I first became a practitioner of Emotional Freedom Techniques (“EFT”) in 2003. I later became an Advanced Practitioner and I’m now an EFT Master Practitioner, and also a practitioner of a related energy therapy, EmoTrance (“ET”, but now renamed by its originator Silvia Hartmann as EMO). Both of these therapies, and several related ones, are based on the theory that each of us has an energy body, whose “circulatory system” comprises the meridians also used in acupuncture. Energy therapies are designed to clear blockages in the energy body, or the body’s energy system, caused by a wide range of emotional (and physical) conditions.
Because of my scientific background I’ve had some difficulty in accepting the existence of an energy body, but nevertheless I’ve proved many times – with clients and on myself (to the astonishment of a certain medical consultant) – that EFT and ET are very effective indeed. On the whole, I don’t trouble myself too much with how they work, only that they do.
The concept of an energy body has other applications besides therapeutic ones. As I’m also interested in psychical research, I recently read Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience by Luis Minero. Mr Minero is the Education Director of the Brazil-based International Academy of Consciousness (“IAC”), which runs training courses for controlled out-of-body experiences (“OBEs”).
The founder of the IAC, Waldo Vieira, developed the new study of “Conscientology”. He wanted to avoid occult connotations, such as use of the old term “astral projection” for an OBE, so he invented his own terms. This has had the unfortunate side-effect of making IAC books very difficult to read (although Mr Minero’s book is clearer than some); IAC writers never seem to be able to use a short word when a long one will do.
The first chapter of the book, Fundamental Concepts, defines the four bodies that make up the whole body (the “holosoma”):
Soma (physical body)
Energosoma (energetic body)
Psychosoma (emotional body)
Mentalsoma (intellectual body)
Each of these is then discussed in some detail, but it’s the energosoma that concerns us here. It may also be referred to as the “holochakra” and it’s the etheric body of classical literature. It has two main functions. Firstly, it links the physical body (soma) with the astral body (psychosoma). While this is important for understanding and promoting OBEs, it’s not really relevant in the context of energy therapies. Secondly, and more importantly here, it vitalises the physical body. A healthy energosoma promotes general well-being, while numerous issues result from blockages and imbalances. It’s these that we can clear with energy therapies.
The next chapter, Bioenergy, is lengthy and complex, and it defines many new terms that I’m not going to attempt to explain here. It’s worth reading in full if you are interested in the subject. In this chapter, Mr Minero describes the energosoma as comprising all the body’s chakras and their energies. A chakra is a vortex, a processing centre or gateway for sending and receiving energy. Although most writers concentrate on the seven main chakras, there are apparently about 88,000 of them in all. Chakras feature prominently in some energy therapies, but not in EFT, which concentrates on meridians, or ET, in which energy simply flows freely.
The chapter includes exercises which will be useful to energy practitioners. I personally find the most important one, “VELO”, fairly easy, but that may be because I’m used to stimulating energy flows in my body. It involves rapid movement of energy flows up and down the body. VELO stands for “Voluntary Energetic Longitudinal Oscillation”, and it has a number of benefits including:
unblocking and balancing the energosoma;
identifying and diagnosing energy blocks;
preventing the onset of energetic blockages or problems; and
making us physically healthier.
In other words, the benefits of VELO are similar to those of EFT and ET, so it may well be worthwhile for energy practitioners to add this technique to their toolkits.
I said earlier that my scientific training has made it difficult for me to accept the bioenergy concept. When I first started using EFT, I regarded it as a form of hypnosis, and it can certainly work as a trance induction. Nevertheless, from the personal success I’ve had in feeling the energy flows, using EFT and ET and with exercises such as VELO, I’m now inclined to give the idea of an energy body rather more credence, particularly after reading Mr Minero’s book. Although it’s difficult to digest, the ideas put forward do mostly seem quite sensible.
The association founded by Silvia Hartmann with which I’ve taken all my energy therapy training how now been renamed as The Guild of Energists, reflecting Silvia’s emphasis on energy flows rather than the mechanical process upon which the original version of EFT was based. (Silvia’s version, as taught in her Master Practitioner course, is referred to as “Energy EFT”.) I’m personally not happy with the association’s name change, as I thought the old name was better suited to a professional body, but the Guild now includes many members who are not professional therapists. More at https://goe.ac/