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In this section, we learn how Applied Resonance Therapy evolved.  No particular theory was developed, then rigorously tested.  If a treatment worked with one person, it was tried on others.  Even when the process was yielding excellent results, why it worked was a mystery to be explored.

This section presents the assumptions that were made in the development of ART and connects the practice with scientific principles.  Energetic healing remains a mystery but in this section some questions are answered and possible avenues of exploration are illuminated.

Structure

In 1906, Clemens von Pirquet defined allergies as altered reactivity or a personal reaction to some nontoxic substance1.  His definition proposed that anything can produce an allergic reaction.  He believed the determining factor was in the personal reaction of an individual to an otherwise benign substance.

As the parts and purposes of the body were explored, Pirquet's simple definition was replaced with a more complex one based on the structure and function of the immune system.

Structure is defined as the interrelation of parts or the principle of organization in a complex entity2.  Detailed study of the structure of the immune system defined which aspects of it were related to allergies.  Based on the extent of immune activity, classifications of altered reactions were charted.

Armed with these assumptions, Western science set about developing medications to deactivate these aspects of the immune system.

This works – to a point.  Symptoms do lessen with the ingestion of these drugs.  Unfortunately for the allergy sufferer the human body circumvents these unnatural pharmaceutical influences in a way that creates the need for more or stronger medications.  This ability of the body demonstrates the other half of the western medical equation – function.


Function

Function identifies the natural or proper action for which a person, mechanism or organ is fitted3.  Allergy symptoms are actually the first and natural action of our immune systems to the presence of a foreign substance in our bodies.  When an incompatible substance enters the body it is flushed out by the immune system.  People with fully functional immune systems are able to breath in dust or pollen, and then sneeze, or blow their noses, to rid their bodies of the irritant.

For unknown reasons the immune systems of allergy sufferers over-react with abnormal strength to certain substances.  Their immune systems identify these substances as enemies rather than mere transitory debris.  The single sneeze that would normally clear the nose becomes a prolonged misery.

Wholeness

There is a story of a group of blind men describing an elephant.  One touches the side of the elephant, saying that an elephant is like a wall. Another touches a leg and describes it as a tree. The third man feels his trunk and says it's like a snake, and so on.  Alone each description is inaccurate, but together they describe the physical attributes of an elephant.

The purpose of this story is to illustrate that no one view is completely accurate – the entire truth.  It takes different perspectives to arrive at the whole truth.

The Seneca use the medicine wheel to illuminate this completeness.  People sit in council around a central fire.  The fire represents truth.  Each person in the medicine wheel speaks his truth (his view of the fire from his place in the circle) until all views have been heard. Consensus is then discovered through the combination of all points of view.

It is difficult to fully comprehend health with the mere cataloguing of the body's physical attributes.  In terms of the elephant, what about its instinct to herd?  There is no physical attribute within the elephant that causes this behavior.  Where does that come from?

Our doctors accurately describe different structures and functions of our bodies but this is not the whole elephant!  We need to go beyond description and integrate all the facts of structure and function into a whole body concept.  Allergies result from the interaction of our bodies with our environment.  Perhaps we can gain this broader perspective by looking at our place within our environment.


Force

Force is a primary element of our environment.  Force is the capacity to do work or cause physical change; strength or power4.

For example, gravity is a force.  We cannot see, touch or hear the force of gravity.  Its physical presence is not discernible with our normal five senses.  Yet there is no doubt it exists since we can scientifically measure the results of its strength and direction.

Both strength and direction can be demonstrated by lifting this book off a table.  The strength a person needs to lift the book indicates the strength of gravity.  The person is lifting against the force of gravity which is pulling the book down toward the earth.  When it is lifted, the book is pulled vertically against the direction of the force of gravity.  It takes a specific amount of strength in the person to counteract the strength of the gravity so the book will rise.

It takes less strength, however, to slide the book across the surface of the table, than it does to lift it.  This is because sliding is not directly counteracting the direction of the force.  Thus, the force of gravity has both strength and direction.

Energy

Energy is the work that a physical system is capable of doing in changing from its actual state to a specified reference state5.  Force is measured in terms of energy.  Energy is the amount of work that the force can do.

The word energy was coined by Aristotle, from the Greek word “energes” (energos) which means active, at work.  Looking at the pre-historical path of the word, we find energy's root word is “werg” which means: to do.  A second path suggests that “werg” comes from a Greek word meaning:  organ, to swell; orgasm.  Is it possible that Aristotle was hinting that our bodies have some unique force that swells or produces energy within our bodies?  Is it possible that this force is the result of all our visible, physical structures and functions; yet is not identified with any single part?  What is this force?  Where does it come from?


Particles

Physics shows us that all systems in the universe are governed by the same natural laws.  A system can be an atom, a human, or a group of planets – the laws do not change.

One of the most basic laws of nature is motion.  Everything moves!  The most solid appearing mountain is made up of sub-atomic particles in constant motion.  Likewise our bodies, even though they feel substantial to us, are also composed of billions of constantly moving particles.

A particle is the smallest irreducible constituent of a system.  A photon is a particle of an atom:  A planet or moon is a particle of our solar system.  The size and motion of a particle is relative to its system.

Water is a good example of a system.  It is a molecule composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.  This molecule is a particle of water.  Particles create individual identity.  Water is always produced when two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom combine.

In addition to the composition of water, the motion of the different parts of its atoms actually help hold the water molecule together.  The electrons (the negatively charged part of the atom) move around the nucleus (the positively charged part of the atom) in such a way that the two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen hold together.  Without this motion a molecule of water would cease being water.  Its parts would remain as single atoms of hydrogen and oxygen.

The motion just described is called bonding.  It occurs in all systems from atoms to solar systems and it follows certain patterns.  When atoms of different elements join together to form molecules, their shared electrons (negative) bind together the nuclei (positive) of each different element in the molecule.  This binding forms the shape of the molecule, thus giving the molecule its unique properties.


Waves

Quantum theory proposes that waves, like the motion of particles, form a basic movement in the universe, from sub-atomic to planetary.  A stone thrown into a still pond is a simple example.  When the stone enters the water it sets up a wave motion in the form of concentric circles.

Circular ripples

Particles of water move as a unit in a wave created by the force of the stone hitting the water.  Waves unite all particles regardless of the medium in which they occur – water, oil etc.

All waves have two measurable properties in common: frequency and amplitude.  Frequency is the number of times a specific phenomenon occurs within a specified interval6.  The number of concentric circles or ripples that flow out from the point where the stone touches the water within a one second interval is the frequency of the wave.

Sine waves of various frequencies

Amplitude is the maximum value of a periodically varying quantity7.  The height of the concentric circle above and below the surface of normally still water is the wave's amplitude.

Amplitude


Together the frequency and amplitude of a wave define the vibration of the wave.  The crests and troughs of each ripple indicate amplitude.  The distance between successive crests indicates frequency.  Vibration is the combination of the two.  The height of the amplitude over the period of the frequency gives the wave its vibrational identity.  Vibration is the periodically repeated up and down movement of the wave.

If we look at a cross-section of the ripples on the pond, we see the succession of waves or the vibration of the water in the pond.

Cross-section of ripples

Vibration varies according to the unique particles involved.  The vibration of water will be different from the vibration of oil.  The frequency and amplitude of water and oil are different because of their respective viscosities.  Differences in viscosity are due to the specific particulate make-up of oil and water that give each its unique properties.  Therefore wave motion is reflective of particle motion.

When we observe our world, everything in it appears unique because of the myriad particles that give all things their individual identity.  The tree we are sitting under is separate and distinct from us.  Yet the tree is an apple tree and we have just picked apples from it.  As we eat them we see others like them still on the tree.  There is a direct link between us and the tree through the apples.  Our bodies are nourished by the nutrients in the apples that grew on the tree.  Nutrients flow from the sun, the rain and the soil, into the tree, through the apples to us.  This is a wave; the vital wave of life called the food chain.

These waves form invisible lines of connection that link everything in the universe.  Fritjof Capra, in his book,  The Tao of Physics, writes:  Quantum theory forces us to see the universe, not as a collection of physical objects, but rather as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of a unified whole.8


Wave action

Let's take a quick mental trip to the seaside.  Count the times the waves crash on the beach in one minute.  This represents the current frequency of these waves during that interval.

Frequency is one of the measures delineating the difference between two vibrations.  By counting the number of repetitions we can see if one vibration is faster or slower than another.  When a storm is brewing at sea, the frequency of the waves hitting the beach increases.  As the storm passes, the waves hit less often.  Wind is an external force of weather that changes the frequency of the wave pattern in the ocean.  The wind can also change the amplitude of the waves.  Waves are taller when driven by a strong wind.

Ocean waves also vary in strength.  On a calm day, the waves gently rock the beach sand.  The increased frequency and height of waves during a storm increases the destructive power of the waves as they reach the shore, causing changes in the shoreline and destruction of terrain.

Another external force varies the wave frequency and amplitude on a regular basis.  Tides build and decrease the size of waves with the phases of the moon.  The largest waves occur during the full moon.

If we observe the ocean waves closely as they wash ashore, we notice other variations.  Their strength and amplitude  builds and declines in cycles of seven and twenty-one.  Every seventh wave is strong and the twenty-first is the strongest of all.

Each variation in the frequency or amplitude is created by a change in the forces acting on the molecules of water in the waves.

Waves of Light

Another quality of waves in motion is exemplified clearly in waves of light.  All light emitted by the sun generally looks the same.  However, when a prism is placed in the sun's rays, it separates the wave lengths.  We discover the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  Each of these vibrates at a different rate.

Many vibrations are too subtle to measure with the equipment available to most of us.  However, with a spectrometer, exact measurements can be made of individual light vibrations.

Light is a vibration which the eye can see in a limited spectrum between red and violet.  However, it can be measured with instruments in the regions of infra-red and ultra-violet.  The full spectrum of light frequencies, though limited by our sight, is boundless.

In complex things like trees, apples or humans, we can't use a prism to separate the vibration of each part, but a number of unique vibrations do exist.


Qi

Although quantum physics is relatively new to western science, the Chinese have acknowledged its basic principles for over 7,000 years.  The Chinese word Qi (pronounced chee) incorporates many of the concepts of motion we have been discussing.

There have been many attempts to define Qi using western terms – life force, structure without form, the active or functional aspect of the body.  As with the descriptions of elephants and of health; individually, these definitions limit our perception of Qi.

Qi is in all things, from humans to dogs to trees to rocks.  It is part of what makes the dog a dog and the tree a tree.  An acorn does not grow up to be a Doberman pinscher.  The acorn becomes an oak in part because the Qi within it is “oak”.  Qi is the motion of particles that helps identify each unique system.

Qi also has the qualities of wave motion.  For millennia, the twin features of waves – frequency and amplitude – have been recognized in the Chinese philosophy of Taoism as being characteristic of the twin aspects of Qi; yin (rhymes with kin) and yang (rhymes with strong).  As with Qi, yin and yang convey concepts that do not exist in western culture.  Together these three terms will help us understand the role of motion in the treatment of allergies through ART.


Yin and Yang

All matter is composed of atoms.  The force that results from the interaction of the principle parts of the atom, resides in everything as well.  Likewise, the Taoists saw the two aspects of Qi – yin and yang – as resident in all things.

Yin and yang are like the parts of atoms.  In this analogy, Yin resembles the electron (negative) part of the atom, and yang, the  proton/neutron (positive) part.  Although their nature is different (yin is negative, yang is positive), they are united in the same harmonious form of motion as in the atom.

Thousands of years ago, without the tools of modern science, the Chinese recognized this interrelating pattern of yin and yang.  In essence, yang is the aspect of Qi that directs yin and yin is the aspect of Qi that reflects yang.  As the direct aspect of this dual force, yang is more initiating; described as lighter, outer directed and warmer than yin.  Yin, the receptive aspect, is darker, inner directed, and cooler than yang.  No matter what scale is used – atoms to planets – yin and yang interrelate in the same manner.

The interrelationship of yin and yang is often likened to the poles of magnets.  Although magnets have north and south poles, these opposites do not start or stop at any single place in the magnet.  Magnetism is the attraction and repulsion caused by the orientation of positive and negative charges.  All the iron particles in magnets are lined up in a pattern that polarizes them into two opposite forces. These opposites cannot be considered separately since it is their polarity to each other that gives them their identity.  This unique pattern of the interrelationship of the particles in an iron bar gives a magnet its special qualities.

For example, running a strong magnet over a bar of iron aligns the positive and negative charges in the atoms of iron to establish positive and negative poles in the bar.  This is a shift of the random pattern of the charges into the aligned pattern that is characteristic of magnets.  The plain bar of iron becomes a magnet.

Magnetism is the principle force governing patterns of interrelationship of all things in the universe because all atoms possess positive and negative parts.  The strength of each pattern varies according to the characteristics of the elements involved. 


Meridians

When yin and yang interact in the body their waves form into lines of force.  These lines are electro-magnetic impulses of particles aligning in the body.  They exist throughout the body, however, some are significantly stronger; similar to the  twenty-first waves in the ocean.  These stronger wave patterns are called meridians.  The resonance of these meridians is readily detected with electronic measuring devices.

If a magnet is placed under a piece of paper covered with iron fillings, the fillings line up in a wave pattern around the poles of the magnet.

A magnet and its field

In a similar manner magnetic alignment occurs within the meridians of the body.  In the human body, the pattern is complex.  The twelve regular meridians are a significant part of this pattern.  Six are yang and six are yin.  The six yang waves (meridians) flow downward in the body and six yin waves (meridians) flow upward.

The light spectrum mentioned earlier has countless vibrations.  When separated by a prism the different vibrations produce individual colors of light.  Meridians also have specific vibrations.  These vibrations result in the unique functions attributed to each meridian and are described in their Chinese names.  For example, the Foot Lesser Yin meridian is narrow and slow.  It performs functions similar to those of the kidneys and is therefore called the Kidney meridian in western acupuncture.  Its narrow, slow movement is appropriate to the Chinese concept of the kidneys' functions: the storage of essential substances, the production of marrow and the drawing down of the Lung Qi (inhalation).  A fast movement, described by the Chinese as Yang Brightness (as in the Stomach meridian), is useful for the stomach's function of effectively receiving and decomposing food.

Like the action of wind on ocean waves, Qi is affected by forces peripheral to the system.  In the human body, the factors of food and air will change the quality of Qi.  The meridians register this variance through the strength, texture and continuity of their flow – especially if they are of the same frequency.


Resonance

There is great diversity in the particles we call atoms.  The difference is based on the number of electrons, protons and neutrons residing within atoms of each element.  Waves, in the shape of crests and troughs created by varying frequency and amplitude, have a limited number of forms.  When one wave form is similar to another (when the crests and troughs line up over the same time period) they are in harmony.  Once in harmony they become stronger – more intense.  For example, if a drum is played in the presence of other drums, the other drum heads will vibrate slightly with each sounding of the first drum.  The stronger the first drum is played, the more clearly the vibrations of the other drum heads can be felt.

Resonance is the enhancement of the response of an electric or mechanical system to a periodic driving force when the driving frequency is equal to the natural undamped frequency of the system9.  This means that the vibration (wave form) of an object can be enhanced, intensified, prolonged, and stabilized when exposed to another vibration that replicates the natural vibration of that object.  In other words, wave forms that harmonize – resonate.

Ocean waves show resonance between different forces.  When an approaching storm is in resonance with the tide, the potential for damage is greatly increased.

Native people throughout the world use this harmonic concept to energize their lives.  Their cultures are formed by the basic flow or wave motion that unites them with the land.  The animals and plants they eat are recognized and honored for their gifts of life-giving harmony to the physical bodies of the people who are eating them.

Taking on the Qi, or wave form, of certain foods strengthens the people so they can perform particular tasks – or just live their lives better.  This is the basis of  using masks and dances as well as eating special foods before performing difficult tasks.  Being named for an animal or plant that is viewed in the culture as being strong, or having keen eyesight is another form of harmonizing with nature.  It endows the named person with those benevolent characteristics because whenever the person's name is pronounced, the original animal or plant is brought to mind.

In this scientific age, we think we are not affected by these so-called primitive beliefs.  But how many people are named for a parent, or other loved one?  How many of us claim to need steak before we do hard work or a special dessert as a reward?  How many of us refuse to eat flesh believing that the way it was raised and butchered effects the quality of the meat?  In a way, we are acting with the same subconscious awareness of unity, as that of nature-based peoples.

Basic to understanding resonance is the knowledge that everything in the universe is one.  The movement of particles within our bodies gives us our individual identity.  However, it is the flow of waves between us and our environment, and the resulting resonance, that unites us cosmically with one another – and with everything under the sun.


Qi is the motion of both the particle and the wave.  Thus, it is the uniting aspect of the whole, while remaining the unique individual expression of each of its parts.  For example, if you walk along a rock strewn path, what makes you notice one stone and ignore all the others?  Partly it is the color, shape, or size of the stone.  Its uniqueness is reflecting in its physical appearance.  Beyond those physical characteristics is the totality of all those aspects which together reflect the essence of the stone.  This is what attracts you to that particular stone.  The greater aspect of the stone is in harmony with the greater aspect of you.  Your essence silently vibrates in harmony with the essence of the stone.

If you would like to test this concept, find several stones of similar size, shape and color.  Then ask a friend to chose one stone.  Next ask why that stone was chosen.  The answer will most likely be, “I don't know exactly, it's the one that appealed to me.”

Even if the stones are similar, there will be a resonance between your friend and the chosen stone.  Likewise this same resonance explains why we like different styles of houses, furniture and cars.  It accounts for the vast array of colors in clothing and paint.  We all resonate with different things in different ways. This resonance is the Qi in us reacting to the Qi in our bed, in our clothes, in our home or in our car.

This harmony is the essence of the Oneness of the universe.  When we are in harmony with the universe, our lives flow.  A guide seems to appear at the right moment to lend a hand, or to say the one word we need to hear in order to accomplish our goals.


Applied Resonance Therapy

Western medicine focuses primarily on the transport, regulation, and control of particle movement in the human body.  Health problems such as allergies have not yielded their secrets to this specialized approach.  When viewed from the perspectives of Chinese medical theory and of quantum theory, there is substantial evidence that allergies are due to wave motion rather than particle motion.

When we are out of harmony with our environment, the wave flow of our bodies slows and our systems stagnate.  Stagnation occurs when the crests and troughs of one wave form are out of synchronization with the crests and troughs of a second wave form.  If the synchronization is just a little off, the stagnation will be slight.  The greater the difference, the greater the stagnation.  To your body the presence of dust may manifest as a slight disruption like a sneeze.  Or it could result in a major disruption like a full scale allergy attack.

In Traditional Chinese medicine, pain is defined as the stagnation of Xue (pronounced like shoe) and Qi.  (Xue is the material form of Qi in the body, similar to our concept of blood.)  This type of stagnation occurs in our bodies when our Qi is not in harmony with certain internal stimuli (emotions) or external stimuli (wind, cold, damp).

Allergies are not cured by the particle approach of western medicine.  Perhaps this indicates that somewhere in our bodies our Qi is not resonating with the Qi that emanates from something in our environment.  External substances such as pollen, dust or pet dander could be creating stagnation in our meridians.  Substances we take internally such as vitamins and minerals could also be creating stagnation.  The varying intensities of resonance account for the varied symptoms, and for the strength of reactions individuals have to seemingly harmless substances.

The world is filled with substances that create allergic reactions in humans.  It is not possible to change substances like dust, pollen or vitamin C to make them compatible with any one person's body.  The change must take place within that person's body to bring it into harmony with those external substances.

Applied Resonance Therapy is one way of producing that harmonic balance.


Natural self

We all want our world to be better.  By clearing our own physical energy, we take a decisive step in that direction.

Applied Resonance Therapy may not make a noticeable change in a person's life with one treatment.  Our bodies tend to clear the smallest disharmonies first.  When we are stronger and our Qi is flowing more freely, we are better able to release bigger blocks.  In this way we not only clear allergies, we create change in a manner that reduces the threat of physical and mental distress.  Each treatment makes small adjustments that add up to major improvements in our physical health.

A gradual improvement in awareness occurs during and after the treatments.  The energies we treat affect not only the physical body, but also the mind and spirit.  These changes are less visible but often more dramatic in their effect.  We are all ARTists, viewing and creating our lives and health within our environment.  When we accept the mental and spiritual aspects that accompany the physical changes of ART, we are in the process of improving ourselves – and the world we love.


Footnotes

1 – An Alternative Approach to Allergies Theron G. Randolph, MD and Ralph W. Moss, PhD p. 3

2 – American Heritage Dictionary William Morris, Editor, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA (1981) p.1278

3 – Ibid. p.533

4 – Ibid. p.513

5 – Ibid. p.432

6 – Ibid. p.526

7 – Ibid. p.45

8 – The Tao of Physics Fritjof Capra, Shambhala, Boston, MA, (2000) p.138

9 – American Heritage Dictionary William Morris, Editor, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA (1981) p.1107



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