Energy Deficiency and Energy Blocks
All cells in the body need energy. Therefore, energy is the secret master of the system, ahead of all other control systems.
Organic and Subtle Energy
Energy is our highest good on a personal and universal level. While energy can be described as a denser form of “light”, one of the principles of our existence, light alone cannot keep us humans healthy and alive (at least not for the moment).
While many people who are interested in personal development or spirituality are interested in “light”, subtle energy and energy healing, they often forget that subtle energies derive from organic energy in the human body.
Energy Production requires Resources
Therefore, it is important to understand what organic energy is and how it is “produced”, i.e. how we as humans harvest energy because life is not possible without energy.
Energy depends on resources. Humans, animals, plants, and machines consume physical resources to produce energy, heat, movement, and growth (if they are living beings).
In the same way, as physical resources are limited, so is energy. An abundance of energy enables a wealth of warmth, movement, and growth. Limited energy limits heat, movement, and growth. Where there is no energy, there is death.
How do we harvest energy in our human bodies?
Mitochondria: Energy Factories inside the Body
The only way to generate energy from food is in the mitochondria of our cells.
Like the human body, our cells have organs. One of these organs is the mitochondria, our own tiny power plants.
While alternative research is revealing that cells do have the ability to harvest kinetic or electric energy without relying on the mitochondria1https://medcraveonline.com/IJCAM/IJCAM-09-00314.pdf, it is not (yet?) possible for us humans to live on this energy alone. In my experience, ignoring nutritional needs is among the most common mistakes in any kind of medical, psychological, or spiritual practice.
In the fully functional human metabolism, mitochondria produce energy and heat from glucose, oxygen, minerals and trace elements as well as vitamins using the so-called citrate cycle by aerobic respiration.
As with all organic energy, it must have the property of being organically “tangible” and have the ability to be stored. The body has chosen adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as a suitable medium. ATP is the energy currency of our body and the means of transporting organic energy.
One cell can contain up to 25% of ATP. Some cells, such as red blood cells, do not contain mitochondria, whereas liver cells may contain much more ATP than other cells. The amount of mitochondria in a cell is not static, it can adapt to the organism’s energy needs. The amount of mitochondria increases with light (especially red and infrared light) and decreases in darkness.
The “whether” of Energy Production
Whether a cell produces energy in an optimal way depends on glucose, oxygen, and thyroid hormones 2Armbruster, http://www.armbruster-medical-center.de/unsere-leistungen/schilddruesenerkrankungen.html But glucose is the pointer on the scales. The production of thyroid hormones depends on the supply of glucose and glycogen (stored glucose) in the liver. If the glucose supply is in danger of becoming scarce, the thyroid gland produces fewer thyroid hormones. This makes sense because thyroid hormones increase the basal metabolic rate, which is not a good idea in conditions of extreme hunger.
The “how” of Energy Production
How a cell produces energy is not only dependent on glucose, thyroid hormone, and oxygen but also on micronutrients such as minerals, trace elements, vitamins, and other substances. Think of a fireplace with a big fire that produces a lot of smoke and soot. This is similar to states where energy production (oxidation) is high but antioxidants are low. Here, antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, or C are increasingly needed to fight free radicals. Sooner or later, free radicals also cause excessive damage to the mitochondria themselves and generally cause the body to age. This is why micronutrients are also necessary for optimal energy production.
When mitochondria are not fully functioning, they enter a state of mitochondriopathy (“diseased” mitochondria). When a cell loses energy through mitochondriopathy, calcium enters the cell. This will eventually kill the mitochondria and then the cell. 3https://raypeat.com/articles/articles/calcium.shtml
This should make clear the importance of mitochondria and their health for any type of growth and development.
And because it is so frequently ignored: from a practical perspective, nothing apart from nutrition can manufacture sufficient energy for proper development.
Energy Blockages: Starving on a full Stomach
But not every energy deficiency is due to a problem in energy production. There may also be a blockage that exists independently of any nutrient supply. In this case, one might as well starve on a full stomach.
Energy blockages can result from all possible sources in the body. Very central energy blockages can manifest from the psyche and the nervous system or through epigenetic disorders.
Energy blockages can be positively or negatively affected by all substances and agents that are not directly involved in energy production. These can be material substances such as medications, but from the perspective of naturopathy also energetic measures such as acupuncture, homeopathy, etc. Ultimately, every form of psychotherapy and even movement can have an effect on energy flow.
Learn more about two outstanding sources of energy blockages in our body here.
Image source: Ulfbastel, Wikipedia
Integral Evolution as a method explicitly diverges from the current medical paradigm. There is no claim as to scientific accuracy. All findings stem from my personal research, observation and experience.