By Dr. Linda Lancaster
There exists an invisible world within the visible. In the body, before changes are registered on the physical level, healing takes place in these subtle energetic realms. For this reason, it is essential that we concern ourselves not only with the physical form but also with the subtle anatomy.
One way to understand our subtle anatomy is to visualize it as a type of double helix. Neither linear nor circular, the force fields of these subtle bodies affect and reflect each other. Nothing is higher or lower, and no one part of the system is more important than any other. The totality exists as a manifestation of the Self, perfect by design. Within this helix, heaven and earth are joined.
The Foundation of Health
Health is the balance among the following: the physical body; the force fields of the etheric, astral, and mental bodies; and their connection to the Divine. Composed of our blood, bones, organs, etc., the physical body is dense and tangible, but also spiritual. While many of us have come to identify ourselves with this physical vehicle, it is the etheric body that gives energy to the physical form. We nourish the etheric body by providing it with food that is enlivened with electromagnetic energy, clean air, good water, sunlight, positive thoughts, and loving feelings. Electromagnetic energy emanates from the plant kingdom (Mother Earth) in the form of vegetables and herbs. The common minerals and, more importantly, rare trace minerals are assimilated through the energy of the life force of the food. For good nourishment it is important to eat food that is imbued with energy. Most diseases that manifest physically originate in the etheric body.
The Astral and Mental Bodies
The astral, or emotional, body is intimately related to both planetary and interplanetary energies and alignments. Simply stated, our astral body is connected to the stars. It is for this reason that astrological configurations can so powerfully affect our emotional lives. Connected to the kidneys, and the element of water, the emotions of pleasure, pain, fear, and love are all registered in this body.
The mental body is connected to our spiritual will. It is through this vehicle that we carry our ego-identity and the sense of "I" that is ever evolving through the process of incarnation. The emanation of the mental body is not the act of thinking but rather the way that we think. It is connected to the liver and the element of fire. Because of this relationship, liver cleansing is an important procedure for developing a healthy center of ego consciousness or will.
Inner and Outer Pollution
At this time in our history, the Earth plane holds a tremendous karma that we all bear. Our modern world is filled with contaminants and pollutants that affect us at every level. Bacteria, parasites, viruses, heavy metals, chemical poisons, drugs, and radiation can all penetrate, congest, and interfere with these bodies. Struggle, fear, worry, anger, and selfishness all pollute the free flow of vital energy through our subtle anatomy as well. This inner and outer pollution creates blockages in our electromagnetic field, producing shock, congestion, and inflammation. Ultimately, these blockages inhibit communication between individual consciousness and the Greater Soul.
Each cell is a microcosm of our subtle anatomy. Pollution, such as heavy metals and radiation, affect the acid-alkaline balance at the cellular level. Heavy metals, chemicals, and poisons are in the alkaline field and cause the cell to lose its electric charge. On the other hand, radiations from X rays, underground uranium, computers, and electric power lines can create a high acid field manifesting in the form of inflammation.
Our cells are little batteries filled with electricity used for energy within the body, like the battery in your car. This energetic activity at the cellular level has been described as Chi, Yin/Yang, or Vital Force in traditional medicines. Homeopathy and herbal medicines are powerful tools for stimulating and balancing the Vital Force. Therapeutic baths and dietary regimens can cleanse and neutralize many pollutants (see below). Yogic practices such as pranic breathing, meditation, and mantra are also effective in strengthening the electromagnetic etheric web. That little tickle in the throat, the rash that won’t go away, and changes in bowel movement and urine production are all signals that a person is out of balance. Symptoms are not necessarily indications of disease but are our body’s way of signaling that we need to listen.
To understand where healing is needed, a system of energy evaluation is essential for measuring vitality, radiance, and imbalances in a person’s subtle anatomy. Subtle energy can be perceived through the higher human supersensitive qualities described in yoga. The sensitivity of measuring radiance or vibration is the art of healing. All therapies can work, but only if used at the right time and with the right intention. As healers, it is important to listen and stay neutral while we awaken the patient’s own vital force to allow the body to heal itself in accordance with universal law.
Through the healing process, we come to understand that we have chosen physical incarnation as a vehicle for experiencing our spirit. Dis-ease makes us pay attention and question ourselves. Illness and pain arise as challenges to give us the opportunity to overcome perceptions of limitation.
Therapeutic baths are utilized to cleanse and neutralize many types of pollutants. Baths should be taken in water as hot as you can handle without feeling faint. During the period of soaking, the toxins are drawn to the surface of the skin. As the water cools to slightly below body temperature, osmotic exchange of fluids takes place and the toxins are drawn out of the body and into the tub of water. If you have high blood pressure or heart weakness, do not make the bath too hot, and check with your doctor beforehand.
Clorox Bath: For elimination of chemicals and metals.
Pour 1/2 cup of Clorox into the full tub of hot water. Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes or until the water cools. Use only Clorox brand bleach. Do not use Fresh Scent or powdered bleach or any other brand.
Sea Salt and Baking Soda Bath: For most types of radiation.
Pour one pound of pure salt and one pound of baking soda into the tub of hot water. Use sea salt or kosher salt—check the label to make sure there are not any additives. Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes or until the water cools.
Apple Cidar Vinegar Bath: For elimination of uric acid deposits and some chemicals.
Pour one quart of apple cider vinegar into a tub of hot water. Soak in the tub for 30 minutes. Sweating sometimes occurs.
Baking Soda Bath: For man-made radiations such as barium tests and ingested radioactive isotopes.
Pour two pounds of baking soda into a full tub of hot water. Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes until the water cools.
Dr. Linda Lancaster is a naturopathic physician specializing in energy medicine and is founder of Light Harmonics Institute. She maintains clinical practices in Santa Fe and New York City. On Peace Prayer Day 2002, Yogi Bhajan honored Dr. Linda with the Conscious Healer and Humanitarian Award. Contact Linda at www.lightharmonics.com for energy medicine training seminars.
In Yogi Bhajan's words, "Linda Lancaster is a lady with wings that you cannot see. She goes everywhere to serve, heal, and let people smile in their desperation. There are many paths: homeopathy, allopathy, surgery, naturopathy, but this is pure 'Linda-pathy.' Nobody can match it. It is personal private service through prayer and heart and she will diagnose you and heal you. Amazing nature of God and good in a great way.”