Energy is the foundation of all living organisms. Our bodies are composed of energy pathways and energy centers that dictate how we feel, how we think, and how we navigate our lives. By shifting these energies, one can alter emotions, health, and state of mind.
What is Energy Psychology?
Energy Psychology, rooted in traditional Eastern cultures for over 5000 years, utilizes techniques such as yoga, Qi Gong, massage, and other contemplative practices to help people initiate change in their lives. Its innovative interventions balance, restore, and enhance welbeing by stimulating the human subtle energy system. These systems include the electrical activity of the nervous system, acupuncture meridians, chakas and biofields. In essence, Energy psychology addresses the relationship of energy systems to emotion, cognition, behavior, and health. It is now being adopted by mental health care practitioners in order to help clients recover from PTSD, anxiety, and other disorders such as addiction, depression, and chronic pain. Although this field is still in its infancy, there is a growing body of research that supports its efficacy.
According to industry leader Feinstein (20120, “Energy psychology is a psychotherapeutic and self-help approach that combines established clinical methods (such as imaginal exposure and mindfulness) with somatic interventions (such as the stimulation of acupuncture points by tapping on them) for effecting therapeutic change”.
The techniques used in energy psychology are responsible for helping people achieve fundamental, profound transformations in belief systems, emotions, and behavior patterns. The most widely used form of Energy psychology is Emotional Freedom Technique with thousands of anecdotal outcome reports based on self applications, peer applications, and professional applications of EFT (Meagher, Arnau, & Rhudy, 2001).
Resources Related to Energy Psychology
Feinstein, D. (2004). Energy psychology interactive: Rapid interventions for lasting change.
Ashland, OR: Innersource.
Feinstein, D., Eden, D., & Craig, G. (2005). The promise of energy psychology.
New York: Tarcher/Penguin.
Meagher, M.W., Arnau, R.C., & Rhudy J.L. (2001). Pain and emotion: Effects of affective
picture modulation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 63, 79-90.
Mental Health (2012). Is Energy Psychology for Real? Retrieved from http://mentalhealth.about.com/cs/specialtechniques/a/022403.htm