Vitalism is the firmly held belief that "living organisms are fundamentally different from non-living entities because they contain some non-physical element or are governed by different principles than are inanimate things". Where vitalism explicitly invokes a vital principle, that element is often referred to as the "vital spark", "energy" or "élan vital", which some equate with the soul.

Vitalism grew out of monastic medical concepts and precepts. In the 18th and 19th century during the renaissance, vitalism was discussed among biologists, between those who felt that the known mechanics of physics would eventually explain the difference between life and non-life and vitalists who argued that the processes of life could not be reduced to a mechanistic process. Some vitalist biologists proposed testable hypotheses meant to show inadequacies with mechanistic explanations, but these experiments failed to provide support for vitalism. Biologists now consider vitalism in this sense to have been refuted by empirical evidence, and hence regard it as a superseded scientific theory.

Vitalism has a long history in medical philosophies: many traditional healing practices posited that disease results from some imbalance in vital forces. As most schools evolving in science in the 19th century dropped the foundation of vitalism, this tragic error and oversight would cloud the 20th century in favor of materialism and the waning of religious precepts.

The ancients described in their texts anatomy's of no physical origin and discussed such glands as the 'triple burner' while omitting the pancreas altogether. They described pathways called channels, meridians, and vessels and energetic points called marma, loci, etc. These are discussed in  our other courses.

This course examines the more modern advents, such as Randolf Stone's 'wireless anatomy,' and that of Dr. Guiseppe Calligaris. He had discovered that certain lines and points on the skin were related to the conscious and subconscious portions of the mind, and even to the enhancing of paranormal abilities. Calligaris called this new research, ‘linear chains of the body-mind.’ He discovered, experimentally, a network of lines — a grid of longitudinal meridians and parallels of latitude on the skin — that have less electrical resistance, are hyperaesthesic, and form geometrical patterns. For example, he discovered squares, which he called ‘windows to the cosmos.’

For over thirty years, Calligaris examined thousands of individuals, and discovered that the system of coordinates and points on the skin of the human body evoked reproducible effects. He proved that everybody could be stimulated to enhance clairvoyance, clairaudience, and precognition and retrocognition, the same way that we learn writing or mathematical calculations.

Other researchers are also covered in this intriguing course.  25 clock hours.


VITALISM (VITALISTIC MEDICINES)

Vitalism is the firmly held belief that "living organisms are fundamentally different from non-living entities because they contain some non-physical element or are governed by different principles than are inanimate things". Where vitalism explicitly invokes a vital principle, that element is often referred to as the "vital spark", "energy" or "élan vital", which some equate with the soul.

Vitalism grew out of ancient medicine and became principle to TCM, monastic medicine, Unani, Ayurvedic, and Homeopathic concepts and precepts. In the 18th and 19th century during the renaissance, vitalism was discussed among biologists, between those who felt that the known mechanics of physics would eventually explain the difference between life and non-life; and vitalists who argued that the processes of life could not be reduced to a mechanistic or chemical process. Some vitalist biologists proposed testable hypotheses, meant to show inadequacies with mechanistic explanations, but these experiments failed to provide relevant support to minds of the time for vitalism. Biologists now consider vitalism in this sense to have been refuted by empirical evidence, and hence regard it as a superseded scientific theory.

Vitalism has a long history in medical philosophies: many traditional healing practices posited that disease results from some imbalance in vital forces. As most schools evolving in science in the 19th century dropped the foundation of vitalism, this tragic error and oversight would cloud the 20th century in favor of materialism and the waning of religious precepts.

PanAm adheres to the history of presenting a comprehensive and historically valid theme and claim that the world has experienced three great medical traditions:

1. Shamanism

2. Humoral medicines

3. Atomic (Biochemic) Modern Medicine


The purpose of this short course is to provide the practitioner, physician or prospective student an overview of the various esoteric (energy) traditions that today are often called "alternative and complementary medicines." The term energy has been widely used by writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicines and refers to a seeming wide variety of phenomena, but as this course points out, there is a common theme of all of them that have arisen in human development. This 'energy' is sometimes conceived of as a universal life force running within and between all things, and in other cases it is seen as a more localized phenomenon, such as in vitalism, subtle bodies, or somatic energies such as qi (acupuncture), prana (Ayurveda and yoga), or vital force (homeopathy).

Those who have been so ordained are obliged to understand these various vitalistic medical systems. They are part of human culture and development, and offer service to our people when understood in righteous context. We should understand that the great religious leaders of the world such as Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Confucius, and the Reformers, as well as philosophers including Socrates, Plato, and others, received a portion of God’s light. Spiritual truths were given to them by God to enlighten whole nations and to bring a higher level of understanding to individuals. Things that are compatible to one another work together in peace, flow and beauty. Those who can perceive compatibility will therefore understand and experience the nature of peace, flow and beauty from the way things work together. One would therefore find closure to ignorance, gain peace and happiness, and fulfill the meaning and purpose of life, which is to find and recognize the meanings through experience and God's love.

This COURSE provides a general overview of the history and principles of energy (vitalistic) medicines and proposes acceptance of a common theme that pervades traditional and indigenous medicines, e.g. "shakti" (Indian yoga), Holy Wind, Seiki (mystical Japanese), mana loa (Hawaiian Kahunan), Lung (pronounced "loong," this is the Tibetan term which literally translates as "wind"), the greater kan and li (esoteric Chinese), huo (Taoist) and tumo or Dumo Fire (Buddhist); leading up to more modern concepts such as the odic force (von Reichenbach), mesmerism (Franz Mesmer's Animal Magnetism), elan vitale (French philosopher Henri Bergson), archaeus (Paracelsus), orgone (Wilhelm Reich), the primal fire (alchemy), and "the breath of life" (theosophy).

Various terms of 'energy' are widely used by writers, proponents, and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and "complementary and alternative' medicines. The context of energy refers to a variety of phenomena, from the unexplained to sometimes directly perceptible to some observers, who have usually undergone some form of training or initiation. This 'energy' is often conceived of as a universal life force running within and between all things, animate and inanimate, and in other cases it is seen as a more localized phenomenon within the organism such as in vitalism, subtle bodies, or specific somatic energies such as qi, prana, or elan vitale. Spiritual energy is often closely associated with the metaphor of life as breath - the words 'qi', 'prana', and 'spirit', for instance, are all related in their respective languages to the verb 'to breathe'. It is also often seen as a continuum that unites body and mind.



The experience of spiritual energy is described differently depending on the tradition or practice in question. Sometimes it is described as a physical sensation similar to the movement of breath in the body, sometimes as visible "auras", "rays", or "fields", sometimes as audible or tactile "vibrations". As a rule, these experiences are held to be available to anyone, but only after proper training or sensitization through practices which vary widely across different belief systems. Spiritual energy is also usually associated with feelings of bliss or contentment, as in the pleasurable sensations of kundalini, the ecstatic states of certain forms of meditation, and the 'oceanic feeling' discussed by western scholars such as Freud and Rolland. There is no scientific evidence of physical energies of this type.

Serious studies into the more esoteric approaches to healthcare provide considerable importance for anyone professing some form of skill or aptitude in most all of the alternative and complementary medical vocations (secular or religious). It is apparent that the themes of the vital energy, the elements, the etheric anatomy and etiologies are very similar. If their observations and teachings were fictitious and pagan, one would have to ask:

• Why did so many variant, medical traditions, at separate times in history and diverse geographic locations, arrive at so similar conclusions?

• Why did the theme of vital energy so animate so many medical traditions, and why did western science seem so adherent to crush its foundation in favor of chemical medicine?

• Why did the theme of the elements, whether four or five, survive for so many thousands of years, and interlace itself not only in human anatomy (the humours), but cosmogeny (astrology) in general?

This School proposes that humanity must retain the ancient esoteric teachings for posterity.
Course Conent
Lesson 0: Choose Your Position
Lesson 1: Energy is all there is
Lesson 2: Vitalism, its Development
Lesson 3: Foundations of chemistry (alchemy)
LESSON 4: MESMERISM (a great contribution to psychology_
Lesson 5: Homeopathy & Vitalism
Lesson 6: CONCLUSIONS

AUDIO LECTURE: Magnetism & Vitalism (Manly Hall)
Supplements
15 clock hours

VITALISM II: MAGNETISM / MESMERISM

Animal magnetism, also known as mesmerism, was the name given by the German doctor Franz Mesmer in the 18th century to an invisible natural force possessed by all living/animate beings (humans, animals, vegetables, etc.). He believed that the force had physical effects, including producing thoughts, disease, and healing.
These subjects were the actual beginning of what today is called 'psychology', yet it is ignored and suppressed by academia, thus worthy of examination.
Anton Mesmer's form of treatment took France by a storm, some thousands of practitioners registered as 'Mesmerists" and the parallel school 'Magnetists' by the French government just before the revolution. Healing by laying of hands and even highly successful surgical anesthesia were being practiced. Medicine was now entering the phase of 'chemical suppression' and there was no room for this form of drugless therapy.
As you will see, it is core to everything we do!

AETHEROLOGY [Physics of Energy Medicine]

We can rely on the words of Leonardo Da Vinci:

IF YOU GET IT RIGHT ON PAPER, IT WILL WORK.

Prior to the advent of modern medicine, all medical systems of import, accepted the philosophy of the ancients and adopted a vitalistic view of nature's processes. Called Vitalism - the belief that living organisms are fundamentally different from non-living entities because they contain some non-physical elements and are governed by different principles than are inanimate things. This has a very long history in medical philosophies: most all traditional healing practices posited that disease results from some imbalance in vital forces and have been extensively covered in our long list of courses.

Where vitalism explicitly invokes a living principle, then referred to as the "vital spark", "energy" or "élan vital", which some equated with the soul, it naturally influenced the minds of developing physics and chemistry. In the 18th and 19th centuries vitalism was also discussed among biologists, between those who felt that the known mechanics of physics would eventually explain the difference between life and non-life and vitalists who argued that the processes of life could not be reduced to a mechanistic process. Some vitalist biologists proposed testable hypotheses meant to show inadequacies with developing purely mechanistic and aetheistic explanations, but these experiments failed to provide support for vitalism in academia because it was a controlled politic. There were other schools of thought but they were being radically suppressed in a totalitarian fashion, which continues to this day. Biologists of the academic world now consider vitalism in this sense to have been refuted by empirical evidence, and hence regard it as a superseded scientific theory.

The fundamental particles of this period were being placed on the Table of Elements, a tabular display of the chemical elements, which are arranged by atomic number, electron configuration, and recurring chemical properties. Astute physicists referred to this as 'ponderable matter', a product of condensed aether. These physicists postulated the existence of a subtle medium which permeates all space. They called it the aether. (ether).

The process of casting new light (if you pardon the pun) on these topics makes mandatory the introduction of two entirely new concepts:

1. One of these is an insight into the nature of the sea of aether, the origin of all phenomena on planet Earth, and its fundamental particle - anu/omni; and

2. The other are the all important concepts of aether particles - the aetherions (soft electrons); the photons; the hard electrons known to science; protons; and neutrons.

Heretofore, science has recognized the existence of only four types of such particles - photons, hard electrons neutrons, and protons.

All these ideas and particles will be employed throughout this Course to unravel the mysteries of the universe and lay solid foundation for a return of vitalistic medicine to its rightful place as a fully legitimate practice of medicine.

"The processes by which Nature creates the fundamental particles which combine to form atomic matter and so our whole universe determine certain numerical factors which are precisely the same whenever and wherever measured. These are known as the fundamental dimensionless constants. They are merely numbers but yet those numbers are encoded expressions which tell us that Mother Nature has, for some special reason, determined a definite relationship between certain physical quantities". [HAROLD ASPDEN, 2003]

In spite of all that has been accomplished in physics, there is still much to be understood to further clarify the vitalistic topics which they generally deny altogether, or only touch on only briefly or admit with embarrassment. Modern theorists have nearly always assumed that the phenomena of the universe cannot be explained in terms of mechanically minded models, thus came quantum physics. Unfortunately, they rely almost solely on mathematical descriptions (constructs) as a proper treatment of the subject which objectively has become a near religion. Tesla and a few others did the opposite, they created the ideas in their mind, out of the aethers, and went to the wood shoppe and built machines from scratch with drawings just like Leonardo da Vinci. They are the shakers and movers who have changed world history through their inventions, and from their scant writings and speeches we have traced together an entirely new interpretation of the ancient teachings, applicable to our modern world and vitalistic medicine. That is what this course and school is all about. 

I have no doubt that, if you really read, study, and comprehend this Course, it will change the way you see most all things. The human mind is easily hypnotized through the use of language (words) and symbols. That is what mainstream academia has been doing to the public now for over one hundred years. It has subjected the public to mass hypnosis.

Any serious, intelligent doctor of medicine interested in understanding the true nature of physics, biochemistry, energy healing, psychosomatic illness, gravity and a unified field theory of all Life, will have to conceive of the interrelated movements of the sea of aether, atoms, molecules, and celestial bodies throughout the universe, as  an integrated system of perpetual planetary and celestial motions, with interlocking radiation, nuclear-gravitational energy, electric and magnetic currents, with their fields and effects as the complete expression as the force of God. It is a circuitous, eternal process, in which 'energy' can be neither created nor destroyed, only changed in forms and radiations. These forces continuously transmute in nature, whether or not humans use them to perform "work" or change. Perpetual motion and change is the universal rule and not the exception. All energy and matter is conserved in changing forms, exchanging forces, effects, or matter, "using nothing up", and equaling zero point radiation to maintain perpetual stability. Every second, every change, whether good or bad conceived within the human mind, is a perfect expression of God's manifestation. 

Time is a concept describing the rate at which events in the universe occur in a linear tract. 'Objective reality', in the purely physical sense, consists primarily of human sensory detection of electric-magnetic forces on ultra fine particles, which in turn, compose all atomic mass. Only the mind time tracks the movement of these forces, from moment to moment, which the brain records its illusion of a linear sequence, leaving a ghost called 'memory.'

Neither energy nor time exist, since these are only fictions or concepts we have created, to measure, calculate or predict certain functions and reactions in and between space, matter, light, "zero-point radiation", "zero-point ultra fine matter", and cruder "atomic matter" - which is only a concentrated assemblage of the latter.

What will be revealed in this course is the natural interplay between fundamental positive and negative electrical charges in elementary (physical) matter, the existence of a universal sea of aether, the permeation of space by its omnidirectionally interpenetrating Zero Point Radiation ("ZPR", or Tesla (scalar) radiation, aka the breath of God), the natural electromagnetic fields and enormous electrostatic forces emanating from the earth, along with the man made electromagnetic fields, which affect the aether through which it moves.

In Part II we study the aether in relation to human physiology.


Parallel to atomistic anatomy & physiology, Vitalist practitioners equally must keep in mind such importance to energy (aether) input and distribution into the body's matrix. Such aspects as breathing, sunlight exposure, vitality of fresh foods, etc. are all part of the patient assessment.

This is Part II, a continued course after WIRELESS ANATOMY.

25 clock hours.

The fundamentals of of all forms of healing, humoral, laying of hands, psychic, homeopathic, energetic, sympathetic, etc. can never be fully understood until the nature of aether is examined, as was done by Nicola Tesla, who's generator of electricity changed the world forever. Aether physics became a hidden science when it was realized the enormous profits to be made selling power, and kindred tools of industry in the early 20th century. The study of academic physics and chemistry ever since has been more to coverup, rather expose the source of infinite energy, what physicist Dirac termed a 'cauldron of energy' - the sea of Dirac.

According to ancient and medieval science aether (Greek αἰθήρ aithēr), also spelled æther or ether, is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere of manifest existence of the normal five senses or sensations: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. The word αἰθήρ (aithēr) in Homeric Greek means "pure, fresh air" or "clear sky". Aristotle added aether to the system of the classical elements of Ionian philosophy as the "fifth element" (the quintessence), on the principle that the four terrestrial elements were subject to change and moved naturally in straight lines while no change had been observed in the celestial regions and the heavenly bodies moved in circles.

In traditional Chinese culture, qi (also chi or ch'i) is the active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as "natural energy", "life force", or "energy flow". Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of "qi" is "breath", "air", or "gas".
Concepts similar to qi can be found in most ancient cultures, for example, prana and cit in Hindu religion, mana in Hawaiian culture, lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, ruah in Hebrew culture, and aether in Western philosophy. Synaether posits that elements of qi and prana for westerners can be better understood in the term aether used by scientists, writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicine.


The Dilemma

There are vital energetic terms, central in the field of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that causes considerable difficulty for modern practitioners: Wind, Cold, Heat, Dampness, Dryness, and Summer heat. These are considered "evils", are external in origin, and can penetrate deeply into the body through the skin and meridians, forming nearly the entire basis of acupuncture known to the ancients. They are also described as "entities" with their physical hand-shake thought of being electromagnetic phenomena of weather patterns and of "pathogens". However, "cold" is not an "entity" since it is only an absence of a radiation phenomena measured by science as part of the electromagnetic spectrum. These issues are only vaguely resolved in current TCM literatures or entirely ignored altogether. Most practitioners of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) ascribe them now in modern terminology as "heat pathogens" and "cold pathogens" implying their hand-shake with microbes and viruses. This does not do justice nor bring the westerner to the essence of Chinese and ancient thoughts, let alone, acupuncture therapeutics.

A thorough understanding of the subject of vital energy is also a necessary foundation for the study of homeopathic philosophy, if the student is to understand the principles upon which the practice of traditional homeopathy is based. Energy is posited as a three-fold dimension: spiritual, dynamic (aetheric), and physical. In practical application we think of the source of energy as being a thing upon which we can draw upon for therapeutics. We draw upon spiritual energy (especially by Hope), upon dynamic/aetheric energy (for therapeutics), and upon physical energy (chemical and electric, e.g. herbal and nutritional). Because I speak of three forms of energy I do mean that they are essentially different in that they are layered. The different forms of energy (qi), layers insensibly into each other. Hope invokes spirit, so vital to life on earth. Vital energy is a store-house of vitality which exists in all nature and it shall be our special effort to so train you so that you may avail yourselves of the power which we call therapeutics. Physical energy is supported by dietary reform, relaxation and breathing, yoga, nutrition, etc. The astute doctor invokes all three-fold dimenions into his or her practice.


The Solution

In acupuncture and homeopathy we are more particularly concerned with the dynamic/aetheric energy. This dynamic energy Hahnemann called the dynamis, the spirit-like as in many cultures, and in Chinese medicine the vital force, qi, in Ayurveda prana, etc. animating the material body. These are the core issues of therapeutics. In the human body we have present all three forms of energy, the physical/chemical in the tissues which today's science recognizes; the dynamic/aetheric in the aetheric body and anchored in the nervous system which theosophy, osteopathy, TCM and other ancient cultures recognized; and the spiritual in the mind which religions and new thought recognizes. This dynamis of the human organism inter-penetrates each and every physical tissue of the body, but it does not sit apart nor superintend all the actions of the tissues and organs. It is however, the power, the force, upon which we depend for metabolic reactions to move forward. The vital force is anchored in the body with the right nutrients as well as righteous thoughts (spirit). This brings us down to the practicality of taking advantage of this dynamic and vital energy in acupuncture therapeutics, bodywork, and our homeopathic prescribing. All energy, in its essence, consists of action and reaction, and this action and reaction are crux of energetic therapeutics. Granted, chemical energy in the form of nutrients will do much to invigorate the organism as they form the anchor for the dynamis, but add to that aetheric therapeutics and hope and all is potentiated.