The Living Matrix Pt.1: Everything in its Right Place

October 10th, 2016





“Our problems are mainly a consequence of a lack of holistic understanding of the man-made system in which we are entwined.”

Helena Norberg-Hodges






Regardless of medical training, personal belief, culture or part of the world we live in, most of us have at least heard of the concept of energy fields. Some may even be aware of the acupuncture meridian and point system of traditional Chinese medicine or other healing methods focusing on the ‘software’ of the body to influence physical functions.


What are these mysterious energy systems exactly? Do they even have a place in a modern, technologically advanced medical environment or should they be consigned to a quaint footnote in our multi-cultural history?


To answer these questions we need to look at the current state of knowledge about the software of energy and its relationship with the body.



Bio-software and the energy-consciousness model


The energy that animates our body and mind is the defining factor between a living being and a corpse. Both have the anatomical structure of the body in common but there is a world of difference between the two.


Alex Grey. All rights reserved.

Alex Grey. All rights reserved.


This is where the concept of energy-consciousness comes in. Known by various names in different cultures – life force, nerve force, vitality, chi, ki, prana and shakti to name a few – this energy provides the software intelligence that drives the hardware of physical existence. Many would argue that the difference is academic – that, ultimately, it is all the same thing.



Opposing forces


Strangely though, despite inventing technologies that measure and use the software of energy (like ECG and X-ray machines for example) Western scientific medicine remains skeptical of the ‘software-controlled hardware’ concept of human life.


It has chosen to focus upon human anatomy and biochemistry while somehow ignoring or downplaying what may lie behind them. As a result, there is very little useful research done on energy of points and meridian pathways. Even this has been limited to known structures like the central nervous system and its effect on pain.1


The prevailing medical attitude to energy therapies ranges from skepticism to hostile opposition. Fortunately, there are others who are more open-minded within the wider scientific community and beyond.



Tensegrity: Everything in its right place




Tensegrity was a term developed by R. Buckminster Fuller to describe the continuous tensional network inherent in architectural structures like geodesic domes and tents. Forces at any point in the structure could be absorbed by the whole, ensuring stability.


Biochemist Donald Ingber further developed our understanding of this concept inside the body. He showed the connection between mechanical forces and biochemical reactions he called ‘solid state’ biochemistry.


This provided the conceptual link between structural and energy systems


This concept is well known among energy therapists. Even small acupuncture points, whose structural surface area is seemingly negligible have a profound interaction and influence on the collective system of the human body.



© Carola Beresford-Cooke

© Carola Beresford-Cooke




We now know that we generate different energy fields in and around the body. Here are a few examples:

  • Biomagnetic fields have been known for some time. They follow a very distinct pattern. More interestingly, they can be applied to practical therapies.





  • New technologies, like Harry Oldfield’s Energy Vision Imaging system show energy lines in the body following the meridian system of tradition Chinese medicine first printed nearly 3,500 years ago. It seems that everything old is new again.


Play from 3.47 for meridian section



Biomedicine is becoming more holistic


Even within biomedical science itself there is a growing body of evidence to show the connection between what were previously thought to be independent, disconnected areas of the body:


  • The matrix of a human cell is no longer thought to be the simplistic ‘bag or organic soup’ most of us learnt about in school. We now know the cell has a cytoplasmic matrix or ‘cytoskeleton’.
  • Enzymes that were previously thought to be floating about randomly are actually attached to structures within the cell and nucleus.
  • This means that the cell reacts in a more intelligent, collective or holistic way to stimuli.
  • Colleagues like Dr. Kerstin Uvnäs Möberg have demonstrated that physical touch at the surface of the body (like massage) creates healing biochemical reactions within it. That massage relaxes us may not seem groundbreaking in itself but the mechanism through which this happens opens new doors to how we understand the body’s communication network.


Little and large: The point and meridian system of traditional Chinese medicine


With this more updated view of the complex, intelligent interactivity of the micro and macro biochemical systems of the body it is easier to understand this same process being a central part of energy systems too.


© Shizuto Masunaga

© Shizuto Masunaga


In acupuncture, shiatsu and related therapies the debate centres around the relationship between the individual functions of points and the meridian systems as a whole. Do points act independently or is the meridian system it is connected to more important? In any case where are these meridian lines and energy points anyway? By one of those now regular coincidences here on the Monday Conscious Health blog that is precisely the topic of part two on this short series on the living matrix of energy within us.



Till another Monday joins the dots to see the big picture



1 In all my years of studying and practicing acupuncture I have never seen an instance where the concept of pain has been isolated from the context of a particular pathology. Pain is alleviated by removing the dysfunction causing it. There simply are no ‘pain treatments’ in classical Chinese and Japanese medicine.  This is a modern Western medical construct (aided and abbetted by Chinese hospitals eager for funding money and recognition) to satisy the world view of neurological research.



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