The Energetic Body and Essential Oils
Energy Pathways. Energy Medicine. Energy Meridians. We more commonly hear words like this together and often nowadays but what are they exactly? And how do they work? How can you more efficiently use essential oils if you know more about how to get a Energetic Body? There are actually many energy pathways in, on and around the human body. Here are some common ones: chakras, auras, meridians and acupoints and reflex zones.
Let’s start with what a Chakra is. At the core of our body, spin seven main wheel like energy centers called chakras. Chakras have the ability to receive, assimilate and transmit energy. “The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel of light’(1).” Each chakra is a vortex, spinning life force energy into or out of the body. There are many numbers out there about the number of chakras in the human body but generally speaking there are 7 main chakras aligned along the spine and 114 chakras total in the body and 72,000 “nadis” or energy channels along which vital energy also known as “chi” or “prana” flows through. “When the nadis meet at different points in the body, they form a triangle (2).” This triangle is a chakra, which means “wheel”. (Eden, 2008) Chakras supply energy to certain organs and resonate from the bottom to the top chakra with one of seven universal principles having to do with survival, creativity, identity, love, expression, comprehension or transcendence. Energy that is blocked in any of our seven chakras can possibly result in illness which is why it is vital to know how to keep energy freely flowing through chakras.
Now let’s move on to auras. “An aura is also known as a biofield or energy field. It is comprised of many layers of energy. Auras are related to the electromagnetic field of the body and extend outward from our physical form.These are commonly known as the physical etheric, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies or PEMS for short.These layers vary in depth, energy and frequency at any given moment in time. They fluctuate in response to our physical, mental and emotional well being. The aura is also affected by the energies of the environment, force fields of the planet and radio frequencies. The aura is an electronic signature of who we are (3).” Although most of us cannot visually see what is present around our physical bodies, it is truly representative of our current state of being. The chakras are akin to generating stations within our auric field (Eden, 2008).
Moving onto meridians and acupoints. Meridians are energy highways in the body. They have beginnings and ends and flow in certain directions in the body (Tooley, 2015). “Along the meridian pathways are acupoints or ‘holes’ which allow access to the meridian. There are 12 major meridians, one for each organ and two channels on the front and back midline of the body. Each meridian has its own set of points and they flow one to another throughout the entire surface of the physical body creating uninterrupted vertical flows of energy.(4)”. There are also extra meridians and acupoints as the macrocosm of the entire physical body can be mapped as a microcosm to certain parts of the body such as hands, feet and ears. Meridians conduct energy known as qi and each point has a different effect on the qi that passes through it. When one part of the body produces an oversupply of qi, another part of the body will be deficient in it, where there is a blockage, disharmony or illness can occur.
Then we come to reflex zones or points. These are areas of the body that reflex back to specific larger areas of the body. Again we go back to the concept of, “the macrocosm of the physical body can be mapped as a microcosm on the feet, hands, ears and head (5).” Reflexology is the practice of making healthy contact with various parts of the body via their respective reflex zone. “Reflexology is a gentle therapy that relieves tension and clears blockages by stimulating sensory receptors in the nerve fibers of the foot producing energy that branches to the spinal cord where it is dispersed throughout the entire nervous system. It relaxes the body which reduces any constriction of blood vessels and improves circulation, endorphins are released into the bloodstream easing aches and pains (6)” and promoting relaxation and balance. It also can stimulate nerve function, increase energy, boost circulation, eliminate toxins, prevent headaches, induce labor in overdue pregnancies and assist on oxygenating the body and promoting overall well being.
Now let’s get to how we can utilize this knowledge to more effectively use our essential oils. Essential oils contain hundreds of chemical constituents and are highly effective in creating conditions unfriendly to bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites but it goes beyond that. Lets also remember that everything vibrates. So every atom in the universe has a specific vibratory motion which has a frequency (total oscillations per second) that can be measured in Hertz (Gerber, 2003). Now most plants use enzymes to break down molecular components during their lifetimes. Each of these enzymes has a unique vibration. The vibrational frequency of an essential oil reflects the integrity of these elements and enzymes embodied within its substance, its life force and its original intent. This factors into an oil’s potential therapeutic value.
The human body also vibrates at a certain frequency. But these normally harmonious frequencies can and do go out of tune when a person experiences physical or emotional stress. This is when a blockage in the flow of life energy can result and although they may manifest as chemical imbalances, they almost certainly originated as an electromagnetic imbalance that has altered the certain vibrational frequencies of the molecules, cells, tissues and organs within the body. When you properly return the body to its natural frequency energy blockages are dissolved and released and illness either doesn’t manifest or is resolved.
According to Dr. Richard Gerber MD, author of Vibrational Medicine, one of the best ways we can change dysfunctional patterns in our energy bodies is to administer therapeutic doses of “frequency-specific subtle energy in the form of vibrational medicines (7)”. Good quality essential oils produce coherent frequencies that are naturally tuned to the health of our bodies. Pharmaceuticals and synthetic oils do not (Totilo, 2010). This can also be considered energetic pharmacology.
The process used for this to occur is known as entrainment. “Entrainment is when a substance with a higher frequency can raise a lower frequency as the two oscillating bodies tend to lock into phase so that they vibrate in harmony (8).” This is a really pertinent part of understanding how essential oils can have an effect on our own personal electromagnetic frequency. When you blend essential oils that have different frequencies, an entire new frequency may emerge targeting different organs and so forth in the body. Since each organ in our body requires certain nutrients and vitamins, it is noteworthy that an essential oil’s energetic affinity can enhance and support organs and body systems by enhancing nutrient absorption.
Another area that i personally find fascinating is essential oils affecting our emotional and mental body which in turn affects our physical body as emotions influence our physical structure. So, many essential oils can influence our emotions, especially essential oils that are higher vibration than others. Lower vibrating essential oils tend to influence the physical body more such as cells, hormones, viruses, fungi, etc (Life Science, 2014). These emotional problems can compromise body systems and even genetic structuring through a process that has a molecular memory in key organs and structures of the body. Well known author and Georgetown University research professor Candace Pert states, “repressed traumas caused by overwhelming emotion can be stored in a body part, thereafter affecting our ability to feel that part or even move it” (Life Science, 2014). Scientists have discovered that the limbic system of the brain plays a vital role in interpreting and channeling intense experiences, particularly fear or trauma. The two parts of this system, the amygdala and hippocampus, are located within less than an inch of the olfactory nerve (to smell). “Fear and trauma can produce conditioned emotional responses and unless they are released they can hamper us with unexplained pain, illness and psychological issues. Using aroma of essential oils seems to affect the amygdala in ways that release stored emotional blocks both in subconscious and body systems (9).”When used regularly over time and with proper healthy diet and healthy new thought processes, significant strides can be made for healthy emotional well being of an individual.
Essential oils are unlimited in their capability to help one’s physical, emotional and energetic being live in harmony especially when used regularly. It really is an amazing universe we live in and breathtaking when you begin to discover there are so many “helpers” in the plant kingdom just waiting…patiently…when we are ready, to assist us in ultimate well being and peace.
➺Life Science Publishing, (April 2014) Essential Oil Desk Reference 6th Edition
➺Gerber, R. (2003) Vibrational Medicine, Bear and Company
➺Eden, D. (2008) Energy Medicine, Jeremy P. Tarcher Publishing
➺Totilo, R. (2010) Heal With Essential Oils, Rebecca at the Well Foundation
➺McElroy, M. (2008) The Energy of Life, Margaret M. Productions
Tooley, A., Vibrational Energy Medicine, (2015), Energy Pathways, http://www.energyandvibration.com/energypathways.htm
Sadhyguru, The Huffington Post, 2011, The Seven Chakras and Their Significance to Your Life, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sadhguru/the-7-chakras-and-their-s_b_844268.html