Glossary

Acupuncture point: An energetic point in the body that carries subtle energy throughout the body, supplying the organs and nervous system.

Allopathic: Refers to medical treatment that uses drugs, surgery, and other accepted methods to treat symptoms and cure illnesses.

Amygdala: An almond-shaped structure that is part of the limbic system and helps mediate emotional states.

Astral: Refers to an energy frequency that is often linked to the emotions. It is a reservoir of our hopes, dreams, and fears, sentimental love and hate, happiness and suffering. Often called the plane of illusion, it is the place from which many low-level psychic readings are given.

Aura: The energy field that surrounds our physical body. It is composed of different frequencies relating to the physical, etheric, astral, mental, causal, and higher aspects of the human being.

Autonomic nervous system: The automatic, unconscious regulatory nervous system, divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches. It now includes the enteric (gut) system.

Causal: The energy frequency above the mental plane.

Causal body: The subtle body beyond the mental body.

Cerebral hemispheres: Right and left halves of the cerebral cortex. The right is usually associated with left brain functions, such as analysis and linear thought. The left is related to gestalt and intuitive symbolic thought processes.

Chakra: An energy center in the body and the field that processes subtle energy, affecting the hormonal, chemical, and cellular systems in the physical body.

Chi: Chinese term for healthy subtle energy that circulates through the acupuncture meridians.

Clairvoyance: A state of seeing, feeling, or knowing that transcends the five senses.

Clinical ecology: A science that studies the affects of environmental agents on human health.

Corpus callosum: A large bundle of nerves that connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain

Dis-ease: A term frequently used to describe the state of non-alignment of the physical, emotional, and spiritual energies.

Endorphins: Proteins that are found in the brain, the nervous system, organs, and recently, in the blood stream that activate the body's opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect; hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system that have a number of physiological functions.

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reporcessing, used as a therapetuic intervention for PTSD and as a processing therapy.

Energetic healing: Several techniques that use a variety of different frequencies to balance the systems of the body, including the energy bodies and the chakra system.

Enteric system: Regulates your gastrointestinal system.

Etheric: The frequency just beyond the physical, for example, the etheric double.

Hologram: a three dimensional image created by the interference pattern of a pair of laser beams. Each piece of a hologram contains the information of the whole.

Karma: According to the principles of reincarnation, a system of balances that continues from life to life, allowing the soul to grow and develop.

Kirilian photography: Light sensitive photography that will show the energetic field around living things.

Kundalini: Energy that lies at the base of the spinal cord, in the root chakra. When properly released, it can lead to spiritual illumination.

Laser: A devise which produces coherent light waves, meaning the waves are all in phase—they have the same peaks and valleys.

Left brain: Cerebral hemisphere that relates to analytical linear thinking.

Limbic system: Brain structures including the hippocampus, amygdala, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and pituitary gland. It is Involved in processing a variety of functions including emotion, behavior, and the emotional association with memory.

Mental level: Energy band just beyond the astral or emotional.

Meridian: A channel which transports chi or prana, or vital energy to the organs, nerves, and blood vessels.

Motor cortex: The area of the cerebral cortex that mediates voluntary muscle activity.

Multidimensional: The spectrum of human energies—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Nadis: Pathways for subtle energies to and from the chakras to various systems of the body.

Neuron: A nerve cell.

Neurotransmitter: The chemicals which account for the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across synapses. They are also found at the axon endings of motor neurons, where they stimulate the muscle fibers to contract. They are produced by glands, such as the pituitary and the adrenal glands and are also found in the brain and circulatory system.

Parasympathetic system: Located in the medulla, upper cervical, and the sacral area, it regulates the relaxation response. The ideal state (rest and digest) of the nervous system is facilitated by the functioning of the parasympathetic system.

Phantom leaf effect: The phenomenon shown in Kirilian photography whereby a leaf cut in half will reappear whole. The image of the destroyed leaf half represents the etheric body of that leaf part.

Prana: Hindu term for nutritive subtle energy, similar to chi in Chinese.

Psychoneuroimmunology: Term for the study of the interactions between the mind, the body, and the immune system.

Reincarnation: The belief that the soul, upon the death of the body, comes back in a different body or form in order to mature and develop.

Resonance: Sympathetic vibration between similarly tuned oscillators. When two harp strings are tuned to the same frequency and one is plucked, the other vibrates.

Right brain: The right cerebral hemisphere usually associated with holistic symbolic gestalt thought.

Spiritual healing: Energetic healing; work on the energetic bodies as well the physical body.

Subconscious: The totality of mental processes of which the individual is not aware; affects thought, feeling, and behavior without entering awareness.

Subtle body: Energy bodies that exist at finer of higher frequencies than the physical body; the etheric, astral, mental, or causal bodies.

Subtle energy: The energy that is finer and not as obviously accessible to the five senses. It is not bound by our space/time continuum.

Sympathetic system: Located in the thoracic and lumbar spinal cord, it regulates the fight or flight mechanism. It Is associated with the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis of the hormonal system, which is responsible for the release of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.

Therapeutic touch: A type of energy healing developed by Dolores Krieger.

Thoughtform: A deeply held, creative idea that is an actual energetic structure.

Vibrational medicine: Uses various frequencies to balance and integrate the physical and energetic bodies, especially those that create the patterns of manifestation of the physical.

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