If you are new to holistic living, you may be wondering what the advocates of the alternative lifestyle are referring to when they talk about “universal source energy”.
For instance, are they referring to the type of energy our cells require for staying strong and healthy, or are they talking about the electrical signals produced by our brains and sent throughout our bodies?
The truth is it’s neither. What they are actually discussing is a type of energy that’s anatomically undetectable.
Holistic Living 101
According to Liz Simpson, author of The Book of Chakra Healing:
“While orthodox medicine describes our physical system in terms of chemistry, what is now understood is that for any chemical action to take place a change in the electromagnetic energy of the body must occur. This energy emanates form the ‘mind’ and explains the importance of the mind-body link to our physical, emotional, and mental health.”
Mentions of electromagnetic energy can cause some of you to flash back to a term you likely learned in high school chemistry – polarity.
“Polarity” is defined as “the relative orientation of poles; the direction of a magnetic or electric field”. In other words, it basically sets the direction of energy flow. Take an average battery as an example.
As you know, energy always flows from point A to point B, or from the negatively charged pole to the positively charged pole. If you put the battery in the wrong way, it won’t work properly.
Our bodies are the pretty much same; we need the energy to flow in the right direction for them to function properly.
The 7-Chakra System
Simpson posits that the ancient cultures of the East developed the 7-chakra system because they understood that the body is more than just flesh and bones; they thought of it as “pulsating, dynamic field of energy.”
This may sound familiar to those of you who read our post, The 7 Chakras: An Introduction to Your Source Energy. Simply put, the chakras refer to the spinning vortices of energy found throughout the body. Each one is closely associated with a specific organ or endocrine gland.
Every person is enveloped by his or her own unique energy field, which is accessed from The Universal Life Force called “prana” or “chi”.
You can think of the chakras as a series of valves connecting a water tap to a garden hose; the water flows smoothly through the system, unless the valves are either too closed or too open.
When all the chakras are aligned and open, we can regulate all of our natural processes, ranging from our emotions to organ function and the immune system.
“Experts now believe that the field of radiation, which we call aura, in combination with our DNA, make up our combined genetic material. It seems that while the passive DNA preserves our unique genetic code, the transmitting bioelectromagnetic field is able to modify it. Ancient healers believed that the aura holds the key to a person’s physical mental, emotional, and spiritual states.”
A while back we wrote about the incredible power of the mind-body-spirit connection. To illustrate just how amazing it was, we used psychosomatic disorders as an example.
A person suffering from a psychosomatic disorder may develop physical pain that is not the result of any concrete damage to their nerves or tissue, but is actually a byproduct of some kind of mental issue.
Treating the pain will not make it go away, but treating the mental disorder will.
Simpson argues “that by maintaining an open and smooth flowing channel of energy though out the chakras, by freeing ourselves of the mental or emotional traumas that can cause blockage, we can pre-empt the onset of physical disease.”
She does have a point. By engaging in practices that fuse physical activity with mindfulness and meditation, any one of us could begin this transformative healing process.
From a medical standpoint, stress is the most dangerous threat to our health and wellbeing, mainly because it causes inflammation in our bodies.
East Meets West
Most of the practices aimed at balancing the chakras have an anti-inflammatory effect.
We’ve written about the importance of preventative care to fight chronic inflammation, outlining the steps as the top practitioners of western medicine provide them to us.
But, we’ve also praised the immeasurable and irreplaceable benefits of engaging in holistic living. Our post, Understanding the Mind-Body Connection and How to Improve it Through Yoga, is definitely a worthy read if you haven’t gotten to it yet.
“Yoga is considered to be a relaxation-response technique, much like meditation and mindfulness. In other words, by practicing yoga we are actually facilitating a physiological state of deep rest. One of its main benefits is decreased anxiety and stress, but also improved heart health, reduced blood pressure, and stronger immunity. As a matter of fact, the health benefits of relaxation-response techniques are so powerful they can reduce the need for health care services by 43 percent.”
When we talk about universal source energy flowing through our bodies, we are referring to something not yet fully understood by modern science. But, to deny its efficacy solely based on this fact is not entirely wise.
After all, science is still a fairly young discipline and western medicine has had a pretty successful track record at keeping people well and healthy throughout the millennia.
Without the use of modern therapies, medicines and technologies, people successfully relied on holistic living and ancient healing techniques passed down to them throughout the generations.
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