There are 5 elements that make up the human experience: The physical body, the body’s vital energy, the mind, the intuition and our life force. Healing is an integrative process that involves all of these levels. Each level is immense, intricate and remains relatively mysterious to us. In our culture we see 3 of these 5 elements addressed through medical modalities: The physical body, the body’s vital energy, and the mental body. The physical and mental are primarily addressed through western approaches. The vital body is where we find energetic practices such as Acupuncture.
The ancient form of Chinese medicine emerged within their spiritual worldview and the observation of the laws of nature. As communism expanded across China the paradigm changed and became more materialized, in turn changing the way of eastern medicine. If Chinese medicine has not adapted with the pressures of the western culture acupuncture would have been buried in the past like many other ancient healing practices. Today, in our post-modern culture we are experiencing a re-emergence of spiritual curiosity and once more, we are seeing the field of energy medicine changing. Acupuncture is embracing more of its spiritual roots. This important shift flips energy medicine from being shaped as a reflection of our culture’s worldview to being a potential catalyst for opening a paradigm of wellness that unites the truths of both science and spiritually, and embraces the 5 elements of our human experience.
The practice of acupuncture focuses on balancing the vital energy body through stimulating (usually with needles) energetic points that correlate with the physical and mental bodies. Our vital energy body is a trans-receiver- it is constantly transmitting and receiving information in the form of energy. Energy is subtle and operates non-linearly. This means our vital body is constantly sending out and simultaneously decoding subtle information. This information has effects beyond what is measurable by science at this time.
Acupuncture and energy healing are resonant modalities. Resonant means to re-sound, have a strong tone, to echo. When something puts off a strong resonance weaker frequencies will entrain to it. A classic example of this is in a clock shop; the clock with the strongest “tick” will over time coax all the other clocks to tick in sync with it. Energetic practices such as acupuncture tune our energy fields allowing us to emit stronger and more coherent frequencies. When we experience coherent energy fields we feel more balanced, at ease, vital, empowered, integrated, healthy and overall a deeper sense of wellbeing.
In addition to acupuncture I often blend in my sessions other resonate tools such as tuning forks, light therapy and essential oils. Each tool helps strengthen my client’s energy field and in turn has positive effects such as unblocking stagnation, reduce pain and inflammation, calming the nervous system and resetting patterns. Many of my clients have had much success in dealing with conditions like insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic and acute pains, chronic fatigue, arthritis, MS, digestion disorders, fertility, migraines and seeking self-cultivation.