtle anatomy. Pollution, such as heavy metals and radiation affect the acid/alkaline balance at the cell level. It can cause the cell to be either too alkaline or too acidic. Heavy Metals, chemicals and poisons are in the alkaline field and cause the cell to lose its electric charge. On the other hand, radiations from X-Ray, underground uranium, computer and electric power lines can create a high acid field manifesting in the form of inflammation.
Our cells are little batteries filled with electricity used for energy within the body, like the battery in your car. This energetic activity at the cellular level has been described as the Chi, Yin/Yang or Vital Force in traditional medicines. Homeopathy and herbal medicines are powerful tools for stimulating and balancing the Vital Force. Therapeutic Baths and dietary regimens can be used to cleanse and neutralize many pollutants. Yogic Practices such as Pranic breathing, meditation, and mantra are also effective in strengthening the electro-magnetic etheric web. That little tickle in the throat, the rash that won't go away, changes in bowel movement and urine are all signals that the person is out of balance. Symptoms are not necessarily indications of disease but are our body's way of signaling that we need to listen.
To understand where healing is needed, a system of energy evaluation is essential for measuring vitality, radiance and imbalances in a persons subtle anatomy. Subtle Energy can be perceived through the higher human super-sensitive qualities described in yoga. The sensitivity of measuring radiance or vibration is the Art of Healing. All modalities can work, but only if used at the right time and with the right intention. As healers, it is important to listen and stay neutral, while we awaken the patient's own vital force to allow the body to heal itself in accordance with Universal Law.
Through the healing process, we come to understand that we have chosen physical incarnation as a vehicle for experiencing the multidimensional identity of our Spirit. Dis-ease makes us pay attention and question ourselves. Illness and pain arise as challenges giving us the opportunity to overcome perceptions of limitation.
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