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Science, and
Spirit in
Spring 2001 Volume 1 Number 1
Director’s Chair
In This Issue:
• Dialogues with Donna Energy Medicine:
Donna Eden
Is It Science?
• Guest Column
John Thie, D.C.
David Feinstein, Ph.D.
• Research in EM EMI Executive Director
EMI Staff
• Beginner’s Mind When we were naming The En-
Michael Foley ergy Medicine Institute, we faced the
• Poet’s Edge same identity crisis as when we named
Rod Plimpton Donna Eden’s and my book. Should we
use the term “Energy Healing” or “Energy
• Ethics in EM
Medicine”? Medicine is “the science and
Debra Hurt
art of diagnosing, treating, curing, and preventing disease, relieving pain, and
• Testimonials improving and preserving health” (Webster’s New World Dictionary). If we used
Jo Christi the term “Energy Healing,” we would be staying within the same arena, but
Karilyn Gomez emphasizing the “art of ” while omitting the “science of.”
• Innovations & Apps If healing were truly a science, different health practitioners would
Nancy Heyerman, R.N. consistently come to the same (or a complementary) diagnosis about a given
• Logo & Slogan Contest patient. They would use the same or complementary terms and concepts to describe
• Reviewed & the condition. They would prescribe the same or complementary treatments.
Recommended They would obtain consistent positive results. Of course medicine does not
Sara Allen, Ph.D. come close to achieving these standards, which is why it is still “science and
• Ask Dr. Energy
But can an approach to healing, with as elusive a concept as “subtle
• EM Around the World
energy” at its core, even hope to be part science? Science generally categorizes
Teresa Giacomini
as “superstition” claims about what it cannot observe or logically deduce from
• Membership Info observation. Gravity, for instance, cannot be observed, but it can be deduced
• Editor’s Desk with relative certainty from the observation that objects like apples consistently
Nan Schweiger fall to the ground.
• Nourishing the EMI Baby
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Subtle energies, a term that was, by the way, coined by Einstein to describe
energies that had no amplitude or frequency but were known for their effects, have yet
to be directly measured or consensually observed. Some clairvoyant healers see these
energies directly, but most people do not. I was living with one of the best of these
practitioners for two decades before I began to believe the field could be as much science
as art. I knew Donna was a brilliant healer. I did not know if what she did could be
taught to others, I did not realize her approach was as empirical as it was intuitive (she
makes an intervention, sees what happens, and bases her next step on that), and I did not
realize there was corroboration about the existence of subtle energies emerging on many
scientific fronts.
The study that helped me turn a mental corner concerned the meridians. The
maps drawn by the Chinese physicians thousands of years ago corresponded with what
Donna saw when she watched the energies flowing in a person’s body. This caught my
attention. Why would her fantasies match theirs? And why wouldn’t all of their
fantasies correspond in some way with anatomy, say the nervous system or the vascular
system? That’s how I would make up my fantasies about the body’s energies. There was,
however, no known anatomical structure that coincided with the meridian maps.
But, from Dr. Richard Gerber’s groundbreaking Vibrational Medicine, I learned
of a series of studies, first in Korea and then in France, where traditional acupuncture
points (which are situated along the meridian lines) were injected with a liquid containing
radioactive isotopes to see where the liquid would flow. It flowed along the lines of the
meridians, exactly as the ancient Chinese sages had mapped them. When random
points were injected, the liquid did not follow this pattern. What were Donna and the
acupuncturists before her seeing? Was this “subtle energy”? We still have more
questions than answers, but we also have a growing body of evidence that what we are
dealing with is real (subtle energies can be logically deduced from what can be
observed), that subtle energies can be investigated scientifically, and that subtle
energies have a profound impact on our health and well-being.
So we ultimately had no reservations in dedicating The Energy Medicine Institute
to supporting the development of energy medicine as both an art and a science. The
electromagnetic and more subtle energies that undergird the physical body are a largely
untapped mine for enhancing health and happiness and a bridge for connecting each of
us with our spiritual foundations. EMI brings all of this under a supportive tent where
passionate innovators and practitioners join with those committed to scientific rigor.
We hope EMI will impact not only medicine and health care but also educational,
spiritual, organizational, community, and family life. We are starting small. At this point,
except for our wonderful part-time office person, Lori Kats, we are from the Director’s
chair to the Newsletter’s proofreader an all-volunteer staff with a small budget, a large
vision, and a consequential mission. Thank you for supporting that vision and mission
with your membership! Let me say for all of us on the EMI team, we deeply hope your
participation in EMI will be enlightening and rewarding and that together we will help
raise the vibration on this beautiful, troubled planet.
Dialogues with Donna
Donna Eden
Editor’s Note: We receive many sincere and thoughtful questions about
energy medicine and health. These questions and their answers often have
broad relevance for educating people about energy medicine, and we are
reprinting some of them in this column. Identifying information has been
omitted to protect privacy.
A few obvious disclaimers are in order. Virtually every response began “Without
being able to personally assess your energies, I can only make some general
suggestions.” While this statement will usually be edited out of this column
to avoid becoming repetitious, it always applies. Letters obviously do not
give any health practitioner a basis for making a firm assessment or formu-
lating a treatment.
The spirit of this column is educational rather than prescriptive. It shows
how to think about applying energy medicine in a broad range of situations.
Some of the discussion assumes that the reader has access to Donna’s book, Energy Medicine. We hope you will
find this column to be a valuable and vital learning tool.
Concerning Multiple Sclerosis
Question: I’m a registered nurse working in an office that treats many multiple sclerosis patients. Your book
describes a woman who achieved great results from what you taught her. Can you tell me what techniques you
used? Does it have something to do with triple warmer?
Answer: I believe you are referring to Beverly (pp. 229–230). The physical dynamics of multiple sclerosis (MS)
involve an autoimmune process—an abnormal immune response directed against one’s own central nervous sys-
tem, particularly the myelin sheaths that cover the nerves. You are on the right track with suspecting that triple
warmer is involved. Triple warmer is the energy that aggressively mobilizes all the systems in your body to fight.
Because we are all bombarded with unprecedented stresses on a daily basis, triple warmer is continuously acti-
vated. For some people, because of genetic or other predispositions, this leads to disorders of the immune system,
such as MS. Because environmental and lifestyle-caused stresses are only getting worse, autoimmune disease may
well be the illness of the future.
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Dialogues with Donna (continued)
When I met Beverly, her energy looked like a series of blown circuits. Triple warmer meridian was in a perpetual
state of emergency, and her immune system, nervous system, and circulatory system were oscillating among fight,
flight, and freeze. This habitual emergency response needed to be interrupted. Without stopping this pattern, any
healing work would not have had lasting impact. Here is what I did:
1) The entire first session was dedicated to communicating to her hypothalamus (which governs triple warmer)
the message that she was safe. I did this by first sedating triple warmer and the bladder meridian (which
governs the nervous system) and then balancing out all of the energies, most specifically her meridian
acupressure points, neurolymphatic reflexes, and chakras.
2) Her energies were homolateral, so the Homolateral Crawl-Cross Crawl was an important part of her
3) She needed to establish some strong crossover patterns, so I taught her the Celtic Weave, and all the Rhyth-
mic 8 techniques in Chapter 6.
4) In addition, Beverly integrated nutritional support (she particularly needed more protein, which is very
often the case with MS patients, as well as potassium to alleviate tingling, chromium, and Butcher’s Broom—
all this can be energy tested) and specific energy techniques for a hypoglycemic condition (which includes
strengthening the spleen and sedating triple warmer). Because she was connected to a hospital clinic, she
began to teach other MS patients the techniques that were helping her, and this cemented them in for her.
She also learned how to establish stronger emotional and physical boundaries, which I’ve found is often an
issue for MS patients.
5) Finally, she was given techniques designed to keep her energies unscrambled and flowing, essentially the
five-minute daily routine, Separating Heaven and Earth, pumping up the cerebral spinal fluid, and Heaven
Rushing In when she felt despair or didn’t know what else to do. One additional principle for treating
people with multiple sclerosis is that they need time to integrate energy shifts. So don’t rush the process,
pause between techniques, and remind them that they must likewise pace their lives. A balance between
action and rest is essential for all of us, but even more so here.
Autoimmune illnesses can be greatly helped by an energy medicine approach. While Western medicine can only
suppress the symptoms of these disorders, working with their energetic foundation can get to their core. This not
only initiates healing forces, it literally reverses the immune system’s attack on its own body. And I have seen MRI
reports where the myelin sheaths literally regrew after a series of energy medicine treatments, something many
people who work with MS believe cannot happen. While there is still a lot to learn about how to help people with
MS, energy medicine already has a great deal to offer.
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Dialogues with Donna (continued)
Concerning Diabetes
Question: My 14-year-old daughter has diabetes. Are there any energy techniques that can help her?
Answer: To keep the blood sugar balanced, spleen meridian, which governs the pancreas, must be kept
strong, which is done primarily by sedating triple warmer and strengthening spleen. I would do this
using every system possible. Work the acupressure points, massage the neurolymphatic points, hold
the neurovasculars. Changing this fundamental energy habit in the body not only helps the blood
sugar stay balanced, it begins to shift things at a deep level and create a new pattern in relation to
insulin. Most specifically, tap at the spleen points (one of the Three Thumps) several times during the
day. If she grows weary and wants to give up on all of this, encourage her to at least stay with the
spleen tap. That tap goes a long way.
Another simple approach that won’t interfere with her life too much is to flush spleen a few times each
day (trace the meridian backwards once and forward three times). I would also and most definitely do
the five-minute routine daily to put the body into a harmony. I am assuming that she does take
chromium. If not, it will really help the blood sugar stay balanced. I know she’s a teenager and it’s hard
to implement this kind of discipline, but at least encourage her to tap and flush. These are very basic
first suggestions, but they should lead to enough improvement that she might want to pursue an
energy approach to help her with her blood sugar. A next step would be to work with the liver acupressure
points, first sedating and then strengthening them.
Concerning Environmental Illness
Question: I am recovering from environmental illness, but my body is still not absorbing minerals.
I’ve been told that my auric field is collapsed. I feel drained constantly. I have your book. Are there
any specific techniques you can suggest?
Answer: Without seeing your energy, I can’t be absolute, but my guess is that you are homolateral and
that nothing else will work until you address that (see pp. 233–235 in Energy Medicine). Once your
energies are no longer in a homolateral pattern (do the Homolateral Crawl-Cross Crawl two or three
times per day until it holds), the five-minute daily routine, Separating Heaven and Earth, and the
Hook Up should all leave you feeling better. Also, having your lymphatic points massaged to remove
toxins from your system would be invaluable, as would focusing on the liver: flushing the meridian,
holding the acupressure sedating and then the strengthening points, holding the neurovasculars, and
massaging the lymphatics.
The inability to absorb minerals usually involves two meridians: small intestine and spleen. Small intestine
probably needs to be sedated with the acupressure points, followed by strengthening. And triple warmer
probably needs to be sedated and spleen strengthened. They govern the functioning of the thyroid,
which is often sluggish when you are not absorbing minerals. Blessings to you, and good luck.
Dialogues with Donna is drawn from actual correspondence in Donna’s files. Please know that because
of sheer volume, it is simply impossible to respond to all of the questions that come in. We hope in the
coming months to edit, index, and post on www.innersource.net the most widely relevant hundred or so.
Thanks to Judith Billson for getting this large job off the ground! In the next issue of the Newsletter, this
column will focus on energy medicine techniques for working with depression.
Guest Column
Touch for Health — A Look Toward the Future
John F. Thie, D.C.
My vision for Touch for Health (TFH) is that the methods I have developed
over decades with practitioners from around the world be widely utilized to
help other souls within what is generically called energy medicine or kinesiology.
I use the word soul in this context to mean everything about you—your
mental, emotional, spiritual, contextual, historical, environmental, and relational
aspects, as well as your physical body. Everything is connected: changing any
one aspect will affect all the others.
My original ideal as a health professional was to train my patients to
improve their awareness and participation in their own health. I developed a
simple program of assessment and balancing of subtle energies through muscle
testing and acupressure. I envisioned a grassroots sharing of information and
assistance among family and friends in the community as a support and
supplement to the expertise of health care paraprofessionals and professionals.
Since the 1970s, thousands of lay people and professionals throughout
the world have become effective instructors of TFH and spread these simple,
safe, yet powerful techniques. Many lay people are, in fact, able to have careers as TFH instructors. Experts have
developed and adapted the Touch for Health system in the specific contexts of their professions, which include
religious ministry, psychological counseling, and education. Within the healthcare field, TFH has proved beneficial
across the spectrum in traditional Western medicine, nursing, chiropractic, massage therapy, and various other
modalities. The International Kinesiology College, with its Touch for Health School for training of laypersons and
instructors, and the Professional School of Kinesiology accredit kinesiology institutes worldwide. The TFH materials
have been translated into 22 languages and taught in 102 countries around the world.
Touch for Health is a minimalist approach that has proven itself to complement the high-powered technologies
of modern medicine. Both the danger and the expense associated with drugs, machines, and surgery have made us
all aware of the need for something like TFH that will allow safe, inexpensive, and effective interventions that
support the natural healing process in a holistic, health-promoting way.
Use of TFH with standard medical care or other complementary or alternative methods before, during, or
after more invasive medical procedures has demonstrated very positive results and promises great benefit and vast
potential growth. TFH is a valuable adjunct in nearly all the procedures of the more than 250 conventional medi-
cine specialties and probably equal numbers of complementary and alternative medicine specialties. TFH has been
helpful in reducing apprehension and stress, increasing the effectiveness of medication at lower doses, reducing
the impact of side effects, and reducing recovery time from surgery.
Because minor or medically inexplicable symptoms can be ameliorated through lay assessment and balancing,
TFH proves a boon to everyone who is not really “sick” but doesn’t really feel “alive and well.” When symptoms persist
or are severe, TFH aids in individual self-awareness and self-responsibility in seeking professional help before a medical
emergency arises.
This is perhaps most dramatically evident on the field of athletic endeavors, where TFH is of great benefit
for more frequent peak performances, enhanced personal bests, reduced injury rates, and decreased recovery time.
TFH promotes a whole-person approach that helps balance not only an athlete’s training program, but also balances
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Guest Column (continued)
training and competition with other areas, purposes, and relationships in
life. TFH is easily learned by athletes who can use it to assist themselves
and other athletes. TFH integrates very well with the advanced techniques
of sports trainers, physical therapists, and sports doctors. World-class ath-
letes from around the globe have reported delight at having done their
very best or experiencing more rapid recovery from fatigue and injury
through use of TFH.
Great benefit has also been seen in the classroom. Related kinesiologies,
such as Edu-K, have had tremendous results and a corresponding growth in
applying the TFH subtle energy model to the learning experience, particularly
among children. The education of teachers and children in a holistic, wellness
approach to life and learning is perhaps the greatest contribution that
TFH instructors can make to humanity. TFH helps increase the effectiveness
of learning and teaching. TFH also aids in identifying where learning is
blocked and which learning modalities are most effective for each individual.
Perhaps most important, TFH facilitates the discovery of each person’s natural gifts and the attainment of
the individual’s fullest potential. TFH fosters an early and ongoing awareness of each person’s unique design and
innate ability to improve their sense of well-being, transform their attitudes, and enhance their sense of purpose.
This is no less than to know God, or a Higher Power, in their lives. The continued growth of Touch for Health, or
kinesiology, in the context of education could have a virtually infinite, positive impact on the lives of our children,
on our communities and nations, and on our world.
TFH has also had an awe-inspiring impact among the retired and elder population. With the increased
mobility and individuality in our societies, there has been an unhappy disintegration of families. This, in turn,
results in great neglect of older people and a huge loss of wisdom and caring that elders have traditionally provided
our young people. I have been deeply moved to see my elders thriving in second or third careers as TFH instruc-
tors, full of life and energy in their old age, helping themselves and others truly enjoy their “golden years.”
In the U.S., we are experiencing a crisis in public education. Retired people represent a potential volunteer
army that can serve in schools as teachers’ aids or visiting teachers. They can provide the fundamentals of TFH and
the wellness approach to life, together with grandparent-like interaction that so many children lack. Elders and
children trained in TFH methods could be of vast benefit in convalescent hospitals and retirement homes,
supplementing traditional medical care—possibly reducing the need and cost of medicine—enriching the
sometimes isolated lives of the elderly and infirm, and increasing the sense of purpose and richness in their own lives.
If you want a place to begin your alternative medicine journey, Touch for Health can be your introduction
to seeing yourself and the world in a new way. If, as a result, you find you are gifted in healing, you can pursue a
wonderful career on one or more different paths. Alternately, if you use TFH solely for personal health as you
would brushing your teeth or bathing, it will enable you to have a healthier life, adding a vibrant dimension to
promoting your own well being.
Please send suggestions for guest columnists to [email protected]
Research in Energy Medicine
Can Subtle Energies Be Measured?
Editor’s Note: New technologies that demonstrate the existence of subtle energy fields are emerging. There are, in
fact, over one thousand devices available for purchase that claim to measure or influence subtle energies. Some of
the considerations for evaluating these devices can be found at www.subtle-energy.com/SET.html. The following
reports are from somewhat older sources (1978–1999, some of which were summarized in Donna Eden’s Energy
Medicine), but they constitute a sampling of the research that opened the study of subtle energies.
Simple Electrical Measurements. The electrical oscillations in the skin above the areas traditionally
associated with the chakras are in the frequency of 100 to 1,600 cycles per second, as contrasted with 0 to 100 in
the brain, 225 in the muscles, and 250 in the heart (summarized in Richard Gerber’s Vibrational Medicine, rev. ed.,
Santa Fe, NM, Bear, 1996, p. 133). When advanced meditators consciously project energy through a chakra, the
strength of the electrical field emanating from that chakra multiplies (Hiroshi Motoyama & R. Brown, Science and
the Evolution of Consciousness: Chakras, Ki, and Psi, Brookline, MA, Autumn Press, 1978).
The perceived energetic shifts that follow acupuncture, qi gong, and meditation also correspond with changes
in the ion flow emanating from the chakras and meridians. Electrodes attached to the hands and the feet can
provide a complete assessment of the energy flowing through each meridian and the corresponding internal organs
it feeds (Hiroshi Motoyama, Measurements of Ki Energy, Diagnosis and Treatments, Tokyo, Human Science Press, 1998).
The SQUID Magnetometer and Biomagnetic Fields. Each organ in the body generates an electrical field
that can be detected on the surface of the skin. Wherever there is an electrical current, it is accompanied by a
corresponding magnetic field in the surrounding space. Until the 1960s, these magnetic “fields of life” were too
minute to detect, and biologists assumed they could have no physiological significance. In 1963, two coils, each
with 2 million turns of wire, connected to a sensitive amplifier, were able to detect the biomagnetic field projected
from the human heart. It has subsequently been demonstrated that all tissues and organs produce characteristic
magnetic pulsations, which have come to be known as biomagnetic fields.
The SQUID magnetometer can detect minute biomagnetic fields around the human body. SQUID has been
used to map the ways diseases alter these biomagnetic fields and also to measure biomagnetic pulses of varying
frequencies coming from the hands of energy practitioners, offering an explanation for how experienced energy
therapists can detect damaged or diseased tissues (reported in a superb article by James L. & Nora H. Oschman
that appeared in ENERGY:Tthe Newsletter of the American Polarity Therapy Association, v. XIII, #3, p. 1+, Sum-
mer 1998. Download free at www.polaritytherapy.org).
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Research in Energy Medicine (continued)
Subtle Biomagnetic Fields Are Not More “Biologically Potent” than Stronger Ones. All
living systems, from bacteria to humans, respond to extremely weak electromagnetic fields, while they
may have little or no response to stronger ones. Observations by naturalists of the sensitivity of living
organisms to exceedingly tiny signals in their environment were long ignored by scientists. How could
tiny environmental fields induce a response in living tissues when they were “millions of times smaller”
than the signals from the “random thermal motions of molecules and normal physiological signaling
processes”? This was simply inconceivable.
More recently, however, it has been established that living systems are “extraordinarily
efficient at detecting very tiny signals in their environment…. The detection mechanisms involve large num-
bers of sensing molecules, packed tightly together in crystal-like arrays.” Low frequency electric and magnetic
fields have been successfully applied to stimulate the repair of bone fractures as well as damage to nerves,
skin, and vascular tissue. They seem to enhance the reconstruction of damaged tissues by accelerating the
enzymatic steps in a reaction that cascades from the surface of a cell to the nucleus to genetic material.
However, depending on the frequency, the effects of these fields may be beneficial or harmful.
The implications for energy healing are enormous. Certain frequencies of energy,
corresponding to those emitted by energy therapists, seem to stimulate healing by accelerating
reactions at specific sites in cells. The authors suggest that the proximity of the hand to the client in
therapeutic touch therapies can significantly influence treatment effectiveness, speculating that there is
“a narrow window of signal strength that is most effective…. We would not be surprised if there are
some conditions for which a more distant interaction is actually more effective than a closer one.” James
L. & Nora H. Oschman. “How Therapeutic Touch Influences Tissue Healing,” ENERGY: The Newslet-
ter of the American Polarity Therapy Association, v. XIV, #3, pp. 22–23, Summer 1999. Download free
at www.polaritytherapy.org.
MRI Measures of Acupuncture Treatment. A needle stimulating an acupuncture point on the
toe affects the blood flow in areas of the brain that are not anatomically connected to the
acupuncture point via the circulatory or nervous system. Whether or not they are connected by subtle
meridian energies, as the Chinese system would suggest, the process can now be viewed using magnetic
resonance imaging. Physicist Zang-Hee Cho at the University of California, Irvine, published these
findings in the 1998 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 95, pp. 2670–2673: “New
Findings of the Correlation Between Acupoints and Corresponding Brain Cortices Using Functional
Influences of Mental Activity on Subtle Electrical Energies and Mechanical Devices. Dr.
William A. Tiller and his colleagues at Stanford University developed an ultra-sensitive
gas-discharge detector that registers electron activity. They have demonstrated that through mental focus
alone, people can increase the activity of the electrons detected by the device (William A. Tiller, Science
and Human Transformation: Subtle Energies, Intentionality and Consciousness, Walnut Creek, CA, Pavior,
1997). Independent studies originating in the School of Engineering at Princeton University also suggest
that thoughts send out subtle energies. Not only could certain individuals use their minds to influence
instruments that generate numbers on a random basis, the presence of organized groups also imposes a
degree of order on the output of random number generators.
At 10 separate gatherings, ranging from business meetings to scientific conferences to
religious events, the effect was strongest during periods when the group’s attention was focused, when
the group’s cohesion was high, or when the group’s members were sharing a common emotional experi-
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Research In Energy Medicine (continued)
ence (Roger D. Nelson, G. Johnston Bradish, York H. Dobyns, Brenda J. Dunne, and Robert G. Jahn, “FieldREG
Anomalies in Group Situations,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, v. 10, pp. 111–141, 1996).
Influences of Mental Activity on Plant Growth, Blood Stability, GSR, and Healing. Larry Dossey,
M.D., has brought to the popular culture evidence about the healing effects of prayer (see Healing Words: The
Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, New York, HarperCollins, 1997). Other forms of mental activity
can also influence distant biological processes. It is difficult to explain these phenomena, which have been docu-
mented repeatedly in controlled laboratory investigations, without relying on some notion of subtle energies that
are “non-local,” not bound by distances.
Numerous laboratory experiments have, for instance, demonstrated that some people can mentally, and
from a distance, influence the growth of plants, fungi, and bacteria (Daniel J. Benor, Healing Research: Holistic
Energy Medicine and Spiritual Healing, Munich, Helix Verlag, 1993). After being instructed in how to use
visualization to inhibit the breakdown of red blood cells in a test tube located in a different room, individuals
achieved statistically significant results in their efforts to slow the rate of cell deterioration (William G. Braud,
“Distant Mental Influence of Rate of Hemolysis of Human Red Blood Cells,” Journal of the American Society for
Psychical Research, v. 84, pp. 1–24, 1990).
Braud has also successfully taught people how to use focused visualization to influence the electrodermal
(GSR) activity of another person who is any distance away and unaware of the first person’s efforts (“Human
Interconnectedness: Research Indications,” ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation, v. 14,
pp. 140–149, 1992).
The Most Dramatic Device for Detecting the Human Energy Fields That Influence Health Is Still a
Sensitive Healer. For instance, in research conducted by the neurosurgeon C. Norman Shealy, a patient’s name and
date of birth were given to the “medical intuitive” Caroline Myss, who had no contact with the patient. Myss would
psychically “enter” the patient’s body and systematically examine the relative health of each organ system. On one
sample of fifty patients, Myss’ clairvoyant diagnosis matched Dr. Shealy’s medical diagnosis in 93% of the
diseases identified. Myss’ statements were specific, such as “left testicle malignant, spread to left kidney,”
“venereal herpes,” and “schizophrenia.” Show us a machine that can do that! Reported by C. Norman Shealy,
“Clairvoyant Diagnosis,” in T.M. Srinivasan, Ed., Energy Medicine Around the World, Phoenix, AZ, Gabriel Press,
1988, pp. 291–303.
This column was assembled by the EM Newsletter staff, with special thanks for the efforts of Teresa Giacomini.
Beginning with the following issue of the Newsletter, we are pleased to announce, Research in Energy Medicine
will be written by Rod Birney, M.D. Please send pertinent findings to [email protected]
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Beginner’s Mind
My Summer Vacation
Michael Foley
We’d seen it work. So we followed Charlotte to Esalen last June
where she had signed us up for Donna Eden’s five-day Energy Medicine
Intensive. We were “the family.” There was Charlotte, myself, Cassie,
Jemma, Zachary, and his partner Nadia. Together we were six strong within
the group of 67, and our belief systems were well primed to be able and
willing participants. After all, we had seen Charlotte prepare for and
survive brain surgery with the help of energy medicine. Some of us didn’t
even know it was called “energy medicine” until we entered the big tent
on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific at Esalen, where Donna,
David, Titanya, and a host of helpers demonstrated, talked, guided, and
laughed us through five long, intimate, unforgettable days.
Within minutes, it seemed, Donna was leading us in Separating
Heaven and Earth. “This will help you sleep, help your energy flow, and
nip flu in the bud.” Donna cupped her fingers and dragged them strongly
across her scalp “for stuffy head or if you are in overwhelm.” When Charlotte saw that I couldn’t decide whether to
join in the exercise or write down what Donna was saying, she leaned over and said “Crown Pull.” By the time I
could thank her, everyone else was doing the Three Thumps. Then Donna was asking us, “How do you deal with
sudden conflict, button-pushing, ire, rage, suppressed anger…when you’re in public?”
Only 48 hours ago, I had shut my high school classroom door for the summer. Could energy medicine help
me survive my teaching day? I put my pen down and paid close attention. Donna gave us all a big wry smile and
fiercely thumped her K-27, thymus, and spleen points. The big tent erupted. How could we not laugh with her?
Donna connected with us all at that moment, vulnerable like we were, but with a difference. She absolutely glowed
with compassion. Her vulnerability included an irrepressible urge to heal others.
“All the meridians cross here,” Donna announced, returning to her own K-27 points. “And did you know
you could trace your meridians by the way you towel off after a shower? Up for yin, down for yang.”
I could picture myself fresh out of the shower, tracing my meridians. I was beginning to get the idea:
I could incorporate EM into everyday life instead of leaving the exercises locked up in one more
self-help books. Somebody got their nose “smashed” by the palm of Donna’s hand and when energy
tested, their arms went limp. I wrote myself a note: Cross crawl to work every day. Wear a backpack.
Then we all “hooked up” our belly button and third eye using our middle fingers, looking quite
rudely at each other across the cushions and backrests. After some workshop business regarding
small groups and the Innersource website, we left for our respective rooms. Outside in the dark, I
stopped to hear the ocean breaking on the cliffs below the tent.
The next morning, Donna’s daughter, Titanya transformed the Separating Heaven and Earth
exercise into animal movements. We came out of our primal corners and out of the energy medicine
texts we had all brought with us to become panthers, snakes, wild monke

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