ISSSEEM Glossary/Definitions

Energy Medicine
Energy medicine includes all energetic and informational interactions resulting from self-regulation or brought about through other energy couplings to mind and body. In addition to various therapeutic energies which we may use, there are also energy pulses from the environment which influence humans and animals in a variety of ways. For instance, low-level changes in magnetic, electric, electromagnetic, acoustic, and gravitational fields often have profound effects on both biology and psychology.

In addition to energies originating in the environment, it has been documented that humans are capable of generating and controlling subtle not-yet-measurable energies that seems to influence both physiologic and physical mechanisms.

Subtle Energy
Compared with energy medicine, the concept of subtle energy is more difficult to discuss in a scientific paradigm. The traditional subtle energies referred to as chi (or ki), prana, etheric energy, fohat, orgone, ruach, odic force, mana, homeopathic resonance, etc., are said to move in the so-called etheric body (subtle body), and seem to be difficult to measure at present. A number of therapeutic methods prevalent today, however, appear to be concerned with facilitating the flow of these subtle energies through the dense physical body.

In addition, it is traditionally accepted that expansions of consciousness often are related to changes in subtle energies that cannot be quantified. These latter "energies," which are said to be associated with interactions and with transcendence, may not, in fact, actually be involved with known physical fields.

Understanding and facilitating the use of subtle energies, both for therapeutic purposes and for the study of human potential, will perhaps open up to consciousness new (albeit traditional) depths of the human mind. If this should indeed be the case, one task of the Society will be to find and bring together those who are capable of synthesizing the two major interests of humankind: natural science and the transpersonal aspects of the human psyche. In modern terms, this might correlate with, though not be limited to, full integration of the left cortex with the right cortex and with deeper brain centers. 

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