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What is the Subtle Body or Biofield?
Our being doesn’t stop at the skin. The physical body is our hardware. The subtle body is the software. In the western world, the energy system is sometimes referred to as the biofield; other traditions refer to this field as Chi, Qi, aura or the electromagnetic field. You may experience the biofield as that feeling that tells you “someone is in your space” or when you feel “connected at the heart” with a loved one.
In Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest forms of lifestyle medicine in the world and the sister science to yoga, the energy of the body is known as Prana. Holistic modalities such as yoga, acupuncture, qigong, reiki, internal medicine and many specialists consider this the vital force of the living human system. Regardless of what it is called, its purpose is the same – to use the electro-magnetic life sustaining energy of nature. Prana is all around us, in the air we breath and even in our food.
Let’s build the whole body architecturally from a bio-field awareness. The subtle body is the blueprint. The house (physical body) is built on this blueprint. The mind is the fuse box which controls all the internal signals. There are wires running from the mind throughout the energy body which correspond to the central nervous system called the nadis. The nadis form before the gross system and mimmic them as the subtle nervous system. They provide the channels for prana. There are said to be 72,000 nadis which end in a concentration of prana called marma points. These 107 marma points are outlets that when working, allow for the increased flow of energy.
Then we have the subtle body’s main switchboard of lights – the Seven Chakras. Each of the Chakras controls specific organs and glands in the corresponding area of the body. The five lower Chakras also connect us to the five elements and senses. The heart is the balancing Chakra where the upper universal consciousness energy (intellect and spirit) meets with the physical grounding energy (matter). In other words, the heart allows us to be humans on earth in a cosmic divine form.
Drawings of the energy body are not accurate since they can only represent it as two-dimensional. We are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual beings. Disease can hide in any of these layers before it reveals itself in the physical body. “Dis-Ease” is the body’s way of calling us back to who we are. The subtle body forms before the physical body. So if disease is approached before it reaches the physical body or in conjunction with the subtle body, it is easier to change. The body’s normal state is to heal. A physician may set a broken bone, but the body inevitably heals it. The cells of the body look to the energy body as a blueprint for healing and repair.
The more you intuitively you recognize the subtle body, the more real it becomes. Participate in your own wellness by being open, willing and positive.
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