by Elle - Sep 20, 2015
By Katrin Geist
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
I’m in a wonderful position: I may witness people’s wellbeing improve, sometimes dramatically, while practicing Reconnective Healing. Watching them come in with pain and leave without it, dance through the room trying out movements they couldn’t do in months, or get up saying: “I’m not depressed anymore!”, move on the massage table so much in response to frequencies of energy, light and information that I feel compelled to hold the table in place, speak what seems another language fluently without conscious knowledge of it, heal from a severe accident a lot faster than predicted – it makes you wonder what exactly happens to people experiencing this, and what the Reconnective Healing phenomenon is based on.
This holistic process engages frequencies of energy, light and information which tangibly and visibly interact with a person, helping them to allow a healing to occur. It is wellbeing centered, powerful, compatible with other approaches, as good for prevention as for healing and recovery, offers benefits without risk, and can be life-changing. It addresses causes rather than symptoms, while creating no dependency on the practitioner – I don’t see clients more than three times per life situation. Reconnective Healing is also experiential. No article, book, or live presentation substitutes for a direct experience of this process. However, these are good beginning points.
While applied in some areas of current medical practice, light frequencies as curative agents enjoy comparatively little use. Yet, I believe that frequency and information based healing is the way of the future. Reconnective Healing and other energy healing modalities exemplify this already, and have been for centuries in some cases (e.g. Qigong, Tai Chi – there are c. 1000 energy healing modalities). Light frequencies directly impact biology on a systemic level (Levin 2003, Popp 2006, Barbault et al 2009, Han et al 2011), while also being targeted, compatible with conventional therapy, harmless, effective, and lasting (Pearl 2001, Barbault et al 2009, Zimmermann et al 2012). How do they do that? And isn’t this a favorable approach to invasive methods? No needles. No pills. No side-effects. Only feeling better. Brilliant! Is this kind of healing really possible? The answer is YES. Light frequencies hold a key to wellbeing, and this article explores why and how.
What is light?Before going into how light interacts with biology, it pays to revisit some basics. What is light? What is this phenomenon that we’re so familiar with we almost forget it exists?
Fig 1. Light wave. Source: www.magnet.fsu.edu
Light is electromagnetic radiation. It exhibits what’s called wave-particle duality: it possesses properties of both waves (frequency, energy, information) and particles (= photons). Light waves combine two waves in one (Fig.1): an electric wave forming an electrical field, and a perpendicular magnetic wave forming a magnetic field. Both these fields feed off each other, creating a self-propagating light wave in the process. Light has a frequency (cycles per second, measured in hertz), contains energy, and carries information.
The speed of light is defined as 299.792km/s. In other words, a photon (particle of light) travels 8.3 minutes between the Sun and your skin while basking on a sunny day. That’s 150 million kilometers in under 10 minutes (by comparison, the Earth’s circumference is c. 40.000 km)! Another way to think about this: imagine sitting in an airplane, and traveling around the world seven times in a row – in one second. Wouldn’t that be fantastic! Let’s just say that light travels very fast indeed. This hints at why healing modalities that effectively employ it tend to work fast and do not require a person to come back regularly, week after week, sometimes even years. In Reconnective Healing, 90 minutes of interacting with frequencies of energy, light and information is more than enough to know whether this works for someone, and felt health differences may occur within minutes.
Fig 2. The electromagnetic spectrum and its technological applications. Notice how narrow the visible spectrum is, allowing (and confining) us to perceive the world through our visual sense. Left scale: frequency; right scale: wavelength. Source: www.essayweb.net
The visible spectrum of sunlight which informs and enables our visual sense represents but one small portion of the entire frequency range coming from the Sun (Fig 2). One could say we’re literally blind to most solar radiation, as we only perceive a narrow spectrum of what’s emitted. However, we invented numerous technologies that use light and “see” within other ranges inaccessable to our senses, thus artificially extending our perception (Fig 2). Use of this light technology influences (dictates?) our every day experience: TV, radio, GPS, supermarket scanners, X-rays, and most prominently, cell phones and the internet. All of these technologies use light frequencies to encode or decode information, and thus to communicate. And it’s everywhere, without getting esoteric or religious or spiritual. Just scientific will do. Electromagnetic fields surround us all day every day.
Light as carrier of informationOne of the most important properties of light is carrying information. What does this mean? Light waves can be changed in different ways to encode information. AM and FM radio means amplitude and frequency modulation, for example (amplitude is wave height, see Fig. 1). One can also vary the pulse of waves (as in on-off). That is what Morse code uses. It is only important for the recipient to know the code in order to understand the message, otherwise they will only see seemingly senseless signals and miss the communication. Or take sending a text message: you punch in letters that make sense. Then you press ‘send’ and your friend on the other end receives your message, also in letters on their display. What happens in between? Your phone converts letters to an electrical signal which it then transmits as a pulsed microwave pattern carrying your information, until the recipient phone decodes that pattern and, converting it back to letters, displays it as words on the screen. This, then, is an every day example of using frequencies of energy, light and information to communicate. The internet uses fibre optic cables to relay packets of information across long distances. Same principle: your email is converted into electrical signals and transmitted via digital light pulses until the recipient computer decodes your message for the other person to read. It’s all about encoding and decoding information carried by waves. That’s what our five senses do, too. That’s all they do! We are expert translators of vibration. Only it is so normal and so fast that we’re hardly aware of participating in it.
Fig 3. Wave interference patterns contain information. Source: ww.dreamstime.com
When waves interact, they form interference patterns (Fig. 3). And these patterns contain information. For example, in the case of pebbles tossed in a pond, the resulting waves carry information about the pebbles, their size, the time of the event and point of origin, and their speed. When colliding waves amplify each other, we see larger peaks and troughs (information addition); when they interfere destructively, they cancel each other out (information loss). While interacting in this way, both waves share their respective information while simultaneously maintaining their integrity: after the interaction they look just as before. For example: wave A has amplitude A and wave B has amplitude B. Both travel toward each other. When they overlap (interfere), the resulting amplitude is A+B during the interaction, and then again A and B afterwards, once both waves continue on their individual paths (as in A, B, A+B, A, B). They just passed through each other, and it’s as if they never met. Yet the temporary interference patterns resulting from interacting waves play an important role.
Fig 4. Light interference and information. Source: www.abuss.uoregon.edu
Light waves, too, produce interference patterns that contain information (Fig. 4). Notice the semi-circular wave patterns resulting from light passing through two pinholes. If you would put a detector or light sensitive film somewhere in the plane where both light waves cross (grey bar), you would attain an interference pattern resembling a barcode. This barcode contains the information of both light waves. Look familiar? That’s right: every supermarket item shows a barcode with product specific information. And a scanner (i.e. laser beam) retrieves the encoded information when you check out. Jumping ahead just a little bit, figuratively speaking, you can think of biological light fields as barcodes holding specific information. Each cell has one, each tissue has one, each organ, and each person. And they are changeable, not static. That’s where the analogy ends. The importance here is that overlapping waves create patterns that allow for information storage, flow and exchange.
Waves constitute a near endless potential to encode, store and exchange information. The greatest such medium is what physics calls the Zero Point Field (ZPF), and Eastern philosophy terms “the field of all possibility”: a quantum sea of energy and information that is omnipresent and connects everything with everything else in this Universe – a possible explanation for why distance healing works (a ‘quantum’ is the smallest amount of something, e.g. a photon is a quantum of light). According to physicist Richard Feynman (1918 -1988, Nobel Prize 1965), one cubic metre of space (zero point energy) is enough to boil the oceans of the world. A wonderful book summing up some 30 years of research into the ZPF is Lynne McTaggart’s “The Field” (2001). It is written in plain English, so one needn’t be a physicist to enjoy it.
Now that we laid the foundation of light properties and wave interactions, let’s see how all of this relates to living systems – us!Fig 5. Mitosis (celll division) in broad bean root cells. Chromosomes (DNA): finger-like structures at the cells’ center. Source: Katrin Geist.
One of the fundamental questions in biology is how organisms self-regulate. How do cells manage to carry out some 100.000 biochemical reactions per second, and how does the body know to manufacture 10 million new cells per second, and to also let go of an equal number in the same time frame? And how do cells know when to stop growing? How does the body know to produce what protein when and where, and how does that protein then know where to go? And why is it that cell division (mitosis, Fig 5) usually runs error free? Statistical chance alone would have c. 100.000 errors occur per event. Yet this does not eventuate. What controls this process so precisely, and how? To illustrate what a feat it is to divide DNA into two exact portions for each daughter cell to inherit, imagine a big truck filled to the brim with peas. Your job is to sort these into two exactly equal piles. No mistake allowed. If only one pea rolls back crossing into the other heap, you lose. And you have to be quick. Cells usually take anywhere from a few minutes to under 24 hours for completing their (perfect) division.
Understanding the regulation of this process represents the holy grail of biology and medical research. Why? Cancer cells enter into cell division for unknown reasons, and if one could solve that, cancer therapy would benefit immeasurably. It would open new avenues of understanding, prevention, and treatment.
How light interacts with Biology: Biophotons and the work of Prof Fritz-Albert PoppFritz-Albert Popp shared the fate of many an ingenious person: he got fired and ridiculed for a revolutionary re-discovery: cells contain and emit light. And what goes for cells also holds true for whole organisms, including humans. Everything living constantly emits an ultra-weak radiation. Popp called it biophoton emission, indicating its biological origin. To illustrate how weak this light is: it would equal still seeing a candle flame at a 20 km distance. This highlights a major challenge in science: it can only ever measure phenomena detectable by current equipment. Popp had long worked on developing a machine sensitive enough to detect single photon events. Beginning with cucumber seedlings, he measured low level light emissions (biophotons) coming from these plants when put into his photomultiplier machine (Fig. 6), a technology based on work by Albert Einstein who received the Nobel Prize for it in 1921. Popp noticed that any organism he tested emitted a weak light, and it is well established today that this pertains to all life forms (Bischof 1995).
What did this light emission mean? What could its function be? And could anything of such low intensity really matter to organisms?
Fig 6. Left: leaves in daylight. Right: biophoton emission of same leaves as detected by a photomultiplier. Source: www.viewzone.com
One clue came from his own previous work studying two forms of almost the same thing: 1,2 benzpyrene and 3,4 benzpyrene. While their structural difference is tiny, the former is harmless to us, and the latter is a highly carcinogenic substance (e.g. in cigarette smoke and coal-tar). When shining UV light on 3,4 benzpyrene, Popp noticed something baffling: the substance would not radiate back light at the same wavelength, but rather emit a different wavelength. Normally, and like the harmless 1,2 benzpyrene, things emit back the same frequency they were exposed to. This didn’t. Instead of radiating back the same UV wavelength, 3,4 benzpyrene emitted light of a different kind. It absorbed one light form and gave off another. It scrambled light frequencies. Popp was amazed to learn that 380nm, the wavelength at which his test molecules reacted as light scramblers, is part of the light spectrum at which DNA photorepair – a well known and accepted yet not fully understood mechanism – operates. One can next to destroy a cell with strong UV light or X-rays, for example, and then expose it to a weaker dose of UV light to induce cell repair. Cells recover almost completely within a few hours. This amazing ability is termed DNA photorepair or photoreactivation, and it depends on light exposure between 310nm and 400nm. Popp thought nature was too coordinated for this to be a coincidence – could it be that frequency scrambling substances were at the root of causing cancer? Had he even discovered the mechanism behind carcinogenic effects? What if light scrambling molecules interefere with and disrupt or prevent DNA photorepair, thus leading to mutations? He felt on to something.
Presenting his results at a conference, he was met with much skepticism and resistance. His results did not fit the mould and stretched attendees’ imagination too far. Despite this disappointing experience, Fritz-Albert Popp persisted with his inspiring research. Studying 37 more substances (some harmless, some carcinogenic), a pattern emerged: without exception, every frequency scrambling chemical turned out to be a carcinogen, absorbing at 380nm, and then emitting a different wavelength. Popp wondered about the implications of this for cells: the light absorbing property of carcinogens at 380nm with subsequent scrambling would block light of that wavelength, thus withholding it from photorepair, and eventually preventing it altogether. Consistent, long-term exposure (e.g.smoking) to carcinogens, then, would deprive cells of their repair mechanism and render them vulnerable to damage. It would also mean that, in order to carry out photorepair, cells naturally contain UV light (as it does not penetrate skin very deeply, and all cells use it), and that DNA interacts with it. Measuring his cucumber seedlings confirmed that organisms not only emit light, but coherent light at that (see below). Question remained: where did this inner light come from?
Fig 7. DNA as barcode: by analogy, a temporary summary of current cellular processes.
Since every biochemical reaction requires energy for activation, photons make perfect sense to provide that, especially because they act like catalysts: without being used up in the process, they initiate a reaction, and then return to the light field, ready to repeat the task. In other words, a cell carrying out 100.000 reaction per second (!) does not require 100.000 photons to kick them off. A handful could do, since they are reused, and, as light, travel very fast. It’s similar to a honey bee visiting hundreds of flowers instead of only one. In a cell, everything is in constant flux and exchange, in a most coordinated way. And you consist of some 50 trillion cells. Imagine what’s going on at all times!
Also interesting in this respect is that every atom (basic unit of matter) functions as a resonator for a specific wavelength, and this translates up the scale to molecules (which consist of atoms), cells, tissues, and organs. What does this mean? Essentially, that everything is in motion in response to light waves which excite atoms at certain wavelengths. This excitation has atoms form molecules and molecules aggregate to larger structures like cell membranes. Photons provide the impetus for anything to happen. Everything vibrates. Why is this important? Every atom, molecule, cell, tissue, organ and person resonates with certain frequencies and not with others. That’s why we like some vibes or people, and not others. That’s what different tastes are, and different smells – different perceptions. When something resonates with us, we fell really good, in love even. We can resonate with people, places, foods or ideas. It generally just feels very good. It also means that every molecule and every cell serves as a potential light source, due to the nature of resonators as temporary light traps. This allows for the formation of three-dimensional light fields throughout the body. One could say that light glues the body together, as every cell emits and aborbs light in communication with its neighbours. Biophotons prefer spaces of constructive interference (amplified light fields) and interact with charged particles (e.g. electrons, atoms, proteins). Therefore, they influence the body’s charge distribution, and thus its energy field.
Coherent light as ordering principleCoherent light (e.g. a laser beam) is light that originates from a very small source (e.g. a photon, or by passing through a pinhole, see Fig. 8). A word of many definitions, in
the world of biophotons, coherence denotes 1) a high degree of order and 2) the ability to form light fields through wave interference (amplification & attenuation), where biophotons from spatially different sources interact to weave an ordered (coherent) light field. It is these standing waves that enable information exchange in biological systems. A standing wave keeps the same form over time. It is subject to boundary conditions (as given by a cell membrane or a river channel) which maintain and determine its shape. Change only one boundary condition, and the entire wave (system) changes: light fields are holistic. That is why coherence is so important, as it buys cells time to carry out tasks until coherence erodes, thus changing the quality of information exchange possible. For example, healthy people emit coherent biophotons with periodic patterns, whereas ill people show little coherence and disturbed or no periodicity (Cohen & Popp 1997). The ability of biological systems to achieve coherence exceeds that of modern lasers by orders of magnitude (Popp 2006).
Fig 8. Coherent vs incoherent light. Source: www.ryerson.ca
So by analogy, think of a packed rugby stadium. Photons are like people: they spontaneously and temporarily connect and cooperate as one to create order and meaning while keeping their individual identity. La ola, the wave, goes around the stadium with people participating in a cooperative pattern that carries meaning: that’s coherence. No single person could bring it about. But cooperative interaction can. Likewise, photons weave a tapestry of information in biological systems, thereby transmitting and communicating information about the state of the system. Forget the barcodes: think la ola! It’s more like a dance anyway.
Popp’s brilliant move was to calculate possible resonator wave patterns (light fields) for cells. The trouble with research of this kind is that one cannot directly measure cellular light fields – cells are too small for inserting probes directly, and that very act would also immediately alter the boundary conditions (by disturbing the cell membrane), and thus the result. So scientists resort to indirect approaches which involve measuring biophoton emissions to infer standing wave patterns (light fields) present in cells, and to theoretical calculations such as: what biophoton wave interference patterns (light fields) are possible within cellular boundary conditions? In cells, boundary conditions largely depend on the cell membrane: its shape, molecular composition and electrical charges, for example. A standing wave in a river may depend on channel width and depth, log jams and water flow. If only one boundary parameter changes, the resulting wave changes, too, whether that’s water or light. Fig. 9 summarizes Fritz-Albert Popp’s genius and the foundation of his life’s work. This, surely, should see the Nobel Prize, as far as I’m concerned. Amazing to think that this knowledge is… at least 35 years old. People all too often die over their great contributions without recognition. One can only hope that “they” make up their minds soon.
Thanks to: http://www.zengardner.com