(by John Freedom)
An old and famous poem from India goes something like this.
It was six scientists of Indostan
To research much inclined,
Who went to see the enerpsych
(Though all were of closed mind),
That each by observation
Might see what he would find.
The first scientist, after tapping, humming, eye-rolling, and feeling rather sore, said “Harrumph! Harrumph! This enerpsych is mere distraction, and can be nothing more!”
The second scientist, steeped in the traditions of his craft, opined: “This enerpsych, this enerpsych, IF it works at all, can only work because of ‘common elements’ it shares with more well-established therapies……”
The third, thoroughly schooled in behaviorism, was somewhat more verbose: “Nonsense! It is obvious that enerpsych is simply conditioning classicale! Through exposure you are desensitizing the stimulus triggering a relaxation response which then counter-conditions the previously stressful stimulus…..”
The fourth, who spent his days in labs poring over PETs, SPECTs and fMRIs, remarked “Nay, nay, nay! Neurophysiology is really where it’s at! Somatic stimulation sends signals to that pesky amygdala, which in turn communicates to the thalamus, hypothalamus, hippocampus, and locus coeruleus, thereby down-regulating limbic over-excitation and restoring homeostasis……”
The fifth scientist, a long-time student of the healing arts, said “Energy is the one true Reality, of course! Your ignorance of our subtle energetic anatomies has blinded you to the real dynamic here.” Waxing poetic, he discussed: “Blockages of energy, in the subtle channels exquisite, cause the emotional upsets we see here in this visit. The incantations and percussions, upon the skin divine, send surges of vital energy down every meridian line. This removes the blocks and restores the flow, leaving our clients with a radiant glow.”
Finally the sixth scientist, having studied transformational effects in psychotherapy for many years, shook his head wearily. “We have of course discovered the precise recipe common to all effective approaches.The real key to transformation is, in a word, juxtaposition! It is so simple; let me explain. Calming the nervous system by tapping while simultaneously being exposed to a stressful stimulus creates a mismatch juxtaposition experience triggering a cascade of perceptional reorganizations and cognitive reframings resulting in deep and permanent memory reconsolidation …..”
Meanwhile, the patient left without his symptoms, but instead he had a plan; all the money saved on therapy, would be spent touring Indostan.
So, how does energy psychology ‘really’ work?
To answer these and other questions, ACEP has created an exciting new online course, “The Science of Energy Healing”. ACEP members will see a sneak preview next week, and it will be available for everyone from October 13-20. Join the ACEP email list now and we’ll let you know when it’s available!
Chair, Research Committee / Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology
Learn more about energy psychology at energy psych.org