Part II: Energetically Thinking, Vibrationally Speaking
By Sharon Chayra
Las Vegas Informer
I don’t believe in coincidences. So when I was indulging in one of my guilty pleasures, Super Soul Sunday on OWN, I took pause when Oprah’s guest started talking about our energetic footprint.
He was Panache Desai. He doesn’t like to refer to himself as a spiritual master but rather a friend who is here to remind us of our perfection just as we are.
Born to Indian parents in London, he’s got the requisite accent but it speaks to the wisdom of the ages. He spoke of energy as part of the matrix of the universe, its application to quantum physics and our soul imprint that continues in various states of matter.
Such discussions just a decade ago might have elicited eye rolls for many but this discourse has become rather mainstream. Many are contemplating our place in this life and our purpose and using how we feel, hence our energy, as a sort of divining rod.
Desai’s main platform is our universal energetic vibration that is as unique as our fingerprints. It is what attracts our experiences, and in doing so, our lessons. This is when Oprah referred to Jill Bolte-Taylor, a brilliant Harvard-educated neuroanatomist who spent her life studying the brain.
One day, at age 37, Bolte-Taylor found herself experiencing the symptoms of a stroke but discounted them because she was a doctor, she was young, she was healthy. And she was having a massive cerebral vascular accident commonly known as a stroke.
Though her prognosis was dim she eventually recovered but it took eight, long years to regain memory or her ability to walk, talk, read, write or think. Bolte-Taylor found herself a completely different person though she didn’t know it at the time. As a researcher, she had utilized the left side of her brain or the one responsible for logic, reasoning, language but the stroke occurred in the left side of her brain. Her body had no other option but to use the right hemisphere of her brain, the one responsible for processing of music, spatial relations, visual imagery and facial recognition. In other words, relationships.
Bolte-Taylor found herself tuning-in to others’ energy. The systematic reasoning her mind might otherwise have used to discern what was going on based on the physical evidence was now replaced with a more elegant and discrete processing ability—how people vibrated on the primal level. She became an empath with the motto “you are responsible for the energy that you bring.” Bolte-Taylor could easily be overwhelmed by other’s emotions even if they never said a word. This prompted her to write her now best-selling book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.
Like it or not, we all vibrate on frequencies that reflect our energetic footprint but it’s not just humans. This is the basis of Dr. James Oschman’s treatment regimen.
Dr. Oschman, with a BS in Biophysics and a PhD in Biology from University of Pittsburgh, wanted to investigate then demystify the nebulous term “energy.” What resulted was him championing a new healing modality a man named Clint Ober first uttered: earthing.
Earthing or grounding is simply walking barefoot on the ground. Think back to all those times you heard the colloquialism “grounded” to refer to a person being harmoniously balanced.
Oschman believes that the meridian points on the skin of the feet are potent conductors of energy. There are many atomic particles of which the earth is made but the Dr. says the transfer of free electrons to our naked feet provide antioxidants. Antioxidants slow down the aging or oxidative cell death and therefore slow the inflammatory process. Chronic inflammation is well known in both Eastern and Western medicine as instigators of disease from diabetes to cancer.
The doctor makes a number of other claims but it distills down into one key message: walk on the earth—dirt, grass, marsh, field—for an hour once each day to benefit from the healing just under our footsies. If you can’t use feet, use any part of your naked body, just don’t get caught.
If you’re convinced such discussions are only the realm of the fringes of society, consider Dr. Eban Alexander. Dr. Alexander is also Harvard-trained but as a neurosurgeon. Instead of researching the brain, he spends his life rendering surgical care to individuals who have suffered brain injuries including strokes.
Alexander frequently recalled patients awakening from anesthesia or coma urgently telling him of their experiences in a beautiful, incomprehensible environment of love. The doctor would explain it was the result of the assault to their noggin. He could even show them the research and abstracts supporting this fact. Alexander later found out whenhe nearly died of a particularly virulent strain of meningitis that these patients weren’t relating stories based on neural deficit but the truth. He experienced this wondrous place of joy as his own body struggled to survive.
Alexander’s colleagues gave him the same explanation he had once given to his patients but this near death experience or NDE gave him an education not even the Ivy League could impart. He decided to apply the scientific process to NDE to give credence to his and thousands of others similar experiences. His book, Proof of Heaven, recounts his story.
One could easily debunk these two doctors as opportunists but there are plenty of researchers making brain discoveries every day. Esteemed medical journals from the New England Journal of Medicine to Journal of the National Cancer Institute carry articles on the role of hypnosis and meditation on metabolic functions in people (e.g., slowed breath, reduced blood pressure).
An experiment in the early ‘80s involving researchers from Harvard, Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, India’s National Institute of Sports and University of Virginia involved three Tibetan Buddhist monks. The monks, all qigong (energy) masters, demonstrated the power of meditation when they were able to modulate their body temperatures by up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit one way or the other. This would explain how, in their natural environment of the Himalayas, they endure freezing weather with no ill effects clad only in their kashaya robes.
In a December, 1956 issue of TIME magazine, a full recount of a woman having breast surgery with no anesthesia other than hypnosis drew worldwide attention. Ironically, hypnosis is the oldest form of western psychotherapy because it creates a state of highly focused attention.
Those classified as mystics from the past to present day have long discussed the power of thoughts as energetic tentacles that connect us and can influence the future. Maybe, as String Theory suggests, influencing the future is really just a repeat of the past because these two spaces are actually one in the same.
I’m far removed from having any solid understanding of physics but I’m inclined to believe what has happened a long, long time ago can somehow atomically imbue experiences. I believe this because of what happened to my older brother. After a traumatic head injury, he recounted a story that seemed so wild that it was written into a scientific journal by a professor at Georgetown University.
STAY TUNED for the final installment of Energetically Thinking, Vibrationally Speaking
Sharon Chayra is an award-winning writer and president of a medical marketing firm based in Las Vegas. A traveler of life, Chayra integrates her science background with spirituality resulting in common sense observations to others on their life’s journey. Given her heritage of Apache and Scottish, she is a born storyteller and documents experiences about personal growth, culture, laughter and health into the written and visual word.