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In this book, Dr. Karagulla compares her patient histories with the findings of clairvoyant Dora van Gelder Kunz, who described what she saw in the patient's energy fields. Dr. Karagulla found a remarkable correspondence between what van Gelder Kunz `saw' in the patient's field and the patient's clinical history.
The major concept of this book: physical, emotional and mental diseases are associated with specific imbalances or disturbances in the chakras and human energy fields.
According to Dora van Gelder Kunz, during a healer's visualization, static images are not as effective as dynamic images, e.g., visualizing green light moving into a chakra is more effective than imagining a green disk over the chakra. Images with inner meaning or significance to the practitioner, i.e. those with an emotional component, are more effective than abstract mental images. For Healing Touch students, one application of this information is the sacred chakra spread where we visualize light entering a chakra, and then gently spread the chakra open. The light moving into the chakra is a dynamic image and quite potent, judging by the feedback of our clients who report, "seeing lights" during the session.
Dr. Peter Fritz Walter
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This is an extraordinary book. I do research on the bioenergy since two decades, but I have not encountered so much information about such esoteric a subject in one single book. But I must warn the non-scientific reader: this isn’t a book for enhancing your general knowledge about the aura, and the chakras, and it is by no means a practical book, guidebook, or anything of the kind.
You got two medical practitioners here, one of which is a clairvoyant. The author herself, Shafica Karagulla, is the kind of traditional physician who writes with a lot of ‘faculty terms’, so to speak, using medical terminology all over the place. Further down, I’ll quote some examples. So think twice if you want to buy this book. For me personally, it was indispensable for my research. There are some elucidations in this book that I found earlier in my research, but only after studying tedious manuals and old hermetic writings.
One detail also is important somehow. Dora van Gelder died before this book was even in a draft, and therefore Karagulla was not always sure when she gave detailed accounts on Gelder’s paranormal perceptions. This is obviously a bad fate, as part of the theory rests on assumptions. On the other hand, from her memory, Karagulla could relate many an anecdote about the powerful personality of van Gelder and her lucid intelligence. One thing she relates to have been a constant in van Gelder’s sayings was:
—There is nothing ‘supernatural’ in the universe; whatever phenomena appear so to us are the result of our ignorance of the laws that govern them./5
We are reminded of the German poet and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, an initiate who said that all secrets of the universe could be known to the common man, if only he could free himself from school wisdom, which was the eternal parody of real knowledge. This being said, there truly is precious knowledge contained in this book. The following three sentences alone may suffice to convince you of the in-depth scientific research of these authors and their competence level regarding a field of research that is still unknown not only to most lay people but hardly known even to many scientists. It is also for me an important hint as to considering clairvoyant observations as ‘real’ research, which has the quality of scientific scrutiny:
—From clairvoyants we learn that the personality includes three types of energy fields—he etheric or vital, the astral or emotional, and the mental—all of which surround and interpenetrate every cell of the physical body. The interplay among these three fields may be likened to what a musician calls the major chord, which is composed of three frequencies that in combination with four other notes form an octave of seven frequencies. It is said by some that every human being emits a unique tonal pattern which is created by his individual energy fields working in unison. This is sometimes referred to as the personality note./2
This elucidation is precious in the scientific debate about what the human energy field really is and especially the question if it is one single energy, or several energies. I mentioned in my review of Dr. Gerber’s book A Practical Guide to Vibrational Medicine that I found it highly confusing that the author does not speak about one energy field, but several, and even sees ch’i and prana as different energies.
First, Karagulla speaks not of energies, but of energy fields. Second, the etheric, astral and mental fields have been recognized since times immemorial as different densities of the field, not different fields. The etheric field is the densest, the mental field the most transparent energy field. But we are speaking here by no means about different energies!
While my point of view is of course not authoritative, I am convinced that the electric and magnetic fields are manifestations of the primal cosmic energy, and not different energies.
If we can admit a universal field, as it has recently been done, for example through the research of Lynne McTaggart, exposed in her brilliant study 'The Field (2002)', then we are back at the ground, and can affirm there is only one field or energy, and not a confusing mess of perhaps conflicting energies.
Another important detail in the research for the present book was the authors’ focus on energy patterns. I have seen in my own research on the bioenergy that we can establish as fact the observation that life is coded in energy patterns, and not in any form of ‘matter’ as a primary substance of creation.
Now, going in medias res of this book, knowing that all disease is a result of either lacking or misdirected bioenergetic flow, we have to ask the pertinent question how we can direct the bioenergy so as to bring about health? The authors conclude that it’s a particular field state.
Let me add a remark here. It’s not really true that energy fields were not recognized in the West. What is true is that all direct knowledge about life was considered a heresy for centuries, which is why this research, together with alchemy, herbal cures and even astrology had to remain in the underground. Paracelsus has discovered in plants exactly what the authors report here, a powerful energy field, and he has even found how to potentiate this energy field in plant concoctions through assemblage of specific plants he found were syncing their frequencies, as a matter of natural association. As a result, Paracelsus had to stand trial before the Inquisition for this discovery, and was fortunately able to disprove his involvement in sorcery.
But the fact that until very recently the cosmic energy field was a matter of controversy in modern science has its rationale in the fact that the Church ordained what was to be known, and what was not. In the East, such knowledge prohibition has never taken place which is why this knowledge could flourish so freely, and was even encouraged by the religions of the East, such as Hinduism or Buddhism, and even earlier on, Taoism.
Now let us go a step ahead and ask how is this energy being supplied and replenished in the organism? Do we as yet have all the information we need? The author honestly admits that not all is known here, but we can be sure that in matters of replenishment, the direction is from the subtle to the dense, from the ethereal to the material, from the higher energy level to the lower, and not vice versa:
—The etheric body vitalizes the physical body, but exactly how this takes place is not yet known. Since the / etheric channels run parallel to the nervous system, however, there may be a process of induction. /28-29
I leave out from this review what the authors write about each chakra, as this information would render this book review too extensive. Let me state here only that the heart chakra is of particular importance as it is exactly in the middle between the upper chakras and the lower chakras.
Back in the 1970s, I found in one of Wilhelm Reich’s books the surprising statement that emotions are energy. As I looked around, I saw that Reich, at his time, was quite the only medical doctor, scientist and psychiatrist who was saying this. I was intrigued and began a long research on emotions. But I could hardly find anything but the notorious assumption that emotions were ‘difficult to grasp by modern science’ and that their nature was little known, while in the esoteric literature it was always assumed that emotions were related to the vital energy. Now, this book gives conclusive evidence for the energy nature of emotions, and generally, the emotional field. To note in addition that emotions are by no means ‘in the brain’, but flow pretty much like electric currents in the emotional body, which is the second subtle body we carry around our physical body.
Now, after we know what emotions are, and where they are located, let us look at what they do. When we interact emotionally with others, there is energy flow involved in this communication:
—The activity in the field of the emotional body can be compared to changing conditions in the atmosphere of the earth, when observations from weather satellites verify / the areas in which storms are raging. In much the same way, the clairvoyant can perceive the emotional storms which trouble an individual as they disturb the aura./50-51
There is a very interesting parallel with Reich’s analysis of what he called the emotional plague as a major pathological development in humanity that he thought was caused by mishandling our emotions because of compulsory morality. Now, what Karagulla says is basically the same:
—Over the years, humanity has produced a great deal of smog or debris in the emotional atmosphere./51
The importance of emotions as they are seen and evaluated by van Gelder and Karagulla by far surpasses even the most avant-garde research on emotions, to name only Candace B. Pert’s bestselling book 'Molecules of Emotion (2003.' From what they say, we can conclude that our idea of a ‘rational mind’ is fictional, because our mind is constantly connected with our emotions.
From here, it’s but one step to bring forward a more general theory about the interaction between mind and brain, which is one of the most important topics of current neuroscientific and psychoimmunological research.
To come back to our initial question: how can we identify the presence of pathological development through contemplating the energy patterns in the luminous energy field?
According to the authors, it’s a matter of how the energy is organized:
—When the energy pattern is closely knot, it is very resistant to invasion from the outside world, but when loose and porous it can be penetrated more easily, and therefore the subject is apt to take in whatever may be in the / surrounding environment. /92-93
Now, to come to an end of this rather extended book review, I would like to emphasize that the few quotes I have replicated here in this review are by no means representative for the whole book. In fact, they are rather the exception from the rule. The most part of this book is written in medical terminology and thus not easily accessible to the lay reader. Yet despite this limitation, which is not really a limitation, this book is a jewel in every new science library, and it probably will be discovered again and again, as it seems to me that so far, this book has not been given the scientific attention it deserves.