Ethan Homeyer recently wrote an essay called, "The Energy of Life". He told me that he was very proud of how hard he worked on this paper and how it actually turned out. Take a look for yourself!
English Comp. 101
22nd Sep. 2017
The Energy of Life
Have you ever walked into a room and suddenly felt sick? Have you ever been with a friend and could just tell something was wrong, and you really weren't sure how you knew? Have you ever gotten a chill down your spine? All of these sensations can be easily explained. Many believe that all living things, including humans, are made up of energy. We have a certain kind of energy inside of us, an energy field of sorts, surrounding us. This energy field is sometimes called an aura. It’s understandable that to most people, the word aura can relate to psychics and New Age pot smoking hippies, but there is much more to the so called auras. They actually have a lot more to stand on than what you think. In fact, I firmly believe that the aura is a physical energy field that can be seen, felt, and measured.
An aura is basically an invisible energy field that surrounds us all the time. There are many people today from around the world that claim to see auras. The main corporate of these claims are psychic mediums. Psychic mediums are basically people who say they can see energy and are able to “read people” and heal people by using energy. Some people believe in the psychic's ability to read and manipulate energy to heal the mind, body, and spirit. Many believe this is a spiritual gift given to certain people by God, others believe that what they are seeing is the energy of the Universe and believe that we are all connected by this common energy and driving force. Many even connect auras with angels. Along with all of the spiritual explanations to auras and seeing auras, there is also a more concrete psychological explanation to auras.
Several neuropsychologists claim that the ability to see auras can be explained by synesthesia. Synesthesia is a condition, which affects about 4% of the world’s population, when a stimulation of one cognitive pathway leads to another automatic stimulation of another sensory pathway. Basically these people have their wires crossed. Some people say they can taste numbers and some say that they associate a certain color to certain people. That last example is a lot like seeing auras. People who see auras see many different colored energies around people. One of the best connections between the ‘New Age’ look on auras and the psychological explanation would be Esteban. Esteban is a healer from Spain who claims to feel others pain (more on that later) and see auras. People from the University of Granada can to examine him and found something amazing: not only did they find traces of mirror touch synesthesia (which means he actually feel other people’s pain), but they also found he has face-color synesthesia as well. This means that certain facial expressions are associated with a certain color. So with a combination of some synesthesia, high empathy, and his spiritual connection, Esteban has really been able to heal a lot of people.
Energy fields can not only be seen, but they can be felt. The kind of energy you carry around varies depending on your emotions, overall mood and attitude. Has anyone told you that you seem really positive some days, and on your off days you seem kinda negative? Well that’s kinda how energies work, just like opposite poles on a magnet, your energy field has different poles. Positive and negative. These varying energies can be felt by some people and can be transferred. The people who are able to feel others’ emotions (energies) are called Empaths. Imagine having extreme empathy for everyone 24/7. These people can feel others’ emotions and pain as if it's their own. Something like this might seem crazy, but many psychologist have supported the idea of Empaths (they are also know as highly sensitive people or hsp or short). Think of Empaths as energy sponges. They absorb others energies around them, and it sometimes can be overwhelming. I know because I’ve had these experiences before. My sophomore year in high school was really hard for me. I would have so many anxiety and panic attacks for what seemed like no apparent reason. I couldn’t figure out what was triggering it. I was sad a lot and overall just drained of energy. So I went to see a psychological therapist and she wasn’t really sure what was going on either, until one day she introduced me to the idea of Empaths. I was intrigued and skeptical, so I did some research on my own. I was amazed and relieved at what I found. It all made sense. I would have panic attacks in a large chaotic crowds because of the sensory overload I was getting. I would walk into a room and suddenly feel my stomach churn and flip, only to find out someone in the room was sick. Whenever I would get really sad for no reason I would get ahold of all my friends and family, and nine times out of ten something was going on with someone else. Learning about Empaths has helped me so much and I was able to control what I was feeling. I learned to use this ‘ability’ I have, and I think I’ve been able to truly help people. I know several other people who have had experiences like this. So I firmly believe that it is possible for people to feel others emotions and pain. I think it’s possible for anyone to have this ability. All we’re doing is feeling others energy, our life source.
Energy fields aren’t just strange mystical auras that can be seen and felt by some people, they are a physical part of our biology and it affects us physically. Our very cells and tissues generate electromagnetic fields while they are working or sustain us. For example Rupert Sheldrake theorized that a morphic unit, the physical development unit (cluster of cells) that will later become a tissue or an organ, has an energy field around it that helps form it into tissues. These are called Morphogenetic Fields. This theory helps explain why things like emotions and certain behaviors and talents can be hereditary. We aren’t just passing down our genes, we are passing down our very energy, that spark that makes us who we are. An Etheric Field is just a fancy term for an aura. But more specifically it is suggested that every living thing from cells to plants to humans has an Etheric Field. This is also known as our subtle body. Think of it as an invisible extension of our bodies that allow us to grow, according to Barbara Brennan. This theory also suggests that this energy field exists even before a cell has completely developed. There are many other theories involving the existence of human energy fields, and many of them suggest that this energy field is an open layered system. This means that there are specific layers to this energy field and these layers are ever changing as we grow. So it seems like it is possible to look at and measure these energy fields. In fact, people have tried it before. Dr. Walter Kilner examined the aura in 1911 using colored filters and a kind of coal tar. He discovered what looked like three zones of energy. The energy that was the closed to the skin was darker than the layers away from the skin. He also observed subtle changes in the energy when the person he was observing had a change in mood, or when they came back to re-examine the energy and the person being looked at had a slight change in their health. Sure, there isn’t a lot there, but it just goes to show that it very well might be possible since we already know about Morphogenetic Fields.
There is evidence that supports the claim that we have a human energy field with our being and surrounding us. It’s possible that people are able to see, feel, and interact with these energies. It’s pretty amazing. If we are able to learn more about these energy field we could learn more about ourselves, our bodies, and ourselves. We could make so many health advances just by learning how to manipulate this energy that we possess, just like how Esteban is able to heal the people he meets. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately not many people are willing to open their minds to this new idea in spirituality, psychology, and biology. This is quite a controversial topic. But if we as a society are willing to open up to this new idea, good things are sure to come.
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