Harness the power of your biofield and raise your Energy
Harness the power of your biofield and raise your Energy Intelligence EQ
We perceive the world through the physical senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. The purpose of this column is to inspire you to go beyond using these five physical senses. The time has come to begin perceiving the world through the energetic membrane of our biofield.
Q. I have been told I need to be very open in order to experience new realities within the living matrix. I struggle understanding what that state really means.
Many of you may be able to relate to my story. Over 25 years ago, during my very first personal growth workshop, I remember being instructed to be "open." Somehow the idea of generic openness rendered me vulnerable and exposed. Trained in engineering and computer sciences, I innocently inquired as to what I was exactly opening, and under what parameters I would need to close it back. To me, the invitation to experience the great ocean of undifferentiated consciousness was too much of an abstraction in the absence of clear personal boundary structures.
Beyond the physical five senses of perception, we all have an even greater capacity to perceive the outside world through the "invisible" function and structure of our energetic boundary, rather then an abstract notion of being energetically "open." Your personal energetic space is the portal through which the individual awareness expands to become universal. Up to now, tracking our experiences through the energetic lenses of the energy field membrane has been the road much less travelled.
Yet to become a fully functioning part of a living matrix, we must recognize that our experiences are shaped through the complex interactions of interdependent energy fields--not just through the mechanisms of the brain. That is why you simply cannot understand human experiences without understanding the power and intelligence of the human biofield.
The energetic membrane is the missing piece that is needed to explain how we behave and interact. On our quest to craft a master theory of reality, adding energy field membranes to the equation offers us what we have been hoping for, a way to understand why the reality we experience appears to us the way it does.
Mathematician and psychologist G. Spencer Brown (1969), makes the claim that to enter into a relationship with the universe or any part of it, we need to define those relationships by means of clear boundaries. That is how we become aware of things and chose what we want to interact with. In discerning the boundaries between the inner world and the outer world, boundaries allow us to see deeper into the ways those worlds interrelate. The biofield marked by the energetic membrane is your Red Pill that offers you a way to navigate the matrix without getting lost to quantum entanglements while on the journey through an altered state of consciousness and alternate realities. You simply do not have to be concerned with getting enmeshed, because as soon as you take full ownership of your energetic space, it is designed to keep you safe and protected and differentiated.
How far out does your energy field span?
I feel each of us is a soul, an individualised aspect of creation, which incarnates over and over again. In this way the evolution of our consciousness takes place. According to ancient Kabbalistic teachings, the initial individual spark of creation was seeded in an exclusively dedicated space, an energetic container, its permanent home. The energy field is the permanent abode that shelters our souls through successful incarnations in the physical body.
As a soul "lowers" itself into the physical body during a reincarnation, its energetic container expands. It stretches out its boundary to encompass the body as it grows, to the span of our outstretched arms, with the precision of the laws of sacred geometry. The circle in Leonardo DaVinci's 'The Vitruvian Man' holds a hidden key to our understanding of the physicality of our energetic boundary formed by the biofield.
Your energetic boundary is a spherical region of space with the body in the center - smaller when you are a child and growing bigger as you become an adult. Most people think of the notion of personal boundaries as merely representational, rather than a physical reality. Most of us do not occupy our energy space fully because we do not even know that it exists or how large the energetic space is that we own.
There is a common notion that something happens at an arms-length away from the body. Keeping someone "at an arms length" is a popular idiomatic expression that reflects an innate understanding of energetic space.
(A friend grew up in a very tough inner city housing project. He said that his father always told him if anyone approached him closer than arms-length he was to hit him.) Arms-length was considered a natural barrier; it defined a space that needed to be protected.
You can experience it for yourself:
1 Get up and spread your arms as depicted in the drawing.
2 Mentally draw a circle around you and then make it three dimensional to complete a sphere.
3 Get a sense of how large your energy field is supposed to be structurally. Notice how much of this space you usually occupy.
Most of us do not occupy our field fully. We claim only a fraction of our energetic space and therefore live and function in a diminished state. Just think about it. If everything that you have accomplished so far in your life was achieved using only a fraction of your field, what could you accomplish if you occupied your energy field fully? Actually, many of us indeed live with this strong sense that we have not fully realised our potential. Similarly, playing with the matrix in an energetically diminished "open" state, may leave you confused, lost and disoriented. To answer the reader's question, we are most protected, fulfilled and open when our whole self and our whole field are active and involved, not a mere fragment of it.
Most people think of the notion of personal boundaries as merely representational, rather
than a physical reality
Yuliya Cohen is a trained energy healer, medical intuitive and Energy Psychology therapist and researcher. Formerly an engineer and computer science researcher, for the last 25 years, she has applied the scientific method to her bioenergetic field research, and has discovered a unified system of energy field principles that have been successfully applied by clients and healing professionals she has trained throughout the United States and internationally. Yuliya is the founder of the Energy Restructuring Institute, and creator of the Energy Restructuring™ System.
Yuliya has been on the faculty of the New England School of Acupuncture, and has presented at Kripalu Yoga Center, the Osher Institute at Harvard Medical School, and other educational and research institutions. Yuliya also presented her pioneering research ad ACEP, CAIET and ISSSEEM Conferences.
She offers a wide range of lectures, workshops and training based on her experiences as an Energy Psychology researcher and on the innovative principles described in her Energy Psychology textbook, "Energetic Boundaries: The New Paradigm for Effortless Healing."
Her upcoming book is "The Four Gates Of Recovery - The Forgotten Path for Returning to Wholeness from Anxiety, Panic and PTSD"
The Philosopher's Stone has been found...It's inside you!
David R. Hamilton Ph.D
For centuries learned people have searched for the mystical philosopher's stone, believed to be the elixir of life and give immortality to he or she who owns it.
But could it be that the philosopher's stone is not so much a stone but an attitude? A groundbreaking piece of research by Kevin Tracey, director of the Feinstein Institute and Professor and President of the Elmezzi graduate school of molecular medicine in Manhasset, New York, has revealed how the nervous system (the vagus nerve) controls inflammation in the body, now known as 'The Inflammatory Reflex'. Inflammation is one of the major agers of the body and plays a key role in illness and disease.
Most people think of inflammation as the swelling and redness after a cut. This inflammation is a vital part of healing and helps to ensure that nutrient-rich blood is drawn to the site of injury to help facilitate healing. But it turns out that if it wasn't for the vagus nerve - the longest nerve in the body that runs from the top of the brainstream, through the face, throat, chest, heart, the GI tract, all major organs, and even over certain immune cells - inflammation from a small cut would typically spill out into the bloodstream and lead to septic shock and multiple organ failure.
The vagus nerve is the brake on inflammation throughout the body. Once the vagus nerve senses that there are enough inflammatory substances (the chemicals of inflammation) following an injury it sends a signal to the immune cells that make those chemicals and tells them to turn off production.
The vagus nerve puts the brakes on inflammation in much the same way that you might apply the brake in your car when you're travelling a little over the speed limit. The vagus nerve is highly important because inflammation doesn't only arise in response to injury; it is also a side effect of unhealthy lifestyle factors - like poor diet, smoking, drinking, stress, etc. It plays a key role in heart disease, some cancers, and in fact it is involved in just about every serious disease we know of in western medicine.
Indeed, it is one the 'Major Agers', which are phenomena that most cause aging. So much so, in fact, that many gerontologists believe that if science could develop a powerful body-wide anti-inflammatory drug then the average person would live until they were around 150 years old.
But we now know that the vagus nerve is our natural anti-inflammatory nerve. Maybe the wonder drug that pharmaceutical companies are currently searching for isn't necessary. Maybe all we need to do is train our vagus nerves in much the same way that we train at a gym. Is this possible?
It seems that people have different vagus nerve activity, or what is sometimes called, 'vagal tone'. Think of it like muscle tone. A person who exercises regularly might enjoy good muscle tone and similarly a person who exercises or does meditation, yoga or tai chi, might enjoy good vascular tone. Vagal tone is used in a similar capacity to indicate power, activity, health, etc, of the vagus nerve.
Some people's nervous systems, then, are more efficient at keeping inflammation at bay, just as different people have different immune system robustness. Some are good at keeping them free of illness and some aren't quite so good.
Recently, a link has been identified between the vagus nerve and compassion. In some studies people who are most compassionate were found to have the highest vagal tone, and similarly the reverse is also true. People who have the highest vagal tone tend to be the most compassionate. In some of this research Dacher Keltner, psychology professor at Berkley, calls these people 'vagal superstars'. According to much of his research, the association between the vagus nerve and compassion is very strong.
So could training ourselves to be more compassionate actually train the vagus nerve and reduce inflammation in the body? Scientists have indeed recently studied the link between compassion and inflammation.
In a 2009 study, scientists at Emory University School of Medicine, trained 33 people in a compassion meditation, which involved the structured generation of feelings of compassion on a daily basis, and compared them with a group of 28 people who didn't do the meditation. After 6 weeks those who did the compassion meditation had much lower levels of inflammation in their bodies than those who didn't.
Since the vagus nerve is the primary brake on inflammation and compassion is correlated with the vagus nerve, it makes obvious sense that compassion actually reduces inflammation in the body. Could it be that the philosopher's stone that many have searched too long and hard for has always been right in front of our eyes? In fact, it is not so much in front of our eyes but in our hearts. Could it be that simple? History has taught us that things usually are that simple. Maybe it's called the Philosopher's stone because it takes a philosopher to consider compassion to be the elixir of life. Perhaps humanity has only just reached a point of spiritual maturity to even contemplate such a thing.
So why is it that compassionate people everywhere aren't living until they're over a hundred? Well, we counter the effects of it with other lifestyle choices we make - the unhealthy foods we eat, the toxins and stimulants we take into our bodies, our unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking (too much), not exercising regularly, and also our mental emotional stresses of life. Many of us are so stressed that we neutralise the effects of most of our healthy habits. Perhaps, the journey now is to learn to treat our bodies and minds well. The new healthy formula: Eat well, sleep well, exercise well, think well, and show people that you care! Perhaps this formula is the mystical philosopher's stone. Maybe the stone is not a stone, but a Way, the Philosopher's Way.
And that way is compassion.
"But could it be that the philosopher's stone is not so much a stone but an attitude?"
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