How Energy Psychology works

The implications of these findings for working with psychological issues are enormous.

Here is a preliminary explanation for the near-instant, lasting results seen in the snake-phobia case reported in the Introduction and the PTSD cases reported earlier in this chapter.

First, the following is an outline of the known biological sequence that is involved when a typical, threat-based, dysfunctional emotional response has been triggered:

A harmless sight, sound, smell, feeling, or thought (the trigger) is recognized by the amygdala, a part of the brain that identifies threat, as being similar to a previous experience that involved physical danger or emotional threat.

The amygdala sends impulses to the autonomic nervous system that elicit the “fight, flight, or freeze” alarm response. Chemicals such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol are released into the bloodstream, causing the heart rate, blood pressure, and other bodily processes to undergo a series of dramatic changes.

At the same time, primitive areas of the brain, designed to respond to threat, shape perception and thought.

The rational mind has little involvement in this sequence.

The physical sensations of the alarm response are experienced as angerlike feelings (fight), fearlike feelings (flight), or an inability to take action (freeze).

 And here is an outline of the way we believe energy interventions interrupt the above sequence:

 The triggering image is brought to mind while physically stimulating a series of acupoints that send impulses directly to the amygdala, which inhibit the alarm response.

These impulses also cause a reduction, within the amygdala, of the number of neural connections between the image and the alarm response. After a number of repetitions of number 1, the image can then be brought to mind, or the situation can be experienced directly, without eliciting the alarm response. This explanation addresses the way that stimulating acupoints may help overcome psychological problems.

Hypothesis: Stimulating specific electromagnetically sensitive points on the skin while bringing a psychological problem or goal to mind can help a person overcome that problem or reach that goal by changing the chemistry in the amygdala and other areas of the brain.


Feinstein, David (2011-12-15). The Healing Power Of Eft And Energy Psychology

Reiki treatment has improved sleep, fear, anxiety, distress and pain for children

Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital in Brighton has introduced Reiki therapy for its young patients.

The hospital’s official fundraising charity, Rockinghorse, has provided the money needed to provide four specialist Reiki therapists.

The therapists, who have been treating patients on a voluntary basis since 2012, are being funded for an initial three years.  The funding will allow the Reiki therapists to double the amount of time they are able to offer treatments, from five hours per week to ten.

They can provide massage and Reiki treatment for parents with children and babies on the unit, to help provide a sense of calm during what can be a very stressful time.

Consultant paediatrician Kamal Patel said:

“The Reiki treatment has improved sleep, fear, anxiety, distress and pain for children on our paediatric critical unit over and above what we can achieve through modern medicine.

To have such a fantastic team of people offering Reiki really helps our patients get better quicker.”

Our Western lifestyles…….

Our Western lifestyles, and more accurately our perceptions of our stressors, mean that adrenaline is continuously released into our bodies through the HPA axis.

Some of us become adrenaline junkies, as the release of adrenaline provides a temporary high.

The high is always followed by a crash, though, and because of that we continually seek the high again through repeating conflicting and dramatic situations, or through stimulants such as drugs, coffee, and thus the cycle deepens until we reach burnout. Cortisol As well as adrenaline, your body has another stress hormone: cortisol.

When adrenaline starts to come down in the body, cortisol rises.

The more often you activate your adrenaline, the higher the levels of cortisol will become in your body. And cortisol is damaging to your very being.

While your body is making it, it isn’t making dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, which is responsible for many of the health-promoting and protective functions in the body. Low DHEA levels have been linked to numerous dis-eases, while high cortisol levels have been shown to increase fat, reduce memory and learning ability and are linked with bone loss and reduced muscle mass.

We believe that the dis-ease process starts with any negative core beliefs that are developed in the first six years of life.

Any stressful life experiences at this time, anything that we are told about the world and our place in it, any pressures, any traumas, anything that damages our self-esteem or self-worth, if left unresolved, will later affect our health and wellbeing.

A lot of children are told at this early age that they are naughty, shy, stupid, undeserving, selfish, untidy and lazy.

This forms a tendency to negative self-talk, and stress starts to become a predominant life feature.

Many children form the belief that they are just not good enough, not pretty enough, not bright enough, not fast enough, not special enough. And then of course there are the poor diet and lifestyle choices that are increasingly challenging to avoid in the fast-paced Western world that we live in.

Poor eating patterns may start in childhood or develop later in life, but they put a huge strain on our system.

Any negative beliefs that we learned in the early years are then reinforced by upbringing and life pressures.

The chances are that the very people who helped us create those beliefs continue to reinforce them on a regular basis. There is no blame here, by the way, as the people who are enforcing those beliefs have usually had similar experiences in their own lives and are behaving the way they are because of their own imprinting and behavioral fields.

As we get older still, we may also choose to abuse substances or self-medicate in order to cope with the stress that we are experiencing due to the traumas that we are holding in our fields. And so the cycle deepens.

Even if we have been lucky enough to avoid ill-health in childhood, as we age many of us who are caught in this cycle of dis-ease develop a tendency to frequent infections, colds and flu. Culturally we are encouraged to tackle these with antibiotics and medication.

This leads to an increase in body acidity and compromising of the gut flora, and conditions such as Candida can then take hold.

When Candida becomes prevalent in the body, the gut flora loses its full ability to absorb nutrients and there is a toxic build-up and a subsequent further debilitation of the immune system.

For many people this leads to allergies and food intolerances.

The body then goes into constant stress, typified by an increase in HPA stimulation, adrenal burnout and rising cortisol levels in the body.

What follows is lowered physical and mental ability to deal with life and a worsening of symptoms.


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