The subtle energy body is “an energetic matrix for the physical body, and extends beyond it into the space around us. Like the earth, the human body has a protective energetic ‘skin’, an invisible but palpable membrane that contains our subtle energy body” Hartley (2004, p.141).This subtle, but powerful system is the life force that propels movement, creates breathe, and inspires thought. This is the human energy field.

The field of energy “extends beyond the body as the aura, which can be felt and seen by some people. Every fluctuation in energy thought, and emotion is registered here, and the quality of the energy field gives us a sense of the general feeling and vibration of the person; psychotherapeutic work engages with this level in particular” Hartley (2004, p.47). People are unquestionably attuned to the natural pulsation of electromagnetic energy (EME) that flows from earth to the body. Although the electromagnetic energy is not visible to the human eye, it is a source of electrical and magnetic energy that moves in space. EME is found in the environment working with the sun, earth, and radiofrequencies (Gerber 2001).

The energy field is an intuitive language “that is the essence of who we are, a subtle vibration underlying everything physical, both living and inanimate” (Orloff, 2000, p.29). The subtle energy field is wrapped in many translucent layers encapsulating the body. It has no edges or barriers and moves with the beat of the heart, the brain, the tissues and cells. Energy is formless, unattached and moves in and out through pathways seeking homeostasis. “Energy flows and circulates within and around the physical body but has its own anatomy and physiology, flows and currents; both bodies, the physical and the energetic, influence and are influenced by each other” Hartley (2004, p.47).

Energy anatomy is viewed in four basic layers: The first layer is the physical body or also know as etheric. The etheric body relates to the whole physical body, the skin, muscles, bones, and organs. The second layer is the emotional body, which includes all types of emotions such as happy, sad, angry, grief, joy, and so on. The energy system is a force that flows feely with information that is carried by biochemicals of emotions, the neuropeptides and receptors (Pert, 1997). The third layer is the mental body, which contains the mind, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge. The fourth layer is the casual body (cosmic); it is the experience of ultimate illumination of life, spiritual evolution, and full expansion (Brennan, 1988, p.48-53). The further away from the physical body the less dense the layers become.

The four bodies, also called Biofields, are influenced by positive and negative life experiences, physical and psychological illness (Brennan, 1988). Each expansive and shapeless Biofield relates to the next. The energy body is not limited to four layers; in her work Barbara Brennan explores up to seven layers of the energy body.

The energy system requires a balanced environment for overall present and future well-being. The energy system will show signs of stress before the physical and emotional body becomes symptomatic. Negative unresolved emotional experiences can easily become imprinted into the energy matrix. If painful information is stored and not released, it can cause an array of issues. Alberto Villoldo, biologist, teacher and founder of the four winds society, believes that the “Luminous Energy Field” holds a blueprint like an architectural drawing. That trauma is like “scratch marks in our luminous fields” (2000, p.55).

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Author's Bio: 

Kelly Ann Meehan has her Masters in clinical psychology with a specialty in somatic psychology. She is an energy practitioner certified in Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy, and Cranial Sacral Therapy Basics. Kelly's work is based on a holistic model that focuses on psychological processing, spiritual education, and inner heart resources. She has a keen intuition and empathically attunes to the subtle energy body and soul of infants, children and adults. She hosts many unique groups, retreats in nature, meditations and workshops that explore the depths of the human spirit.

Kelly's has a passion for working with infants, children and families. She has experience in attachment parenting groups and family psychotherapy. She is also a certified infant massage instructor through IAIM® and is a parent educator teaching compassionate touch, and conscious parenting. Kelly's current work involves emotional, physical and spiritual development of children as an infant development specialist.