By Penny Price Lavin


Reprinted with kind permission from The Healing Field: Exceptional Healing Practices to Change Your Life by Penny Price Lavin from iUniverse.


Chapter 1 – Medicine – The Old And The New (1)


We live in extraordinary times. Advances in science, medicine and consciousness are happening at an accelerating rate. And in the field of health care, the old conventional model relying on surgery and prescription drugs is being challenged by a wave of dramatic, non-invasive energy-based techniques. While many of these techniques are actually centuries old, and are considered controversial by many in mainstream western medicine, they are generating worldwide studies with remarkable results. We’ll explore how this fascinating field affects our health, our society and our future.


Bruce Lipton, PhD, Cell Biologist

Pre-eminent scientist in the field of quantum physics, DNA and stem cell biology. Bruce is the winner of the 2009 Goi Peace Award. Established in Japan in 2000, which is awarded to individuals for their outstanding contributions toward world peace and harmony.  He has written two books, Spontaneous Evolution and the bestseller, The Biology of Belief.

“In today’s world of health care there are two different models of how the human biology works. One of them is based on the physical reality that everything in the universe is made out of matter, and this is a Newtonian view that conventional medicine works with. The view basically says that the body is a machine, it’s made out of chemicals, and genes, and if there’s anything wrong with the machine, you actually adjust the chemicals and genes as the primary source of the problem.

Another view is based on quantum physics that says that the universe is actually made of our energy and everything that we see as matter is itself actually energy. The significance of the difference between the two is that the invisible forces play a primary role in the new understanding of biology. The new energy medicine and energy become entangled, meaning everything that’s made out of energy becomes entangled–you can’t separate it.

So that says when we’re looking at an individual’s life we’re not looking just at their physical body, we’re looking at their health in regard to what their perceptions in the world are, their family relationships, their job relationships, the world issues at that moment because everything impinges upon our health.”


Beverly Rubik, PhD., Biophysicist

Biophysicist and the President of the Institute for Frontier Science in San Francisco. She is renowned for her exploration of and countless studies concerning energy medicine.

“The old medicine is not helping us during this era where chronic degenerative disease is the major culprit. Conventional medicine is perfect for things such as trauma or infectious diseases but very limited in terms of dealing with our chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. It’s also unsustainable,  much too costly, and is often not helping people, and they’re getting horrendous side effects.  In fact, one of the number one causes of death is death by medicine, which includes side effects and mistakes.  So we drastically need something bigger and better. One of the exciting changes in the new health care is that enhanced self-care moves to the forefront.”


Lynne McTaggart, Consciousness Expert

Preeminent spokesperson on consciousness and the new physics. Lynne is an award-winning author of six books, including the bestsellers, The Field and The Intention Experiment.

“The new medicine is all about looking at the body as a dynamic system and understanding that if you affect one part of the body, you affect the rest of it. You put medicine on your arm and you create changes in your leg, in your liver, everywhere. So the new approach is to approach the body as a holistic system and also an energy system. And so we don’t have to do things grossly to our physicality, we can treat ourselves through energy and things that we can’t really see.”


Linnie Thomas, HTCI, Healing Touch Practitioner

Healing Touch Instructor and author of the popular book, The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine.

“Energy medicine has been around for many, many thousands of years. But for written documentation we go to the Chinese who started documenting it about 5,000 years ago. There are many reasons why energy medicine is becoming so popular. It’s effective, it’s gentle, it’s non-invasive, and it doesn’t have side effects. About 55% of the population now is using alternative medicine and integrative medicine because they’re getting results and it’s a lot cheaper then going to a doctor.”


The late Candice Pert, PhD., Neuroscientist

Internationally recognized neuroscientist and pharmacologist, and an expert in mind-body medicine and author of The Molecules of Emotion.

“In the history of medicine, mind, emotion, and spirit were completely left out. This is the Western mainstream medicine, as we know it. This came from a silly thing from when Descartes was given the dead bodies by the Pope to work on. So everything about mainstream medicine is sort of lifeless. What’s happening now and what’s so exciting is to incorporate the new paradigm ideas into medicine, not just that mind matters, but that mind is rather central to our health and to our disease.”


Larry Dossey, MD. Integrative Medicine expert

Integrative Medicine expert and author of 11 books, including the bestsellers, Healing Words, The Power of Prayer and The Practice of Medicine. He is the former Executive Editor at the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

“There’s a good case to be made for spirituality returning to modern medicine.

Currently, there are around 90 medical schools that have developed formal courses that look at the impact of spirituality on health and longevity. The data shows that people who practice some kind of spirituality have a lower instance of all the major diseases, including heart disease and cancer, and they live on average seven to thirteen years longer than people that don’t follow a spiritual path.

In addition, these days you cannot get an MD degree from a reputable certified medical school in this country unless you know how to take what’s called a spiritual history, where you have to be able to demonstrate that you understand the role of spirituality and delivering compassionate care to sick people. I think we’re on the verge of a huge transformation from conventional medicine to health care that involves self-care.”

This new understanding in  health care shows that people’s choices and consciousness  matter. Emotions, feelings, attitudes, and choices are huge influences on our diseases and health. In the medical community, this is a radical re-thinking of where most disease comes from.


Lynne McTaggart, Consciousness Expert

“Probably since Newton and Descartes, when magic and mysticism were  ripped out of our lives, there has been an enormous separation between science and religion. However, with the discoveries made since Einstein and the advent of Quantum physics, we’ve understood that the world is very different from what we’ve been told. And that it is much closer to what the ancients described. There is magic, there is connection between all things.”

About the author:

Penny Price Lavin is an award-winning producer and filmmaker and has worked on Good Morning America, NBC Magazine and many documentaries. She has been practicing energy medicine since 1995 and became an Instructor/Practitioner with One Light Healing Touch,™ where she is committed to helping others learn, heal, and evolve.

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The Healing Field: Exceptional Healing Practices to Change Your Life by Penny Price Lavin (ISBN: 9781532092398) is available from iUniverse and Amazon.