“The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what bring you nothing but misfortune. Our nervous system isn’t just a fiction, it’s part of our physical body, and our soul exists in space and is inside us, like teeth in our mouth. It can’t be forever violated with impunity.”
-Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
This article serves as an introduction to a holistic view of the human being. Several tools are mentioned which may help individuals achieve a balanced state, but only when they are practiced under the direct guidance of a trained professional in that field.
The Human Being
Human beings are multi-dimensional entities. To achieve optimal health, we must become balanced on a number of levels. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD/PhD, has given a clear and concise explanation of these levels, which will be summarized here. His healing method is adapted from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, an ancient, complete manual for the study and practice of Yoga.
As show in the diagram above, there are essentially five levels of existence for a human being. The levels are physical, energetic, mental, intuitive, and spiritual. The physical level is the foundation upon which all other levels rest (1). Our five senses of touch, taste, feeling, hearing, and seeing are within this level. The physical level serves as our connection to the Earth. It is directly influenced and can be balanced by factors such as diet, exercise, sleep, and the environment in which we live.
The second level, consisting of the energetic body, is home to electromagnetism, gravity, strong force, and weak force. Our bodies emit weak electromagnetic fields that can be measured by instruments such as electrocardiographs, electroencephalograms, and Gauss meters (2, 3). Each organ vibrates at a particular frequency (e.g. the heart at 1-2 Hz and the brain between 4 and 30 Hz). DNA vibrates at a high frequency and emits biophotons, surrounding the body in a field of light (4). The electric fields arise from somatic and autonomic nerves which travel in the longitudinal axis of the body; magnetic fields are created by these forces and travel perpendicular to this axis and extended into space, theoretically to infinity (1). The energetic level is directly influenced by our ability to cope with stress and can be associated with feelings such as anger or joy. Meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and related modalities are used to achieve balance on this level.
The third level, composed of the mental field, is organized by our beliefs, attitudes, and thoughts; it theoretically extends to infinity squared (1). It is not tangible, but its effects manifest on the energetic and physical levels. In theory, having a positive attitude and outlook on life manifests a healthy energetic field and body. We are surrounded by our own mental field, which interrelates with the fields of others (1). Tools such as positive affirmations, visualization, journaling, and reconditioning of the mind via symbols/imagery PK Meditation can help to strike balance at this level.
The fourth level consists of the intuitive body. From my experience, I have come to understand it as a place in which time does not exist: past, present, and future are all one. At this level, once can have a premonition which “predicts” a future event. For instance, a woman is sleeping and has a dream that a chandelier will fall on her baby at 4:03 AM; she awakes, looks at the clock, and it is 4:01 AM. She then rushes out of bed and grabs her baby just before the chandelier falls and crushes the crib in which the baby was just sleeping (5). I have found that this level can be accessed and perhaps understood by keeping a dream journal. Through dreams, experiences such as past-lives, archetypes, and trans-generational family issues may arise and be more easily understood. Deep meditative states may also allow this level to be accessed.
The fifth level is that of the spirit, the plane in which self-healing occurs. This is one’s relationship with God, the Universe, the higher-self. Prayer, chanting, and deep meditative states may allow this level to be accessed.
The fourth and fifth levels are beyond the understanding of the mind and cannot be explained through language; they must be experienced within the framework of the body.
If you are intrigued with this introductory article, you can read Dr. Klinghardt’s article, “The 5 Levels of Healing” which explains these concepts further and introduces many more healing modalities associated with each level; Dr. Klinghardt’s article also explains the interplay of the five levels, which I did not discuss due to its complexity.
Over the next few weeks, I will be writing more articles which explain some of the healing modalities and tools which I have found helpful in greater detail. Stay tuned and thank you for reading!
1) Klinghardt, Dietrich. “The 5 Levels of Healing.” Explore!. Volume 14, Number 4, November 2005, Pages 1-7.
2) Hill, Richard W., and Gordon A. Wyse. Animal Physiology. 2nd ed. Sunderland: Sinauer Associates, 2008.
3) Hisamitsu, T., A. Seto, T. Yamamoto, and SK Aung. “Emission of Extremely Strong Magnetic Fields from the Head and Whole Body during Oriental Breathing Exercises.” Acupunct Electrother Res 21.3-4 (1996): 219-27.
4) Kobayashi, Masaki, Daisuke Kikuchi, and Hitoshi Okamura. “Imaging of Ultraweak Spontaneous Photon Emission from Human Body Displaying Diurnal Rhythm.” Ed. Joseph Najbauer. PLoS ONE7 (2009): E6256
5) The Power of Premonitions – Larry Dossey, M.D.
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