As a clinical psychologist, scientist, and founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI)—a non-profit collaborative accelerator that connects scientists, health practitioners, innovators, and social entrepreneurs to advance the science and practice of healing—Dr. Shamini Jain is on the forefront of a necessary revolution in science, medicine, and healing. Trained in neuroscience at Columbia University and in clinical psychology and psychoneuroimmunology at University of California, San Diego, Dr. Jain now serves as adjunct faculty in Psychiatry at UC, San Diego, where she is an active member of the Center for Integrative Medicine’s Research Committee.
In this discussion, Face the Current and Dr. Jain explores biofield connections, how to foster healing effects, the importance of reconditioning, our imaginal capacity, and the role of sound in healing.
Photo credit: Matthew Heller
Our biofield is a field of vital life-energy that helps connect us with our environment, and Indigenous medical systems around the world have all embraced using biofields for health and healing. By fostering a connection with the biofield through yoga, breathing, sound, and meditation, we can foster a connection with mind, body, and spirit. What do you recommend people do to use their biofields to heal themselves and others?
“There are so many ways to connect with our biofields. The data shows us that whether we engage in time-honored biofield based self-healing practices like Tai chi, qigong, yoga, or various forms of meditation, they all have similar effects on our autonomic nervous systems. As I discuss in my book, Healing Ourselves: Biofield Science and the Future of Health, by regulating our breathing, as well as our attention, we can foster healing effects by enhancing our parasympathetic nervous system activity, and regulating our immune system. Beyond our physiology though, indigenous systems understood that these practices work by connecting us to a larger spiritual whole through feeling and sensing “energy”—or the biofield. Connecting with the biofield means deepening our subtle awareness.“