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IT'S ALL ABOUT ENERGY Before I introduce you to this person, I want to explain why all medicine is energy medicine and the main differences between subtle and physical medicines. The basis of my discussion is that everything is made of energy, which I define as "information that vibrates." There are two basic types of energy: physical and subtle. • Physical energy is measurable. It's the stuff in our coffee cups in the morning. It's the rush of adrenaline that gets us out the door when the winter winds threaten to dismantle our progress, and it formulates the dyes coloring your clothing. • Subtle energy is less measurable. It's quantum in nature, which means it doesn't always behave in ways that manifest in our everyday perception of time and space. But subtle doesn't mean weak. Subtle energy underlies physical reality, deciding what will appear or not appear. Subtle systems, such as the chakras, meridians, and human and other fields, are the girders and beams that determine the shape of physicality. The truth is, whether you are working with measurable or subtle realities, you are operating energetically. As explained by energy expert and scientist James L. Oschman, PhD, "An intervention in a living system involves energy in one form or another." 1 Therefore, he points out, allopathic or traditional medical care is energy medicine, as are other ways of applying the applications of energies, including electromagnetic activity, light, and sound. 2 As a bodyworker, you massage physical energy to produce beneficial results for your clients. Consciously or not, you also maneuver subtle energy. Your thoughts, intentions, feelings, hopes, and dreams for your clients move more than muscles. They boost clients' moods, alter their subtle structures, and support positive goals. HISTORIC WISDOM Now, let's meet Dr. James Rogers Newton, whose incredible results provide me with inspiration for my subtle energy work. I believe they can do the same for you. Imagine you are on a steamer in 1853 and yellow fever breaks out. The ship's surgeon loses every single patient he attends to, totaling 74 people. But Newton—a passenger who also pitches in—saves every person he assists. 3 If you were on that ship, who would you want as your healer? These days, the Internet would be overwhelmed with the amazing news. But the interest wouldn't have ended with the disembarking of the passengers from the Golden Gate Steamer. Paparazzi would have followed Newton to his healing practice in Cincinnati, Ohio (which opened in 1858), where he became so popular that he saw up to 100 patients a day. There are thousands of healings attributed to Newton. He was so effective he was sued three times by the envious. To bolster him during one suit, 1,000 people gave statements testifying to his healing gifts. What's even more remarkable is that the majority of the healings didn't involve the use of his medical skills. (OK, once, after healing someone of a critical problem, he insisted the patient go home and eat a steak.) Rather, he applied what he called the principle of love to enable healings and cures. 4 NEWTON'S RELIANCE ON LOVE In basic terms, Newton's modus operandi—his main technique—was to gaze at his patients with love. 5 Obviously, this method is easy enough. We can perform it for our clients, friends, even our bank teller. What enabled Newton's process to create change, however, was his understanding of love, which I'll be exploring via information in the book The Modern Bethesda, or, The Gift of Healing Restored. 6 Written in 1879, this text includes direct accounts and explanations of Newton's work and references to his philosophies. Because I am drawing from a copy of one of the original texts, the page numbers are sometimes difficult to read. I heartily encourage you to download the PDF quoted in the footnotes and read about Newton for yourself. Your thoughts, intentions, feelings, hopes, and dreams for your client move more than muscles. C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 105

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