By Allison Reid Peacock
One of the foundations of my practice is employing 5 distinct levels of healing. Identified by physician Dietrich Klinghardt, they are adapted from ancient yogic texts on medicine. In his decades of work with this model, he observed that healing that takes place at the higher levels has a trickle down effect on the lower levels where impaired physical health expresses itself. This has also been my own experience for more than 3 decades. It is what makes energy medicine and spiritual healing so effective.
Each phenomenon that is observable in the physical realm seems to occur simultaneously on the other 4 levels. I have long thought of the physical body as the computer shell and the other levels the hardware and software. Our bodies make visible and tangible that which happens at the soul level. The intricate degrees of connection between the various levels is of exquisite design. This is nowhere more visible than in the phenomenon of emotions as action-requiring neurological programming.
Conversely some intuitives and gifted indigenous diagnosticians are able to read problems in the higher levels before they’ve manifested in the physical body. This is not my specialty; however, if needed, I can refer you to someone who is expert at this. (Ask me to tell you about my mentor’s exceptionally trained medical intuitive who told me about a failed root canal two weeks before it happened physically.)
Here are the five levels of healing that I employ in my work. For more information on the therapies I employ to address all five levels, please see my Energy Medicine page.
The physical level is the one we’re all most familiar with. The Physical Body is the foundation upon which everything else rests. It includes our biochemical reactions, internal organs, and the physical structure, muscles and bones. It also includes dental health, the microbiome, and infections. This is what modern western medicine has studied most successfully, and what Integrative and Functional Medicine are improving. This level is highly affected by lifestyle, diet and exercise. I am utterly blessed to now work with a physician who is brilliant at this piece of addressing illness. This year we are launching several wellness intensive programs to address chronic illness, chronic pain, and general healing. To stay up to date on these, please join our mailing list by subscribing in the footer of our website.
This is the electromagnetic expression of physics in the body. It includes the autonomic nervous system, the immune system and other systems that regulate the cells, tissues and structures of the Physical Body. Neuronal activities create currents and a magnetic field that is measurable outside the body. The heart is the strongest magnetic field in the body, with the brain coming in second. Light in various waveforms and other electronic emissions such as electricity and wi-fi can interfere with the Energy Body. Recent trauma is also reflected at this level in a disruption to the nervous and endocrine systems. Modalities such as acupuncture, neural retraining, and aromatherapy work on the Energy Body. Self-care such as laughter, lifestyle changes, meditation, and emotional release work also support this level.
The Mental Body is the home of our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes. The main influences on this level are prenatal and childhood imprints and emotional epigenetics. The laws that govern the Mental Body are the simple natural rules that are gradually being rediscovered by modern psychotherapy. As Klinghardt describes it, “nurture and love a child, provide it with opportunity to learn, keep it safe, nourished and warm. Each violation of these natural needs has consequences, leading to fairly predictable distortions.” These wounds or distortions can manifest in the mind, as well as in our nervous and immune systems. This level is also affected by general consensus reality. In other words, the messages we are fed constantly by newspapers, TV and Facebook truly can have a negative influence on our health. Regular intermittent mental stress can eventually create a downward causation on the Energy and Physical levels of the body. Therapies that work at this level are homeopathy, psychotherapy, hypnosis, mindfulness, and guided imagery.
This is the non-local level of who we are. Not tied to local time and space, it consists of archetypal influences, past lives, unresolved family conflicts, ancestral trauma. We might also find what some people call “curses” here, or unresolved unconsciously adopted distortions in our personal power. Sometimes we unconsciously adopt destructive familial patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, isolation, alcoholism and even illness as a way of belonging or relating in our families. Likewise, we can also pick up unconscious thought patterns without realizing it. This can happen with anyone from a long-forgotten overbearing childhood babysitter to an unethical surgeon who mistreats the vulnerable trust of his patient. Ancestral healing, earth-honoring spirituality, ritual, family constellation work, and metagenealogy can all generate profound healing results at the Intuitive Level. We are each the product of two opposing natural forces: the repetition of familial patterns from the past and the creation of new life and ideas from Universal Consciousness for the benefit of the future and homeostasis. You are the better future that your family has been waiting for. Some of the most powerful personal and professional healings I’ve been involved in for the past 5 years have happened on this level. There are exciting and emerging modalities to address the Intuitive Body.
This highest level of the body is very individual and very private. This is the level of Self-Healing. It is related to our connection with the Divine. Not affected by outside therapies, healers and physicians don’t have permission to interfere with this level. To investigate the 5th level, turn inward. Don’t follow anyone else’s advice. Listen to your body and your own internal guidance. Create time and space to be alone and undistracted. And when you need support, consult a trusted physician or healer. I am honored to be a sacred witness to your journey and offer supportive, conscious dialogue on this process.
Using the 5 Levels of Healing as a blueprint for utterly holistic self-care, the three most important recommendations I make to my clients and friends are:
- Focus as much time and attention to the lower 3 levels that you can. Eat right, sleep well, exercise regularly and employ healthy recovery practices afterwards, take supplements as needed for any current deficiencies or genetic traits such as failure to methylate or low iron. Nurture your energy body with massage, acupuncture, spending time in near running water or the ocean, walk barefoot on the earth as much as possible, listen to good music or guided visualizations. Minimize media and screen time. Work with a trusted spiritual healer or therapist to navigate any confusion or unresolved mental or emotional conflicts.
- Choose to look at the whole picture of your wellness. This means finding medical providers that support ALL of you. Legitimate Integrative Medicine, as practiced by a physician is the best way to accomplish this. This means don’t shortchange yourself by looking only at the prescription that the rushed urgent care doc has time to write to manage your symptoms. It also means not to throw out modern medicine just because we’re in a pickle right now and it’s so dysfunctional. Or because you don’t like doctors. Beware of any holistic practitioner that discourages you from seeing a medical doctor. Look for physicians who are kind and who take the time to listen to your needs, and who will help you incorporate other modalities into your overall plan. Certainly not fight you or make fun of you for wanting to change your diet, for instance, or see a chiropractor. For a wonderful and simple system for doing many of the things in #1 above and more, download Dr. Julie Reardon’s free eBook, My LIVE IT Philosophy. My wellness collaborator and sister healer is exactly the kind of physician I advise we all look for.
- Don’t give up on healing your own family. Even if your history is fraught with conflict or abuse. (In this case, it may not be necessary to face your abuser. Your healing is your business. Get professional support for this kind of healing if needed.) Always heal yourself first. And then don’t rest until there is love and respect between everyone in your own generation. If you’re lucky enough to have the two previous generations still living, give those relationships loving attention as well. “Family” is a broad term that includes children who died young, children lost through abortion, spouses or parents missing after a divorce, birth parents and siblings of adoptive children, mothers that died in childbirth and grandfathers that died at war. This type of healing involves relating and communicating with everyone that is alive, if possible, and holding a loving memory of those who are not. Ancestral healing is a powerful tool for family healing. By healing the past you create a healthier future for yourself and for your descendants.
And lastly, don’t forget that unconditional love is life’s most powerful healer. Holistic/integrative medicine is based on this core belief. Love heals.