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Pranic Therapy Part I

Pranic Therapy by G Kumar (c) 2001

Pranic Therapy Part I - An Introduction

Pranic Therapy is an alternative system of Medicine using therapy with the

Universal Stream of Consciousness, the Cosmic Prana.

Pranic Therapy can be effectuated by proper knowledge of the psycho-

physical organism, physical and mental discipline and opening all our

channels to the Cosmic Prana. This is normally effected in seven steps

The Seven Stages of Pranic Therapy

1. Knowledge of the Psychosomatic Machine

2. Regulation of Sleep, food & Exercise

3. Relaxation

4. Attunement to Biorythms ( Circadian Rhythms, Solar & Lunar Rhythms )

5. Removing mental blocks ( Difficult due to Repression )

6. Overcoming Prajnaparadha ( Fault of Awareness due to misuse of our

cognitive & conative functions)

7. Opening the system to the Cosmic Prana ( Opening all channels to the

Divine Shakti )

Introduction

With the advent of rapid industrialization, urbanization and the

breakdown of family life after the Second World War, social

life in the West became tense & stressful. The spread of

materialistic ideas and ideals and the erosion of faith in Morality

& the Law Divine & the social disturbance caused by the Vietnam

War brought a sense of futility & meaninglessness in the Western

psyche.The limitations of the Western system of chemotherapy

& adverse side-effects of antibiotics, sedatives and certain other

drugs and the disillusionment with the promises of science &

technology made millions turn to Oriental philosophies, divine

practices & systems of therapy.

The response from the Orient was benevolent. Favoured by the

social revolution that swept through several countries in the West

in the 1960s, these countries, especially the US, came to be

flooded with Gurus and Yogis. Yoga, TM, Reiki - all attained

world-wide popularity.

Three Modern Movements

As a byproduct three modern movements came into being.

They are Neo-humanisn, interreligious dialogue and Holistic

Health. The term 'Neo-humanism' refers to a basic change

in modern man's attitude towards himself and his fellowmen

which is characterised by

a) the recognition of the essential goodness of man

b) focus on existential problems

c) striving for higher transcendental experience.

The contribution of Ramakrishna Movement to inter-faith dialogue

was immense. Other movements like Maharshi International

University & Self Realisation Fellowship contributed to this change

in the human mindset.

Holistic Health

Holistic Health refers to a modern movement which regards health as

a dynamic state of the total human being. Although the symptoms of

a disease may be found in certain tissues or organs, health is not a

mere removal of such symptoms by the treatment of the affected

tissues or organs, but a state of multidimensional experience,

according to this perspective. The mind, body & environment are

in a state of dynamic interaction & the maintenance of this interaction

in an optimum state of efficiency is what health means. In other

words " To be healthy is to have the ability to live with full

use of our faculties and be vigorous, alert & happy to be alive,

even in old age, despite an occasional bout of illness." This

" operational health" has been defined as wellness. It is a sense

of all-round well-being as contrasted with illness. .

The greatest aspect of holistic health is its recognition of the

role played by mind in health. " Mind is omnipotent " said

Freud & he had shown that the Unconscious played a key role

in causing certain diseases which came to be described as

psychosomatic diseases. He looked upon the Unconscious

chiefly as the repository of negative emotions. His early disciple

Carl Jung expanded the concept of the Unconscious to make

it include good emotions and even spiritual urges. Adler,

another disciple of Freud showed that the ego could alter

unconscious behaviour.

The connecting link between the body and mind was not clear. The

work of the Canadian endocrinologist Hans Selye brought the much

needed connecting link. In his classic work " The Stress of Life "

Selye showed that mental stress was the root cause of several types

of common illness such as hypertension, hyperacidity etc. The

'stressor' (the original source of stress ) excites the hypothalamus in

the brain. This vital organ which controls the autonomic nervous system

activates the pituitary to secrete the stress hormone ( known as ACTH )

which stimulates the secretion of several hormones and steroids

(including the well known, adrenaline or epinephrine). More sugar is

released into the blood & BP is increased as a result of these changes.

According to Selye, stress is unavoidable in life. ( The emotional

centre in the brain, when upset, stimulates the oxintic cells to secrete

more hydrochloric acid in the stomach which leads to hyperacidity.)

When it goes beyond a certain tolerance level ( which varies from

person to person ) the system breaks down resulting in illness.

To the scientific picture of body-mind interrelationship given above,

certain new concepts were added. One was the idea that if negative

emotions could cause illness, positive emotions can cause "wellness".

The attention of medical experts & the imagination of the public was

captured by this innovative idea when Normal Cousins, editor of

Saturday Review, published a convincing account of his recovery

from a debilitating & incurable disease of the connective tissue.

The patient's understanding of the disease & his active participation

in the recovery process was highlighted by his case.

The most difficult and controversial aspect of holistic health is another

idea that by creating proper awareness within himself man could

exercise a certain degree of voluntary control over the healing

processes taking place in his body. After the aftermath of Pavlov's

demonstration of conditioned reflexes, another Russian scientist

K M Bykov and his colleagues showed in 1924 that several

involuntary processes such as regulation of body heat, heart rhythm,

production of urine, BP etc which were mediated by the autonomic

nervous system could be brought under voluntary control. The above

finding was corroborated later during experiments conducted on

animals under 'operant' (voluntary)conditioning. Hundreds of people

found that they could bring under control their heart rhythm, brain

waves etc with the help of the biofeedback technique. Indian Yogis

in the West also demonstrated that they could alter metabolic rate,

heartbeat, body temperature etc simply by their will power, without

the use of any biofeedback instruments.

More information about Transcendental Philosophy & Yoga can be

had from http://www.zodiaccomputers.com/Html/yoga.htm

Holistic health practioners invaded the scene at this juncture.

They showed that not only certain organs but the working of the whole

system such as the digestive system, the respiratory system, circulatory

system etc ( known as the Systems concept ) could be regulated simply

by changing one's life-style & affinities. It was claimed that even

diseases such as cancer could be cured or held in check be creating

strong faith & the right type of consciousness.Despite the exaggeration

and the propaganda which accompanied these claims, the basic idea

that man can consciously regulate involuntary and unseen physiolo-

gical processes came to be accepted as a fact by the medical

community.

Various meditation techniques like Transcendental Meditation, Zen,

Yoga were becoming popular in the West in those days. Apart from

the spiritual benefits, (In Transcendental Meditation, the existence of

a fourth major state of Consciousness called Transcendental

Consciousness was proved by Dr Keith Wallace in his Phd Thesis )

practical Yoga teachers showed that Meditation also produced other

beneficial effects such as reduction of tension, lowering of BP,

relaxation of muscles, increase of concentration & work efficiency

& even increase of immunological resistance to diseases. As a

result, some form of Meditation has become an essential part of

most holistic health programmes.( Dr Harold Bloomfied says that

TM can be used as an adjunct to psychiatric practice.)

The success of Acupuncture, herbology etc which came to be

recognised as ' Alternative Medicine " , lent much support to

the holistic health position. Two great discoveries strengthened

this position. One was the discovery of 'biological clocks' in

nature and the existence of biorhythms in the human body. The

other discovery was that the brain produced certain neuro-

modulators called endorphins which have the property of

reducing pain. The production of these natural painkillers is

influenced by our thoughts and endorphins are produced when

our EEG brain waves are in an alpha state ( 8.5 cycles per sec).

Article by G Kumar, Astrologer & Epistemologist of www.eastrovedica.com.

Recently he was awarded a Certificate by the Planetary Gemologists Association ( www.p-g-a.org ) as a Planetary Gem Advisor. He has 25 years psychic research experience in the esoteric arts. Kumar is contactable at zodiac20@vsnl.com The address of his physical shop is Zodiac Computers, 3/528 Tkss Bldgs, East Nada, Guruvayur Kerala, India 680101. Office Phone +91 0487-552851. Home Phone +91 0487-422060. He is the editor of the Z Files, a popular philosophic Ezine, rich in esoterica. TO subscribe contact mailto:zodiac20@vsnl.com?subject=subscribe.

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494 of 1015 people found the following review helpful:

   , Aug 09 2005
Reviewer: C S Corbett

Thank you. Your article is valuable to me because it gives a bird's eye view, a meta- perspecive on mind/body/spirit and
the deep traditions that give rise to present-day practice of
healing arts that have grown out of deep spiritual practice.

I'd forgotten what a special place
Epistemologists have in guiding us in understanding....thank you.


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Reviewer: latisha

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