Energy, Vibration, Frequencies

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

I don’t know whether Tesla said that or not. The internet certainly thinks he did, but this is perhaps the logical fallacy known as “appeal to authority.” My best guess is that he never actually strung those exact words together, but someone else (quite accurately) described his work that way…and the quote was later attributed to Tesla.

Regardless, Tesla’s ideas about “radiant energy” that emanated from the sun, “everywhere present in unlimited quantities” and could be harnessed as power led him to create a machine that indeed captured energy from what appeared to be thin air. Today, the field of bioelectromagnetics takes as its mission the study of the interaction between electromagnetic fields and biological entities.

I’m not a physicist or a biologist or a natural scientist of any kind. I’ve read that Reiki is consistent with quantum physics, and I’ve read at least one reasonable refutation of those claims.

Here’s what we know.

We know that all organic matter vibrates at a unique frequency. The disagreement is really about whether that fact has any significance in our bodies. Bioelectromagnetism is, at its core, about how we interact with vibrations.

We know that music – even without words and even music we have never heard before – makes people feel things. Music can make us cry, or cause an adrenaline surge, or irritate us so much that we feel compelled to shut it off or tune it out. We don’t know exactly how that happens. Science is beginning to understand some of the impacts of sound on our bodies, but not quite looking deeply; a close reading of this should convince anyone paying attention in the direction of vibrations and how they resonate (literally) in the body.

We know that across the world, when human beings are injured – when we bang a knee or burn ourselves or bite our lip – the first thing we do is put our hands where it hurts.

We put our hands over our hearts when we feel deep and sudden sadness, on our foreheads when we are mentally overwhelmed or trying to think clearly, on our faces when we are horrified, over our mouths when we are shocked, and we wring them when we are worried.

The pop-psychology/body-language line on these gestures is that these actions are “soothing.” We don’t know how this soothing works. In all of them, though, we lay our hands on other parts of our bodies. Why? Why, exactly, is it so soothing to place our hands over our hearts or on our foreheads or on our scraped knees? I can’t help but suspect that Tesla could have helped here.

We know, and are learning more all the time, that physical realities can be changed through and with our consciousness: intention can affect others’ perceptions of physical matter and we can change our DNA through meditation, for example.

And we know that it is professionally dangerous for scientists to consider any of this seriously:

“… it is safer for one’s scientific career to avoid associating with such dubious topics and subsequently rare to find experiments examining these ideas in the physics literature. Indeed, the taboo is so robust that until recently it had extended to any test of the foundations of quantum theory. For more than 50 years such studies were considered unsuitable for serious investigators.”

But it does appear to be changing: Johns Hopkins astrophysicist Richard Conn Henry tells us that “The Universe is immaterial — mental and spiritual.” Clinical psychologist David Feinstein posits that “conventional medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the biochemistry of cells, tissue, and organs. Energy medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the energy fields of the body that organize and control the growth and repair of cells, tissue, and organs. Changing impaired energy patterns may be the most efficient, least invasive way to improve the vitality of organs, cells, and psyche.”

“Changing impaired energy patterns.” No one quite knows what that means, at least not with any precision. As usually happens when human beings do not understand something, we come up with stories to explain it.