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1 The neurobiology of energy healing...a hands on approach. Have you ever considered why we use our hands for healing? After all it's not called "hands on healing" for nothing. Why do some practitioners and techniques insist on receiving with the left and giving with the right? How is it that we can feel a persons energy field through our hands? It turns out there are some very good reasons. Left Brain, Right Brain. Let s look at the concept of the Masculine and Feminine principles which really is about the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Common thinking within metaphysics suggests that the masculine principle is active impulses and the feminine principle is receptive impulses. One generalisation suggests that the left side of the body represents the feminine, while the right side represents the masculine. The 20th century brain theory is called selective lateralisation of hemispheres, which is a fancy medical way of describing the way that different functions appear to be assigned, or delegated, to different hemispheres of the brain. And this is commonly called the right-left brain theory. The popular conception of this theory is that the right side of the brain is the creative and artistic side, and the left side is supposed to be the logical and linear functioning side. But how can we justify this thinking when it's possible to remove whole sections of the brain to treat violent seizures and convulsions. Patients undergoing this procedure don't lose all logic and linear thinking, they don't become insane or disoriented, or have any problems conceiving time. Of course it does depend on the area of the brain that is affected. For example, the parietal area is concerned with activities. If you take the frontal area, it is concerned with your personality, and if you take the occipital area, it is concerned with your vision. So you can lose something. Damage to the left side of the brain can affect the right side of the body and vice versa. In neurobiology, this idea about the creative/artistic and logical/linear being on different sides of the brain is not absolute. It s a little bit different from that. What we do know for certain is that the right brain is actually related to the perception of space, language skills, hearing, and speech. 1 Red Spirit Energy Healing

2 And we know that the right brain is connected to motor functions in the left side of the body. Now the left brain, we do know is related to perception of time, and also affects conceptual and comprehension skills, and is connected to the right side of the body. That s what we do know. However, the skills and functions of the brain are mostly shared between the hemispheres. So there is some concentration of some skills, a little more on the left or on the right, but they re not absolute. The functions are shared between the hemispheres. Since there s a connection between the right brain and left body, and the left brain and right body, the energy from the brain can be transmitted outwards through the neurological system, because all of the neurological system is connected to the brain. Since the left side of the brain has a higher concentration of the active functions, the traditional view when people want to project energy with their hands, is to use their right hand. This is because the corresponding left side of the brain has more control over activity...doing something or moving energies. So by using the right hand to project energy, the energy is flowing in the right direction along the right pathways through the neurological system, and so the energy actually comes out through the nerves of the hand, and usually out of the palm of the hand. The right side of the brain tends to be more receptive than active and so the left hand is often denoted as the receiver of energy, or for reading energy. My wife Chris is a typical example of this...only ever using her left hand to feel the energy of a client. Anatomy lesson. There are some sound anatomical reasons to support this concept of giving with the right and receiving with the left. Half of your hand is connected to the ulnar nerve, and the other half of the hand is connected to the median nerve. These nerves control the fingers and small muscle movements. The ulnar nerve travels along the inside of the arm, and the median nerve travels upwards through the centre of the arm. The median nerve controls half of the hand, both front and back, the half with the thumb on it. That s the median side of the hand. The ulnar nerve controls both the front and back of the other half of the hand, that s the ulnar side. The whole hand is also affected by the radial nerve, which travels along the back of the arm and back of the forearm. To see how this is significant to your energy systems, we need to look at the chart of the nervous system and spinal column on the following page. The medians nerve and ulnar nerves travel from the hand, upwards through the arm towards the spinal column, and enters the spinal column at the T-1, C-8, C-7, C-6, and C-5 vertebrae. This is towards the top of the spinal column in the neck area. The radial nerves are connected even higher on the spinal column, at the C-4 and C-3 vertebrae, which is right near the base of the brain stem. 2 Red Spirit Energy Healing

3 When you are higher up on the spinal column, near the base of the brain stem, there is more energy information exchange with the brain. In other words, the brain sends more mental energy through those nerves, partly through direct transmission of nerve impulses, and partly through subtle magnetic induction. Magnetic induction happens mostly with the nerves closest to where the brain is, which are the nerves on the top of the spinal column. The brain acts like a large antenna transmitting electrical energy affecting the nerves at the top of the spinal column. This will be covered in more detail shortly. Now let s consider the significance of the right-left brain theory. All these nerves in the hand are connected to the brain, particularly the hemisphere of the brain which controls motor functions in the side of the body where each hand is located. The nerves in the hand, in particular, are connected to the top of the spinal column, and their connecting vertebrae are physically closest to the brain. What that means is that those nerves carry the most information energy from the brain from the corresponding hemisphere of the brain, all the way down to the hand. 3 Red Spirit Energy Healing

4 So why is all this significant? What is important in this analysis is the source of the signal. The phenomenon we are analysing is that there is a very strong indication that mental energy is most clearly transmitted through the hands. Proximity to the brain makes a difference in explaining the source of the signal, regardless of how the signal is then carried by the nerves. This makes sense because the brain generates an electrical field containing energy information. All electrical fields radiate outward from the antenna, in this case the brain, and the field strength is inversely proportional to the distance from the antenna. In other words, the closer we are to the brain, the field is stronger, and there is more energy information. The further we are from the brain, the field is weaker, and there is less energy information. Now consider that when a nerve or connecting series of nerves is placed within an electrical field, they will be subject to electromagnetic induction, whereby the energy information in the field will be magnetically induced into the nerve, the same way that an electrical field induces a current in a wire. Therefore, we can reliably conclude that the nerves which will carry the most quantity of energy from the brain s surrounding energy information field, with the strongest force and clarity, must be the nerves which are physically the closest possible to the brain. Since the nerves which are closer to the brain than any others are the nerves from the hands, it follows that by magnetic induction, the nerves in the hands must carry the most energy information from the brain, and thus the most mental energy. There are two senses in the hands, motor senses and tactile senses. The tactile senses are related to touch, heat, cold and pain. The motor senses are activity and movement. So we are not talking about only connections for motor control. There are many nerves in the hand both motor and tactile, which can carry energy information. Also, the hand is the most skilled system of the body, performing highly detailed functions. Neurologically, the nerves in the hand are more precise, more refined. You can say that they are better carriers for complex signals. Better responses can be carried through the nerves of the hand, because of their refinement. So you could argue that the energy from the brain, since it s connected to all parts of the body equally, would be transmitted along the whole side of the body, but the quality of information would be better in the hand. The energy information from the brain is most easily detected in the hands because of their skill. Considering the fact that the left hemisphere of the brain is connected to the right side of the body, since the hand is the most refined carrier for detailed complex energy information, if we look at the right hand, and read the energy information that s there, we will get the clearest picture of what energy information is coming from the left side of the brain. But remember the selective lateralisation of hemispheres is not a hard and fast rule. Some people use more skilled functions in their left hand than their right, as in people who write with their left hand. In these people the right cerebrum is more developed. For right handed people, our left cerebrum is more developed. There is a difference between the mass of the cerebrum. But that s related only to the motor parts of the brain, and not the psychological parts. Confused?? It's like this...writing with your left hand will cause more highly developed motor control areas of the brain, but the parts of that right hemisphere of the brain that are involved with perception of space, language skills, hearing and speech will not be affected. Now here s the next part. The right side of the brain, which is the more receptive in function, connected to the left hand, is favoured for receiving energy information. 4 Red Spirit Energy Healing

5 So because the right part of the brain has a higher concentration of receptive functions, the left hand, specifically those nerves in the left hand, can be used as antennae to receive energy information. In fact, in medical practice, if you don t have a thermometer, and you want to test the temperature of a patient, you place your left hand on their body, because it s more tactile, and more sensitive to detecting the information you need. The left hand is also used for detecting the pulse. So even in conventional medicine, the left hand is used as a sensor to receive information. While that works physically, for reading a person s temperature, it also works in the subtle world, for using those nerves as antennae to receive electromagnetic subtle energy. According to what we just resolved, this works independent of whether you say you re left handed or right handed, because that only has to do with your motor skill development, and how you control your muscle groups. But we re not talking about muscle groups, we re talking about the nerves as transmitting antennae and receiving antennae. So regardless of which hand is predominant for motor activity, the left hand is still the receiving antenna, and the right hand is still the transmitting antenna. The reason that this is important, is because there are really only two ways we can work with subtle energies as human beings. One is to use alpha state to tune in using the pineal body of the brain, and the other way is to feel energy with our hands, using the nerves in the hands which are highly refined as antennae. If we want to work with the energy to do healing, we need to project that energy also through the hands, because that s the best channel for transmitting energy. And that is the same whether you are right or left handed. That is also the difference between diagnosis and treatment. If we want to feel the patient s energies, and diagnose them, then it's suggested we use the left hand to feel that information. In practice, we may feel that as electrical tingling sensations in the nerves of our hand. Then, when we want to give a treatment, to project energy, we use the right hand to project that energy. Some practitioners suggest there is a risk to the healer from using the left hand to receive this information. The issue is, when you put your left hand on or near a person, you are receiving their information energy, and that goes directly to the right hemisphere of your brain. Perhaps it doesn t go exclusively to the right hemisphere, but mostly to the right part of the brain. So when you are reading information from someone using your left hand, that energy is going into your own energy system. The energy from a person who is not well is illness energy. It is energy information, waveforms, frequencies, and pulses that are characterised by illness. When you feel that with your left hand, that can go into your own energy system, and by magnetic induction, or by just direct transmission, can cause illness in your own body. I do not agree with this concept but I guess there is always a possibility. It is therefore suggested by some practitioners to read a persons energies with the right hand. When you put your right hand a few inches away from a persons body, both of the different energy fields are pushing against each other, and there s an interference pattern. You can t clearly read the energy directly using your right hand, because the signal is corrupted by your own energies coming out. However, you can learn or train yourself, to feel the interference between the two. So when the two fields interact, you can feel the difference between your energy and theirs. 5 Red Spirit Energy Healing

6 When you re learning to feel these subtle energies, it s like learning a foreign language and building a vocabulary. Then you eventually learn... when I feel X, it means this, and when I feel Y, it means that...building up a vocabulary. In summary. Anatomically speaking, the left hand is deemed to be the best receiver, and the right hand as the best transmitter of energy for healing purposes. For the purposes of reducing the risk of absorbing negative energies it is suggested by some to do the reverse and learn to interpret appropriately. I don't agree, as some people are vulnerable to other energies no matter what they do. I certainly do recommend that you build a vocabulary to interpret the energies whichever hand you use. And which hand is that? Whichever you are comfortable with...whatever works for you. From my experience there is definitely a connection between the left side, right brain and feminine or emotional aspects of a person. And conversely there is a connection between the right side, left brain and masculine analytical aspects of a person. But as previously described, different sides of the brain are not isolated in their roles so nothing is absolute or set in stone. There are many other aspects to projecting energy and can be done while sitting on your hands, so to speak. The same for receiving energy information from a person. I believe you use your entire body to receive information from another energy field. And anyone can do it. So that's the neurobiology behind hands on healing...it's not just a lot of hocus pocus after all, there is a fundamental basis to most techniques. 6 Red Spirit Energy Healing

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