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What Is Energy Psychology?

Energy Psychology...Much Ado About Something

Sometimes, a complimentary or alternative modality has a "moment". I remember a period of time of all things coconut having a prime position in health and wellness discussions. The alternative mental health modality, Energy Psychology is having such a moment. But what exactly is Energy Psychology? In this blog post we will examine some of the assumptions made about how this ancient mind/body technique of healing has adopted some of the core protocols of Western Psychotherapy to present a truly one of a kind, effective mental health treatment option. Th Specific techniques used in energy healing may vary, but the premise of this ancient healing practice remain the same. The various protocols of energy psychology rely on aligning the subtle energy of the body with health and vitality. Because we are made up of energy, we can influence mental health by changing the subtle energies that are found in various subtle energy systems or the subtle energy anatomy. Like our heart rate, temperature, or brain wave patterns, thoughts and emotions also have energy. Energy psychology heals through identifying and changing the energy contained in our emotions and thoughts to support mental health.

How Does Energy Psychology Work?

How do traditional approaches to mental health, work? There is still much about the causation, duration, and extiction of many "main stream" approaches. Contrary to popular belief, the introduction of the first antidepressant, iproniazid, was not a deliberate pursuit to address known imbalances in the brain. Instead, it was a stroke of serendipity during the quest to find a cure for tuberculosis (TB).

In the early 1950s, iproniazid was being tested as a potential treatment for TB. However, researchers noticed an unexpected side effect during clinical trials—a positive impact on the mood of patients. This unforeseen outcome shifted the focus from infectious diseases to mental health, ultimately marking the birth of antidepressant medications.

This accidental discovery challenges the notion that scientists, at the time, possessed a comprehensive understanding of the intricate causation and cure of brain imbalances associated with depression. The reality is, and continues to be, that the mechanisms underlying depression are complex and multifaceted, with much left to unravel.

In energy healing, we begin by honoring the notion of mind-body connection. Specific thoughts, memories, images stimulate a reaction in the brain which is followed by physical or emotional reactions . These reactions can be classified as energetic reactions.

A serene image representing holistic wellness, featuring a person meditating in a peaceful natural setting. This image complements the concept of Energy Psychology, emphasizing balance, mindfulness, and overall well-being.
Discover the holistic benefits of Energy Psychology

Let us take a specific example. Let us assume a person suffers from anxiety. An anxiety provoking thought activates a certain part of the brain, neurons fire, and neurotransmitters are released. These signals tell the body to react in a specific manner. In this example perhaps we begin to sweat or our heart rate increases. In Energy Psycholog, energy points are activated through touching, tapping or holding as we attune to the anxiety producing thought. Stimulating the energy point adjusts the energetic reaction that was occurring in the brain and our feelings of anxiety are reduced. Researches postulate that activating the energy point desensitizes the memory. The result is a change in neurological reactions with lower levels of stress related neurotransmitters and rewiring new neural pathways.

Does It Work?

I know this might seem a little to "out there" for many. Keep in mind, we still cannot prove, measure or explain several expressions of "healing" that are relatable to each of us such as positive thinking, intention, intuition or visualization. However, several clinical trials support the use of Energy Psychology to treat many mental health problems such as anxiety, PTSD, and phobias. These studies are being conducted by esteemed institutions such as Kaiser Permanente, Harvard Medical School, and other institutions around the world. Not only are the results demonstrating Energy Healing as effective, in many cases the number of treatments needed to produce results is much less than traditional psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Much ado about something... indeed.

with blessings - diane


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