There exists an invisible world within the visible. In the body, before changes are registered on the physical level, healing takes place in these subtle energetic realms. For this reason, as healers, it is essential that we concern ourselves not only with the physical form but also with the subtle anatomy. One way to understand our subtle anatomy is to visualize it as a type of double helix. Neither linear nor circular, the force fields of these subtle bodies affect and reflect 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.
The Foundation of Health
Health is the balance among the following: the physical body; the force fields of the etheric, astral, and mental bodies; and their connection to the Divine. Composed of our blood, bones, organs, etc., the physical body is dense and tangible, but also spiritual. While many of us have come to identify ourselves with this physical vehicle, it is the etheric body that gives energy to the physical form. We nourish the etheric body by providing it with food that is enlivened with electromagnetic energy, clean air, good water, sunlight, positive thoughts, and loving feelings. Electromagnetic energy emanates from the plant kingdom (Mother Earth) in the form of vegetables and herbs. The common minerals and, more importantly, rare trace minerals are assimilated through the energy of the life force of the food. For good nourishment it is important to eat food that is imbued with energy. Most diseases that manifest physically originate in the etheric body.
The Astral and Mental Bodies
The astral, or emotional, body is intimately related to both planetary and interplanetary energies and alignments. Simply stated, our astral body is connected to the stars. It is for this reason that astrological configurations can so powerfully effect 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 ego consciousness or will.
Inner and Outer Pollution
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, and 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 creates blockages in our electromagnetic field, producing shock, congestion, and inflammation. Ultimately, these blockages inhibit communication between individual consciousness and the Greater Soul.
Each cell is a microcosm of our subtle anatomy. Pollution, such as heavy metals and radiation, affect the acid-alkaline balance at the cellular level. 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 rays, underground uranium, computers, 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 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 cleanse and neutralize many pollutants. Cleansing foods such as beets - to keep the gall bladder flowing, and asparagus - to keep the urinary system healthy, can be eaten on a regular basis. Dark leafy greens are filled with chlorophyll and are helpful in detoxing. Liver cleansing is essential to regular cleansing programs. Herbs such as Milk Thistle, Yellow Dock Root, and Dandelion Root can help with cleansing the liver. Yogic practices such as pranic breathing, meditation, and mantra are also effective in strengthening the electromagnetic etheric web. That little tickle in the throat, the rash that won't go away, and changes in bowel movement and urine production are all signals that a 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 person's subtle anatomy. Subtle energy can be perceived through the higher human supersensitive qualities described in yoga. The sensitivity of measuring radiance or vibration is the art of healing. All therapies 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 our spirit. Dis-ease makes us pay attention and question ourselves. Illness and pain arise as challenges to give us the opportunity to overcome perceptions of limitation.
Therapeutic baths are utilized to cleanse and neutralize many types of pollutants. Baths should be taken in water as hot as you can handle without feeling faint. During the period of soaking, the toxins are drawn to the surface of the skin. As the water cools to slightly below body temperature, osmotic exchange of fluids takes place and the toxins are drawn out of the body and into the tub of water.
* Dr. Linda Lancaster is a Naturopathic and Homeopathic Physician internationally known for her work in Energy Medicine. She was one of Yogi Bhajan’s Physicians for 7 years and is the founder of Light Harmonics Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
* Photograph Earth Energy by Maggie Harrsen