Shamini Jain

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Biofield Science: The Evolution of Healing

Dr. Shamini Jain highlights the role of consciousness in transforming suffering, activating innate healing potential

Clinical psychologist, scientist, and founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), Dr. Shamini Jain is on the forefront of a necessary revolution in science, medicine, and healing. Despite all our technological and medical advances, humans have never been sicker. One in four people globally suffer from major chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and chronic pain. 400 million people globally suffer from emotional disorders – including depression – and drug overdose is now the leading killer of Americans under 50. What is causing all this needless suffering, and how do we get ourselves out of it?

Dr. Jain — an Ivy-league trained clinical psychologist, psychoneuroimmunologist, and healing researcher — asserts that part of the problem is that we don’t understand how healing works, and that once we start paying attention to real evidence that shows how we can heal ourselves and others, we can begin to make needed transformations in medicine, as well as within ourselves.

Scientific research continues to reveal statistically and clinically significant evidence supporting the effectiveness of energy healing approaches such as Healing Touch, Reiki, laying-on-of hands, and other approaches. Dr. Jain has conducted clinical trials as well as deepening her own understanding of such healing techniques (called “biofield therapies”). She and her colleagues are offering a scientific window into understanding the promise of these healing methods: helping us to better heal ourselves and others. As a result, Dr. Jain is helping people all over the world open to new possibilities for less suffering and more wellness.

What Is the Biofield?

The “Biofield” refers to the interacting and interpenetrating fields of energy and information that tell us about and regulate our physical and emotional health.

Some of the most well-known and easily measurable aspects of the biofield are electromagnetic, such as an EKG (electrocardiogram, recordings of the electrical signals in the heart) or EEG (electroencephalogram, recordings of the electrical activity in the brain).

Other subtler aspects — such as the “vital force” energy of the body, sometimes called chi, qi, or prana — are not as easily measured, yet are still used by many practitioners to stimulate whole-person healing. Some of the biofield therapies that work with these subtler energies include Reiki, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, Johrei, Pranic Healing, and laying on of hands. Other forms of integrative medicine — such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, tai-chi and qigong — also work with the biofield.

Healing the Biofield Through Consciousness

In some spiritual traditions — such as Buddhism and Jainism, for example — there exists an idea of a “lifeforce superhighway” that connects the mind, the emotions, and the body. The clarity and vitality of this essential lifeforce (i.e., chi, qi, prana) within each individual is believed to have a direct impact on one’s experience of wellness. “Biofield” is another word that can help describe the effects of this lifeforce energy.

The latest biofield research reveals that human beings have an ability to heal others by tuning into a felt sense of energy and working with it to foster healing in another person. The research shows these effects seem independent of placebo factors. And the placebo effects in and of themselves are fascinating; Dr. Jain and her fellow researchers assert that the placebo effect reveals our innate ability to heal ourselves through the conscious awareness of healing.

“We as individuals hold the key to understanding and regulating our own health by paying close attention to our mental and emotional states,” says Dr. Jain. “The practice of energy healing asks us to pay even more attention to and alter subtle changes in the biofield that can augment the healing response.”

This is reflected in the data. For example, when biofield healing practitioners (as opposed to sham or placebo “healers”) worked on fatigued breast cancer survivors, healing outcomes such as reductions in fatigue were amplified, and only those who saw actual healers showed improvements in cortisol rhythms. More research conducted by Dr. Jain and her colleagues points to the promise of healing therapies like Healing Touch for reducing PTSD and depression in active-duty military.

Why Does This Work Matter?

Biofield research provides an opportunity to study the processes of healing — not just disease — which helps to create more effective ways for healing the whole person. Given the needless suffering of hundreds of millions of people worldwide, as well as the billions of dollars spent in healthcare costs, it seems obvious that wider understandings of health and healing solutions are greatly needed. Understanding the biofield and how to work with it gives practitioners and patients a new, healing-focused path to reduce suffering.

“When we place healing at the center of both our inquiry and our action,” says Dr. Jain, “we foster the evolutions that need to occur in science, medicine, and social impact.”

The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI)

The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) helps transform suffering by sharing practices and conducting research that ignites human healing potential, allowing people to lead healthier, happier, and more sustainable lives. CHI shares both scientific and spiritual wisdom from luminaries in the field, providing resources to the general public as well as to scientists, educators, and healthcare practitioners who are passionate about serving others through the understanding and practice of healing.

Dr. Jain is the founder and CEO of CHI, and the organization includes a full spectrum of scientists, researchers, medical practitioners, and spiritual and philosophical explorers, including Deepak Chopra.

“If we’re going to really foster healing,” says Dr. Jain, “we need to see it in the world and foster transformations in science and medicine. We need the truth-seeking, sharp minds of the scientists and the inventors, but we also deeply need the heart of the clinicians who know what it’s like to be with someone who is suffering and reduce that suffering in their own ways and learn from their wisdom. We also need the wisdom of the spiritual practitioners — those who see with clear eyes and who live with this type of practice every day. And we need the wisdom of the artists — those who know what it’s like to connect with source and create from that place. When we bring all of those aspects and perspectives of healing together by bringing our communities together, we really move forward a much deeper wisdom and understanding of what healing truly is — and that is what will transform health and medicine, as well as ourselves.”

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