A Divine Tune-Up includes this Work


 David Feinstein, Ph.D. 
 www.innersource.net     ©2005

Energy medicine recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force that determines much about health and happiness. In energy medicine, energy is the medicine, and energy is also the patient.  You heal the body by activating its natural healing energies; you also heal the body by restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. Energy medicine is both a complement to other approaches to medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness and emotional or mental disorders, and can also promote high-level wellness and peak performance. The essential principles of energy medicine include:

  1. Energies—both electromagnetic energies and more subtle energies—form the dynamic infrastructure of the physical body.
  2. The health of those energies–in terms of flow, balance, and harmony–is reflected in the health of the body.
  3. Conversely, when the body is not healthy, corresponding disturbances in its energies can be identified and treated.
  4. To overcome illness and maintain vibrant health, the body needs its energies to:
    1. Move and have space to continue to move—energies may become blocked due to toxins, muscular or other constriction, prolonged stress, or interference from other energies.
    2. Move in specific patterns—generally in harmony with the physical structures and functions that the energies animate and support. “Flow follows function.”
    3. Cross over—at all levels, from the microlevel of the double helix of DNA, extending to the macrolevel where the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side to the left.
    4. Maintain a balance with other energies—the energies may lose their natural balance due to prolonged stress or other conditions that keep specific energy systems in a survival mode.
  5. Flow, balance, and harmony can be non-invasively restored and maintained within an energy system by:
    1. tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting, or connecting specific energy points on the skin
    2. tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways
    3. exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects
    4. focused use of the mind to move specific energies
    5. surrounding an area with healing energies (one person’s energies impacts another’s)



People who “see energy” can describe with some precision the anatomy of the energy body, and their descriptions tend to corroborate one another. These descriptions are now backed by electromagnetic measurements, and they also correlate with descriptions of subtle energies found throughout the world, understood in each culture’s own terms and concepts. The meridians, chakras, and aura are three terms that have entered our language, but other energy systems have been identified as well. One of the individuals known for being able to “see” or clairvoyantly read the body’s energies, Donna Eden, describes eight energy systems that impact body and mind. The eight systems include:

Meridians   2) Chakras    3) Aura   4) The Basic Grid   5) Celtic weave
      6) The Five Rhythms   7) Triple Warmer   8)
Radiant Circuits

1) The Meridians: In the way an artery carries blood, a meridian carries energy. As the body's energy bloodstream, the meridian system brings vitality and balance, removes blockages, adjusts metabolism, and even determines the speed and form of cellular change. The flow of the meridian energy pathways is as critical as the flow of blood. No energy, no life. Meridians affect every organ and every physiological system, including the immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular, and lymphatic systems. Each system is fed by at least one meridian. If a meridian's energy is obstructed or unregulated, the system it feeds is jeopardized. The meridians include fourteen tangible channels that carry energy into, through, and out of your body. Your meridian pathways also connect hundreds of tiny, distinct reservoirs of heat and electromagnetic energy along the surface of the skin. These are your acupuncture points, and they can be stimulated with needles or physical pressure to release or redistribute energy along the meridian pathway.

2) The Chakras: The word chakra translates from the Sanskrit as disk, vortex, or wheel. The chakras are concentrated centers of energy. Each major chakra in the human body is a center of swirling energy positioned at one of seven points, from the base of your spine to the top of your head. Where the meridians deliver their energy to the organs, the chakras bathe the organs in their energies. Each chakra supplies energy to specific organs, corresponds to a distinct aspect of your personality, and resonates (respectively, from the bottom to the top chakra) with one of seven universal principles having to do with survival, creativity, identity, love, expression, comprehension, or transcendence. Your chakras also code your experiences in their energies, just as memories are chemically coded in your neurons. An imprint of every emotionally significant event you have experienced is believed to be recorded in your chakra energies. A sensitive practitioner's hand held over a chakra may resonate with pain in a related organ, congestion in a lymph node, subtle abnormalities in heat or pulsing, areas of emotional turmoil, or even tune into a stored memory that might be addressed as part of the healing process.

3) The Aura: Your aura is a multi-layered shell of energy that emanates from your body and interacts with the energies of your environment. It is itself a protective atmosphere that surrounds you, filtering out many of the energies you encounter and drawing in others that you need. Like a space suit, your aura protects you from harmful energies. Like a radio antenna, it brings in energies with which it resonates. The aura is a conduit, a two-way antenna that brings in energy from the environment to your chakras and that sends energy from your chakras outward. When you feel happy, attractive, and spirited, your aura may fill an entire room. When you are sad, despondent, and somber, your aura crashes in on you, forming an energetic shell that isolates you from the world. Some people’s auras characteristically reach out and embrace you. Others keep you out like an electric fence. A study conducted by Valerie Hunt, a neurophysiologist at UCLA's Energy Fields Laboratory, compared “aura readings” with neurophysiological measures. The auras seen by eight practitioners not only corresponded with one another, they correlated with wave patterns picked up by electrodes on the skin at the spot that was being observed.

4) The Basic Grid: The basic grid is your body’s foundational energy. Like the chassis of a car, all the other energy systems ride on the energy of the basic grid. For instance, when you are lying down, it would appear to a seer such as Donna that each of your chakras sits upon this foundational energy. Grid energy is sturdy and fundamental. But severe trauma can damage and deform the grid, and when this occurs, it does not usually repair itself spontaneously. Rather, the other energy systems adjust themselves to the damaged grid, much as a personality may be formed around early traumatic experiences. Repairing a person’s basic grid is one of the most advanced and intense forms of energy therapy. If a grid’s structure or a car’s chassis is sound, you never notice it is there; if it is damaged, nothing else is quite right.

5) The Celtic Weave: The body’s energies spin, spiral, curve, twist, crisscross, and weave themselves into patterns of magnificent beauty. The equilibrium of this kaleidoscope of colors and shapes is maintained by an energy system known by different names to energy healers throughout the world. In the East, it has been called the “Tibetan energy ring.” In yoga tradition, it is represented by two curved lines that cross seven times, symbolically encasing the seven chakras. In the West, it is seen in the caduceus, the intertwined serpents­also crossing seven times­found on the staff that is the symbol of the medical profession. Donna uses the term Celtic weave not only because she has a personal affinity with Celtic healing, but also because the pattern looks to her like the old Celtic drawings of a spiraling, sideways infinity sign, never beginning and never ending and sometimes forming a triple spiral. Like an invisible thread that keeps all the energy systems functioning as a single unit, the Celtic weave networks throughout and around the body in spiraling figure-eight patterns. The double helix of DNA is this pattern in microcosm. The left hemisphere’s control of the right side of the body and the right hemisphere’s control of the left side is this pattern writ large.

6) The Five Rhythms: Your meridians, chakras, aura, and other essential energies are influenced by a more pervasive energy system. Donna does not see it as a separate energy but rather as a rhythm that runs through all the others, leaving its vibratory imprint on physical attributes, health patterns, and personality traits. Mapped long ago in traditional Chinese medicine, all of life was categorized into five “elements,” “movements,” or “seasons” (there is no perfect translation­all three terms have been used, suggesting qualities of being both cyclical and substantial). These energies were considered the building blocks of the universe, providing a basis for understanding how the world works, how societies organize themselves, and what the human body needs to maintain health. Metaphors for describing these five distinct rhythms have drawn from concrete, observable elements of nature (water, wood, fire, earth, and metal) and from the seasons (winter, spring, summer, Indian summer, and autumn). Like the background music during a movie, the person's primary rhythm, in combination with the changing rhythms of life's seasons, directs the tone and mood of the entire energy system and sets the atmosphere of the life being lived.

7) The Triple Warmer: Triple warmer is the meridian that networks the energies of the immune system to attack an invader, and it mobilizes the body’s energies in an emergency for the fight-or-flight-or-freeze response. In carrying out these critical functions, it operates in ways that are so beyond the range of any other meridian that some consider it a system unto itself. Although the exact reasons for the term “triple warmer” are lost in antiquity, its energies work in conjunction with the hypothalamus gland, which is the body’s thermostat. The hypothalamus is also the instigator of the body’s emergency response. Like an army, triple warmer mobilizes during threat or perceived threat, coordinating all the other energy systems to activate the immune response, govern the fight/flight/freeze mechanism, and establish and maintain habitual responses to threat.

8) The Radiant Circuits: The radiant circuits function to ensure that all the other energy systems are working for the common good. They redistribute energies to where they are most needed, responding to any health challenge the body might encounter. In terms of evolution, the radiant circuits have been around longer than the meridians. Primitive organisms such as insects move their energies via the radiant circuits rather than through a meridian system, and the radiant circuits can be seen in the embryo before the meridians develop. As in the way that riverbeds are formed, it is as if radiant energies that habitually followed the same course became meridians. Where the meridians are tied to fixed pathways and specific organs, the radiant energies operate as fluid fields, embodying a distinct spontaneous intelligence. Like hyperlinks on a website, they jump instantly to wherever they are needed, bringing revitalization, joy, and spiritual connection. If triple warmer mobilizes your inner militia, the radiant circuits mobilize your inner mom, showering you with healing energy, providing life-sustaining resources, and lifting your morale.

 Reference:  Energy Medicine by Donna Eden (Tarcher/Penguin Putnam, 1999).

From the "Handout Bank" of the Energy Medicine Institute


Layers of the Aura

This page deals mostly with the Human Aura and its Chakras, with new information being added from time to time. Different authors' views on the meaning of the major chakras, and how the Aura and Chakras are involved in healing are presented. Healing through the Human Energy Field (i.e., the aura), is also covered.


The Webster's New World Dictionary states that an aura is "an invisible emanation or vapor" or "a particular atmosphere or quality that seems to arise from and surround a person or thing". The word "chakra" isn't even in this dictionary! I hope that the following information will give you a fuller understanding of these two words. Please check the Glossary for a definition of any terms or words that you may be unfamiliar with.

Although you may read about auras and chakras and think them to be two separate objects or manifestations, chakras are a component of an aura and each interpenetrates the other. Chakras are the means through which a physical body communicates with its aura and vice-versa. For you are not a physical body with an aura surrounding you. Rather, your aura and physical body are one unit that together make up only a small portion of the greater you.

If one thinks of the universe as being a living, energetic and conscious realm, then auras are the domain of this consciousness and lie in dimensions not usually accessible to us. By being impenetrable to our normal physical senses, they cannot be scientifically "proven" to exist. However, recent advances in science, in medicine, and in psychology have been such that there is much more acceptance of the mind-body relationship in disease. Perhaps the time is soon coming when society at large can recognize the credibility, sincerity, and veracity of clairvoyants who "see" in a different manner. In quantum physics we have discovered that the human observer can affect the observed, and consequently the outcome of the experiment. Is it too much of a leap to postulate that human consciousness, or one's spiritual field or aura, can affect matter?

To better understand ourselves and the interactions between our mind (emotions) and our body, we need to look at the whole person. The higher dimensions (or fields) of consciousness must then be included. Although we speak of levels or dimensions being "lower" or "higher", the terms are used only to differentiate amongst them. All dimensions co-exist within the same space. They are not separate at all and influence and interact with each other. Dora van Gelder Kunz, in her book The Personal Aura explains this interaction as being "achieved in somewhat the same way that the unique sound of a musical chord is created by combining different tones, each of which can be distinguished by a trained ear. The experience of listening to music is the best analogy I can think of, because the differences between the subtle fields are essentially harmonic in nature. Each dimension of consciousness has its range of frequencies, and plays a particular part in the total orchestration of a human being."

There are as many explanations of the Human Aura and the Chakra System as there are books on the subject. The following descriptions of the chakras have been taken from a variety of sources. As in all searches for the truth, please make your own judgements as to the validity of the material presented.


The word chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel. It is a wheel-like spinning vortex that interpenetrates the physical body, with the outer ends of each vortex forming a specific layer of the auric field. The whirling circular motion forms a cavity or vacuum in the center that draws in anything it encounters on its particular vibrational level. It is then processed and returned to the auric field. The major chakras of the human body are the seven chakras that are aligned along the spinal column. Secondary chakras of importance are located in the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and at major joints in the arms and legs.

For the people of antiquity - Egyptians, Chinese, Hindus, Greeks, Romans, and aboriginals of many lands - the chakras were an integrated part of daily lives. As these ancient civilizations were conquered, vast libraries of knowledge were destroyed. Only a few remnants of their information on the chakra system have survived - either through the preservation of ancient texts by sacred priesthoods, or orally from generation to generation, as in the traditions of many aboriginal peoples.

In any study of the anatomy of the aura it is important to understand the significance of the chakra system. The chakras exist on all levels of the aura and serve as linking mechanisms between the auric field and the physical body as well as linking mechanisms between the different levels of the auric field itself.


It is usually believed that the three lower chakras correlate to basic primary needs - those of survival, procreation, and will - whereas the four higher chakras are concerned with our psychological makeup -defining love, communication, and knowledge, and connection with the spiritual realms.

The Seven Major Chakras

First Chakra

We must balance this chakra before moving on to the others. Otherwise our growth will be without roots, i.e., ungrounded

Other Names: Root, base, muladhara, Kundalini (Sanskrit)
Situated: base of spine and the pubic bone (but encompasses genitals and reproductive organs)
Colour: red
Element: Earth
Area of consciousness: physical body
This includes all physical sensations, such as pain, sensuality, pleasure and power. Also, our survival (as an individual and as a planet), our need for world peace and environmental balance.
Key Words: stability, solidity, unity and form.
Physical organ association: gonads, also the glomus coccygeum or coccygeal body, adrenal gland, the kindeys and the spinal column
Relationship: to the solid part of the body, especially the bones
Importance: location of the kundalini
Attributes: athletic, cares about survival, sensuality, pleasure and power
Governs: perception of the physical world, willpower, motivation and intent

Second Chakra

Here we encounter change, for without change we cannot grow.

Other Names: Sacral, sexual, svadhisthana (Sanskrit)
Situated: behind and just below the navel
Colour: orange
Element: Water
Area of consciousness: emotional
Change in that we now moving beyond our understanding of ourselves and realize the awareness of others - desire arises and with it our emotions and sexuality.
Key Words: difference, separation, change, duality, and movement
Physical organ association: spleen ( Peyer's Patches) as well as the kidneys and bladder
Relationship: corresponds to the liquid part of the body - circulation, urinary elimination, and sexual body fluids.
Governs: feelings of sexuality, and creativity

Third Chakra

Transformation to a new state occurs through this chakra's basic dynamic energy and our ability to find a balance between extremes.

Other Names: Solar Plexus, manipura (Sanskrit)
Situated:solar plexus, in the V formed by the ribcage, above the navel
Colour: yellow
Element: Fire
Area of consciousness: mental or intellectual body
This includes thoughts, opinions and judgements.
Key Words: combustion, fire, energy, action, power, and will
Physical organ association: adrenal glands, pancreas, liver, stomach, as well as the nervous system and the bladder.
Relationship: responsible for the regulation and distribution of metabolic energy throughout the body, as in digestion.
Governs: emotional issues and issues of personal power

Fourth Chakra

The task of this chakra is to integrate and balance the realms of spirit and mind with our physical body (matter).

Other Names: Heart, anahata (Sanskrit)
Situated: midway between shoulder blades (over the sternum)
Colour: Green
Element: Air
Area of Consciousness: astral body
This is the first level beyond 3-dimensional matter. Here we have the bridge between the dimensions of matter and the dimensions of spirit. Although we may refer to the "lower chakras" as being concerned with mankind, and the "upper chakras" as being concerned with spirituality and God, each chakra is no less important than the other. For instance, the first chakra has a number of frequencies (all within the Red vibration), ranging from very low to very high. The goal is to rise above a chakra's lower frequencies into its higher ones.
Key Words: love, compassion, balance
Physical organ association: thymus gland (immune system), and the heart, blood, circulatory system, immune system, and the endocrine system.
Relationship: to the heart - to love as a state of being.
Governs: love, compassion, and unconditional acceptance for others

Fifth Chakra

Here we have the realm of consciousness where communication occurs, whether that be within ourselves or to and from another

Other Names: Throat, visuddha (Sanskrit)
Situated: throat area
Colour: blue
Element: Sound
Area of consciousness: etheric body
This etheric body is the template for the physical body, and represents our potential for perfection.
Key Words: sound, vibration, communication, and self-expression
Physical organ association: thyroid and parathyroid glands, lungs, vocal cords, and bronchial apparatus.
Relationship: the throat area where sound is created
Governs: communication, expression of thoughts and feelings

Sixth Chakra

The essence and function of this chakra is to "see" in the sense that we accept that complete vision will include both darkness and light.

Other Names: Third Eye, Brow, ajna (Sanskrit)
Situated: centre of head, behind forehead
Colour: indigo
Element: Light
Area of consciousness: celestial body
It is here that we have "sixth sight", or the ability to "see" by way of clairvoyance. We use this chakra for visualization, receiving insight or inspiration.
Key Words: intuition, imagination and clairvoyance
Physical organ association: pineal (although some believe it is the pituitary gland)
Relationship: the storehouse and viewing screen of all visual input from our two physical eyes and our "third eye" (the etheric organ of psychic perception).
Governs: spirituality and the search for meaning in life, intuition, visualization

Seventh Chakra

This chakra represents our belief systems, both conscious and unconscious.

Other Names: Crown, sahasrara (Sanskrit)
Situated:top of head
Colour: white (some believe violet)
Element: Thought
Area of Consciousness: ketheric body
This chakra is associated with the spiritual realm. Here is where we merge with God, the All That Is.
Key Words: enlightenment, knowing and cosmic consciousness
Physical organ association: pituitary gland (although some believe it is the pineal gland)
Relationship: not of the material world but as a gateway to worlds beyond
Governs: our connection to the concept of "God" or a higher intelligence

Secondary Chakras

Rosalyn L. Bruyere writes in her book Wheels of Light that there are 122 smaller secondary chakras. These have the same characteristics as the major seven chakras, although they are much smaller. They are located primarily wherever there is a joint in the body. She further states that it is the connective tissue [Webster's New World Dictionary defines connective tissue as "tissue found throughout the body, serving to bind together and support other tissues and organs; it is made up of various kinds of fibrals (small fibers) contained in a matrix of intercellular material] that is primarily responsible for carrying electromagnetic energy in our bodies.

Unfortunately we often tend to ignore the lower portion of our bodies, i.e., we are not grounded. As much of our connective tissue is in our legs and buttocks, the result is that our internal organs suffer from this lack of incoming energy.




Allopathic - Refers to contemporary medical approaches (conventional medicine) which utilize drug therapy, surgery, etc to provide symptom relief.
Astral - This is the layer of the aura or frequency band located just beyond the etheric. The astral body is affected by emotionality, thus astral energy is often emotionally-linked. It is to be noted that there are lower, middle and higher astral planes. It is to the lower plane that we travel in our dreams and project ourselves during "astral travel". To the clairvoyant, this field appears to extend fifteen to 18 inches beyond the physical body. It looks like an ovide, luminous cloud of ever changing colours and patterns. The texture is flexible, often described as fluidic, with a clearly defined periphery (although the material dissipates imperceptibly into the surrounding auric field).
Aura - An energy field that interpenetrates with and radiates out beyond the physical body. It is made up of different energy vibrations or frequencies. These, in turn, make up the physical, etheric, astral, mental, causal, and higher spiritual aspects of the multidimensional human form. The trained healer "sees", within the aura, indications as to the spiritual, mental, physical and emotional state of the patient.
Causal - This is the layer of the aura or frequency band located just beyond the mental level. It is termed "causal" because, according to esotericism, it carries the Self's (Soul or Spirit) fundamental intentionality to be, and this is the ultimate cause of our existence. Seen clairvoyantly, the causal body is pale and ethereal, with iridescent colours like those of a soap bubble. At this level, the Self is not constrained by the usual limits of time and space and causality, but is able to experience the universality of life and to perceive meanings and interrelationships which are normally not available to us. This level does not disintegrate after the death of the physical body as the astral and mental bodies eventually do. It persists from life to life.
Chakra - A Sanskrit word meaning "wheel". In additional to seven or 8 major chakras associated with the human body, there are many more secondary chakras that also play a lessor role. The main function of each chakra seems to be as a step-down transformer for the higher frequency subtle energies of the aura. These energies are converted into chemical, hormonal, and cellular changes in the physical body.
Channeling - The phenomenon whereby an individual allows a higher level of consciousness (higher self, guardian angel, angelic being, etc.), to come through them, often verbally, as in trance channeling (Edgar Cayce, Seth, Emmanual, etc.), or as thoughts and messages received internally or through automatic writing, etc.
Chi - Also spelt Ch'i, Qi or Ki, it refers to the nutritive subtle energy that surrounds us, that enters our physical body through breathing, and flows through the body along the acupuncture meridians.
Clairaudience - The psychic ability of hearing at higher vibrational levels. It is mediated through the use of the throat chakra.
Clairvoyance - The psychic ability of seeing higher subtle-energy patterns, i.e. the ability to see the aura with its colours, thought-forms, shape, etc. It is mediated through the use of the brow (third-eye) chakra.
Energy Blockage - A general term referring to the interruption of the natural flow of subtle energy through the human (or animal) energetic system, often due to abnormal function in one or more of the chakras.
Etheric - This is the layer of the aura or frequency band located just beyond the physical. Its most important function is the transfer of subtle energy from the universal field to the individual field, and thence to the physical body. It acts as a connecting link between the physical body and the emotional (astral) and mental bodies (fields), and furnishes the basic pattern according to which the physical body is built. To the clairvoyant, the etheric body looks like a luminous web of fine bright lines of force which, in a healthy person, stand out at right angles to the surface of the skin. Its colour is usually blue-gray to violet-gray and it shimmers like heat waves above the earth on hot days. It extends two to 3 inches beyond the boundary of the physical body.
Holistic - A synergistic approach which deals with the combined physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human health and illness.
Kundalini - The creative energy of spiritual illumination which is stored as potential energy within the root or base chakra. When properly released, it causes activation and alignment of all the major chakras of the body.
Mantra - A word or sound which, when repeated to oneself during meditation, helps one to achieve a deeper meditative state of consciousness.
Mental - This is the layer of the aura or frequency band located just beyond the astral level, but interpenetrates both the lower astral and etheric bodies (levels). It is the mental dimension that is in constant interplay with the other aspects of the personality throughout life, and its energy permeates every experience, even when we are not engaged in intellectual pursuits or even consciously thinking. It is ovoid in shape like the astral, but it is considerably larger and less dense. Its colours and quality are good indicators of the individual's interests and mental powers, whether latent or active, for sometimes the capacities we are born with do not mature during life. The mental body extends about 3 feet beyond the periphery of the physical body.
Meridian - A microtubular channel that carries a nutritive subtle energy (chi) to the various organs, nerves, and blood vessels of the body.
Miasm - An energetic state which predisposes the organism to future illness, often due to the subtle effects of a particular toxic agent or noxious micro-organism. Miasms may be acquired or inherited.
Nadis - The thread-like subtle paths of energy flow from the chakras to the various regions of the physical body. Unlike meridians, which have physical components, nadis are non-physical.
Prana - An ancient Hindu or yogic term that refers to the nutritive subtle-energy taken in during breathing. Also referred to as chi or ki.
Quantum Physics - That branch of science which studies the energetic characteristics of matter at the subatomic level.
Spiritual Healing - A form of healing that is mainly associated with the physical and etheric levels. However, the emotional (astral), mental and higher spiritual levels do also play a part in the healing process.
Subconscious - That part of the personality which dwells below the surface of waking consciousness and which controls automatic human functions. It is subliminally affected by all information taken in by our senses, and is conditioned or programmed by rewards, punishments, and messages (such as positive or negative affirmations) that subtly affect our internal belief system of our worthiness and self-esteem.

Subtle Body - A term referring to any of the subtle-energy bodies which exist in the higher frequency octaves beyond the physical, i.e., the etheric, the astral, mental and causal bodies.

Subtle Energy - A general term that denotes energy that exists outside our physical reality (often referred to as electromagnetic energy), and thus is not bound by the physical laws. This energy moves at speeds greater than the speed of light.

Superconscious - That part of the higher soul structure, of which we are not usually conscious, that nevertheless makes up part of our personality. It is here that we possess our higher wisdom.

Thought-form - Strong thoughts or emotions produce a manifestation that has has an actual energy structure that can be seen clairvoyantly in the auric field.

Vibration - Refers to subtle or electromagnetic energy in varying frequencies and amplitudes.