Awakening the Energy Body: From Shamanism to Bioenergetics

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A practical guide to understanding and enhancing the functionality of the human energy body

• Shows how the energy body and its interactions are the principal determinant of all we see, feel, think, or otherwise perceive

• Details strategic skills to manage the infinite alternate realities available to the energy body

Each of us inhabits an energy body whose interactions are the principal determinant of all we see, feel, think, or otherwise perceive. Even as modern science is ...

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Overview

A practical guide to understanding and enhancing the functionality of the human energy body

• Shows how the energy body and its interactions are the principal determinant of all we see, feel, think, or otherwise perceive

• Details strategic skills to manage the infinite alternate realities available to the energy body

Each of us inhabits an energy body whose interactions are the principal determinant of all we see, feel, think, or otherwise perceive. Even as modern science is establishing the uncertainty of physical matter, it is asserting the reality of our existence as interconnecting quantum energy fields. For over 5,000 years, shamans of the Toltec tradition have studied and worked with the energy body, learning to recognize and understand its structure and perceptual capacities as well as mapping it as an objective, measurable part of our anatomy. In Awakening the Energy Body, Kenneth Smith’s thorough grounding in the Toltec tradition allows him to bring forth an instructive overview for non-Toltec adherents of the latent possibilities available to the energy body and how to bring awareness and objective form to it.

Using evidence from the emerging scientific discipline of bioenergetics, which studies the flow and exchange of energy, Smith shows that conscious awareness not only creates our reality but enhances the functionality of the human energy body, allowing it to navigate the myriad realities of our world. He offers a specific set of strategies to manage the energy body in ways that are beneficial to both material existence and spiritual development. He also discusses the ethical considerations of developing consciousness and how one can quicken personal evolution in order to live a full and complete life, while revealing where the worlds of ancient tradition and modern science meet.

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Editorial Reviews

Fred Gallo
“Kenneth Smith’s Awakening the Energy Body illuminates the essential nature of being human, illustrates the basic mechanisms that we use to form separate realities, and offers us deeper understanding for establishing a healthier relationship in the world. This amazing book demonstrates the universality of the energy body by relating its dynamics to psychology, physics, sociology, and religion; and it helps to further establish the fields of bioenergetics, Energy Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology. I can imagine the Toltec shaman don Juan announcing that Awakening the Energy Body offers us more than an ordinary path through the woods, since this is a path with true heart.”
Paul Rademacher
“Kenneth Smith’s synthesis of Toltec philosophy and energetic anatomy is breathtaking in its scope. Drawing on both ancient teachings and the latest technological scientific advances, Awakening the Energy Body challenges contemporary assumptions about the nature of reality, the metaphysical structure of the human body, and the limits of knowledge. His insights break new ground in the fields of philosophy, health, psychology, mind/brain studies, and spirituality. This is a book that deserves to be read widely and thought about deeply.”
Charles T. Tart
“What a great mind-stretcher. Or, perhaps I should better say a great energy-stretcher.”
Erik Fisher
“Kenneth Smith has methodically and thoughtfully written what may lead us toward a revolution of thought and consciousness. Whether or not you are a scientist, practitioner, or layperson this book has something for you. I wish I had it years ago.”
James F. Drane
“In the tradition of Carlos Castañeda, Kenneth Smith applies the energy body concept to a broad expanse of the academic landscape. The reader who participates in the spiritual exercise of this book will see the world differently.”
James L. Oschman
“This is a brilliant articulation of our limitless possibilities and how to realize them. Awakening the Energy Body is based on the entire history of inquiry into energetics, up to and including the findings of modern science. The book will vastly expand your comprehension of your own energy system and what it means to you and all your relationships. The fascinating journey of discovery described here is the most important story you can know about; it will impact every moment of your life. Prepare to discover the vast if not infinite resources that are available to all of us.”
Doctor - Tami Brady
" . . . quite an in-depth, dense book. It is definitely not a Sunday afternoon read. Still, the information is enlightening and well worth the effort."
From the Publisher
“This is a brilliant articulation of our limitless possibilities and how to realize them. Awakening the Energy Body is based on the entire history of inquiry into energetics, up to and including the findings of modern science. The book will vastly expand your comprehension of your own energy system and what it means to you and all your relationships. The fascinating journey of discovery described here is the most important story you can know about; it will impact every moment of your life. Prepare to discover the vast if not infinite resources that are available to all of us.”

“What a great mind-stretcher. Or, perhaps I should better say a great energy-stretcher.”

The Monthly Aspectarian
" . . . Smith's thorough grounding in the Toltec tradition allows him to bring forth an instructive overview for non-Toltec adherents of the latent possibilities available to the energy body and how to bring awareness and objective form to it."
The Midwest Book Review
"Both psychology and new age libraries will find much of interest in Awakening the Energy Body. It uses science from bioenergetics to study the ebb and flow of body energy and draws important connections between psychology and physical matter, and uses the author's Toltec tradition studies to reinforce the possibilities involved in body energy understanding."
Aug 2008 The Midwest Book Review
"Both psychology and new age libraries will find much of interest in Awakening the Energy Body. It uses science from bioenergetics to study the ebb and flow of body energy and draws important connections between psychology and physical matter, and uses the author's Toltec tradition studies to reinforce the possibilities involved in body energy understanding."
author of The Shamanic Way of the Bee Simon Buxton
“Kenneth Smith eloquently reveals what we all need to know regarding the energy body—its nature, functions, and purpose. By embracing this perennial wisdom we are offered the rarest of opportunities: to once again experience the practical philosophy of the sage, the seer, and the shaman.”
author of Remote Viewing Secrets Joseph W. McMoneagle
“This book presents a natural and spontaneous way to explore one’s awakening potential. If you’ve ever wanted to pick up an easy to understand guide for following in the footsteps of a Toltec Master, this is it.”
author of Edgar Cayce on Vibrations Kevin J. Todeschi
“If you want to change your life, simply change your mind. This simple truth is perhaps the greatest tool for personal change that remains unknown by most of the contemporary world. My hope is that Awakening the Energy Body might contribute to the understanding that we truly have a major role in cocreating our lives and our world, and it is a role that we can no longer neglect to take seriously.”
Simon Buxton
“Kenneth Smith eloquently reveals what we all need to know regarding the energy body—its nature, functions, and purpose. By embracing this perennial wisdom we are offered the rarest of opportunities: to once again experience the practical philosophy of the sage, the seer, and the shaman.”
Joseph W. McMoneagle
“This book presents a natural and spontaneous way to explore one’s awakening potential. If you’ve ever wanted to pick up an easy to understand guide for following in the footsteps of a Toltec Master, this is it.”
Kevin J. Todeschi
“If you want to change your life, simply change your mind. This simple truth is perhaps the greatest tool for personal change that remains unknown by most of the contemporary world. My hope is that Awakening the Energy Body might contribute to the understanding that we truly have a major role in cocreating our lives and our world, and it is a role that we can no longer neglect to take seriously.”
Dr. Tami Brady
" . . . quite an in-depth, dense book. It is definitely not a Sunday afternoon read. Still, the information is enlightening and well worth the effort."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591430841
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,432,456
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Smith, writing under the name Ken Eagle Feather, has published several books on Toltec philosophy, including On the Toltec Path and Toltec Dreaming. He apprenticed with Toltec shaman don Juan Matus and has served on the staff of the Association for Research and Enlightenment, part of the Edgar Cayce legacy, and also on the staff of The Monroe Institute, founded by consciousness researcher Robert Monroe. He is the executive director for Therapeutic Discovery, a medical science research institute, and lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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CHAPTER 2

ANATOMY OF THE ENERGY BODY
The Energy Body

It is accepted by many quantum physicists that physical particles are an effect of wave structures, and that from nonphysical energy arises the particles and objects of the physical universe. Indeed, atoms, themselves, are waveforms not particles.1 As such, if the universe is inherently an energetic wave structure then perhaps the physical body—those of an individual and of the species—is the particle emanating from the waveform.
If so, this gives credence to a world where a) the physical body results from, or is an effect of, the energy body, b) states of health are the effect of conditions within the energy body that then find expression through the physical body, and c) the energy body is an objective, measurable form not just the effect of physical-based emissions of energy.
The basic components of the energy body and some of the energetic fields relating to it include emanations, auric field, cohesion, uniformity, core awareness, and the focal point.

Emanations
According to Toltec theory, there are specific vibrations or energy lines known as emanations that are generated by a cosmological source energy, a creator of some kind.2 Each aspect of creation has its own emanation. Thus there is an emanation for humans, for extraterrestrials, for plants, and for trees, just to name a few. Emanations are the natural essence of a person, place, or thing. Stretching through infinity, emanations contain the realization of potential. While some may directly affect the energy body, others have indirect influence as they exist beyond the domain of human awareness, and others may have no effect whatsoever.
Emanations pertain to all energies emitted from a source, be they a single vibration or a bandwidth comprised of various frequencies. This source could be a person, an aspect of the environment such as auric fields, or the source of creation. From a cosmological perspective, Dark Energy also pertains to emanations from source. A recent discovery, Dark Energy is thought to comprise almost three-fourths of our universe and directly influence us and our world. It is also thought this revelation may require a new theory of physics.3

Energy Fields
First Field: Physical energies; Order; the Known World.
Second Field: Nonphysical energies; the Unknown World.
Emanations: Some exist within and without the energy body; others reside completely outside ordinary human awareness and are therefore Unknowable.

Auric Field
Just as there are cosmological emanations that produce life, humans emit vibrations that produce what are often referred to as auras. This is the energy extending outward from the entire energy body. Oschman has postulated that it is a field of ionic vapor surrounding physical body.4 An apt analogy is that of an incandescent lightbulb. The filament represents the physical body and the glass represents the outer edge of the nonphysical energy field. Through the interplay of an energized physical body interacting with the nonphysical energies, the bulb emits energy: the aura. Some healers, such as Barbara Brennan, have interesting schematics that detail states of health as relating to the colors and clarity of the auric field.5 A main point is that the aura is not the energy body itself. It is the light emanating from the entire being.

Cohesion
Cohesion is the overall pattern of energy within the energy body. Coherence relates to the interaction among all the influences that form cohesion. Looking solely at the chakras, it’s easy to see that choreographing many separate forms of energy to have them act cooperatively is quite a balancing act. When we add the pushes and pulls found in daily life, the task becomes seemingly immense. Coherence reflects the end result of this orchestration.
The combined action of all aspects of the energy body forms cohesion. Depending on the approach, this can be examined in more detail. The combined energies of the chakras, for instance, can form cohesion. In the same manner, so can the meridians as well as the biological electric circuitry. At the same time, not accounting for the influence of meridians could throw off assessing the effects of the chakra network. The point is that cohesion results from all influences within and without. A greater understanding of all influences and how they interact might well be the focus of future scientific research.
A key to understanding this anatomy is that your cohesion determines exactly what you think, feel, or otherwise experience. It is the first cause or underlying factor of all perception. At the same time, cohesion forms from our experiences: by thought, feeling, or otherwise. New experience generates new cohesions; new cohesions provide new experience. Meridians and chakras also play a role as they reflect and influence one’s state of health and so affect how cohesion forms.
Cohesion generates meaning. It drives behavior. Your job reflects a particular cohesion, as does your family, hobbies, religious life, and every other aspect of your life whether it is dysfunctional or positive. When they are in harmony, so is coherence—and vice versa. Learn to manage coherence and you’ll learn to shift your cohesion. As a result, you’ll shift your experience. Shift it enough and you may enter a completely new world. The many forms cohesion takes are ultimately governed by the shape of the container, uniformity.

Uniformity
This pertains to the overall shape of the energy body. There is a line of thought that the energy body was once narrow and elliptical and is evolving to a pure sphere. Within infinity, our energy bodies exist within a certain bandwidth as do the energy forms of other species.15 That is to say, energy is often measured as vibration, or frequency. The AM and FM bands on your radio are defined regions, specific bandwidths. Each region has its own nature: the FM band is natural to higher vibrations than is the AM band. FM tends to have clearer reception but generally does not travel the distance that AM frequencies do. The use of one or the other depends on your goal.
As the attribute providing basic definition to the organism, uniformity is the overarching condition influencing perceptions and behaviors as it molds that which is within it. It therefore defines what is possible.

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Table of Contents

Preface  

1 A World of Energy

2 Anatomy of the Energy Body

3 Constructing Reality

4 Expanding the Boundaries

5 Reflection and Projection

6 The Nature of Fundamentalism

7 A Creative Life

8 The Unfolding Moment

Appendix: Energy Management Skills

Notes

Bibliography

About the Author

Index

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