Over the next few weeks I am going to present an essay I wrote after attending a conference on the energy module for Functional Medicine. I will present it in pieces to keep each blog post to a short read. When done I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic of “Holistic Networks”:
“Illuminating the Energy Spectrum” was the title for a conference held by the Institute for Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is a complex biological systems approach to medicine and the concept of structure and function underlies all aspects of its approach.(1) The conference started by highlighting the quantum physics concept of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. This principle points out that one can at any given moment measure an atoms velocity, but cannot accurately measure its position in space at the same moment. And one can at a given moment measure an atoms position in space, but at that moment gives up the ability to accurately measure its velocity. Therefore, what one focuses on is what is seen or experienced consciously and therefore uncertainty is the rule. From this principle physics has clearly shown that there are dual particle-like and wave-like interactions between energy and matter.
This discussion caused me to contemplate the interaction one has when performing manual medicine. When one lays their hands on another being to work with their structure and function they are interacting with both matter and energy. If the practitioner focuses primarily on the structure then they are interacting and feeling the mass or the particle; but, if they place their attention primarily on the movement, the wave, or the flow they are interacting and feeling the wave or the energy. But what is so unique to manual medicine is that when the practitioner is able to empty their mind and be devoid of focus this is when one experiences the complex interaction between mass and energy. It is during this unique experience when one is given a glimpse into the interaction of the particle and the wave.
1. Institute of Functional Medicine: http://www.functionalmedicine.org.