We are energy, we are all energy! Our energies can become blocked and our energy systems weakened for many reasons. It can be from the inherited weakness of an organ, a prenatal exposure to drugs, or in response to stressful life events of a physical, emotional, or spiritual nature. Whether one believes stress is as “potent” a disease-causing agent as streptococcal bacteria, for example, the results are the same. These stressful life events affect each of us in different ways and in different parts of our body over different time spans. 
By way of explanation, consider chicken pox. While not providing an exact parallel, it can be used to explain energy imbalance in the body. Most of us were exposed to or contracted chicken pox in our earlier years. Once we get over the chicken pox illness, the body stores some energetic form of the virus in the spine. Doctors have long been aware of this spine “storage” system. But interestingly, the chicken pox virus does not always stay safely housed in the spine. Its silent presence is a foreign entity taking energy from the body; the body never become friends or grows comfortable with the virus. Consequently, when we become worn down or stressed, what happens? We “get” shingles. Why? From an energy medicine perspective our system has gotten out of balance; something has been weakened or shifted to allow the chicken pox virus to come forward in another form, called shingles. 
Likewise, the premise in energy medicine is that we have energetic signatures or residues similar to chicken pox that get stored throughout our system as a result of multiple causes including emotional, physical, or spiritual events. These energy residues present symptomatically when the body becomes stressed or worn down, just like the shingles emerged. Again, like chicken pox stored in the spine, their presence uses energy we could otherwise use to repair or maintain our health. Then we find ourselves with symptoms, like the shingles outbreak, that don’t have an apparent relationship to what we think was the original cause, such as chicken pox. 
As energy practitioners, we look to one of the energy systems to see who or what has been blocked, injured, or worn out. What allowed or put our immune system into a compromised state causing dis-ease symptoms? An energy practitioner might choose to address the underlying energetic signature of chicken pox before the stress in a client’s life causes it to present as shingles. Our goal is the same, we want to find it and unblock it, strengthen it, balance it, untangle it, and assist the body to return to wellness. Energy medicine gives us the tools to work in this fashion within, around, and literally beyond the body into ancestral fields, prenatally, and into preconception. 
Perhaps you have been working two jobs, had family stress, lost a loved one, or have a whole series of small disappointments over the years, or it could even be a single unnoticed stress that happened during an ordinary day. There could also be something in your environment that is or has affected you. You could be eating a food that is unknowingly incompatible with and draining your energy system. My point here is that the premise of energy medicine is that something as simple as chicken pox in childhood can emerge as another physical symptom years later. 
Shingles is a common virus and many have experienced the pain and had their doctors ask if they had chicken pox as a child. But we don’t see it, feel it, or know it is there until our body has additional stressors that imbalance our system too far, and then we have shingles. So it is with the energies flowing through our bodies. We may have a stored or blocked energy that we are unaware of after a fall or a sudden emotional shock. It will be there quietly (months, or even years) until an additional stress arises and then it suddenly says hello to us in the form of illness, pain, or other condition. Again, these stored, blocked, distorted energies in our bodies may not be seen or felt until a symptom appears. 
Though it may sound like a mystery at first, when we look at the history of our culture and our own lives, it all begins to come into focus and make sense. In our modern fast-paced society, life can quickly get ahead of us and take its toll on our health. We experience symptoms of discomfort, pain, disease, and illness. I believe these “symptoms” of illness are incongruent energy patterns draining our bodies. The body then has to work hard to overcome them, if it can. The body takes energy from the normally operating system to work around blocked or damaged areas that may be draining the vital energies we need to maintain our health. Energy medicine is designed to work with all of our energy systems that may be contributing to the underlying cause of discomfort, illness, or emotional issues. Energy practitioners are generally schooled and some are certified to work with these different systems to ferret out their imbalances and provide the body an opportunity to move toward balance and reorganization. 
Energy medicine, in my practice, is a conjoining with clients to help them move to a higher vibration or level of being. The energy medicine practitioner has a level of responsible interaction and agreement. “If a healer has a ‘karmic’ responsibility, it is to quicken the learning process, to teach the body to be more efficient and to model other ways of being.” 
When using energy medicine, the practitioner is not“ diagnosing” or “treating” the physical body which is the domain of the medical field and other allied health care professionals but instead is connecting to the energy or subtle “bodies” of the client which then can manifest in the physical body. You understand there is a distinction between “healing” using energy medicine and the practice of medicine or any other licensed health care practice. Although energy medicine appears to have promising mental, spiritual, and physical benefits, it has yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical, and psychological communities and therefore, is consider experimental. Energy medicine is self-regulated and is considered “alternative” or “complementary” to the healing arts that are licensed in the United States. While I have extensive experience in the healing arts, I’m not a psychologist, psychotherapist, physician, or other licensed health care provider nor are my services licensed by the State of Texas.
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 R Leah Moon, Essays On The Healing Continuum: The Journey Of A Healer Responding To An Evolving World Vision With Love (Amarillo, TX: Moon, 2013), 128-132.  to  Ibid., 128-132.
 Rosalyn Bruyere, Wheels of Light: Chakras, Auras, and the Healing Energy of the Body, ed. Jeanne Farrens (New York: Fireside, 1994), 100.
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