Non-physical touch and the non-locality of energy Pt. 1

January 25th, 2015





“Spooky action at a distance.”


– Albert Einstein describing the non-locality of quantum entanglement [1]




Many years ago I was treating a client sent to me by a colleague who had been treating him for chronic joint and back injuries. Chiropractic adjustments and bodywork had been of temporary help but the pain and limited mobility returned so he was referred to me to see if I could provide another angle on the problem.



While not particularly ‘alternative’ in his outlook the client was open and trusted that a new approach might help. I began treating him with normal shiatsu pressure techniques. Some very specific areas and points were reactive and caused his whole body to jump or move uncontrollably. A few millimetres distance either side of each point or the slightest change in the angle of pressure was the difference between feeling nothing or the above reactions.



I remembered the theory that each point is an independent energy vortex. That is, as energy is expressed through points it travels in expanding spirals out through the body. At around half a metre away from the surface of the skin the spirals then become quite large – about the size of a small plate.



I made the decision to work at that level instead of on the body as finding the exact point and angle was quite difficult, time consuming and was becoming an overly technical exercise that took me away from being present in the healing state.



What happened next was quite remarkable. Every time my hands passed over an area relevant to client’s problem I felt my hand bumping into a subtle but undeniably solid shape in the air. Even more interesting was that every time I did this the client reacted exactly the same as when I had found the point on his body.



This was a big ‘aha!’ moment for me at the time. With each session more interesting patterns emerged. The client progressed from spasm reactions to forming defined postures. In time these morphed into smooth sequences of postures like an advanced yoga routine.



Several things are worth noting at this point:



  • The client had his eyes closed at all times and despite moving all over the room never once bumped into anything or injured himself.
  • His long-standing symptoms disappeared quite quickly and he became much more flexible than before.
  • Oh, and he was now doing these complex, symmetrical yoga sequences that changed every session – without having learnt yoga before…




Bodywork or energy work?



There were other factors that became apparent during this treatment series that I will not go into with this blog, as fascinating and enlightening as they may have been.



Shiatsu class 1



The point to be made here is that energy is demonstrably both physical and non-physical in nature and can be worked with in different ways.



Shiatsu for instance, is often described as ‘bodywork’ or ‘massage’ because it appears to be working on the body like many other physical therapeutic forms. The logic model that informs it however has much more in common with acupuncture and healing than massage. It is a software model based upon an understanding of energy as the programming language of physical processes.


It views the energy patterns that are either harmonious (resulting in a healthy body) or dissonant (resulting in dis-ease). The meridian system it employs may then be viewed as ‘code lines’ to be adjusted or reprogrammed as required by a skilled and experienced therapist much like the functioning of a hardware computer can be improved by a skilled software engineer.


The meridian system is only one representative model of energy however which means that we will eventually have to switch models as we extend our connection with energy beyond the physical body itself.


There are many other energy models that attempt to quantify and describe this expanded view of energy in realtionship to the physical body.



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In the same way that we can choose to work entirely within our laptop computer using only the contents of its internal hard drive, or connect to the internet and access endless information from distal sources, we can work with the body in different ways too. Let us have a look at the most common medical model in use today.





Frankenstein’s monster and the juicy machine



The current model employed by Western medicine is the Frankenstein model. That is, we humans are seen as a self-contained entity of structural anatomy and biochemistry – a type of sentient, juicy machine. The sentient part that differentiates a living human being from a corpse is often glossed over. Maybe because so much of the early years of medical training is spent more with cadavers than living specimens.




It is a quite impersonal way to view human existence and leads to equally impersonal interventions like poisonous chemicals and invasive surgery that can help and hurt in equal measure. Its central tenants are not dissimilar to the ‘cutting, burning and poisoning’ of medieval medical practices.



The ‘evidence base’ it uses is primarily limited to the investigation of biochemistry. This is why pharmaceutical solutions feature so prominently in modern medicine. Curiously, this makes treatment methods a little too selective in its approach. It mostly ignores the physics department who are much more comfortable with the non-physical world of energy.[2]



Why is this so? Are these well-educated and conscientious doctors, researches and medical staff intentionally hostile to alternative explanations of the body in health? Not usually at least.[3]  The explanation lies in unconscious assumptions.[4] If there is no software metaphor in their medical model then:



  • In terms of the human body, no software, non-physical energy will be recognised as ‘real’.
  • No software, non-physical energy-measuring technology will be created to test out the theory. Professor Karl Alfors (formally of Uppsala University) called these the “subtle measuring tools” needed to investigate the potential of energy medicine.
  • The knee jerk (i.e. unconscious) reaction from medicine will then of course be to completely dismiss the concept of energy as a therapeutic tool and continue with the Frankenstein model.



Now such an approach is not all bad of course. Emergency medicines and surgery can and do save lives every day. But what if the problem is not coming from the hardware of our physical computer we see as our body in this model?



Well, I’m so glad you asked…




Non-local energy



There is the occasional attempt by some medical researchers (usually the neurology department) to describe the meridian system of energy lines seen in acupuncture and shiatsu as linked to physical structures like the nervous system. This is because, although not physical structures themselves, the meridians are at least accepted to be operating within the body.



But what about beyond the boundaries of the body? If each energy point becomes an outward expanding spiral then is it not logical that they will eventually merge with each other and become meaningless as separate points and meridians? Will we not then need a new model to explain how energy affects the body at that, err, point?


The video below shows Dr. Thornton Streeter’s biofield measuring device. It demonstrates the change on the energy field of a smoker after a group sings at certain tonal frequencies. So there do already exist subtle measuring tools – just not in the mainstream as yet.



One theory is that energy can be non-local in nature. Applied to the body and health that implies that energy can affect our anatomy, physiology and psychology, for example, without originating from it. This is not as strange as it may first appear.



We accept that our hardware computers and mobile devices can access the internet which may mean a server halfway across the world that remotely sends our device a bug fix or an update to improve its function.



Neither does it take any more energy for our mobile phone to call a phone across the street or even in another country. If we allowed ourselves to be stuck in a purely physical metaphor we would still be shouting into tin cans connected by a piece of string.

tin can telephone


In other words, where energy is concerned we need to let go of the physical metaphors and their inherent limitations to which we have become accustomed.



We do not need to abandon them completely however. It is more a case of using the appropriate tool for the job.



right tool



The job of healing for example, often utilizes non-physical touch and does not even require the healer and client to occupy the same physical space. As with the example of the mobile phone it requires no more effort for an experienced healer to work in a non-local, distal way than if they were in a clinic with their client on a mat or table in front of them.



As it so happens dear Conscious Health reader, these are just the subjects and situations we will be investigating next week in part two of this short series on non-physical touch and the non-locality of energy work. Stay tuned.





Till we feel the strange effect even the idea of another Monday far away can exert upon us,



[1] This line was partly in jest as part of Einstein’s long running argument with contemporary John Bohr. The EPR paradox stumped Bohr and was not resolved until 1964, long after Einstein’s death. CERN physicist John Bell resolved it by thinking of entanglement as an an entirely new kind of phenomenon, which he termed “non-local” – making Einstein, as in so many other matters, spookily prescient.

[2] While methods like radiation and x-rays feature for example, there is very little concept of a relationship between internally generated energy and those from the environment, other people or non-local sources.

[3] Although one might not always say the same for some pharmaceutical corporations and the institutions from which they draw a large part of their funding and who have vested interests in steering the medical debate away from alternative solutions and back to their expensive, chemical ones. As the mafia might say, “It’s not personal, just business.”

[4] Hey, this is the Conscious Health blog




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