An Introduction to the Biofield
Have you ever considered that you might extend beyond the limits of your physical body? Or have you ever walked down a street, minding your own business, and instinctively turned to see that someone was looking at you? If so, then your Biofield is functioning, as it should.
What is the Biofield?
The Biofield is the scientific term for the field of energy surrounding your body. The Biofield is made up of electromagnetic energy, which can be easily measured by modern science, and other types of subtle energy, (sometimes known as Chi, Qi, or Prana.) These subtle energies are harder to record, although many attempts have been made using voltmeters, thermographs to measure heat, and the measuring of electrostatic potential. 1
In an article entitled The Biofield Hypothesis: Its Biophysical Basis and Role in Medicine, Dr. Beverly Rubik defined the Biofield, or biologic field, as: “a holistic or global organizing field of the organism...” 2
The Biofield is thought to be an essential element of health, an energy field that acts as a dynamic organising principle, facilitating the sharing of information between a person’s cells and other biological components, that also regulates physiological and biochemical processes. 3 This new field of scientific inquiry suggests that a change within your biofield can also transform the way you look at or receive information, the terrifying can become safe and the trapped can be freed, when viewed through the eyes of Matt Hudson, the worlds first Biofield Engineer.
Historical Concepts Related to the Biofield
From the 17th to the 19th centuries the western system of conventional medicine was readily influenced by a philosophy called vitalism – the idea that all living organisms are animated by a “vital spark,” a type of non-physical energy or essence governing physical biological processes. This metaphysical philosophy was later rejected because it could not be measured or quantified.
Some of the notions about this “vital spark” seem to fit with our modern understanding of the Biofield, which is now being backed up by empirical data. According to biology professor Igor Jerman,
“If this inability of research and scientific explanation is the mark of vitalism, then the concept of the biofield is definitely not vitalistic. According to this line of thinking the biofield should be considered as a normal, measurable and scientifically natural field.”
If this inability of research and scientific explanation is the mark of vitalism, then the concept of the biofield is definitely not vitalistic.
According to this line of thinking the biofield should be considered as a normal, measurable and scientifically explainable natural field.
Vitalism was eventually replaced by the materialist worldview that underpins much of science today; a mechanistic view of the human body – the idea that we are essentially biological machines – and that our overall state of health can be understood by reducing human beings to a bunch of genes, molecules and chemical processes. Allopathic medicine tends to operate from this mechanistic assumption, isolating and treating acute symptoms of illness and individual parts of the body, rather than looking at the body as one whole, integrated system.
But we may be more than just a complex series of biochemical mechanisms – a notion that increasingly makes sense in the light of new scientific discoveries.
Scientific Advances with the Biofield
The Biofield is still viewed with scepticism by some parts of mainstream science. But just because we can’t necessarily measure everything about the Biofield right now, it would be irrational for us to sit around waiting for technology to catch up with the incredible potential that Biofield engineering offers to those in need right now.
Probably the people who are most familiar with the Biofield are not scientists, but energy healers from all kinds of modalities around the world, including African, Ayurveda, Chinese or Taoist, Native American, Tibetan, and many other global traditions. These practitioners employ a wide variety of techniques when working with the Biofield to help and improve the wellbeing of their patients.
Open-minded experts from multiple scientific disciplines have been learning about the Biofield for decades to complement metaphysical understandings with a scientific framework. Although still in its early stages, an increasing body of scientific literature is adding credibility to the existence of the Biofield.
While people around the world have been familiar with the Biofield for hundreds if not thousands of years, it was only in 1992 that the word Biofield became officially recognised. It was coined by the scientific community during the establishment of the Office of Alternative Medicine by the US National Institutes of Health in an attempt to unite a variety of energy medicine modalities under an umbrella term. This has paved the way for an increasing number of Biofield-based innovations.
The November 2015 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, was a special issue dedicated to the Biofield, and compiled articles from experts in various areas of science. It contained a meta-study of Biofield treatments by Shamini Jain, PhD et al that concluded:
“…the evidence base regarding clinical effectiveness of biofield therapies is strongest in symptom management for pain and cancer, the 2 conditions that have received the most study. Studies are more sparse but evidence is promising for clinical populations with arthritis, dementia, and heart disease.” 5
We could be looking at a revolution in health that allows us to treat some of the most prevalent health conditions of our time, without side effects, invasive surgery, or a lifetime of medication.
In 1975 by an American psychologist called Robert Ader created the term Psychoneuroummunology, (or PNI to most of us,) the study of the relationships between the mind, the nervous system and the endocrine system. PNI basically means that what we think about influences our brain chemistry, which then influences our central nervous system, which then influences our immune and endocrine systems.
Through this mechanism of interconnected mental and physical systems, negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs – such as being caught up in past events, having a pessimistic outlook, or being highly self-critical – can negatively impact health. All thoughts have corresponding neurotransmitters in the brain that communicate with the nervous system, with overuse owing to past events still being present within the Biofield, a person becomes more susceptible to disease, stress and anxiety.
This easily becomes a negative self-fulfilling feedback loop as the brain picks up on chemical messengers within the body telling it that the immune system is unwell, and the whole cycle perpetuates. 6
On the bright side, having a sense of purpose, an optimistic outlook, and empowering beliefs about oneself can all contribute to better health via this same psychoneuroimmunilogical mechanism.
Furthermore, the relationship between PNI and epigentics has also been explored – the idea that the expression of our genes is influenced by our mental and emotional states – having a profound impact on our biology:
“Given the focus of psychoneuroimmunology, epigenetic approaches are particularly appealing and, most importantly, consistent with the concept that brain, behaviour and immunity are intimately linked and responsive to environmental context.” 7
Therefore, retraining our mental habits is not just a luxury, but a vital component of health. Matt Hudson’s iSwipe Method is helping people to get rid of the emotional and mental debris that’s stopping them from leading healthy and fulfilling lives.
There’s another key piece to the Biofield; it not only facilitates the communication of information within the physical body, it also stores information from past events in the external Biofield. Described by many practitioners as being like the rings of a tree, the Biofield grows outward as we get older, storing traumatic events that manifest as energetic blocks in the field.
We tap into the information related to this trauma as though reaching out to a non-physical record of all the past events that we haven’t yet fully resolved, without even knowing we’re doing it. Bessel van der Kolk in his best selling book The body keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma- wrote “When words fail, haunting images capture the experience and return as nightmares and flashbacks.”8
Just as specific thoughts trigger a corresponding chemical cocktail affecting the brain and nervous system, when we recall past traumas we elicit the same emotions and thoughts in the present moment that we first experienced in that unpleasant moment back then. The resulting brain chemistry triggers the release of cortisol – the stress hormone – in our bodies. If we continue to dredge up these negative associations that create the stress response, overtime it can lead to chronic disease.
How Does Matt Work with the Biofield?
By reading a person’s body language, Matt is able to clearly see when they are connecting with this traumatic event in their Biofield (usually unbeknownst to them). Every piece of non-verbal communication is telling a story about the communicator, revealing pieces of the puzzle that Matt decodes until he has enough information to interrupt these long standing associations. Often he does not even need to know the story behind what he calls Emotional Memory Images (EMI) as all the critical pieces are delivered to him non-verbally.
When this association between the past and present is interrupted, the mind experiences a moment of confusion, unsure where it stands without the comfort of the familiar (often lifelong) relationship between trauma and perception. During this confusion, the Biofield connection is interrupted and the EMI is released, allowing the client to get on with their life.
The author suggests that there is an area within the Biofield, directly in front of us, which he calls the ‘Screen’, and by changing the movie that appears on the Screen the people he works with experience a profound transformation in their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and health. Working with the Biofield in this way, the psychoneuroimmunilogical associations that are causing chronic conditions can be alleviated almost instantly.
As the definition of the Biofield widely encompasses a range of approaches, it is important to note that the author is using iSwipe Method, an interruption to the eyes connection to the Biofield. This has been derived from his own unique mastery of non-verbal communication that he has developed over 20 years of clinical experience.
What’s Next for Biofield Science and the iSwipe Method?
The potential for this field of study is immense. Further investigations into the nature and functions of the Biofield could reveal deeper insights into the interconnection of body and mind, our natural healing mechanisms, and how we can eliminate disease. 8 The author is opening the iSwipe Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, where he and his practitioners will continue to delve into the next logical step in human evolution.
5 Global Advances in Health and Medicine, November 2015 Issue
8 van der Kolk, B. A (2014). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma . USA: Viking Penguin. p34.