Many healing traditions that aren't Western talk about the body having seven or eight main energy centres, or fields. Starting in the 1970s, Western scientists started a series of experiments to try to measure these fields (most notably Valerie Hunt at UCLA's Energy Fields Lab), and found that they do indeed exist. Kirlian photography and spectrogram analysis has also been used to measure and scientifically prove the existence of these eight main energy fields, within the human body.
In other healing traditions, these energy fields or centres are known to directly affect organs, muscles, ligaments and veins, as well as our emotions, moods and reactions. Traditionally, religious Jews have stayed far away from these types of Eastern wisdoms, not least because they have often been directly associated with idol worship practices.
But now that the energy centres have been proven as a measurable, scientific reality, separate from all the idolatrous hocus-pocus, there is scope to use this information in a Jewishly-acceptable way - and that's a lot about what this blog, and my books generally, are all about.
Deeper Needs and the Energy Centres
Anything that genuinely is 'truth' can also be found in the Torah, and Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches us that each of us has eight Deeper Needs.
If we map Rabbi Arush's eight Deeper Needs to the traditional descriptions of the eight main energy centres, or fields, in the body, we start to get a lot of clues about what could be at the spiritual root of our physical and emotional ills.
In the next post, we’ll discover what the 8 Deeper Needs are, and how they relate to your physical and mental health.