ReThinking You, Rethinking Me

Published on 3 June 2023 at 12:57

Energy psychology is a term that encompasses a variety of techniques that aim to influence the mind-body system through the manipulation of subtle energies. But where does this idea come from originally? And what made epigenetics come about and when did it become something we do today as common practice?

The concept of energy psychology has its roots in ancient traditions such as acupuncture, yoga, and qigong, which all recognize the existence of a life force or vital energy that flows through the body and affects health and well-being. These traditions also developed methods to balance, enhance, or redirect this energy for healing purposes. Energy psychology is based on the premise that "psychological problems are a reflection of disturbed bioenergetic patterns within the mind-body system" (Feinstein, 2019, p. 3).

Epigenetics is the study of how environmental factors can alter the expression of genes without changing the DNA sequence. This means that our experiences, behaviors, and choices can influence not only our own health, but also that of our offspring and future generations. Epigenetics emerged as a scientific field in the 20th century, but gained more attention and popularity in the 21st century as more evidence accumulated to support its role in various diseases and conditions. For example, "genes and DNA do not control our biology; instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts" (Lipton, 2005, p. xv).

Today, energy psychology and epigenetics are both widely practiced and researched by professionals and laypeople alike. They offer new perspectives and possibilities for understanding and improving human potential and well-being. They also challenge some of the assumptions and limitations of conventional medicine and psychology, and invite us to explore the connections between mind, body, and spirit.


Feinstein, D. (2019). Energy psychology: Efficacy, speed, mechanisms. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 15(5), 340-351.

Lipton, B. H. (2005). The biology of belief: Unleashing the power of consciousness, matter & miracles. Hay House.

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